Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Historic Cities and Towering Mountains
On this trip you explore two remarkable Italian cities and two gorgeous areas within the incredible Dolomites mountain region. We strive to uncover this amazing northeastern corner of Italy offering an insightful blend of urban historic centers with a truly natural environment. The Dolomites are off the beaten path, where people still speak their ancient Germanic-Romantic language and adhere strongly to Ladino culture. You experience diverse and amazing hikes, fabulous hotels and all the spa-time one deserves after a day of invigorating walking in the mountains. Then how better to conclude your travels with an exploration by foot and by water in magical Venice – buon viaggio!
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Drive into the heart of the Verona’s historic center, a background of Shakespeare’s tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet, and considered the “door to Italy.” For a look past the balcony we have arranged a 3 hour private walking tour allowing you to be seduced by Verona’s charms.
Enjoy a scenic drive from Verona to Ortisei in the Val Gardena to meet your mountain guide, enjoy a light lunch and hop into a tram up to the Alpe di Siusi. A warm-up hike through the alpine meadows leads to your home for the next two nights. Treat yourself to a dip in the pool while taking in the spectacular alpine views.
Set off for a scenic hike leading to a traditional mountain hut, the 100+ year-old Rifugio Bolzano where lunch awaits set atop the Sciliar plateau. Return to Compatsch for some downtime before setting off for dinner, reached by very traditional transportation!
Hike towards Monte Pana and down to the village of Selva in the Gardena valley. Take the Dantercepies cable car to reach the top of the Gardena pass and continue on to the famous Edelweisstal (Stella Alpina valley), passing through pasture lands before reaching the village of Corvara.
Take a steel cable assisted hike up the Gran Cir, the highest peak in the Puez mountain group, (or an optional hike combining this route with Piz da Cir V). Make your way to the Rosa Alpina’s private mountain hut, a chalet sitting at 2,000 meters where you'll have the freedom to enjoy the peace of the mountains in solitude.
Descend to San Cassiano by cable car before heading off to Passo Falzarego for another hike or rock climbing experience in the Cinque Torri alpine area. Reward your alpine achievements with an evening aperitivo in the kitchen of Hotel Rosa Alpina with the chef followed by dinner in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Post breakfast you’ll be driven the 3.5 hour picturesque road to Venice’s Piazzale Roma or Marco Polo airport based on your onward travels. Arrivederci!
Palazzo Victoria, Verona
Centrally located in the heart of Verona this newly restored palazzo is a treasure and most definitely the city’s finest lodgings. Enjoy being steps from the lively pedestrian laneways and captivating arena. View hotel website »
Alpina Dolomites, Compatsch
Located on Europe’s most beautiful and expansive high-altitude plateau, the Alpina Dolomites offers a perfect position to access hikes, take in spectacular views and be positively pampered in its fabulous spa. View hotel website »
Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
Rosa Alpina has earned its Relais & Châteaux and Michelin accolades, but what we love most about this understated retreat is its warm hospitality. Hugo Pizzinini welcomes us to the family as soon as we cross the threshold, while Chef Norbert invites us into his kitchen as he prepares dinner. View hotel website »
Hikes will be customized to your interest and energy levels. The third day’s hike from the Alpe di Siusi to Alta Badia involves approximately 8 hours of hiking which can be reduced by taxi assistance (to be discussed with your mountain guide).
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- Six nights accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as indicated
- Special events
- Local English-speaking professional mountain guide
- Via ferrata/climbing equipment
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Maps and water bottle
- Lift tickets
- Venice to Verona, Verona to Dolomites & Dolomites to Venice vehicle transfers
- Vehicle support as required for hikes
- All baggage transportation
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Travelling with B&R is what being alive all about. It's action packed and incredibly invigorating with so many personal highlights that it's hard to single out just one.”
— Andrew Crowe
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