The 4-star Hotel Europeo is a simple mountain lodge in the center. All rooms are equipped with modern comforts.
Swoop and soar through epic passes in two mountainous regions.
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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Welcome to Verona! Today, we meet at 12:00 pm in the lobby of our hotel in Verona for introductions. We have a light lunch in a restaurant and afterward, we do a bike fitting and a warm-up ride along the beautiful Adige river. This is followed by a guided tour of the romantic city of Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, and a special welcome dinner!
Our first full-day ride starts out rolling through the vineyards of Amarone and Valpolicella and crossing the Adige valley, which provides well-earned views over the entire Lago di Garda. Then we have a long and exhilarating descent 1,200 meters all the way to the lake. Riva Del Garda is at the northernmost point of the Lake. We’ll have time to explore this gem of a lakeside town.
We climb out of the gorgeous lake valley towards the “Gruppo Brenta” the westernmost mountains of the Dolomite range. The morning climb is long but not too steep and provides some spectacular views of the lake and the tiny mountain villages. 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.
We’re officially in premier Italian ski country! From Pinzolo (2,296 ft) we climb up through Madonna di Campiglio (4,921 ft), a skier's (and cyclists) paradise in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. The gorgeous mountain range is in view at all times with peaks that soar over 9,000 ft, the highest being Cima Brenta. Our first official mountain pass of the trip is Carlo Magno (5,518). We’ll stop for photo ops at the top before an amazing descent. At the base, we begin our ride through the Valle di Sole (Valley of Sun) and climb again up to Cloz (2,595 ft). Below you can see the Lago di Giustina, and ride along a lovely ridge covered with orchards of the prized Trentino apples through Fondo (3,241 ft).
Today is a day to rest up a bit and stretch other leg muscles, while we take an easy hike up the Oberbozen (above Bolzano), Renon Plateau (3,937 ft). With amazing views of the famous Rosengarden, Sciliar and Latemar Dolomite groups we’ll see the mountains through which we will ride tomorrow. We stop at Kaiserhof, a llama farm, with our friends Walter and Sabine Mayer. After lunch on your own, we descend back to Bolzano. Bolzano is filled with great restaurants, and one of the best gelaterie in Italy (and therefore the world). We also visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where, like a time traveler, we will meet Oetzi and his artifacts—he has a mummy that dates back to 5,000 years ago!
Today we’ll be skirting just below the Sciliar and Rosengarden with their dramatic peaks directly above us. 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 (4,714 ft). After passing through several quirky alpine towns, we stop for lunch in Santa Cristina Val Gardena, and then it’s another 10 km until we start the climb to the second pass, Passo di Sella (7,362 ft). A long, steep descent takes us to the little gem of a Sud Tyrolean town of Canazei (4,806 ft).
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 Pordoi and finally the dramatic Passo Falzarego. This entire area is an outdoor WW1 museum as it is the site where major battles were fought. Today we experience the landscape’s inherent peace and tranquility mixed with the majesty of some of the worlds most beautiful mountains.
Although today is a designated rest day, we have planned an outing to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. We will have lunch in a typical Malga just in front of the three peaks. Cortina is often described as the Aspen of Italy, though its history is much older. Cortina hosted the Olympic Games in the ‘60s and continues to thrive as a mecca for all mountain sports enthusiasts, as well as also being known as one of the worlds “glitziest” mountain towns.
The first 15 miles we climb over Passo Tre Croce, to the scenic tranquility of Lago Misurina, and continue skirting around the base of the imposing and spectacular 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 the understated, city of Lienz, the capital of Eastern Tyrol. The quaint medieval city center of Lienz is a well restored pedestrian zone for shopping or an optimal place to chill with a nice aperitivo before dinner.
We leave the Lienzer Dolomiten heading north through the valley next to the river Winklern, approaching the majestic Grossglockner. The highlight of the tour and possibly of many rides you’ve done, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes us up to areas 8,202 ft above sea level, through majestic mountain scenery in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The effort is great but well worth the views at the top!
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. Make sure to take lots of photos in the morning between miles 3-10. 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 into Mulbach, then one last climb to Pfarwerfen and then down to Werfen.
Today we have a guided visit of Werfen’s castle. An easy, casual, delightful finish brings you to the enchanting city of Salzburg without even breaking a sweat. A lovely bike path takes you all the way to Mozart Platz through farmland and tiny villages. Get those Sound of Music tunes in your head; this is the land of Maria Von Trapp and Mozart! 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?