5 star rating: Highly Recommended 413 Reviews

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

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

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.


  • 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 October 2015

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Venice. The tour guide was top notch and the scenery was breath taking. Our guide took us to many beautiful stops for photos and we had time to spend walking around beautiful mountain villages. Our lunch stop was great and the setting on a lake with the mountains in the background was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a amazing day!! We had a beautiful day and a wonderful tour guide Justin was very knowledgable and took us to all the best places. It was a incredible experience filled with views words cannot describe. The towns we visited were fun and beautiful and the mountains are almost unreal. I definitly suggest this wonderful tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was wonderful. We were lucky as the weather was perfect. The scenery was incredible. The guide was fantastic and took us right up to the top of the mountains and to beautiful villages. We loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic trip. Our driver and tour guide, Marco, was absolutely informative, highly entertaining and a very efficient and safe driver. His humor kept us laughing and engaged. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to take a day trip to the Dolomites. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very scenic tour. If you want photos to share with everyone about your trip - this is the tour to get them! Small group was great and weather in Sept was awesome! Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a very safe driver and lucked out with a nice group of travelers in our group of 8 people. We even lucked out with the weather that day. In terms of the actual tour, it is expensive but I'm very glad we did it because we got some amazing shots of the beautiful scenery and we actually made more stops than I was anticipating for pictures and to wander around in some small picturesque towns. We had a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing tour and a must for any visitor to this area. The tour guide Daniel was excellent, had very good English and was very knowledgeable - we had plenty of photo stops along the way.
I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour to the Dolomite Mountains was great even though we had mechanical problems with the van. We really didn't like sitting backwards in the van and wished there had been a window sun roof so we could see more of the mountains. The driver was good and took good care of us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great if we could register number six we would've

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The group was of 8 people which was great as it was comfortable in a 4x4 car plus evenly paced. The scenery is amazing and shows a side of Italy which one does not expect, being close to the Austrian border.
Our guide Fabrizio was took us to great locations. Have a look at the weather before you travel, as we had rain in the early part of the morning and then it cleared up. Carry a thick jacket as it can get cold once you ascend the higher mountains.
Great trip!

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