hiking in the dolomites 2019 insider journey

Hiking in the Italian Dolomites

Tucked away in northern Italy, the lovely Hotel Montchalet resort offers access to hundreds of miles of trails in the pristine Italian Dolomites. In this extraordinary landscape with breathtaking views, emerald-green meadows, secret pools and jagged mountain peaks, go at your own pace or test your limits on daily hikes led by expert local guides. Active mornings will be followed by delicious meals at the area’s best restaurants and time to enjoy the luxuries of Hotel Montchalet—including massages, spa treatments and an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

What to Expect

Hear more about this trip from our founder Melissa Biggs Bradley below:


Itinerary highlights include:

  • Explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and develop your fitness on daily guided six-mile hikes with Indagare-adored guide Diego Zanesco and expert local mountaineers.
  • Immerse yourself in Northern Italian culture with meals at traditional mountain lodges, or “rifugios,” and savor a tasting dinner at Restaurant Class, Hotel Montchalet’s gourmet dining experience, which uses seasonal produce to craft innovative dishes.
  • Discover the surroundings of Val Gardena with hikes along its best trails, including Passo Gardena (to see the crystal-clear Lake Crespëina) and Passo Sella (with stellar views of rocky cliffs and rolling valleys in equal measure).
  • Experience luxury lodge Hotel Montchalet, with unlimited access to the pampering spa and fitness facilities, as well as its indoor cinema.
  • Connect with fellow travelers who share your interests and passions over outdoor adventure activities and group meals.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience. Plus: Indagare can arrange tailor-made trip extensions paired to this itinerary, including further exploration in Italy and beyond, if you are an Indagare member (at additional cost).

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For more information and questions, please reach out to our team at insiderjourneys@indagare.com. 

  • When
    September 10 – 15, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Foodies , Ultimate Indulgers

This Journey's Host


During her time at Indagare, Elise Bronzo has collaborated with various institutions to provide exclusive access and special experiences for Indagare members, hosted Indagare Journeys to Italy, Morocco, India and Egypt and scouted such locales as Jordan, Israel, India, Peru, Botswana and Tanzania. As Indagare’s Vice President of Sales, Elise is always thinking of ways to enhance the Indagare traveler experience. Insatiably curious, Elise seeks out local markets everywhere she goes and has a particular interest in indigenous religions, artisan crafts and wellness methods across cultures. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @ebronzo.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 10 – 15, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 travelers
  • Host
    Indagare's Elise Bronzo
  • From


  • Five nights’ accommodation at Hotel Montchalet
  • All meals and beverages included in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, lift fees and activities included in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers and meals
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your host, Elise Bronzo, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip


  • International air transportation to/from Italy and airport transfers to/from the hotel
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Meals and premium beverages not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuities outside of guides, drivers and meals
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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