11 Passes in 7 Days – Road Biking in the Dolomites

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from €960 from €1.770 on request

Road bike across 11 Dolomite passes in 7 days over 11,000 meters of fabulous ascents and descents between jagged Dolomitic peaks.

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

Highlights

  • Bicycle over eleven breathtaking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous descents into beautiful valleys
  • Experience three cultures – Italian, German, and Ladin – with their many traditions that make this region so unique
  • Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alta Badia, Cortina d’Ampezzo, and the Sella Massif, to name a few!

OVERVIEW

Do you enjoy the challenge of steep cycling ascents? Crave altitude? And enjoy the rush of breathtaking scenery racing by as you accelerate down off the mountain? The incredible geography of the Dolomites provides just this: a high density of mountain passes within a relatively small area, affording steep ascents and descents on rural roads without traffic.  And we’ve selected eleven of the most beautiful passes in the Dolomites to create the perfect week of biking: 11 passes in just 7 days!  During this incredible week you will ascend Passo Tre Croci (1,805m / 5,920'), Passo Cimabanche (1,530m / 5,020'), Passo Giau (2,230m / 7,316'), Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011'), Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349'), Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356'), Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,150’) Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906'), Passo Valparola (2,168m/ 7,111’) Passo Furcia (1,789m / 5,868’), and Passo delle Erbe (2,000m / 6,562').

But there’s more! Enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region, the South Tyrol.  Experience the three different cultures that define the region – German, Italian, and Ladin. Explore the charming Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the traditional Ladin valley town of Alta Badia. And relax after a long day’s ride at comfortable, “bike friendly” hotels and bed and breakfasts. Now that’s what we call a vacation!

 

CLIENT PRAISE

"Yes unfortunately I am back home... It couldn't be better and I hope to be back again." – Brett / Australia, June 2013

Day by Day

Road bike across 11 Dolomite passes in 7 days over 11,000 meters of fabulous ascents and descents between jagged Dolomitic peaks.


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 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 to take a short warm up bike ride around Cortina d'Ampezzo.
… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Passo Tre Croci - Cristallo Loop
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. 

A wonderful way to appreciate the area surrounding Cortina is by biking a loop around the spectacular Cristallo mountain. Depart from Cortina d’Ampezzo and bike on the road up to Misurina passing by Passo Tre Croci (1,805m / 5,920') and Lago di Misurina. Set in a fairy-tale valley, Lake Misurina offers great views of the world famous Tre Cime Di Lavaredo mountains. Continue the loop by crossing Passo Cimabanche (1,530m / 5,020') and descend to Cortina d’Ampezzo. (40 km / 24 miles biking, 840m / 2,750' ascent and descent)

Optional: from Lago di Misurina, ascend to Rifugio Auronzo located at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Admire the usual shapes mutate from sharp points to soft corners, the three sections of the mountain apparently merging into one. Bike back to the lake of Misurina and continue to Cortina D’Ampezzo. (15,2 km / 9,1 miles, 666m / 2,185' ascent and descent)
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 3 ~ Passo Giau - Passo Falzarego
From Cortina d’Ampezzo, ascend to Passo Giau (2,230m/7,316') biking under the flanks of Monte Averau, and then descend to Colle Santa Lucia (1,599m/5,246'). From here, start your ascent to Passo Falzarego. En route you’ll pass by the Andraz Castle. Reach Passo Falzarego (2,105m/6,906') situated right below Mount Lagazuoi. Enjoy a last descent along the impressive flanks of the Tofane Mountains down to Cortina d’Ampezzo. (70km / 43.5 miles biking, 2,200m / 7,218' ascent and descent.)
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


Day 4 ~ Cortina - Passo Falzarego – Passo Valparola - Alta Badia
Today it is an easier day with spectacular views of the Todana di Rozes, Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi mountains. Bike out of Cortina towards the Passo Falzarego (2,105m / 6,906') and continue over to Passo Valparola (2,168m/ 7,111’). Depending on the time of the day, you may wish to visit the WW1 museum at Forte Tre Sassi (not included), located on the long stretch before the start of your descent into Val Badia. 
(35 km / 21 miles biking, 1,090m/3,576' ascent, 849m/2,785' descent)

B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5 ~ The Sellaronda
Today you will bike the famous Sellaronda circuit, the classic Dolomites cycling route that circumnavigates the Sella Massif, and leads you over four major passes - three of which are higher than 2,000 meters (6,600'), as you cycle clockwise around this incredible mountain!
The route starts from Alta Badia and takes you over Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,152'), and down to Arabba (1,601m / 5,253’). Ascend the famous Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356'), often the highest point of the renowned Giro d’Italia bike race, famous for its 33 hairpin turns. Descend through Canazei (1,842m / 6,043'), and up over Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349'), and Passo Gardena/Grödner Joch Pass (2,137m / 7,011'), and finally back to Alta Badia.
(55km / 34,1 miles, 1,780m / 5,840' ascent and descent)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ Alta Badia – San vigilio di Marebbe - Pederu & return (or rest day)
From your hotel in Alta Badia descend to Longega (1,015m / 3,330') passing by charming villages of Pedraces and San Martino to arrive at Longega. From here cycle up to the pretty town of S. Vigilio di Marebbe and enjoy a wonderful ride to Pederü (1,548m / 5,079'), settled in the Natural Park Fanes-Sennes-Braies. Once you reach Pederü, return to San Vigilio di Marebbe along the same route and continue to your hotel in Alta Badia.
(76km / 47,2 miles cycling, 875m / 2,875' ascent and descent. Option for a longer ride to Passo Furcia 1,789m / 5,868’)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ Passo delle Erbe and Passo Gardena
After breakfast, ride down to San Martino in Badia (1,104m/3622') and ascend the Passo delle Erbe (2,000m / 6,562'). Take your time to admire the imposing Putia massif and relax at the Rifugio Ütia de Börz (2,006m / 6,581'). Cycle down to Chiusa and ascend to Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011'), passing by the cozy towns of Val Gardena. Descend to Alta Badia. 
(105km / 65.2 miles biking, 2,700m / 8,858' ascent and descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 8 ~ Departure
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 € 2.580  per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.770 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.040 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 960 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 maps of the area
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking professional bike guide for 6 days (if guided)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers, van support and road bike and helmet rentals 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.

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!

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!

 

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
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
€ 930
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
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
€ 930
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.320
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Available
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2390
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.320
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2390