The Dolomites – A Winter Wonderland!
Enjoy a Winter Wonderland in the Italian Dolomites!
The Dolomites are in one of the most northern regions of Italy, Trentino-Alto-Adige, or – more simply – South Tyrol. During the winter, snow often caps the region’s dramatic mountain scenery. There’s a cosy atmosphere in all the cafes, many of which put out blankets for patrons.
The area is a fusion of Italian and Austrian influences and is bilingual. Therefore, you get the best of both worlds! There’s a Mediterranean vibe and excellent cuisine, as well as the hearty Austrian influences. After visiting the 5,300 year old iceman Ötzi in Bolzano’s Museum of Archaeology, snuggle up in a cosy cafe and indulge in rich, thick hot chocolate.
While each is unique, the little towns, dotted through amidst the Dolomites have the appearance of oil paintings. Pristine streets of colourful buildings and cobblestones are punctuated with clock towers and statues of local importance. During the winter, these villages are often sprinkled with snow and take on a magical quality. Life in South Tyrol moves slowly, and enjoying coffee and cake while watching the world go by is a staple of local life. If it’s a bit chilly out, this offers the perfect chance to try the local treats while warming up between exploring.
Far more than just a ski-destination, the Dolomites have plenty to offer. Astounding scenery, charming villages and warm hospitality make this an ideal destination for your next group tour.
25th January 2020
Suggested itinerary by coach
Depart the UK
We take the ferry to Calais and then proceed southwards towards the Reims area for an overnight stay. Continue next day into Germany for a second overnight stop in southern Germany.
Welcome to the Dolomites
Journey south, into Austria. Perhaps enjoy a couple of hours free time in Innsbruck and then continue to Italy and your hotel.
Enjoy a slightly later start today before heading to the nearby town of Merano, which is a lovely fusion of Italian and Austrian styles. The pretty spa town enjoys a sunny micro-climate and leafy boulevards. Potter along the little streets of the quaint historical centre, enjoying the local shops and little pastry shops. For those who want to relax after the journey, why not pay a visit to the thermal spa after a traditional lunch? You could also enjoy a wine tasting in a local winery. Perhaps tonight is a good opportunity to enjoy a cooking demonstration of local Trentino cuisine.
Glorious Lake Garda
Admire beautiful scenery and magnificent views across one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes. After a lakeside drive, stop in the main resort of Riva del Garda for some free time. Riva is dominated by a rocky escarpment and the picturesque old town is a maze of narrow shopping streets. Return via Arco and the Valley of Ledro, with a breathtaking lake nestled between the mountains and where you can still see remains of Bronze Age dwellings. This town is beautiful throughout the year and it wonderful to explore.
Spend a day at leisure relaxing in resort. Perhaps explore the local area, take a stroll along Lake Smeraldo, or enjoy the hotel’s facilities. This evening a torch walk of the village, led by your hosts at the hotel, allows you to capture the wonder of the winter Dolomites at night.
Bolzano, Vipiteno and the South Tyrolean Dolomites
Bolzano is the capital of the Alto Adige and nestles in a valley surrounded by orchards and vineyards. The cathedral which is built of pink sandstone and roofed with multicoloured glazed tiles is well worth a visit or see Ötzi the Iceman, a Copper Age mummy, on display in the archaeological museum. See also the ‘Piazza delle Erbe’ with its permanent plants, fruit and flower market. Enjoy some free time before continuing north through the spectacular mountain scenery to the charming medieval town of Vipiteno on the River Eisack. Take a stroll and perhaps try a Hugo – a prosecco and elder-flower aperitif which originated in the area – before a scenic journey back to your hotel.
Enjoy an excursion through the Brenta Dolomites, making stops at Maria di Campiglio, the lake of Molveno and the beautiful waterfall in the Brenta Dolomites National Park. Enjoy the rugged mountain scenery and jagged snow-capped peaks, all the more dramatic during winter. During the summer, the meadows are alive with colourful flowers. Proceed to Trento, located in the shadow of the mighty Monte Bondone. It is a magnificent city of art. See the Gothic cathedral, Neptune’s fountain and the historic Castle of Buonconsiglio.
Day 9 - 11
Depart the Dolomites
Retrace the outbound journey into Austria and Germany for an overnight stop. Continue the return journey, stopping in Reims area for a final overnight stop before continuing next day to Calais for the ferry crossing to the UK and journey home.
Hotel Lady Maria, Fondo ***
The Hotel Lady Maria is situated in the centre of Fondo and has great transport links around town and to the Passo della Mendola ski area 3.7 miles away. The Trentino-style rooms have wood floors and warm colour schemes. Some have wood-beamed ceilings, and all come with a TV and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Some have a balcony. The restaurant/bar serves regional dishes and there is a lovely spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, Turkish baths and a gym (supplement applies)
Hotel Panorama, Malosco ***
The Hotel Panorama is set in the centre of Malosco, near to the ski areas of Monte Nock and Monte Roen. The rooms come with free Wi-Fi and a TV and the ensuite bathrooms contain free toiletries. There is a traditional restaurant and bar as well as a spa which offers massage and beauty treatments, as well as an indoor pool, a fitness room, hot tubs and a sauna.
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