During this cycling vacation in Italy, look forward to experiencing some of the most iconic locations in the birth region of master alpinist Reinhold Messner. Your 11-day cycling adventure immerses you in the world of the jagged Dolomites, sees you pedalling in the shade of pines and spruces, tempts with irresistible picnic opportunities beside sparkling mountain rivers and ends each day with delicious cuisine, warming grappa and Prosecco that sparkles like dancing sunlight on the water of the Torrente Ardo…
Prepare to fall for the area as you explore on two wheels. You’ve heard of the Dolomites; maybe seen them in documentaries or movies like the original Pink Panther or Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger. After time immersed in this mountain paradise, we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s arguably the Alps’ most impressive corner. Then you reach the home of Prosecco before completing your Italian cycling sojourn in historic Veneto – home of fiery grappa and location for so many of Andrea Palladio’s projects…
Your 11-days of magical cycling begin when you land at Venice Marco Polo Airport and transfer to your hotel, deep in the breathtaking Dolomites.
After breakfast, excitement mounts as we equip you with the perfectly- fitting bicycle for leisurely cycling in northern Italy. Soon, you set off to discover what Bruneck and its surrounds have to offer. As the Puster valley’s largest town, Bruneck (Brunico) is situated where the rivers Ahr and Rienz meet. It’s an ever-engaging medieval town, nestling between the Zillertal Alps and High Tauern. If you adore architecture and history, look forward to plenty of fascinating historical sites, including the commanding Bruneck Castle, Rainkirche church (aka The Church of the Assumption of Mary) and the highly-rated South Tyrolean Folklore Museum. There are lots of boutiques and cosy cafés as well, but if you just can’t resist pedalling, the valley ride north to Sand in Taufers, overlooked by impressively- turreted Taufers castle, makes an excellent introduction to the cycling delights that really start tomorrow...
Today’s section of your Dolomites road trip puts you up-close and personal with the most spectacular scenery. Picture yourself fuelling up on a delicious Tyrolean breakfast before progressing at your pace along the gently rising Puster valley. Picture the majestic terrain all around as you follow the Reinz, whose lush meadows contrast dramatically with the serrated peaks that so spectacularly dominate the area. Then, approaching through the area’s quintessential pine forests, you reach Toblach – the ‘gate to the Dolomites’. The attractions are diverse as an artisan cheese factory, Rudolf Schraffl’s pastel-painted Baroque parish church and – deep in the forest – the tiny cabin where Gustav Mahler composed his ninth symphony…
Though you’re looking forward to continuing to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Toblach is too interesting to leave yet. So today, you get to know Toblach really well: cycle to the exquisite Toblacher See or Mahler’s forest Stube (now co-sited with a small zoo featuring local animals). Imagine whiling away an hour or two at the spectacular Chiesa San Giovanni Battista on Via Herbstenburg or taking in the poignant historical significance of the military cemetery Di Guerra Sorgenti.
Alternatively, cycle 13 miles (20 Km) east along the Hochpustertal valley and into Austria for lunch in the little Tyrolean market town of Sillian. Hungry for more culture? You’ll find another lovely parish church in the village as well as the only preserved pillory column in the Austrian Tyrol – so please be kind to your fellow cycle tourers on the way! If you choose to picnic in Sillian, the renowned Hochpustertaler Bauernladen (farm store) is sure to tempt you with mouth-watering Tyrolean delicacies!
However you spend your time, you’re sure to end the day relaxed and happy as you savour another delicious evening meal. Sleep well tonight for tomorrow, cosmopolitan Cortina’s bright lights await…
But first, the Dolomites’ cycling routes simply don’t come better than today's! You are in for a veritable treat as you journey along the disused route of a former railway. Look forward to sublime cycling pleasure as the old line has been sympathetically converted into a wonderful cycleway. It’s almost entirely traffic free and in the opinion of many, the most scenic Italian cycleway with its bridges, tunnels and consistently breathtaking surroundings! Along the route, you pass the spectacular Toblacher See. And do look out for the lovely old railway stations along the route, and the old (pre-1918) customs post approaching Cortina. By then, you’re on the final downhill run into Cortina, looking forward to relaxing and excited about reliving the day’s ride over dinner.
