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The Heart of the Dolomites Experience from Bolzano

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Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Product code: 2060
Overview

Daily tour of a total of 280 km through the breathtaking Dolomites, one of the most beautiful and unique alpine regions in the world, a masterpiece of nature and included in the UNESCO World Heritage listing since 2009. 

From Bolzano to Cortina d'Ampezzo on the spectacular “Great Dolomites Road”. 

Next we take you to admire the symbol of the Dolomites, the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. 

Short stop also in Cortina d’Ampezzo, site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1956 and a great ending with the most famous lake in the Dolomites, the Braies Lake. 

Itinerary: 

Departure from Bolzano, the Gateway to the Dolomites, capital of the province South Tyrol. We will cross the Ega Valley that begins at Bolzano and runs eastward between the Rosengarten and the Latemar mountains. This road was built in 1895 when the territory was part of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Part of the route is located in a canyon carved by the river Ega. We will stop at Carezza Lake, the most beautiful lake of the Dolomites: Stay 30 minutes here with a walk around the lake if you want;

Then we will arrive at Costalunga Pass. Near the Pass we will see the historical “Grand Hotel Carezza”, built in 1893, the first luxury hotel in the Dolomites which hosted very important guests like the Empress Sissi, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie;  

From the Costalunga Pass, we will reach the Fassa Valley in Trentino: we will pass through the towns of Vigo di Fassa and Canazei to arrive under the imposing peaks of the Sella Group.

From here begins a long series of 27 hairpins bends (switchbacks) that will lead us to the famous Pordoi Pass at an altitude of 2.239 meters above sea level. Stay here for one hour if you decide to arrive with the cable car to Sass Pordoi (altitude of 2950 meters: the cable car is open from late May until mid-October and from Christmas to Easter);  

Going down the other side of Pordoi Pass we will enter the region Veneto and we will reach the town of Arabba, a very important ski centre in winter; 

After 30 minutes we will stop at Andraz Castle: built in 1027, it is one of the oldest castles in the Dolomites and it is really amazing how it was possible to build this castle at 1800 meters above sea level, 1000 years ago ....  

Next stop at Falzarego Pass - 2.105 meters above sea level. Here it is possible to arrive by cable car to the top of Piccolo Lagazuoi (2752 meters ) where it is possible to admire a unique panorama of the Dolomites; 

Now we go down and we reach Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Pearl of the Dolomites. Then we will go forward in the direction of the Tre Croci Pass to reach the Misurina Lake, near The Three Peaks of Lavaredo (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) These are the best-known mountains in the Alps as well as the most photographed and the most represented on postcards and calendars.  

The most anticipated time is at the end: the incredible Braies Lake that attracts more than 5000 visitors a day. 

Return to Bolzano via an alternative route, with a few curves, through the Pusteria and Isarco Valleys. On the way back (about 2 hours) we will see: • The fortress in Rio Pusteria; • The Monastery of Sabiona; • Trostburg/Castel Forte above Ponte Gardena.  

Arrival in Bolzano/Bozen in the late afternoon.

Highlights
  • Admire all three of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites
  • Admire the 3 Peaks of Lavaredo, the true symbol of the Dolomites
  • Visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, location of the 1956 Winter Olympics
  • Visit the famous Braies Lake
  • Benefit from a private tour for your party only
  • Go along the famous Great Dolomites Road
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, Italian
  • Duration Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • This tour is available form mid March to the end of DecemberThis tour is available form mid March to the end of December
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick-up service in the reception area of your hotel in Bolzano. Pick-up is available from the region of Trentino-South Tyrol (maximum distance from Bolzano, 50 km)
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Inclusions
  • Tour Leader/Driver with license and English/German/Italian speaking
  • All costs for service car, toll roads and parking
  • 22% of taxes (VAT: Value Added Tax)
  • Bottle of water
Exclusions
  • Lunch break
  • Ticket for the cable car to Sass Pordoi (optional). The cable car is open from mid May to mid October and from Christmas to Easter
Meeting Point
Meeting point in front of Cafè Mozart, Via Perathoner,1 – 39100 Bolzano. Alternatively and on request at the hotel of the Clients (pickup up to 50 km from Bolzano).
Know Before You Go
  • Clothing and shoes based on weather forecasts. In the high mountains you can find low temperatures even in summer.
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Reviewed by Janet U. US   February 09, 2018
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“Guide Alex was outstanding—great driver, informative, wonderful guide”
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Reviewed by Hanna D.M US   February 02, 2018
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Alessandro gave us the most incredible tour of the Dolomites!” We had Alessandro Scacchetti as our guide for the day. He was extremely knowledgeable about each area of the Dolomites.

