Italy – Rome, Venice + Dolomites Trekking – July 20-30, 2023

Mamma Mia!! Have we got a trip for you! 

Join us for a 11 day trip exploring the culture, history, food and many bella vistas of Italy!

Has it been your dream to walk through one of the 7 Wonders of the world, learn to make authentic Italian pasta, AND top it all off with a trek through some of the most dreamlike landscapes this world has to offer? All with a group of other world traveling adventurous women? Well we’ve got you covered!

On this trip we will spend 2 days in Rome, 3 days in Venice and then embark on a 6 day guided trekking trip through the Dolomites, where we will spend our days hiking through picturesque landscapes and spend our nights in high alpine huts treated to delicious Italian food to fuel ourselves for one grand adventure!

Day 1: Benvenuta! Welcome to Italy!

Your trip begins with your arrival to Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino, FCO). Arrive by 1:30 p.m. to meet your fellow travelers and driver who will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel set in the heart of Rome. On arrival you will meet your driver at the airport and they will bring you along with the rest of the group to your hotel.

This day is for rest or adventure, whichever you choose! Explore nearby sights on your own, or relax at our charming accommodations and recover from jet lag so you’re well rested for the adventures ahead! If you want to adventure out nearby, our hotel is nestled in the center of Rome and is within walking distance from the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and tons of shops, restaurants and most importantly, gelaterias. We will gather this evening for a family style meet and greet where you can get acquainted with your fellow world travelers and adventurers. We will enjoy a light dinner with Italian antipasto and hors’devours.

After indulging in local delights, we will make our way back to our hotel admiring the history made on these cobblestone streets to get some rest.


Day 2: Your Bucket List Adventure & Italian Pasta Making!

Wake up at your leisure, enjoy a relaxing breakfast and a warm cup of Italian coffee to start your morning. Today is a choose your own Roman bucket list adventure day! Explore the city’s churches, museums and catacombs, visit Vatican City, wander the streets, shops and eat all the gelato your heart desires!

Our accommodations are a close walking distance from many sights in Rome making it easy to explore at your own pace in the morning. Your host will have recommendations on sights and activities you can do in the area. It’s your day to check-off your Rome bucket list item so go explore however you want! In the late afternoon, we will meet back at the hotel and get ready to head out for a family style meal where we will learn about, cook, (and eat!) one of Italy’s most iconic traditions…PASTA! After a delicious meal and full belly, we’ll head back to our rooms and rest up for the next Roman adventure.


Day 3: Roman Gladiators, The Colosseum & Venice 

Begin your day early with breakfast at our accommodations, pack up your bags to store at the hotel, and then head out to explore one of the 7 Wonders of The World, The Colosseum!

We will spend our morning walking in the footsteps of the gladiators, emperors and plebeians seeing this historical landmark from the inside, a view that many have never had the opportunity to experience. Our local guides will share tales of the battles that took place here. Then we will walk the ancient streets of the Roman Forum and end our tour with a stoll up Palatine Hill. 

Afterwards we will grab a quick lunch, maybe a bit of Italian Gelato, grab our bags, wave good-bye to Rome, and catch the train to our next destination, Venice! 

Our journey continues with a 4-5 hour train ride to Venice. Once we arrive we will head to our hotel to settle in and freshen up. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at your own leisure.

Day 4: Gondola City Tour & Your Venice Night

Wake up bright and early, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast at our accommodations, as you take in views of the famous canals to start your stay in Venice. We will meet that morning for a tour, by the best way possible, gondolas! 

We will take in the traditions of Old Venice from glass blowing to lace making, and get a private tour of the lagoons where century old traditions are still alive. Lunch will be enjoyed in the seaside community of Burano, where the seafood comes highly recommended! 

After the conclusion of our tour, you will have the opportunity to tour Venice at your leisure. Explore shops, wander the streets, visit a museum or relax at the piazza and people watch. Fill up on Italian pasta, pizza, gelato, tiramisu…it’s your pick tonight as you have the chance to dine out at a local restaurant of your choice.


Day 5: It's Dolomites Time!

Here we go!! The Dolomites await! Our day begins with breakfast in Venice and ends at the beautiful guesthouse in the Italian Alps. Enjoy breakfast, pack your bags and check-out of our hotel. We will have a few hours to wander the streets, visit the Basilica di San Marco, stroll by Ponte Dei Sospiri, and shop or enjoy lunch at Piazza San Marco.

