Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites

Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites

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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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 10 Days
  • Total Distance / 460 km (284 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average per riding day 58 km (35 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Venice/Brunico
  • Price / From USD$3650
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Italian and Austrian-German culture and food
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    • Mountain town of Cortina
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    • Riding the Sella Massif
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    • Spectacular Val Badia
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    • Palladio's masterpiece, Villa Barbaro
  • Includes
    10 days, 9 nights' accommodation; 6 dinners with wine, all breakfasts; 1 wine-tasting

  • Arrive / Depart
    Venice Marco Polo Int'l Airport (VCE)/Venice, Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (INN) or Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Fairly flat cycling to start and then longer climbs in the mountains with options to train and shuttle.

  • Daily Ride Summary

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Rolling hills Rolling hills

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Mountainous Mountainous

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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

  • Meals: Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

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3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program found on this page.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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  • Sailing the boat, every afternoon relaxing on the boat after biking and swimming, lovely dinners, hearty breakfasts, bee keepers, traditional dinner out, rides through the islands (up and down!), guides, fellow passengers, crew on the boat-- really it was ALL great.

    Cheryl A., Colchester, VT - June 2021
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