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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.

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

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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!

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

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Dolomites were awesome - more than expected.
This is a great way to see something different and fun, outside the usual bustle of Venice.
Guide was quite well informed and had a great personality.

Maria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The driver was great. Knew a lot about the area and gave us time to enjoy each stop even though we lost a bit of time due to heavy traffic on the roads. The van was good - large windows so that everyone could see. Very glad we decided to take the small group tour rather than rent a car for the day or do a larger bus tour.

Dognumber

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an amazing trip! First class all the way.. our tour guide, Marco, was engaged with our interests, happy to help get us to places to take great photographs, and a great driver!! This tour was one of our high points of our Italy trip... amazing!

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lovely tour of the mountains. You will ride in comfortable mini vans and stop along the way to view magnificent scenery. The lunch stop is very nice in the mountains too. I would suggest this tour when you feel you want to get wavy from the noise and crowds of the Venice city area. We took this tour on our last day in Italy before returning home. It was a great way to end out journey.

GG

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

OMG this trip was fantastic, Justin the Tour Guide was fun, energetic and so in love with The Dolomite Mountains that he brought his energy to us on the tour I could have not asked for a better Tour Guide than Justin. I will never forget this trip, I Loved it from Beginning to End. Thank you Justin and your energy..... TI AMO

chokirou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an excellent day, though it was a full 8 hour tour. The weather was perfect for viewing the mountains. Our tour guide was Phillipo I hope I spelled him name properly and he was generous in offering information and taking numerous photos of us. Our tour was limited to 8 people and this added greatly to our satisfaction. I would recommend this tour to anyone that would like to see the Dolomites up close.
This tour company exceeded our expectations as did Phillipo!
My problem now it editing the huge number of photos we took!

suz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic scenery. Eight of us in a van. Quite comfortable. Excellent driver/ guide. Lunch stop had several options. We chose a restaurant with a great view and got a window booth. Photo stops were at great sites. Recommend this tour.

Ming-Yang H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Evan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a mind blowing experience with awesome views combined with a entertaining and informative tour by Giovanni our guide. We would highly recommend it to anyone.

Phoebe M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was fantastic! The guide was excellent and informative about the local knowledge. Although it was a whole day tour, the car journery was all right. There were few nice stops all the way. It had given me good chance to explore. It is worth for recommendation.

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