EUR 595.00

Italy - Cycling holiday from Dolomites to Venice

The Dolomite mountains are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and include some of the most famous and spectacular mountain peaks in the world. Despite the many luxurious ski resorts found here there are still lots of small, characteristic villages where family-run hotels welcome cyclists with solid, well-prepared meals, the traditional grappa and steaming cappuccinos. On your way through the Dolomites you will encounter three different local cultures: the Tyrolean, the Italian and the Ladino culture. 
This tour is for those who want to experience the varied landscape of the Dolomites mountains, across the flat plains of Veneto to the city of Venice. An active holiday that offers physical exercise, good food, breathtaking landscapes and beautiful towns. 
 
  • Well-maintained bike path along the old railroad tracks through the Dolomites
  • Taste the many regional dishes of the Dolomites
  • Experience Cortina d'Ampezzo 
  • Enjoy the Three peaks of Lavaredo 
  • Drink grappa in the town of Grappa!
  • Stay at beautiful hotels with good locations
  • Comprehensive route notes and good maps (1: 50,000)
  • 24 hour local support 
  • Transportation of luggage
 

 

 
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Day 1 Arrival at Dobbbiaco / Toblach
After arriving at your hotel in Dobbacio (1200 m) you may do a city walk. This alpine resort is dominated by a fortress, and the so-called 'Red Tower'. In the evening you can enjoy your dinner in peaceful surroundings in a typical local restaurant that serves local specialties such as Stanga cheese and of course the famous speck. 
Hotel in Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villa Bassa/Niederdorf. (B) 
Day 2 Dobbiaco to Cortina d'Ampezzo
Cycling distance: 40 km - Duration: 3.5 hours 
 
The tour starts from Dobbiaco along a well maintained bike path, which is built on the old railway track from Dobbiaco to Calalzo di Cadore. The route runs through the valley of Höhlenstein and Lake Dobbiaco / Toblach, which was formed after a huge landslide closing the valley above Rienza river. Shortly after you will pass a war cemetery from World War I. As you pass Lake Dürren you can admire the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. Soon you are in the province of Belluno and the national park 'Dolomiti Bellunesi'. Your final destination today is Cortina. Outside the winter months the small town is very laid back and thus an ideal place for a peaceful stroll through the city and its immediate surroundings. In the evening you can find a nice restaurant where you can taste local specialties. 
Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo. (B) 
 
Day 3 Cortina d'Ampezzo to Calalzo
Cycling Distance: 36 km – Duration: 3 hours 
 
Also today most of your route follows the old railway track leading down to Belluno. During the first part of your trip the peaks of Marmolada rise on your left as you cycle towards the small town of Pieve di Cadore, which is the birthplace of the great Italian 15th century painter Titian. Visit the house where Titian was born, and have a cup of coffee or a cold soft drink at a local bar. Continue to Calalzo where the bike path ends. Before dinner, take a walk through the city and enjoy an aperitif before you find a nice place to dine. 
Hotel in Calalzo. (B) 
 
Day 4 Calalzo to Belluno and Feltre
Cycling Distance: 39/49 km - Duration: 3/4 hours. 
 
Your day starts with a transfer (by train) to Ponte nelle Alpi near Belluno. After seeing the pretty town and its beautifully preserved historic center you will cycle towards the town of Feltre. On your right side the Dolomite Bellunesi offer beautiful views of the high limestone cliffs. Now you will go through a hilly landscape along roads lined with trees. Stop and visit Cessiomaggiore bicycle museum (Museo delle Bicicletta), where the new and old bike models are exhibited. Late afternoon you arrive in Feltre, known as the birth place of the famous Italian architect Palladio. Check in to your hotel and go for a walk in the city, to see the many churches and ancient palaces. 
Hotel in Feltre. (B) 
 
 
Day 5 From Feltre to Bassano del Grappa
Cycling Distance: 50 km - Duration: 4 hours. 
 
