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Great day trip! You do spend a lot of time in the van but the scenery was great! Daniel was a great guide and the mountains were breathtaking!
This is a great day trip for all of the family. We really enjoyed our guide and the area is beautiful.
Amazing awesome and beautiful
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Took this tour with 3 other travelers. Our tour guide Justin was terrific - great driver, made recommendations based on what we were interested in and made this day, our last in Italy for this trip : very special. Especially enjoyed the walks through Basano del Grappa and Asolo. Our lunch in Asolo on the upper deck of a Guide Michelin rated restaurant, with spectacular views of the valley below, was very special. The Prosecco tasting was also a highlight. At The Palladian villa was surprised to learn how highly decorated the interior walls were. It was a special experience for an art history buff like myself. I've seen Palladio's work in churches and large government buildings but not much of his early residential design. A rare opportunity to see a home like this. This tour was a real highlight of our 2 weeks in Italy - highly recommend it and Justin.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST and money well-spent! If you are in Venice, take a day off and go around Dolomites. I went there mid-November which is a time when most places close up shop. But, even in the off-season, Dolomites were just as beautiful as I expected them to be. Luckily we had good weather, it had snowed a few days before we went there so it was very pretty with snow-capped mountains as the backdrop for the lush green fields.
Our guide JUSTIN was absolutely amazing! He drove us to the perfect spots to admire the natural beauty and capture them on the camera. He took us to this wonderful place for lunch made sure it was open for us as it was off-season and had excellent suggestions for what to eat and drink. The meal I had there was probably the most authentic and delicious Italian meal of my whole trip. He showed us the mesmerizing glacial lakes and took us on a small stroll in the snowy mountains along with some snowball fights :D I was on a solo-trip in Italy so this small getaway provided a very warm feeling of going around with friends. Thank you everyone who was on the trip with me and especially JUSTIN for making it one of the most memorable days in my Euro-trip!
Excellent tour with wonderful guide. The guide went that extra mile to inform and show the best views. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to see the Dolomites in a short space of time.
I would highly recommend this trip! We had quite a bit of snow, so we couldn't get clear views of the Dolomites, but it was a still a wonderful trip. Our guide was great and the towns were beautiful and easy to explore, too.
Simply Amazing !!! It is a must do trip.
What a beautiful region. I had never been in this area. We drank lovely fresh water from the mountain fountains and got to see the first snowfall of the season. The site of the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina was really cool. It was a nice day trip during our stay in Venice. Highly recommend!
We had a great time! It was a really fun change of pace from Venice. The day started out cloudy but we got lucky and the clouds cleared up in the afternoon, leading to amazing views of the mountains! Our guide was also very knowledgable about the region. I definitely recommend this trip, it was money well spent.
Tour guide Justin was great. In addition to driving the van and explaining the terrain and its history, he helped find the best photo opportunities.
Great tour! ... saw amazing small towns and beautiful countryside plus, so much more!
Our guide Giovanni was excellent ... very knowledgable and fun! Highly recommend this tour!
Daniel was an excellent tour guide and he took us all around the Cortina area. Although we had a good bit of rain and clouds on this trip never did see the highest, most dramatic mountain tops, we still saw lots of awesome scenery and had a wonder lunch at Quinz Ristorante della Locanda Al Lago. Highly recommended.
The Dolomite tour is an absolute must-do in Italy if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Venice, or any other busy tourist city. It is full day tour so be prepared for a 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. excursion. But it is well worth it. Our tour guide Justin was very good and knew so much about all the little villages we visited, and of course the Dolomite mountain range. He also took some amazing pictures for us and sent them right away by e-mail, which was very nice of him to do. The views are spectacular and really took our breath away. There is a lot of driving to get there, but once you're there, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Justin for such a wonderful experience in Italy!!
This was a wonderul tour! Our guide Justin was a treasure. He made sure all 8 of us had a good time. He knew the mountains well and made sure we had the best views of the Dolomites. Our itinerary was altered slightly we were unable to go to the Dolomite peak as it started to snow and they closed the road - but this did not alter the fact that we had a really fun day and saw some beautiful scenery. Highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a break from the Venice crowds!
Great tour! Our guide Marco was great. He was very knowledgable about all of the places we visited. The fact that this was a group of eight in a van made the experience much more enjoyable. All of the towns we visited were amazing. The tour was everything we expected. Having a great guide like Marco made it all the better!
If you love the Alpine atmosphere and need a nice change from sea level...don't hesitate to take this tour. As a geologist - I went for the geology, but I was so awed by the beauty all around me. From the unexpected snowfall and changing leaves, to the chalets and the majestic peaks...every turn provided another wow. I went mid October - first snowfall of the season - this turned out to be the perfect day for the tour.
Fantastic tour. Amazing scenery. Just the right amount of time at each stop. Lunch at the recommended restaurant was awesome! Small group a huge plus. Our favourite day in Venice. Highly recommend!
Great and beautiful trip!
Great guide and driver and spectacular views
Great excursion with the most amazing scenery and photo opps. Justin, our guide, was professional and knowledgeable. Best trip we've ever done!
