Trip info

Our family Dolomites adventure features exhilarating hiking, mountain biking, the chance to hike a via ferrata, plus options for a train ride, swimming pools, Funbob bobsled, and an adventure park where the kids can try their skills on zip-lines, tree-swings, and a variety of exciting rope-courses!

Length: 6d / 5n

Start / Finish:  Cortina / Alta Badia 

Dates: 
This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing.

Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

For everybody in good and active physical health.

Cost:
4-Star Hotels:  From €1990 (per person, with a minimum of 4 members)
Luxury 5-Star Hotels:  Cost available on request
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%

On our Family Trips: 

  • when children share a room with two adults, youths between ages 7-12 receive a 10% discount;
  • when children share a room with one adult or another child, a 10% discount is applied to the youth's trip price;
  • when one child is in a single room, the full private room charge will apply. 

 

Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Map of the area
  • Accommodations in family run Hotels and charming Rifugios
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Climbing and via ferrata equipment
  • Bike and equipment rental
  • Lifts and cable cars in the area
  • Local transportation
  • Luggage transfer
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Breathe in pure air and experience a variety of hikes among spectacular landscapes in a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, in true mountaineer style
  • Hike the tunnels constructed during World War I and explore the historical remains of this conflict
  • Learn to climb a via ferrata, the “iron paths” of the Dolomites

 

OVERVIEW

Soaring high in the sky, Italy's majestic Dolomites mountains play host to our exciting family adventure. From hiking, biking, via ferrata, and rock climbing, to learning about the mountains, unique cultures, and history, there are plenty of options for kids and adults alike. And you’ll find plenty of time for family activities that you can share together

Your days will be spent actively exploring these majestic mountains, while evenings you’ll relish the comfort of small hotels nestled among the surrounding peaks. Cozy wood-paneled bedrooms and big fluffy duvets make for a great end to the day!

You'll spend the first few nights enjoying chic Cortina d’Ampezzo. From here you hike to one of the highest rifugios in the Dolomites, where you will overnight and experience the unique mountain inn style, in addition to its superb panoramas and fascinating WWI relics. You return to Alta Badia, enjoying this bastion of the ancient Ladin culture that remains intact here in the heart of the Dolomites.

The Italian Dolomites are a great destination for family adventures. Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of these jagged mountains, which magically turn from pale gray to gold and pink at dusk. And via ferrata, literally translated as the iron way or iron path, run throughout the Dolomites, incorporating a system of iron ladders to assist hikers on steep mountainous terrain. These trails, originally built and used by WWI soldiers fighting in this region, are an exhilarating way to access spectacular mountain terrain.

But besides the exhilarating hiking, our family trip features mountain biking, the option to travel to the Austrian border, a train ride, swimming pools, waterslides, and a summertime adrenaline adventure park. The Dolomite Mountains truly to have something for everyone, to make this the ultimate family summer vacation!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

"Everyone in our family from age 6 to age 70 was thrilled with the adventures, the hiking, the eating, the accommodations and the spectacular scenery."  – June 2013

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own (private transfer available on request). Check into your hotel, and meet your guide for a trip briefing.

Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') is a chic Venetian town that caters to high society crowd. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, it is a popular sport resort that offers many year-round social activities, shopping, and dining. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for an afternoon hike or to explore the town of Cortina. 
D… Family Friendly Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (4-Star)


Day 2 ~ Mountain Bike Cortina d’Ampezzo / Dobbiaco / San Candido / Cortina d’Ampezzo
One of the best ways to see the Dolomites is by mountain bike. You have the benefit of being off-the-beaten path away from paved roads, and covering more ground and helping you see more of these majestic mountains from trails than you would be able to on foot.

Today you’ll ride from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Dobbiaco, where you’ll have incredible vistas of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a trio of very famous peaks. (28km / 17 miles biking each way.)

