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Organised & Self-guided Walking

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Organised & Self-guided Walking with a Genuine Specialist

Plenty of options for the adventure seeker

  • Via Ferrata – fixed cables, precarious ladders and gorge-spanning bridges
  • Guided Glacier Treks on the Marmolada
  • Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)
  • Alpine Activities – locally-supplied pursuits – paragliding, high ropes, mountain biking and more

Overview

Adventure Options in the Dolomites

The Dolomites offer many alpine activities, which are supplied locally by third parties, many of whom we know well. We offer extensive support for Via Ferrata, which is a key attraction. Indeed, the Dolomites is the ultimate home of Via Ferrata. Also, take a look at the many activities you can do locally, whether you seek an adrenalin rush or something more conventional, such as tennis or horse riding.

Via Ferrata
Dolomites Via Ferrata Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Exposed cables, ladders and bridges

Dedicated Via Ferrata Office Hour staff offering
extensive support and info for self guiding.

Via Ferrata is a key Dolomites attraction and we are in the greatest concentration of Via Ferrata in the world. Originally built to assist military movements during WWI, Via Ferrata are protected scrambling routes, comprised of fixed cables, ladders and gorge-spanning bridges, which assist your ascent of dramatic massifs, after which you can walk on to a nearby rifugio or descend back to the start via a path.

You can do the Via Ferrata of your choice as and when you please, although you should be well prepared, vertigo-free, sure-footed, reasonably fit and aware of alpine dangers. Collett’s offers extensive support for self-guided Via Ferrata. We host a dedicated Via Ferrata Office Hour each evening (except Wednesdays) offering information and opinions on numerous exciting local routes.

You can browse our Ideas & Info Files, which detail up to 20 local Via Ferrata and on a daily basis you can borrow a Collett’s Route Laminate, which will correspond to the route of your choice. We keep up-to-date weather reports, which are essential for planning. At our Via Ferrata Office Hour you will meet other enthusiasts and it is not uncommon for guests to team up to do mutually attractive itineraries together.

We can also help you with quick and hassle-free kit hire and we can introduce you to local mountain guides (available at discounted rates through Collett’s), should you prefer the security of their expertise. For self guided Via Ferrata, a hire car is recommended, as routes are generally off the beaten track. Guides are not cheap, but they do provide transport and kit.

Marmolada Summit
Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m) with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Guided Via Ferrata to summit of Marmolada (3343m)

Book directly with the Guides’ office

The summit ascent begins with a trek across the glacier to a ridge at the western end of the majestic and vast south wall, (800m high & 3km wide) before using one of the area’s most famous and exposed Via Ferrata to reach the summit (Grade 4C). You return by descending a wall just below the summit and down the glacier. Whilst the Summit Trek is not technically difficult; its length, exposure and altitude (along with the descent of the summit wall and glacier) demand some alpine experience, a head for heights and a good level of fitness. The summit ascent is generally possible from mid-June to the end of August.

The summit treks are booked directly with the Guides’ office, and we can help you organise this in resort. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

Glacier Trek
Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)  with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Trek the glacier of the Marmolada (3343m)

Book directly with the Guides’ office

During the summer months you can trek across the glacier with the local Alpine guides in groups of up to six, traversing crevasses over snow and blue ice. The Marmolada (3343m) is the highest peak in the Dolomites. Its brilliant white glacier dominates many a beautiful panorama and is much admired by walkers from near and distant trails. These excursions go to the snout of the glacier via the ‘yoghurt pot’ lifts. You will see positions taken up by soldiers in WWI and make your way to the Marmolada’s second summit, Punta Rocca. A sound level of fitness is required for this trek but alpine experience is not necessary.

Glacier treks are popular and should be booked directly with the Guides’ office, and we can assist with this whilst you are in resort. All necessary equipment is provided. Prices do not include lifts or lunch but a small snack pack is provided. If bad weather causes cancellation before you have embarked on the trek, your money is refunded.

