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Get out of Venice for the day to visit the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. Led by a guide, 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.


  • 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 with your guide to learn about the geology, history, flora and fauna of the area. 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

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.


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.

Iris D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This is a fantastic tour and definitely worth the money. You get picked up by the driver on tronchetto stop which is about 1/2 hr public boat ride from st marks square bus number N2 which cost 7.50 each way which runs approximately every 10 minutes. Its a 8 seater mini bus and the driver Marco was very hospitable, knowledgeable and friendly. Marco pointed out points of interests along the way not part of designated stops and allowed us time not part of designated stop to stop to take photographs. All places listed on the tour was at it shows on photos attached to this site and TripAdvisor. You cant predict the weather as it changes so rapidly as one minute it can be raining, cold, warm or cloudy so best to dress appropriately. We went in March so there was still abit of snow on the grounds and at some points the clouds blocked the view of top of Dolomites but within a short space of time sometimes within seconds, minutes or less than an hour the clouds disappear and you can get really good photographs of the Dolomites. The restaurant we stopped for lunch was reasonable priced, good selection and food was lovely. We had 2 course meal with drinks for two which came to around 45 euros - lunch prices vary depending on what you have. We got back to Tronchetto stop around 1745 hours however times may vary depending upon traffic as to what time you get back but Marco says its normally around 1730-1800 hours. Would highly recommend this tour and well done Marco for making the tour memorable.

Eve R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A must place to visit! Giovanni was a great tour guide! He knew what the tourist wants like me who love to take beautiful pictures of the scenery. So glad the weather was great, cold but sunny which was the important one. Its more beautiful than what we thought. The snow added the WOW factor of the tour. Walking in the middle of the frozen lake was a great experience. The food in the restaurants we went to was great.. Such a memorable Valentines day! A bit expensive but so worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Noor Suhaila S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Did this tour in 2015 and it was raining and quite foggy. Took many beautiful photos from the front of the van but was disappointed that the lakes were barely visible as it was foggy. This tear 2017?I returned to Venice and booked the sane your again. It was fantastic. It stopped at a couple of different viewing points for photos and the It gad recently snowed when we reached the Dolomites so that was a bonus. Loved it as much the second time but felt like I had a whole new experience. Great value for money. Loved this trip!! Highly recommended.

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