Lake Braies Alps
Back
Essential Dolomites
Thumbnails
Lake Braies Alps
Italian Dolomites
Italy

Essential Dolomites (Tour code: 12520)

Starts and Ends
Venice to
Milan
Travel Periods
24 Apr 24 - 04 Oct 24
Experience
Travel Style
Escorted Group Tour
Join a 5-day group tour through enchanting Northern Italy. Discover the medieval charm of Asolo, the picturesque hills of the Prosecco region, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Dolomites!

Highlights

Guaranteed Departures

Small Group Tour up to 24 pax

Be amazed by the breathtaking Lake of Braies, also called Pragser Wildsee, tucked away in the magnificent Dolomite Mountains

Discover the charming town of Brunico, where Alpine tradition meets Italian charm. 

Take in the views while driving towards Cortina d'Ampezzo!

Discover Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Road with wine tasting!

5 days
From
AUD 3,536
per person, twin share
Travelling with kids? Read more 
All services are subject to availability.

Book Now

Only $100pp deposit to Book Now

Visit our Agent Portal for more info.

Make an enquiry

Overview

Embark on a 5-day journey through the enchanting landscapes of Northern Italy. Explore Asolo's medieval charm, the Prosecco region's picturesque hills, and the Dolomites' awe-inspiring beauty. Visit captivating lakes, charming towns like Brunico and Merano, and savor Alpine cuisine. Conclude in Milan, tracing the oldest Italian wine route and experiencing Trento's historical grandeur.

Inclusions

2 nights in Cortina D'Ampezzo at B&B Hotel Passo Tre Coci Cortina- 3* or similar
2 nights in Bolzano at Stadt Hotel - 4* or similar
Daily breakfast
Excursions as per itinerary
Multilingual escorted tours
Speck tasting in the Dolomites region
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach

Day 1 Mestre (Venice) Asolo Valdobbiadene Cortina D'Ampezzo

Departing at 7:30 am from the hotel Delfino – Venezia Mestre by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Asolo, often referred to as the "city with a hundred horizons" due to the breathtaking landscapes that envelop it. Asolo is a picturesque medieval village nestled among the rolling hills of Treviso. During the Renaissance era, it served as a splendid court under the rule of Caterina Cornaro. Asolo's most iconic landmark is its magnificent fortress, perched atop Monte Ricco, offering a sweeping panorama of the charming Old Town.

From this vantage point, you'll take in the historic center, including Piazza Garibaldi with its 16th-century fountain, the Castle which now houses Teatro Duse, and the ancient Cathedral, home to the exquisite "Assumption" painting by Lorenzo Lotto. After your exploration of Asolo, embark on a scenic drive along one of Italy's most beautiful roads, winding through the gentle hills and picturesque countryside of the Prosecco region. Here, you'll have the opportunity to discover the UNESCO-recognized Prosecco Land.

Your journey will lead you to a traditional winery, where you'll unlock the secrets of Prosecco production and indulge in a wine tasting session. The experience includes a guided tour of the winery followed by a tasting of three Valdobbiadene Docg wines, expertly paired with a selection of local cold cuts and cheeses. It's a chance to savor not only the renowned local wine but also some delicious regional cuisine in the form of a light lunch.

Continuing your drive, you'll arrive at Cortina d'Ampezzo, often hailed as the "Queen of the Dolomites." This premier mountain resort is nestled amidst the awe-inspiring peaks of the Dolomite Mountains and is an emblem of Italian style, fashion, and the quintessential Italian way of life. Your journey through this remarkable region promises to be an unforgettable experience. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo at B&B Hotel Passo Tre Coci Cortina or similar.

Dinner
Mestre (Venice) → Asolo → Valdobbiadene → Cortina D'Ampezzo
Cortina D'Ampezzo

Day 2 Cortina D'Ampezzo Lake Misurina Lake Dobbiaco San Vito di Cadore Cortina D'Ampezzo

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and prepare for an enchanting exploration of the surroundings of Cortina d’Ampezzo, nestled in the awe-inspiring Dolomite valley. From the town, marvel at the majestic mountain vistas that grace the region and catch sight of the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a true symbol of the Dolomite Mountains.

Your journey continues as you make your way to Lake Misurina, the largest natural lake in the region, offering surreal and captivating views of the surrounding mountains that will leave you in awe. Next, proceed to Lake Dobbiaco, known for its uniquely emerald-colored waters, a phenomenon that renders it truly one-of-a-kind in the world. The extraordinary beauty of this lake is bound to leave a lasting impression.

Your scenic drive then takes you to San Vito di Cadore, a picturesque mountain village nestled just a short distance from Cortina d'Ampezzo. Here, you'll discover the towering presence of Mount Antelao behind the village and Mount Pelmo just in front, both of which have earned their place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In these areas, the landscapes are nothing short of breathtaking, with vast stretches of pristine nature, where lush green meadows give way to dense conifer and beech forests

 After your visit to this captivating village, return to Cortina, where you'll have some free time for the remainder of the day to explore, relax, or engage in any activities of your choice. Rest and recharge at the hotel as you prepare for another memorable night in this splendid region. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo at B&B Hotel Passo Tre Coci Cortina or similar.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Cortina D'Ampezzo Lake Braies or Lake Anterselva Brunico Bressanone Bolzano

Today, our first enchanting stop is at the captivating Lake of Braies, nestled amidst the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains. This pristine alpine lake, also known as Pragser Wildsee, is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. Its crystal-clear waters mirror the majestic peaks that embrace it, creating a serene atmosphere perfect for relaxation and photography. Surrounded on three sides by towering Dolomite peaks, including the iconic Croda del Becco, Lake Braies offers a scenic charm that is unparalleled.

