Do you crave the challenge of steep cycling ascents? Relish the rush of breathtaking scenery racing by as you accelerate downhill? Can’t help but join the rallying cry of fellow spectators as racing cyclist whiz by? Then this incredible trip is the one for you!
Length: 7d / 6n
Start / Finish: Alta Badia
Activity Level: Moderate to Challenging
For cyclists in good physical condition.
Cost: From €2150 (per person, minimum 6 members)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
- Trip briefing upon arrival
- Logistics and map of the area
- Accommodation in 3-star hotels as per itinerary
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Local English speaking professional bike guide for 5 days
- Road bike and helmet rental for 5 days
- Luggage transfer as per itinerary
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.
- Bicycle through the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains, enjoying fabulous ascents over high mountain passes and exhilarating descents into beautiful valleys
- Cycle over many of the same passes included in the Giro d’Italia!
- Explore the highlights of the Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alta Badia, Cortina d’Ampezzo, and the Sella Massif, to name a few!
- Experience the three cultures of the Dolomites – Italian, German, and Ladin – with their many traditions that make this region so unique
Do you enjoy the challenge of steep cycling ascents? Crave altitude? And enjoy the rush of breathtaking scenery racing by as you accelerate down off the mountain? The incredible geography of the Dolomites provides just this: a high density of mountain passes within a relatively small area, affording steep ascents and descents on rural roads without traffic.
But this trip offers more than “just” cycling. All the while, you’ll enjoy the hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region, the South Tyrol. Experience the three different cultures that define the region – German, Italian, and Ladin. Explore the charming Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the traditional Ladin valley and towns of Alta Badia. And relax after a long day’s ride at comfortable, “bike friendly” hotels, bed and breakfasts, and mountain inns. Now that’s what we call a vacation!
Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia, often referred to the “heart of the Dolomites,” and with good cause – it is set in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites!
Meet your bike guide for a trip briefing and equipment check, and take a short warm up bike ride around Alta Badia.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)
Day 2 ~ The Sellaronda
Today is your first big day in the Dolomites: you will bike a portion of the famous Sellaronda, a route that comprises the four passes around the Sella Massif.
Depart from your hotel in Alta Badia and cycle up Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151'). Next, ascend the famous Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356'), often the highest point of the Giro d’Italia (although not in 2013), famous for its 33 hairpin turns. From here, descend until the road leads you up to the Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349'), and enjoy your final descent to Val Gardena. Pass by the town of Ortisei, and ascend to Castelrotto / Kastelruth (1,060m / 3,478'), just under the Alpe di Siusi high plateau. (68km / 42.2 miles road biking, 1,870m / 6,135' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Castelrotto (3-Star)
Day 3 ~ Alpe di Siusi
From your hotel in Castelrotto, cycle up to Siusi allo Sciliar – Seis am Schlern (1,000m / 3,281') and follow to Fiè allo Sciliar – Vols am Schlern (1,130m / 3,707'). From here, you will reach today’s highest point: the Alpe di Tires (2,500 m / 8,202'). Cycle down to Carezza, in the area of Catinaccio – Latemar, and continue to the town of Moena di Fassa. From town, head east to reach Passo San Pellegrino (1,918m / 6,293'), one of the five passes included in this year’s Giro d’Italia, and your home for tonight. (68km / 42.2 miles road biking, 2,070m / 6,791' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Passo San Pellegrino (3-Star)
Day 4 ~ Cadore Area
From Passo San Pellegrino, cycle to Falcade (1,300m / 4,265'), located among the massifs of Pale di San Martino, Focobon, Marmolada, and Civetta. Pass by the town of Agordo and ascend Passo Duran (1,605m / 5,266'). Descend to Forno di Zoldo, and continue up to Passo Cibiana (1,530m / 5,020'), descending finally to Calalzo di Cadore (806m / 2,644'). Calalzo is a railway junction connecting Venice to Cadore, and the last station north from Belluno. It is a true oasis of peace. (86km / 53.4 miles road biking, 2,380m / 7,808' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Calalzo di Cadore (3-Star)
Day 5~ Calalzo – Cortina d'Ampezzo – Dobbiaco
Today your cycling path begins near the railway station and reaches Cortina d’Ampezzo after about 35 kilometers (21 miles), with a breathtaking view of the Marmarole. This path was developed where the old Calalzo-Cortina railway line was; built in 1915 to make transfers easier during the First World War, the railway was abandoned in the 1960s.
From Cortina d’Ampezzo, continue following the old railway line towards Dobbiaco. The historic Cortina-Dobbiaco railway operated up until 1962 when bus transportation took over; the route has since become popular with cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. (56km / 34.8 miles road biking, 1,380m / 4,527' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Dobbiaco (3-Star)
Day 6 ~ Dobbiaco – Alta Badia
From Dobbiaco, bike towards Villabassa and Monguelfo in Val Pusteria. When you reach Valdaora, ascend Passo Furcia (1,759 m / 5,771’), and from here bike down to San Vigilio di Marebbe (1,201m / 3,940'), a beautiful little village located in a side valley of Val Badia, in the heart of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites, that dates back nearly 1000 years. Bike to Alta Badia, your home for tonight. (54km / 33.5 miles road biking, 1,290m / 4,232' ascent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)
Day 7 (Sunday, May 26) ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels 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 even 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 see the Dolomites in action?
Check out the high definition videos in our SUMMER VIDEO GALLERY!
Want to learn about the Dolomites?
See our resource articles including for information about the people, culture, landscape, geology, and more!
Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!
About Our Guides
The cycling on this trip isn't just about the distance and meters climbed, but is for you to fully experience and enjoy the Dolomites. Our guides are always looking for the best areas for guests to experience, often places that most visitors do not get to see!