Experience the Alps & Dolomites Fantasia tour, a 7-day adventure that immerses you in the breathtaking beauty and rich culture of northern Italy. Begin your journey in Cortina d'Ampezzo, often acknowledged as the "Queen of the Dolomites," where the majestic peaks of the mountains create a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.
DAY 1 | Venice (Mestre) - Embark on Your Venice Adventure
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Venice, a city known for its enchanting allure and rich history. As you arrive, you'll make your way to the welcoming accommodations in Mestre, your home during your visit to this extraordinary destination. In the late afternoon, convene in the hotel's inviting lobby to meet your dedicated Tour Leader. This marks the commencement of your Venice adventure, and the evening is yours to relish as you please. Take this time to settle into your comfortable lodgings, eagerly anticipating the exciting experiences that await.
DAY 2 | Venice - Discover the Enchantment of Venice
Start your day with a hearty breakfast that will provide the energy needed for a day of exploration in the captivating city of Venice. Following breakfast, embark on a transfer to the iconic Piazza San Marco, where your journey to uncover Venice's most renowned attractions begins. This immersive walking tour includes a visit to the illustrious Palazzo dei Dogi, an architectural masterpiece steeped in the city's rich historical tapestry. As your exploration unfolds, you'll come across the legendary "Bridge of Sighs," a poignant symbol of Venice's romantic charm. After this engaging walking tour, savor a delightful treat thoughtfully arranged by your knowledgeable Tour Leader. You have the choice between a refreshing spritz or a glass of prosecco, a perfect toast to your Venice adventure. Accompany your drink with the delectable "cicchetti," Venetian small plates that offer a tantalizing light lunch, allowing you to savor the authentic local flavors. The afternoon invites you to leisurely explore Venice's captivating canals at your own pace, immersing yourself in the city's unique and mesmerizing beauty. Later, return to your comfortable hotel for a serene overnight stay, cherishing the memories created during the day.
Day 3 | Mestre · Asolo · Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Road · Cortina
Your adventure starts with a visit to the picturesque medieval village of Asolo, known as the "city with a hundred horizons." Explore its historic center, including landmarks like Piazza Garibaldi, the Castle housing Teatro Duse, and the ancient Cathedral with Lorenzo Lotto's "Assumption" painting. Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive through the Prosecco region, an area universally known for its sparkling wine. Visit a traditional winery, unlock the secrets of Prosecco production, and indulge in a wine tasting session paired with local cold cuts and cheeses. Continue your drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo, where you'll spend the night.
Day 4 | Cortina · Scenic Drive Around the Lakes near Cortina · Lake Misurina · Lake Dobbiaco · San Vito di Cadore · Cortina
Start your day with an energetic breakfast and prepare for a day of exploration. Marvel at the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo and take in the majestic mountain vistas of the Dolomite valley. Visit Lake Misurina, the largest natural lake in the region, and admire its captivating mountain views. Next, explore Lake Dobbiaco, known for its uniquely emerald-colored waters. Your journey continues to San Vito di Cadore, a picturesque mountain village with UNESCO-listed peaks in the background. Return to Cortina for free time to explore or relax.
Day 5 | Cortina · Lake Braies (Pragser Wildsee) or Lake Anterselva · Brunico · Bressanone · Bolzano
Today, your first stop is the captivating Lake Braies, also known as Pragser Wildsee, nestled amidst the Dolomite Mountains. Alternatively, you may visit Lake Anterselva, a hidden gem with its unique charm. Explore the charming town of Brunico, a blend of Alpine tradition and Italian charm, before making a stop in Bressanone, known for its vineyards and medieval cathedral. Reach Bolzano for the overnight stay.
Day 6 | Bolzano · Merano · Vipiteno · Bolzano
Discover the charms of Merano, known for its enchanting Christmas market and cultural heritage. Explore the old town and savor local flavors during lunch. Continue your journey to Vipiteno, a charming town with Alpine allure. Wander through its historic center, shop for souvenirs, and enjoy Alpine cuisine. Return to Bolzano, a vibrant city blending Alpine and Mediterranean influences, and explore its cultural attractions.
Day 7 | Bolzano · Kaltern an der Weinstraße (scenic drive) · Egna · Trento · Milan
Embark on a journey along the oldest Italian wine route, winding through vineyards and idyllic villages. Visit the charming village of Egna and experience South Tyrolean traditions. Explore Trento, a city with historical treasures and architectural gems. Your tour concludes in the vibrant city of Milan.
Day 1: Venice
Day 2: Venice - Discover the Enchantment of Venice (B, L)
Day 3: Asolo, Prosecco Road, Wine Tasting, Cortina (B, D)
Day 4: Cortina, Scenic Drive Around Lakes, Lake Misurina, Lake Dobbiaco, San Vito di Cadore (B, D)
Day 5: Cortina, Lake Braies or Lake Anterselva, Brunico, Bressanone, Bolzano (B)
Day 6: Bolzano, Merano, Vipiteno, Bolzano (B)
Day 7: Bolzano, Wine Route, Egna, Trento, Milan (B)
B = Breakfast
L = Light Lunch
D = Dinner