Trip idea / Italy

Venice

and the Dolomites

Experience a break with two distinct halves: cultural Venice twinned with fresh mountain air in the Dolomites.

Twin Italy’s most famous town with time in the magical mountain-scapes of the Dolomites.

Take a trip to Italy and experience two very different sides to this diverse country. One thing’s for sure – wherever you go, you’ll be accompanied by fine food and wine – it is Italy after all.

A World of Venice

The lowdown

  • Getting there

    There are several airlines flying direct to Venice from various UK airports. The Dolomites are located approximately 3 hours by road from Venice or 2 hours from Innsbruck.

  • When to go

    Anytime between June and September for the best hiking conditions in the Dolomites.

  • Best for

    We’ve discovered that this trip works particularly well for adventurous families. After culture in Venice, you’ll find hiking, rafting and biking in the Dolomites. For an exhilarating day out, day experience the Via Ferrata, a system of iron ladders on steep mountainous terrain, originally built and used by WWI soldiers.

Start your trip with four days to get to know the watery world of Venice. There’s much to see and do but a walking tour will help you slow down, so you can take in all the big and little details of canal life, historical squares and famed churches, and with a private guide by your side, you’ll be able to ask as many questions as you like.

From St Mark’s square, have an introduction to the most powerful maritime empire of the Mediterranean Sea. The Doges’ Palace, the Square, the Basilica are highlights and San Zaccaria is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches of Venice. You’ll stay at elegant Ca’Sagredo, overlooking the Grand Hotel and perfectly placed for taking a water taxi into the heart of Venice. Make time to zip around the islands of the lagoon in a vaporetto, visiting Murano for its renowned glassware and Burano for its brightly-hued fishing community and seafood restaurants.

Venice
cenery, Dolomite mountains. beautiful valley near Cortina d'Ampezzo, northen Italy

    Alpine Adventure

    We’ll organise your hire car so all you need to do is pick it up and head up into the mountains. Base yourself at family-run hotel Ciasa Salares, cradled in the Dolomites and wrapped in alpine charm. A few steps lead you to lifts, taking you right into the heart of the mountain range for hikes, e-biking or lunches at traditional restaurants.

    Back at the hotel, relax in the spa or ready yourself for epicurean feast. Not only does the hotel have a Michelin-starred restaurant, there’s also a dedicated cheese and chocolate room, not to mention a candle-lit wine cellar.

    Mountain Hideout

    Take your trip to the next level with a micro-adventure, via a private guided hike in the Dolomites, finishing off with a stay in an isolated rifugio, completely removed from the rest of the world. On your hike you’ll explore the area of Cinque Torri-Averau where there’s a WW1 open air museum, traverse flower-strewn meadows and ascend the lofty peaks. Then onwards to one of the highest and most remote hotels in the Dolomites.

    Here’s the place to experience the silence and majesty of the mountains, while enjoying wholesome food and wine and warm Italian hospitality. Come back to Ciasa Salares to reward yourself with a spa day or visit the chic boutique town of San Cassiano for shopping and people-watching.

     

    We think this itinerary works well either for a couple or an adventurous family. Call us so we can plan it out to your exact needs.

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