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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

Kristina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The views are magnificent. Carlo was amazing- friendly, professional, and accommodating. This day trip is expensive, but it is so worth it. We were doing a mediterranean cruise and wanted to have a chance to go inland a bit beforehand. We are so glad that we did. It got cold though- make sure to layer up!!!

James B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful trip. The ,ou rains are beautiful. Our guide,Justin, was fun and showed us a great time.i highly recommend this tour. The price was good, also.
Judy in .georgia

Gunavathy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It's really was an awesome trip and we had a great experience. We have no words to describe the beauty of the green scenery and the lake and the mountains. And of course our tour guide Mr Justin is a very accommodating and brought us to so many places as much as possible for taking nice pictures

martyheeg1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Deborah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Justin was our driver and guide for this amazing trip. The Dolomites are absolutely awesome to behold. It's unfortunate that there is no time to hike but lunch was good and the views were spectacular.

Kathryn C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had an absolutely fantastic day! It snowed heavily for a while but we had excellent drivers and felt very safe. We had fun with them too, having snowball fights by the lake. We gelled very well as a group and enjoyed one another's company. The meal at lunch time was also excellent.

Julia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an incredible day - definitely worth doing! Our driver Justin was not only a great driver but full of information about the towns and even the names of each peak. We had plenty of stops to take photos of majestic views that just kept getting better as the day went on. Make sure your camera is fully charged because it's sure to be used to the max! Highly recommended if you have a spare day in Venice and want to see a spectacularly different side of Italy.

Dennis D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Not to be missed. The splendor of the Dolomites is fully equal to the beauty of Venice. Our guide Martin was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and made an entirely enjoyable tour. The weather was overcast and misty. Martin would stop at a location and wait and suddenly the mist would part and we could see the mountains. Magical. Wonderful meal at a local restaurant. Comfortable transport. Don't hesitate to book it.

jenderoso16

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! Our guide was Justin and he altered the program a bit to make sure we had the best weather opportunities during our tour. He knew all of the great spots for taking beautiful photographs. It was a great city escape for the day!

Ekaterina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Alps were amazing! We have seen them for the first time in our lives, absolutely stunning!

The road up to the mountains was long, but it was worth it, and the car, Mercedes, was comfortable and fast. We made several stops, each had a story behind, and the driver was telling us those stories. He also proved to be a good photographer, so if you are not really into selfies, you know who can help take a couple of good photographs.

We passed beautiful turquoise mountain lakes, cold and crystal clear. The trip culminated in a stop near one of the mountain peaks, close to the clouds, 2400 metres above sea level, with temperature of only 10, although all the way down in Venice it was around 30, so the trip was a good escape from the tiring heat. The place was overlooking the valley below with the lakes we passed, and a million of other minute details that made the overall picture simply impressive.

We had the option of either buying a sandwich to have a quick lunch or going to a restaurant. Please mind that if you opt for the latter, you will have to forgo two or three stops, which you may regret afterwards.

To sum up, the trip was brilliant, interesting, and something you may never experience again in your life. I definitely recommend it! Best place I have ever been to so far!

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