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The best of the Dolomites

Dolomites Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £1,269pp £1,094pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Nestled in the Gardena Valley and next to the Dolomiti Superski region with its vast network of lifts, the small village of Wolkenstein, Selva makes the ideal base for exploring the region. The craggy limestone tops of the Dolomites provide a dramatic backdrop to miles of superb walking trails on high mountain plateaux and through picturesque flower meadows. The peaks are home to a variety of wildlife from cute-looking marmots to shy chamois goats. There are two grades of walk to choose from each walking day and different itineraries on different departure dates. There is a free day for you to explore at your own leisure or perhaps spend some time in our hotel’s wellness centre.

Holiday Highlights

  • Awe-inspiring mountain scenery and flowers of the Dolomites 
  • Superb network of cable cars, gondola and chair lifts make the mountains accessible to all
  • Enjoy our highly praised family-run hotel

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness We provide flexible holidays; you could choose the easier walk one day and the harder one the next Our leaders are friendly and welcoming and help to make your holiday fun and sociable Easier walks: 5 to 10 miles (8-16km) generally on good paths which can be rough or steep. Up to 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent in a day. Harder walks: 5 to 12 miles (8-19km) crossing mountainous terrain with steep gradients. Up to 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent in a day Please note that all itineraries outlined are provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the next day’s walks.

Welcome to Hotel Somont. Unpack and settle in.

Today we will walk on the north side of the Val Gardena.

Option 1 - Saints along the north side of the Val Gardena

Distance: 8 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 1,900 feet (570m)

In summary: This delightful easier walk explores the beautiful high meadows above Selva on the north side of the Val Gardena visiting three ‘saints’ on this undulating walk down the valley. We visit the towns of St Cristina, St Ulrich (also known as Ortisei) and the oldest church in the valley, St Jakob.

Highlight: Follow the themed 'dialogue path' back to Selva.


Option 2 - Ascending the north side of the Val Gardena

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: This is a more energetic and higher circular walk on the north side of the Val Gardena which still gives opportunities to stride through meadows, visit a mountain hut and enjoy great views.

Highlight: A visit to a traditional mountain hut.



The easier walkers explore high above the start of the valley, while the harder walkers ascend from a mountain pass to a plateau summit.

Option 1 - Val Gardena's fruitful beginnings

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: Beginning at Castelrotto, today's walk explores the entrance to the Val Gardena. Following ancient trails, with superb viewpoints, our route loops back to Castelrotto on shady trails.

Highlight: Castelrotto is an historic town with an old town centre.


Option 2 - Passo Pinei, Bulacia, Castelrotto

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: This route starts from the Seceda lift middle station, traverses the mountain, then goes up its west ridge and down its north ridge before returning to the Col Raiser gondola for the descent.

Highlight: Enjoy a 'traditional' mountain day.

Today the easier walkers visit a delightful ridge above Corvara in a neighbouring valley, and the harder group walks to the local Vallunga ('long valley') and ascends spectacularly to a high mountain hut.

Option 1 - The mighty Ciampinoi lift, city of stones, Passo Sella and Plan

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,800 feet (840m)

In summary: At the top of the Ciampinoi lift, we can survey virtually all of the Val Gardena and beyond. Walking through dramatic mountain scenery, including the “City of Stones”, a steady varying descent through meadows and villages brings us back to Selva.

Highlight: Option to reach the Toni Demetz hut using the 'coffin' lift.

Option 2 - All around Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto from Passo Sella

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: This walk begins by following part of the Friedrich August Weg, a well-known high-level route in the Dolomites and goes on to complete a lengthy circuit around both Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto. 

Highlight: Stunning views towards the Val di Fassa and, in good weather, the Marmolada and its permanent glacier.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Local walks: There is a wealth of walks in the Val Gardena and your leaders will be happy to recommend options if you would like to walk independently on your free day.

Ortisei: The largest of the towns in the Val Gardena, it can easily be reached on foot or by bus from Selva. It has a lively, cobbled pedestrianised centre, with cafes, a museum, churches and an art gallery.

