Dolomites Three Valley E-Bike Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €1.550 from €2.290 on request

Traverse the Dolomites on an electric mountain bike, from Alta Badia to Cortina and back! On an E-bike, the pedal assist allows you to explore further in these mountains than you could on your own steam.

  • Length 7 Days / 6 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

  • Bicycle over breath-taking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents between jagged Dolomitic peaks, and exciting descents into beautiful valleys
  • Enjoy the comforts of bicycling using an E-bike, enjoying pedal-assist technology, providing you the ability to experience more terrain with less effort!
  • See an incredible variety of Dolomitic landscapes, including fairy-tale valleys, lush meadows, dramatic peaks, and panoramic vistas
  • Experience three cultures – Italian, German, and Ladin – with the many traditions that make this region so unique

 

OVERVIEW

The Dolomites offer a tremendous opportunity for bikers of all abilities: incredible scenery, challenging terrain, and fascinating culture. And on an E-bike – or electric-bicycle – 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.

On this seven-day E-biking itinerary, you’ll explore the Val Badia, Plan de Corones, Prato Piazza, Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, including the Cinque Torri area. Beginning in Alta Badia, the heart of the Dolomites both geographically and culturally, you’ll move to a different hotel each night before returning to Alta Badia at the end of the trip. Charming bike-friendly hotels, set in hidden, pretty valleys, are the perfect accommodation to enjoy the unique blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures and cuisine!

Each day of your trip you’ll venture out for invigorating bike rides along rugged trails. Throughout you’ll admire wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain, soaring peaks, and dramatic walls towering above you. All along the way you’ll enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region, and will provide motivation for your next ascent!

 

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 Alta Badia
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858'), in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauty and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture.  

You’ll notice the street signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a neo-Latin language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You will surely enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!

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


Day 2 ~ E-Bike from Alta Badia to San Vigilio
After breakfast, meet with your local English speaking qualified biking guide in the morning for a trip briefing, equipment check, and orientation. I

Today is an exciting day biking to the town of Badia, and ascending the Armentara Meadows (1,859m / 6,099'). This area above the Val Badia is beautiful, surrounded by gorgeous flowers and farmers’ huts, with views across to the Puez-Odle National Park and Sass de Putia mountains. Continue towards the charming village of La Val (1,348m / 4,421'), surrounded by un-spoilt mountain woods and pastures. Cycle past many “Viles” – compact dwellings built more than a century ago. Begin your ascent to Passo Rit (1,860m / 6,100') – and enjoy the assistance from your e-bike! – followed by an exhilarating descent to the village of San Vigilio (1,201m / 3,939'), your home for tonight. Your luggage will await you at your hotel.
(33km / 19.8 miles biking, 1,050 / 3,444' ascent, 1,400m / 4,592' descent.)

B,D… Hotel in San Vigilio


Day 3 ~ E-Bike from San Vigilio to Prato Piazza
Start this morning after a hearty breakfast and ascend Plan de Corones / Kronplatz (2,275m / 7,462'). The view at the top is simply spectacular, 360 degrees of pure beauty. From here, begin an exhilarating downhill ride to Passo Furcia / Furkelpass (1,790m / 5,870'), and continue to Valdaora / Olang and Monguelfo / Welsberg-Taisten (1,087m / 3,565'), along a popular cycling track that connects the South Tyrol with the city of Lienz in Austria. Leave the cycling track to begin the last uphill ride of the day, through woodland areas and fairy-tale valleys to reach Prato Piazza / Plätzwiese (1,993m / 6,537'), your home for the night.
(48km / 29 miles biking, 2,150m / 7,052' ascent, 1,350m / 4,430' descent.)

Want a little longer ride?
About three-quarters into your ride, you have the option for a short detour to visit Lago di Braies / Pragser Wildsee (1,489m / 4,885'). This small alpine lake is set at the foot of at the foot of Croda del Becco / Seekofel, (2,810m / 9,219'), and it’s magnificent peak towers over incredible turquoise water.
(Additional 12km / 7 miles biking, 300m / 984' ascent and descent.)

B,D… Hotel in Prato Piazza


Day 4 ~ E-Bike from Prato Piazza to Fanes-Sennes-Braies
Today’s rewarding itinerary features an especially panoramic diagonal crossing of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. New landscapes are revealed with every pedal, and there are ample opportunities to see wildlife in the shape of chamois, marmots, and ibex. The valley you ride through offers the the best vantage views of the Croda Rossa, named for its blood red rock which is caused by the presence of iron oxide. From Prato Piazza, descend to Cimebanche (1,530m / 5,028') and continue on a steady uphill to Malga Ra Stua (1,668m / 5,472'), a cozy hut-cum-dairy farm set in a valley lying between the Croda Rossa (northeast) and Lavinores (west) Dolomite groups. If you’re starting to get weary, you’ll be happy you’re on an e-bike! Follow a jeep track the rest of the way to rifugio for tonight.
(37km / 23 miles biking, 1,050m /3,450' ascent, 1,100m / 3,610' descent.)

B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ E-Bike to Cinque Torri
Enjoy waking up to spectacular views from your beautiful rifugio and dive into a great breakfast. Bike on a downhill track to Fiames and continue towards Cortina d’Ampezzo, a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Just before you reach Cortina, begin your gentle ascent to reach the shores of Lago Ghedina (1,460m / 4,788'), a beautiful pair of lakes at the foot of the Tofane. After a brief rest (or a photo or two!), continue your climb towards Baita Pie Tofana (1,675m / 5,494'), a wonderful restaurant.

The second part of the day takes you to the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) area above Cortina, which is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains that surround it, and for the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI. From your rifugio, you can explore an open-air WWI museum, and hike through the trenches while you learn about the battles between the now-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy.
(29km / 14 miles biking, 1,469m / 4,818' ascent, 1,460m / 4,780' descent.)

B,DRifugio


Day 6 ~ E-bike from Cinque Torri to Alta Badia
The final stage of your trip takes you from the Cinque Torri area to Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906'), and then onto Passo Valparola (2,168m / 7,111'). Descend on a jeep track through woods and pastures to reach the gentle fields surrounding Malga Valparola. Here you’ll find a cozy livestock farmhouse producing its own cheese and offering a mouth-watering selection of homemade traditional dishes. Continue by ascending on a jeep track on the Pralongià High Plateau, set just above the multiple towns within the Val Badia. This route allows you to take in splendid vantage points offering a multitude of Dolomites views, which extend from Pelmo to Civetta, from Marmolada to Boè, and from Tofana de Rozes to Lavarella. Descend to your hotel in Alta Badia.  
(40km / 24 miles biking, 1,150m / 3,772' ascent, 1850m / 6,068' descent.)

B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ Depart
After breakfast, departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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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 € 3.060 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.290 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.660 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.550 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%

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
  • E-bike and helmet rental
  • 2 nights double room accommodation in “bike friendly” hotel in Alta Badia
  • 1 night double room accommodation in “bike friendly” hotel in San Vigilio
  • 1 night double room accommodation in “bike friendly” hotel in Prato Piazza
  • 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugios in shared dormitory (3-8 people)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking Professional Bike Guide for 5 days (guided trips)
  • E-mountain bike rental for 5 days
  • Duffel bag transfer to the rifugios
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.

Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

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 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
€ 1020
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1020
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 910
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 910
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1020
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
€ 1020
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 910
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1020
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Available
€ 1.940
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
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 1.940
22 Mar - 1 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2140
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 1.270
23-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2140
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070