Bike Tour | Italy – Dolomites to Venice 2017-03-30T14:12:53+00:00

Bike Tour – Dolomites to Venice

10-DAY / 9-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

Gentle bike paths lead us through the spectacular Dolomites then down past lovely terraced vineyards, and through classic medieval towns and villages before reaching our ultimate destination, Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Our route takes us along mountain valleys, past a myriad of castles, beautiful villas, ancient villages, and handsome vineyards. In the process we gradually lose over 4200 feet in elevation. Starting from our hotel in San Candido we take a beautiful ride down through the Austrian border to visit the handsome town of Lienz. We spend two nights in Cortina,  the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics, and then visit Belluno, Valdobbiadene (where we have a chance to taste the best Prosecco in the world) and Villa di Maser, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a night in beautiful Treviso, we transfer to Venice where a vaporetto takes us along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and the start of a spectacular tour of what has to be one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world. Add to all this wonderful adventure the legendary hospitality and unsurpassed cuisine of northern Italy and you have a perfect experience indeed.

Dolomites to Venice Bike Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE | ARRIVAL DAY  |  Distance: 6 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | San Candido-Dobbiaco Loop

We will meet you at the train station in Bolzano (easily accessible from Milan or Venice) at 2 pm and bring you from there to your hotel in San Candido, a lovely resort town on the Drava River. After introductions and bike fitting, we will take a short ride on the bike path to Dobbiaco before enjoying a meal that features wonderful local cuisine (including some of the best pastries in Europe).

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

San Candido Sport Hotel Tyrol

DAY TWO |  Distance: 27 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | San Candido to Lienz

Today we will bike along one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe. The entire day is gently down hill following the course of the Drau River from San Candido, then crossing into Austria to the beautiful town of Lienz (and losing 1870 feet in elevation in the process). You will enjoy exploring Lienz, “the Pearl of the Dolomites” a town that is beautifully situated at the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drava. There are many nice shops, the interesting 13th-century Bruck Castle and museum, and a beautiful main square where you can relax savoring an afternoon espresso. At the end of your day you have the option of riding back along the path to San Candido, or we will transport your bikes and you can enjoy the local train ride back to your hotel.

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

San Candido Sport Hotel Tyrol

DAY THREE | Distance: 22 or 34 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | San Candido to Cortina

We will start our biking day following the Drava Bike Path back toward Dobbiaco and then begin our journey southwards along the upper course of the Rienza River. We pass lovely Lake Dobbiaco in the Val di Landro, and enjoy the beautiful surrounding mountain panorama including a spectacular view of the famous “Tre cime di Lavaredo” (Three Peaks) in the Tre Cime mountains. From here we have one of the few climbs of the tour which is steady but gentle up to the Passo di Cimabanche, and then begin a long rambling descent with gorgeous views of the Sesto and Ampezzo Dolomite ranges. Following the route of an old former railway track, we bike through tunnels and over spectacular viaducts, while passing several abandoned railway stations. Our destination is the beautiful small town of Cortina d’Ampezzo the famous site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Sitting high in a sunny meadow surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountain crags, Cortina can boast perhaps the best location in all of the Dolomites. The town is fun to explore with its many shops, museum and two cable cars that take you high into the hills. For those with greater energy we will offer you the option to ride up past Misurina Lake to Refugio Locatelli, a climb of over 3000 feet that rewards you with unparalleled views into remote mountains.

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

Cortina Hotel Columbia

DAY FOUR | Exploration Day | Guided Hike | Optional Challenging Bike Ride: 34 miles – Biking Terrain: Advanced

There are several options today. Those eager to test their biking legs can ride the 34 mile Falzarego Trail loop that takes you high into the hills above Cortina. Our guides will also lead us on a pleasant hike up to Refugio Croda da Lago where we can picnic while experiencing rugged views into the eastern Dolomites. Many will want to make time to explore Cortina, either as your option for the day or as a fun experience after your hike or bike ride.

Dinner is on your own this evening

Cortina Hotel Columbia

DAY FIVE |  Distance: 52 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Cortina to Belluno

Today we gradually lose over 2700 feet of elevation as we leave Cortina’s famous d’Ampezzo valley behind, and proceed southerly along the Boite River. In  San Vito di Cadore we have stunning views of the towering massif of Monte Antelao and Monte Pelmo and then, following the old railway path, we make our way through the picturesque towns such as Vodo, Venas, Valle, and Tai. In Pieve di Cadore, you will have the chance to visit the family home of renowned Renaissance artist Tiziano Vecellio, (Titian) before riding the Lunga via Delle Dolomiti bike path through several neighborhoods and then crossing the famous Ponte degli Alpini into the historic town center of Belluno. Belluno’s lovely narrow streets and many small shops offer great opportunities for exploring and you will want to be sure to wind your way to the handsome town square, the Piazza del Duomo.

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

Belluno Suite Hotel Astor 

DAY SIX |  Distance: 39 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | Belluno to Valdobbiadene

Today we bike through the Bellunesi Dolomite National Park following back roads and along rolling hills. We stop to visit the historical bicycle museum in Cesiomaggiore and then ride into the area known as Valdobbiadene. Here we cycle along beautiful valleys and pass by castles and ancient churches. The most distinctive sights in this region, however, are the steep terraced hillsides laden with the vines of the Glera grape, from which they make the world’s best Prosecco wine.   After settling in to your hotel we will indeed end the day with a wonderful Prosecco wine tasting and delicious dinner at a local farm house and winery.

