Guided South Tyrolean Dolomites + Slovenia Trail Running Vacation

Summer 2020

 

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 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 any pace. 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. 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!

 
 

 
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Overview

• Trail running point-to-point in the scenic Dolomites while staying in hotels nightly

• Guided runs up traversing our favorite trails and vistas of South Tyrolean Dolomites crossing through multiple Nature Parks

• Comfortable hotels in scenic locations with spas, wellness offerings, and views of mountains and lakes

• Run along the most scenic alpine lakes in Slovenia and visit Triglav National Park
 

 

• Run around a lake voted the top 10 most beautiful in the world with opportunities to swim and paddle board

• Enjoy Italian and Slovenian cuisine and culture

• Accommodates all levels of runners

• Baggage transport from hut-to-hut

• Private transfers to a new location, trailhead, and hidden gem each day


 

Explore hidden gems of Slovenia

Explore hidden gems of Slovenia

 

Sample Trip Itinerary Summer 2020

Day 1

Welcome to Cortina!

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.

DAY 2

          Traversing the Dolomites

Day 2: After breakfast and coffee/tea, we'll head out from our front door of our comfortable hotel in Cortina and begin our adventure! We'll warm up the first few miles on a flat path with amazing vistas before we head up and over our first mountain pass with views through some of Cortina's finest mountains. We then begin our traverse through the valley, running along the river and passing waterfalls and gorges. We'll stop for a coffee and snack break at a peaceful malga, meet a donkey or two, and then continue through Fanes Sennes Naturepark to the end of the valley before descending to our next hotel in the Alta Badia, a charming 3-star hotel complete with a pool, wellness center, spa, and mountain views. Today is our longest day of the trip at almost 15 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain, but the sights are not to be missed!

DAY 3

Entering the Puez Odle and South Tyrol

Day 3: After a large spread of a variety of nutritious South Tyrolean breakfast items, we continue our traverse of the South Tyrolean Dolomites and enter the Parco Naturale Puez Odle. Today is our second big day in the mountains of the trip. We'll wind our way through the green meadows of high plateaus for a break of smooth and even trail running before descending down into a neighboring valley. We'll get to run on the famous Sellaronda trail before stopping at a high altitude gourmet restaurant at 2300m with panoramic views. After our second longest day on the trails, we'll arrive to our top notch hotel in a green valley with plenty of time to take advantage of the many activities and wellness options from our scenic hotel, or visit the charming mountain town nearby.

DAY 4

New Day New Valley

Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, we'll head out the door for our final run in the Dolomites. Today is a much mellower day on the trails, but there is no shortage of views as we head to the Vallunga, or "long valley," passing through steep cliffs rising from either side of a green valley. Our route today is on one of the oldest trails in the Val Gardena. Mileage options range from 4-9 for the day with 500-1,500 feet of elevation gain before we arrive back to our hotel for private transport to start our Slovenia adventure!

DAY 5

Welcome to Slovenia!

Day 5: The setting for our breakfast is nothing short of spectacular, but it gets better on the run! As we wind past the scenic lakes of the region we loop through rolling hillsides with prime views of a lesser known region of the Julian Alps. Today's loop will cover with before we stop for a swim and lunch at the lakeside cafe before heading out for a short transfer to our next Slovenian destination!

DAY 6

Alpine Lakes and Castles

Day 6: After a special treat of accommodation at an eco lodge in Bled, we'll enjoy a run looping the shores of Lake Bled, which was nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world. This alpine lake is home to the only island in the middle, and is rich in history. We'll end with a visit and tour of Bled Castle before enjoying a short transport to our next location in Slovenia!

DAY 7

Final Lake Loop + Return to Venice

Day 7: We'll spend our final morning in Slovenia to a hearty and nutritious breakfast before running an alpine lake in Triglav National Park on portions of an aptly named "Fairtytale Trail." After enjoying a final espresso, paddle board, or swim in the lake, we'll make our way back to Venice in comfortable transport, reaching it by evening where we say our goodbyes with new Runcation friends and experiences.

 
From park to park in the Dolomites Unesco + South Tyrol

From park to park in the Dolomites Unesco + South Tyrol

 

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
Breakfast and dinners at the mountain huts, or rifugios

Baggage transport from hut-to-hut and transport throughout

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

 

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 Hotels: 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.

 

 


Prepare for your trip

Fitness/Pacing:

While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-15 miles on trails. On some days this takes place 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 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.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please inquire for the full cancellation policy.