Trail Running Vacation South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation 2023

Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Runcation Travel
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Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
Trail Running Vacation South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation 2023
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Runcation Travel
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12 reviews

Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

We like to think this Runcation has it all. The Alps of Slovenia, the Dolomites of Italy, Spa Hotels, Alpine Lakes, and Castles. Join us on this running vacation as we cross through the highlights of the Italian Dolomites and Slovenia on this week-long adventure. Each night of the running retreat is spent in comfortable hotels 3 and 4-star hotels with wellness options and creative accommodations inspired by the natural beauty of the area. We start the trip with guided trail running on the awe-inspiring mountain trails of the Italian Dolomites, including a hotel to hotel traverse of some of the most spectacular parts of the Italian Dolomites. This trail running portion is a traverse of some of our favorite trails, towns, and vistas of the Dolomites, from Sellaronda to the Cinque Torri. For part two, it’s all about perfectly runnable level paths along the turquoise valleys and lakes of Slovenia in Triglav National park. Our afternoons here are spent paddle boarding, swimming, or indulging in a lakeside beverage at a castle. We'll run along a lake that was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world and spend the evenings lakeside with views of the Julian Alps. This running trip includes private transport to bring you to a different location, trailhead, and hidden gem each day of the trip. All logistics, accommodation, and experienced guides included, so you’re free to soak it up and enjoy the Runcation. 

This running adventure holiday is open to ages 15 and up of various levels. Must be able to complete 7-15 miles/day of hiking/running. Two days of the trip including running at altitude with including 3,000-5,000 feet of elevation gain per day, while the rest of the mileage is shorter and flatter with between 500-1,500 feet per day. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile for the mountain running days. 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! 

This trip requires a minimum of 8 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Cortina d'Ampezzo at the start to Venice at the end

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants

Baggage transport from accommodations while we run hotel to hotel

Private transport each day between locations

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

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

Excellent varied delicious and nutritious breakfast spreads included daily

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel Insurance

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. 


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. 2 days of the trip take place in mountainous environments at elevation including 2,000-5,000 feet of ascent during the running portion. The remainder of the trip includes runs with <1,000 feet of elevation gain. 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.

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Welcome to Cortina!
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start the afternoon of Day 1 with a meeting in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The town of Cortina is set like a crown jewel as it sits surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks of the Dolomites by all sides. It's also been selected as the host of the 2026 Olympic Games! We'll start with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week before you're free to enjoy the town for the evening. Multiple easy transportations are available to Cortina from Venice. 

Who’s Going

Your Organizer

Runcation Travel
12 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.


My Runcation experience exceeded every expectation I had! The accommodations, the food, the trails, and the people were all absolutely amazing!! We started as strangers and we left as life long friends! The route was challenging, remote, and beautiful! I wouldn't change one thing about my adventure and I can't wait to go on another!!!
By Barbalee A for Run to Machu Picchu Peru Runcation Spring 2022 on 11 May, 2022
What an absolutely fantastic runcation! I've always wanted to run the trails of Patagonia and be dazzled by the scenery and this trip didn't disappoint. We stayed in great hotels every night, including a mountain refugio right next to a glacier (ridiculous!). It was a great combination of "getting after it" on the trails, and then enjoying tasty food and awesome Malbec at night. Liz, the trip organizer, had everything so dialed in that it all went off without a hitch. As a Type-A planner, it was liberating to turn off my brain, not worry about details, and just have a good time. Our local guide, Matias, was also top-notch. He was not only a total mountain badass (just climbed Mount Fitz Roy the week before), but was endlessly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well. When he saw me staring at this huge red-headed woodpecker he regaled me with so many wonderful facts about the Magellanic Woodpecker, third largest in the world. He also said this guy would not be alone, that his lady friend was sure to be around. Matias scanned the trees and sure enough, there she was! Google them, they're incredible!! Besides running through the crazy Lenga forests and seeing so many cool animals, I really loved the camaraderie of all the runners in the group. Whether running on the trails or guzzling coffee at breakfast, the group dynamic was super fun and really made the trip into something special. Thanks Liz, you really nailed it!
By Stuart B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2022 on 17 Mar, 2022
Incredible experience! The perfect amount of work and play. Spent all day on the trails running and hiking with knowledgeable run guides, and then got to enjoy the evenings wining and dining. Very well organized with out having every second mapped out. I will definitely be back for more!!
By Brittany B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Mar, 2020
The New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chalten was an incredible trip. Liz, the guide, was conscientious, organized, and knew exactly what we were doing and where we were going at all times. I had an amazing trip, got to get some incredible runs and views, and met some fantastic people in the process. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to run off the beaten path, meet new people, and experience Patagonia like no one else typically does. Liz, thank you for your ongoing excellence, and I look forward to another trip in the future!
By Kay N for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 13 Jan, 2020
An absolutely great experience with similar-minded people! Truly exceeded my expectations! Amazing scenery, great balance between running and other activities, and great food! Highly recommended!!
By Blakis Adventures for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Jan, 2020
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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