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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

Pamela E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was another fantastic tour. Once again the tour guide knew so much about the area and about the history of the area, which made the whole tour very interesting. the Sites were as beautiful as the pictures.

RICHARD F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was well worth the money. I would just suggest you get to spend more time in some of the towns.

Jorge Luis R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Amazing trip,....

Ramg66

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This tour was breathtaking, the views were so beautiful and it was really nice to get a different view of Italy after a few days in Venice. Felipo was a great guide and would go out of his way to help you out. Highly recommend.

bjmoritz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our excursion to the Dolomites was absolutely wonderful. The scenery is beyond compare and the stop for lunch was very good. Make sure you get the pizza if you take this tour. It gets you out of the city and into the country for a respite. Definitely recommended.

Nora Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Tour was exceptional. Our driver was very professional and knowledgeable. The views were absolutely phenomenal! Highly recommended.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Wonderful experience. Would do again

jeaner United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This trip is a must for anyone visiting Venice who has not been to the Dolomites. The scenery is spectacular. Our guide was excellent. Viator is a company that is very dependable. They arrived at the designated time and place as indicated and returned us right on schedule. I will be using Viator on future excursions.

barbac463

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide, Lorenzo, was fantastic. He was informative, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. It was an amazing experience.

JimmyZ United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was an unforgettable experience with unbelievable views and lovely towns to visit on the way. Our driver and guide Felipe was excellent and made it fun and educational. A must add to your trip on a clear day.
Gail and Jim Z.

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