Dolomites Road Biking Traverse

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €1.330 from €2.230 on request

Explore the Dolomites on some of the best road biking tours available, cycling over breath-taking mountain pass after pass as you ride from beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo to idyllic San Cassiano in Alta Badia.

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Road Biking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Cortina d'Ampezzo / Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid May to October

Highlights

  • Bicycle over breath-taking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents and jagged Dolomitic peaks and descents into beautiful valleys
  • Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites: the Sellaronda and the Sella Massif, Corvara and Passo Gardena, Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo, and more!
  • See an incredible variety of Dolomitic landscapes, from eroded glacial moraines to walls that in prehistoric ages were below the sea level, to the highest mountain in the Dolomites
  • Experience three cultures – Italian, German, and Ladin – with the many traditions that make this region so unique

 

OVERVIEW

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the Dolomites – to grasp its scale and see it change around every corner. And this itinerary is an incredible selection of some of the best road biking itineraries available in the Dolomites! You’ll taste the excitement of being completely surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you cycle 419 kilometers (206 miles), with 15,014 meters (49,259') of climbing and 14,643 meters (48,041') in descents, with a “low point” of 278 meters (912') in Bolzano and a high point of 2,254 meters (7,395') on the Passo Pordoi. These are numbers that road bikers dram of! To challenge themselves on the famous roads of the Dolomites, with even-length, manageable stages each day.

Not only will you relish these rides and the breath-taking surroundings each day, but also the selected cuisine and the cozy bike-friendly hotels. Discover the different culture, the true delights of traditional cuisine and the different valleys and small villages. Explore geological mysteries and phenomenon. Luxuriate in a spa after a long ride – you earned it after all! You’ll soon see why bicycle is the ideal vehicle to savour the atmosphere and the reality of these mountains. 

Day by Day

Explore the Dolomites on some of the best road biking tours available, cycling over breath-taking mountain pass after pass as you ride from beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo to idyllic San Cassiano in Alta Badia.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts bikers, hikers and mountain climbers who challenge the rocky faces and the paths of the nearby mountains. It is also a destination for the international jet set, and offers many year-round social activities, shopping, and dining.

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a short warm up bike ride around Cortina d'Ampezzo. 
… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo to Forcella Staulanza 
If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your bike guide in the morning for a trip briefing and equipment check. If you are taking a private self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure.

Start from Cortina cycling up to Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336'), a famous pass in the Giro d’Italia bike race. From here you’ll be able to admire the Marmolada, Civetta, and the Col di Lana Massifs, which held a strategic position during WWI. Descend through Selva di Cadore, then climb to the top of Forcella Staulanza (1,773m / 5,817'), arriving at your rifugio for the evening.
(38km / 24 miles biking, 1,792m / 5,879' ascent, 1,230m / 4,035' descent.)

Since today is your first day of cycling, we kept the tour relatively short, but for those with energy to spare, an additional ride is available.
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 3 ~ Forcella Staulanza to San Martino di Castrozza
Descend to Val di Zoldo, and then climb to Passo Duran (8 km / 5 miles, 647m/2,123' ascent), touring around the south-eastern mountains of the Civetta Group. Descend again (14 km/9 miles, 1,000 meters / 3,281') to the village Agordo in Belluno, and climb the Passo Cereda (23 km / 14 miles, 1,040m / 3,412'). Upon reaching the top of the pass, enjoy a great descent to Fiera di Primiero and end the day with the last 13km/7,8m ascent to San Martino di Castrozza.
(80km / 48miles biking, 2,573m / 8,440' ascent, 2,883m / 9,457' descent.) 

B,D… Hotel in San Martino di Castrozza


Day 4 ~ San Martino di Castrozza to Moena 
Tackle three important ascents today – Passo Rolle (21km / 13 miles, 1,260m / 4,134' ascent), Passo Valles (7km / 4 miles, 465m / 1,526' ascent), and Passo San Pellegrino (6km / 4 miles, 492m / 1,614' ascent) – with incredible scenic landscapes that bring you into the heart of the Dolomites.