In the afternoon, we will meet our guide for the next 5 days and be transported to Forno di Zoloft, a town where we will get our first up close views of the mountains we are about to conquer! After settling in for the evening, we will gather for dinner and chat with our guide about the days ahead. 

Tonight you will have an opportunity to repack and organize your backpack before our trek begins. You won’t have to worry about packing too much in your backpack, as you will have the opportunity to re-access your luggage on day 4 of our trek. Once your bags are packed for our adventure, it’s time to get some rest.


Day 6: Our Trek Begins - Moschesin Pass to Pale di San Martino

Today is the day!! Time to hit the Trail!! We will awaken to a breakfast provided by our hosts, and then begin our hike through the Moschesin Pass, surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and valleys that surround it. 
On our way to our hut, we will catch glimpses of Bellini Dolomites, Michelin Castle, Cime Pramper and to the north, Pelmo. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunset in front of the Pale di San Martino.

Once at our refuge, our hosts will treat us to dinner, then we can recap our day and settle down to rest for the next day on the trail.

Distance: ~11 km (7 mi)
Hiking Time: ~5 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~4200 ft/~2400 ft
Day 7: Van de Zita to Pian Dei Gat Plateau

Again we will wake up to breakfast provided by our hosts before we begin our trek through the Van de Zita. Here we will pass under the north wall of the Monte Schiaparelli, the highest peak of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. If the sky’s are clear, we may even get to glimpse the curve of the Adriatic Sea. On arrival at our refuge, we will be treated with dinner, maybe a beer or two and revel in the amazingness of our adventures!

Distance: ~10.4 km (6.5 mi)
Hiking Time: ~7 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~3000 ft/~4500 ft


Day 8: Val Vescova, Suspension Bridges & Centuries Old Woodlands

After our breakfast we will descend along the Val Vescova to La Stanga in the morning, we will then transfer to Refugio Caltena in Val Moana. Our host will be bringing our excess luggage to meet us, there you can change into clean clothes if you wish. After enjoying lunch on your own, we will make our way past the northern slopes of the Vette Feltrine to reach the Boz Refuge, where you will be settling in for the night.

On this day we will also be getting the opportunity to cross the 230 foot Tibetan-style suspension bridge, suspended over Rio Giasinozza. Here you will get a bird’s eye view of Lake Noana and  be able to immerse yourself in the expansive centuries old woodland.

Distance: ~14.5 km (9 mi)
Hiking Time: ~6.5 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~5000 ft/~5900 ft


Day 9: Vette Feltrine, Pientena Pass & Piazza del Diaol

Wake up and get ready for our last full day of hiking! Today we will trek along the grassy ridges and ledges to the wide glacial valleys of the Vette Feltrine, home to some of the rarest botanical species. You will skirt around Sasso Scarnia, and then climb uphill to the saddle of Mount Ramexxa, you will continue on the Pientena Pass, to overlook the Belluno Dolomites Reserve.

Today we will get the opportunity to trek through four narrow, exposed ledge sections measuring approximately 150 feet across (weather permitting). You will make your way through Piazza del Diaol, a protected nature reserve, make sure you’re keeping an eye out for chamois and mouflon along the way!

Upon leaving the reserve, we will make our way to Refuge Dal Piaz for a tasty dinner and a night's rest.

Distance: 12.9 km (8 mi)
Hiking Time: ~8 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~2900 ft/~2400 ft


Day 10: A Final Trek & Back to Venice

We will wake up bright and early for our final hike to Croce d’Aune. Here our Dolomites adventure comes to an end in the mid-morning as we complete our final hike out. Our host will drive us back to Venice to our accommodations where we will shower, and maybe take a much needed nap. Tonight we will get together as a group and meet up for one last family style dinner.

Distance: 12.9 km (8 mi)
Hiking Time: ~3 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: ~300 ft/~1300 ft


Day 11: Arrivederci Italia! 

It’s time to say our good-byes! Wake up in the morning and enjoy one last breakfast at our accommodations, then you will make your way on your own to the next phase of your adventure, whether that be to begin your journey home or on to explore other parts of Italy. A private group transfer will be arranged to the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) leaving the hotel at 10:00 a.m. for those flying out that day. 