Activities

High Ropes, Paragliding, Rafting, Bike Trails, Sport Climbing & more

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The Dolomites offer you the opportunity to partake in a wide range of alpine pursuits, whether you want an adrenalin rush or something more relaxing. In our Ideas & Information Files we provide details of mountain bike itineraries of varying grades. We can also help you hire good mountain bikes and road cycles too through local suppliers, who we know well.

There are numerous other alpine pursuits at your disposal, which are supplied on a seasonal basis by third parties, many of whom we have known for many years. The High Ropes Garden at Corvara is a great half day out. There are courses for various levels of courage! Either way, its cables, bridges, cargo nets, flying fox zip wires and ladders are not for the faint-hearted.

Over the years we have booked numerous guests on to whitewater rafting and canyoning excursions in the Val Aurina, an hour away by road. In Corvara, there is outdoor swimming, paragliding, ice skating, tennis, a climbing wall, archery and golf. Corvara’s 9 hole golf course is Europe’s second highest and the backdrops are breathtaking.

For a gentler option, you could try boating at Lake Alleghe. There is indoor swimming at La Villa and Canazei. Another enchanting way of enjoying the landscapes is to get on a horse and hack out on to the high plains. Whatever you might like to do, we will be glad to help. Come and see us at Office Hour and we will be happy to give you the necessary information and get on the phone to book something on your behalf. Naturally, having a car is generally essential for getting to activity centres that are not in the Alta Badia.

Accommodation
Walking Holiday Accommodation in the Dolomites

At a glance - our walking holiday accommodation in the Dolomites

Click here for more detail and photography

As with everything at Collett’s, we offer you choice and flexibility where accommodation is concerned. Whether you are driven by budget or by a desire to self indulge, all our accommodation is delightful and we should have something just right. Whatever you choose, you are always a guest of Collett's. You are therefore welcome at Office Hour, where you can sign up to any of the organised walks that take your fancy, plan self guided walking, book locally supplied activities or acquire information on places of interest. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to one of our chalet hotels for help or local information.

Our Chalet Hotels

Our chalet hotels are immensely popular. They combine the relaxed feeling of being ‘at home’ with the bonus of being well looked after and superbly fed. Add to this the really pleasant social dynamic that prevails when guests have had an inspirational day out and then sit down for a delicious three course dinner (with wine included) in the good company of other guests, who have largely similar interests. Many guests return year after year for this genuinely charming atmosphere, not to mention the beautiful locations, attractive en suite bedrooms, access to local information and our warm ever-present hospitality.

An Exquisite Mountain Hotel

In the Dolomites, we feature an exquisite mountain hotel in Corvara. It is run seamlessly by the family that owns it - you can expect really lovely accommodation, sublime food and outstanding service plus a heart-warming focus on your comfort and well-being – nothing is too much trouble. We hold Office Hour in the hotel each evening (except Wednesday) should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

Self-Catering

If you would prefer to self cater, we have various apartments in and around Corvara. All of them are within easy walking distance of the shops and village amenities. Wherever you stay it is easy to wander to one of our chalet hotels and drop in on Office Hour, should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

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Breathtaking scenery, coffee stops and famous passes

  • Cycle the classic passes of the Italian Dolomites

 

Overview
Dolomites Road Cycling Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Cycling with Collett’s

Whilst most of our guests come to the Dolomites for the walking, the area also offers world class road cycling from the door. For regular cyclists we can recommend a wide range of self-guided cycle routes across the famous Dolomiti mountain passes. Bike hire is available locally with a choice of quality, light-weight road bikes available (e.g. the latest models from Cervelo & Pinarello) which we can help you arrange. The emphasis is on an enjoyable day out in iconic cycling territory, much made famous by the Giro d’Italia and the Maratona dles Dolomites. So – if you fancy something different – simply drop into Office Hour to see if any of the proposed routes takes your fancy.

