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Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

1. Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

2. Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel, you’ll head first to Bolzano, gateway to the Dolomites and capital of the province South Tyrol. Cross the Eggental valley that runs eastward between the Rosengarten massif and the Latemar mountain range. This road was built in 1894 when the territory was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stop at Lake Carezza, the most beautiful lake of the western Dolomites, for a 30-minute break and walk around the lake. Next, arrive at Karerpass where you’ll see the historical Residence Grand Hotel Carezza, built in 1893, this was the first luxury hotel in the Dolomites and has hosted very important guests including the Empress Sissi, Winston Churchill, and Agatha Christie. From the Karerpass you’ll reach the Fassa Valley in Trentino and pass through the towns of Vigo di Fassa and Canazei to arrive under the imposing peaks of the Sella group. From here, begin a long series of 27 hairpin bends that will lead you to the famous Pordoi Pass at an altitude of 2,239m above sea level. Enjoy a one-hour break or take the cable car to Sass Pordoi at an altitude of 2,950m. From the Pordoi Pass, go down to the village of Arabba and continue east to the Falzarego Pass, the gateway to the eastern Dolomites. You’ll reach Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s premier mountain resort known as the Pearl of the Dolomites where the Winter Olympic Games were hosted in 1956. Cortina, together with Milan, will once again host the Winter Olympics in 2026. From Cortina, the next stop will be Lake Misurina with its incredible panoramic view of Three Peaks of Lavaredo. The lake, with its view of the peaks to the north and Sorapis to the south, is the most famous image of the Dolomites in the world. Just 20 minutes from Lake Misurina you’ll have the opportunity for a brief stop at another important lake in the Eastern Dolomites, Lake Dobbiaco. From Dobbiaco, you’ll reach the extreme northeast of Italy just a few kilometers from the border with Austria for the great finale of the day: a visit to the famous Lake Braies. From here, you’ll return to Bolzano via the Pusteria and the Isarco valleys.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort Day Tour from Lido di Jesolo

3. Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort Day Tour from Lido di Jesolo

Enjoy an incredible journey to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a very popular ski resort, located within the Dolomites mountain range. Depart from Jesolo at 8:00 am and drive through beautiful countryside. Watch how quickly the flat, cultivated fields are replaced by tall, imposing mountain peaks.  Stop at Lago di Santa Croce and take the chance to snap some photos of the surrounding natural landscape. Pass by Longarone and enter into the luscious green Cadore, famous for being the favorite holiday location of Italian presidents. Observe the breathtaking peaks of Sorapiss, Monte Pelmo, and Antelao, the tallest mountain in the eastern Dolomites, as you approach Cortina d'Ampezzo.  Arrive just in time for lunch. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain and experience stunning views of the surrounding area. Explore the picturesque ski resort, once home to the Winter Olympic Games in 1956. Visit the crystal, blue alpine waters of Lake Misurina, hidden in the shadow of one of the most impressive mountain peaks in the region.

Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

4. Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

Enjoy a private hiking tour through The Dolomites with a knowledgeable and professional local mountain guide. Throughout your hike, your guide will make sure you have the time to take pictures and enjoy dramatic views of The Dolomites. All you need is a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes, and the desire to discover some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In the greater Cortina d'Ampezzo area, there are plenty of different hiking possibilities available. Decide with your group where to go and what to see depending on your fitness level, equipment, and weather conditions. Some examples of areas you can visit include the famous Three Peaks and its historical tunnels, the Fanes-Sennes-Braies group, the well known Lake Sorapis, and Lake Misurina. Under your expert guide's supervision, walk at a moderate pace, allowing you time to enjoy the beauty and tranquil atmosphere that surrounds these special places.

Express Bus Service: Venice to Cortina

5. Express Bus Service: Venice to Cortina

Head to the Pearl of the Dolomites directly from Venice with this comfortable coach transfer. Leave directly from Piazzale Roma and reach Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours and 45 minutes. The transfer is quick, comfortable and economical. Service is also available from the Mestre train station and Venice Marco Polo Airport. A return transfer from Cortina to Venice is available as well Once you have loaded your luggage in the compartment underneath, board the bus and enjoy the comfortable, air-conditioned ride. It takes only 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Cortina D'Ampezzo from the airport, with some stops along the way.

Milan: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Cortina d'Ampezzo

6. Milan: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ensure your travels are safe and reliable with this private 1-way transfer between your hotel in the city center Cortina d’Ampezzo and your hotel in the city center of Milan. Ride with a professional driver and choose to make an optional 3-hour stop in Verona. Enjoy a meet and greet service and ride in a Mercedes-Benz V-Class vehicle equipped with air conditioning and a capacity for 6 people and 6 bags (23 kg). The ride is approximately 4.5 hours. Skip the hassle of looking for a bus or tracking down a taxi: your transfer service starts immediately from the moment you meet your driver in your hotel lobby. As an add-on option, take some time in between your transfer to explore Verona during a 3-hour stop (if option is selected).

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What people are saying about Cortina d’Ampezzo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 113 reviews

An unbelievable experience. The Dolomites are breathtaking and we live in Colorado so we see lots of mountains. Our guide Simone was the best! We ended up with a “private” tour when the other party cancelled so we were able to have some flexibility. He was funny, engaging, and knowledgeable. Visited many small villages and lakes and had a wonderful lunch prior to Cortina as it was basically closed due to “mud season”. We were able to go to the outlook above Cortina and stroll through town. It’s a full day, but we’ll worth it!

If you want to feel awed by dramatic mountain scenery, spectacular lakes and the purest air, then this is for you. This tour matched my criteria for comfort and safety, a small size group and options for shorter or longer walks, sites of specific interest, meals, etc. Central to this was our highly competent and well informed guide, who spared no one his considerate attention and made all feel bonded in the experience with humour and kindness - thank you Simone!

Nice bus, very comfortable and can left you in several points of the Dolomites. It's enough time to enjoy Cortina! Unfortunately the departure time (7:37) that is here is different than the official one (8:05, I believe). So I had to wait more half hour...

Simone was amazing! We had the best time on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and was willing to stop whenever we wanted to see something. Great personality! Highly recommend

Spectacular guide, with a lot of knowledge of the area. Very comfortable car.