The 4-star Hotel Europeo is a simple mountain lodge in the center. All rooms are equipped with modern comforts.
Experience the dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian and Austrian Alps. Ride over exhilarating passes, climb by soaring spires and downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wildflowers on alpine routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists. Renew your body and spirit, awaken to a rich mixture of culture and celebrate the enrichment on this bike tour in the heart of the Dolomites. Start in Veneto, pass through the entirety of Trentino and the dolomites until you get to Austria.
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Meet at 12:00pm for introductions at our hotel in Verona. We do a bike fitting, and a warm up ride along the beautiful Adige river, followed by a guided tour of the romantic city of Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, and a special reunion, welcome dinner!
Our first full-day ride starts out rolling through the vineyards of Amarone and Valpolicella, crosses the Adige Valley and climbs over the backside of the famous Monte Baldo (1462m). Then we have a long and exhilarating descent 1200 meters all the way to the lake.
We climb out of the gorgeous lake valley towards the “Gruppo Brenta” the westernmost mountains of the Dolomite range. We pass Lago di Tenno before descending into a lovely green valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. After a short but steep climb to Stenico, we enjoy a delicious picnic overlooking the Sarca river. The rest of the day’s ride descends along a tiny road through a delightful river valley. In Pinzolo, we’ll enjoy a special dinner at a mountain hunting lodge.
Our first climb will zig zag up for ten miles from Pinzolo (770m) past Madonna di Campiglio (1500m). Our first official mountain pass of the trip is Carlo Magno (1682m). At the base we begin our ride though the Valle di Sole (Valley of Sun), and we’ll begin climbing again at mile 29, starting out a bit steep and leveling at Cloz (791m). The climbing begins again near Fondo (988m) and continues steeply at times. After Fondo the climb is gentler until the top of the Passo Mendola (1363m). We will now pass into the Sud Tirol, descending into the lovely valley of Caldaro (425m).
Today is a day to rest up a bit and stretch other leg muscles, while we’ll take an easy hike up the Oberbozen (above Bolzano), Renon Plateau (1200m). We’ll stop for a unique picnic at Kaiserhof, a lama farm, then we’ll descend back to Bolzano and shuttle out to the Mesner Mountain Museum.
We leave Bolzano on the flat bike path, but the situation soon changes as we climb towards the Val di Tires and up to Passo di Pinei (1437m). After passing through several quirky alpine towns, we stop for lunch in Selva di Val Gardena, and then it’s another 10km until we start the climb to the second pass, Passo di Sella (2244m). A long, steep descent takes us to the little gem of a Sud Tyrolean town of Canazei (1465m).
We cycle along the same passes as Italy’s annual Giro d’Italia. Our first long climb faces the gorgeous Gruppo Sella, then rises above the Passo Gardena and finally the dramatic Passo Valparola. Our descent into Cortina is blissful.
Although today is a designated rest day, we have planned an outing to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Cortina hosted the Olympic Games in the 60s and continues to thrive as a mecca for all mountain sports enthusiasts.
The first 15 miles we climb over Passo Tre Croce to Lago Misurina, and continue skirting around the base of Monte Cristallo through the Ampezzo Dolomites to Dobbiaco. We’ll follow a beautifully maintained system of bicycle paths through the wide Pusteria Valley all the way from Dobbiaco, passing the Italian/Austrian boarder, to Lienz, the capital of Eastern Tyrol.
We leave the Lienzer Dolomiten heading north through the valley next to the river Winklern, approaching Grossglockner. The highlight of the tour and possibly of many rides you’ve done, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes us up to areas 2500m above sea level, through majestic mountain scenery in the Hohe Tauern National Park. After a long ascent, and a rest at top, we have a long descent to Zell am See.
We leave the Austrian oasis of Zell Am See and pedal along a gorgeous valley through quaint farm villages. The mountains in the distance are a dramatic backdrop to our entire ride. We begin climbing out of this river valley (tough at times) and at the top of our second climb we will have a delicious Austrian lunch. After lunch, a long descent nto Mulbach, then one last climb to Pfarwerfen and then down to Werfen.
Today’s late departure gives you plenty of time to visit Werfen’s castle. A lovely bike path takes you all the way to Mozart Platz through farmland and tiny villages. We will try to get in early so we have time to roam Salzburg’s delightful streets.
After breakfast around 9 am we offer one Group shuttle to the Salzburg airport. Or, why not extend your stay in Salzburg?
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