Bikes & Hire

Bikes & Bike Hire in the Dolomites

Dolomites Road Cycling Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

In the Dolomites we can help you hire good quality road bikes. We work with three reputable hire shops in the Alta Badia. Available models include Merida Scultura 905, KTM Strada 4000, Pinarello & Scott. Frames are generally carbon fibre with Shimano gear and braking systems. You will pay approximately €40 for a day’s hire, whilst a six day rental would range from €150-€180 depending on the make, model and supplier. Bikes can be pre-booked, so please contact us well in advance of your holiday in this respect, especially if you are staying with us in July and August when demand is generally higher.

Naturally, if you would prefer to bring your own bike, we can offer you secure storage. If you are flying to either Venice or Treviso with a bike and you require transfers to the Dolomites, we would be happy to transfer your bike(s) although a supplement of £25 per bike is applied.

Bike Rental Details
CONTACTRenatoEvoEvoRoss
LocationBIKE TOP (BADIA)BREAK OUT
(CORVARA AND LA VILLA)
BREAK OUT
(CORVARA AND LA VILLA)
SPORT KOSTNER
(CORVARA)
OPTION TO PREBOOKYESYESYESYES
OPTION TO BOOK ON ARRIVALYES - flexible (25 road bikes)PREFERED ADVANCED BOOKINGS - limited stock (18 road bikes)PREFERED ADVANCED BOOKINGS - limited stock (18 road bikes)NO - limited stock (4 road bikes)
DISCOUNTYES - 10%NONOYES - 10%
TYPESTANDARD BIKESTANDARD BIKEHIGH END BIKESTANDARD BIKE
KTM Strada 4000 Pinarello, Scott Pinarello Dogma F8 Merida Scultura 905
1 DAY RENTAL COST€39.00 (Approx)€40.00 (Approx) €75.00 (Approx) €44.00 (Approx)
6 DAY RENTAL COST€180.00 (Approx)€185.00 (Approx)€420.00 (Approx) €200.00 (Approx)
FRAMECarbon FibreCarbon FibreCarbon FibreCarbon Fibre
GEAR SYSTEMShimano Ultegra, Shimano 105Shimano 105Shimano Dura Ace Electric GearingShimano Ultegra Electric
BRAKING SYSTEMShimano Ultegra, Shimano 105
Shimano 105ShimanoMerida Road Pro

History
Dolomites Road Cycling Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

History

Cycling is ingrained into the Italian culture and is the third most popular sport in the country. The Dolomites are central to this and have been bringing eager cyclists to the area for over 100 years. These majestic mountains have become increasingly associated with cycling as a result of the Giro D’Italia, Italy’s most famous annual bike race. The mountain stages of the Giro have been passing through the Dolomites since 1937 when Passo Costalunga was first included. Since then many more passes have featured in the race and have become notorious through epic battles between professional cyclists. Today the Dolomites are home to cyclists from all walks of life, from professional teams to the 70 year old Sunday afternoon riders.

Roads
Dolomites Road Cycling Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

The Roads

The roads in the Dolomites are an amazing feat of engineering. So many of the mountain passes have been tamed by the construction of a winding asphalt road that creeps its way to the top, one hairpin bend at a time. A high density of interconnected passes in such a small area creates numerous natural circuits, and many possibilities for road cycling. Keeping roads in good condition in a mountainous environment is a difficult task that the Italians do well; annually repaving rough stretches of roads to ensure that cyclists have a safe and enjoyable ride. As well as being well maintained the roads are also cyclist friendly. While they are shared by cyclist and motorists alike the motorist in Italy have a much better awareness of the cyclist on the road. You will often find yourself in the majority when riding a bike in the Dolomites.

Weather
Road Cycling in the Dolomites

The summer months in the Dolomites (June-September) provide perfect weather for the cyclist. With less annual rainfall than the majority of the alps and the least of that precipitation falling in South Tyrol you are almost guaranteed to have some sunshine during your stay. With maximum average temperatures of 25 Celsius you will never be too hot and there will more than likely be a gentle breeze to keep you cool on those long climbs.

