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Tour code: 2635PDOLOMITE
Get out of Venice for the day to visit the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. Led by a guide, see two of the most stunning lakes in Italy, Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina, as well as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks, learning the history of each place as you go. Indulge in a traditional lunch at a trattoria (at own expense) and take some free time to walk around the chic mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. This small-group tour is reserved to eight people to keep the experience as intimate as possible.

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 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 driver-guide, hop in your comfortable minivan and head north through the rustic Northern Italian landscape. Make a brief pit stop for an espresso (at own expense) in the bucolic village of Pieve de Cadore, best known as the birthplace of Renaissance 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 Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the background, 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. 

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, history, flora and fauna of the area. Or, if you'd rather rest your legs, 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 ski and indulge in the posh 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

robert o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of the highlights of our vacation, the Dolomites were beautiful and the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The quiet towns were a nice break from the tourist filled cities.

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Dolomites is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The trip was fantastic. The guide, Justin, was knowledgeable, helpful, and engaging. My wife and I spent over two weeks all over Italy, and this tour was absolutely one of the highlights. I would strongly recommend it to anyone staying in Venice for more than a day or two.

Miles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well done, a few surprises along the way in a good way. Very beautiful country side.

Yong Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ross K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide Marco and a great all-round trip, stunning views - well worth the money.

erical

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour to get out of the hussle and bussle of Venice and see some of the beautiful and different countryside of northern Italy. We met the group of 16 participants and were split into 2 groups and were transported by 9 seater vans which were very comfortable. Our driver Justin was the lead on this trip and was so froendly and gave lots of useful information. He made great photos stops along the way. The areas we visited were stunning, picture card beautiful. The lakes, mountains and small towns were just great to visit and inspired us to visit these areas for longer next time we are in Italy.
We would highly recommend this tour with Avventure Bellissime which we booked through Viatour. Viatour is a great way to find lots of activities when travelling overseas.

Joseph R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was off the carts for excellence, professionalism and education. Don and don't hesitate when your in Venice and need a break from the water city!

Bernice L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour with breathtaking views. Driver was knowledgeable and attentive to the needs of everyone. We had a small group of 6 passengers. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants to explore beyond Venice.

Neville B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely beautiful scenery and our driver was attentive and knowledgeable. Pick-up was on time and we were very comfortable in the car. There were regular stops and plenty of time to enjoy this lovely area. We would do it again.

Sarah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

An excellent day out, scenery was lovely, tour guide excellent company. Very nice break from the busy days in Vencie.

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