Dolomites E-Bike Grand Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €1940 from €2190 on request

Try out an E-Bike! Bicycle over 4 spectacular Dolomite valleys, enjoying fabulous ascents, descents into beautiful, and vistas of deep valleys surrounded by jagged Dolomitic peaks throughout!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Mountain Biking
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Dolomiti di Sesto / Alpe di Siusi
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from June to mid September

Highlights

  • Bicycle through four spectacular Dolomite valleys, enjoying fabulous ascents between jagged Dolomitic peaks, and exciting descents into beautiful valleys
  • Enjoy the comforts of E-biking, enjoying pedal-assist technology, giving you the opportunity to experience more terrain with less effort!
  • Ride from village to village, enjoying the variation in scenery, cuisine, and culture from region to region
  • Cyclethrough one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

 

OVERVIEW

Biking through the Dolomite Mountains is a truly magical experience: incredible scenery, challenging terrain, and fascinating culture. On this grand itinerary, you’ll ride through four spectacular Dolomite valleys, including the Val Pusteria, Val di Landro, Val Badia, and Val Gardena, exploring the unique blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures. Plus, you’ll take advantage of the charming, bike-friendly hotels set in hidden, pretty valleys from which you’ll venture out each day for invigorating bike rides along rugged trails.

On this seven day E-bike itinerary, you’ll admire wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain, soaring peaks, dramatic walls, and towering heights. Starting in the charming town of Sesto/Sexten in Val Pusteria, you’ll ride over peaks and passes, through lush valleys, and on famous cycling routes, finishing on the vast Alpe di Siusi, set high above the Val Gardena, at the foot of the impressive Sella rock-walls. All along the way you’ll enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region and will provide fuel for your next ascent!

On this great itinerary, enjoy the comfort of an E-bike – or electric-bicycle – where you have a re-chargeable electric motor to help you out. You just set your e-bike on the amount of pedal assistance you want – from a little to a lot – and pedal just like you would on a regular bike! And imagine your uphill rides being just as relaxed as your downhill ones; on an E-bike, you can go further and explore more terrain that you might be able on your own!

 

Why E-Bike in the Dolomite Mountains?
Always wanted to mountain bike in the Dolomites, but not sure you’re up to the challenge? Then why not try e-biking! E-bikes – or electric-bikes – look like, pedal like, and handle like regular bicycles, but they have a re-chargeable electric motor to help you out. You just set your e-bike on the amount of assistance you want – from a little to a lot, pedal just like you would on a regular bike, and off you go! And imagine your uphill rides being just as relaxed as your downhill ones; on an e-bike, you can go further and explore more terrain that you might be able on your own.

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Dolomiti di Sesto
Arrive in Dolomiti di Sesto / Sextner Dolomiten (1,310m / 4,298') and check-in to your hotel (private transfer available on request). Sesto is one of five villages in the Val Pusteria, at the eastern end of this South Tyrolean valley. It is referred to as the “Village of the Three Peaks,” as it sits just beneath Tre Cime di Lavaredo – one of the most recognizable features in the Dolomites. This area has innumerable mountain-bike and hiking routes, is a climbing paradise, and has wonderful ski and cross-country areas available directly from the town center, plus idyllic lakes and rivers, cultural sites, and many gourmet options, that combine to offer fantastic adventures and recreation.

Your rental e-bikes and helmets will await you at the hotel.
D… Hotel in Sesto


Day 2 ~ E-Bike Loop:  Sesto – Monte Elmo – Sesto 
If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your biking guide in the morning for a trip briefing, equipment check, and orientation. If you are taking a private self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing, equipment check, and orientation, as well as maps, Italian mobile phone, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. 

Today is a warm up day for you to acclimatize and get comfortable on your e-bike. That said, today is still an exciting day with plenty of stunning views to take in! Begin by climbing Monte Elmo / Helm (2,041m / 6,700'), located on the border between Italy and Austria. Take your time – and enjoy the assistance from your e-bike! – as you traverse up the southeast side of the mountain. From the top of Monte Elmo you are presented with a breathtaking view of the impressive peaks of the Meridiana di Sesto, or Sesto Sundial.

Descend from Monte Elmo to the west, before heading south, back through Sesto. Continue on grassy fields and alpine pastures as you descend to the southeast towards Passo Monte Croce del Comelico / Kreuzbergpass. Return to Sesto on a trail beneath the picturesque towers of the Croda Rossa.
(41km / 25 miles biking, 1700m / 5,580' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Sesto
 


Day 3 ~ E-Bike from Sesto to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Today you’ll ride on two popular routes: part of the Lienz-Dobbiaco cycling route, and along the old Cortina-Dobbiaco train line.

Start your day riding west from Sesto to San Candido / Innichen, where you’ll join the last section of the Lienz-Dobbiaco cycling route. This is an easy, paved bike trail, with a slight incline.