Races & Events
Dolomites Road Cycling Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

The popularity of cycling in the Dolomites is such that several races and events have been introduced over the years to cater for demand. Two of the most noteworthy of these events are the Maratona Dles Dolomites and the Sella Ronda Bike Day. Introduced in 1987 the Maratona Dles Dolomites is now an annual sportif event that is always well over 100km and takes in a number of the mountain passes near Alta Badia. Growing from 160 riders in 1987 to nearly 10,000 in 2013 the Maratona Dles Dolomites is becoming ever more popular and it is increasingly difficult to get a spot on the starting line up. The Sella Ronda is famous year round, a popular skiing itinerary in the winter and cycling in the summer. The 55km tour around the Sella Massif take in 4 mountain passes. Since 2005 the authorities have introduced one day a year where the entire circuit is closed to motorised traffic. Thousands of cyclists have the roads to themselves in what is a truly unique cycling event. This event has proved so popular that in 2017 it will be held twice, in June and September.

Free and optional days out with a theme

  • WWI – explore the remnants of a fascinating mountain conflict

Overview

Every August we welcome Dr John Scanlon to the Dolomites and 4 times a week you can join him on his amazing World War I walks. As usual, you can join these itineraries as and when you please at no extra cost. Simply drop into Office Hour to obtain details and sign up. For road cyclists, the Dolomites need no introduction; a wealth of subject matter and many exquisite painting locations await any casual artists, whilst the remnants of the WW1 mountain conflict between Austria and Italy will amaze you and are found in an area of startling beauty and drama.

The informal and friendly tuition of our resort artist is available every Monday and Friday free of charge. While away a few peaceful hours in an idyllic location trying to capture something of the splendour before your eyes. You will find subject matter wherever you look, from the magnificent peaks with their unique shapes to the delicate beauty of a single wildflower. We welcome beginners and experts alike. Simply drop into Office Hour if you fancy a slow-paced and relaxing day out armed with watercolours, a packed lunch and no end of things to paint!

World War Walks

Explore a staggering WWI battleground high in the Dolomites

World War I Historical Walks - Dolomites - The White War

Dr John Scanlon is a retired GP with a big personality and a profound interest in WW1 history. He has been visiting the Dolomites with Collett’s for many years specifically to explore the terrain that characterised the unique military struggle that unfolded here between 1915 and 1918 between the Austrians and the Italians.

This terrain happens to be at the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you will find anywhere in the world. One hundred years on from the end of the Great War, John is offering some breathtaking walks (four days weekly and free of charge) from 3 to 31 August. John talks about this fascinating historical subject in a most absorbing and entertaining fashion, whilst accompanying you on breathtaking moderate and high level walks, punctuated by trenches, tunnels, protected paths (formerly troop paths) and other poignant remnants of a tragic conflict. To read more about John’s walks and occasional lectures, click here.

If you visit us before August, as a private group you can book a guided WW1 tour with Isabelle Johnson, a local historian. Isabelle’s walks need to be pre-booked directly with Isabelle. She charges €150 per group of up to 10 people.

Accommodation
Walking Holiday Accommodation in the Dolomites

At a glance - our walking holiday accommodation in the Dolomites

Click here for more detail and photography

As with everything at Collett’s, we offer you choice and flexibility where accommodation is concerned. Whether you are driven by budget or by a desire to self indulge, all our accommodation is delightful and we should have something just right. Whatever you choose, you are always a guest of Collett's. You are therefore welcome at Office Hour, where you can sign up to any of the organised walks that take your fancy, plan self guided walking, book locally supplied activities or acquire information on places of interest. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to one of our chalet hotels for help or local information.

Our Chalet Hotels

Our chalet hotels are immensely popular. They combine the relaxed feeling of being ‘at home’ with the bonus of being well looked after and superbly fed. Add to this the really pleasant social dynamic that prevails when guests have had an inspirational day out and then sit down for a delicious three course dinner (with wine included) in the good company of other guests, who have largely similar interests. Many guests return year after year for this genuinely charming atmosphere, not to mention the beautiful locations, attractive en suite bedrooms, access to local information and our warm ever-present hospitality.

