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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.

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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.

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From Venice: Cortina and the Dolomites in One Day

3. From Venice: Cortina and the Dolomites in One Day

Don't miss a chance to see the Italian Dolomites, some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. In just one day, travel from Venice to see the most famous towns and lakes in the area, including Pieve di Cadore, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cortina, Lake Misurina, and Lake Auronzo. Your first stop will be at Cortina d'Ampezzo, a beautiful town in an alpine valley of the Dolomites known for its winter sports and jetset crowd. Wander the thousand-year-old streets and have lunch in one of the town's excellent eateries or take the Cortina-Faloria cable car to fully appreciate the beauty of the Ampezzo Dolomites. Journey on to Lake Misurina, adjacent to the town of Cortina and a lovely place for a walk in the open air. Known as the pearl of the Dolomites, the lake is not only one of the most beautiful Italian lakes, but is also said to have therapeutic properties for those suffering from respiratory illnesses. A legend has it that the lake was a gift from the fairy of Mount Cristallo to the daughter of King Sorapiss, Misurina, who desired a magic mirror. The mirror (of water) was granted her on the one condition that the king would be turned into an imposing mountain, thus explaining the formation of the Sorapiss mountains which form a dramatic background to the lake. Next up is Tre Cime di Lavaredo, some of the most famous mountains in the Alps. Let your guide take you to a particularly well-situated terrace in the park from which it is possible to admire a panoramic view of the Dolomites. View the trenches dug into the mountain during the early days of the First World War, scars which are still visible today. Finally, stop at Santa Caterina Lake in the town of Auronzo. Relax by the artificial lake formed by the damming of the Ansiei River before returning to Venice.

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What people are saying about Lake Misurina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 77 reviews

It was a great day, with perfect weather! Our driver/guide, Miriam, was excellent, pointing out points of interest and giving information and history of the places we passed and stopped at. She took the time to show us things we would have missed, and made plenty of stops along the way for photo opportunities. Lunch was on your own at Lake Misurina, with several choices. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with breathtaking views of the mountains, and a highlight of my trip to Italy.

Me and my friends really enjoyed the private trip because there were only us. Our driver and guide Simone was the best because he is knowledgeable and gave us really good recommendations where to eat and what to do. Trip was breathtaking because we stopped at the picturesque places. We really recommend to book this trip because it takes you to the best points in mountains. The minivan was comfortable and with air conditioner.

Had an amazing trip with our guide Simone (ask for him if you can, he's the best!) October turned out to be a great time to go to the Dolomites - weather permitting - with almost no traffic and crowds. We had time for plenty of stops in idyllic Lake Misurina, pastures, and towns with breathtaking views of the Dolomites.

I have an excellent trip and the Italian Guide is Simone who is a plus factor that makes this an excellent trip! I am so happy with this and it was really nice. Dolomites is worth to visit for! :)

Just a heavenly experience! Speechless!! Mountain lovers must go there.