Total journey distance: approx. 305km / 190mi
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 luxury ski resorts around 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 cycling holiday is for those, who want to experience the varied landscape of the Dolomite mountains, and travel across the flat plains of Veneto to the wonderful city of Venice. It is an active holiday that offers physical fulfillment, good food, breathtaking landscapes and beautiful towns.
After arriving at your hotel in Dobbacio (1200m / 3,937ft.) you may enjoy a stroll in the city. 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 at a typical local restaurant that serves local specialties such as Stanga cheese and, of course, the famous speck.
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 closed the valley above the Rienza river.
Shortly after the lake you will pass a cemetery from World War I. As you pass Lake Dürren, you can admire the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. Soon you'll be 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 surroundings. In the evening you can find a nice restaurant where you can taste local specialties.
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. This is the birthplace of the great 16th century Italian 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.
Continue to Calalzo di Cadore, where you change the cycle path that takes you to Longarone. Longarone was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a large landslide filled the lake by the city, causing the city to be flooded and destroyed. From Longarone you ride on a slightly hilly terrain until you reach Belluno.
Before dinner, take a walk through the city and enjoy an aperitif before you find a nice place to dine.
After seeing the beautiful town of Belluno and its beautifully preserved historic center, you will cycle towards the town of Feltre. On your right, the Dolomite Bellunesi offers beautiful views of the high limestone cliffs.
Now you will cycle through a hilly landscape along roads that are bordered by trees. Stop and visit Cessiomaggiore bicycle museum (Museo delle Bicicletta), where new and old bike models are exhibited.
You'll arrive in Feltre late afternoon. The town is 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.
Today's cycling takes you from Feltre to Bassano del Grappa and past Lake Corlo. Now you pass through the Brenta river valley. Brenta runs 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.
Leave Bassano del Grappa and cycle along quiet country roads to Treviso. You will pass many villas designed by Palladio. You have left the mountainous region and now cycle through the flat plains. On the way to Treviso you will pass through several small 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 park 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 spending 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.
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.
After having freshened up at your hotel in Mestre, it's time to visit Venice. It is world famous for its beautiful canals, old renaissance palaces and splendid churches, as well as for its carnival. While exploring the maze of alleys, you must make sure to see the St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
A boat trip is a "must", perhaps 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 think that you are no longer in Venice. Art lovers will want to visit one of the many museums and galleries. Do as the Italians: have an aperitif before dinner and a stroll after dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel in Mestre, the trip is over. There is train transport to Venice airport or Treviso.
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The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room. It is possible to book the trip for one person at an additional fee. You can find the exact price for that by choosing "1 adult" in the booking form.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps, as well as luggage transfers between hotels.
Note: When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.
Please note that transportation to and from the destination in Italy is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: 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.
From Venice to Toblach
From Venice airport, there is a bus connection directly to the Dolomites with Cortina Express.
Another option is to go to Maestre, from where the ATVO buses drive to Cortina. In Cortina you need to change buses - the timetable can be seen both in the link above, as well as on Rome2Rio.
Should you arrive in Cortina too late to reach the last bus to Dobbiaco (typically departs at around 6-7pm), then we can arrange a transfer for you. The price is 60 euros for one car (max 8 people).
We can also arrange transfers from Venice Airport (Marco Polo or Treviso) all the way to Dobbiaco. The price is 375€ for a car (max 8 people).
From Innsbruck there are fine train connections via Fortezza to Dobbiaco.
It is also possible to take the train from Venice to Dobbiaco, however, it is a slightly longer trip. You can get an overview of the train schedule from Venice Mestre to Dobbiaco at www.trenitalia.com
If you have driven with your own car and the car is parked in Toblach
Every Wednesday and Saturday we arrange a transfer back from Venice (Maestre) to Niederdorf / Toblach. The price is 80€ per person and it must be bookes in advance. It is possible to park the car at / near the first hotel.
You will stay good and cozy at 3-star and sometimes 4-star family-driven hotels.
The accommodation in Dobbiaco / Toblach may be substituted by Villabassa / Niederdorf depending on availability.
The first night is at a 3-star hotel in Dobbiaco
You spend the 2nd night at a 3-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo
You spend the 3rd night at a 3-star hotel in Belluno, within walking distance of the city center
The 4th night is at a 3-star hotel in Feltre, close to the city's historic center
You spend the 5th night at a 3-star hotel in Bassano del Grappa
The 6th night is at a hotel in Treviso
The 7th night is at a 3-star hotel in the city of Mestre, close to Venice
We can arrange extra nights before and / or after the trip. See the price on page 2 of the booking form.
Breakfast is included on every day of the trip.
It is also possible to upgrade to half board (7x dinner). The dinner consists of 3-course menus and is sometimes served at restaurants outside the cities you stay in. Half board can be selected on the booking form page 2.
There will be an information meeting held by one of our local partners. This will take place at 5.30pm on the arrival day. You will meet the staff member at the reception, unless told otherwise upon check-in.
Note: If you arrive too late to be able to take part in the meeting, then your bikes and welcome package will be ready for you at the hotel.
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.
You can rent good quality aluminium mountainbikes of 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.
Bicycle rental can be selected in the booking form.
It is also possible to rent an electric bike. This can be selected on page 2 of the booking form.