An Exquisite Mountain Hotel

In the Dolomites, we feature an exquisite mountain hotel in Corvara. It is run seamlessly by the family that owns it - you can expect really lovely accommodation, sublime food and outstanding service plus a heart-warming focus on your comfort and well-being – nothing is too much trouble. We hold Office Hour in the hotel each evening (except Wednesday) should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

Self-Catering

If you would prefer to self cater, we have various apartments in and around Corvara. All of them are within easy walking distance of the shops and village amenities. Wherever you stay it is easy to wander to one of our chalet hotels and drop in on Office Hour, should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

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A paradise for walkers, whatever your interests, however fit

Join free daily organised walks or self guide – or do a mix of both

  • Harder High Level Hikes & Moderate Easier Walks
  • Flower Walks thoughout June & July, and WWI Walks in August

Overview
Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's Mountain Holidays

Walking in the Dolomites on a Collett’s holiday

For walkers, we offer memorable days out in an area with UNESCO World Heritage status. Corvara provides superb access to beautiful walks of all grades. We are flanked by two natural parks: the Fanes to the east, stretching dramatically towards Cortina, and by the Puez-Odle to the west, extending equally dramatically to the Val Gardena. To the south, we have a vast natural plinth, Monte Sella (3152m) and our highest peak, the Marmolada (3343m), Queen of the Dolomites. Our walks are tried and tested gems, off the beaten track – breathtaking. Easier options are punctuated by exquisite wildflower meadows, sleepy hamlets, traditional farmsteads, riverside and woodland tracks, whilst the challenging itineraries will expose you to the most dramatic rock formations in the world.

The Walking
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Stunning high and medium level walks & gentle strolls

From our doorstep, you can venture out on numerous waymarked trails that traverse the awe-inspiring massifs that comprise our surroundings. These trails meander at all levels and it is easy to stay within your comfort zone. Every walk will expose you to breathtaking alpine scenery, not to mention some fascinating fauna and also some of Europe’s most celebrated floral sites.

Moderate & Easier Walking

Whether you self-guide or join our daily organised walks, the intermediate walker and gentle stroller will thrive on the many waymarked paths, which wend their way at low and medium altitude between picturesque hamlets and villages. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery in many different ways, perhaps meandering casually for two or three hours on riverside tracks and through wildflower-strewn meadows, or by venturing a little higher up on to the woodland trails, upland pastures, and occasionally the lower rocky reaches of the massifs themselves. Many of these routes were originally hunting or smuggling trails.

Welcoming mountain huts, known as rifugios, are dotted around this extensive network of numbered paths, each one with its own sun terrace, on which walkers can soak up their magical surroundings, whilst enjoying well-earned refreshment.

Some people come here with specific intentions: fossil collectors love the region’s rich geology; artists and photographers try to capture their own visions of these unique mountains; bird and wildlife observers can admire a diverse range of fauna and, whilst spotting a pair of golden eagles is fortunate, sightings of buzzards, chamois, deer and the comical marmots punctuate many lower level walks.

High Level Walking

It is hard to think of anywhere in Europe that offers the high level walker such good access to such an extensive network of sensational walks on waymarked trails and protected paths. It is all on our doorstep. At every turn, you are exposed to the most mesmerising landscapes, whilst enjoying a choice of routes that suit individual fitness levels.

From Corvara and Badia, you can venture on foot into both the Puez Odle and Fanes national parks on walks of a lifetime. Just to the south of Corvara the valley reaches its terminus
and here we are towered over by the colossal flanks of Monte Sella, a natural plinth, monumental in size and splendour, where you might easily spend a week without repeating the
same walk.

Further afield, yet still within easy access, there is Cristallo (3221m), Tofana (3244m), Lagazuoi & Cinque Torre (2800m) with its World War Tunnels and Open-air WWI Museum and, of course, the Marmolada (3343m), Queen of the Dolomites, with its brilliant white glacier dominating many a panorama. The rifugios are a welcome part of high level walking in the Dolomites. The welcome is warm and the food, service and refreshment are excellent and affordable. Opening on a seasonal basis, they vary from timbered huts to stone lodges. They offer unforgettable panoramas from their sun terraces. Some are close to chairlifts and cable car stations, others are remote, perhaps sitting where two trails meet. Finding the rifugios is easy, as there are good trail signs at regular intervals. Once there, a feeling of camaraderie prevails amongst walkers.

