An Exhilarating Bike Tour of the Fairytale Towns and Towering Peaks of Italy’s High Country!
Experience inspiring beauty and fairytale settings on this challenging, exhilarating and epic bicycle tour through the Italian Alps, featuring legendary climbs that have defined Giro history! Here we’ll surmount high country passes, climb among soaring spires, and zoom downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wild flowers, on mountain routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists like Marco Pantani. Challenge your body while you explore a rich mixture of culture, and celebrate a sense of accomplishment on this quest through the heart of the Dolomites. The first natural monument in Italy protected by UNESCO, the Dolomites are a roller coaster of sensational rides passing between historic World War I sites and quaint villages. This seven-day bike trip through the mountains of Trentino offers a perfect blend of athletic challenge, aesthetic beauty, and high-country culture for advanced cyclists who are ready to radically improve their cycling skills.
Culture, History and Beauty Abound on Our Mountain Bike Trip
On the Majestic Dolomites bicycle tour you’ll stay in mountain resort villages including Canazei and Corvara, and during the day improve your cycling skills with downhill and climbing clinics, pedaling against an inspiring backdrop of soaring spires, plunging waterfalls and cool Alpine forests. Our routes traverse historic ramps and passes where the greatest cyclists of the past like Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi built their legends, including Palade, Mendola, and Stelvio pass, known as “the King,” and first used in the 1953 Giro where Coppi achieved his most famous win. From this bike trip’s first long climb facing the gorgeous “Marmolada” to our final descent into Corvara, here in the Dolomites you’ll discover “the soul of the sport of cycling” like nowhere else in the world!
- Best of mountain culture with gourmet dinners
- Discover the ancient city of Bolzano, capital of Sud Tyrol
- Stay in the great mountain villages of Canazei and Corvara
- Daily backdrop of soaring spires, waterfalls, and cool forests
- World War I battlefields and history
- Ride spectacular epic passes in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Improve your cycling skills with downhill and climbing clinics
Day by Day
Glorenza and Upper Venosta Valley
Today we’ll meet you at 11:30 am at Bolzano’s train station for a 1.5-hour shuttle ride to our hotel in Malles, where we’ll have lunch. At 2:15 pm we’ll meet at the hotel for a warm-up ride to the towns below Burgusio: Clusio, Laudes and the small, fortified village of Glorenza. The valley is wide and open, the air clean with the scent of flowers, and you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Ortles Mountains to the south and Monte Maria’s abbey to the north.
Rabla’ and Passo dello Stelvio
Less then 1 mile from the southeast border of Switzerland, we find the Stelvio pass, also known as “the King.” This road has a lot of history as it was used in the Bronze Age as a trading route between what is currently known as Austria and Italy. During the Napoleonic wars, various countries fought for control of the route, as it was one of the only mountain passes open all year. The top of the pass once represented the border between Austria and Italy. Today, the entire pass is in Italian territory, and other passes are considered more practical for auto traffic due to the Stelvio’s many hairpin turns. The top of the Stelvio is 2728 mt. and the average gradient of the Stelvio is about 7.5% with maximum elevation of about 13%. The Stelvio was first used in the 1953 Giro that saw Fausto Coppi's famous win.
Bolzano, Mendola and Palade Passes
Today’s ride brings us to the capital of the region, the lively city of Bolzano, rich with art, history and shopping opportunities. Our route there includes two spectacular passes, the “Palade” and the “Mendola. The first is a bit more calling with steady inclines and a few switchbacks. After a quick break, climb the “Palade,” which has a more relaxed incline and is the starting point for one of the most spectacular descents of the while tour. The final stretch into Bolzano is along a bike path passing a line of beautiful vineyards.
Canazei, Pinei and Sella Passes
Our ride will lead us to one of the lesser-known valleys of Sud Tyrol - the Sciliar highplan - where Austrian language and culture are still dominant among the locals. Road signs, language, food and tradition are German, here; once again we thank Italy for its diversity! In the afternoon, after having climbed two passes, we’ll reach Canazei, popular ski resort, base for cyclists wishing to explore the Dolomites. In the Val di Fassa, the main language is Ladin, which does not resemble German. Instead, it’s a language derived from the Roman conquerors and from an indigenous mountain tribe.
Corvara, Marmolada and Falzarego Passes
We cycle along the same passes as Italy’s annual Giro d’Italia, a three-week bike race that begins in the south and zigzags north. Our first long climb faces the gorgeous “Marmolada,” then rises above the Passo Falzarego, an area where major battles of WW I were fought. Today we experience the landscape’s current peace and tranquility. In addition, we partake of the international cycling present in the summit of the climbs. Our final descent into Corvara is unforgettable.
Today enjoy a popular ride around the four passes of the “Sellaronda,” one of the Alps most beautiful circuits. A dream for skiers, and a challenge for cyclists. Thisis a 35-mile ride around the majestic Sella Massif, up and down the passes of Sella, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi. Here you will discover, “the soul of the sport of cycling” like nowhere else in the world. Every year, millions of bikes come to follow the tracks of the greatest cyclists of the past like Bartali and Coppi, who built their legends on these ramps.
After breakfast, around 9am, we will provide one shuttle to the Bolzano train station (1.5hrs) to catch your next connections, so please make your plans accordingly.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Transfer to the beginning and at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Advanced cycling clinics
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 5 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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The 4-star Hotel Garberhof is located at the foot of the Dolomites. This modern hotel has an award-winning spa with a heated outdoor pool. Rooms are equipped with modern comforts, large balcony or terrace, and Wi-Fi.
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A charming and picturesque mountainside chalet, well furnished with every new comfort. Our hotel offers a wonderful fitness and spa center including whirlpool, sauna, and massages.
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Located in the center of town, enjoy modern-style, comfortable rooms at the foot of the Alps. Complete with a spa and wellness center, the staff are warm and inviting.
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