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
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.
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)
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.
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!
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.
€ 3.940 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 2.590 per person (minimum 4 participants)
€ 2.140 per person (minimum 6 participants)
Self-guided trips not available.
High season supplement from July 16th to September 10th: 15% surcharge
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and maps of the area
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
- 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Bolzano
- 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Glorenza
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Bormio
- All breakfasts
- All dinners (except in Bolzano)
- Local English speaking Professional Bike Guide
- Luggage transfer during the entire itinerary
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.
Itinerary in Pictures
Legendary Giro d'Italia Climbs in the Dolomites: Join us for a spectacular week biking the best climbs in the Dolomite Mountains! Ride over famous high mountain passes of the Italian Alps, many of which have been featured in the mountain stages of past Giro d'Italia races – Stelvio, Gavia, Pordoi and more. A road cyclist’s dream!