2 Days Tours: The Main Highlights of Venice & Cortina and Dolomites

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This combined tour allow you to discover the main highlights of Venice with a walking tour in the morning, the visit inside the Doge's Palace and the St Mark's Basilica and an afternoon 30 min gondola ride. With the same ticket you can also heading for the mountains on a full-day tour of the Dolomites and charming town of Cortina.

1 day in Venice and 1 day through stunning mountain scenery

Combine super saver includes 4 of the best-selling tours in Venice

Spend the day in the fresh mountain air of the Dolomites

Great photos opportunities!

Description

1. THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE: From Monday to Saturday
 

The tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, and the surrounding buildings.

Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance.
You can expect to see campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin: campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges; and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary Captain. The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran theatre are also part of the itinerary.

On your return to Saint Mark’s Square you will be accompanied inside the Doge’s Palace, you will be able to admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto.
Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons.

Finally you will visit the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring.

The walking tour ends in Saint Mark's square at 1.00 pm
At this time you will have approx 2 hours free to stroll around the area or to have lunch (not included)
The last appointment of your package is the gondola ride at 3:00 pm or 5.15 pm!
Your shared 30 minutes round trip starts on the Grand Canal and then through the smaller canals.
It is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water.


Program
Walking tour: 9.00 am (1 h 30 min)
Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica: 10:45am (2 hours)
Gondola Ride: 3.00 pm or 5.15 pm (30 min)

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2. CORTINA & DOLOMITES: Monday, Wednesday or Thursday
 

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 (not included), 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.
 

Program
8.30 meet the driver at Piazzale Roma - Ve
duration 8 hours approx
Return to Venice included

Venue

- THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE 15 min before in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk. • Walking tour from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm • Gondola ride at 3:00 pm - CORTINA & DOLOMITES Meet the driver 15 min before at the left hand side of Piazzale Roma, in front of the hotel Olimpia in the car park area. Look for the sign with the name of the tour on it and / or the orange umbrella.

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