South Tyrol UNESCO sites

Our most recommended South Tyrol UNESCO sites

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.

Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

3. 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.

Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour near Bolzano

4. Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour 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. After lunch, we may rent a sled and come back sledding, that's so fun! 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.

Bolzano: Great Dolomites Road Private Day Trip by Car

6. 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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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Simone, our guide, excellent!! knowledge, humor, engaged with our group the whole day. We had enough time in each spot to enjoy and take it all in. He made us all comfortable, and interested in where we were. The tour was our last trip in Italy before going back home. we can't recommend this tour and Simone enough!! Grazie Mille!!!

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.

Simone was fabulous, he was well inform and he gave us great tips on where to eat so we can have a great time.