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Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

1. 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.

Bolzano: Great Dolomites Road Private Day Trip by Car

2. 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. 

Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

3. Bolzano: Private Full-Day Hike through the Dolomites

Enjoy a private hiking tour through the Dolomites with a knowledgeable and professional mountain local guide. Throughout your hike your guide makes sure you have the time to take pictures and enjoy dramatic views of the Dolomites - all you need is a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes, and the desire to discover some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In the greater Bolzano area there are plenty of different hiking possibilities available. Decide with your group where to go and what to see depending on your fitness level, equipment, and weather conditions. Some examples of areas you can visit include Seceda in the Gardena Valley, the Funes Valley, the Catinaccio-Rosengarten group, Latemar Mountain, and Sassolungo. Under your expert guide's supervision, walk at a speed appropriate for both you and your friends. This mentality allows you to enjoy the beauty and quiet atmosphere that surrounds these special places.

Dolomites Snowshoe Tour: Private Excursion near Bolzano

4. Dolomites Snowshoe Tour: Private Excursion 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. 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: Famous Dolomites Sledge Slope Experience

6. Bolzano: Famous Dolomites Sledge Slope Experience

Tobogganing is a winter sport for everyone, and lets you have fun zooming through the bends at high speed  or more sedately, depending on your mood. On your own, as a couple or in a group, you can push off with your feet before using your feet and upper body to steer. Child's play, but not just for the kids! Once in the ski resort, you will use a modern gondola lift to climb to the starting point of the toboggan run at an altitude of 1,830 meters-above-sea-level. The toboggan track is famous because due to its being equipped with an artificial snow system that allows its use even when there is no natural snow, and because it is equipped with a lighting system for fantastic night descents. The track is 2.5-kilometers long, and the difference in altitude is 280 meters. The track is considered to be of a simple difficulty, making it perfectly suitable for adults and children alike.

Beautiful Trekking in the Dolomites

7. Beautiful Trekking in the Dolomites

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) belong to the Sesto Dolomites and are characterized by their distinctive form. They consist of the Cima Grande (2,999 meters) which is the pinnacle in the middle, the Cima Piccola (2,857 meters) and the Cima Ovest (west peak, 2,973 meters). The view on the north face of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most famous alpine images and views in the world. The Three Peaks are situated in the Three Peaks nature park and in 2009 they were declared UNESCO World Heritage, as were all other peaks of the Dolomites. The day will start with a transfer by car through the Isarco Valley and Pusteria Valley to Misurina Lake. Stop for photos at the lake before heading up to the Auronzo Refuge (2,333 m) on the toll road of 7 kilometers. You may take your own pack lunch or stop at a refuge to eat during the trek. This tour includes two treks in one. First, take a circular and unforgettable hike around the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. At the end of this trek, walk back to Bolzano on the Great Dolomites Road.

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What people are saying about Bolzano

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based on 3 reviews

This was truly an experience to remember and we can only recommend it! The breathtaking scenery was perfectly combined with Guido’s obvious passion for nature and love for the Dolomites. The mountain peaks are beautiful enough on their own, but when accompanied by local insights and history of the surroundings shared by Guido, one gains a completely enhanced view. We are genuinely thankful for having had the chance to experience the Dolomites under simply perfect circumstances.

Alessandro was the perfect guide in matters ranging from knowledge of the area, to getting us around safely in the Dolomites mountain region. The overall schedule was very well managed and we did not feel rushed, and had a good amount of time at every location. Highly recommended!

Our guide was Angelo and I can't give him enough praise. His knowledge of the unique geology was complete and his love of the area insured a completely enjoyable experience. Also, the Get Your Guide experience was excellent.

Wonderful places, Guido, the guide is a very good connoisseur of the area who knew how to perfectly adapt the times to the objectives. A nice experience!

Can recommend this activity 100%, Alessandro was a great guide with great knowledge about the area and great energy. The 10 hours flew by.