It’s no wonder then that the Dolomites also host part of one of the toughest cycling races – the Giro d’Italia. The Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy in English) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling's prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. And on this incredible itinerary, you have the opportunity to cycle over many of the same passes that have made – and broken – champions of past Giro d’Italia races.
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the Dolomites – to grasp its scale and see it change around every corner. You’ll taste the excitement of being completely surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you cycle some of the most famous – and most challenging – climbs in all of Italy... Stelvio... Gavia ... Mortirolo... Pordoi... Fedaia... Sella... Duran... Giau... Valparola... and more! With passes from 1,000 to 1,500 to 2,000 meters, all the way up to 2,757 meters (9,045') – Stelvio, the second highest pass in all the Alps! – these are climbs with numbers that road bikers dream of!
(Note: This itinerary follows routes taken in past Giro d'Italia races, but does NOT follow a live Giro d’Italia race, which takes place each May.)
- Bicycle over breathtaking mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents alongside jagged Dolomitic peaks, and descents into beautiful lush valleys
- Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites: ride the famous Sellaronda, over the Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, and Valparola passes
- Conquer the Passo Stelvio – 48 switchbacks and almost 1,800 meters (6,000') elevation gain!
- Climb the legendary Passo Gavia, the Cima Coppi of the 2008 Giro d'Italia
- Experience three cultures – Italian, German, and Ladin – with the many traditions that make this region so unique
Hotel in Alta Badia (D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Bolzano (B)
Hotel in Glorenza (B,D)
Hotel in Bormio (B,D)
Hotel in Bormio (B,D)
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 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!
Want to Watch the Giro d’Italia IN PERSON in 2016?
Check out our Giro d’Italia 2016 Dolomite Stages: Watch and Ride Trip, May 18-26, 2016 and Join us for the 2016 Giro d’Italia! Watch the Giro, live and in person, experiencing the rush of wind as Giro riders whiz past. Plus, challenge yourself as you ride in the tire tracks of many famous Giro d'Italia stages!
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!
€ 3.470 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.270 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.
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.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and maps of the area
- 6 nights accommodation in bike friendly 3-star hotels
- All breakfasts
- All dinners (except in Bolzano)
- Local English speaking Professional Bike Guide
- Luggage transfer during the entire itinerary
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.