POST CONFERENCE EXCURSION

ITALIAN ALPS FROM WW1 TO COLD WAR

During the tour participants will visit the battlefields, museums, memorials and cemeteries of the Italian Alps and Piave frontline. The tour includes several WW1 glacial “White War” sites, including high mountain emplacements (up to 3,400 m asl), mine warfare sites, fortresses, military tunnels, and the largest Memorials and Military Museums of Northern Italy. Most of the battlefields are in the Dolomites, probably the most famous mountains of the alpine range which is in turn reflected in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage area.

The excursion organizers would like to highlight that many of these sites are at altitude and cover rugged, mountainous terrain. Therefore, those with medical conditions are responsible for seeking medical guidance prior to participation. Participants suffering from vertigo or high blood pressure (in one case we will reach 3400 m asl and many alpine passes are at altitudes above 2000 m asl) must carefully evaluate their state of health.

It is up to individual participants to ensure a travel insurance adequate to cover mountain activities.

22-seater or 28-seater bus is used throughout the journey. In the case of the ascent to Monte Piana, off-road vehicles such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar will be used. We will also use cable ways and chairlifts.

All meals are served in local restaurants, as packed lunch or hotel. Mineral water will be available for both meals and transfers.

3* / 4* category hotel.

Travel of great historical-cultural and landscape interest. Overall easy and suitable for everyone, by bus on mountain roads and with a couple of long transfers up to 2.5 hours but through majestic scenery. The walking trails require proper mountain equipment: appropriate clothing and sturdy and comfortable footwear, suitable for dirt, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, windbreaker, warm cap and gloves.

Hiking trails are generally easy, on wide paths. All sites are reached directly from the bus or from the cable car. Some sites present two options, it is up to each participant to follow one group or another:

  • easy trail, maximum 20 minutes on foot, very low denivelation, also suitable for children (alternatively visit to a museum)
  • path for more experienced hikers, walking for one/two hours, higher denivelation, generally suitable for children (parents watching!).

The field trip is limited to 14 – 30 participants. You will be asked to register asap and to pay only upon reaching the minimum number of 14 participants (deadline: 15 April 2019)

ITALIAN ALPS FROM WW1 TO COLD WAR

During the tour participants will visit the battlefields, museums, memorials and cemeteries of the Italian Alps and Piave frontline. The tour includes several WW1 glacial ‘White War’ sites, including high mountain emplacements (up to 3,000 m asl), mine warfare sites, fortresses, military tunnels, and the largest Memorials and Military Museums of Northern Italy. Most of the battlefields are in the Dolomites, probably the most famous mountains of the alpine range which is in turn reflected in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage area.

The excursion organizers would like to highlight that many of these sites are at altitude and cover rugged, mountainous terrain. Therefore, those with medical conditions are responsible for seeking medical guidance prior to participation. It is also up to individual participants to ensure a proper mountain equipment and that travel insurance is adequate to cover these activities.

SAFETY

The excursion organizers would like to highlight that many of these sites are at altitude and cover rugged, mountainous terrain. Therefore, those with medical conditions are responsible for seeking medical guidance prior to participation. Participants suffering from vertigo or high blood pressure (in one case we will reach 3400 m asl and many alpine passes are at altitudes above 2000 m asl) must carefully evaluate their state of health.

INSURANCE

It is up to individual participants to ensure a travel insurance adequate to cover mountain activities.

TRANSPORTATION

22-seater or 28-seater bus is used throughout the journey. In the case of the ascent to Monte Piana, off-road vehicles such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar will be used. We will also use cable ways and chairlifts.

MEALS

All meals are served in local restaurants, as packed lunch or hotel. Mineral water will be available for both meals and transfers.

OVERNIGHTS

3 * / 4 * category hotel.

HIKING DIFFICULTY

Travel of great historical-cultural and landscape interest. Overall easy and suitable for everyone, by bus on mountain roads and with a couple of long transfers up to 2.5 hours but through majestic scenery. The walking trails require proper mountain equipment: appropriate clothing and sturdy and comfortable footwear, suitable for dirt, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, windbreaker, warm cap and gloves.

Hiking trails are generally easy, on wide paths. All sites are reached directly from the bus or from the cable car. Some sites present two options, it is up to each participant to follow one group or another:

  • easy trail, maximum 20 minutes on foot, very low denivelation, also suitable for children (alternatively visit to a museum)
  • path for more experienced hikers, walking for one/two hours, higher denivelation, generally suitable for children (parents watching!).

The field trip is limited to 14 – 30 participants. You will be asked to register asap and to pay only upon reaching the minimum number of 14 participants (deadline: 15 April 2019)

PROGRAM

DAY 1
Saturday 29 June

DAY 2
Sunday 30 June

DAY 3
Monday 1 July

  • Transfer from Padova to Trento

  • Cogollo del Cengio war track
    (Due to a heavy storm that interested Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions, this site is now close to visitors. In case it will not be open on 29 June, participants will visit the Asiago Plateau, one of the bloodiest battlefields during WWI)

  • Thunder Base (Cold War American base)

  • Overnight in Trento

  • Transfer from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Lagazuoi

  • Cableway to Cinque Torri Hutt and WW1 trenches

  • Cableway to Lagazuoi high mountain battlefield

  • Descent by cableway or by foot through a system of WW1 galleries and fortifications

  • Visit of the Forte Tre Sassi museum

  • Overnight in Arabba

DAY 4
Tuesday 2 July

DAY 5
Wednesday 3 July

DAY 6
Thursday 4 July

  • Transfer from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Monte Piana open air museum

  • 4×4 mountain trip to Italian and Austroungarian fortifications at Monte Piana battlefield

  • Scenery view of the Three Cime di Lavaredo

  • Visit to Vajont Landslide

  • Overnight in Vittorio Veneto

  • Transfer from Vittorio Veneto to the Cold war bunkers at Savogna and WW1 site of Mount S. Michele

  • Redipuglia (Biggest WW1 Memorial; Memorial of Redipuglia)

  • Transfer to Trieste

  • Transfer to the Venice International Airport, to Venice and to Padova.

DAY 1
Saturday 29 June

  • Transfer from Padova to Trento

  • Cogollo del Cengio war track
    (Due to a heavy storm that interested Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions, this site is now close to visitors. In case it will not be open on 29 June, participants will visit the Asiago Plateau, one of the bloodiest battlefields during WWI)

  • Thunder Base (Cold War American base)

  • Overnight in Trento

DAY 2
Sunday 30 June

DAY 3
Monday 1 July

  • Transfer from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Lagazuoi

  • Cableway to Cinque Torri Hutt and WW1 trenches

  • Cableway to Lagazuoi high mountain battlefield

  • Descent by cableway or by foot through a system of WW1 galleries and fortifications

  • Visit of the Forte Tre Sassi museum

  • Overnight in Arabba

DAY 4
Tuesday 2 July

  • Transfer from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Monte Piana open air museum

  • 4×4 mountain trip to Italian and Austroungarian fortifications at Monte Piana battlefield

  • Scenery view of the Three Cime di Lavaredo

  • Visit to Vajont Landslide

  • Overnight in Vittorio Veneto

DAY 5
Wednesday 3 July

  • Transfer from Vittorio Veneto to the Cold war bunkers at Savogna and WW1 site of Mount S. Michele

  • Redipuglia (Biggest WW1 Memorial; Memorial of Redipuglia)

  • Transfer to Trieste

DAY 6
Thursday 4 July

  • Transfer to the Venice International Airport, to Venice and to Padova.

*Field trips programs and schedule are subject to change at any time in bad weather conditions

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