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

See the best of the Dolomites on this small-group day trip from Venice. Your expert driver-guide will introduce you to the jaw-dropping jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, as well as pretty Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina. Lunch is at a traditional trattoria (at your own expense), which will fuel you for a nature walk in the mountains. The afternoon brings leisure time to stroll Cortina d’Ampezzo, a swanky ski resort town.

With only eight participants on this small-group tour, you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your local driver-guide.

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!

Travel by luxury minivan (your local guide doubles as your driver) north from Venice into the Veneto countryside and the Sesto region in the Dolomite Mountains. The birthplace of Renaissance painter Titian, Pieve di Cadore is a charming town which serves as an ideal stop for coffee (own expense). Then continue on to Lake Santa Caterina, where you’ll stroll and likely want to snap pictures of the beautiful surroundings.

Next, your driver-guide brings you to Lake Misurina, often called the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites.’ The lake framed by the towering Tre Cime di Lavaredo -- the Dolomite’s three unique peaks -- is one of the area’s most picturesque scenes. Your driver-guide will stop at a key vantage point for the best photo op.

Take a break at a local trattoria for lunch (own expense), followed by an optional, gentle walk along a favorite mountain trail to see still more of the area’s striking scenery. If you prefer, you can certainly linger over dessert and coffee and just take in the local restaurant vibe.

In mid-afternoon, depart for the chic ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, popular among the Italian jet set and known for its lively nightlife. From a panoramic viewpoint, take in the sight of the town surrounded by imposing mountains. Then explore any way you like with plenty of free time: Shop for postcards, browse luxury items at upscale boutiques or people watch from a sidewalk café (at your own expense). Then it’s time to return to Venice as the late-afternoon sun shines on the massive peaks of the Dolomites. Your driver-guide will return you to your original starting point in Venice by early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I have taken tours on four different continents in many different countries. This has been my favorite to date. I highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A totally different picture of Italy than I ever thought I would see. Our guides were friendly and gave us so many different angles to see the spectacular mountains. Utterly amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

another trip with Daniel as driver/guide and again excellent - he knows his stuff and the scenery is breath taking in parts - highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Giovanni took us on a great tour. It felt like i was being shown around by a distant relative that was keen to make sure we had a great day! Cant speak highly enough of him and was a welcome day trip away from Venice. The scenery speaks for itself and although there were two vans out that day it still had a small tour vibe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was AWESOME! The best part of our 4 days in Italy! LOVED our guide! What a magical place to visit... we WILL DEFINITELY go back!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent experience! Great driver/guide Roberto was very accommodating, knowledgable, and passionate about his country!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This 2 hour plus ride out of Venice is so worth it. Excellent driver /guide. The views are incredible and the cool air is very refreshing. Bring a jacket / light rain coat and hiking shoes .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic breath taking journey. Roberto was a very good host. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The meeting point is extremely hard to find if you don't come by waterbus vaporeeto . Where our hotel was the vaporetto did not go all the way to Tronchetto stop. If you get off at the stop before Trnchetto, you have, no kidding, 20min walk...fast walking. The tour itself is breathtaking and worth every euro. I would go again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One problem. Some people got off at the wrong vaporetto stop, because there are two stops with practically the same name. Wth regard to the trip--do not miss it. The guide was excellent, and the views were wonderful. With regards to lunch, the restaurant is right next to a large lake with a view of the mountains. Very good food as well.

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