Not only are the Dolomites among the best places to cycle in Italy, but today, you join the jet set in this ultra-chic ski resort. You’re deep in Valle d’Ampezzo now, surrounded by cloud-scraping limestone pinnacles that give the area its special place in the alpinist’s world. If you’re a movie buff, picture yourself visiting locations that feature in so many classic films. Among many others, you’ll tread in the footsteps of James Bond (1981’s For Your Eyes Only) and Ernest Hemingway, who lived and wrote here from 1918. How about browsing Cortina’s stylish boutiques, cafés and restaurants; and maybe emulating Roger Moore with something shaken, not stirred in the sophisticated Hotel Miramonti. Or book an unforgettable outing high above Cortina for breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Whatever you do, make the most of the day. Tomorrow, new adventures beckon…
After breakfast, you saddle up to continue south, descending the Ampezzo valley past beautiful lakes and through sunshine-dappled forests. Bring a picnic because this is picnic country par excellence en route to the train at Calalzo di Cadore. Once there, buy a ticket (pay locally) and let il Treno take the strain for the 50-minute journey to Belluno. A relaxing evening and another culinary treat awaits...
With another day, picture yourself following another beautiful mountain river – this time it’s the Plave – as you cycle gently downhill towards the little town that Pliny called oppidum. Imagine contouring the southern slopes of the Dolomites on easy forest trails connecting sleepy villages where gastronomic delights and delicious local wines defy any attempt to resist. Later, you reach Feltre, a perfectly preserved Renaissance hilltop town packed with faded frescos and historical monuments – and venue for Hitler’s meeting with Benito ‘Il Duce’ Mussolini in July 1943. By the way, how’s your craving for Prosecco? Tomorrow, you enjoy your reward…
If your desire for the most authentic Prosecco you’ll probably ever drink must be satisfied, today’s the day! Imagine the most sublime Prosecco and more of it than you’ve probably ever seen... Best of all, on the way to Asolo, Prosecco is there to taste along another route blessed with wonderful scenery. As you sip another glass of Superiore, look forward to seeing why this Veneto gem is called ‘The City of a Hundred Horizons’ due to its scenic setting in the hills. As befits a town with history going back to the Romans, Asolo features historic buildings, characterful cobbled streets and fragrant gardens around every corner. And of course, there are the ancient ruins of Rocca castle. Or maybe you’re unashamedly ‘cultured out’ and want nothing more than a few more glasses of delicious Prosecco Superiore. All the way from Bruneck, you’ve worked hard for your indulgence; we think you deserve a glass or two…or more…
After breakfast, Asolo awaits further exploration. Alternatively, we highly recommend cycling 13 miles (21 Km) west to Bassano del Grappa, spiritual birthplace of strong, fiery, world-famous grappa brandy. Like Asolo, Bassano is packed with history: imagine strolling along Veneto-style arcaded streets and across piazzas interspersed with Alpine balconies before enjoying a taste of the spirit that bears the towns name. Then visit the covered, timber Bridge of the Alpini over the Brenta – imagine Lucerne’s Kapellebruecke on steroids! There are several fascinating museums too, including Museo degli Alpini dedicated to Italy’s Alpine troops, and the Museo Civico with its archaeological display and art collection. Other must-visit highlights include the fresco-packed Church of San Francesco and the famous Ezzelino tower. It’ll be a another memorable day!
Too soon, your two-wheel Dolomites tour has ended. After breakfast, you transfer to Venice for your homeward flight. On the way, your head will spin with the many impressions of cycling, amazing food, rich culture and jaw-dropping Alpine landscapes accumulated while getting to know this wonderful corner of Italy.
It’s time for Arrivedercis and looking forward to returning for another cycling adventure in the Dolomites, Prosecco and Veneto. Oh yes! We look forward to welcoming you on another of our cycling trips in Italy (or elsewhere in Europe) soon!
As with all our carefully chosen hotels, Bruneck's Hotel Corso is perfectly located on stylish Bastioni, just a stone's throw from the rushing River Rienz. The Hotel Corso, in the heart of Plan de Corones, has welcomed and delighted travellers like us since the 17th century. Your luggage will be in your room on arrival and you'll soon be relaxing on the sun terrace or easing away the pleasant tiredness in the hotel's wellness centre. Will you choose a massage, a sauna with views of Bruneck's thirteenth-century castle, or a luxurious soak in the hot tub? The choice is yours...
Your cosy, warm-coloured, wood-floored room, whether in Biedermeier or Graben style, has all the 4-star appointments you look forward to after a long day: including flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, fridge and private bathroom with hairdryer. Later, stroll around town as the sun sets over the distant Getzenberg. Then dine in superb South Tyrolean style – homemade spelt pappardelle and tagliatelle fatte in casa are just two mouthwatering specialities to enjoy in the Corso's restaurant.
After a last nightcap, enjoy a great night's sleep among the mountains. In the morning, as Bruneck wakes for another day, savour the delicious buffet breakfast. You're all set for another amazing day's exploration on foot or on two-wheels...
As its name suggests, the Park Hotel Bellevue is beautifully located on the verdant floor of the Puster Valley close to the densely forested slopes of the imposing Kalvarie.
