8 Days Round The Dolomites Bike Tour in Italy

Italy E-bike or Sporty Cycling Tour

The Dolomites are your constant companions during this leisure round tour. With an e-bike or trekking bike (for sporty cyclists), you will ride at the foot of the legendary "Pale Mountains,” considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their “unique monumental beauty.” A marvelous landscape with bizarre rock formations, crystal-clear lakes, and flourishing fruit and vineyards are waiting to be enjoyed.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, hilly
  • Total distance: 236 to 258 miles / 380 to 415 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't 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)
  • E-bike: 165 EUR

Highlights

  • Well-planned routes
  • Visit the Buonconsiglio castle in Trento
  • Ride over the picturesque Dolomite passes
  • Visit the historic city of Bressanone
  • Sumptuous breakfast buffets
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: German, English
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in comfortable three-star hotels. All rooms are with shower or tub bath and toilet.

Program

This cycling tour has been designed especially for e-bikers. Most of the route follows cycling paths, sometimes quiet side roads. With the mighty Dolomites always in sight, you will cycle easily at their foot in the valley. For sporty cyclists, this route can also be done with a trekking bike. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Itinerary

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

Arrive individually at the hotel in Hochpustertal. There is a free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

Day 2: Niederdorf / Villabassa or Toblach / Dobbiaco to Klausen / Chiusa (approximately 47 miles / 75 kilometers)

On the first part of today’s route, the Pustertal-cycling-path will show you the way. River Rienz accompanies you to Brunico, inviting you for a rest and a stroll through the city. Back in the saddle, you will pass the ruins of Mühlbacher Klause. the final point of the Pustertal

valley. Shortly before Bressanone, you can visit the convent of Neustift. Bressanone is worth to be visited as well. From the far cloister, Säben is welcoming you, soaring over the city of Chiusa, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Klausen / Chiusa to Trento (approximately 57 miles / 92 kilometers)

From Klausen, you will cycle along river Eisack to Waidbruck, from where you will admire the view on the castle of Trostburg. The valley will lead you to South Tyrol’s capital city, Bolzano, where two different linguistic cultures meet each other, as well as the Italian and Tyrolean lifestyles.

After a visit of Bolzano's pedestrian and shopping area, Lauben and the fruit market, you will follow river Etsch and leave South Tyrol, passing the Salurner Klause, the border between the German-speaking South Tyrol and the Italian-speaking Trentino. Fruit trees and vineyards will accompany your way to the former bishop’s town, Trento, with its inviting historic town and castle Buonconsiglio.

Day 4: Trento to Feltre (approximately 59 miles / 95 kilometers or 40 miles / 65 kilometers)

You will cycle passing lake Caldonazzo, which is inviting you for a longer stop. The first part to Caldonazzo is quite steep and can be shortened by taking the train (ticket not included). Through the impressive Valsugana valley, the way leads you to Feltre, a small city on the former “Via Claudia Augusta," an important Roman road from Aquileia to Augsburg.

Day 5: Feltre to Belluno (approximately 25 miles / 40 kilometers)

Through an alley of broad-leaved forests, you will reach Belluno, a small capital city of the homonymous province. Today, you will pass a picturesque village, inviting you for a rest every now and then. Toward the north, you will look back to the mighty Dolomites, your companion during the first stages.

Day 6: Belluno to Pieve di Cadore (approximately 30 miles / 48 kilometers)

Today, you will continue your way back north, passing Longarone. This town was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide filled the dam above the village and caused a flood. On the new cycling path, you will get from Longarone to Pieve di Cadore, where you will spend the night.

Day 7: Pieve di Cadore to Niederdorf / Villabassa or Toblach / Dobbiaco (approximately 37 to 40 miles / 60 to 65 kilometers)

Pure nature is the motto of today’s stage. The most important stop of the former Dolomites railway has been Cortina d'Ampezzo surrounded by some of the most famous Dolomites peaks. The 1956 Winter Olympics have been celebrated there.

Along the track of the former Dolomites railway, you will reach the border of the region Veneto and get back to South Tyrol. The nature park Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) on your right and the nature park Fanes Sennes Prags to your left will show you lots of scenic highlights on this last stage. Enjoy the panoramic view on the famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), a Cappuccino or an ice cream at lake Dürrensee, or a boat trip on the emerald green lake Toblacher See.

Day 8: Departure

Today marks the official end of your tour, but you can choose to extend your stay if you wish.

Rental bike info

All rental bikes are 21-speed freewheel tour bikes especially built for the tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of seven-speed bikes with back pedalling brakes (only unisex bikes) is available on request for some tours.

Location

This bike tour will take place in Italy. The start point is Hochpustertal, demarcating the Dolomites toward the north. Then you will continue along the Eisack and Etsch Valleys, forming the west border, passing South Tyrol’s capital, Bozen or Bolzano, and reaching Trento. On the southern part of the Dolomites, you will cycle through Valsugana Valley to Feltre. The former Dolomites railway track will lead you into the direction of the Olympic town Cortina d’Ampezzo. Finally, you will greet the famous Three Peaks from the Landro Valley, and you will turn back to Hochpustertal.

Food

The price includes a breakfast buffet or full breakfast that you can enjoy 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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, and important telephone numbers)
  • Access to service hotline

What's not included

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure at the end of the tour
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks and all extras
  • Not mentioned entries
  • Rental bikes
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

How to get there

Driving directions on the Brenner motorway (A22) to Brixen / Bressanone

  • Take the exit Franzensfeste, Pustertal.
  • Then go through the Pustertal Valley (SS49) to Niederdorf or Toblach, depending on the location of your hotel.
  • Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the Hochpustertal to Toblach or Niederdorf, depending on the location of your hotel.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Treviso Airport (TSF) or at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), where low-cost flights are available. Transfers from and to the airport are available upon request.

Arrival by train

Take the train from Innsbruck over the “Brenner / Brennero” or from Verona over Bozen to Franzensfeste. Change trains for the Pusteria Valley direction San Candido-Innichen-Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf / Villabassa or Toblach / Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel.

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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Pricing information

If you prefer a room, a single supplement of 149 EUR applies. You may also avail a GPS Garmin for 25 EUR.

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