Protected Paths

Protected paths get the adrenalin going. They are the very simplest form of the Via Ferrata (Grade 1a) and they exist because of the exceptional physical nature of the high Dolomitic terrain. Fixed cables assist walkers on ledges, while bridges precariously span spectacular gorges to keep you on the move. These routes are breathtaking and on them you will access places and witness landscapes that will stay with you forever. Like certain Via Ferrata, some protected paths are old troop paths from the First World War. The principal areas of interest are Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri, both theatres of war between 1915 and 1918. Click here for more about the Great war in the Dolomites and our war walks.

Our Organised Walks
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Daily, Free & Optional – Unfailingly Breathtaking

Your stay will surely be enhanced by our own walkers. You can join them day to day on stunning walks – except Wednesdays, our local day-off. You simply choose the walk that takes your fancy – see below. All our walks take place in a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. Armed with a packed lunch (available to all guests at €6 each), we generally set out at about 9am and, depending on the itinerary, return to the village in the mid or late afternoon, allowing you enough time to relax after the walk, maybe over a drink on the terrace or a stroll into the village. Here are the walks we offer on a daily basis:

A High Level or Harder Walk

Height Gain: 600m – 1200m, 5-7 hours
Venture into the massifs on high trails amidst awe-inspiring landscapes.

A Moderate Walk

Height Gain: 300m – 600m, 4–6 hours
Upland flower pastures, woodland trails, riverside tracks, sleepy hamlets and some easier higher level paths

Easy Walk

Height Gain: 150m, 2-4 hours
Gentle walks in idyllic locations

Flower Walk

Height Gain: 150m – 300m, 3-5 hours
June & July only not Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Join our wildflower enthusiasts in profuse and vivid pastures and on carefully selected routes, where rare species flourish

Please click here for notes concerning our weekly day off (Wednesday), seasonality, transport and joining our organised walks at your own risk.

Self Guiding
Dolomites Walking Holiday Ideas and Information

Ideas & Information

Daily access to the extensive local knowledge of our own walkers

Some days – or every day even – you might prefer to walk independently. The intimate knowledge of our own walkers is available every evening at Office Hour, where you can browse maps with them and create a succession of wonderful self guided walks to suit your ambitions. You can also refer to our invaluable Ideas & Information Files, which feature many walks of all grades, from idyllic riverside or meadow strolls to challenging and dramatic high trails. For each walk we give the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. You can also borrow on a daily basis an easy-to-carry Route Laminate for each itinerary. The files also contain numerous Via Ferrata options, scenic drives, places of interest, bike rides, ideas for rainy days (as if!) and other days out.

Office Hour
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Planning your days and more at Office Hour

In all our destinations, Office Hour takes place each early evening (except Wednesdays) at your accommodation or within easy walking distance of it. Over maps and a relaxing, pre-dinner drink, you can chat with our own walkers about the following day’s organised walks. Together you can decide which walk might suit you best. Self guiders can get ideas and route information. You can also browse the wonderful walks of all grades in our Ideas & Information Files. You can also talk with our flower walkers in case you choose to join them the following day. We can also help you with Via Ferrata and locally provided activities, such as horse-riding, paragliding, mountain biking etc.

It’s Office Hour that really makes the holiday…
Sarah & John Gilman, New Mills

Office Hour is nothing like as formal as its name suggests. Whilst it is a most popular and effective feature of a Collett’s Holiday, it is also entirely optional and many guests just drop in for a sociable drink with other guests. Meanwhile, flower lovers might compare photographs and gather around digital cameras to identify species. Walkers might busy themselves mulling over trails, from the idyllic to the awe-inspiring. Adventure seekers might plan Via Ferrata excursions. Either way, another memorable day in the mountains takes shape, leaving you to enjoy the evening with everything sorted.

