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Breathtaking walks in the world’s most beautiful mountains
Plus optional flower walks & WWI walks from the South Tyrol’s prettiest valley
- High Level Hikes, Moderate Walks & Easy Idyllic Strolls – free, daily and optional
- Self-guiding – everything you need for up to 40 magnificent walks – from easy to hard
- Arrive and depart on the days and dates of your choice – stay as long as you wish
- An exquisite hotel, 2 delightful chalet hotels, a Tyrolean guesthouse and self-catering
- Fly-drive, self-drive or book a Collett’s airport transfer from Venice or Venice Treviso
An awe-inspiring and heart-warming holiday with flexibility throughout
On a Classic Collett’s Walking Holiday in the Dolomites, you arrive in the glorious Alta Badia on the day you choose and stay for as long as you wish. Every day – except Wednesdays – you can join one of two breathtaking walks, both free and optional. Or – on any day you wish – you can self-guide on one of 40 wonderful local walks – from easy to hard.
Daily, we offer you a high level hike and an easier moderate walk. Every walk is a tried and tested gem, rich in flora, fauna and beautiful scenery. There are also wildflower walks (June & July), World War Walks (August).
Simply choose day to day the option that takes your fancy, planning your days each early evening at Office Hour. Over a pre-dinner drink with other guests, browse maps and chat with our walkers, perhaps signing up to one of their walks or using their extensive knowledge to plan self guiding. Then enjoy an excellent dinner with everything planned for the following day.
Our Ideas & Information Files are painstakingly researched and present you with numerous walks, bike routes, scenic drives and local places of interest – they will absorb you for hours! We can also help you do Via Ferrata, glacier treks and locally-supplied alpine activities.
As for your accommodation, the options are excellent: an exquisite hotel, two delightful chalet hotels, a Tyrolean guesthouse and attractive self catering apartments. We are based in beautiful Corvara, the principal village of the Alta Badia with a strategic location for walkers that is the envy of the Dolomites. Lazy days are fine by us and it is easy to relax in this beautiful mountain retreat.
Travel & Airport Transfers – Getting to the Dolomites is easy enough. You can fly-drive via Venice, Treviso, Verona, Milan, Innsbruck or Munich. Some guests self-drive – we’re about 12 hours from Calais. We also provide airport transfers 4 days a week from Venice.
6 June to 27 September 2020.
Accommodation in Corvara & Badia
Arrive and depart on the days of your choice – stay with us for as long as you wish.
An Exquisite Hotel – from £995 pppw half-board.
Two Chalet Hotels – from £795 pppw half-board.
Self Catering Apartments– from £395 pppw.
Packed lunches available daily.
We offer the following options free of charge every day except Wednesdays:
High Level or Harder Walk
Easier Moderate Walk
Flower Walk (June & July – not Wednesdays or Saturdays)
World War I Walk (1-28 August 2020 – 4 days a week)
We have everything you need to self-guide on up 40 wonderful local walks, from idyllic strolls to high adventurous treks, plus 20 Via Ferrata routes.
Browse our abundant Ideas & Information Files at your leisure or meet up with our own walkers at Office Hour. Borrow ‘Route Laminates’ on a daily basis to assist you with your chosen itineraries.
Supplied by local guides, which we can arrange for you
Via Ferrata Ascent of Marmolada
Glacier Trek on Marmolada
Numerous options available locally through 3rd parties on a seasonal basis.
Discounts for children in August.
Travel & Transport
Fly-drive: Venice, Treviso, Verona, Milan, Innsbruck or Munich.
Self-drive: Calais (12-14 hours).
Transfers: to and from Venice & Treviso Airports available on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Venice: Add a stay in Venice.
Local Transport: Car provides total flexibility but there are numerous options for non-drivers.
Twin Centre Option
Austria – North Tyrol & Bavarian Alps – 3hrs.
Austria – East Tyrol – 2hrs
As I entered the kitchen on my usual morning breakfast duty I was welcomed with the words ‘Today is the Ferragosto!’ Now I’d heard that this Italian holiday was due soon but I didn’t know what it was all about, and so I made it my personal duty to hit the streets with my camera.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful afternoon as I wandered in to La Villa. A stream of cars quickly grew on entrance to the town as the parade prepared to set off down the main street – my timing was perfect! I found a small grass ledge, a perfect viewpoint amongst the large gathering of local people, and stood bursting with excitement as the brass band started to play.
The crowd balanced on the kerb, a camera in every hand as the procession passed by. A mixture of South Tyrolean traditions were on display; farming techniques, different musical instruments, bakery delights and even a parade of how skiing has changed over the years. Beautiful dresses were worn by the women and the men proudly flaunted their lederhosen. As the last float passed, a multitude of people followed behind, walking to the beat of the drum. To the left of me people stood on benches and lent over balconies to get a better look, whilst to the right Grappa shots were being handed out to each participant in the parade (it wouldn’t have been a proper Italian holiday without it).
Outside the ski school, under a large marquee, a fantastic atmosphere had evolved as people sipped their beer whilst enjoying the sound of a jazz band as children ran round with their ice-cream. Hot food was available on every corner creating some very tempting smells as I wandered through the ever growing crowd of people.
I had to reluctantly pull myself away from the celebration to investigate the festivities in Corvara that afternoon. As usual for a Thursday the main road was closed to traffic; instead an army of people filled the street, leaving barely a trace of tarmac. With impeccable timing once again, I joined the road only to be swallowed by a mass of people following music down the street. P-Funking, a quirky modern jazz band, jived their way along route to the open air stage, stopping periodically to allow their audience to grow. Their energy and passion for music radiated out into the crowd and all I could see were big grins and tapping feet.
Just down the way, a reggae band had set up stage on the pavement. The sound of the singers’ voice bouncing off buildings attracted many people to watch. Para-gliders looming behind Sassongher surely had the best seat in the house as they slowly descended over the town. I could have stood all night watching the band work together to create such perfect music for such an occasion.
The day was filled with a huge sense of pride; a proud culture, a people proud of their South Tyrolean traditions and lifestyle. I myself felt proud to be a part of the festivities and enjoyed learning more about what makes the Alta Badia region so unique. The Ferragosto holiday only comes round once a year; a day most definitely worth integrating with your walking holiday in the Dolomites.
Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer and walker, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a walk with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here.