hiking in the dolomites 2019 insider journey

Hiking in the Italian Dolomites with Melissa Biggs Bradley

Tucked away in northern Italy, the lovely Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel & Spa offers access to hundreds of miles of trails in the pristine Italian Dolomites. Join Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley in this extraordinary landscape with spectacular views of the Valley of Alta Badia and its jagged peaks, emerald-green meadows and secret pools. Go at your own pace or test your limits on daily hikes led by our favorite expert local guides. Active mornings will be followed by delicious meals at the area’s best rifugios and time to enjoy the luxuries of Gardena Grödnerhof—including massages, spa treatments and an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

A spot on this trip may be reserved with a 50 percent non-refundable deposit, with the balance to be paid in full by April 1, 2024.

What to Expect

Highlights and special experiences:

Explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and develop your fitness on daily guided six-mile hikes with Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley and expert local mountaineers.

Immerse yourself in Northern Italian culture with delicious meals at traditional mountain lodges (rifugios).

Discover the surroundings of Val Gardena with hikes along its best trails, including Passo Gardena (to see the crystal-clear Lake Crespëina) and Alpe di Seceda (with stellar views of the Odle mountain peaks).

Experience luxury lodge Gardena Grödnerhof, with unlimited access to the pampering spa and fitness facilities.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

At Indagare, we believe that travel can and should have a positive impact​ on​ the destinations we visit. We are proud to operate as a 100 percent carbon-neutral company. Through the Indagare Impact Fund, we donate nearly two percent of our annual revenue to carefully vetted initiatives and organizations. Together with our community, we ensure that your trips are helping to positively reshape and sustain the destinations you experience with us.

  • When
    September 9 – 14, 2024
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Foodies , Ultimate Indulgers

This Journey's Host


After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa Biggs Bradley founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels, and has led many journeys to the Dolomites over the years. Melissa is also the author of Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges (Vendome). In the fall of 2022, Melissa was named host of a new radio show and podcast, Passport to Everywhere.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 9 – 14, 2024
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 18 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From


  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals and beverages included in the itinerary
  • All guided touring with certified mountain guides, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • All gratuities
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your host, Melissa Biggs Bradley, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details and international flights
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip
  • Carbon Neutrality: Offsetting 100 percent of unavoidable emissions, including flights booked through Indagare, through certified carbon projects


  • International air transportation to and from Italy and any visa or border fees
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers—please let us know which airport you will fly into to arrange your transfers through the hotel concierge.
  • Meals not specified and premium beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like quotes).
  • Custom trip-planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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