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Alta Via 1 Self Guided Extended Weekend AV1-4

Trail markings on the Alta Via 1
Open green meadows on the AV1
One of the last passes on the Alta Via 1
Views from the AV1
Looking toward Passo Falzarego on the Alta Via 1


  • GO hike hut to hut across the Italian Dolomites, which are cherished for their unique beauty and war history
  • GO back in time and immerse yourself in World War I history
  • GO take alternate routings to enjoy comfortable trails that avoid exposure that is typical on trails throughout the Dolomites and the Alps

The Alta Via 1 is Italy's highlight long-distance hiking trail and leads awe-struck hikers through the Dolomites from north to south. This route is famous, and for very good reason. Along the way are a multitude of comfortable mountain huts. What makes this tour truly stand out is the World War I history, as it passes by former battlefields, fortification remnants, and other clues that this serene environment was not always so peaceful. We recommend doing some reading on World War I history in the Dolomites before the tour, to make it that much more interesting.
This 4-day tour covers only a portion of the Alta Via 1, but visits, what we consider to be the highlights. The tour ends in the Cinque Torri region.

Alta Via 1 – 2023 Booking Update
Updated January 6, 2023


We are successfully booking itineraries for the Alta Via 1. Although the accommodations are filling up earlier than normal this year, we are still booking great itineraries.

Due to the tight booking situation this year, we recommend you book as soon as you are ready.

We can book the best itineraries for customers who provide us with a flexible date range (the bigger the better). If private rooms are a priority for you, a flexible date range of 2 to 4 weeks is best. If you are unable to provide such a wide date range, we do have some alternate accommodations we can use that aren’t located directly on the route, but still are not disruptive to your itinerary.

Note: Many books and blogs mention early September as a “less-crowded” time to visit the Alta Via 1. However, for the past two years, the huts have been booked up for September even before they were booked up for July or August. There is currently more availability on the Alta Via 1 in July and August than there is in September. Pushing later into September doesn’t bring any advantages, because the huts at the beginning of the route stay full until mid-September and the huts at the end of the route close around September 20th. We currently recommend July and August for Alta Via 1 tours. We discourage June bookings due to likely snow conditions on the route.

Length        4 days

Season        July through early-September

Airport       Airport: Venice, Italy

Physical Condition

Technical Difficulty

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Responsible Travel Score:
11/15 Responsible Traveler
(detailed summary available in Tour Documents)

Only 20% payment due at the time of booking!

Tour Media

Skills Required
Tour Documents

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Booking Process

  1. Initiate the booking process by selecting the green button labeled, GO Book the Tour
  2. Complete the fields in the booking process and continue on to process the deposit (usually 20%, sometimes 30%) via Paypal (Paypal account not needed)
  3. We'll start checking availability and working on your bookings. As long as there is availability, we will book the accommodations and send you your eGuidebook within 21 days of the booking (this may take longer for custom tours and last-minute tours). This will include GPS waypoints of the accommodations and will be in a format that can be saved on your smartphone for convenient use on the tour. If any changes need to be made during the tour, there will be a phone number available to you during the tour, although additional charges may apply

If there are any issues with availability, we will contact you and work with you to find an alternative solution. If we are unable to find one, we will refund the deposit in full.

The remaining balance for the tour is due 30 days prior to the first date of the tour.

Group Discount

Only one discount will be applied per tour participant. Discounts are only applicable to tours. Discounts are not applicable to fees or additional services, such as Airport to Airport Packages or bicycle rentals.

Groups of 6 or more: 15% discount for all participants & customize an existing tour without Customization Fees

Packages and Pricing

Included in all packages

  • Exclusive access to tours in a navigation app, even when offline
  • Custom eGuidebook containing maps, daily itinerary, accommodation information and more
  • GPX File
  • Carbon offsetting for your tour (1 metric ton per customer)
  • Optional Airport to Airport full service booking
  • Booking and logistics assistance during your tour
  • Unlimited time spent answering your questions
  • Peace of mind by leaving the planning and booking to local experts
  • More time for the important things in life

Comfort Package

Almost Luxury

Not Available

4 days

  • All Prices are Per Person

  • No Fees Apply

Classic Package


550€ tax included*

Single Occupancy Included

4 days

Ultralight Package

Best for Budget Adventurers

500€ tax included*

Single Occupancy Included

4 days

*Last-minute booking fees apply when booked less than two months in advance:
Within 2 months of tour start date: 50€ per person
Within 1 month of tour start date: 100€ per person

**The term "room" at a mountain hut varies greatly from hut to hut. These are often shared rooms that are smaller than the dormitories. Rooms book quickly at the huts. When there is no availability, you may end up in the dormitory. Should this happen, we will adjust pricing accordingly.


Airport to Airport Package from Venice Public

+2 days


  • 1 night in a simple hotel near Lago di Braies or Venice

  • 1 night in a simple hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo or Venice
  • Transportation between Venice and Cortina d'Ampezzo (public transportation)

  • Note: there are 3 required bus transfers that must be paid in cash on site. We will provide timetables for these


Airport to Airport Package from Venice Private

+2 days


  • 1 night in a 4-star hotel at Lago di Braies or Venice (based on availability)

  • 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo or Venice (based on availability)
  • Transportation between Venice and Lago di Braies, as well as Cortina d'Ampezzo and Venice (private transportation)

This add-on lowers the Responsible Travel Score from 12 to 9 points
Rest Day 

+1 day


  • Add on an extra night at a hut included in the itinerary


All prices are per person

*Private transportation packages require a minimum of double occupancy

Not included

-Paper map
-Emergency response and rescue
-Any meals not specified
-Sheets at mountain huts (a sleeping bag liner or travel sheet is required: read more)
-Fees for any additional transportation used during the hiking tour, such as lifts, gondolas, and buses
-Some accommodations charge tourist or city taxes that must be paid on site. These rarely exceed 2€ per person per night