Travel into the exquisite mountain scenery of the Dolomites on a minivan day trip from Venice. With numerous stops throughout the day, driving time is kept to a minimum. Minivans hold only eight passengers, ensuring you'll enjoy the benefits of a small group tour.
After only an hour's drive from Venice, you'll emerge into a land of towering peaks and peaceful valleys dotted with villages. Before entering the Sesto region, you'll stop for morning coffee at Pieve di Cadore, a typical Italian village surrounded by soaring peaks, the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Titian.
After stopping to admire Lake Santa Caterina, you'll visit Lake Misurina, 'the pearl of the Dolomites'. The lake is famous for its breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the most celebrated peaks of the Sesto region. You'll drive up to the base of the Tre Cime for truly spectacular views of the Dolomite Mountains, stretching as far as the eye can see.
Enjoy an optional lunch at a local trattoria, then a short (optional) walk is offered along a level trail to further appreciate the dramatic scenery of the area. In the afternoon, drive into the Cortina region to visit the cosmopolitan ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, pausing at a panoramic viewpoint to admire the town circled by soft green meadows and towering mountains.
Enjoy free time to wander around the town of Cortina, with its streets lined with elegant boutiques, or relax at one of the street-side cafes. In the late afternoon, you'll travel back to Venice, passing several major peaks. Relax on the drive and savor the different colors of the Dolomites in the late-afternoon sun.
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