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A Dolomites bike tour is challenging, but well worth the effort. There are many climbs each day with an average elevation gain well above 3000‘. Some of the those climbs include the Passo Pordoi with 30 hairpin turns and an average grade of 6.9 % and the Passo Falzarego with an average grade of 6.3 % for 10.6 km. Even though a cycling vacation in the Dolomites is hard work, you will be rewarded with amazing views.
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Your Dolomites cycling tour starts in the town of Bolzano, South Tyrol. Then, transfer to Funes, the starting location of your bike journey. Enjoy a light lunch and listen to an introduction to the week. Get on your bicycle and ride at the foot of the Schlern mountain in the western Dolomites. End the day at the Romantik Hotel Turm. Before dinner, walk through the hotel grounds and admire some of the paintings by Picasso, Kokoschka and Dix.
Today’s Ride: 12 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
Start the day with a good breakfast as you’ll need some energy. Leave your hotel and ride uphill for 12 miles before a nice downhill into Santa Cristina Valgardena for lunch. After a well deserved break, get back on your bike and challenge yourself on the Passo Gardena. Arrive at 7,008 ft above sea level. Then, enjoy a thrilling descent into Corvara in Badia, one of the most beautiful hamlets in the Alta Badia region and the final stage of the Maratona dles Dolomites bicycle race. This evening, retreat to the elegant and family run hotel La Perla. For dinner, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the hotel wonderful restaurants.
Today’s Ride: 33 miles with 6,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing
Biking in the Dolomites is all about challenging climbs. Today, you get to ride a few of those climbs. Embark on one of the most spectacular bike ride you’ll ever experience. Climb the Passo di Campolongo between the towns of Corvara and Arabba. Then, challenge yourself on the famous Passo Pordoi, a mountain pass with 30 hairpin turns and an average 6.9% grade. Before lunch, you still have to climb the Sella Pass. Don’t worry, you’ll love the views and you’ll probably forget about those climbs. In the afternoon, ride uphill to the Gardena Pass before a well-deserved descent toward your hotel. In the evening, tour the Costa’s family private wine cellar.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 5,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 20 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 62 miles with 9,700 feet of climbing
Your Dolomites cycling tour continues with a hearty breakfast, perfect for today’s ride. Departing from your hotel, you get to climb the Campolongo Pass again with an average grade of 6% for 5.8 km. Then, keep going on to the Falzarego Pass with an average grade of 6.3% for 10.6 km. In the afternoon, enjoy a descent into Cortina d’Ampezzo, a famous ski resort since the 1956 winter Olympics. Later in the afternoon, you can cool off in the hotel swimming pool or stroll through town. Tonight, you’re on your own for dinner.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing
Short Option: 24 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 60 miles with 9,300 feet of climbing
On your last day, get ready to challenge yourself on another mountain pass. Head out of your hotel and ride uphill for 15 miles all the way to the Lake Misurina. On the way, challenge yourself on the Tre Croci Pass with an average grade of 7.1% for 8.1 km. Once at the top, take time to admire the views on Monte Cristallo, the highest peak in the province of Belluno. Then, arrive to Lago di Misurina, the largest natural lake in Cadore, an historical region in Italy. This evening, you gather with your new cycling friends for a celebration dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Your bike tour in the Italian Alps ends in Venice.
This bike tour couldn’t have been much better; the pace, the routes, the support, the quality of the trip leaders. It was great.
As I have told everyone since our return, we could not have asked for more enjoyable and companionable guides. This cycling trip exceeded every expectation! I felt like I not only had a “bike tour” but a real cultural experience, learning about the history/politics/economies of multiple European countries. We loved having them as our trip leaders.
We had very patient and encouraging trip leaders. We wouldn’t have imagine having more fun with anyone else.