Inclusions:
- 5 nights' stay in 3-4 star hotels in the heart of Rome and Venice. Shared occupancy; you will have your own bed and in a private room shared with 1-2 other travelers.
- Private group airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) to your hotel in Rome and from your hotel in Venice to Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE)
- Welcome dinner in Rome, farewell dinner in Venice and all other meals as noted in the itinerary; in total this includes 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners. 
- Historical tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill in Rome with a local, English speaking guide who studied archeology.
- Gondola tour with a local English speaking guide exploring Old Venice, glass-making and more.
- Hands-on cooking class where you will make 2+ kinds of pasta and enjoy an Italian dessert 
- Private 5-day trek on the Alta Via trails through the deep valleys and dramatic spires of Italy’s Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- 5 nights' occupancy in mountain refuges and one night stay at an Italian guesthouse in Forno di Zoloft. Shared occupancy; you will have your own bed in a private room shared with other hikers. Sleeping pads, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows provided at each refuge.
- Fully guided and supported 38-mile trek with an expert, English speaking mountain guide. Luggage transport between accommodations throughout the 5 days trekking, only carry your day essentials.
- All local transportation to and from the hotel in Venice for the duration of the trek and luggage transport between accommodations throughout the 5 day trek, only carry your day essentials.
- Private briefing with gear check with your guide team before the trek at a local Italian guesthouse
- Entrance fees to national monuments, national parks, etc.
- Trip checklists, detailed packing list, and pre-travel support provided in a private Facebook/WhatsApp group
- WWE Swag to show off on the trail!
- Small group; maximum of 10 women plus your 2 trip hosts and local guide team

Exclusions:
- International Flights: arrive at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and depart from Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE). Please note Rome and Venice both have multiple airports and airport transfers will only be provided to/from the airports on the dates as noted.
- Tips and gratuity for guides and porters (at the discretion of the guest)
- Airport transfers outside of designated times or locations
- Alcohol, additional beverages, snacks and meals as noted above
- Trekking poles, backpack, headlamp/flashlight and personal items
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Italy Visa if applicable and any pre-travel medical expenses such immunizations or required Covid-19 testing
- Traveler's Insurance (required for all international travelers)
- Personal expenses including additional accommodations, meals, souvenirs, etc.

Meals:
In total 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners will be provided. The rest will be on your own. While trekking in the Dolomites, lunch is available for purchase along the trail at refuges. Once the trip is confirmed we will be in touch to discuss any food allergies/sensitivities and will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but are unable to make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation:
This trip requires a minimum of 8 guests booked by May 20th, 2023 in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. Please do not purchase flights or make any additional travel arrangements until the trip has been confirmed. If for any reason the minimum number of travelers is not met, by May 20th, 2023, you will have the option to transfer your trip balance to another Women Who Explore trip or receive a refund.

Cost:
$3,895 per person. A deposit of $600 is due at booking with regular monthly payments beginning January 20,2023. Additional payments may be applied to the trip balance prior to payment due dates.

Travel Insurance:
Travel (and medical) insurance is required for anyone traveling on a Women Who Explore adventure. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

Our Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms & Conditions*
*Please note that for our Italy trip there is a non-refundable fee of $500 once this trip reaches the confirmed status.

Covid-19 Travel Policy:
Italy’s current Covid Policies “As of June 1, 2022 a Green Pass or equivalent certificate is no longer needed to enter Italy.”Up-to-date information can be found here: Italy Travel.
 
Travel.Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places, views, or vistas being visited during this trip itinerary

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Meet Your Trip Leader - Teddi Anderson

Teddi is an ER nurse, artist and fly-fisherwoman! She has the blood of two bad-ass grandmothers in her veins, and it shows!! Teddi and her sister were raised by their mom in rural Montana. Teddi loves her home but was always dreaming of the adventures that lay beyond. 

Teddi has been determined to see the world her way, and she has through lots of solo hiking, camping adventures and cross country road trips. Women often told her they wished they could do the same and it is her goal to encourage them to just go for it! Thanks to WWE she now has a way to do that. Her first WWE adventure was a trip to Joshua Tree with Melissa, and it changed my life beyond imagination. She can't wait to share that same experience with you!