In the Dolomites, everywhere there is colour. From the soft pink stone and the brilliant blues of the 297 glacial lakes that are such a feature of the region, to the bright saffron, blue gentians, alpine edelweiss and wild lilies that jostle vividly in lush summer meadows. And the evening light that turns towering rock walls into a glowing panoply of pinks is nothing short of breathtaking. This is outstanding walking territory, made even more enjoyable by the legendary hospitality of the mountain people.
The Dolomites are just not like any other mountains. Hidden away in the north-east corner of Italy they still remain a real haven from commercial tourism and provide a dramatic ever changing landscape ideal for exploring on a walking holiday. Sixty million years of erosion have sculpted awesome jagged spires, hanging glaciers, tortured columns and 'moonscape' plateaux; a spectacular backdrop to the open pastures, staggering array of wild flowers and gently undulating woods where you're walking.
The Italian Dolomites are a Mecca for high-level walkers and this holiday combines superbly varied walking by day with luxury 4 star comfort at night - a highly sought-after mix! Excellent birdspotting, stunning flowers and unrivalled Alpine views.
Spectacular riding from the stunning Dolomites to Venice. Starting from Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol, you'll follow gentle riverside tracks through fragrant orchards and vineyards to reach Lake Garda. Continue the ride through the beautiful cities of Verona, Padova and finally exploring the canals and waterways of Venice.
This single centre, self-guided walking week gives easy access to some of the most stunning alpine scenery. Picture postcard villages surrounded by alpine meadows and the jagged limestone mountains of the UNESCO Dolomites.