Road Bike Travel
Dolomites Road Biking Traverse – 8 Days
- Bicycle over breath-taking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents and jagged Dolomitic peaks and descents into beautiful valleys
- Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites: the Sellaronda and the Sella Massif, Corvara and Passo Gardena, Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo, and more!
- See an incredible variety of Dolomitic 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 the many traditions that make this region so unique
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the Dolomites – to grasp its scale and see it change around every corner. And this itinerary is an incredible selection of some of the best road biking itineraries available in the Dolomites! You’ll taste the excitement of being completely surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you cycle 419 kilometers (206 miles), with 15,014 meters (49,259') of climbing and 14,643 meters (48,041') in descents, with a “low point” of 278 meters (912') in Bolzano and a high point of 2,254 meters (7,395') on the Passo Pordoi. These are numbers that road bikers dram of! To challenge themselves on the famous roads of the Dolomites, with even-length, manageable stages each day.
Not only will you relish these rides and the breath-taking surroundings each day, but also the selected cuisine and the cozy bike-friendly hotels. Discover the different culture, the true delights of traditional cuisine and the different valleys and small villages. Explore geological mysteries and phenomenon. Luxuriate in a spa after a long ride – you earned it after all! You’ll soon see why bicycle is the ideal vehicle to savour the atmosphere and the reality of these mountains.
Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts bikers, hikers and mountain climbers who challenge the rocky faces and the paths of the nearby mountains. It is also a destination for the international jet set, and offers many year-round social activities, shopping, and dining.
Meet your Dolomite Mountains representative for a trip briefing and equipment check, and take a short warm up bike ride around Cortina d'Ampezzo.
D… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 2 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo to Forcella Staulanza
Start from Cortina cycling up to Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336'), a famous pass in the Giro d’Italia bike race. From here you’ll be able to admire the Marmolada, Civetta, and the Col di Lana Massifs, which held a strategic position during WWI. Descend through Selva di Cadore, then climb to the top of Forcella Staulanza (1,773m / 5,817'), arriving at your rifugio for the evening. (38km / 24 miles biking, 1,792m / 5,879' ascent, 1,230m / 4,035' descent.)
Since today is your first day of cycling, we kept the tour relatively short, but for those with energy to spare, an additional ride is available.
Day 3 ~ Forcella Staulanza to San Martino di Castrozza
Descend to Val di Zoldo, and then climb to Passo Duran (8 km / 5 miles, 647m / 2,123' ascent), touring around the south-eastern mountains of the Civetta Group. Descend again (14 km / 9 miles, 1,000 meters / 3,281') to the village Agordo in Belluno, then climb the Passo Cereda (23 km / 14 miles, 1,040m / 3,412'). You’ll enjoy two brief descents that break up the climb – no doubt welcome breaks! Upon reaching the top of the pass, a final descent for the day takes you to San Martino di Castrozza, where you will stay tonight. (65.6km / 41 miles biking, 1,862m / 6,110' ascent, 2,937m / 9,636' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in San Martino di Castrozza
Day 4 ~ San Martino di Castrozza to Moena
Tackle three important ascents today – Passo Rolle (21km / 13 miles, 1,260m / 4,134' ascent), Passo Valles (7km / 4 miles, 465m / 1,526' ascent), and Passo San Pellegrino (6km / 4 miles, 492m / 1,614' ascent) – with incredible scenic landscapes that bring you into the heart of the Dolomites.
En route you pass by the base of the Pale di San Martino – a large sedimentary 2,600-meter (8,530') plateau, with its ancient tropical seas and coral reefs dated 250 million years; the peaks of Loagorai, the remains of ancient volcanic eruptions; and “La Foresta dei Violini” – the spruce fir woods that the world renown Stradivari violins wood comes from. (59km / 37 miles biking, 2,382m / 7,815' ascent, 1,900m / 6,234' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Moena
Day 5 ~ Moena to Oberbozen Renon
Today you cycle from the Catinaccio-Latemar mountain group to the Renon plateau. A slight descent is followed by an ascent to Passo Lavazzè (11km / 7 miles, 830m / 2,723 ascent), and as you cycle be sure to enjoy the spectacular view of the Latemar mountains and the Renon plateau. Another descent – a long one this time! – to Val d’Ega (25km / 15 miles, 1,530m / 5,020' descent) brings you to the entrance of the city of Bolzano. One final ascent for today (11.5km / 7 miles, 1,230m / 4,035' ascent) to reach the village of Soprabolzano where you will stay for the night. (91km / 55 miles biking, 2,007m / 7,032' ascent, 2,144m / 7,032' descent.)
This afternoon is free for you to relax and explore, visiting the city of Bolzano and the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi (the Iceman), or the Ritten Earth Pyramids – famous obelisks of red earth formed by erosion of glacial moraines.
B,D… Hotel in Renon
Day 6 ~ Oberbozen Renon to Pozza di Fassa
Depart Renon with a spectacular view of the Dolomites descending to Val d’Adige (11km / 7 miles and 860m / 2,822' descent). Cycle along the Adige River (the second largest river in Italy) toward Austria, and then on toward Costalunga Lake. After 28 kilometers (17 miles) with 1,515 meters (4,970') of climbing, arrive to Passo Nigra (1,712 / 5,617'), and then Passo Costalunga (1,752m / 5,748'), riding through small and isolated villages far from traffic. If you have the energy, it’s worth extending the itinerary to the vibrant turquoise Costalunga Lake. Descend to Val di Fassa, where you will spend the night. (55km / 34 miles biking, 2,218m / 7,280' ascent, 2,106m / 6,909' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Pozza di Fassa
Day 7 ~ Pozza di Fassa to San Cassiano
Today is the hardest ride of the week, but with the training you have done the last few days, you will be ready to cycle up these Dolomite passes with few effort! Begin with a light ascent to Canazei, then up to Passo Fedaia. Next comes one of the steepest ascents of the tour: 12.5 kilometres (8 miles) with a 1,030 meter (3,379') elevation gain and an inclination up to 13%. Wow! You’ll be overjoyed reaching the village Caprile and can catching your breath. Continue to ascend, cycling up to Passo Falzarego (20km / 12 miles and 1,070 meters / 3,510' ascent).
One final pass… Passo Valparola. Finish with a descent to San Cassiano (9km / 6 miles and 636m / 2,087’ descent), one of the most picturesque villages in the Alta Badia region. (67km / 42 miles biking, 2,377m / 7,799' ascent, 2,143 m / 7,031' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia
Day 8 ~ 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.