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The Area

Cortina, or Cortina d’Ampezzo as the collection of settlements are known, is located in northern Italy and nestles under the majestic scenery of the Dolomites at the head of the Valle del Boite. As an area of outstanding natural interest and beauty, the Dolomites are a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area. It is the largest of the 18 municipalities which make up Ladinia, a widely cultural area where the local Ladin language is most prevalent and is still spoken today. Originally Cortina d’Ampezzo was composed of a number of “frazioni”, isolated villages and hamlets, but with an increase in tourism in the area from the 1950’s the town began to grow rapidly. Only the most outlaying villages and hamlets have remained secluded and isolated from the main centre of Cortina.

Cortina’s popularity as a winter sports resort led to it hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics as well as regularly hosting World Cup skiing events. However, in summertime the region takes on another role as a prime hiking destination offering endless options of mountain walks. Sections of the Dolomites are now open air museums remembering these battles between the Italians and the Austro-Hungarians.

The Centre

Already a rather select destination frequented by British tourists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cortina also became a favourite resort for upper-class Italians after World War I. Cortina is now a smart and stylish centre with fashion houses, and various artisan, antique and craft stores. As well as fashion, specialist retailers in hiking and mountaineering equipment line the streets. The primary symbol of Cortinese shopping still remains La Cooperativa di Cortina, founded on June 28th 1893.

The Walking

Cortina offers more than 400 kilometres of well marked hiking trails for all levels of walker. Lower level paths take in all the local scenery as they wander through meadows and forests, around sparkling emerald lakes and past plunging waterfalls. For those requiring a greater challenge, climb higher into the more remote areas to walk ridge trails amongst the peaks and spires of these strange mountains as they rise to over 3,200m and are magnificently outlined against a deep blue sky. You will also be able to walk past the remnants of the battles of World War 1 such as the Austrian emplacements and the frontlines. In addition, the Via Ferrata trails are there for the experienced or for the novice with the company of a mountain guide.

Getting Around

There is an excellent bus service centred on Cortina which is supplemented by numerous chairlifts and cable cars to access higher level hiking trails. We have chosen hotels that are within easy walking distance of the bus station. Please note public transport for walks is reduced and is limited from Mid-September onwards. 

Via Ferrata

A Via Ferrata, literally an 'iron path', is a route equipped with chains, rungs and other fixed anchor points such as ladders or wooden walkways. For experienced hikers, taking on a Via Ferrata is often top of their wish list. In the Dolomites and around Cortina specifically there is a huge variety to choose from. We have one route in our walk booklet which involves a small section of Via Ferrata, equipment needs to be rented and is payable locally. We can also arrange guided Via Ferrata days with a local mountain expert for more difficult routes.

Walk Grading

Easy, Moderate & Challenging. With the option of trying Via Ferrata. 


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Hotel Franceschi Park - 4 Star

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This 4* hotel has been in the Francesc. There is a small wellness centre with sauna and Turkish bath. An extensive breakfast buffet is taken in the restaurant with hot and cold options, as is dinner which is a served 5 course meal of excellent quality. Every week there is a typical “Ampezzana” dinner and a Gala dinner.

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Hotel Olimpia *** - 3 Star

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This hotel was built for the 1956 Winter Olympics and is run by the Lorenzi family. It is situated in the centre of the town in a traffic restricted area, close to the ski lifts for Faloria and the bus station.

The hotel has a small bar and a terrace with views of the Tofane mountains. A generous buffet breakfast is taken in the hotels breakfast room. There is also a wellness centre with a jacuzzi and sauna.


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Due to its altitude of 1,211m, Cortina retains a pleasant summer temperature with average July highs of 22 degrees Celsius. Walking is possible between mid-June and the end of September with the risk of snow in late June and late September. Public transport for walks is reduced and is limited from Mid-September onwards.



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Venice is the best option with regular flights to many UK cities. We arrange a bus from the airport directly to Cortina.

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Cortina

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board*

  • Bus tickets between Venice airport and Cortina

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • Replace the bus tickets with 7 days Group A car hire for a supplement of £55 per person

  •  ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* between London Gatwick and Venice airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request).

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel Olimpia ***

 

Dates

7 nights Bed & Breakfast*

With Flights

7 nights Bed & Breakfast Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night

15 Jun – 30 Jun

599

499

44

14

01 Jul – 05 Aug

01 Sep – 30 Sep

634

484

51

16

06 Aug – 31 Aug

879

729

93

20


Hotel Franceschi Park ****

Dates

7 nights half board*

With Flights

7 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night**

01 Jun – 02 Jul

10 Sep – 30 Sep

869

719

99

13

03 Jul – 18 Jul

01 Sep – 09 Sep

939

789

110

25

19 Jul – 31 Jul

1079

929

134

37

01 Aug – 11 Aug

20 Aug – 31 Aug

1209

1059

157

41

12 Aug – 19 Aug

1309

1159

174

53

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

** If at least two travelling. Please call to discuss availability and transfer supplements for one person travelling alone.

Room supplements per person per night (Hotel Franceschi Park):

Comfort; 20 – 30 June £13, 01 – 12 July £17, 12 July – 09 August £20, 10 – 24 August £30, 25 – 31 August £20, 01 – 08 September £15, 09 – 27 September £12

Junior suite; 20 – 31 July £35, 01 – 09 August £55, 10 – 24 August £70, 25 August – 27 September £35


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