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Private Dolomities Tour

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From: $148.90

tour duration

10 Hours

start time

08:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

meeting point

Venice Piazzale Roma, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Meet your driver to begin your private, full day excursion to the awe-inspiring Dolomite Mountains.

The Dolomites, as they are more commonly referred, are a mountain range in the northern region of Italy, part of the Eastern Alps. Their name stems from the minerals that compose it, which give the mountains a light pink and coral color when the sun sets.

Your first stop will be Misurina, passing via the scenic Auronzo di Cadore (alt. 1759m / 5770ft). There, you will be able to admire Lake of Misurina, the largest natural basin of the Cadore region. Walking around the lake, you will be able to spot several summits: to the north are the “Tre Cime di Lavaredo”, to the east the “Cadini”, and to the south the “Marmarole” and the “Srapiss”. After your visit to Misurina, you will continue to Cortina via the “Passo Tre Croci” (1805m).

Cortina, the capital of the Dolomites, is a winter sports and summer resort with an international reputation. Set in the heart of the Dolomites at an altitude of 1210m / 4000ft, Cortina is one of the best spots to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery. While you are here, we suggest an excursion to the “Tofana di Mezzo”, the third highest peak in the Dolomites. It is accessible by a cable car which climbs to 3244m / 10 643ft and offers a superb panorama over the surrounding mountains. While in Cortina, you will have some time to get lunch. If you wish, the driver can suggest a restaurant.

After lunch you leave Cortina to drive along the “Passo Giau” where you will reach an altitude of 2233m/7382ft. From this height, you will have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. On the opposite side of the steep road, you will continue to Selva di Cadore, Zoldo Alto and Longarone.

At the end of the excursion, you will be on the highway, bound back for Venice.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Visit of Cortina

– Visit of Lake Misurina

– visit of Selva di Cadore

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Dolomities Landscapes

– Lake Misurina

– Cortina d’Ampezzo

– Passo Giau

– Selva di Cadore

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Piazzale Roma, Venice. More details at booking.

Duration:
10 hours

Return details:
Piazzale Roma, Venice.

Cortina

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In the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, in a quiet valley, can be found a small city named Cortina. This city is the capital of the Dolomites, an area located in the north Veneto; it is only 44 kilometers away from the Austrian border. Cortina d’Ampezzo, as it is formally called, is situated in the province of Belluno, 1210 meters above sea level.

Considered to be one of the Dolomites’ treasures, Cortina is well known for its VIP tourists and its luxury hotels. The city has a lovely ancient city center while the main street, called Corso Italia, is composed of several luxury shops. While Cortina is traditionally an elegant and trendy ski resort, it is also very agreeable during the summer. It was the first Italian city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1956.

Things to see

Each winter, the Cortina Winter Polo tournament, the most important yearly event in the area, is held in the city. During the 1980s, a group of Swiss came up with the idea of playing Polo in the winter, specifically of playing on the frozen lake of Saint Moritz. In 1989, a group of Roman friends who shared a passion for Polo decided to create a tournament in Cortina just like the one in Saint Moritz. The Cortina Winter Polo Gold Cup was born and quickly became one of the most prestigious events in Europe. The presence of famous Italian and international entrepreneurs eventually attracted more and more people, making the city famous.

Today, Cortina belongs to a network composed of twelve different internationally renowned ski resorts called “Best of the Alps”. Cortina offers 140 kilometers worth of different marked ski runs. The longest run links Cortina to Dobbiaco and is about 30 kilometers long.

Lake Misurina

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Among the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy, there is a beautiful and quiet lake: Lake Misurina, found in the historical area of Cadore. It is considered the biggest lake in the Cadore area, giving its name to the small town on its shore. The lake can easily be explored by foot thanks to the paths that were built around it. The whole tour takes approximately one hour and offers beautiful views on the lake, the forest and the Dolomites Mountains.

Things to see

Lake Misurina is located 1754 meters above sea level and is about five meters deep with a perimeter of 2.6 kilometers. It is surrounded by different beautiful mountains: in the north we can see the summit of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2999 meters), in the West is Monte Cristallo (3 221 meters) while in the East is the Gruppo dei Cadini. Finally, in the south is Mount Sorapiss, which is clearly reflected on the water. Lake Misurina is also surrounded by a great forest composed of many conifers and fir trees.

The different mountains around the lake still have vestiges from World War I, including military roads, tunnels, caves and shacks. Now a quiet place, Queen Margherita of Savoy chose Lake Misurina as a holiday destination after her husband King Umberto I was assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci. The lake is not simply a popular holiday attraction; given that the air there is so pure, an important clinic that specializes in curing children with asthma was built to take advantage of it.

Dolomities

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In the northern part of Italy, in the Eastern Alps, are some of the most beautiful mountains in the country: the Dolomites. These mountains are a little bit different from the rest of the Alps because of the minerals that compose it, giving them a light pink, coral and light red color when the sun sets. In 2009, the Dolomites Mountains were registered on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

The Dolomites are located near Austria and are spread over three regions: Trentino-Altino-Adige, Veneto and Friuli. Several charming villages and ski resorts are located near or on the slopes of the mountains. The Dolomites are the perfect region for sport lovers: during the summer it is possible to go hiking, parachuting and paragliding while during the winter, skiing is one of the most popular sports.

Things to see

The highest summit of the Dolomites is the Marmoada with its 3343 meters in height but in fact, the Dolomites boast 18 different summits reaching higher than 3000 meters. As such, this region offers visitors many breathtaking panoramas over the mountains, valleys and clear water lakes. It is unsurprising then that there are several legends related to the Dolomites Mountains, most of them involving kings, princesses, fairies and elves.

While the population in the Dolomites is technically Italian, they consider themselves Tyrol people. In this region there is also a small population that speaks Ladin. Ladin is a language composed of a number of dialects, related to Swiss Romansh, and spoken almost uniquely in this area.