Bolzano: The administrative centre of the South Tyrol region. There is a good bus service from Selva, taking approximately 1½ hours. Some of the town’s interesting historic buildings include the 14th century Franciscan church and the Chiesa dei Domenican monastery, which has 15th century frescoes. Bolzano’s main attraction is the fascinating ‘Ice Man’ museum, which contains the preserved body of a prehistoric man and his artefacts that were found high on an alpine glacier.

Bressanone: An historic town with arcaded streets. The Duomo in the main square dates from the 13th century and its 14th century cloisters are decorated with medieval frescoes. The nearby Bishop’s Palace now houses the Diocesan Museum.

Today, the easier option walks from Corvara, while the harder option walks into the mountains from the hotel.

Option 1 - From Corvara to Col Alt

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: Corvara is in the next valley and affords a complete change of scenery and even flowers. Our walk uses a gondola to get onto a broad ridge with fantastic views, and welcoming cafés, before gently descending back to Corvara.

Highlight: The wild flowers in this valley are beautiful in early summer.

Option 2 - The Vallunga and the Puez Mountain Hut

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

In summary: This is a strenuous walk along the U-shaped Vallunga, and then up to the plateau above. The scenery and terrain is ever-changing, and the objective, the Puez mountain hut on the long distance Alta Via Two route, is a welcome sight and a definite refreshment stop.

Highlight: Enjoy well deserved drinks in the Puez mountain hut with dramatic views down the valley below.

Today, both options follow the 'Sella View' balcony path

Option 1 - The 'Sella View' balcony path

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: The Dantercëpies gondola takes us to the start of a balcony path with changing but stunning views towards the huge Sella massif – and a visit to one of the lovelier mountain huts en route.

Highlight: Spectacular views from 'Jimmy's hut'.


Option 2 - The 'Sella View' balcony path, the Edelweiss Valley and the Val de Chedul

Distance: 10 miles (17km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

Total descent: 4,700 feet (1,430m)

In summary: First a balcony path with spectacular views across to the Sella Massif, then we walk into the Edelweiss valley, next the incredible Karst “moonscape” of the Puez plateau and finally a long descent down the unspoilt Val de Chedul back to the hotel. This is a stunning but tough walk.

Highlight: An incredibly satisfying mountain day, with impressive views.

We hope to see you again soon.

Hotel Somont - The Dolomites

The 4-star Hotel Somont is in the village of Wolkenstein, and part of the Val del Gardena region. It's ideally located close to shops and facilities, yet in a quiet position, backed by sloping meadows and forest. The Rudiferia Family cleverly combines a traditionally Alpine chalet-style hotel with modern comfort and spacious rooms. The 300 square metre wellness centre offers a pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and various treatments.  


The hotel has lovely en-suite bedrooms with:

  • Wooden floors
  • Classic-style furniture
  • Balconies that offer mountain, valley and  forest views
  • Satellite TV
  • A fridge
  • Room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers


A small reception is next to a large lounge area, bar and comfortable seating. There is a smaller seating area around an attractive fireplace. The restaurant has a central area with smaller dining rooms off.  Relax in the hotel's modern wellness centre which comes complete with an indoor heated pool as well as a Jaccuzzi pool, sauna and Turkish steam room.

Food & Drink


There is a breakfast buffet with a selection of breads, fruits, cheeses and cold meat, as well as tea, coffee and fruit juices.

Lunch (payable locally)

Lunch items can be purchased from local shops in the town.  It may be possible on some days to eat in one of the local mountain huts. Your leaders will advise you of these possibilities each evening.

Evening meal

A 3-course evening meal is prepared from fresh locally sourced ingredients from the South Tyrol region. The hotel has a good wine cellar to compliment your meal.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holiday continues into the evening. 

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening but you may like to join your group and leader for a stroll into town or there may be some local events nearby. Alternatively, you can relax in the comfortable lounge with a good book or chat to your fellow guests.

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Getting to Hotel Somont - The Dolomites

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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05 Jun - 12 Jun 2022
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28 Aug - 04 Sep 2022
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04 Sep - 11 Sep 2022
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Important Information

  • Single room: From £350 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Gatwick to Varona included
  • Regional flight available from Manchester from £70pp. Other UK regional connecting flights available on request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Verona Airport: £33pp one way.
7 nights
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:

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