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Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

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Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

Hi, we are hoping to incorporate a short trip into the Dolomites region for about 3 days in early to mid November. Ive had a pretty good look at the forums here and garnered bits of info. It appears that hostels arent that common(please correct if wrong) so my questions are, where would we base ourselves for these days were the scenery is nice, there are some short walks and cable cars still available and we can stay in some reasonable budget accomodation(usually stay in Hostels) we would also be using Public transport there and away(coming from slovenia, going to venice)

Thanks for any advice you may offer.

MickandA

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1. Re: Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

Sorry to disappoint you but that time of year the Dolomites are basically "closed".

By the end of September/early October many businesses are already closed for that interim period between end of the hiking season and start of the ski season (first week in December).

As such all the cable cars a closed. Smaller businesses such as family run Hotels/B&B/cafes/restaurants close. Mountain facilities are closed. Generally only the larger Hotels stay open.

You may have difficulty finding the cheaper accommodation you seek

Here for example is the "Summer" lift plan for the Val Gardena area. You will notice that nearly all lifts are closed by mid-October with only the Alpe di Siusi lift running until 4 Nov. This area is actually unusual as in many other areas everything is closed by mid October

http://www.valgardena.it/en/lifts/page65.html

WEATHER

Weather in the alpine regions is unpredictable at the best of times. In November it is likely to be dank, wet and miserable or early season snow neither of which conducive to good walking conditions.

TRAVEL

Coming from Slovenia (EXACTLY where from) and wanting to go to Venice afterwards also throws up some problems.

The route from Slovenia would normally be over Villach then Lienz - San Candido - Dobbiaco this will be around 6hrs

The ideal place to stay from a public tranport point of view would be Cortina.

There is a local bus service No. 445 from Dobbiaco to Cortina.

Also more importantly there is a coach service called the Cortina Express www.cortinaexpress.it

Even in the off season there is a service between Cortina and Venice. It only takes ~ 2h15 and costs €22. However there is no timetable available.

Consider that by normal public transport you are looking at a bus plus 1 sometimes 2 trains, infrequent connections and ~ 4hrs.

Also bear in mind Cortina will also be "closed".

It is difficult therefore to really advise where best to stay. In the off season people often recommend Ortisei but bear in mind for example from Ljubljana it can take anything from 7-10hrs to get to Ponte Gardena by train with multiple changes then you would need the No. 350 bus

Then getting from Ortisei to Venice you need to take the bus to Bolzano then pick up 2 italian trains (Bolzano-Verona then Verona-Venice) or time it right and pick up the german www.bahn.de direct Munich-Venice service that stops at Bolzano

www.sii.bz.it for public transport around the Northern Dolomites (area basically north of Bolzano) - this site will also show bus & train connections as far south as Verona and will even include connections for the German trains (something www.fsitaliane.it doesn't do - see below)

www.fsitaliane.it for Italian rail

Use www.oebb.at or www.bahn.de to show your rail solution from Slovenia to the Dolomites area

Use www.bahn.de if interested in the German Munich-Bolzano-Venice

Please Note the Italians no longer co-operate with the germans on ticketting/info etc even going as far as omitting the German services off their www.fsitaliane.it website (there are also 5 Munich-Verona services daily)

Therefore if interested in the German train you can book it in advance on www.bahn.de

Edited: 17 July 2012, 08:45
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2. Re: Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

On the other hand, November can also be bright, clear and sunny.

If you send a request via www.valgardena.it the accomodation that is open will send you an offer.

Also look at the Castelrotto area, or down in the Isarco valley. Or you could use Bolzano as a base to drive up to the Dolomites (this also gives you alternatives for wet days)

As Giftzwerg says, the lifts will be closed, but the mountains themselves are always open!

DD

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3. Re: Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

Hi MickandA,

As DD says: the Dolomites are always open. And there are always some places that provide accommodation, in particular those places that provide services in the price range you have mentioned. These places are small, self-catering places where you can (not must) cook you own meals. I am a local hiking guide living on the northern edge of the Dolomites and I hike all year round in the Dolomites. November can be a good time since the Dolomites are known to receive it’s share of snow rather late. We might have some snow in November, yes, but normally not more than 10-15cm. Most of it gets blown away after 2-3 days, and what’s left then is a great country to hike around. I am happy to provide you with some more infos, just send me a mail to gerd@hiking-in-the-dolomites.it

See you in the Dolomites

Gerd

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4. Re: Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

For accommodation, check this one:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g187868-d2077…

I have been there a couple of times and I was never disappointed.

Best

Edited: 30 July 2012, 17:47
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5. Re: Dolomites in November, short walks and accom?

http://www.gutonhof.com/

I am not sure what you consider reasonably priced, since you also mentioned hostels. this is where we stayed last October. We stayed in their smallest and least expensive apartment for 3 nights. We loved it and thought it was very reasonable for what we had and the area. No views from the window, but what a view once you walked outside. A lot of businesses were closed, but we did not care. The lift to Alpe di Siusi may not be operating that late.

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