Day 1: Arrive Venice, Italy
Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoriaWelcome 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 roadsAfter 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 VenetoOur 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 eveningWe 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 museumWe 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 landscapeWe'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 DolomitesWe 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 MassifThis 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 dinnerWe 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 travelsAfter 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!
HighlightsItalian 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
Arrive/DepartVenice Marco Polo Int'l Airport (VCE)/Venice, Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (INN) or Munich Airport (MUC)
Total Distance460 km (284 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage per riding day 58 km (35 miles)
What to ExpectSpectacular landscapes, a wonderful mix of Italian, German, and Austrian cuisine.
Fairly flat cycling to start and then longer climbs in the mountains with options to train and shuttle.
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