Cortina Runcation: Best Trail Runs in the Dolomites

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

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Aug 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
Cortina Runcation: Best Trail Runs in the Dolomites
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

Runcation Travel
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18 reviews

Aug 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

Cortina d'Ampezzo, set like a jewel in a crown of Dolomite mountains, will be your base camp for this highlight tour of some of our favorite trail runs in the area. You'll enjoy breathtaking trails in the Italian Dolomites with a private trail running guide for the day and get a chance to enjoy the comfort of a Cortina d'Ampezzo hotel by night. We've curated special routes where you'll visit classic landmarks such as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sorapiss Lake, the Cinque Torri, and many more that promise plenty of adventure for your days on the trail. With your Dolomites trail running guide you'll enjoy guided transport up to the highest peaks and trails in the region and enjoy rolling descents and moderate amounts of uphill climbing. There will be plenty of stops at famous Italian rifugios for coffees, pastries, and pasta. In your free evenings you can enjoy the culture and history of this northeastern corner of Italy by visiting museums, spas, lakes, vistas, and fabulous cafes and restaurants in your afternoons and evenings. This is our Runcation for all levels of runners. Learn more below!

Trip Difficulty:

Level 1 (Learn More at

This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace and all levels. Please see detailed itinerary for mileage and elevation gain/loss per day. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 

Trip Requirements:

This trip requires a minimum of 6 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants

A 4-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo for 5 nights (pricing based on double accommodation)

A 4-star hotel in San Cassiano for one night including access to a wellness spa (pricing based on double accommodation)
A full breakfast spread daily including coffees, teas, juices, fresh-baked pastries, cereals, fruits, yogurts, eggs, pancakes, and more

Baggage transport from accommodations

Transportation from Cortina to day trip trail run locations each day, including private vans, lift tickets, and entry fees

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route*

*Please note, this Runcation includes private trail running guides during the trail running portion of the day from early morning until late afternoon. In your afternoons and evenings you will be unguided and free to explore!

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages, dinners, and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel Insurance

Before You Go

Trip Difficulty: Level 1

More Info Here on Trip Levels:


Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.

Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 


While this trip accommodate a variety of paces for attending runners, this trip requires participants to cover the mileage and elevation gain as described in the itinerary. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile and must be able to run/jog the flats and downhills (most of the uphills are hiked). Training for this trip is highly recommended, and you can participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat! 


Although the weather in late summer is often ideal, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail.

Available Packages

7 days, 6 nights

This package includes the full week described in the tour from Days 1-7. 

Deposit: $750
3-Day Version in Cortina + San Cassiano
Deposit: $750

Available options



Welcome to Cortina!
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start early afternoon with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! Your guide will get you checked in at the hotel and you'll enjoy a flat shakeout run after long days of travel. 

~4 miles

Hotel: Included

Your Organizer

Runcation Travel
18 reviews
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.


By tahnee g for Tahnee Custom Self-Guided TMB Sep 14-22, 2022 on 24 Sep, 2022
By tahnee g for Custom Trip Deposit on 23 Sep, 2022
Great time, thank you!
By Anastasia A for Stacie Custom Self-Guided Cham to Courmayeur to Aug 7-10, 2022 on 14 Aug, 2022
Runcation was so awesome. We had a fantastic time. The entire week was run really smoothly, Liz and the other guides did such a great job planning a variety of runs and all the logistics. Each day had an incredible run and lots of time to hang out with the other people on the trip. Would recommend a trip like this to any runner.
By Dave M for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
What an amazing trip. This was my 2nd trip with Runcation, and I'll certainly be doing a 3rd! Such a great mix of challenging days on the trail, with delicious meals/stops along the way, great hotels with spas, and towns and trails I never would have visited without this trip. Great group of people too :)
By Marne P for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
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My husband and I went on the Hut to Hut run in the Dolomites, July 2022. What a luxury to have all accommodations booked and luggage transport taken care of, for us! The scenery was unimaginable, and you just can't imagine the beauty-you have to be there! We had 8-15 miles runs each day and felt challenged by the ascents and terrain, but not defeated. (We are from Ohio, NO moutains.) The runcation organizer, Liz and guide, Dario took care of all of the logistics and it was amazing to just have to cover ground an eat a bunch of great food! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
By Amanda F on 21 Jul, 2022
The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020