Accommodation
Walking Holiday Accommodation in the Dolomites

At a glance - our walking holiday accommodation in the Dolomites

Click here for more detail and photography

As with everything at Collett’s, we offer you choice and flexibility where accommodation is concerned. Whether you are driven by budget or by a desire to self indulge, all our accommodation is delightful and we should have something just right. Whatever you choose, you are always a guest of Collett's. You are therefore welcome at Office Hour, where you can sign up to any of the organised walks that take your fancy, plan self guided walking, book locally supplied activities or acquire information on places of interest. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to one of our chalet hotels for help or local information.

Our Chalet Hotels

Our chalet hotels are immensely popular. They combine the relaxed feeling of being ‘at home’ with the bonus of being well looked after and superbly fed. Add to this the really pleasant social dynamic that prevails when guests have had an inspirational day out and then sit down for a delicious three course dinner (with wine included) in the good company of other guests, who have largely similar interests. Many guests return year after year for this genuinely charming atmosphere, not to mention the beautiful locations, attractive en suite bedrooms, access to local information and our warm ever-present hospitality.

An Exquisite Mountain Hotel

In the Dolomites, we feature an exquisite mountain hotel in Corvara. It is run seamlessly by the family that owns it - you can expect really lovely accommodation, sublime food and outstanding service plus a heart-warming focus on your comfort and well-being – nothing is too much trouble. We hold Office Hour in the hotel each evening (except Wednesday) should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

Self-Catering

If you would prefer to self cater, we have various apartments in and around Corvara. All of them are within easy walking distance of the shops and village amenities. Wherever you stay it is easy to wander to one of our chalet hotels and drop in on Office Hour, should you wish to sign up to an organised walk or get information for self guiding or other days out.

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festivals, concerts, markets and a hive of alpine activity in the Alta Badia and beyond

  • Discounts – for children at our chalet hotels
  • A vibrant high season atmosphere and landscapes that will captivate the kids

August in the Dolomites

It may come as a surprise, but August has always been the quietest of our summer months in the Dolomites. Do people worry about the heat or the hustle and bustle? Or is the beach a better option? With so much to do and more folkloric and cultural events than any other month, we think August is a great time to visit the Dolomites.

August in the Alta Badia
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A delightful ‘buzz’ and so much to see and do

The weather in August is generally excellent but it is seldom too hot for walking. Certainly, there were a few days in the very hot summer of 2003 when some guests decided (correctly in retrospect!) that it was too hot to walk and opted instead for a day by the swimming lake in Corvara. Generally August is a sunny month but not too hot. That said, a few years ago we had some snow on 3rd August!

As for the hustle and bustle of high season, yes, it can be busy during the Italian National Holidays (5th to 18th August), notably around the weekend of 11th August, an Italian festival called Ferragosto, but it is a charming kind of ‘busy’ which brings a happy and colourful vibrancy to the villages. Shops, cafes and restaurants thrive and an uplifting holiday atmosphere takes over.

Inevitably, as the Italians are on their national holidays, many events are organised, including concerts (modern and traditional), vintage car rallies, village festivals, street markets etc. Walkers on the high trails will come across male voice choirs at remote mountain huts and cars in the valleys are held up by marching bands and, occasionally, livestock in search of greener pastures.

In Corvara, people sunbathe in the landscaped grounds of the swimming lake, colourful paragliders soar overhead before coming to ground in a meadow, where there is archery, trampolining and a climbing wall. Nearby, people play tennis, whilst others cool down at the ice rink, where there is an ice disco once or twice a week in the evenings. Above the village golfers enjoy Europe’s second highest golf course, where the backdrops are magnificent. Nothing too much changes at Collett’s. We know which walks to avoid and as much as possible we lay on organised walks, which are off the beaten track.

Family Discounts in August

We host many families, to whom we have always offered discounts – these are detailed here.

The most beautiful mountains in the world?

