Italian Dolomites Hikecation: Trekking Highlights Tour

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

Liz Gill
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Jul 23 - 29, 2019
Group size: 5 - 10
Italian Dolomites Hikecation: Trekking Highlights Tour
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

Liz Gill
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Deposit: $850
Jul 23 - 29, 2019
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

Traverse east to west across the Dolomites on this special guided tour blending alta vias, mountain inns with culinary treats, and some of our favorite vistas on this Dolomites Highlights Tour. Along the way we'll cover ground in the Parco Naturale Tre Cime, Parco Naturale Fannes-Sennes-Braies, and Parco Naturale Puez Odle. In between stops at some of our favorite rifugios, we'll pass through famous towns of the Dolomites such as Cortina D'Ampezzo, Corvara, and Ortisei, so that your trip is guaranteed to offer the best of both natural wonder and adventure in the wilderness and cultural enjoyment and comfort.

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 trekking, or hiking adventure, we'll crest the impressionable rock spires, mountain passes, and descend through alpine meadows. Along the way, we'll take respite from the trail in a mixture of hotels as well as scenic and comfortable staffed mountain lodges, or rifugios, which offer warm lodges, scenic vistas, and four-course Italian dinners as well as a full bar and beverage list. Our hut-to-hut adventure ensures that we'll be waking up and falling asleep to spectacular mountain sunrises and sunsets by sleeping up high at the foot of these impressive mountains.

This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. Must be able to complete 6-13 miles/day of hiking/running at altitude, including 2,000-6,000 feet of elevation gain 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! 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Venice on the final day

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants
Breakfast and dinners at the mountain lodges, or rifugios 

Baggage transport from accommodations

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours and wellness options

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel insurance

Single supplement option

Before You Go


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 Rifugios:

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. This is especially important if you wish to book private or semi-private rooms.


While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to hike for 7-14 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates with an elevation gain of 2,000-6,000 feet per day. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you 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.

Single Supplement Option

Please note that some of the accommodation takes place in shared dormitories or double rooms. Single supplement option is available for an additional cost for those that wish to book private rooms where available on the tour. Availability of private rooms is subject to time of booking and availability at mountain rifugios. 

Available options

12-week training program for this hut-to-hut adventure
Single Supplement Option (Private Room)


Cortina + Lake Runs
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start midday with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! After meeting in Cortina D'Ampezzo, a famous ski town in the Dolomites, we'll get a start on the road to our Dolomite adventure. Our base for the evening will be a nearby mountain town with a stunning alpine lake that sits at the start of our route. You're welcome to enjoy a light walk by the lake and dinner lakeside or in town.

Your Organizer

Liz Gill
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Liz is the founder of Runcation Travel. She's also a running coach, trainer, and freelance writer based in the Bay Area, California. After competing collegiately for 5 years at the NCAA Division 1 level for Columbia University and USC, Liz has been coaching at the high school, collegiate, and adult level since 2009. 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.


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!
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!
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!
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
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!