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

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Bottled water
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Ticket of the Sass Pordoi cable-car
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    When I placed the reservations for this tour I had reservations. Upon meeting Alessandro I was absolutely won over. Everything was perfect, Do not hesitate to book this tour.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Traveler729162
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    No question that this tour was money well spent. Alex, the tour guide, was amazing. Very professional, and knowledgeable on the area. His vehicle was immaculate, and comfortable. All the stops were breathtaking. Highly recommend .

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    Alexbz69, Owner at ItalyDolomites, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    I really thank You very much for the nice review ! Wish You all the best! Alessandro (Alex)

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Absolutely wonderful! Alex has incredible knowledge of entire area and it's history. It's like a grad class with a most pleasant professer! Entertaing and fun together!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Jack P
    Alexbz69, Owner at ItalyDolomites, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Too good Jack! We had a wonderful day together ... Thanks! Alessandro (Alex)

    Reviewed 27 August 2019

    We booked the Great Dolomites Road tour and it was fantastic! Alessandro is a very experienced driver and a very knowledgeable guide. He made us feel very comfortable and took us to beautiful places as described in the tour listing, with all the time needed...More

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    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank emy343
    Alexbz69, Owner at ItalyDolomites, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

    I really thank You very much for the nice review ! Wish You all the best! Alessandro (Alex)

    Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

    Alessandro drove our group of six (including three teenagers) through some of the most stunning scenery any of us have ever witnessed. He was a perfect tour guide. He suggested an earlier start time to avoid rain that was forecast for the afternoon, and reorganized...More

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    Alexbz69, Owner at ItalyDolomites, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2019

    It was really nice to bring your small group up and down the Dolomites! I thank you very much for your trust and for the wonderful review. I look forward to seeing you in the Eastern Dolomites tour in the future. Best wishes! Alessandro

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    7 October 2019|
    Response from Jack P | Reviewed this property |
    It's like a class in geography, history and science....you pay for the instructor regardless of how many attend. Get a friend to share the cost is my advice!
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