Hut-to-Hut Running Retreat in the Italian Dolomites

Venice, Italy

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Liz Gill
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Aug 2 - 9, 2017
Group size: 2-10
Hut-to-Hut Running Retreat in the Italian Dolomites
Venice, Italy

Liz Gill
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5 reviews

$1450
Deposit: $750
Aug 2 - 9, 2017
Group size: 2-10

About this trip

Take the high route this summer in the incredible Italian Dolomites in the northeastern corner of Italy. The Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, have been described by the explorer Reinhold Messner as “the most beautiful mountains in the world.” On this hut-to-hut running/hiking adventure, we'll crest the impressionable rock spires mountain passes and descend through alpine meadows along the famous Alta Via 1 along some of the most beautiful trails in the world. Along the way, we'll take respite from the trail in scenic mountain huts, or refugi, which offer warm lodges, scenic vistas, and fresh Italian cuisine and beverages. Our hut-to-hut adventure ensures that we'll be waking up and falling asleep to spectacular mountain sunrises and sunsets.


This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. Must be able to complete 7-14 miles/day of hiking/running, including hills. 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! 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Venice hotel

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

Breakfast and dinners at the mountain huts, or refugi

Baggage transport from hut-to-hut

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours, wellness options, and cultural cuisine lessons

Not included

International airfare

Single supplement

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Accommodations in Venice

Travel Insurance

Before You Go

Passport:

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


Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 


Room info at the Refugi:

Rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you are inclined to participate, book or contact the organizer ASAP as rooms will book up in advance by other vacationers.


Fitness/Pacing:

While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-14 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates. 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!


Weather:

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


Available options

12-week training program for this hut-to-hut adventure
$195
Highest sauna in the dolomites
$15
Single supplement option
$350

Itinerary

Meet-and-Greet
Day 1
Aug 2: Our trip will start after dinner the evening of August 2nd with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! We recommend that you arrive in Venice early to adjust to the time change and explore the fabulous city of Venice!

Who’s Going


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    Angie Longworth
    +1
    Looking forward to meeting Julie Andrews singing on a mountain top. I hear the hills are alive.
    Jul. 06, 2017

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


LG
Liz Gill
5 reviews
Liz is a running coach, trainer, and freelance writer based in the Bay Area, California. She coaches at the high school, collegiate, and adult level. You can find her at Whole Athlete and Ran Marin as a running coach, an instructor with MoveWith teaching Train from the Trails: Trail Running and Strength Training for Runners, and leading The North Face Mountain Athletics Training program in San Francisco. Liz is also the Head Coach of the College of Marin Track and Field Team and a freelance writer. Liz has worked as a backpacking guide in Central America, Sea Kayaking Guide in the Bay Area, and managed an Adapted Paddling Program for individuals with mobility impairments. She spent 3 summers leading international high altitude running and service learning trips for high school/college students in East Africa and Peru. She holds a MS in Kinesiology, USATF Level 1 Running Coach, Wilderness First Aid, Sports First Aid, and CPR certifications. www.elizabethcgill.com.

Reviews

I had a wonderful trip! The Dolomites were the perfect location for a trail running vacation, and Liz picked a wonderful route for us! The refugios were fantastic, comfortable lodging with great food and drink. I would highly recommend this trip!
MD
Hands down the best vacation I've ever taken. The Dolomites were spectacular, and Liz did a great job ensuring people of all abilities had a wonderful time. The group was the perfect size - and we all got along great! The food at the Refugios was great and the wine and company was even better. I absolutely loved this trip and would recommend it to anyone!
SC
This trip was hands down the coolest and most awesome thing I have ever done. Liz Gill is a rockstar. I couldn't have imagined a better guide to lead this trip of a lifetime. The breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites cannot be properly captured by photographs which means you must go and see it for yourself! There is no one better than Liz Gill to take you!
MB
It was a really good trip. 'Liz did a really good job at organizing everything and making sure everybody was comfortable and safe. She hired a guide for the slower runners/hikers and did a good job
AM
I'm still riding a high from this trip. I'm so thankful for our organizer, Liz, who is a logistical genius. Because everything was planned and ready to go long before we began our trek, I was able to be entirely present for the duration of our journey. When you're hiking or running through the Dolomites and staying in unique, culture-rich refugios every night, the ability to "take it all in" is of utmost importance. In addition to gaining new perspectives on both culture and adventure, I gained something much more valuable--a new appreciation for the beauty of friendship and community. You just can't put a price on that!