The Best of Alta Via N.1 by Mountain Bike

Self Guided

Guided

from €1.250 from €2.030

Mountain bike on the Alta Via N.1, the best-known long-distance high route in the Dolomites. Ride through beautiful and challenging terrain, surrounded by limestone peaks and lush valleys and meadows, exploring the vast and varied beauty of these mountains.

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Mountain Biking
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to mid September

Highlights

  • Bike on some of the Dolomite's most beautiful and popular trails, following the best sections of the Alta Via N.1
  • 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!

 

OVERVIEW

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, 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. You’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 Alta Via N.1 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 by Day

Mountain bike on the Alta Via N.1, the best-known long-distance high route in the Dolomites. Ride through beautiful and challenging terrain, surrounded by limestone peaks and lush valleys and meadows, exploring the vast and varied beauty of these mountains.


Itinerary:

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in the Dolomites on your own (private transfer available on request), and check into your hotel in Alta Badia. Evening welcome dinner 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
Meet your mountain bike guide (or a Dolomite Mountains representative for self guided trips) for a trip briefing and equipment check. The perfect kick-off for your week in the Dolomites, this fantastic warm-up ride 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! 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 and descent via cycling and lifts.)

A bit of inspiration... During winter, the Sellaronda is considered one of the most popular ski tours in the world. Tempted? Why not join us in winter too!
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 3 Pütia Massif 
Depart from your hotel and cycle toward Passo delle Erbe (2,006m / 6,581'). 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.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
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 Dolomites 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.)
B,D… Rifugio


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 your rifugio for this evening. (4 hours biking 33km / 21 miles, 1,500m / 4,921' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


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 your rifugio for the night, enjoying vistas of these breathtaking mountains throughout. (5 hours biking 42km / 26 miles, 1,500m / 5,249' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


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 on 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 in 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).
B…
 


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.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.990 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.030 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.550 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.250 per person (minimum 4 participants)

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
Mountain bikes available to rent on request.

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 night accommodation in 3-star hotels in Alta Badia
  • 4 night accomodation in charming rifugios
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking professional mountain bike guide (guided trips)
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers, and mountain bike and helmet rentals available on request.

Accommodation

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!

Prefer luxury accommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Luxury Hotels. For details, please contact us.

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!

More info

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!

Still want more? Why not extend your adventure!
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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
28 Feb - 2 Mar
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690