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Bicycling Italy's Veneto and the Dolomites
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Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bicycling Italy's Veneto and the Dolomites

Italy's eastern Alps, the Dolomites, are some of the world's most dramatic mountains and they straddle a cultural boundary that gives us the best of Italian and Austrian-German cuisine. Explore this beautiful and unique corner of Italy. The tour begins with a few days of rolling terrain in preparation of our arrival to the South Tyrol area where you'll have the opportunity to bicycle the 4 passes of the Sella Massif. The road is closed to cars one day a year, and we'll be there with hundreds of other cyclists from around the world to enjoy one of the most spectacular bicycle rides anywhere.

You will also enjoy a wonderful wine tasting, outlet prices at a top-notch Italian bicycle jersey factory, and a visit to a unique bicycle museum. If you love being in the mountains this is the bicycle tour for you.

Day 1: Welcome to Castelfranco Veneto

Highlights: 13th-century Castelfranco Veneto, Welcome Dinner

We meet at our hotel this afternoon in Castelfranco Veneto, for our bike-fitting. The hotel overlooks the main square of this 13th-century walled town. Take your bike out for a spin before we meet for introductions and a special welcome dinner tonight. Distance: Your choice.

Day 2: Castelfranco to Valdobbiadene

Highlights: Palladian villa, prosecco wine tasting this evening

We head north toward the foothills of the Alps today. On the way we stop at a bicycle jersey factory where we'll enjoy factory outlet prices on top-notch Italian bicycle jerseys. Then we head on to Villa Barbaro, Andrea Palladio's architectural masterpiece that will be open just for us. Our day ends in Valdobbiadene, home of prosecco, one of Italy's finest sparkling wines. We'll have a wine tasting before dinner together. Distance: 50 km (31 miles).

Day 3: Valdobbiadene to Belluno

Highlights: Spectacular rides in the foothills of the alps; visit a unique bicycle museum

We are in the foothills of the Dolomites now, and we'll enjoy a spectacular ride through farmlands and villages to Belluno. On the way, you'll want to visit the wonderful bicycle museum in Cesiomaggiore. We'll suggest some places for dinner on your own this evening. Distance: 68 km (42 miles).

Day 4: Belluno to Cortina

Highlights: Train ride into Italian Alps, great bike path into Cortina with a picture perfect landscape

We'll shuttle into the Dolomites by train this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic ride to Cortina along an old railroad grade that is now a bike path. We recommend lunch in town or a ride up the cable car for a picnic in the mountains before heading back to town and our hotel in the heart of Cortina. Dinner is together tonight. Distance: 36 km (22 miles).

Day 5: Cortina to Val Badia

Highlights: Spectacular Alpine scenery, cable car ride for lunch on top of the Dolomites

We climb over Passo Falzarego this morning on a beautiful ride. Once at the top of the pass at your option you can enjoy a cable car ride up the mountain for a picnic lunch. From the pass, it's mostly downhill to our hotel. Dinner together tonight. Distance: 35-47 km (22-29 miles).

Day 6: Sella Massif

Highlights: One of the classic rides of cycling, the historic four passes surrounding Sella Massif

This morning we'll pedal the classic tour of the Sella Massif on the Dolomite High Road often part of the Giro d'Italia! This 67 km loop features 6,500 feet of climbing over 4 famous passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena). The support van will assist you, so you can shuttle part way home if you choose. Dinner together. Distance: up to 67 km (42 miles).

Day 7: Brunico

Highlights: Brunico, Alpine villages, special farewell dinner

We follow a scenic road to San Lorenzo and through small Alpine villages that overlook the Austrian Alps to the North before reaching Val Pusteria and the charming Alpine town of Brunico. Those who wish can take the extra, challenging ride to the top of the Stalle Pass and the border with Austria. Otherwise, spend your afternoon visiting the characteristic narrow streets of Brunico or check out the castle located on the highest point of town. We'll have a festive final dinner together this evening. Distance: 40 km (25 miles).

Day 8: Brunico

Highlights: Farewell to the group and on with your travels

After breakfast together, we'll say good-bye to our Dolomites' cycling adventure. Trains head north to Austria and Munich or south to Milan, Rome, and Venice. Or, stay in the Dolomites and spend a few days hiking, it is well worth it!
  • Highlights
    Italian and Austrian-German culture and food, Mountain town of Cortina, Riding the Sella Massif, Spectacular Val Badia, Palladio's masterpiece, Villa Barbaro
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 5 dinners with wine, 1 wine-tasting, all breakfasts
  • Countries
    Italy
  • Begin/End
    Castelfranco Veneto/Brunico
  • Arrive/Depart
    Venice Marco Polo Int'l Airport (VCE)/Venice, Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (INN) or Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Total Distance
    369-381km (229-236miles)
  • Daily Distance
    0-73 km (0-45 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Spectacular landscapes, a wonderful mix of Italian, German and Austrian cuisine.
  • Rating
    301
    Flat cycling for a day then longer climbs in the mountains with options to train and shuttle. The classic Sella Massif ride with four passes in one day on the day of the Sella Ronda.
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Please call 1-800-685-4565 or e-mail us for the dates for this tour.

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[What was your favorite experience?] Riding the Quatro Passo and the day hike in Covara, then relaxing each afternoon in the hotel sauna. The Hotel Col Alto was great. It had excellent facilities, a very friendly, English speaking staff, and a fabulous spa.
David G.
Denver, CO
Dinners were excellent. Good menu choices for everyone and great restaurants. Breakfasts were also very good and more than I had expected. The addtional tours to the Giessegi factory, Villa Barbaro, the bike museum, and the prosecco wine tasing were gems. I enjoyed the stops and the opportunity to do more than just ride a bike in Italy. The tours were very special activities.
David G.
Denver, CO
The trip was fabulous. The tour guides fabulous ... Itinerary wonderfully thought out ... One of the most invigorating, beautiful and relaxing vacations ever for us. This trip has made us serious and enthusiastic about doing more. Our guides were tremendous in all ways, helpful, knowledgeable, engaging. We are already planning our next trip. Thanks for providing such a special experience.
Gary G.
Princeton, NJ
Fabulous tour from all aspects. An active tour with outstanding guides. For us it was a perfect family vacation. My teenagers were never bored, and enjoyed the other participants. It was a workout for them and good to be around active adults. They definitely want to do it again. Thank you for an exceptional tour.
Dara & Elaine B.
Boulder, CO