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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

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

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.

brianandrewosborne

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!

DIANNE W

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 lakes....wow...amazing. 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.

azahari1974

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic views, nice trekking through snow, very good tour guide. Worth the money

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was incredible. Exceeded all expectations. Our tour guide Philip was absolutely excellent.

casann

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was a highlight! We luckily had amazing weather. It was such a full day from the moment we left Venice, the guide stopped at various vantage points all the way up the Dolomites. The scenery is truly spectacular and words are not enough to describe the beauty we encountered that day. Cortina was a beautiful mountain village. Lake Misurina was absolutely stunning and when we reached the very top of the mountainside to view the Tre Cime, we really were in awe. Coming from Australia, we don't have scenery like this anywhere. The only thing we would recommend is to bring a picnic lunch to have by the Lake instead of spending a large amount of money at the only restaurant which is recommended on the tour. Also, the guide didn't tell anyone, nor is it mentioned on the Viator site, that the restaurant only takes cash! No cards! made it very difficult for many people. We used all our cash and therefore had nothing left for a tip at the end, which we felt bad about but this was Viator's error, not ours. We would definitely do this trip again if we had the opportunity, it is a very long day, but well worth it! Again, Viator has delivered amazing quality, can't wait to do another one of your Tours.

Gurkirat Singh B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

it was winter and all day we enjoyed snow fall. the driver was very interactive thus making it a wonderful trip.

Karlin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This day tour is a must do. We had a very nice guide who knows a lot about the dolomites and surrounding towns. He met us in Venice and we were only 7 in the bus. He had stories to tell about all the towns we passed. We had a great lunch in Cortina then drove back to Venice.

Sheldon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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