Alpine Garden Society

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Ladies Slipper Orchid Reckoned by many to be unsurpassed in Europe for their wealth of wild flowers, the Dolomites have some of the finest mountain scenery. The great pinnacles and buttresses which rise high above idyllic hay meadows and forests are truly spectacular.


At sunset, the many-hued cliffs of crystalline magnesian limestone from which the region takes its name are a photographer’s dream, and during the day a naturalists’ heaven! Our comfortable family run hotel, just a forty minute drive from wealthy Cortina, has been chosen for its proximity to some glorious flowers and butterflies as well as classic alpine wildlife such as Nutcracker, Golden Eagle, Chamois and the entrancing Alpine Marmot. The flowers really are amazingly beautiful and diverse. Black Vanilla Orchid, Globe Orchid, Bearded Bellflower and Dwarf Alpenrose adorn fragrant meadows, while no less than a dozen species of Gentian decorate splendid alpine turf. Cliffs are festooned with the pink Potentilla nitida, a variety of pretty Saxifrages, Androsaces and Bellflowers, while wooded glades hold Rampions, Wolfsbane and Orchids such as the lovely Lady’s Slipper. In particular we will search out the enigmatic Devil’s Claw and beautiful King of the Alps! Butterflies feature Scarce Coppers and Alpine Blues as well as localised species such as Titania’s and Cynthia’s Fritillaries. We think that you will agree that this is among the best floral shows in Europe with an excellent supporting cast of butterflies and birds, and all set amidst the most magnificent mountain landscapes.

Devils Claw Focus

Alpine and Meadow Flowers. Butterflies. Also Mountain Landscapes.


Paul Cardy, Stefano Doglio and Paul Green.


Relaxed and easy. Up to two or three miles on some days though less on others, and always at a slow pace, suited to flower and butterfly photographers. Mostly on well-constructed footpaths, but the best flowers and butterflies are often some yards away on steeper slopes or rougher ground.

Included in the Price

All flights. All transport, accommodation, meals and tips in Italy. Services of your leaders. Please note: items of a personal nature including travel insurance and drinks, are not included.

Group Size

The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.


We start with two nights at the Vittoria, a pleasant three star hotel in Claut, in the Dolomiti Friulane. Then the Hotel Pineta will be your home for a week. The Hotel Pineta is a small friendly family run establishment close to pretty Caprile and in the Val Pettorina at the base of the Marmolada. This hotel has been run by the Nesello family for the past forty years and has recently been refurbished. Superbly situated for the sites we visit, the Pineta has marvellous mountain views and the restaurant serves great home-cooked food traditional dishes including canederli, casunziei, venison and roe deer. All rooms have en suite facilities.


Generally warm and sunny though cooler wet conditions may be encountered on the odd day.

Suggested Variations

There are innumerable walks which can be made directly from the Hotel Pineta! An extra week on full board and transport back to the airport costs £595. Or a break in Venice for a few days?


UK direct return flights are from various London airports or Manchester* to Venice Marco Polo. Indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.

*These routes may incur a supplement.

Trip Reports

Call 01298 83563 or visit for the latest trip report.

How to Book

Contact us on 01298 83563 or to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form from our website (or contact us and we will send a booking form or full brochure to you). Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower and bird checklists are available.

Saxifraga oppositifolia Day 1

Arrive Venice and transfer to Claut

Days 2 & 3

Claut and the Dolomiti Friulane

Days 4, 5 & 7

Monte Pelmo and Cortina’s Valle d’Ampezzo

Days 6 & 9

Marmolada and the Passo Pordoi

Day 8

The Val San Lucano

Day 10

Depart from Venice

For your detailed tour itinerary call 01298 83563 or visit

Gentiana clusii 10 days

25th June – 4th July 2013


Price  UK - UK = £1795

Price Venice - Venice = £1645


Deposit = £250

Single Supplement = £145*


*does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged

Pulsatilla alpina Greentours have been running superb botanical and wildlife tours for two decades. Visit our website for details of this and our other tours. 

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