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Get out of Venice for the day to visit the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. Led by a driver/tour escort, 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

What You Can Expect

Dolomite Mountains and Cortina 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 around the lake. 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

Tycho G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I could not ask more from this experience! The tour guide was very personable and informative. The scenes were breathtaking and the panorama from picturesque villages topped the tour off. I hope to be back soon!

Gary Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A lot of driving and not a huge amount of time out of the van, but that is the nature of what this trip is about - spectacular scenery viewed from a few spots. And I do mean *spectacular*! Worth it all just for the views. But if you possibly can and are up to it, Rush lunch and walk around the long side of the lake at the lunch spot - the restaurant staff were very quick with the service and serving and obviously have it in mind that people might want to do that. I did and I am a 66 year old cancer survivor and thrice near death survivor, so it ain’t difficult.

Unfortunately our trip was spoiled a bit by an annoyingly nationalistic Venetian first and Italian second - to the point that his commentary was foolishly flawed and thus his integrity compromised. (25 June) Stupid. My friends thought the same. On the plus side, he stopped one or two times extra, I think, to show us sites we might not otherwise have seen.

JUdith Barrington United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Wonderful ewxperience!!! Loved it.

nahaman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Wonderful tour guide!

aidara.jennabee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This tour was AMAZING. It was so worth it to leave Venice for the day. Our driver and guide, Luca, was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the places we saw. We drove through beautiful countryside and saw gorgeous little towns and stopped for lunch at a fabulous restaurant by a lake. We went almost as far up into the Dolomites as a car can drive about 8,000 feet in elevation, if I remember correctly. This is as close to Austria or Switzerland as you can get without leaving Italy. It was a magical experience, and I can't recommend it enough.

Carissa J United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was my favorite thing I did on my week vacation. Its so beautiful! Our driver was great, he was so pleasant to talk to and was easy going. Very safe driver, never scared me even on windy roads, and I am a nervous Nellie. Be aware it is hours in the van, so there is a lot of driving involved. It was so neat to see the mountains and Cortina and be so near the Austrian border and see how things blended together. Just beautiful sights. The restaurants were terrific and far more reasonably priced than Venice, which was a treat.

Pro tip - the first little place you stop at: Get a Cappuccino. 2 euros, and it was the best cup of coffee I have ever had!

tatiana a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour is beautiful and close to the city. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The sights are spectacular and the place we stopped for lunch had fantastic pizza! I highly recommend it. The tour company itself was extremely accommodating and professional and worked with us to reschedule our tour due to flight cancellations.

g_racheva

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A whole day small bus tour into the mountains with multiple comfort and photo stops, the lunch own expense at a very good restaurant with local food. the guides were really very nice. A bit more information and time for souvenir browsing and shopping probably would be good.

Paula F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wonderful day ! Highly recommended.

Harvey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved this tour! One of the best tours we have ever taken. Beautiful country and excellent guide - the lunch was incredible.

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