Dolomites

Dolomites: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

2. 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.

Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

3. Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Depart Lake Garda and journey towards the Dolomites mountain range, stopping en route in the towns of Moena or Cavalese. Get some time to window shop and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before traveling to the Pordoi Pass, 2,240 meters above sea level. Get stunning vistas of the mountains, including the summits of Marmolada, Sella, and Catinaccio. Enjoy some free time for lunch and soak up the views.  Then, visit a typical mountain resort in the afternoon and discover the wood carvings and beautiful wooden buildings of the village of Ortisei. Buy a souvenir from the Dolomites in one of the delightful shops before the return trip to Lake Garda.

Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour near Cortina

4. Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour near Cortina

Your private snowshoe-tour through the Dolomites will commence at your hotel, with a convenient pick up service. After a short meet and greet with your guide, you will set-off on your Winter adventure.  Benefit from an instructional demonstration on how to use the snowshoes, assuring that you feel comfortable and confident for the rest of the day. Your informative guide will show you how to walk along the trails, making your experience as pleasant as possible.  You will only need a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes and the desire to discover the Dolomites during the winter season. Together with your guide, you will enter the snow-covered woods and hike on easy, white trails before eventually reaching a warm place where you can enjoy something to drink and snack on. You will truly enjoy the magic of winter on this tour through the Dolomites on an exclusively private experience.

The Heart of the Dolomites: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

5. The Heart of the Dolomites: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

Enjoy a 8-hour tour that takes you on a 280km route through the breathtaking Dolomites mountain range, one of the world’s most stunning and unique alpine regions. Depart from Bolzano, the Gateway to the Dolomites and capital of South Tyrol. You’ll head north through the Isarco Valley and then east along the Pusteria Valley, up to the famous Braies Lake. Enjoy a 30-minute stop to take in the beauty of the area. Next you’ll stop at Misurina Lake, with its backdrop of 3 Peaks of Lavaredo. The lake, with the 3 Peaks to the north and the Sorapiss to the north, and the Sorapiss to the south, is the best-known image of the Dolomites. Enjoy lunch at a historic restaurant/pizzeria, accompanied by a spectacular lake view. After lunch your drive continues to Cortina d ’Ampezzo, known as the Queen of the Dolomites. Italy’s premier mountain resort is exclusively positioned in the breathtaking mountains and is a symbol of style, fashion and the Italian way of life. From Cortina d’Ampezzo, you’ll begin the 3-hour drive back to Bolzano on the famous Great Dolomites Road.

Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

6. 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.

From Cortina: Dolomites 1-Day Tour

7. From Cortina: Dolomites 1-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Cortina, start the tour by driving along the historical old Roman road SR48 which runs through the Dolomites. Receive a fancy map with your itinerary of the day to better understand the trip and to remember it. Encounter the first mountains above the Cortina valley including the Cristallo, Pomagagnon, Sorapiss, and Antelao, then Becco di Mezzodì, Tofana, 5 Torri and Croda da Lago. Admire the views and take photos. Throughout the tour, your driver will be happy to accommodate stops for pictures and provide information about the mountains, history, and traditions of the area. Continue on until you reach Passo Falzarego where you will have the possibility to board the Lagazuoi cable car which offers amazing views from its terrace.  Learn about how this area has an important WWI history due to the struggles between Italians and Austrians for territory gain. Head on through Passo Valparola with views of Marmolada Glacier and Alta Badia Valley. Then, drive down to San Cassiano and Corvara and up again to Passo Gardena facing the square-shaped Sella group of mountains. Arrive at Selva di Val Gardena, famous for its wood carvings workshops which you will have an opportunity to visit.  Go further through Passo Sella facing the Sassolungo group of mountains and Marmolada again. Arrive at the top of the Passo Pordoi and enjoy the Terrace of the Dolomites cable car (if timings permits). Drive further through the scenic Passo Giau facing Croda da Lago mountain. Drive down back into the Cortina Valley where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

8. 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.

Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

9. Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

Enjoy a private hiking tour through The Dolomites with a knowledgeable and professional local mountain guide. Throughout your hike, your guide will make 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 Cortina d'Ampezzo 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 the famous Three Peaks and its historical tunnels, the Fanes-Sennes-Braies group, the well known Lake Sorapis, and Lake Misurina. Under your expert guide's supervision, walk at a moderate pace, allowing you time to enjoy the beauty and tranquil atmosphere that surrounds these special places.

Bolzano: Great Dolomites Road Private Day Trip by Car

10. Bolzano: Great Dolomites Road Private Day Trip by Car

Depart Bolzano at the gateway to the Dolomite Mountains, and cross the Ega Valley on a road built in 1895 between the Rosengarten and Latemar mountains when the territory was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stop at Lake Carezza to admire the most beautiful lake in the Dolomite Mountains, and benefit from 30 minutes of free time to take a stroll around the lake if you desire. Next, journey towards the Costalunga Pass and see the historical luxury Grand Hotel Carezza, where former guests include the Empress Sissi, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie. Continue to 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 massif. Next, travel a long series of 27 hairpin bends (switchbacks) en route to the Pordoi Pass 2,239 meters above sea level. Stay for 1 hour, and take the cable car to Sass Pordoi, 2,950 meters above sea level (optional) when it's open (late May until mid-October and Christmas to Easter). Turn back on yourself and return to the Sella Pass to see the impressive vertical walls of the massif right before your eyes. Admire the glacier of Marmolada (3,343 meters) and majestic Sassolungo (3,181 meters), the most famous mountain in the Gardena Valley. After a 10-minute break to take photos, travel down the Sella Pass and enter he Gardena Valley, where you can explore its largest town with a 1-hour stop in Ortisei. Find a nice place for lunch before the return journey to Bolzano. 

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What people are saying about Dolomites

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4.6 / 5

based on 361 reviews

Simone was a great driver and guide! Very entertaining and gave good suggestions and information. The scenery was spectacular. Some significant winding roads, so be mindful of possible car sickness. But had frequent enough stops for short walks and photo opportunities. Would highly recommend this tour!

What a great experience we had seeing the major highlights of Dolomites. Alessandro , our tour guide, was very accommodating and not rushed. Will definitely recommend this tour!

Absolutely would recommend this tour it was one of the highlights of our trip. Simone was an unbelievably great guide and made us fell like locals.

Spent a wonderful day seeing the Dolomiti with a knowledgeable and personable guide. Very informative and absolutely stunning views.

Our Guide Guido was great! Very knowledgeable and went at a good pace so we can keep up with him.