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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.

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.

Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

From Bolzano: Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

7. From Bolzano: Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

Hike through snow-covered forests and high-altitude meadows while the silence of the white, snowy landscapes enchants you. A clear sky and fresh air guarantee an intense winter feeling. Free your mind and enjoy the magic of winter snowshoeing through fascinating landscapes. After meeting at 9:00 AM  in front of Caffè Mozart.You will travel by car from Bolzano and in one hour arrive at the Funes Valley. Absolutely recommended is a photo stop to admire the two famous small churches of the valley with the unique background of the Dolomites. In Funes Valley, you will discover several fantastic snowshoe routes and you can select the right one for you according to your wishes and physical condition. Whether you’re looking for the peak experience or to trudge through snow-covered meadows, you will be rewarded at every turn with a magnificent panoramic view. Depending on how you feel, there is the opportunity to pause along the route in cozy mountain huts, warm up and take something hot to drink. If you prefer not to stop then a packed lunch can be taken.

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What people are saying about South Tyrol

We cannot recommend this tour enough! Simone is the best tour guide we’ve had so far in Italy. He is very friendly, highly knowledgeable and made the experience all the more worthwhile. We stopped at all the best spots along the way and he even encouraged us to practice our Italian. The scenery of the Dolomites is truly breathtaking. We had lunch in a restaurant with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. If you’re considering doing this tour then you should definitely go for it!

Our guide was Angelo and I can't give him enough praise. His knowledge of the unique geology was complete and his love of the area insured a completely enjoyable experience. Also, the Get Your Guide experience was excellent.

We enjoyed the trip very much. Cortina was beautiful and the Dolomites did not disappoint! It was also a nice cool break from the heat of Venice!

Stephen the guide is very pleasant and informative. Dolomites is scenic and beautiful especially when the clouds drop below the peak.

Lovely views and amazing tour guide. Cant recommend enough. My favourite day spent staying in Venice on my travels.