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The Dolomites' Not-So-Secret Uphills: Dobbiaco to Venice

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Dolomites Self-guided trip: Starts any Wednesday or Saturday from April 29th through September 30th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 63 km (39 miles) to 110 km (65 miles)
Starts from Toblach in Italy's South Tyrol and ends in Venice
Dobbiaco, Verona and Venice are serviced by train from Innsbruck
Accommodation in 3-star and 4-star properties
Level: 4 (Difficult)
From 710 euros per person sharing a double room

The Dolomites' Not-So-Secret Uphills: Dobbiaco to Venice —
7 nights/8 days

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This cycling tour starts from the Alta Pusteria valley
 
Your final destination is Venice.
  Formed by the collision of the African and European continents approximately 60 million years ago, the Dolomites offer an infinite number of routes and grades. The challenge of traversing these steep wonders is intense, but the feeling of triumph is even greater. And while the cheering fans of the Giro d'Italia may not be there to entice you further, the unbelievable sights sure will.

As the first natural monument in Italy protected by UNESCO, these mountains' breathtaking landscapes are as varied as the numerous dialects and cultures still prevalent among them. We invite you to witness it all on an incredible cycling tour of
the Dolomites’ famous passes!
 
Itinerary
Day 1 (Wednesday or Saturday): Arrival at Toblach/Nieblerdorf

Set amongst luscious and verdant mountains under azure skies, your first hotel in Alta Pusteria (the Pustertal valley or "Hochpustertal" in German) provides a warm and friendly welcome upon your arrival. You’ll want to take in sights of the surrounding splendors before biking across them tomorrow.
Day 2 (Thursday or Sunday): Hochpustertal — Cortina d’Ampezzo (Short Option: 78 km/48 miles, 1,830 meters/5,600 ft of climbing; Long Option: 92 km/57 miles, 1,790 meters/5,865 ft of climbing)

On today’s ride, you’ll race through the quaint alpine town of Toblach before dashing through the Sexten Valley, known as the heart of the Dolomites. Here, blooming fields compete with tumultuous mountain ranges to form the foreground of the many surreal portraits around you.

Villages along the way provide rest stops before three Dolomiti passes really turn up the heat. At 1,636 meters high, the Kreuzberg pass (Passo Monte Croce in Italian) not only signifies the division between the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps but marks your first triumph on this bike trip. Beyond the reach of the next two steep climbs — Passo Sant’ Antonio and Passo Tre Coci — lies the former Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, where you’ll overnight.
Day 3 (Friday or Monday): Cortina d’Ampezzo – Belluno (90 km/56 miles, 2,330 meters/7,650 ft of climbing)

Hopefully your quads aren’t still feeling yesterday’s burn because today’s bike ride gives new meaning to the saying, “Beauty is pain.” The many towering peaks leading you to the province of Belluno may be dazzling to the eyes, but they’re certainly not easy on the legs. Natural wonders surround you while cycling from Cortina d’Ampezzo. On your right, the three-peaked summit of the Tofane; on your left, the Five Towers (Cinque Torri). Each drop of sweat rendered by the many passes on this route, including the treacherous climb up Passo Giau (2,236 m), will be well worth it in exchange for beautiful views and roaring descents. Overnight in Belluno.
Day 4 (Saturday or Tuesday): Belluno – Feltre (91 km/57 miles, 1,550 meters/5,075 ft of climbing)

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll leave the ancient city of Belluno behind. Biking along a windy route, you’ll pass through Ponte nelle Alpi to find yourself embraced by the Alpago valley, beside the grandeur of Lake Santa Croce (Lago Di Santa Croce). Several climbs ahead stand as reminders that today’s ride is more than just aerobic exercise — however, the renowned Valdobbiadene, home of the Italian Prosecco (sparkling wine), makes for the perfect warm-down. Be sure to get a taste of the region’s many vineyards before traversing the Piave River to the medieval town of Feltre where you’ll overnight.
Day 5 (Sunday or Wednesday): Feltre – Bassano del Grappa (62 km/39 miles, 1,630 meters/5,355 ft of climbing)

Although you’re almost to the plains where miles will slide easily beneath your wheels, the wrath of Monte Grappa — all 1,775 meters of it — still lies before you. Known as a famous site of the World War I battle between Italy, Austria and Germany, this mythic mountain is now the scene of your last uphill battle. No surrendering! With a steep, thrilling descent to the medieval Bassano del Grappa, victory never felt so good! Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.
Day 6 (Monday or Thursday): Bassano del Grappa - Treviso (110 km/65 miles, 980 meters/3,210 ft of climbing)

Thrusting the Alpine regions behind your bike seat, you’ll pedal on routes where beautiful villas designed by the renowned Venetian architect Andrea Palladio come into view. Up ahead, search for Italy’s hidden gem in the rustic town of Asolo before coasting along the “Vine Road” to Vittorio Veneto and Conegliano. The final destination for today’s ride is the fashionable and historic town of Treviso, where you’ll overnight.
Day 7 (Tuesday or Friday): Treviso – Venice/Mestre (To Mestre: 43 km/27 miles, 135 meters/445 ft of climbing; To Venice via Jesolo: 55 km/34 miles, 150 meters/490 ft of climbing)

After saying "Ciao" to Treviso, you’ll follow the path along the River Sile towards the “Serenissima” and cycle through Northern Italy until you reach Mestre/Venice.
Day 8 (Wednesday or Saturday): Departure

After breakfast, depart Mestre at the time of your choice. Note that we can arrange post-tour stays in Venice, if desired, in order to soak up more of its dreamy canal magic!
Booking & Pricing
From 710 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 710 euros per person in April, May, June, & September. Single supplement is 170 euros
  • 785 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 190 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPX tracks, marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 230 euros. These rates include the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bikes’ return in Toblach.

NB: Special departure dates may be possible for groups of 5 or more (on request)
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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