“I’ve only got a few days of vacation for a trekking!”
“Unfortunately, I can’t stay away that long!”
“Can I just join half of the trekking holiday?”
These are some of the messages that our booking team often gets during the year. Holimites’ early years seem far away – even if it’s only been 18 years – when most of our clients didn’t have any problems going on a 10-12 day holiday to complete the full course of the Dolomite’s Alta Via.
Of course, there are still those who opt for the 10-12 day full classic experience and then, there are others who can only take off a week to trek routes such as the “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, due to a limited vacation leave. The latter package has actually become our bestseller, and it’s offered in a trail running version, too.
That being said, a full week holiday is becoming for many an elusive dream. Many regular Holimites clients are beginning to prefer shorter holidays, but taking more frequent vacations during the season.
At Holimites, we’re trying to meet the demands of our clientele, so for 2019 we’ve thought of 3 new offers, tailored to short holidays:
1. If you love to walk and run, we’ve thought of the Sellaronda, covering the four passes, as a trail meant for you. The Sellaronda has become famous thanks to winter tourism: any skier who comes to the Dolomite valleys must ski the Sella Massif circuit at least one in a lifetime! (By the way, do you know how many times we’ve skied the Sellaronda circuit in one day?
In summer, the four Dolomite passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena) welcome thousands of cyclists who, like their skiing counterparts, aim to ride this fantastic circuit at least once in their life. (Psst! Cyclists: do you know that during summer we organize a moonlight road bike ride on the Sellaronda?
So, the next evolutionary step came naturally: after the Sellaronda on skis and on bike, a Sellaronda trekking version and a Sellaronda trail running version just had to be developed. Like our Trekking “Best of Alta Via #1 e #2”, you can choose to be guided by a local expert or do it on your own. Holimites, as always, will take care of logistics and baggage transport from hut to hut.
2. The other short vacation offer is a package that is an ode to the Dolomites’ most beautiful seasons.
Spring: when winter’s last snow covers the Dolomite peaks and the meadows below begin to transform into a colorful bliss. And, autumn: when the larches are adorned in beautiful golden hues. This program is aptly named: The colors of the Dolomites!
3. “Do you only have programs for those who want to sweat and run out of steam?”
Yup, this is also another one of those common questions we receive by e-mail. To tell the truth, up until now, Holimites has always focused on offering vacation packages for active people who possess average-to-great athletic fitness levels. But, for those of you who don’t know, two of Holimites’ founding members are professional chefs who cook in their own hotels! Their passion for the culinary arts has inspired our newest program: DOLOM …EAT…ES!
Yes, that’s right: “eat”! A program where you can learn to cook and then eat, eat, eat. STOP!
Hold on…actually, you’ll be hand picking some of the main ingredients for your meals in the surrounding meadows and woods. Nature will provide the herbs and scents, so there will be a bit of walking to find those “fixings” that our chefs will order. We guarantee that you’ll have an “explosion of flavors”!
See you soon in the Dolomites this summer!