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Easy Dolomites Bike tours – Cycling in the Dolomites

Our Dolomites bike tours take cyclists to the top of some of the most famous climbs in the Alps. Don’t worry, you won’t be running out of breath as you ride those switchbacks. Start in Bolzano, located in the heart of the South Tyrol and enjoy a long descent down the Passo Gardena before arriving in Corvara. Challenge yourself on the Passo Campolongo as you ride at a foot of a spectacular mountain. Cycle along a famous cycling path, the Drau bike path on your way to Austria. Whether you’re cycling down famous passes or on a scenic route through green alpine meadows, cycling in the Italian Dolomites is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Bolzano
Finishing Location Venice
Activity Level Easy
Price $4,098
Sgl. Suppl. $1,140

Details of our easy Dolomites bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Bolzano and cycle through the South Tyrol to Corvara

From Selva di Val Gardena to Corvara in Badia (12 miles)
Benvenuto in the largest city in South Tyrol, the town of Bolzano. Meet your trip leaders at the Bolzano Bozen train station and transfer to the heart of the Sudtirol in the Italian Alps. For your first ride of week, cycle through the Alta Badia on your way to Corvara, located at the foot of the Sassongher mountain.

Day 2: Shuttle to the Passo Gardena before a long descent down the mountain and a ride to the Passo Campolongo

From Corvara in Badia to Corvara in Badia (20 miles)
Start the day with a short minivan transfer. Just after breakfast, your trip leader drives you to the top of the Passo Gardena, before reaching the Sella Pass, which is where you start your ride. It is one of the most beautiful rides of the week as you enjoy a long descent cycling down the Passo Pordoi.  On the way, you may see other cyclists touring the Sella Ronda with mountain bikes. Thanks to many lifts carrying bikes and the technical single tracks make this area a dream come true for many mountain bikers. Lunch is served in the town of Arabba. From there, you may choose to either go back to your hotel climbing the Passo Campolongo and enjoy some downtime or cycle all the way to Cernadoi for some additional mileage. In the evening join us for a tour of the hotel’s wine cellars.

Day 3: Enjoy a few more climbs and switchbacks

From Corvara in Badia to St Magdalena (25 miles)
If you don’t like hairpin bends, the good news is that there won’t be to many switchbacks today. This morning, you leave Corvara in Badia and transfer to the Puster valley. In addition to being an area free from turns and passes, it is almost free from climbs. You won’t be climbing any mountain passes or tackling any challenging climbs.

Day 4: Ride on a famous bike path known from many cyclists

From Dobbiaco to Lienz ( 30 miles)
Since the beginning of the week, you’ve mostly been cycling down famous mountain passes. Today is entirely different, you cycle on a bicycle path called the Drau cycle path. The biking is very easy and cyclists of all levels love the ride. In the evening, arrive at your hotel, the Grand Hotel Lienz, followed by dinner on your own in the old town.

Day 5: Ride a nice route at the foot of the Grossglockner

From Lienz to Lienz (35 miles)
Today, your route isn’t the shortest route of the week but there is nothing to worry about. Take a route from Lienz to Matrei as you pedal along the Isle river and at the foot of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. During lunch in Matrei, enjoy the views on the Castle Weißenstein, overlooking the town.

Day 6: End your week through the Dolomites mountain with a transfer to Venice

End of the trip
Cycling through mountain and hills is coming to an end. It has now been 6 days and the Dolomites mountains probably don’t have any more secrets for you. This morning, transfer to Venice. You may stay a few more days in town as it is a great location if you wish to explore the Venezia region.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it in the Activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-07-01 2018-07-06
2018-07-08 2018-07-13
2018-07-15 2018-07-20
2018-07-22 2018-07-27
2018-07-29 2018-08-03
Starting date Ending date
2018-08-05 2018-08-10
2018-08-12 2018-08-17
2018-08-19 2018-08-24
2018-08-26 2018-08-31
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

La Perla (2 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Corvara In Badia
Amenities: Pool
Member of:

Quelle Nature Spa Resort (1 night)

Star rating: *****
Location: Santa Maddalena
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of:

Grandhotel Lienz (2 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Lienz
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of: Premium Spa Resorts

Activity level

Our Dolomites bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1  12  900
2  14  1700  20  2600 45 5900
3  16  2100  25  3100  30  4200
4  12  200  30  500
5  18  1100  35  1300  52  3800

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Tour map

Sella Towers

Corvara in Badia

Passo Gardena

Passo Pordoi

Arabba

Monguelfo Tesido

Santa Maddalena

Dobbiaco

Lienz

Bagni di Pervalle

Monguelfo-Tesido

Colle di Dentro

Sillian

Strassen

Ainet

Matrei

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Milan or Venice
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Venice or Milan to Bolzano on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Milan:

  • Mandarin Oriental Milan | Rates: €€€€€
  • Park Hyatt Milan | Rates: €€€€€
  • Lancaster Hotel | Rates: €
  • Gran Duca di York | Rates: €€

Venice:

  • The Gritti Palace | Rates: €€€€€
  • Hotel Londra Palace | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Moresco | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Antiche Figure | Rates: €€€
Bolzano:

  • Hotel Laurin | Rates: €€
  • Hotel Four Points Bolzano | Rates: €€
  • Hotel Scalahot | Rates: €€

Room rate guide:

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401€ to 900€: €€€€€

Climate

 

January February March April May June
High F 30 31 35 40 49 56
Low F 21 19 23 28 37 43
Prec. (In) 10.0 7.6 8.9 6.7 9.7 7.6
July August September October November December
High F 61 60 52 45 35 30
Low F 47 47 40 35 26 21
Prec. (In) 4.7 4.6 3.9 7.0 5.6 6.9

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