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Classic Dolomites - Premium


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  • Holiday code
  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • Departures
    Saturdays from 1 Jan '70 to 1 Jan '70
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights 4-star Hotel Adler, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; one free day.
  • Altitude maximum 2539m (level 3) / 2839m (level 5), average 2300m
  • Not recommended for vertigo sufferers
      from 1 reviews

Ms Kelly says...
An excellent break, well catered for and looked after.
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Italy: The Dolomites

Classic Dolomites - Premium

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 4-star hotel with delicious food, warm family hospitality and wellness centre
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Challenging (level 5) on selected departures
  • SPECIAL OFFER on room upgrades

The small village of Villabassa close to the Austrian border and sandwiched between the spectacular, jagged limestone peaks is the perfect base for this Dolomites walking week. From here we enjoy an excellent choice of routes with the opportunity to relax in comfort at the end of a day's walking.

We venture into the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks for great views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Along the way we also visit numerous open-air museums, reflecting the status of these imposing mountains as the frontline of the fighting between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in WWI. 

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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Typical holiday itinerary

We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Start Villabassa.

Start at the Hotel Adler in Villabassa.The leader will give a short briefing to give an overview of the week ahead and give you any useful information.

Day 2: Walk to the beautiful Lago di Braies (level 3 weeks)

The ideal start to visiting this vast area is a walk straight from the hotel through the very pretty, flower-filled Braies Valley. We walk through small villages and farmland until we reach the magnificent Lago di Braies, one of the 297 glacial lakes in the area. It is certainly one of the most beautiful thanks to being surrounded by jagged peaks that are reflected in the extraordinary mirror-like surface of the lake. We follow the route of 'SS hostages', the leaders of 19 countries who were freed after the First World War by the inhabitants of Villabassa.

Approx. distance 14km, 650m ascent, 255m descent.

Day 3: Walk from the Kreutzberg Pass to the Nemes Alm (level 3 weeks)

Today we explore high pastures and ridges along the Austrian border. We walk steadily exploring the meadows under the ridge of Knieberg. We have great views towards the Rotwand and Monte Popera. Later afternoon we visit Alpe Nemes hut where we could enjoy a drink and a home made apple strudel.

Approx distance 14-16km. 6-700m ascent, 6-700m descent.

Day 4: Walk amongst beautiful wildflowers during the climb up towards Strudelkopf (level 3 weeks)

We start the walk at 2000m altitude walking amongst beautiful wildflowers and ascends to the summit of Strudlekopf (2307m). We stop at the Durrenstein hut in the early afternoon to check the local Kaiserschmarren speciality. On a clear day, from the summit, we can enjoy views of the Tre Cime, Monte Piana and Monte Cristallo.Approx. distance 15km. 500m ascent, 1000m descent.

Day 5: A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities such as self-guided cycling or visit one of the local museums.

A free day to relax in the hotel's wellness centre or take a self-guided cycle ride around this wonderful area. Alternatively, you can make your way to Bolzano to visit a museum dedicated to Oetzi, the 5000 year-old 'iceman' whose remarkably well-preserved body was found in 1991 high on a glacier on the Austro-Italian frontier. Or you could journey to the attractive provincial capital of Lienz in Austria; or closer to the cosy town of Brunico.

Day 6: A memorable circuit around the famous 'three chimneys', Tre Cime di Lavaredo (level 3 weeks)

We enjoy a memorable walk under the famous 'Three Chimneys', or Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen in German). Set amid one of the classic mountain groups of this area, our walk around these impressive peaks is certainly a highlight of the week.

Approx distance 18km, 550m ascent, 1100 descent.

Day 7: Monte Piano (level 3 weeks)

To complete the week, we take the amazing estern approach route up Monte Piana. After 600m ascent we find ourselves upon the flat-topped mountain surrounded by some of the most impressive scenery in the Dolomites. It is the site of an open-air museum dedicated to the First World War where trenches, dugouts and shell craters can be seen amongst the many alpine flowers. On our return, we have time to spot the brilliant blue gentians, alpine white edelweiss and bright saffron that create a beautiful scene around Lake Misurina, thanks to the beautiful pink of the limestone rock.

Approx distance 15km, 700m ascent, 800m descent.

Day 8: End Villabassa.

The tour ends in Villabassa.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotel Adler - 4 Star

The week is based at Hotel Adler, a 4-star hotel in Villabassa. Located on the village square, this quality hotel is considered the 'best in town'. The cosy bar is often busy with locals and there is a relaxing lounge for peaceful reading. Other facilities include a superb indoor pool and wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre. Dinners are a set menu, featuring a mixture of local and international cuisine. The hotel also boasts a renowned a la carte restaurant, featured in the Michelin guide among others, where it is possible to book a table on the days when the evening meal is not included.

All bedrooms have en-suite facilities (some with showers and some with baths), tea/coffee making facilities (for a fee), minibar and TV.  



As part of your holiday, we include a standard room in this 4-star hotel. However, if you wish for even more comfort, the Hotel Adler is able to offer upgrades for a special price, exclusive to Exodus. There are various types of rooms you can choose from. Contact us for prices and availability. 


Single rooms

A limited number of double rooms for single use are available for a supplement.


All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.

Please note an evening meal is not included on the first night, as the group flights may arrive late into Villabassa. Sandwiches or snacks are available at the airport (the leader can suggest options).

For breakfast, the hotel offers a large selection of cereals, fruit, cheese and cold meats, (along with tea and coffee of course).

5 pack lunches are provided by the hotel. Each morning there is a small buffet with items to make your own lunch (e.g. bread rolls, ham, salad...) In an effort to minimise the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery. 

There is a set menu for evening meals (usually 3 or 4 courses), which may include some local specialties such as Speckknodel (dumplings type of dish). Most weeks the hotel will have a traditional Tyrolean evening in the restaurant. 


Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com


Airport transfers from Venice to Villabassa are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Headwater has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.


Transfers to and from the airport, and during the walking programme, will be in a private vehicle (normally minibus). On certain days, we may use public transport.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Train from London

We can book your train travel to this trip. Starting at London St Pancras, you'll change trains in Paris and spend the day travelling through the French Alps and beautiful Italian countryside until you reach Turin. After spending the night in Turin, you'll take the train via Bologna to Venice the following day, making your way to Venice airport to join the group transfer.

On the way back, you'll have the opportunity to spend an evening in both Venice and Paris.

Read more about travelling by train with Exodus here, or call our Sales Consultants for more information.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Villabassa

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Villabassa in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 6pm.




Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Ms Kelly, 17/10/2020

An excellent break, well catered for and looked after.

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