Marvel at the breathtaking panoramas of the Dolomites mountains from high above as you cruise by helicopter to your hiking destination each day. Hike amongst the towering mountains and through wild alpine meadows, feast on delicious Dolomites cuisine, and relax in luxury accommodation, as you explore one of the most stunning mountain landscapes in the world.
The World Heritage Committee officially designated the Dolomite Mountains as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Comprising over 90,000 acres of mountainous terrain, these mountains are a unique corner of the Alps, featuring distinctive geology and a fascinating blend of cultures. On this fantastic trip, you’ll discover why for yourself.
Truly a hiker’s paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of these jagged mountains, which magically turn from pale grey to gold and pink at dusk. Deciduous and evergreen woods, soaring peaks, dramatic walls and towering heights – just some of the sights to see each morning as you helicopter to the start of your hike each day. What better way to get your first taste of these mountains than from the air.
Your time here will be filled with warm hospitality, delicious meals, fascinating cultural experiences and with luxury accommodation to come home to each evening you will have an incredibly exhilarating yet relaxing adventure all in one amazing trip.
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites. From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World.
On this fantastic itinerary, choose from any of our outstanding 5-star hotels to use as your “base camp” for each day’s helicopter hiking adventure.
Closest airports to the Dolomites are Venice (VCE) or Innsbruck (INN) – other airports available on request. The transfer time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Please let us know your preferences for travel and we would be happy to organise your flights and private transfers to get you from the airport to your chosen accommodation.
Our travel specialists are available to answer any questions you have regarding your itinerary and travel. You can reach us on T: +44(0)1730 260 263 E: [email protected]
Airport transfers if different from Venice or Innsbruck available on request.
Single room accommodations available on request.
For more information contact us directly to plan your Dolomite Mountains vacation.
5-Day Trip: From €4840 (per person, with a minimum of 4 members)
3 and 4-Day Trips: Cost available on request
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
Day 1 ~ Arrival
Private transfer from the airport (Venice (VCE) or Innsbruck (INN) – other airports available on request) to the Dolomites. Arrive at your chosen luxury hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore the surroundings.
Days 2-4 ~ Heli-Hiking
In the morning of day 2, meet your UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide for a trip briefing and orientation.
At 9:30am each morning, you will enjoy a flight by helicopter over the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each afternoon you will return to your hotel by private car transfer or by helicopter (additional cost).
Two different hikes are detailed below for you to choose from, depending on the length of your trip. Want to stay longer? We can to provide additional hikes to more areas that are helicopter accessible.
Hiking Option 1 ~ Rifugio Tissi – Coldai Lake
This morning, experience a 20-minute helicopter flight transfer to Rifugio Tissi, from where you will start a wonderful hike to Lago Coldai (Coldai Lake, (2,143m / 7,031′), followed by a descent to Passo Staulanza (1,773m / 5,817′), just below the Pelmo Massif (3,168m / 10,393′).
Not only will you enjoy the food at this lovely setting, but also the authenticity and ambiance of a mountain rifugio experience. Built in 1968, Rifugio Passo Staulanza is completely furnished in wood and recalls the old Dolomitic tradition with an earthenware stove, fireplace, and the typical “stube” – traditionally a room in a farmhouse made entirely of wood, where the stove was located and cooking took place. You’re likely to encounter locals and travelers from all over the world – enjoying a meal or a snack or beverage here. (4-5 hours hiking.)
Hiking Option 2 ~ Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites
At 3,342 meters (10,965′), the mammoth Marmolada is the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and one of the last remaining glaciated massifs. This stature rightly deserves its appellation “Queen” of the Dolomites – even though it is composed principally of limestone, and not dolomite! Marmolada was once the diving line between Italy and Austria, the border running along its highest crest, and as a consequence its icy reaches saw plenty of action in World War I; today it provides some of the most spectacular hiking and WWI history experiences on earth.
This morning, take another scenic helicopter transfer, today to Rifugio Falier (2,074m / 6,804′), under the south face of the Marmolada. From here, enjoy a fantastic hike with your guide around the Marmolada Glacier. You will also be able to ride three legs of the cable car to the top of the north face of the Marmolada Glacier, from where you can admire superb views of the Dolomites. At the summit, there is a small museum of WWI that can be visited. (4-5 hours hiking.)
Day 5 ~ Depart Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.
OR EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You’ve come all this way, why not stay a little longer? There are fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There’s no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.