Cycling Italy's Dolomites Plus! the Sella Ronda

Cycling Italy's Dolomites Plus! the Sella Ronda

The Italian Alps are renowned for their pristine rivers and streams, their exquisite cheeses and smoked hams but most of all for their most precious gem: the eastern most mountains called Dolomites, a paradise for any outdoor activity. Join us to pedal this region’s stunning valleys and passes, listed since 2009 as a UNESCO World Heritage site to recognize and preserve its “exceptional natural beauty”. Inhabited by ancient civilizations, traces of which got to us thanks to the finding of the mummy Otzi, these mountains also straddle a cultural boundary that gives us the best of Italian and Austrian-German cuisine, hospitality and blended history. Our tour gives you a chance to enjoy Dolomitic landscapes, learn about the peculiar local history as well as discover hidden corners where life still flows as if tourism never got there. Spend 11 days exploring breathtaking mountain roads, pedaling through ancient forests, and hiking Alpine trails where Nature sets the rhythm of life. All the while enjoying traditional Tyrolean meals and top quality local wines.

***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour. Join us for 8 days Cycling the Dolomites***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 10-20, 2019
USD$5100
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Jul 8-18, 2019
USD$5100
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!

* 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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 54 km (33 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 401
  • Countries / Italy
  • Price / From USD$5100
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 37 mi / 59 km
3 29 mi / 47 km
4 34 mi / 55 km
5 45 mi / 72 km
6 37 mi / 60 km
7 25-34 mi / 40-54 km
8 No cycling today.
9 23 mi / 37 km
10 32 mi / 51 km
11 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    The Dolomites!, Multiple two night stays, Unique part of German speaking Italy, Biking 4 passes in one day on the world famous 52 km Sella Massif, Cheese maker visit, Well-maintained long distance bike paths, Cortina
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights accommodation; 6 dinners with wine; 1 lunch; all breakfasts; wine tasting and cheese making

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Italy
  • Begin/End
    Bolzano ("Bozen" in German)/ Shuttle to Brunico ("Bruneck" in German)
  • Arrive / Depart
    Innsbruck (INN) or Munich (MUC)
  • Total Distance
    434 km (278 miles). Extra mileage is available several days.
  • Avg. Distance
    54 km (33 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    401
    Perfect for riders who enjoy climbing, including mountain passes. Optional days off allow for a break from cycling if needed.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Tour begins in Bolzano ("Bozen" in German)

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 Archeological Museum where you’ll find the remains of Ötzi, a man who lived in the area during the Copper Age (3300 BC) and whose frozen body was found in the mountains in 1991.

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.

DAY 3: Bicycle to Fié allo Sciliar

Highlights: Views over Sciliar-Catinaccio peaks, alpine meadows

Our bicycle ride today features a climb that brings us to the foot of some of the most spectacular rock faces in the Dolomites. This road offers stunning views over the Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park and its alpine peaks. Our hotel offers you the opportunity to get a massage, take a hike, or relax and enjoy the view. If you want an extra ride, head to Tires for jaw dropping views over the Rosengarten.

DAY 4: Bicycle to Bressanone (Brixen)

Highlights: Agostinian Abbey of Novacella, wine tasting

Today's ride features unforgettable views of alpine meadows and sheer Dolomite cliffs. 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 which we will take time to sample!

DAY 5: Bicycle to San Candido

Highlights: Spectacular views of the Pusteria Valley

Enjoy the beauty and perfection of Tyrolean bike paths before leaving the Rienza river valley and climbing to the “sunny road.” Your efforts will be rewarded with captivating views over the Pusteria Valley. We'll stop in Brunico to explore its charming historical town center. After a snack or a proper lunch, it's back on our bikes to San Candido, a gem of Alta Pusteria Valley.

DAY 6: Loop ride to Lake Braies

Highlights: Lake Braies, views over Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park, traditional cheese making

This morning we'll visit a cheese maker as we continue on towards Lake Braies, often described as the most beautiful lake of the entire Alps. On our back to San Candido, we will gain elevation for some of the most impressive views over Tre Cime di Lavaredo Natural Park, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, a recognition given to the entire Dolomites in 2009.

DAY 7: 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”.

  • Distance: 25-34 mi / 40-54 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: 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.

DAY 9: Bicycle to Corvara

Highlights: Passo Falzarego, San Cassiano, La Villa, Corvara, Val Badia

A long, steady but gentle climb awaits us this morning as we pedal over one of the most famous passes of the Giro d'Italia, Passo Falzarego. Once at the top of the pass enjoy a cable car ride up the mountain for higher altitude, views, and/or lunch in the rifugio (mountain hut). From the pass, a long gliding downhill takes us into the Val Badia where Ladino, a local language that has controversial origins - is it a mixture of Latin and tribal dialects? Experts disagree, but it remains the first language of locals and is not readily understood by Italian speakers.

  • Distance: 23 mi / 37 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Bicycle the Sella Ronda!

Highlights: Famed Giro d’Italia passes: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena

This morning we'll pedal the legendary loop around the Sella Massif on the Dolomite High Road often a part of the Giro d'Italia! This 52 km (32 mile) loop features 5,600 feet (1707 meters) of climbing over 4 famous passes (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena). Anybody wanting to relax in town or enjoy some more hiking is free to do so as well.

  • Distance: 32 mi / 51 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Tour ends in Corvara

Highlights: Transfer to Brunico (Bruneck)

After breakfast, we'll offer a group shuttle to Brunico for your trip home. If time allows, why not stay a few extra days in this alpine paradise?

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • Great, beautiful, challenging. What was your favorite experience on this trip? Sella Ronda.

    Kathy K. and Bill B., Seattle, WA - June 2017
  • Loved it all from the second I arrived in Bolzano. Loved the day of the cinque torri. Loved the chance to go higher after Passo Falzarego. Loved the weather. Loved that those who wanted more were able to do extra passes. Loved that I completed Sella Ronda. It was wonderful, and exactly what I wanted!!!

    Lindy L., Conneware, Victoria, Australia - June 20
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? 1. Going around a bend and seeing yet another incredible view. 2. Cycling the Sella Ronda.

    Carol W., New York, NY - June 2017
  • Breath-taking beauty all day, every day, everywhere you look; great accommodations and food; fun-loving, patient, thoughtful guides; challenging rides; wonderful camaraderie among the group. Can''t wait to start planning the next trip! Will miss everyone we met and the wonderful experience we had in the Dolomites!

    Karen H., Yucaipa, CA - July 2017
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