On our small group Venice day tours of the Dolomite mountains enjoy a memorable day exploring what many people believe to be Europe's most beautiful range of mountains. During the day we make numerous stops at scenic viewpoints, walk around lakes, enjoy a Cortina city tour and walk on level terrain up in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, from where you can enjoy a splendid view over this majestic mountain range.
From 15 November until mid March, this tour will visit San Candido and Lake Braies instead of Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lake Misurina, one of the best place in Italy.
The beauty of the Dolomites is in their diversity. Throughout these excursions from Venice, we make frequent photo-stops; it will feel as if you have travelled from one mountain range to another such is the stark variation in scenery. During your Dolomites tour, you'll be able to see glaciers in the distance, soaring peaks, emerald green lakes surrounded by forests of pine and larch with reflections of the mountains mirrored on their calm waters, and typical Tyrolean villages clinging to the mountainsides.
At the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, at an altitude of 2,360m (7,500 ft), you'll enjoy a photo stop to enjoy one of the best views of the mountains, where you can gaze out across a myriad of peaks and valleys as far as the eye can see.
These excursions from Venice also include visiting the cosmopolitan Cortina where you will have the chance to walk around its delightful centre and peruse the many picturesque shops. And after a fulfilling day spent in the Dolomites, sit back and relax as we return to Venice through the ever-changing scenery of the mountains illuminated by the late afternoon sun.
WINTER / SPRING SEASON ITINERARY (from mid-November until mid March
Itinerary: Your Dolomites Travel Guide and Trip
Morning: Scenic Viewpoints and Lakes
Begin your day with a comfortable drive through the diverse landscapes of the Dolomites. As we make our way through this stunning region, we will stop at several scenic viewpoints for photo opportunities of the Dolomite mountains.
Capture the essence of the Dolomites, from soaring peaks and emerald green lakes to the lush forests and beautiful south Tyrolean villages.
One of the first stops will be at the shimmering Lake Misurina, surrounded by towering pine and larch trees. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake and admire the reflections of the Dolomite mountains on its calm waters.
This enchanting location provides an idyllic setting for capturing the essence of the Dolomites.
Mid-Day: Exploring Cortina and Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Next, we'll visit Cortina, a cosmopolitan town where you can enjoy a city tour and explore its delightful center. Wander through the picturesque streets, discovering charming shops and cafes along the way.
At the majestic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, standing at an altitude of 2,360m (7,500 ft), we'll pause for another photo stop. Here, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the mountain range, with its myriad of peaks and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see.
Afternoon: Activities and Local Cuisine
Throughout the day, you'll have the opportunity to engage in various activities, such as easy walks on level terrain, or simply relax and take in the breathtaking views. During your journey, be sure to sample the local cuisine, including mouth-watering dishes like speck, local cheeses, and Canederli dumplings. For dessert, don't miss out on the delicious Strudel cake.
Winter / Spring Season Itinerary
From mid-November until the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens (usually the third week of May), the tour will visit the picturesque Braies lake and the charming village of San Candido instead of Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lake Misurina.
Lake Braies: The Pearl of the Dolomites
Marvel at the enchanting beauty of Lake Braies, known as "the Pearl among the Dolomites lakes." Set in the beautiful Val Pusteria Valley, the beautiful South Tyrolean lakes offer a perfect backdrop for an easy walk or a relaxing break at one of the coffee shops by the water, sipping a hot chocolate and taking in the magnificent view.
San Candido: A Picturesque Village Experience
Our journey continues to San Candido, one of the most beautiful South Tyrolean villages in the Dolomites. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the pedestrian zone, where you can explore colorful shops and sample local delicacies like speck, local cheeses, and Canederli dumplings.
A Memorable Day in the Dolomites
As the day draws to a close, sit back and relax as we return to Venice through the ever-changing beautiful scenery of the Dolomite mountains bathed in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun. This unforgettable Dolomites day trip from Venice is sure to leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the unique beauty of this majestic mountain range.
A Journey Through Time: History and Culture of the Dolomites
The Dolomites are not only known for their natural beauty but also for their rich history and culture. As you journey through this captivating region, you'll encounter evidence of the area's ancient past, including archaeological sites, historic churches, and charming villages.
The local culture is a fascinating blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin influences, which is reflected in the architecture, language, and customs you'll encounter during your tour.
Exploring the Treasures of Cortina d'Ampezzo
Cortina d'Ampezzo, often referred to as the "Queen of the Dolomites," is a charming and cosmopolitan mountain town. During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to explore its picturesque streets, lined with elegant shops, cafes, and galleries.
Take a leisurely stroll through the town's pedestrian area and admire the beautiful Alpine architecture, or visit the historic Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum to appreciate its collection of Italian art from the 20th century.
A Walk in the Majestic Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Your Dolomites tour will also take you to the breathtaking Tre Cime di Lavaredo, one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring mountain landscapes in the world. Here, you can enjoy an easy walk on level terrain, taking in the stunning views of the jagged peaks and dramatic rock formations that make this area so unforgettable. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is also a popular destination for rock climbing enthusiasts, with a variety of routes suitable for all skill levels.
Discovering the Emerald Lakes of the Dolomites
As you journey through the Dolomites, you'll encounter several stunning alpine lakes, each with its unique charm and character. Lake Misurina, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Dolomites," is an enchanting emerald-green lake surrounded by lush forests and towering Dolomite mountains. During your visit, take a peaceful walk around the lake, or relax in one of the nearby cafes and soak in the breathtaking scenery.
In the winter months and spring season, the tour will take you to the equally mesmerizing Lake Braies, another gem among the Dolomite lakes. This picturesque lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain backdrop, making it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.
A Taste of the Dolomites: Local