Cycling Italy's Dolomites
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Day 1: Tour begins in Bolzano
Highlights: Bolzano historical center
Explore the heart of Bolzano, the capital of the Trentino-Alto Adige region. Enjoy the beauty of the central Piazza Walther with its Gothic style cathedral and have a stroll in Piazza delle Erbe, a vibrant market corner where Italian daily life naturally flows. Get a glance over the charming via dei Portici (Arcade Street) and don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum where you’ll find the remains of Ötzi, a man who lived in the area during the Copper Age (3300 BC) and who's frozen body was found in the mountains in 1991.
Mileage: Test Ride. Meals: D
Lodging: Hotel Greif
Day 2: Loop ride to Caldaro, the heart of the wine region!
Highlights: Vineyards, traditional villages of Caldaro and Termeno, views over lake Caldaro, wine tasting. Optional climb to Passo Mendola.
We start our ride pedaling southwest out of Bolzano to reach the heart of one of the northernmost wine making areas of Italy. Vineyards dominate the landscape and the “wine-road” takes us to the traditional villages of Caldaro and Termeno, known world-wide for their production of Gewürztraminer, Lagrein and Caldaro Classico Superiore. On the way back to Bolzano enjoy quiet country roads that offer unique views over Lake Caldaro, a mecca for sailing and windsurfing enthusiast.
Mileage: 66 km (41 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Greif
Day 3: Bicycle to Brixen
Highlights: Views over Sciliar-Catinaccio peaks, village of Chiusa, Agostinian Abbey of Novacella
Our exit from Bolzano features a gentle climb that takes us along the north-eastern side of the Isarco valley. This road offers beautiful views over the Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park and its alpine peaks. Stop for a coffee in the ancient village of Chiusa and discover its historical relevance as a key stop for traders and travelers going from the Alps to Austria. This afternoon we'll visit the Agostinian Abbey of Novacella, founded in the 12th century, and known today not just for its spiritual importance but also for its wine production!
Mileage: 62 km (39 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Cavallino d’Oro
Day 4: Bicycle to Dobbiaco
Highlights: View over mountain Plose, speck museum in Brunico, Dobbiaco
Today we enjoy the beauty and perfection of Tyrolean bike paths before leaving the Rienza river valley and gaining elevation on the northern side of the valley to the so called “sunny road”. From there you'll get captivating views over mountain Plose. We'll stop in Brunico to explore its charming historical town center and taste the local specialty known as “speck” (smoked ham). After a snack or a proper lunch, it's back on our bikes to Dobbiaco, the gem of Alta Pusteria Valley.
Mileage: 70 km (43 miles) Meals: B,D
Lodging: Hotel Cristallo
Day 5: Loop ride to lake Braies
Highlights: Lake Braies, views over Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park, traditional cheese making
Get ready for a full immersion into the heart of the Dolomites, the pristine mountain range that in 2009 gained UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site. Today we bicycle east starting with a climb that reveals some of the most impressive views over the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park. From there we'll descend to the valley and head towards Lake Braies, often described as the most beautiful lake of the entire Alps. This afternoon we'll visit a cheese maker who will reward our palates with delicious local specialties!
Mileage: 57 km (35 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Cristallo
Day 6: Bicycle to Cortina
Highlights: Landro lake, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Misurina lake, Passo Tre Croci, Cortina
Today we head south and pedal along the Landro Valley. Landro Lake is an excellent spot for a mid-morning coffee before you continue your ride to Lake Misurina where you'll have the option to climb 7 km up to Tre Cime di Lavaredo to enjoy the views. Anybody who prefers to enjoy the lake or pedal straight to Cortina can do so. Those who challenge themselves with the mighty climb to the base of three majestic peaks will have a quick descent to lunch at Lake Misurina. The more modest Passo Tre Croci is the last climb of the day, after which it's a glide down into Cortina d’Ampezzo, known as “Queen of the Dolomites”.
Mileage: 50 km (31 miles). Extra Ride: 14 km (9 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Villa Blu
Day 7: Hike in the Dolomites over Cortina
Highlights: Hike pristine alpine trails
Leave your cycling shoes behind today as we enjoy a hike along some of the most spectacular trails in the Dolomites. Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Tofane, and Monte Cristallo are just a few of the peaks that will surround us while we enjoy our rest day from biking.
Mileage: 2 to 4 hours hiking. Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Villa Blu
Day 8: Tour ends in Cortina
Stick around and explore this lovely town!
HighlightsThe Dolomites!, Multiple two night stays, Unique part of German speaking Italy, Cheese maker visit, Well-maintained long distance bike paths, Cortina
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 4 dinners with wine; 1 lunch; all breakfasts; wine tasting and cheese making plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndBolzano / Cortina
Arrive/DepartInnsbruck (INN) or Venice (VCE)
Total Distance305 km (190 miles). Extra Ride: 14 km (9 miles).
Daily DistanceAverage per day 61 km (38 miles)
Rating301 Perfect for riders who enjoy climbing, including mountain passes. Optional days off allow for a break from cycling if needed. Advanced riders can take advantage of several extra mileage options.
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Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes Jun 12-19, 2017 US $3950 US $550 Guaranteed to Go! Book it Jul 10-17, 2017 US $3950 US $550 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.