Today's cycling takes you from Feltre to Bassano del Grappa and past Lake Corlo. Now you pass through the Brenta river valley. Brenta run under Mount Grappa, which has given its name to the town of Bassano. During World War I Mount Grappa was an Italian bastion that protected the Veneto plains, and that the Austrians made several unsuccessful attacks against. The mountain is known as one of the toughest climbs in the annual Giro d'Italia bike race. Today's bike ride ends at Bassano del Grappa. Visit the city center with the splendid Piazza dell Libertá. And do not miss the Villa Angarano, designed by Palladio. Enjoy a grappa to digest your dinner. It is the local brandy, made from the grape leftovers from winemaking. 
Hotel in Bassano del Grappa. (B) 
 
Day 6 Bassano del Grappa to Treviso
Cycling Distance: 57 km - Duration: 4.5 hours. 
 
Leave Bassano del Grappa and cycle along quiet country roads to Treviso. You will pass many villas designed by Palladio. You have now left the mountainous region and cycle through the flat plains toward Treviso. On the way you will pass through several villages. One of these is Asolo listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Needless to say, Asolo is the perfect place to parc your bikes and take a stroll through the town and maybe have an early lunch, or at least a cup of coffee. Continue through the Veneto plains to Treviso, where you will be staying the night. Treviso is famous for its wonderful historic center, where you can wander around the narrow streets and along the canals, and find a good place to enjoy your dinner. 
Hotel in Treviso. (B) 
 
 
Day 7 Treviso to Venice
Cycling Distance: 35 km - Duration: 3 hours. 
 
The last day of your bicycle tour takes you from Treviso to 'Serenissima', the beautiful Venice. The route follows peaceful country roads through cultivated fields and vineyards that produce wines such as Bardolino and Valpolicella. 
Now it's time to visit Venice, the fabled city that is world famous for its beautiful canals, old renaissance palaces and splendid churches, as well as for its carnival. On your tour through the maze of alleys you must make sure to see St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. A boat trip is a must, maybe even in a gondola across the Grand Canal and through the many small side channels. It's also a good idea to visit the lesser-known parts of the city, such as the Jewish Ghetto where the absence of tourists can almost make you believe that you are no longer in Venice. Art lovers will visit one of the many museums or galleries. Do as the Italians: have an aperitif before dinner and a stroll after dinner. 
Hotel in Mestre. (B) 
 
 
 

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast.
  • Train ticket from Longarone to Belluno on day 3
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed route descriptions, maps and relevant tourist information.
  • 24 hour local support
Not included
  • Transport to and from the destination
  • Rental of bicycles
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
EUR 595.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices. 

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organize your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

The tour starts every Saturday from May to September 26th. If you are a minimum of 5 people, the trip can also start on other days. 
Send us an email at info@mountain-adventures.com with your desired departure dates and the number of people traveling, and we will get back to you. 
 
Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits start and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

The tour begins in Dobbiaco which can be reached by train from Venice, Treviso or Innsbruck in Austria. The tour ends in Mestre, from where there are local trains to Venice. On www.trenitalia.com it is easy to get an overview of times and destinations of the Italian trains, but since it is difficult to purchase or change the tickets online, we recommend that you buy your ticket at the ticket office or vending machines at the train station.

 

Accommodation

You will stay in 3-star and sometimes 4-star tourist class hotels. Dobbiaco / Toblach may be substituted by Villabassa / Niederdorf depending on availability. 

We can arrange extra nights in Pusteria Valley. Price from 57 EUR per person. 
Extra nights in Venice at the 4-star hotel in Quarto D'Altino: Price from 71 EUR per person.
 
A tourist tax of 1-2 EUR per person per night must be paid locally, where applicable. 
 
Trip grading
You will be cycling on good roads and the trip is graded as moderate level 2-3, with a few long ascents. You can read more about our grading system here. Most roads are quiet with limited traffic. During the high season there will be more traffic, but this is rarely a problem.
 
 
Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

 
Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes
When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the hotel.
 
Bike rental
You can rent bikes of good quality with 21 gears. The bikes are delivered at the first hotel and are equipped with luggage rack, mud guards, bike computer, lock and repair kit. In order to individually adjust the bikes to fit you, it is important that you inform us of the height of all participants in the "comments" box when booking the trip. 
Bike rental for the entire period: 85 EUR
 
 
It is also possible to rent an electric bike. Price for the week: 200 EUR 
 
 
Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate of Bolzano area, see data below:
Statistics as seen on www.yr.no

 
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