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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Get out of Venice for the day and see another, exciting and beautiful swath of Italy on this day trip to the Dolomites. With a knowledgeable guide-driver as your leader for the day, learn about the history of each place you visit. See two of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina, as well as, the mouth-droppingly gorgeous Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks. Indulge in a traditional lunch at at trattoria (at own expense) and take some free time to walk around the chic mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. 

The numbers on this small-group trip are limited to just 8 participants. 

Highlights

  • Day trip to the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains from Venice
  • Stop in the village of Pieve di Cadore, birthplace of the Renaissance painter Titian
  • Take a break at two breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes: Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina – the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’
  • Explore the mountain trails on a self-guided walk, if you wish
  • Spend time at leisure in Cortina d’Ampezzo and peruse its elegant boutiques
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

See the best of the Dolomites with a local guide!

Venice is hard to say goodbye to – even for the day – but the Dolomites may help you forget about it for a few hours. After meeting your knowledgeable driver-guide, hop in the comfortable minivan and head north through the rustic Northern Italian landscape. Make a brief pitstop for an espresso (at own expense) in the bucolic and diminutive village of Pieve de Cadore, most known as the birthplace of Renaissance-era painter Titian. 

Then hop back in the minivan and drive until you reach Lake Santa Caterina where you'll be able to take some time to drink in the scenery. A little while later, arrive at Lake Misurina, or the 'Pearl of the Dolomites,' as it is sometimes called. The lake is especially picturesque with the background of the stunningly tall Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the three distinctive peaks that tower in the distance and one of the most well-known mountain groups in the Alps. Drive toward the peaks and stop to get an amazing view of them. 

Later, sit down at a local trattoria for a traditional Dolomite lunch (at own expense) and then take some free time to go on a stroll with your guide to learn about the geology and history, flora and fauna of the area. Or continue relaxing at the restaurant. After departing from the area around Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the afternoon, head to the chic ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, a spot where wealthy Italians go to ski and indulge in the posh scene-y ambience of the place. 

Take some free time here to go shopping in the chic boutiques, enjoy a coffee and dessert at a cafe or just explore the town. Meet up with your driver-guide at the set time and begin your journey back, arriving in Venice in the early evening. 

Customer Reviews

S G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One of the best tours taken so far. Our guide was very helpful. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice. The overall journey time was 9 hours covering most of the beautiful and scenic sites of Italy.

Margaret P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An absolute beauty. Loved the whole trip. Not too long a drive and extremely scenic. Stopped at a great restaurant. I want to go again!

George C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a wonderful never forgetting tour. Undescribable nice views pity for us not longer to enjoy more. Our guide Justin was nice and described places we visited more than excellent. Good regional food we took from local restaurants. If staying in Venice a tour not to be missed.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Long day but very good - had poor weather - looked cloudy as we headed up into the mountains - but clouds broke for excellent photos - guide very helpful and full of information - must see inclusion - small numbers help friendliness of tour

George C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a wonderful never forgetting experience. Breath taking views, delicious local food and a tour guide Justin who was very helpful and described places we visited more than excellent. A tour not to be missed if staying in Venice.

Bennett B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an outstanding day trip out of Venice, only 7 people in the tour, guide was very friendly and informative. We stopped at a lot of places to take photos. You will enjoy...!!

Christos P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the most unforgettable trips ever made!!! Highly recommended!

pbpost

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a spectacular tour!
There isnt a lot of walking in this one, so dont be frightened. Also bring a jacket, it may be warm in Venice, but youre going into the mountains.
Lets start at the beginning. When you arrive at the train station from the water bus, start to look for the tour guide with the sign, he might be late, so dont worry. He was about 5 minutes late for my tour and we started to get nervous. You will then get into a 10 person van where you will drive into the mountains. The tour is really great because you get to stop in several small towns, enjoy the local gelato and see the sites. The tour does include a stop for lunch at a lake front restaurant with lake front seating. It was nearly freezing when we arrived September but we werent going to pass up an opportunity to eat lake side.
All in all, the sites were spectacular, there wasnt a lot of walking, the food was great, the small towns that we stopped at were welcoming and had lots to offer, and our driver spoke great english.

Michele N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Beautiful tour! Guide was well informed and answered many questions. Highly recommend.

Megan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had an amazing day trip to the Dolomite Mountains. Our tour guides were so wonderful and friendly. Great value for money and very much worth doing!

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