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

Hotel Vecchio Municipio 

DAY 7 | Distance: 37 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | Valdobbiadene to Treviso

Our first destination today will be the charming medieval village of Asolo (“the city of a hundred horizons”). Asolo is a magnificent Renaissance town with a classic historical center where we might enjoy a quiet cappuccino in the main square before making the short climb up to Monte Ricco, a medieval fortress that offers spectacular views of the old town and surrounding countryside.

Our biking next takes us to Maser where we can visit the beautiful Villa di Maser (also known as Villa Barbaro) considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the architect Andrea Palladio (1508-80), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villa is situated in the middle of a flourishing estate and  historic winery. After having a pleasant tour of the villa and a light lunch we end the day following a lovely bike path that takes us along the Sile and Cagnan Rivers into beautiful Treviso. The two rivers wind their way through the center of this charming city making it feel like a miniature Venice. You will love walking unhurriedly along waterways and cobblestone streets, visiting the fishmarket or perhaps enjoying a glass of the local Spritz while sitting in a tavern overlooking the square at  Piazza dei Signori.

Dinner together at a local restaurant (included)

Hotel Carlton

DAY 8 | Guided Tour of Venice /Treviso to Venice by Train

After a leisurely breakfast we take a 30 minute train ride to Venice where we begin a great walking tour of this magnificent city. Venice is rightfully famous for its canals, incredible architecture, and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage.  No cars are allowed, so you can walk or, of course, take a classic ride in a Venetian gondola or vaporetto. There are a wealth of world famous attractions to see, whether this is your first visit, or one of many, and our tour will take you by such well known attractions as the Piazza San Marco and its famous Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace and Gallerie dell’Accademias. In addition, we will also treat you to an “insider’s tour” leading you along hidden alleyways and special out of the way places that many never see and which make a visit to Venice truly unique. You will also have ample time today and tomorrow to explore on your own, have a drink at an open café, wander past the waterfront palazzos, palaces, and churches … or engage in the high-end shopping in the fashion boutiques and jewelry shops located near the Rialto Bridge and in the Piazza San Marco. Finally, after your tour of Venice, we will take a short ferry ride on the Venetian Lagoon to Lido Island and our hotel.

You are on your own for dinner tonight.

Ausonia & Hungaria Venezia Lido

DAY 9 | Distance: 20 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | Tour of the Lido, Pellestrina and neighboring islands

Today we experience riding through the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Here we can immerse ourselves in the laid back atmosphere that is “old time Venice.” We will bike along the wide tree-lined roads and along the sea front towards Malamocco before taking a short ferry ride to Pellestrina where we visit fishing villages – like San Pietro in Volta, Portosecco and Pellestrina. This is a timeless area where you will often see the fishermens’ wives sitting outside their front doors, bent over while crocheting fishing nets and children kicking soccer balls along the cobbled streets. Later in the day those with extra energy might want to continue their exploration of Venice or perhaps take time to walk along the famous 30-foot-high sand dunes at Oasi Dune degli Alberoni before riding back to the hotel.

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant (included)

Ausonia & Hungaria Venezia Lido

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE DAY

After a leisurely breakfast your tour guides will facilitate you getting to either train station (Santa Lucia or Miestre) or Marco Polo airport, so you can get to your next destination. Ciao!

  1. Inns

Sporthotel Tyrol is situated in the center of San Candido and offers pleasantly quiet surroundings and its own extensive garden.

http://www.sporthoteltyrol.it/en/hotel.html

Hotel Columbia is a welcoming hotel  located a few hundred meters away from the city center of Cortina D’Ampezzo, in a tranquil setting with evocative views of the Dolomites.

http://www.hcolumbia.it/

The 4-star Astor Belluno is in the historical downtown area of Belluno and has a unique view of the Piave valley on one side and Piazza de Martiri on the other. The interior design offers furnishings that are sophisticated and elegant with relaxing and calming colors, which creates an environment and atmosphere which is cozy, chic and comfortable.

http://www.astorbelluno.it/

The Hotel Vecchio Municipio enjoys a magnificent location on Valdobbiadene’s hills, in the village of San Pietro di Barbozza. Surrounded by Prosecco vineyards and a breath-taking view, Hotel Vecchio Municipio is undoubtedly a hidden gem.

http://www.hotelvecchiomunicipio.com/

The 4-star Hotel Carlton is the ideal residence for your stay in the heart of Treviso. Complete with all the modern comforts and services, the Hotel Carlton has courteous and professional staff, a restaurant, and spacious and magnificently furnished rooms, designed to give you the best comfort.

http://www.hotelcarlton.it/

The Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria of the Lido di Venezia is an elegant hotel with an irresistible retro appeal and yet with all the modern services and comforts. You will also enjoy its renowned restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the garden.

http://www.hungaria.it/

What’s Included

Nine nights lodging; nine breakfasts; seven dinners (you are on your own for one night in Cortina and one night in Venice); train from Lienz to San Candido and Treviso to Venice; Venitian multi pass in Venice; wine tasting in Valdobbiadene; guided hike in Cortina; guided tour of Venice; lunch and tour of Villa di maser (UNESCO World Heritage Site) various side trips; all related entry fees; bicycle and helmet; experienced multi-lingual  tour guides; full van support; detailed maps and directions. Airfare is not included. 

YOUR BIKE: We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location. Please note we will provide you with a road bike on the Dolomites to Venice tour, but due to packed gravel on some bike paths, we recommend you use a hybrid. Bikes-for-Web-Site

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