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Italian Alps: South Tyrol & the Dolomites

Wander Trails among Mountain Spires, Alpine Meadows & Waterfalls
9 Days From $8995
Far-north Italy is full of surprises for the nature traveler. Crowned with serrated peaks and culturally more Germanic than Italian, Italy’s South Tyrol and the Dolomites offer some of the most dramatic vistas in the European Alps. In this autonomous region along the border of Austria, we find high alpine pastures, deep valleys, waterfalls, icy lakes and fields of wildflowers in summer, including edelweiss and alpine roses. The pillars and pinnacles of the Dolomites dominate a fairytale landscape dotted with alpen villages and lowing cows. These scenic spectacles and unique Ladin culture have earned the Dolomites recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In one of the world’s most glorious hiking destinations, wander mountain tracks to look for ibex and chamois in the shadow of limestone massifs that rear up like giant gray teeth. Our mountain sojourn continues to Lake Garda, its blue expanse filling a glacier-carved trough flanked by orchards and vineyards.

Trip Highlights

  • Sublime Alpine TrailsExplore this World Heritage Site on foot and by cable car as we circle Lake Braies and hike the rocky heights around Tre Cime and Sassalungo
  • Less-Visited Western DolomitesDiscover the Brenta Dolomites near Madonna di Campiglio, a quiet region of rugged peaks, dense forests, waterfalls and native wildlife
  • Private Cruise on Lake GardaOn a private three-hour boat cruise, survey the teal-blue expanse of Lago di Garda, ringed by vineyards, olive orchards and citrus groves

An Dramatic Encounter with the Dolomites

The Italian Alps are a destination that deserves the utmost attention to detail, from a carefully crafted itinerary to outstanding accommodations steeped in alpine ambience. Read on about why our approach to South Tyrol and the Dolomites ensures your superlative adventure.

  1. Travel with Just 12 Guests & TWO Guides
    A small group is key to the most gratifying experience of this extraordinary mountain range. Led by a Nat Hab Expedition Leader accompanied by a certified Italian Mountain Guide, you’ll get exceptional personal attention—and we can divide into even smaller groups for varied excursions at different physical ability levels.
  2. Tap the Expertise of a Certified Italian Mountain Guide
    By traveling with a local guide alongside our own Expedition Leader, we get the advantage of regional knowledge and insight to enhance our itinerary and activities
  3. Discover a Less-Traveled Side of the Dolomites
    While we ensure that you see the most coveted highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – the towers of Tre Cime, Sassolungo, Val Gardena and more – we also spend time on the west side of the range in Trento, exploring the less-visited Brenta Dolomites. In all cases, however, we do our best to avoid crowds wherever possible.
  4. Survey Alpine Vistas from Boutiques Lodges
    Each accommodation is chosen to keep you close to nature, surrounded by the views that Italy’s Alps are famous for. Our lodges combine contemporary flair and first-rate amenities with rustic alpen ambience for the optimal interpretation of mountain luxury.
  5. Private Lake Garda Cruise & Wine Tasting
    You’ll never be packed in on conventional excursions with big bus tour crowds. We charter a private speedboat cruiser for our own 3-hour exploration of glorious Lake Garda, followed by a private wine tasting at a historic villa in the heart of Italy’s Valipocella wine region, famous for its reds, especially Chianti.
  6. Top Naturalist Expedition Leaders Enhance Your Knowledge
    With wide-ranging knowledge of the Dolomites’ geology, wildlife and other natural history elements, as well as a grasp of the region’s heritage and culture, our Expedition Leaders are second to none when it comes to enhancing your appreciation for the myriad highlights of our itinerary…not to mention their impeccable care for our guests’ needs. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Rewarding Switzerland Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you get our exclusive guarantee, promising that we will meet the lofty expectations set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most impressive guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  8. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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