When you arrive in Dobbiaco, you’ll join the famous Dobbiaco to Cortina trail that travels along the Val di Landro (Landro Valley). Your route follows an old railway line that was converted into a bike path. In the early 20th century this rail line provided communication between the towns of Calalzo, Cortina, Dobbiaco, and Austria. The slope here is very gradual and easy to bike, and the incredible remaining iron bridges traverse deep canyons providing views of the mountains and glaciers that are some of the most beautiful in the Dolomites.

The hardest part of your day will be an ascent on a dirt track to Prato Piazza and Mount Specie (2,290m / 7,510' – you’ll surely be happy to have an e-bike!), with spectacular views of the idyllic high alpine pasture valleys below and dramatic Dolomites peaks surrounding you.  Continue in the direction of Cortina d’Ampezzo, en route you’ll have magnificent views of the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
(59km / 34 miles biking, 1600m / 5,250' ascent, 1700m / 5,580' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
 


Day 4 ~ E-Bike from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Alta Badia
Today will present you with spectacular views of the Tofana di Rozes, Cinque Torri (Five Towers), and Mount Lagazuoi. Bike from Cortina towards Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906') and ascend to the stunning Monte Averau - Cinque Torri area.  Thanks to their infinite variety of shapes and sizes, the marvelous Cinque Torri ideally represent the entire Dolomites.

Continue your ride climbing over Passo Valparola (2,168m / 7,111'), and descend into the Val Badia (Abbey Valley). You’ll pass by a fairy-tale setting around Malga Valparola, a rustic but fully working farm where you’ll be able to taste some delicious dairy products made on site. Gradually climb across grassy flowered flanks to some gentle meadows filled with tiny wooden huts, in the area of Stores and Pralongia. From here there are breathtaking views of the Conturines, Fanes-Sennes National Park, and the Setsass Massif.

The last section of the path just before reaching Rifugio Pralongià (2,157m / 7,077') will give you an amazing view of the Marmolada Glacier, the “Queen of the Dolomites,” and the largest remaining glacier in these mountains. Descend on a jeep track to your hotel in Alta Badia.

Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia in the Alto Adige region. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Alta Badia is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin!
49km / 30 miles biking, 2,100m / 6,890' ascent, 1900m / 6,235' descent
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5 ~ E-Bike around Alta Badia
After breakfast begin your exciting day by biking to the town of Badia in Alta Badia, and ascending to Armentara Meadows (1,859m / 6,099'), an area of outstanding beauty surrounded by gorgeous flowers and farmers’ huts. The views across to the Puez-Odle National Park and Sass de Putia mountains are superb.

Continue towards the charming village of La Val (1,348m / 4,421') located in the Fanes-Senes-Braies / Fanes-Sennes-Prags Natural Park. Surrounded by un-spoilt mountain woods and pastures, the village is blessed with an incomparable beauty. Ascend to Passo Rit (1,860m / 6,100') before returning to your hotel in Alta Badia.
(42km / 25 miles biking, 1,700m / 5,580' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia  


Day 6 ~ E-Bike from Alta Badia to Alpe di Siusi
Today you’ll leave Alta Badia behind to enter another beautiful valley of the Dolomites, Val Gardena. This valley is a popular destination throughout the year, for its vicinity to the nearby city of Bolzano makes it easy to reach. It is also known for its wood-carving, which has flourished here since the 17th century.

In the morning you will ascend on a jeep track to Passo Gardena (2,120m / 6,955') and admire the Sassolungo / Langkofel Massif, rising up right before your eyes! A gentle single track downhill with an amazing view of the Sella Massif on your left will allow you to join the uphill track towards Passo Sella (2,218m / 7,275'). Once at the top you will enter an unearthly landscape of tumbled boulders called Citta’ Dei Sassi (“city of rocks”). Continue towards Rifugio Comici (2,153m / 7,063') and on to Alpe di Siusi, the largest high altitude alpine plateau in Europe (ranging in elevation from 1,700 to 2,000 meters / 5,577' to 6,562').

The Alpe is dominated by an ancient coral reef known as Sciliar / Schlern Massif. It is truly unforgettable when the vertical walls of the Sciliar / Schlern Massif (2,563m / 8,409') strike forth perpendicular in front of you, piercing the sky. Simply spectacular!
(44km / 27 miles biking 1900m / 6,235' ascent, 1500m / 4,920' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alpe di Siusi 
 


Day 7 ~ Depart
After breakfast, 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? We’re happy to arrange additional days of cycling so you can continue to explore these magnificent mountains! 



Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide or the of the Dolomite Mountains staff.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 3.240  per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.190 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.940 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.570 per person (minimum 4 participants)

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing upon arrival
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 6 nights double room accommodation in “bike friendly” hotels
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking Professional Bike Guide for 5 days (guided trips)
  • E-bike and helmet rental for 5 days
  • Luggage transfers during the trip
  • Transfer e-bike on the last day back to the rental shop
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers 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.

More info

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 VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, 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
€ 970
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 910
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 970
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 910
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 970
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.270
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 970
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 910
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1780
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 910
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 970
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070
27 Feb - 1 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 1.270
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070