  • Staggering peaks tower over idyllic valleys and picturesque villages
  • The sheer natural splendour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Introducing the Dolomites
Dolomites Walking Holidays

The South Tyrol at its most majestic

In Corvara, we believe we are at the heart of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful mountains. Over the years it has been a genuine pleasure to watch the reaction of our guests as they arrive and are awe-struck by their surroundings. The close harmony of startling and monumental rock formations with the enchanting alpine valley landscapes of wildflower-strewn pastures and picturesque Tyrolean villages is as enchanting as it is staggering.

The Majesty of the Dolomites
Walking Holidays in ItalyWalking Holidays in the South Tyrol

The Crown Jewels of the Alps

With their explosive shapes and unique colours, the Dolomites are the crown jewels of the Alps. At every turn you are stopped in your tracks by their sheer magnificence. We know you will share our appreciation of this natural splendour. It is a paradise for walkers, flower enthusiasts, artists, photographers, Via Ferrata and alpine enthusiasts or anyone seeking out the tranquillity of an idyllic alpine retreat.

The unspoilt Tyrolean villages bewitch you on a human scale with wooden chalets in a landscape of wildflower-strewn pastures, while the colossal natural monuments, which are the Dolomites, tower above you; castles of rock, which soar to the sky as if frozen in mid-explosion.

The Dolomites lie in Italy’s northernmost region, the Trentino/South Tyrol, which borders Austria and Switzerland to the north. To the south are the alluring historical cities of Venice and Verona. Geologists believe they were heaved up by great movements in the earth’s crust 50 million years ago when Europe and Africa collided. Since then the actions of ice and water have carved them into overwhelming sculptural forms. More recently history has shaped the area. After WWI, the area passed from Austria to Italy. Mussolini failed to italianise the region and the area now thrives on the harmonious co-existence of the Austrian and Italian cultures in a region where Latin meets Germanic.

Add to these cultures, the influence of a modern mountain-dwelling community with an enlightened, yet conservative approach to tourism and the result is a unique atmosphere of character and charm in a place, where there is lots to see and do.

The Glorious Alta Badia – Corvara & the Alta Badia
Badia - South TyrolColfosco Church, South Tyrol Walking on the Pralongia Plateau in Italy

Our enchanting village in an idyllic valley

The Alta Badia in the central Dolomites is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps. Unsurprisingly, the area acquired UNESCO World Heritage status in 2009. The valley wends its way below majestic peaks to Monte Sella (3152m), a glorious and colossal plinth, which typifies the drama created by the proximity of amazing rock formations and idyllic alpine valleys. It is home to our chalet hotels, hotels and apartments. We are in the villages of Corvara, which boasts superb access to numerous walks of all grades, as well as Via Ferrata, locally-supplied alpine activities and places of interest. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll soon be glad you came.

Corvara has a stunning backdrop of startling rock formations. These glow rose pink at sunset, as if on fire. This mystical phenomenon is the Enrosadira and is arguably at its best in September. People gaze in awe from the valleys, which by contrast are characterised by wildflower-strewn pastures, woodland and sleepy hamlets, where the window boxes of old farmhouses overflow with colour.

Don’t agonise over where to stay. The Natural Parks in which we walk are easily accessed from all of our accommodation options. For non-drivers, there are regular buses between local villages and they are also joined by a riverside track and several higher woodland trails. Whichever accommodation you choose, you will have good access to walks, fantastic views, idyllic flower meadows and easy woodland trails, where you can meander at leisure.

For high level walking, trails leave Corvara for the high rocky terrain of the Puez Odle and Fanes National Parks, which spectacularly dominate the valley and offer countless, dramatic itineraries.

Corvara is the principal village of the Alta Badia and has two gondolas, one to the Pralongià Plateau at 1980m for easier and moderate walks, the other to the eastern turrets of the Sella at 2152m for amazing high level walks and also two Via Ferrata. It has a variety of shops, cafés and many sports facilities, including skating, a swimming lake, climbing wall, golf, tennis, archery etc.

Walking Holidays and more in the Italian Dolomites

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