THE BEST OF THE ITALIAN ALPS
Wildlife Tour Dolomites. Alpine & Meadow Flowers and Butterflies with Greentours on the Marmolada and Passo Pordoi
Tours are operating again! We’ve moved our usual Dolomites trip to the middle of July to give us all a chance to spend time in one of Europe’s natural wonders. Running the tour a little later than usual this year gives us the chance to find some more of the higher altitude floral gems and the butterflies will be even more diverse than usual this year.
Reckoned by many to be unsurpassed in Europe for their wealth of wild flowers, the Dolomites have some of the finest mountain scenery. The great pinnacles and buttresses which rise high above idyllic hay meadows and forests are truly spectacular.
At sunset, the many-hued cliffs of crystalline magnesian limestone from which the region takes its name are a photographer’s dream, and during the day a naturalist’s heaven! Our comfortable family run hotel, just a forty minute drive from wealthy Cortina, has been chosen for its proximity to some glorious flowers and butterflies as well as classic alpine wildlife such as Nutcracker, Golden Eagle, Chamois and the entrancing Alpine Marmot. The flowers really are amazingly beautiful and diverse. Black Vanilla Orchid, Globe Orchid, Bearded Bellflower and Dwarf Alpenrose adorn fragrant meadows, while no less than a dozen species of Gentian decorate splendid alpine turf. Glandon Blue, Alpine Blue and very local Small Apollo are just some of the fabulous butterflies on these glorious heights – there’s also an amazing range of Erebia species including Eriphyle, Yellow-spotted, Lesser Mountain, Sooty, Silky and Stygian Ringlets. Other butterflies that will feature on this tour include Scarce Coppers and Eros Blues, Purple Emperors and Alpine Graylings and a number of Fritillaries including species such as Mountain, Asian, Thor’s, Titania’s and Cynthia’s Fritillaries.
Cliffs are festooned with the pink Potentilla nitida, a variety of pretty Saxifrages, Androsaces and Houseleeks. Wooded glades hold Wolfsbane and the lovely Gentiana aesclipidea. In particular we will search out the enigmatic Devil’s Claw and beautiful King of the Alps! Amongst many lovely bellflowers and rampions are Phyteuma globulariifolium, Phyteuma zahlbruckneri, Campanula carnica, Campanula cochlearifolia – the lovely Fairy’s Thimble - and the gorgeous royal blue cushions of Campanula morettiana.
We think that you will agree that this is among the best floral shows in Europe with an excellent range of some of Europe’s most beautiful butterflies, and all set amidst the most magnificent mountain landscapes.
Alpine Flowers & Butterflies. Also Mountain Landscapes.
Relaxed and easy. Up to two or three miles on some days though less on others, and always at a slow pace, suited to flower and butterfly photographers. Mostly on well-constructed footpaths, but the best flowers and butterflies are often some yards away on steeper slopes or rougher ground.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, accommodation and meals in Italy. Services of your leaders. Please note: items of a personal nature including insurance, drinks and tips, are not included.
One leader for a group of up to 8, two leaders up to the maximum group size of 15.
We start with two nights at the Vittoria, a pleasant three star hotel in Claut, in the Dolomiti Friulane. Then the Hotel Pineta will be your home for a week. The Hotel Pineta is a small friendly family run establishment close to pretty Caprile and in the Val Pettorina at the base of the Marmolada. This hotel has been run by the Nesello family for the past forty years and has recently been refurbished. Superbly situated for the sites we visit, the Pineta has marvellous mountain views and the restaurant serves great home-cooked food traditional dishes including canederli, casunziei, venison and roe deer. All rooms have en suite facilities.
UK direct return flights are from London Gatwick, London Heathrow*, Edinburgh* or Manchester* to Venice Marco Polo. Indirect routes from other regional UK Airports* are available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Generally warm and sunny though cooler wet conditions may be encountered on the odd day.
There are innumerable walks which can be made directly from the Hotel Pineta! Why not have some extra days and then a transfer back to the airport - contact us for costs. Or a break in Venice for a few days?
Why not combine this holiday with the Central Italian Alps tour? Your leader/s will transport you between the two… London to London the cost of the two tours is £TBA, Venice to Milan it is £TBA.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, butterfly and bird checklists are available.