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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.

Bozen: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

3. Bozen: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

This 2-hour private guided tour of Bozen will allow you to enjoy the most important treasures of the city. You will see how its medieval city center, its Gothic and Romanesque churches, and bilingual signs give Bozen the flavor of a city at the crossroads of Italian and Austrian cultures. Follow your expert guide and discover the most representative places, such as Piazza Walther (Walther Square) with the statue of German minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide, the Dome of Bozen, Piazza Erbe, Via dei Francescani, Piazza Municipio, Piazza del Grano and Via Museo (Museum Street). Prepare to take amazing pictures  of the city and landscape all around you.

Bolzano: Guided Traditional Food Tour

4. Bolzano: Guided Traditional Food Tour

Explore Bolzano on a guided walking tour led by a local food expert. Learn about South Tyrol's culinary culture and sample an array of traditional foods and drinks. Meet your guide in Bolzano's city center and set out on your foodie adventure. Enjoy a social dining experience and try local delicacies like Speck, Canederli, Brezen, Strudel, and more. And of course, no Italian foodie experience would be complete without a Caffe Espresso. 

Bolzano: Private Street Food Walking Tour

5. Bolzano: Private Street Food Walking Tour

Experience a gastronomic adventure in Bolzano in the most beautiful way on a private tour. Stroll along the picturesque streets and explore the authentic and vibrant street food culture of the city. Visit the enchanting historic center and learn about the culture of the city. Stop at the oldest market of the town and know the culinary culture of South Tyrol. Sample some foods and drinks which still breathe the traditional flavors of the past. Explore the main buildings of the city that have great relevance for both the past and present history of Bolzano. Taste three small tastings of typical Italian products. Dive into the history of this magical city and let the flavors of authentic Italian food take your breath away. Your culinary adventure in the heart of Bolzano will end with a glass of wine or beer with which you can relax amidst the mesmerizing landscape all around you. 

Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

6. Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

Enjoy a private hiking tour through the Dolomites with a knowledgeable and professional mountain local guide. Throughout your hike your guide makes 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 Bolzano 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 Seceda in the Gardena Valley, the Funes Valley, the Catinaccio-Rosengarten group, Latemar Mountain, and Sassolungo. Under your expert guide's supervision, walk at a speed appropriate for both you and your friends. This mentality allows you to enjoy the beauty and quiet atmosphere that surrounds these special places.

Dolomites Snowshoe Tour: Private Excursion near Bolzano

7. Dolomites Snowshoe Tour: Private Excursion near Bolzano

Enjoy a nice private snowshoe tour in the Dolomites. Learn how to use the snowshoes, how to walk on easy and safe trails, and how to enjoy the winter in the Dolomites. You will just need a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes, and the desire to discover the Dolomites during the winter season. Together with your guide, enter the snow-covered woods, hike on easy, white trails, and eventually reach a warm place, where you can have something to drink or eat. Get ready to enjoy the true magic of winter in the Dolomites. All snowshoe tours are private and personalized for you and your friends. Once you have booked, no other people can join.

Bolzano: Snowmobile, Sledding & The Great Dolomites Road

8. Bolzano: Snowmobile, Sledding & The Great Dolomites Road

Join this daily tour of a total of 280 kilometers through the breathtaking Dolomites, one of the most beautiful and unique Alpine regions in the world, a masterpiece of the nature included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009. Depart from Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites and capital of the province of South Tyrol. Drive north through the Isarco Valley and then east along the Pusteria Valley up to the famous Misurina Lake with the incredible panoramic view of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. Near Misurina Lake, a skilled pilot will take you along the 5 kilometer snowy road up to the Rifugio Auronzo located just below the Three Peaks of Lavaredo.  At the top, a stop for photos to admire a beautiful landscape all over the Dolomites before you descend by sledge (or again by the snowmobile shuttle). From Misurina, in less than half an hour, you'll reach Cortina d’Ampezzo, the "Queen of the Dolomites" and site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1956. Return to Bolzano along the Great Dolomites Road and stop at the Falzarego Pass. After crossing the Gardena Pass, you will go through the Gardena Valley, the most famous valley of all the Dolomites with the towns of Selva Gardena, Santa Cristina and Ortisei.

Beautiful Trekking in the Dolomites

9. Beautiful Trekking in the Dolomites

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) belong to the Sesto Dolomites and are characterized by their distinctive form. They consist of the Cima Grande (2,999 meters) which is the pinnacle in the middle, the Cima Piccola (2,857 meters) and the Cima Ovest (west peak, 2,973 meters). The view on the north face of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most famous alpine images and views in the world. The Three Peaks are situated in the Three Peaks nature park and in 2009 they were declared UNESCO World Heritage, as were all other peaks of the Dolomites. The day will start with a transfer by car through the Isarco Valley and Pusteria Valley to Misurina Lake. Stop for photos at the lake before heading up to the Auronzo Refuge (2,333 m) on the toll road of 7 kilometers. You may take your own pack lunch or stop at a refuge to eat during the trek. This tour includes two treks in one. First, take a circular and unforgettable hike around the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. At the end of this trek, walk back to Bolzano on the Great Dolomites Road.

Bolzano: Old City and Roncolo Castle Walking Tour

10. Bolzano: Old City and Roncolo Castle Walking Tour

Start your walking tour of Bolzano on Piazza Walther, completed in 1808 on the orders of King Massimiliano di Baviera. Dedicated to the great German poet, Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230) in 1901, the square is also home to the late medieval and Romanesque-style Bolzano Cathedral. Admire the open fretwork of the Bell Tower, built by the Suevian architect, Hans Lutz von Schusseried between 1501 and 1519. Continue to one of the oldest sites in Bolzano as you make your way to the Vicolo della Pesa, the former castle of the Prince-Bishops of Trento. Discover one of the city's most picturesque buildings at the former weigh-house of the Casa della Pesa. Then, explore the historic heart of the city on Via and Piazza della Mostra, and see the arcades (portici) so characteristic of the city along with the prestigious palaces of Campofranco. Marvel at how they have kept their appearance up to date with a seamless continuity of shops, some typical and traditional and others chic and modern. Go to Piazza del Municipio, and stroll along Via Bottai and Via Joseph Streiter to admire the glorious ironwork signs and enchanting inns. Continue along Via Argentieri and through Piazza delle Erbe to reach the Dominican church where the friars who settled in 1272 built their church inside a large convent of different chapels and a magnificent cloister. The jewel of the entire complex is the long and narrow side chapel of the Cappella di San Giovanni with the most magnificent fresco cycle of the Giotto School. Then, take a 30-minute walk to medieval Roncolo Castle, famous for its fresco cycle with illustrations of authentic knight sagas, literature scenarios, court ladies, farm life and hunting scenes from the Middle Ages. For those interested in the arts and history this is an especially perfect place to conclude your tour!

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based on 238 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!

This was truly an experience to remember and we can only recommend it! The breathtaking scenery was perfectly combined with Guido’s obvious passion for nature and love for the Dolomites. The mountain peaks are beautiful enough on their own, but when accompanied by local insights and history of the surroundings shared by Guido, one gains a completely enhanced view. We are genuinely thankful for having had the chance to experience the Dolomites under simply perfect circumstances.

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!

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.