|In the Three Peaks National Park of Dolomites. Worth every penny spent!|
I only have a day for the Dolomites, so I won't be doing any hiking/camping. I wanted this trip to the Dolomites to act as an introduction to the mountain, to prepare for a hiking adventure in the future (Well now you know that I am definitely coming back!)
So after spending hours comparing my options, tour operators, destinations and a lot more, I settled with a tour operator based in Venice -- The VenetoInsider.com. Why did I choose them you asked? Firstly, it is among the first results on the google search engine, so I think they must be good (if google said so!). Try googling the keyword "Dolomites day tour from Venice". Secondly, they offer a private tour for those who enjoy flexibility in their itinerary (just what I was looking for!)
|The colorful boats complete this photo of the beautiful Lake Misurina. Loving the colors!|
|Ending my Venice love affair with a unforgettable visit to the Dolomites!|
On that fine Monday morning, I took the bus number 2 from Mestre to Piazzale Roma in Venice. The meeting point of the tour is really easy to find. Just walk to the end of the car park and at your left-hand site, you'll see the Hotel OLYMPIA, just behind a small canal. (At the right side of the car park, there is the people mover).
Right on time, my driver/guide, Mr. Francasco was standing there with my name clearly written on an A4. He introduced himself and invited me to board the sparkling black Mercedes car. Along the way, he explained our basic itinerary and asked for my preferences. I am a nature person, so I've chosen to cut down our time in Cortina (it is too expensive for me anyway) and added in the Tree Peaks national Park into our itinerary. Also, upon my request, we managed to stop at the viewpoint of Santa Croce Lake and a green pasture along the way where I enjoyed chasing the cows!
|loving this! Cows in dolomites spend most of their time running in the wide pasture, I am guessing great milk and high quality meet as a result!|
All in all, my day went like this:Santa Croce Lake- Cortina d'Ampezzo- Lake of Misurina -a random Pasteur full of cows- a lake along the way that I liked- the Tree Peaks of Lavaredo- the National Park.
With the basic itinerary being highlighted.
Note that the entrance fee for the Tree Peaks National Park is not included in the tour. I paid 25 Euros to get into the park but believe me when I say it was totally worth it!
Rate: 25 Euro per car.
|wandering the streets of Cortina.|
The temperature at the peak was quite low, but since I have been living in Russia for 5 years, coldness doesn't intimidate me, I went up only with a long sleeve over my shoulders. However, it is highly recommended that one dresses appropriately if you are thinking of driving to the top at the Three Peaks National Park. (it could be windy.)
|Beautiful Lake Misurina again!|
HF Scoring System:Information: 17
Would I recommend this tour?
|Look at the colors at the peak!!|
However, there were still some instance when we couldn't understand each other (Hey it happens! I don't speak perfect English either!) and also, I think it would be great if the tour were 9 hours instead of 8, well I just wished I had more time... the Dolomites is spectacular!
In a sentence, the day trip was exceptional. I strongly believe that the grandeur of the mountains have made great impact on the imagination and minds of those who have seen it with their own eyes.
General information about the tour:One-day Private Excursion to Cortina and the Dolomites from Venice:
Up to 3 people (transfer by car): €602.50 - starting from €200.84 per person
Up to 6 people (transfer by minivan): €650.00 - starting from €108.34 per person
Up to 8 people (transfer by minibus): €697.50 - starting from €87.19 per person
* Entrance Fee to the Three peaks National Park is not included.
Booking website: Venetoinside.com
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My visit to the Dolomites was fully supported by the Venetoinside.com. However, all opinions are as always my own.
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