In the event that Lake Braies is not accessible due to logistical reasons, fear not, for we have an equally mesmerizing alternative in store: Lake Anterselva. Also known as Antholzer See, this hidden gem is a captivating spectacle in the heart of the Dolomites. Whether you find solace in its serene ambiance, indulge in short strolls along its shores, appreciate its unique cultural allure or even if you just look for an Instagram photo moment, Lake Anterselva promises to ensure you depart with cherished memories of this alpine paradise.

Next, the tour takes you to the charming town of Brunico, also known as Bruneck. Nestled in the heart of the South Tyrol region, Brunico offers a delightful blend of Alpine tradition and Italian charm. Stroll through its well-preserved medieval streets, lined with colorful buildings, and discover the historical treasures of its Old Town. Brunico is also a gateway to the majestic Kronplatz mountain, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking, skiing, and breathtaking panoramic views.

There will also be a stop in Bressanone. Brixen, as they call it in German, is a picturesque town in the Eisack Valley, surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. This enchanting town boasts a rich history and a stunning medieval cathedral that dates back to the 10th century. As we explore Bressanone, you'll have the opportunity to soak in its unique blend of Austrian and Italian cultures, reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. Don't miss the chance to sample the local wines and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of this charming Alpine town. Finally, we’ll reach Bolzano.

Overnight stay in Bolzano at Stadt Hotel or similar.

Breakfast

Day 4 Bolzano Merano Vipiteno Bolzano

Following a delightful breakfast, our journey takes us to Merano, the second-largest city in the province after Bolzano. While Merano is renowned globally for its enchanting Christmas market, it also boasts a captivating cultural and historical heritage. We'll explore the charming old town, and you'll have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at your leisure, savoring local flavors.

Our journey also includes a stop in Vipiteno, a charming town with a rich history and Alpine allure. Vipiteno, also known as Sterzing in German, is nestled amidst the stunning mountain landscapes of South Tyrol. With its quaint streets lined with colorful facades, Vipiteno offers a postcard-perfect setting for exploration. You'll have the opportunity to wander through its historic center, where you can admire its medieval architecture, browse local shops for unique souvenirs, and perhaps indulge in some delightful Alpine cuisine. Vipiteno's blend of Alpine traditions and Italian charm makes it a memorable stop on our tour, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unique culture of the region.

In the afternoon, our path leads back to Bolzano. Once a significant commercial center during the Middle Ages, Bolzano saw an expansion of its industrial production during World War I. Today, tourism remains a cornerstone of the local economy. Our exploration will include a visit to the Duomo, the Cathedral, characterized by its elegant Gothic style and regarded as a symbol of the town.

Additionally, we'll wander through the bustling main central streets, such as Via dei Portici, the heart of the medieval town. Bolzano is as vibrant a city as one can get and beautifully combines Alpine and Mediterranean influences. Bolzano's unique fusion of cultures, stunning architecture, and cultural attractions make it a must-visit destination. The evening is yours to embrace personal explorations or unwind as you please. Your overnight stay awaits at the hotel, promising a peaceful and comfortable night's rest.

Overnight stay in Bolzano at Stadt Hotel or similar.

Breakfast

Day 5 Bolzano Egna Trento Milan

After a delightful breakfast, embark on a journey that promises awe-inspiring views as we trace the path of the oldest Italian wine route. This enchanting route winds its way through picturesque vineyards, idyllic villages, and serene lakes, presenting a feast for the senses. Caldaro (Kaltern) is a village famous for its lake, the Kalterer See, and wine. The cuisine combines Italian and Tyrolean styles.

Our first stop is the charming village of Egna, nestled in the sundrenched south of Alto Adige, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards against the backdrop of Monte Corno Natural Park. Egna retains its authentic character, far removed from the bustling rhythms of the city. Here, the ancient building walls and inviting porticoes create the perfect ambiance for savoring a glass of Pinot Noir in tranquility and indulging in open-air shopping within the pedestrian area. Egna is a harmonious blend of South Tyrolean traditions and Mediterranean flair, providing a unique and memorable experience.

We then make our way to Trento, a city dominated by the grandeur of Castello del Buon Consiglio, an emblem of the House of Habsburg's historical influence in the region over many centuries. Trento also boasts architectural gems like the XVI-century Santa Maria Maggiore, a pioneering work of Renaissance and Gothic art, and the Geremia Palace, representing the XVI-century architectural style. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Piazza Duomo, graced by the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Vigilius. You'll have the chance to enjoy lunch at your leisure. As our journey draws to a close, we head towards the vibrant city of Milan, marking the end of our enriching tour.

End of services.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
  • No age limit

  • All passengers must be able to indepently board and alight the coach.

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.
  • A minivan with driver/guide, normally not equipped with wifi, will be provided if the number of participants is equal to or less than eight.
  • For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice. In this case, our supplier ensures similar visits and excursions in accordance with the spirit of the tour program.

  • Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Welcome to Entire Travel Group. We offer exceptional travel experiences across our extensive range of Entire Holiday Packages, Entire Group Journeys, Entire Rail Journeys, and Entire Cruise Journeys. With our industry-leading Peace of Mind Booking Plan, you can Book Now with flexibility and confidence.

Entire Travel Group is celebrating over 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family-owned, award-winning business with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday experience.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of Entire Travel Group's attributes, we have settled on "When Experience Matters" as the quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. We have the experience to ensure your itinerary makes the dream holiday possible. Our continually enhanced technology allows our team to provide a quality customer service experience, and our partnerships with outstanding operators ensure we are confident of the on-ground experience for our customers.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?

  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.

How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?

  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.

How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group

When experience matters
INDUSTRY ACCREDITED
AWARD WINNING
TRAVEL SUPPORT
50 YEARS EXPERIENCE
HANDPICKED SUPPLIERS
UNRIVALLED EXPERIENCES