8 Days Dolomites to Venice Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Italy

Relaxed Cycling Holiday Italy

From the northeast of the Dolomites, you will cycle through the Höhlenstein Valley, passing by the famous Drei Zinnen or “Three Peaks,” and onto the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Following the old railway track, you will continue to Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of Titian. Your way will bring you through the valley of the ice cream makers. You will reach Ponte nelle Alpi or “Bridge in the Alps” and then Belluno, nestling in the Dolomites. The tour will take you on to Bassano del Grappa where the countryside will start to level out. After a short visit to the town of Asolo, you carry on to Treviso. Following the River Sile, you will finally reach Mestre Venice.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Hilly and flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 190 miles / 350 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 165 EUR

Highlights

  • Leisurely cycling
  • Fun holiday for children
  • Biking through hills and plains
  • Following the Dolomites railway track
  • Scenic Italian villages and shops
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, English

Airport transfer available:
Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport (US$75 per person)

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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will stay in double rooms on three or four-star hotels.

Night one will be spent in either Niederdorf or Toblach

Relax in Cortina d‘Ampezzo on night two.

Make Belluno your home on night three.

Get some good sleep in Feltre on night four.

Doze off in Bassano del Grappa on night five.

Enjoy Treviso on night six.

Have a well-earned rest in Mestre on night seven.

FUNActive Tours Italy Cycling Holiday Itinerary

It will be easy touring. For the first two days, you will mainly follow the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day, the tour will encounter slight ascents and descents on quiet side roads through the idyllic landscape and typical Italian villages until reaching the plains on the last day. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Day 1: Arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

You will arrive individually at the hotel in Hochpustertal. You can have free, unguarded public car parking near the hotel.

Day 2: Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco to Cortina d‘Ampezzo (approximately 22 miles / 35 kilometers)

From Villabassa/Dobbiaco, you will start on the bike path into the Höhlenstein Tal, past Lake Toblacher See and the war cemetery. The area was used as the front during World War I. You will carry on past Lake Dürrensee. On the left, you will see the famous Drei Zinnen. The cycle path will ascend slightly before you get to the border, Gemärk/Cimabanche, of the region South Tyrol and the region of the Veneto. From there, you will cycle towards the south to Cortina.

Day 3: Cortina d‘Ampezzo to Belluno (approximately 47 miles / 75 kilometers)

On day three, the path will go slightly downwards, for the most part, on the old railway track. You will see the Sorapis on the left and located on the right, the Cinque Torri or “Five Towers.” You will continue on to the south, through the Boite Valley towards Pieve di Cadore.

From there, the new cycling path will take you to Longarone. The town was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide filled the dam above the village and caused a flood. From Longarone, it will be slightly hilly until you reach Belluno where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Belluno to Feltre (approximately 25 miles / 40 kilometers)

From Belluno, the small capital of the province, the tour will follow tree-lined avenues and hilly landscapes until the end of the day in Feltre. During the day, you will come along small and scenic villages. In the north, you will see the magnificent southern Dolomites, your accompanist in the first stages.

Day 5: Feltre to Bassano del Grappa (approximately 34 miles / 55 kilometers)

The first kilometers, you will cycle easily before you descend to the Brenta Valley. Where the River Brenta joins the plains, lays the town of Bassano del Grappa. The name of the town comes from Mount “Monte” Grappa. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a well-earned grappa. There are many places of interest to visit in the town such as San Francesco, the Museo Civico or the Piazza della Libertà.

Day 6: Bassano del Grappa to Treviso (approximately 34 miles / 55 kilometers)

On leaving the Dolomitic Alps, you will occasionally see various villas designed by the renowned architect, Palladio. The town of Asolo is ideal for a rest before continuing along to the plains to Treviso, the town of the water striders. Along the canals, there are many wonderful houses and shops to admire. It is a centre for Italian fashion.

Day 7: Treviso to Venice mainland/Mestre (approximately 28 miles / 45 kilometers)

Following the River Sile, you will cycle towards the Adriatic Sea, straight to Venice mainland where the impressive “Serenissima“can be admired.

Day 8: Departure day

You may depart individually or extend your stay.

Bikes

You may rent a 21-gear ladies‘ and men’s bicycle, seven-gear unisex with backpedal, or an e-bike unisex model. For all the bike routes, FUNActive Tours can provide high-quality rental bikes and additional equipment if requested. The bikes have been especially designed for the bike tours. They are comfortable, safe, and sturdy bikes and therefore, perfect to undertake tours of several days duration.

The rental bikes are 21-gears touring bikes. Seven-gears touring bikes (unisex model) are also available if requested. The bikes and appending equipment (repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, wheel- lock, and saddle bag) will be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel, they will take care of the return.

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Niederdorf or Toblach, Cortina d‘Ampezzo, Belluno, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Treviso, and Mestre, Italy.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be served with a breakfast buffet or full breakfast daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Have a taste of grappa
  • Tour San Francesco town, Museo Civico, or the Piazza della Libertà
  • Visit the shops of Treviso

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Well-planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places of interest, and important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for during the entire tour

What's not included

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure at the end of the tour
  • Drinks and all extras
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Not mentioned entries
  • Travel insurance
  • All not expressly mentioned under What is Included

How to get there

Driving directions from Brenner/Brennero motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone

  • Take the exit Vahrn/Varna.
  • Then, through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel.
  • You may also drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria).
  • Then, further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Treviso Airport (TSF) or Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). Transfers from and to the airport are available upon request for 65 EUR. FUNActive Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change the train to the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel.

Airport: Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport Airport transfer available: Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available from May to September, with arrival on Saturday.

 

Pricing information

You may avail a GPS garmin for 25 EUR.

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