Road Bike Travel
Dolomites Road Bike: The Best of Südtirol – 7 Days
- Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites and Südtirol: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alto Adige wine country, the Sella Massif and the Sellaronda, Alpe di Siusi, and more!
- Bicycle over breath-taking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents between jagged Dolomitic peaks and descents into beautiful valleys
- See an incredible variety of landscapes, from eroded glacial moraines to walls that in prehistoric ages were below the sea level, to the highest mountain in the Dolomites
- Experience three cultures – Italian, German, and Ladin – with their many traditions that makes Südtirol so unique
South Tyrol in English. Südtirol in German and Ladin. Sudtirolo in Italian. Or you can call it Alto Adige, as most Italians do. This, Italy’s northernmost province, is truly the “other side” of Italy. High in the Dolomites, formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this region has a wonderful multi-cultural history that has been carried into modern-day life! The original Rhaeto-Roman Ladin traditions are closely intertwined with the German traditions from when the region was part of Austria, and the Italian influences have been layered in over the past century. In fact, throughout your trip, you’ll likely hear all three languages spoken – Ladin, German, and Italian, and see signs written in two or three languages, depending on where you are cycling!
But this UNESCO World Heritage Site has more than cultural diversity. It has mountains. Which means, it has fabulous passes to climb, and valleys to descend in to, making it a heaven for cyclists! The incredible geography of the Dolomites provides a high density of mountain passes within a relatively small area, affording steep ascents and descents on rural roads without traffic. And our South Tyrol Bike Tour approaches the province in a very athletic way: fast, and on two wheels. Every second of effort is amply rewarded with unique experiences.
Day 1 ~ Arrive in Bolzano, Dolomites
Arrive in Bozen/Bolzano on your own and check into your luxury hotel (private transfer available on request). Bozen/Bolzano (240m / 787') is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol (Südtirol in German and Ladin, Sudtirolo in Italian, and also known by its Italian name Alto Adige). Green surroundings and lovely mountains frame the urban area, making it an ideal place for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Peaceful and tranquil surroundings are within easy reach, there are footpaths for keen walkers, and three cable cars for those seeking the thrill of heights and panoramic view over the city, as well as access to higher elevation trails. Mountain passes abound, making this an exceptional area for cycling too! In the afternoon, meet your Bicycling Guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and to check-out the bike you will use for your exciting days in the Dolomites. Dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening.
D… Hotel in Bolzano
Day 2 ~ Südtirol Wine Route
Today is your first day on a bike, and we have a great tour for you. You’ll cycle along the South Tyrolean Wine Route, exploring of the local wine culture along your ride, and celebrate the days conclusion with a plunge into a lake. This is sure to make a stellar serious introduction to the art of conquering a pass! Bike from your hotel in Bolzano (240m / 787') to Appiano/Eppan (200m / 660'). Appianno is comprised of picturesque wine villages with noble manor and country houses nestling amid rolling vineyards. With 1,200 hectares of vineyards and 25 wineries and wine estates, Appiano is South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing municipality. From Appiano you can also see the mountain that has become the symbol of South Tyrol: the Sciliar / Schlern Massif (2,563m/ 8,409'). Continue along the Wine Road through vineyard villages with a stop for lunch along the way. After lunch, continue along the Wine Road, back to Lago Caldaro, where you can take a swim and relax before returning to Bolzano. (4-5 hours biking 75km / 46 miles, 750m / 2,461' ascent.)
B,D…Hotel in Bolzano
Day 3 ~ Bolzano – Alpe di Siusi
Awe-inspiring scenery, views of the Dolomites, and culinary stopovers make today’s demanding tour truly exhilarating. The vista of the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm and Sciliar Massif banishes all thoughts regarding the altitude gain in the blink of an eye! And, not to worry, there will be an escort vehicle along with you, available at all times. From your hotel in Bolzano, you’ll cycle to the fabled Lago di Carezza/Karersee (1,520m / 4,986'). This gorgeous mountain lake is well-known for its soft, deep green waters and the exquisite view of the Rosengarten and Latemar mountain ranges. Head up the Carezza Pass, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery as you ride beneath the legend-steeped Rosengarten Massif (3,002m / 9,849'). Finally, climb on to the villages of Tires/Tiers (1,028m / 3,373'), Fiè/Völs (880m / 2,890'), and Siusi/Seis (1,000m / 3,281'), all set at the foot of the Sciliar. (4-5 hours bicycling 50km / 31 miles, 700m / 2,297' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alpe di Siusi
Day 4 ~ The Sellaronda
Today you will bike the famous Sellaronda, the classic Dolomites cycling route that circumnavigates the Sella Massif, and leads you over four major passes as you cycle clockwise around this incredible mountain! In the morning, depart from Alpe di Siusi, catching a ride to Passo Gardena with your escort vehicle. The route starts from Passo Gardena/Grödner Joch Pass (2,137m / 7,011'), and leads you down through the villages of Alta Badia. Ascend the famous Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356'), often the highest point of the renowned Giro d’Italia bike race, famous for its 33 hairpin turns. Descend through Canazei (1,842m / 6,043'), and up over Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349'), and then back towards Passo Gardena. In the afternoon, you will continue the leg to Passo Gardena, and on to Alta Badia (1,600m / 5,250'), where you will spend the night. (6-7 hours bicycling 72km / 44 miles, 1,970m / 6,463' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia
Day 5 ~ Tre Cime di Lavaredo & Val Pusteria
Today’s bike tour includes some of the most beautiful sights the Pale Mountains have to offer. You will have spectacular views of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo in English, and the Drei Zinnen in German, meaning “three merlons”) – perhaps the most recognizable of all the Dolomites formations. Begin your ride in San Cassiano (1,600m / 5,250'), and ride to Armentarola, a hamlet of San Cassiano. Continue up Passo Valparola (2,168m / 7,113'), followed by Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906'), and on to Cortina d'Ampezzo. From there, you continue over Passo Tre Croci (1.805m / 5,922'), past Lago Misurna (1,754m / 5,755'), and on to Rifugio Auronzo (2,331m / 7,650'). Rifugio Auronzo is set beneath the mighty Tre Cime di Lavaredo, with beautiful vistas of the massif to the north east. After lunch, your route continues to Lago Misurina (1,754m / 5,755'), and on to Dobbiaco/Toblach (1,254m / 4,114'), in the Val Pusteria. Dobbiaco is often referred to as the “door to the Dolomites,” because of the breathtaking views of Tre Cime di Lavaredo that can be had from here. (7-8 hours biking, 75.6km / 46.6 miles, 1,950m / 6,398' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Dobbiaco
Day 6 ~ From Dobbiaco to Bressanone
Today you will bike to the city of Bressanone / Brixen. The third largest city and oldest town in the province, Bressanone (560m / 1,837'), or Brixen in German, is the artistic and cultural capital of the valley. Art, culture and history have made Bressanone an important place to be. The South Tyrolean town is more than 1,000 years oldn and was often a stopover for emperors on their travel and became a lavish bishop’s seat. Today, it offers an interesting connection between joie-de-vivre and reflection.
Bike to Valdaora, climb Passo Furcia (1,759m / 5,771'), reach San Vigilio, Longega, Rina, Antermoia, Passo delle Erbe (2,003m / 6,571') and finally descend to Bressanone. (7-8 hours biking, 87km / 54 miles, 2,100m / 6,890' ascent.)
Take a private transfer to Bolzano and celebrate your last evening in this incredible region.
B,D… Hotel in Bolzano
Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.