Book this tour and save more than 7% compared to booking each attraction separately!
- Combine two best-selling Venice tours over two days at a discounted price
- Visit the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains with an expert local driver-guide
- Stop at Lake Santa Caterina, Lake Misurina and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Explore Venice on a walking tour and see top city attractions such as Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Square
- Enjoy a skip-the-line tour of St Mark’s Basilica plus a walking tour of the city
- See the sights of Venice from the comfort of a water taxi and cruise along the famous Grand Canal
What You Can Expect
Dolomite Mountains Day Trip from Venice (8.5 hours):
Leave Venice by air-conditioned minibus, and then travel north through the Veneto countryside to visit the glorious Dolomite Mountains. After a coffee stop (own expense) in the village of Pieve di Cadore, stroll around Lake Santa Caterina, and then continue to Lake Misurina, the stretch of water known as the ‘pearl of the Dolomites.’ Stop for photos against the backdrop of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks, and relax over lunch in a charming trattoria nearby (own expense).
After an optional walk along the gently winding foothills of Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the afternoon, travel to the swanky ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo to take photos of the scenery and enjoy free time to explore. Browse Cortina’s boutiques, visit a cozy cafe or take a stroll around the atmospheric side streets. Then, meet your guide at the prearranged time and travel back to Venice where your Dolomites tour finishes.
Skip the Line: Venice in One Day (3 hours):
Meet your guide near the Royal Gardens in central Venice, and then set off on a walking tour around the city to discover its highlights. Explore St Mark’s Square with its lively cafes and monuments, and stop for photos in front of Doge's Palace and the adjoining Middle Age prisons. Head inside St Mark’s Basilica for a skip-the-line tour, and marvel at the gilded grandeur of the building’s interior while learning about Venice during Byzantine days.
Leave the basilica and stroll around the atmospheric backstreets and alleyways that line the canals. Explore lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its Gothic palaces and see the house where Marco Polo — the pioneering Venetian explorer — once lived. After seeing lesser-known sights such as a beautiful old merchant’s warehouse, finish your walking tour near the famous Rialto Bridge.
Enjoy some free time (duration to be given on the day), and then make your way to the water’s edge for your small-group Grand Canal water taxi ride. Known as the limousines of Venice, the water taxis offer both comfort and speed, allowing you to see more sights than you would on a typical gondola ride.
Have your camera ready to capture photos of the Baroque churches, Gothic palaces, secret gardens and gondola stations that line the busy Grand Canal, and hear anecdotes about the famous Venetians who have resided on the 'street.' Then, cruise along the lesser-visited canals, admiring the pretty bridges and walkways, and work your way back to the start point where your tour finishes.
Venice rating: 1
Dolomites rating: 5
Venice in One Day:
Not worth it, skip this one. Highlight of the tour was supposed to be St. Mark's Basilica, but we were in there a total of maybe 10 minutes. We didn't even get to walk around and explore. The rest of the tour was just walking around the city into different "campos"... like residential squares. Very boring. Then instead of being brought back to the original meeting place, we were left in the streets, told to go eat at a restaurant along the canal, and given rough directions about how to head back. Venice is like a maze full of dead-ends, so we took forever finding our way again. It's also not clear in the ad that there is a long wait between the end of the walking walking tour and the start of the boat tour. We had over 2.5 hours to kill, which affected the plans we had for the evening.
Vincenzo (our guide) was very friendly, informative, and accommodating; we liked him a lot. He made sure that we didn't feel rushed. I liked the fact that it was a small group tour. This was one of my favourite tours that I've done so far in Italy. The only part of the trip I didn't like was Cortina, but that's just personal preference. The ad says minibus, but it's actually an 8-seater van. It would also be nice if the meeting point could be Piazzale Roma instead of Tronchetto.