A MUST DO TOUR! Our guide, Marco, was exactly where our papers told us he would be at the Tronchetto Water Bus stop. Our vehicle was a nine seat eight passengers plus the driver luxury van/coach.
HEADS UP: We were a group of four couples and due to the layout of the seats in the van rear three seat bench, then 2 rows of two seats each, then individual bucket seats for the driver and one passenger, only three of the four couples could sit together. The fourth couple had to divide with one sitting in the rear three seat bench and the other sitting shotgun up front with Marco. So, we all took turns rotating and taking our turn sitting up front and be separated from our husband/wife.. that way no one couple spent the entire day separated. It worked quite well and I actually enjoyed sitting up front as that seat gave me terrific views for photos out the windshield and Marco was a ham to chat with! One couple refused to take part in the seat rotation but as the day went on it became clear that they thought themselves in the privileged crowd and thus above the need to participate and separate like the rest of us. Oh well. The rest of us didn't let it ruin our trip. Sitting in the front seat also really helps if you get car/motion sick. There are some serious hairpin turns when climbing the mountain, so keep in mind that you should request the front seat for this stretch if you you tend to get car sick.
Marco whisked us away from the craziness of Venice and into the ruggedness of the Italian Alps for the day. The drive was fantastic! Even on the boring highway portion of the drive, Marco was filling the time with antics and commentary. About 45min after departing Venice, we stopped at a roadside truck stop for a bathroom break and refreshments. There was a big map of the Dolomite area there so he gave us a visual overview of where our drive would take us.
We made a couple more stops for pictures, one was by a dam that gave beautiful views of the Dolomites and Marco had us zoom in on our cameras so we could see the chateau at the top that was our ultimate, and highest, destination. Marco was a fabulous photographer! He would take time to take pictures for each couple, taking several shots and moving around for different angles. I was impressed with what he caught on my camera.
After the hair pin turns segment of the drive, we reached the chateau. It had snowed the day before so there was a lovely bright glistening sheen on every surface making the experience even more magical. After about 20min at the top, we drove back down repeating the hair pin turns and stopped for lunch in what had to be the most gorgeous place I have ever been. The little restaurant we ate at was positioned on the edge of a lake and we were literally surrounded by the Dolomites. I took several pictures here that will soon be enlarged, framed and hung on my walls.
After lunch, we continued our drive and had a few more stops for pictures. First was a bridge where Marco let us all out on one end and we walked the length of the bridge to take in the views and met him and the van on the other end. Gorgeous views and got some more wonderful pictures. The next picture stop was for views of a valley bordered on both sides by the Dolomites. Again, fantastic pictures were taken. Our next stop was in the village of Cortina dAmpezzo where we were given about 30min to wander and explore. And for our final stop, we got to see the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics and the original wooden ski jump and spectator stands that are still standing, despite decades of obvious neglect.
Then it was a straight drive back to Venice. Most of us grabbed a nap as we had been on the go all day and had gotten up around 6am. Marco returned us to the Tronchetto Water Bus stop around 6pm where we returned to the city by our own means. Since my husband and I were staying in the San Marco district, we wanted to walk back and explore the other sections of the city. We asked Marco how we could do this as we had taken the water bus that morning and he was quick to offer to drive us over a bridge and let us out near another bridge. He told us where to go and it worked flawlessly. We were able to follow his directions and walk back to our hotel in about the same time the water bus would have taken to get us to the San Marco bus stop.
All in all, this tour was fantastic! Marco made it even better by being very cordial and accommodating to the entire group. Offering to take pictures of us and knowing the perfect places to stop for pictures. The day could not have been any more perfect. Even the weather played nice and allowed us one of the best and most memorable experiences of our Italian vacation. We recommend this tour with much enthusiasm!
Despite the rain the entire day, we really enjoyed this tour.
There were several stops along the way with some free time to enjoy and take photos.
We were very close to the Austrian border, wow!
We saw where the 1956 winter Olympics were held in Cortina.
Very beautiful area, if the weather was better we would have rated this tour a 5.
There were 8 in our group, we drove in a Mercedes minivan.
Our driver Filippe was very good and gave us lots of information the only thing we didn't like was how fast he was driving along the highway in the rain 90miles/hour or 145km/hour.
There are a lot of winding turns as you go up and down the mountains, may cause nausea for some people.
We really recommend this day trip from Venice if you enjoy mountain scenery.
This was a fabulous trip! Giovanni made the day go by quickly and pointed out important things to see. He even stopped once to see some horses! One of the best day tours, I have ever taken!
This tour was our favorite parts of our trip to Italy! Justin was an amazing guide with a lot of knowledge about the Dolomites and surrounding towns, as well as an excellent photographer!! This is the best opportunity to get a look into a side of Italy that is completely off the beaten path and much different than the rest of the country. The towns are quiet and quaint, and the mountains are unbelievable in person - we brought a portable charger to make sure there was enough battery for our camera. I hope to make it back during ski season now that I am so in love with the area! Thanks again Justin!!
This is a great day tour out of Venice for those who enjoy spectacular mountain scenery. We had a group of six and had fun getting acquainted and seeing the sights and sharing a meal. Our guide was knowledgable and made the day comfortable and safe.
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