Mountain bike through the beautiful and challenging terrain of the Dolomites, surrounded by limestone peaks and lush valleys and meadows, exploring the vast and varied beauty of these mountains
Length: 8d / 7n
Start / Finish: Alta Badia
This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing.
Activity Level: Moderate to Challenging
This trip is for strong, active and experienced mountain bikers in good physical condition who enjoy cycling, have a good spirit of adventure, positive attitude, and are prepared to and capable of biking an average of five to seven hours a day.
30-60km (19-37 miles) a day
1,300-2,000m (4,265-6,562') uphill every day
Guided Trip: From €1790 (per person, minimum 6 members)
Self Guided Trip: on request
Single room supplement available on request.
Mountain bikes available to rent on request.
- Trip briefing upon arrival
- Logistics and map of the area
- Double accommodations in “bike friendly” hotels and mountain inns
- Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Local English speaking professional mountain bike guide
- Local transportation
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Local medical and evacuation insurance
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request
- Take in the incredible mountain panoramas and breathtaking vistas of the limestone Dolomite Mountains
- Mountain bike rugged terrain on different trails every day, stopping for hearty lunches at traditional mountain huts
- Visit the valleys of Alta Badia and of Cortina d’Ampezzo, and experience their different cultures, traditions, and cuisine
- Perfect for experienced mountain bikers looking for a challenging adventure!
One of the best ways to experience the Dolomites is by mountain bike, where you can cover a lot of ground, but pause whenever the beauty of these mountains demands it. No other mountain chain in the Alps offers such impressive views. A unique experience for mountain bike enthusiasts, and on this extraordinary itinerary we perfectly pair the landscape with mountain refuges and high quality cuisine.
Each day you’ll cycle from hotel to hotel (or rifugio to rifugio), taking in the Dolomites from all different angles and perspectives. We’ll begin with a lift-service “warm up ride” to get you acclimated to these mountains, and to give you a chance to take in their beauty before you start riding hard! Then it’s different challenging, breathtaking terrain each day, riding through pastures and meadows, climbing and descending passes, bearing witness to new vistas of the towering massifs, and discovering lakes and streams and cascades. All the while you’ll explore multiple cultures, languages, cuisine (the Dolomites are home to Italian, Austrian, and Ladin people), and an amazing history and artefacts ranging from medieval castles to World War I bunkers.
By traversing the Dolomites by bike, you have the opportunity to literally experience the depth and breadth of these mountains, and see for yourself why they are considered one of the most beautiful Alpine landscapes in the world!
Day 1 ~ Arrival
Arrive in the Dolomites on your own (private transfer available on request), and check into your hotel in Alta Badia. Meet your mountain bike guide for a trip briefing and equipment check. Evening welcome dinner with your guide, where you’ll have your first taste of the incredible regional cuisine and wine!
D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)
Day 2 ~ The Sellaronda
The perfect kick-off for our week in the Dolomites, this fantastic warm-up tour circumnavigates the Sella Massif, and offers spectacular views of these mountains from almost every possible angle. On this mountain bike tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the Dolomites in one day than many see on an entire trip! During winter, the Sellaronda is considered one of the most popular ski tours in the world.
You’ll take lifts up four high altitude passes and descend to the valleys below, primarily on single-track trails. Ascents and descents are full of breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. (6 hours biking 58km / 36 miles, 3,400m
/ 11,154' ascent ant descent via cycling and lifts.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)
Day 3 ~ Pütia Massif
Depart your hotel and cycle toward Passo delle Erbe. Today you climb up and down through meadows, green pastures, and the occasional forest, alongside the Pütia Massif. You’ll ride through the town of Pederoa, full of artisan shops, to the town of Longiarù in the Puez Odle Nature Park, one of the villages in the Dolomites that upholds Ladin traditions. From here you’ll climb two more passes to your hotel. (3 hours biking 30km / 19 miles, 1,600m / 5,249' ascent and descent.)
Day 4 ~ Passo delle Erbe
Morning descent to the town of San Martino in Badia (1,127m / 3,698'), known as "the cradle of the Ladin culture" , thanks to its interesting museum. Continue through beautiful woods and meadows framed by the Dolomite to La Valle, and up to Costa with its idyllic farms. Travel on to the biotope of Rit and descend to San Vigilio, located within Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. Continue to Pederu through a beautiful larch forest, and ascend to our rifugio for the night. (4.5 hours biking 42km / 26 miles, 1,700m / 5,577' ascent and descent.)
Day 5 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
Another spectacular ride, all within the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park, one of the largest Natural Parks in the region. Cycle alongside the Lago di Limo (Limo Lake), before a long descent towards the Ampezzo Valley, and on toward Passo Cimabanche (1,529m / 5,016'). Today a popular route for hikers, skiers, and cyclists, during World War I it held great strategic importance as a communication route between the Austrian Tyrol and the Italian Cadore, and many artefacts remain. Climb steeply past the Croda Rossa and on to our rifugio for this evening. (4 hours biking 33km / 21 miles, 1,500m / 4,921' ascent and descent.)
Day 6 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo – Passo Staulanza
Today you will see some of the most beautiful mountains in the Dolomites, including the Croda da Lago, Pelmo Massif, and Civetta. Begin by descending along the Boite River to the chic Venetian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, for lunch and a visit. Cycle up the eastern flank of the Croda da Lago, to Forcella Ambrizzola, Rifugio Città di Fiume, and to our rifugio for the night, enjoying vistas of these breathtaking mountains throughout. (5 hours biking 42km / 26 miles, 1,500m / 5,249' ascent and descent.)
Day 7 ~ Passo Staulanza – Fodom – Alta Badia
Begin cycling on the “Strada della Vena” to reach the little village of Andraz, featuring one of the most ancient castles in the Dolomites, constructed to defend the iron mines and foundries that were here. Continue to Roncat, and to Livinallongo del Col di Lana. Bike to the Passo Incisa (2,034m / 6,673'), from where you’ll have a fantastic view of the most famous mountains in this region: the Marmolada, Sella, and Civetta groups. Arrive to Alta Badia and enjoy a final group dinner – the perfect way to end your mountain biking adventure in the Dolomites! (5-6 hours biking 55km / 35 miles, 1,300m / 5,265' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)
Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.
Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!
Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.
The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.
To learn more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!
Want to know what mountain biking in the Dolomites is all about?
Check out Dolomite Biking: Are You Experienced? by Harmon Leon for the San Francisco Chronicle!
Want to see the Dolomites in action?
Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!
Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!
Want to learn about the Dolomites?
See our resource articles including for information about the people, culture, landscape, geology, and more!