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Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites
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Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bicycling Venice 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. 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: Arrive Venice, Italy

Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! You really should try and come a day or two early to explore this unique city before we begin our bike ride to the Dolomites. We'll meet this afternoon at our hotel on the Lido of Venice where we'll fit bicycles. Tonight after our introductory aperitif we will walk to dinner together in a small trattoria on the Lido.

Lodging: Hotel Biasutti

Day 2: Bicycle Venice and along the Piave River

Highlights: Lidos (sandbars) of Venice, quiet levee roads

After a leisurely breakfast, we will catch a ferry north to the Lido di Cavallino. From there, you'll ride by lush Venetian gardens and follow the Piave River to our hotel in the small town of San Don´ di Piave this evening. Dinner together. Distance: 82 km (51 mi)

Lodging: Hotel Forte del 48

Day 3: Bicycling to Castelfranco Veneto

Highlights: 13th-century Castelfranco Veneto

Our route today has us skirting Treviso through agricultural country settled by the Romans. Our destination is Castelfranco Veneto, 13th-century walled town. Our hotel overlooks the main square here. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 81 km (50 mi)

Lodging: Hotel Alla Torre

Day 4: Castelfranco to just outside Valdobbiadene

Highlights: Palladian villa, prosecco wine tasting this evening

We head north toward the foothills of the Alps today. On the way you might want to stop at a bicycle jersey factory where you can 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 near Valdobbiadene, home of prosecco, one of Italy's finest sparkling wines. We'll have a wine tasting before dinner together. Distance: 51 km (32 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Villaguarda

Day 5: Valdobbiadene area 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: 81 km (50 miles).

Lodging: Albergo delle Alpi

Day 6: 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 on your own tonight. Distance: 36 km (22 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Aquila

Day 7: Cortina to Val Badia, Corvara

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: 37 km (23 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Col Alto Corvara

Day 8: 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 53 km loop features 6,500 feet of climbing over 4 famous passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena). Dinner together. Distance: up to 53 km (33 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Col Alto Corvara

Day 9: 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: 39 km (24 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Goldene Rose

Day 10: 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
    "The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 10 days, 9 nights' accommodation; 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts; 1 wine-tasting
  • Countries
  • Begin/End
  • Arrive/Depart
    Venice Marco Polo Int'l Airport (VCE)/Venice, Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (INN) or Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Total Distance
    460 km (284 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    Average per riding day 58 km (35 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Spectacular landscapes, a wonderful mix of Italian, German, and Austrian cuisine.
  • Rating
    Fairly flat cycling to start and then longer climbs in the mountains with options to train and shuttle.
  • Notes
  • Terms
Please call 1-800-685-4565 or e-mail us for the dates for this tour.
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Amazing! The mountains were like touching heaven. The tour guides being Italian, gave us the local flavor. Food and vino abound!
Connie K., Houston, TX
Beautiful scenery, good amount of mileage, challenging days going into the Dolomites. But each day is different and to be enjoyed for a different reason.It was a great experience and our first trip to Italy. We''re looking forward to our next trip with Experience Plus. Oh, and I forgot to say the arrows are a perfect way to get around!
Victoria P., Houston, TX
The Dolomites are unbelievably spectacular.
Jeffrey B., Wilmington, DE
Wonderful, riding the Dolomites was the experience of my life.
Virgina S., Oakland, CA
A great trip led by great tour guides. ExperiencePlus! lives up to it''s name. Especially the exclamation point!
Genji H., San Francisco, CA
The tour was amazing, more that what I imagined. Touring through the small towns was something you don''t normally get to see.
Glenn B., Erie, CO
[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