With over 100 years’ experience of offering hospitality, a veritable alpine treat waits to delight you after another day’s cycling and exploration. Rooms here have stunning views of the surrounding mountains, as well as balconies, satellite TV and other appointments.
To help you ease away the pleasant tiredness of a day’s cycling, the Park Hotel Bellevue offers a well-equipped wellness centre. The highlights include a traditional Roman bath, steam room, herbal sauna, hot tub and indoor swimming pool.
After pampering yourself, imagine feasting on mouth-watering Italian and South Tyrolean specialities in the Bellevue’s cosy, wood-panelled restaurant. Look forward to enjoying meticulously prepared Italian and South Tyrolean gastronomic treats. And fine wines from the hotel’s cellar.
In the morning, after a great night’s sleep, wake to more of the same (well, maybe without the wine…). Make sure not to miss the Bellevue’s sumptuous South Tyrolean breakfast buffet.
Consistently high visitor ratings, a typical South Tyrolean welcome, and an amazing central location speak volumes about your hotel in chic Cortina.
Imagine settling in to your cosy, alpine-style en-suite room with traditionally panelled walls, free Wi-Fi satellite flat-screen TV and minibar – some rooms have a balcony too. And your private bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer.
After settling in, relax with a coffee or something stronger in the Ambra’s snack bar or on the lovely terrace. Later, explore Cortina and dining in one of many stylish cafes and restaurants. You might even find yourself following in James Bond’s footsteps at the Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel featured in For Your Eyes Only.
After a restoring night’s sleep, you’ll be ready for another day’s adventuring. But not before tucking in to the delicious hot and cold breakfast buffet served daily (gluten-free food available on request).
A warm Veneto welcome and comfortable, classically furnished rooms await you after another day’s cycling. Albergo Delle Alpi is located near the confluence of the Piave and Torrente Ardo rivers in Belluno’s historic heart. You’re in experienced hands too; the hotel has delighted travellers to Veneto since 1880!
Settle in to your room, with private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and other appointments that enhance your comfort after a busy day.
Then look forward to sampling local specialities in the Delle Alpi’s restaurant next door. Or explore town to dine at one of Belluno’s other cafes and restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to relive the day’s experiences and update your tour journal before bed.
After a refreshing sleep, wake to the sounds of Belluno arising and the smell of fresh coffee, croissants and the rest of the hotel’s delicious continental breakfast spread.
The impressive Hotel Doriguzzi is another cycle-friendly hotel, situated conveniently in a central (but quiet) part of the attractive hill-town of Feltre, Veneto.
After another day exploring, look forward to a warm welcome by fellow cycling enthusiasts and a lovely room. A comfortable mattress, en-suite bathroom, minibar, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV are just some of the appointments. And remember to ask the friendly staff – unmissable in smart green and white uniforms – about guest discounts at a local wellness centre.
Feeling hungry? Snacks and drinks are available in the hotel bar (with terrace service on request). Alternatively, head into Feltre to sample the town’s café and dining scene before retiring.
After a refreshing night’s sleep, look forward to a serious touring cyclists’ breakfast with fresh coffee and a generous selection of mouth-watering croissants, cakes, local cheeses and cold meats. That’ll keep you going until you stop, mid-morning, for more delicious coffee and cakes on the road!
Being so passionate about cycling themselves, the Doriguzzi’s team are well equipped to advise on the local cycling scene. Whether that means you follow the Giro d’Italia route up nearby Monte Grappa remains to be seen! Maybe better to stick with your much gentler Oro Tours itinerary this time!
Tonight's hotel, the Hotel Asolo, is set in its own little park, on Asolo’s Via Castellana, at the foot of the hills of Asolo, 6.5 miles (10 km) south west of the braided River Piave. With such a tranquil location, look forward to more well earned relaxation after another day’s cycle touring.
The Asolo Hotel combines a centuries-long tradition of hospitality (it dates back to 1717) with recent complete renovation. After checking in, settle into your elegant en-suite room with underfloor heating and cooling, and all the appointments needed for a comfortable stay.
Later, catch up on holiday reading in the reading room, relax in the TV lounge, enjoy a drink in the bar, or research tomorrow’s plans with free Wi-Fi. Feel like going al fresco? Enjoy the Asolo’s outdoor relaxation area with its panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
In the morning, before exploring further, enjoy a delicious breakfast in the hotel’s breakfast room.
|July 21, 23||£1,475|
|August 14, 16||£1,475|
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room without flights and transfers.
Triple room: £10 per third person per night.
Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses e.g. food or cots, to be paid direct to the hotelier.
Children under 12 years: £15 off per night.
Single room: £26 per night.
E-Bike: £20 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
Tandem: £15 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
£250 per person
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