His details and descriptions were so informative. We stopped to see at least five amazing and diversified locations in the eight hours we were with him. He answered all of our questions and was very personable. I would highly recommend Alessandro as your guide to the request. He made the breathtaking journey enjoyable and memorable.

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Reviewed by Oliver and Agnes SE   January 21, 2018
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Excellent trip, excellent guide. Unforgettable. A must-do” Alessandro our guide is just a marvellous guy. Not only has he made provision of enough drinking water for my whole family, but he had also foreseen that we would not be enough equipped for the trip: he had in reserve in his trunk 4 duffle coats for my family in anticipation of the cold weather we would meet at 2950 meters. He has a calm, safe and steady driving -much appreciated in the narrow and sinuous roads of the Dolomites. He is very passionate about his work and his region. Now, the sightseeing is just wonderful: lakes, mountains, villages... All is beautiful.

It's a must-do tour for those visiting Italy. We can describe the Dolomites as Italy's small "Grand Canyon". I cannot enough recommend this unforgettable tour and our wonderful guide, Alessandro.

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Reviewed by John H. AU   January 03, 2018
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“Great Day in the Dolomites” Alessandro was punctual, courteous, knowledgeable and supplemented perfectly the superb scenery we passed through. His passion and pride in the area were evident, and his willingness to adapt the route to our requests was appreciated. The tour was exceptional value for money, and I recommend it to all travellers in this area - you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Emilie Y. SG   December 27, 2017
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“What a perfect way to see the Dolomites!” We decided to book this tour to see the Great and Grand Dolomites. Our guide Alex did not disappoint! He was knowledgeable and a good driver. Showed us the various sites, the lakes, etc. The views were gorgeous! He even showed us an off the beaten track Castle! We tried to spot the marmots but I guess they weren't interested in meeting us that day! We had a lovely pizzeria lunch up at Cortina D'Ampezzo and took the Great Dolomites Road back to Trento. Definitely, a tour one should not miss! We had a lovely day with Alex!

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Reviewed by Carolyn G. AU   December 15, 2017
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An enjoyable day with a friendly and knowledgeable guide,  We really enjoyed our day with Alessandro. He picked us up on time and drove us around the Dolomites explaining the significance of the different areas. We were underprepared and he supplied us with coats and umbrellas as required. He was very knowledgeable and explained many aspects of the culture and Italian way of life. His English was very good and there were no difficulties in communicating with him. He was a very safe driver.

I would highly recommend Alessandro as a guide.

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Reviewed by Nicole AU   December 06, 2017
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AWESOME! This private tour was even better than expected. Alex is an excellent tour guide and a very safe driver. He is very knowledgable, flexible and accommodating of our needs. We had a terrific day with amazing sights.

We would not have been able to see all the Dolomites main views on our own. I highly recommend this tour everyone...,

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Reviewed by Willy L. PH   November 12, 2017
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This is a very memorable and wonderful trip to the Dolomite! Thank you to Alessandro...a very able and excellent guide! He knows the Dolomite region and the intricacies of the winding roads at the palm of his hand!...Until next time Alessandro...Grazie!!!
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Reviewed by Lyndsey GB   October 18, 2017
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“Breathtaking views” A wonderful day. Our guide was friendly and informative and went out of his way to get us the best views. A day trip DEFINITELY worth doing!
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Reviewed by Lisa R. CA   July 22, 2017
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Hi Alex, I just returned home late last evening from my European tour, and I wanted to thank you again for a fantastic day in the Dolomites. I so enjoyed your company and learning about your part of Italy. The Dolomites are stunning and were the highlight of my trip!! Hopefully, I will be back in a couple of years to tour the eastern Dolomites with you!

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