By Published On: 2 Jun 2015

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Luxury small ship operator, Silversea, is offering guests a unique new European adventure – hiking the famed via ferrata near Cortina in the Dolomite Mountains, Italy.

The via ferrata, or ‘the iron road’, is a series of wooden walkways, steel cables and ladders fixed to alpine cliff faces. Hikers are ‘locked-on’ and guided along narrow ledges and up ladders to the mountain peaks. Thanks to this the via ferrata can be tackled by travellers with even the most limited of hiking experience.


The via ferrata is part of a new 3-day ‘Hiking in Cortina’ tour which includes accommodation at the Rosapetra Spa Resort in the picturesque Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The town is renowned as much for its designer boutiques and chic restaurants as its ancient cobbled streets.

Silversea tell CruiseOyster that hikers can set their own pace and may hike for as little or as much time as they prefer. An alpine guide will help determine the itinerary best suited to each guests skill level and provide all the safety equipment needed including a helmet, harness, gloves, and other cable gear.

The ‘Hiking in Cortina’ tour can be booked this Mediterranean summer either pre or post cruise from Venice, Italy. More information can be found on the Silversea website.


About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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