En route you pass by the base of the Pale di San Martino – a large sedimentary 2,600-meter (8,530') plateau, with its ancient tropical seas and coral reefs dated 250 million years; the peaks of Loagorai, the remains of ancient volcanic eruptions; and “La Foresta dei Violini” – the spruce fir woods that the world renown Stradivari violins wood comes from. 
(59km / 37 miles biking, 2,382m / 7,815' ascent, 1,900m / 6,234' descent.)

B,D… Hotel in Moena


Day 5 ~ Moena to Oberbozen Renon
Today is a big day with stunning sceneries. Cycle from the Catinaccio Latemar mountain group to the Renon Plateau across some of the most charming villages of South Tyrol. Begin with a gentle uphill to the pretty town of Canazei and climb the steep road to Passo Sella (2,218 m/ 7,257’) at the top of which you will admire the beauty of the Marmolada glacier (3,343m / 10,965’) the highest peak of the Dolomites. Descend into Val Gardena through the villages of Selva, Santa Cristina and onto Ortisei (1,230m/ 4,034’). Ascend to Passo Pinei (1,437 m/4,713’) and immerse yourself in the beauty of Castelrotto, a colourful Austrian influenced town at the foot of the Sciliar mountain. Continue to Ponte Gardena from where you can access the last climb of the day to the Renon Plateau and the village of Soprabolzano.

This afternoon is free for you to relax and explore, visiting the city of Bolzano and the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi (the Iceman), or the Ritten Earth Pyramids – famous obelisks of red earth formed by erosion of glacial moraines.
(91km / 55 miles biking, 2,007m / 6,583' ascent, 2,144m / 7,032' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Renon


Day 6 ~ Oberbozen Renon to Pozza di Fassa 
Depart Renon with a spectacular view of the Dolomites descending to Val d’Adige (11km / 7 miles and 860m / 2,822' descent). Cycle along the Adige River (the second largest river in Italy) toward Austria, and then on toward Costalunga Lake. After 28 kilometers (17 miles) with 1,515 meters (4,970') of climbing, arrive to Passo Nigra (1,712 / 5,617'), and then Passo Costalunga (1,752m / 5,748'), riding through small and isolated villages far from traffic. If you have the energy, it’s worth extending the itinerary to the vibrant turquoise Costalunga Lake. Descend to Val di Fassa, where you will spend the night.
(55km / 34 miles biking, 2,218m / 7,280' ascent, 2,106m / 6,909' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Pozza di Fassa


Day 7 ~ Pozza di Fassa to San Cassiano 
Today is not the longest bus possibly the hardest ride of the week, but with the training you have done the last few days, you will be ready to cycle up these Dolomite passes with few effort! Begin with a light ascent to Canazei, then up to Passo Fedaia (2,057m/6,746’) and down to the village of Caprile. Next comes one of the steepest ascents of the tour: 12.5 kilometres (8 miles) with a 1,030 meter (3,379') elevation gain and an inclination up to 13%. Wow!  You’ll be overjoyed reaching the village Salesei and can catching your breath. Continue to ascend, cycling up to Passo Falzarego (20km / 12 miles and 1,070 meters / 3,510' ascent).
One final pass… Passo Valparola. Finish with a descent to Alta Badia with amazing views over the Lagazuoi and Set Sass mountains and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment in completing this fantastic week on wheels!
(73km / 44 miles biking, 1,941m / 6,367 ascent, 1,788 m / 5,865' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? 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!


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

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 3.460 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.230 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.740 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.330 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
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking professional bike guide (guided trips)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers and van support 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 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!

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
€ 1.060
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 950
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
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
€ 950
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.060
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2470
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.390
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2470
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.390
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 950
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 950
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 950
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.060
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2460
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2470
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2460
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.390
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2470
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.060
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.930
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 950
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 950
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.930
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.060
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2470
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2460
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2470
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.390
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2460
14-19 Jul
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
19-26 Jul
2020
4
Available
€ 1.930
21-28 Jul
2020
6
Available
€ 3.780
29 Jul - 3 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 950
12-17 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
12-16 Aug
2020
4
Available
€ 950
2-6 Sep
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060
4-11 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 1.930
6-10 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 950
12-19 Oct
2020
Available
13-18 Oct
2020
4
Available
€ 1.060