Dates: July 20-26 2020
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Prices: EUROS 1810
You will pay a deposit of 10% to secure your spot. Once confirmed, your tour operator will charge the remaining amount.
Terrain: Predominantly trail running
Average daily running distance: 10-25km
Longest running distance in a day: 25 km
Group size: up to 14 participants
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What level of running is this trip suitable for?
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!
Are there any alternatives for non-runners?
Shared accommodation in 3-star hotels is provided.
DAY 1 | Welcome to Cortina
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
What’s Included in the Price?
- 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
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- International airfare
- Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day
- Travel Insurance
- Everything else not mentioned in “What’s included in the price?”