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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

Katherine United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the best tours we had taken and for months this small group day trip my husband still talks about the beautiful Mountains and the length that our driver, Justine went through just so we would have awesome photos to show friends and family. Definitely a worth price paid!

davidlyter United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour to some breath-taking sites of natural beauty. Lunch together at a mountain restaurant. was fun. Daniel was a great tour guide.

Gai K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What an amazing trip, so many beautiful stops, and scenery to inspire. Our guide Phillipe was fantastic and this tour was in a minibus with only 7 other tourists. Very good, a great way to explore the Dolomites.

EMMA HEUNG WAN F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The pace of the trip was just perfect. We stopped several stops, and each had some amazing scenery. Our guide was very informative and had this really good sense of humour that made everyone comfortable with each other during those long drives.

kasunwettasinghe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed our tour. The guide Carlo from Avventure Bellissime was exceptional.
I strongly recommend.

patbianchin5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Long drive on a cold rainy day but the driver and the mountains were great. would do it again in a heart beat

Penny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is a must!! What a beautiful day, the Dolomites are just breathtaking. The small group of 8 was awesome, we stopped for many photo stops, all amazing scenery. Marco our tour guide was awesome, funny, very personal and did a wonderful job telling us all about the Dolomites. Would definitely recommend this tour........... do not miss!

Denise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I loved the tour it was absolutely incredible. Justin our tour guide really knew the are and was very fun to talk to.

elyas.barshan81

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

best tour ever
we loved the natural

Dave T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I could not recommend this tour any more highly. A small group of seven, our own guide and a guide that not only did his job extremely well, he owned the experience, he exuded enthusiasm and clearly loved his country and his job. He went out of his way to ensure that we had the best views of the Dolomite Mountains, experienced as much as we could fit into the day and that we came home with some of the most amazing memories of our holiday. The pictures you see in Viator's ad really do not do the scenery justice, you must experience it yourself!

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