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From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

1. From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

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.

From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

2. From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

Enjoy a memorable day exploring Europe's most beautiful range of mountains. During the day you'll 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. The beauty of the Dolomites is in their diversity. 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 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 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. Visit the cosmopolitan Cortina and walk around its delightful centre to peruse the many picturesque shops. And after a fulfilling day spent in the Dolomites, sit back and relax on the way back to Venice through the ever-changing scenery of the mountains illuminated by the late afternoon sun.

Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

3. 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

4. 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: 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: Guided Traditional Food Tour

6. 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. 

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: Old City and Roncolo Castle Walking Tour

8. 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!

Bolzano: Snowmobile, Sledding & The Great Dolomites Road

9. 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.

Bolzano: Historical City Center Guided Walking Tour

10. Bolzano: Historical City Center Guided Walking Tour

Your excursion will begin in Walther Square, a square which was completed in 1808 by order of King Massimiliano di Baviera, and initially named after him. At the same square, you will admire the Cathedral of Bolzano, and the Romanesque Basilica (1180), which was completed around 1420 in a Gothic style of the Suevian mastery. The bell tower, which stands 65-meters tall, was built by the Suevian architect Hans Lutz von Schusseried between 1501 and 1519. Next up on your tour is the Dominican Church, a complex comprising a convent, a large nave with different chapels, and a magnificent cloister. The jewel of the entire complex is Cappella di San Giovanni, a long and narrow sided chapel with the most magnificent fresco cycle of the Giotto School in the province. You will continue your walk through the Goethe Street and Piazza delle Erbe, a colorful and lively piazza and the heart of the city center. You will then walk through Museum Street, before crossing the Talvera Bridge where you will find yourselves in front of the imposing structure of the Victory Monument, Monumento alla Vittoria (1926-1928). Towards the end of your tour, you will stop by Piazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square), before walking up to the Piazza del Grano (Grain Square), where you will find the Vicolo della Pesa, one of the oldest places in Bolzano. La Casa Della Pesa, one of the most picturesque buildings of the city, is also situated to the north of this square.

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4.8 / 5

based on 70 reviews

This was a wonderful day long tour to the beautiful Dolomites. Simione, our guide was terrific —very knowledgeable and fun, helpful, spoke excellent English and was key to making the day memorable. Highly recommend.

We had a great trip with Simone'. The sights were beautiful and it was fun hearing about the area and it's history. The lakes and mountains in this region are pretty spectacular.

Our tour was incredible and truly enjoyed it. Our tour guide Simone was very informative, friendly and made us feel very comfortable/ safe at all times

Can recommend this activity 100%, Alessandro was a great guide with great knowledge about the area and great energy. The 10 hours flew by.

It was an absolutely amazing tour. Got to stop for photos frequently, and had an amazing tour guide. Recommend this trip