Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites

  • Itinerary Summary

    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, a visit to a unique bicycle museum, and the amazing Palladian Villa, Villa Barbaro. If you love being in the mountains, this is the bicycle tour for you.
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    1. 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. 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

    2. Day 2: Bicycle Venice to Treviso around the Lagoon

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

      After 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

    3. Day 3: Cycling from Treviso to just outside Valdobbiadene

      Highlights: Palladian villa, Prosecco wine tasting this evening

      Today 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

    4. Day 4: Valdobbiadene area to Belluno

      Highlights: Foothills of the alps; visit a unique bicycle museum

      The 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

    5. Day 5: Belluno to Cortina

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

      Begin the day with a shuttle into the Dolomites, 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, D

      Lodging: June departure - Hotel Cortina. July departure - Hotel Aquila

    6. Day 6: Loop ride from Cortina to Lake Misurina

      Highlights: Spectacular Alpine scenery, Passo Tre Croci, Lake Misurina

      Passo 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: June departure - Hotel Cortina. July departure - Hotel Aquila

    7. Day 7: Cortina to Val Badia, Corvara

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

      Another 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: June departure - La Villa Hotel Dolasilla . July departure - Hotel Col Alto Corvara

    8. Day 8: Sella Massif

      Highlights: One of bicycling's classic rides, the historic four passes surrounding Sella Massif

      This 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: June departure - La Villa Hotel Dolasilla . July departure - Hotel Col Alto Corvara

    9. Day 9: Brunico

      Highlights: Brunico, Alpine villages, special farewell dinner

      The 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: June - Hotel Post . July - Hotel Goldene Rose

    10. 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!

      Meals: B

    • 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

      10 days, 9 nights' accommodation; 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts; 1 wine-tasting plus "The Usual"
    • 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)
    • Rating

      301 Fairly flat cycling to start and then longer climbs in the mountains with options to train and shuttle.
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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes

    * 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.

  • Stories

    • 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

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