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. Meet this afternoon at our hotel on the Lido of Venice where we'll fit your bicycles. Tonight after our introductory aperitif we will walk to dinner together in a small trattoria on the Lido.
Distance: Test Ride. Meals D.Lodging: Hotel Biasutti
Day 2: Bicycle Venice to Treviso around the Lagoon
Highlights: Lidos (sandbars) of Venice, quiet levee roads, Roncade Castle, TrevisoAfter a leisurely breakfast, we will catch a ferry north to the Lido di Cavallino and ride along this long sandbar. You'll follow the River Sile as you cycle around the Venetian Lagoon heading north to Treviso.
Distance: 92 km (56 mi). Meals: B.Lodging: Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese
Day 3: Cycling from Treviso to just outside Valdobbiadene
Highlights: Palladian villa, Prosecco wine tasting this eveningToday you'll head north out of the plains and toward the foothills of the Alps. Along the way stop to visit the Villa Barbaro, Andrea Palladio's architectural masterpiece, and though it is typically closed to the public it will be open for our visit. The day's ride ends near Valdobbiadene, home of Prosecco, one of Italy's finest sparkling wines which you'll sample tonight.
Distance: 60 km (37 miles). Meals B, D.Lodging: Hotel dei Chiostri
Day 4: Valdobbiadene area to Belluno
Highlights: Foothills of the alps; visit a unique bicycle museumThe landscapes are changing quickly now as the mountains grow closer with each pedal stroke. Relax and spin your way through farmlands and small villages. There is a wonderful bicycle museum in Cesiomaggiore that is worth a stop.
Distance: 81 km (50 miles). Meals: B.Lodging: Albergo delle Alpi
Day 5: Belluno to Cortina
Highlights: Train ride into Italian Alps, great bike path into Cortina with a picture perfect landscapeBegin the day with a shuttle into the Dolomites by train, after that it's a scenic ride to Cortina along an old railroad grade that is now a bike path. Have lunch in town, or take the cable car and picnic in the mountains before heading back to town. The hotel tonight is located in the heart of Cortina.
Distance: 36 km (22 miles). Meals: B, DLodging: Hotel Aquila
Day 6: Loop ride from Cortina to Lake Misurina
Highlights: Spectacular Alpine scenery, Passo Tre Croci, Lake MisurinaPasso tre Croci awaits! Today you'll climb your first (of six, or seven!) passes in the Dolomites. Delight in great views of Mount Cristallo, and stop for a snack on the shores of Lake Misurina and delight in a tranquil moment to gaze at views of the Dolomites reflected in the crystalline waters. From the lake you have the option to climb Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo, or enjoy a downhill ride back to Cortina.
Distance: 43-56 km (27-35 miles). Meals: B.Lodging: Hotel Aquila
Day 7: Cortina to Val Badia, Corvara
Highlights: Spectacular Alpine scenery, cable car ride for lunch on top of the DolomitesAnother day another pass! You'll take on Passo Falzarego this morning - a beautiful ride featuring heart-stopping views. At the top of the pass take a cable car ride further up the mountain for a picnic lunch, or head downhill to a restaurant in town.
Distance: 37 km (23 miles). Meals: B, D.Lodging: Hotel Col Alto Corvara
Day 8: Sella Massif
Highlights: One of bicycling's classic rides, the historic four passes surrounding Sella MassifThis morning you have the opportunity to pedal the classic Sella Massif on the Dolomite High Road. This 53 km loop features 6,500 feet of climbing over 4 famous passes and has been a regular feature of the Giro d'Italia.
Distance: Up to 53 km (33 miles). Meals: B, D.Lodging: Hotel Col Alto Corvara
Day 9: Brunico
Highlights: Brunico, Alpine villages, special farewell dinnerThe Badia Valley is home to small alpine villages and views that extend to the Austrian Alps in the north. Our destination is the charming alpine town of Brunico. If the day doesn't feel complete without climbing a pass there is no need to worry. You can take the challenging ride to the top of Stalle Pass and the border of Austria. Otherwise, spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets and the perched castle overlooking Brunico. Tonight we'll have a festive final dinner to celebrate our ride.
Distance: 57 km (35 miles). Meals: B, D.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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