Classic Dollomites (Challenging)

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I have traveled to lots of places around the world but have to say the Dolomites were inspirational by themselves. Hiking in snowshoes on freshly falling snow, like we were able to do was very inspirational.

What did you think of your group leader?

Our leader, Alex was very knowable of the outdoors and the trial offerings in the area. He quickly adapted where we would go depending on the weather and did a remarkable job. He did a good job instructing people on how to improve their hiking efficiency and thus improve technique, safety as well as conserve energy. If I was ever stranded in the wilderness, Alex is someone I would want with me. That said, I also found him a bit arrogant and not someone I would want to lead my next Exodus trip. A co-leader was Martin. Martin was fantastic. He may not know the Dolomites like Alex but he too was knowable about the outdoors and had great leadership and people skills.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

When drinking at the Hotel Adler bar, rather than pay as you drink, they encourage that you charge the item(s) to your room. Which is fine. But it is a 4 star hotel with 4 star bar prices which you won't discover until you go to check out. May want to close out bar tab nightly to avoid surprises on the last day.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I was able to combine this trip with trips in Slovenia. Used GoOpti transportation to get from Slovenia to Venice, which was very reasonably priced and timed to meet the Exodus group arriving at the Venice airport. Took advantage of the trip ending in Venice...relaxed and explored the city and all the cultural offerings.