For family members (or entire families) seeking more of a challenge, you can ride an additional 44 km (26 miles) to Lienz, Austria, a quaint Austrian village with a fascinating castle. Return by train and bus to Cortina.
B,D… Family Friendly Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (4-Star)


Day 3 ~ Via Ferrata Col dei Bos – WWI Tunnels
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Col Gallina and begin a short hike to the Via Ferrata Col dei Bos.  From the top of Col dei Bos, the views of the surrounding mountains areunforgettable. From here you’ll descend to one of the highest rifugios of the Dolomites (2,750m / 9,022'), your home for tonight.  For children and parents who do not wish to hike or climb a via ferrata, you will transfer to Passo Falzarego to ride the cable car up to the rifugio.

From the rifugio, you will walk to the Galleria del Lagazuoi, a fascinating open-air WWI museum carved into the mountains. Here the Italian and Austro–Hungarian armies dug shelters out of the mountains, transforming them into an impenetrable 20th century fortress of tunnels, trenches, and machine gun posts. Numerous routes take you ona behind-the-scenes tour of a dramatic, high-altitude battles that remain unique in the history of man.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Hike to Alta Badia
After a hearty breakfast at your rifugio this morning, you’ll hike to Capanna Alpina, passing by the Rifugio Scotoni, surrounded by spectacular views of the Cime di Fanis. Hike to the charming mountain village of San Cassiano, from where you’ll take a gondola up to Piz Sorega (2,003m / 6,570'). From here you hike on a wide ridge trail with 360-degree views to your lunch spot at the Rifugio Bioch (2,088m / 6,850'). After lunch you’ll hike an hour down to your family run hotel in the town of Corvara (1,561m / 5,120'), in Alta Badia. (5 hours hiking ~15km / 9.3 miles, 1,500m /4,921’ descent.)
B,D… Family Friendly Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)


Day 5 ~ Biking & Zip-Lining in Alta Badia
You’ll spend most of today biking through Val Badia's scenic Ladin villages, conifer forests, and flower-carpeted fields, surrounded by a fantasy land of lofty rock towers all the while! A variety of cycling options are available, including:

San Vigilio – Bicycle along the river and beautiful larch forests through the towns of the Alta Badia region arriving in the picturesque valley of San Vigilio, the heart of the Dolomites. You’ll have lunch on the way, enjoying fantastic views of the Dolomitic mountains. Return to your hotel by bike or by bus. (5-6 hours biking 30-35km / 19-22 miles, 457m / 1,500' ascent; option for additional 25 km / 17 miles.)

Santa Croce Sanctuary – Cycle through forest and green pasture to a typical Ladino shepherd’s house for lunch. Taste local specialties such as turtres (Ladino vegetable pastries), grilled vegetables, and homemade cakes. After lunch, enjoy an exhilarating descent to the tiny village of San Leonardo, and then ride gravel roads back to your hotel.  (4 hours biking 12km / 7.4 miles, 558m /1,831' ascent and descent.)  

Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park – More challenging, but undoubtedly one of the most panoramic trips that the Dolomites has to offer in the beautiful Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. Ride to the top of the Col Locia massif where superb panoramas await you.You’ll then have excellent biking on the Altopiano di Fanes as you travel to a typical rifugio for lunch. Descend on a gravel road to chic Cortina D’Ampezzo. Afternoon transfer back to Alta Badia. (6-7 hours biking 45km / 28 miles, 1,890m / 6,201' ascent, 900m / 2,953’ descent.)  

In the afternoon, kids can enjoy an adventure park and take an exhilarating zip-line ride where they’ll whip past the canopy of trees from platform to platform (ages 7-14) or try their hand at a ropes course. Other afternoon options include hiking, paragliding, golfing, shopping, or – dare we say it? – relaxing at the spa at your hotel! There truly is something for everyone on this trip!
B,D… Family Friendly Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)


Day 6 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide

Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?            
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World! 

You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Hotels and B&Bs. For details, please contact us!

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PREFER A SELF-GUIDED FAMILY ADVENTURE? 
Check out our Family Traverse in the Dolomites!

 

VENICE EXTENSION
We also offer a "Venice Extension with the Kids" on request!  Play with the pigeons at St. Mark’s Square, climb a campanile, float along the canals, watch a glass blower at work, and so much more!  2 days / 3 nights