Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The New 2011 Schedule is Online


Click here to start planning your adventure. Please note: Prices valid until September 30, 2010. Book early and save.

We're also proud to announce four new trips for next year:

The Slovenian Triglav Circuit

Via Alpina Stage II

Matterhorn Trek

The Gran Paradiso Trek

Some of you might remember the Gran Paradiso Trek from years past. This new tour follows a different itinerary through an equally, if not more, spectacular region of northwestern Italy.

Please contact our office for more details.

Image: The mighty Jalovec, emblem peak of the Solvenian Alpine Club, crowns the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Many people call this mountain the "Matterhorn of Slovenia." The Jalovec is also referred to as the "Crystal Mountain."By Ken Fuhrer.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

How Suite


Our little Hotel Bellevue Crystal in Mürren sent us these photos. Hotel proprietors, Ruth and Othmar Suter, recently remodeled the honeymoon suite. Notice the little half doors that open to the bathroom. Oh the possibilities!

The Hotel Bellevue Crystal is a member of Small Elegant Hotels Worldwide.






That's a wooden bathtub in case you're wondering.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ötzi: The Iceman Murder


If you've hiked our Ötzi or Dolomites Treks then you've almost assuredly heard of Ötzi, the copper aged hunter that died in the mountains above the Ötzal of northern Italy 5,300 years ago. Hikers discovered Ötzi's body in 1991, and, since then, he's become well-known as Europe's oldest natural mummy.

While scientists have learned a lot about human ancestry as a result of the Ötzi find, the circumstances surrounding Ötzi's death still remain a mystery. That said, we recently stumbled across this fascinating video that attempts to piece together clues surrounding the Iceman's demise. If you're an Ötzi fan, then you'll love the film. Note: The flick is an hour long, so pour yourself a beverage and settle in.

Also for Ötzi lovers:

Scientists recently announced their success in completely decoding Ötzi's DNA. Researchers say that Ötzi's genetic code could shed light on hereditary diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Read about it here and here.

The Iceman Museum in Bolzano houses Ötzi, and presents a fascinating look at the world in which he might have lived. The museum is first rate, and we recommend a visit. It's also a convenient side trip to our Dolomites Tours.