Small Group Dolomites & Cortina Trip
Small group Dolomites Day tour from Venice , including the mountain town Cortina , the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where it is possible to enjoy an easy optional walk , Lakes Misurina and many stops at scenic viewpoints .
From 15th Nov until the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens ( generally the third week of May) , Lake Misurina and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo will be substituted with a visit to San Candido village and Lake Braies
Highlights and what's included
- English speaking driver-escort
- Mercedes minivan or similar make
- Entrance Fees to the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
- Maximum of 8 people per van
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 the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens ( generally the third week of May), this tour will visit San Candido and Lake Braies instead of Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lake Misurina .
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 the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens ( generally the third week of May)
From November 15th until the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens ( generally the third week of May) , join the Dolomites Day tour from Venice to visit Cortina, where you’ll have free time to walk around its busy city center and peruse the many shops of this famous Dolomites town.
Then we’ll make our way to the picturesque Braies Lake, known as “the Pearl among the Dolomites lakes”. It’s set in the beautiful Val Pusteria Valley and considered to be one of the most beautiful South Tyrolean lakes. Here, you’ll have the opportunity for an easy walk or to enjoy the beautiful view from one of the coffee shops by the lake while sipping a hot chocolate.
Next, we’ll head to San Candido, one of the most beautiful South Tyrolean villages in the Dolomites. The focus is on its pedestrian zone with its many colorful shops and the hustle and bustle of people. You can stroll around and taste local specialities like speck, local cheeses, the mouth-watering Canederli dumpling—a traditional first-course recipe handed down from one generation to another—and for the sweet tooth; the delicious Strudel cake.
- Lunch (optional) is not included
Tronchetto, Venice, where you will find your driver-escort waiting for you just outside the platform of the water-bus line nr 2 station, holding a sign with the Dolomites Day Tour. This tour operates with a minimum of 4 people/maximum 8 people
- This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo are open seasonally (from late May until October) and are subject to weather conditions.
Under bad weather conditions, in case of rain or bad visibility, we offer, after the visit of Cortina a back up plan featuring the visit of a wine area, including wine tasting and including the visit ot the famous and awe-inspiring Follina abbey
- Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants
- Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking (children who are under 36 kg/97 pounds or 150 cm/4ft 9 in must use proper child restraints). We reserve the right to refuse infants or children if we are not notified at the time of the booking and if the car seats brought do not comply with requirements by Italian law.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Prices from: 93.00
- Duration: 9 hours
- Availability: View Calendar
We stopped for a short toilet break at a motorway station and then, some time later, stopped in the picturesque town called Cortina d’Ampezzo. I was surprised at seeing Austrian Alpine architecture in Italy but later Nicolo told me that we were just 27km from the Austrian border. The attractive town was full of designer shops, hotels and art galleries. It was rather chilly and most of us ended up in the Café Royal for coffee, hot chocolate and pastries
After about an hour we got on the road again by which point the weather was pretty awful – heavy low cloud and rain. We drove on and ever upwards to a small lake at an altitude of 1846m called ‘Lago d’Antorno’. The lake is near Tre Cime di Lavaredo but, due to the weather conditions, it was not our day to view this natural wonder. Despite the weather we had a lovely walk around the lake and I got some fabulous photographs. This walk was the highlight of a week’s holiday in Venice for my two children.
After a time, we re-boarded the minivan and descended to Misurina Lake where we planned to have lunch and an optional walk around the lake. By the time we reached here it was raining heavily, everyone was hungry and nobody was up for a walk. Most of the group popped into “Pizzeria Edelweiss” for a ‘United Nations’ lunch. The lunch was really good, exceptional value and the staff were wonderfully friendly and the company was excellent.
After lunch we took a few photos and drove to the next town called Reane near Auronzo. The rain had stopped and the light had improved. Nicolo made a few unscheduled stops so we could take photos of Dolomites peeking above the mist and cloud. Our next stop was a picturesque turquoise lake called Lago di Santa Catrina. The lake is actually a reservoir behind a hydroelectric dam which Nicolo explained was built by Mussolini in the 1930s. Our final stop was in a village called Pieve di Cadore where we had a very welcome coffee and gelato. Then began the long drive back to Piazza Roma in Venice.
In summary, this was a very enjoyable trip for both my children and I. The people we met were very friendly. Niccolo was an extremely helpful and well-informed driver and guide who made the trip most enjoyable under challenging weather conditions. It was the highlight of my kids holiday and we all would love to do it again!