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New Silversea land program offers Dolomites hiking

New Silversea land program offers Dolomites hiking
Set at the foot of the rugged Dolomite Mountains, Cortina d'Ampezzo, the picturesque Italian town that once hosted the Winter Olympics and today is known for its designer boutiques and chic restaurants as much as its world-class ski competitions, can now be explored by Silversea Cruises travelers on a 'Hiking in Cortina' land extension.

The three-night, pre- or post-cruise program is offered this summer on Mediterranean cruises departing or concluding in Venice.

If strolling Cortina's ancient cobbled streets is not challenging enough, 'Hiking in Cortina' also features a guided alpine trek along a via ferrata, or iron road, for more adventurous travelers. The narrow route is equipped with steel cables, ladders and other fixed anchors such as wooden walkways and suspended bridges, making it possible for hikers of all skill levels to walk on ledges, climb vertical walls and reach mountain peaks.

Hikers set their own pace, and may hike for as little or as much time as they prefer.

Accommodations are provided for three nights at the Rosapetra Spa Resort, where participants meet with their alpine guide to determine the itinerary best suited to their skill levels. The guide also provides safety equipment, including a helmet, harness, gloves and other cable gear. During their stay at Rosapetra, participants will also get complimentary access to the resort's heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and Mediterranean and Turkish baths.

The program is available from Venice on 17 Mediterranean voyages, which also feature a choice of included Silver Shore Select excursions offered in every port, as well as two hours of complimentary Wi-Fi per person, per day, and unlimited Wi-Fi for the line's larger suites (Medallion and higher categories), for bookings made on or after Jan. 15.

'Hiking in Cortina' includes up to eight hours with a certified alpine guide, use of safety equipment, accommodations, transfers between airport, hotel and pier, and some meals. Participants need to take proper clothing, boots and a backpack. Tour prices start at $1,979 per person, double occupancy.