Start Date: 1/26/18
End Date: 2/3/18
Cortina Land Package: $1,346
Cortina Full Package: $2,228
Venice Extension $483
2/3/18 - 2/6/18
Note: Air is no longer available for return on February 3 (Cortina base trip, full package).
This does not affect those taking the extension to Venice with their air return on February 6. The land only package to Cortina is still available as is land to Venice extension. If you want the Venice extension you can purchase either land only or complete package with extension returning on February 6.
For questions and clarifications, please contact the trip leader Ali Pethick
Venice price may vary a small amount with respect to exchange rate of USD to Euro.
TC: Ali Pethick
ATC: Alan Simpson
Prices for lift tickets are subject to change due to USD to Euro exchange rate.
Cortina Lift Tickets
Dolomiti Superski Lift Tickets
Summit Elevation 9,610 feet
Base Elevation 4,016 feet
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
January 26 - February 3, 2018
With Extension to Venice February 3-6
We leave Houston Bush International on Friday, 1/26/18 on Lufthansa flight 441 at 4:10 p.m. arriving in Venice the next day at 1:55 pm. Remember there is a time difference.
We depart Venice on Saturday, 2/3/18 flight 333 Lufthansa 7:30 a.m. and arrive back in Houston at 2:05 p.m. Those who are going to Venice will be transported to Venice on 2/3/18 and will return to Houston on 2/6/18 on the same flight Lufthansa 333.
This is a TSC trip with all the wonderful activities with our Texas friends from around the state. When we arrive on Saturday, we will have a welcome reception at the Terrazza Viennese in our Hotel Ancora. The Cortina Tourism Board and a very charming Italian ski instructor will greet us with canapes and local wine from the region. SCSC will gather during that time to collect lift tickets and be given the specific itineraries for the week. Monday SCSC will have our own welcome party.
According to Walks of Italy, "Cortina feels like a classic Italian Alpine town, but draws a largely international crowd—many of whom come not necessarily (or even) to ski, but to shop in the fashionable boutiques on Corso Italia and soak up the winter sun. Of course, the glamorous life comes with a glamorous price. But if you can swing it, with its 120km of slopes and the Dolomites as a backdrop, Cortina truly lets visitors embody la bella figura… and ski in style. Of course, the glamorous life comes with a glamorous price. But if you can swing it, with its 120km of slopes and the Dolomites as a backdrop, Cortina truly lets visitors embody la bella figura… and ski in style."
We will be staying at the Hotel Ancora Cortina d’Ampezzo which was built in 1826 and has been in the same family for four generations. It is located right in the center of Cortina and it offers its guests the best of mountain hospitality with wood balconies and typical furniture in Ampezzo style. Many years it was awarded the “Three Golden Key” prize by Gamero Rosso for being one of the best 11 hotels in Italy. It has also won awards for one of the six best restaurant and hotels. The hotel’s “Terrazza Viennese which faces the famous Corso Italia is the meeting place for important people from all over the world. The sunny terrace is classically decorated in perfect Biedermeier style in honour and memory of Francesco Giuseppe, Emperor of Austria.
We will be enjoying what is called "Half Board" which means that breakfast and dinner are included.
Day trips include CastelBrando, followed by wine cellar and tour with tasting. This is the land of Prosecco. We will have a tour of the castle and brunch. Afterwards we will shuttle over to a nearby winery for a tour of the wine cellar and vineyard and tasting of 5 different wines accompanied with local cheeses and salami. The picturesque capital of Val Gardena will include a tour of this fascinating town famous for its ornate woodcarvings and lovely pedestrian area with great shops and cafes.
Other activities in the area include cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowkiting and ice sledding.
Cortina is known to be very accommodating to beginner and intermediate skiers and a special guided day will be available to advanced skiers to Sella Ronda Skiing at Val de Gardena.
A “hands on” session learning the art of cheese making will be conducted at a lovely restaurant located in the mountains above Cortina. The views are indescribable and worth the visit on their own. Another day will feature Hotel Ancora cooking demonstrations after which we will all enjoy a glass of Prosecco and appetizer and bruschetta.
We are working on a day trip to Innsbruck and the famous Swarovski Crystal World and Museum.
On Friday, we will have our Farewell Party with wine and more and Saturday depart for Venice to either catch your flight home or to enjoy a few more days in Venice, Italy.
The Extension to Venice, Italy is February 3 through February 6. We will be staying at this Hotel. The Hotel Carlton is a 4 Star hotel located on the Grand Canal and what more is there to say. Many tourist spots are within walking distance as well as the train station. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and breakfast.