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From Bolzano: Private Day Tour by car: The Great Dolomites Road

From $216.44
  • Get up close and personal with the UNESCO-listed Dolomites
  • A private tour gives you the flexibility to determine your schedule
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for your convenience
  • Visit the Pordoi and Sella Passes, Gardena Valley, and more
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From Bolzano: Private Day Tour by car: The Great Dolomites Road
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See some of the UNESCO-listed Dolomites’ most beautiful and distinctive vistas when you embark on this full-day, private tour. Meet your guide at your Bolzano accommodation—hotel pickup and drop-off are included for your convenience—and set off on the Great Dolomites Road. You’ll ascend to the Pordoi and the Sella Passes, will linger in the scenic Gardena Valley, and can go on an optional cable car ride to Sass Pordoi.
What to Expect
The Great Dolomites Road runs through the Dolomites from Bolzano to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Along the road it is possible to admire the most beautiful views of the Dolomites and to reach the Pordoi Pass (2.239 m) and the Sella Pass (2.244 m), two of the most important and panoramic passes in the Alps.
Depart from Bolzano, the Gateway to the Dolomites, capital of the province South Tyrol; then cross the Ega Valley which begins at Bolzano and runs eastward between the Rosengarten and the Latemar mountains. This road was built in 1895 when the territory was part of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Part of the route is located in a canyon carved by the river Ega.
Stop at Carezza Lake, the most beautiful lake of the Dolomites; with 30 minutes of staying time and the chance to walk around the lake (optional); then head to Costalunga Pass. Near the Pass you will see the historical “Grand Hotel Carezza”, built in 1893, the first luxury hotel in the Dolomites which hosted very important guests like the Empress Sissi, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie.
From the Costalunga Pass, 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 Groups. From here, a long series of 27 hairpins bends (switchbacks) begins, that will lead you to the famous Pordoi Pass at an altitude of 2.239 meters above sea level. One hour of staying time if you decide to arrive with the cable car to Sass Pordoi (altitude of 2950 meters: the cable car is open from late May until mid-October and from Christmas to Easter).
From the Pordoi Pass you will return back a few kilometers to reach the Sella Pass: here the landscape is really impressive with the Sella vertical walls that stand right in front of you and from the Sella Pass you can admire the Marmolada glacier (3,343 m) and the majestic Sassolungo (3,181 m), the most famous mountain in Gardena Valley: 10 minute stop for photos;
Coming down from the Sella Pass you will enter in the Gardena Valley, the best known tourist valley of the Dolomites and you will have the chance to see its largest town, the beautiful Ortisei: one hour of staying for lunch break and to visit the town.
 From Ortisei in less than an hour, you'll be back in Bolzano.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. What a great experience. We did this tour from Venice. It is a little out of the way for Alex, but it was no trouble to be picked up and driven into the heart of the Dolomites. Alex was a most knowledgeable and attentive...More

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Alexbz69, Owner at ItalyDolomites, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Paul! We had a very nice day together. Many thanks for the nice review and wish you and your family all the best! Alessandro

Reviewed January 21, 2019

Comfortable ride and friendly guide. The trip was relaxing in overall. The cable car to Pordoi Pass is a must.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mavis C
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Wonderful experience with Alex ! Just my wife and Inin a comfortable SUV with a kind man highlighting sites without being overwhelming in any way. Brought jackets for us knowing most people don’t realize temperature Change going up the Dolomites... informative ...just couldn’t ask for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

This was a great tour even though the weather wasn't what we had hoped for. Alex is knowledgeable and friendly, has very good English and got us to all the right places. The Dolomites are amazing and this is an area that everyone should try...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed August 24, 2018

Picked up on time by Alex. Comfortable car with panoramic Sun roof so excellent views all round. Informative all way round with not just immediate facts but South Tyrol and Italy. Flexible in approach we could spend time at stops as we wanted. Recommend for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from H9754KWpaulr | Reviewed this property |
I am sure it is possible. Not sure how the price would be calculated. However, it is totally customisable, and you would be very happy.
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