Dolomites Mountain Bike

The Best of Alta Via N.1 by Mountain Bike

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.

Trip 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!

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!

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 7

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 8

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

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!
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!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Guided Trip:
€ 3.370 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.280 per person (minimum 4 participants)

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

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
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels in Alta Badia
  • 4 night accomodation in charming rifugios
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • Local English speaking Professional Mountain Bike Guide (guided trips)
  • Cablecar rides (guided trips only)
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • 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.

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