After Hours Doge's Palace and San Marco Basilica tour, Rich found another "small group" tour led by a driver/guide in a minivan that seated a maximum of 6-8 people. This 8.5 hour Dolomites day trip was offered by Viator.com and cost around $220 Canadian per person. Compared to a later bus tour that we took in Iceland that seated over 30 people, this tour was so much more convenient, efficient and enjoyable. The larger the group, the longer you have to wait at each bathroom or coffee break stop.
The promotional writeup for our Dolomites tour advocated that this "Small-group
tour with a maximum of 8 ensures a more personalized experience". This
was no exaggeration as we discovered half-way through our tour, when our guide Carlo gave us a choice for lunch and for the rest of the day. He said that the official agenda of the tour included stopping for a leisurely lunch at a restaurant in Cortina. However if we preferred, we could pick up a "picnic lunch" and he would take us to a great location to eat it where we could enjoy more scenery. Our group unanimously agreed to this new plan.
spätzle, or the various stuffed ravioli that were local only to this area and not available in Venice. I settled for buying a bag of cookies made of meringue stuffed with a creamy lemon filling, which I shared with everyone else at our lunch spot.