Dolomites Explorer

  • Location

    Crotina d'Ampezzo to Valdobbiadene, Italy

  • Duration

    7 Days | 6 Nights

  • Length

    64 - 99km daily

  • Climb

    1,260 - 2,600m daily

13 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021 / 5 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021

The Dolomites: one of the most popular cycling destinations in the world ... and for good reason! A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites are a mountain range which takes its name from the carbonate rock dolomite provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday.​

Firstly, there is the wonderful hospitality offered by the Ladin people. The Ladin people in the Dolomite region distinguish themselves from their neighbours not only through their own language (Ladin) but also through a self-confident culture which has grown for centuries and has its roots in mountain farming and craftwork.

Then there is the mouth-watering food. Traditional cuisine is characterized by the simplicity of its ingredients: Barley soup, Turtles (fried pastries filled with spinach or sauerkraut), Schlutzkrapfen (Ravioli filled with spinach) or Furtaies (a spiral-shaped, fried dessert) remain some of the most popular specialities of Ladin cuisine today.

And... not to mention the cycling! Many pages of the glorious history of the Girod’Italia were written in the Dolomites. Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi, Alberto Contador battled on prestigious passes such as Passo Pordoi, Passo Gardena and Passo Giau. Riding in the Dolomites is truly one of the best cycling experiences one can have and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Total price: FROM €3,450

  • Climb iconic Giro d’Italia passes, including Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Valparola, Campolongo, Pordoi, Gardena, Falzarego, Sella and Monte Grappa
  • Ride in a UNESCO World Heritage List site
  • Get a taste of the unique Ladin culture and cuisine
  • Fully supported tour with local guides
  • Maximum group size: 14 riders
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - Sunday

    Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo

    After we meet you at Venice Airport, a two-hour drive will take us to our hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    Located in the heart of the Dolomites, the town is famous for its wintersports; hosting the 1956 winter Olympics and will be co-hosting it's second for the 2026 Winter Olympics with Milan. Cortina is a beautiful town surrounded by incredible Dolomiti and is popular in the summer with outdoor sports lovers. Upon arrival, our team will help you unpack and build your bike, you are free to visit the town, have an apple strudel or join us for a short ride and stretch your legs. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional Sud Tyrolean dinner.

    Hotel Europa ****, Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Day 2 - Monday


    86km / 2,300m of climbing

    Forget those Monday blues... this is hands down one of Italy's most spectacular climbs... Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Why? The last 4 kilometres are very steep, with an average of 11% and a maximum of 19%. The great Eddie Merckx has even called it one of the hardest climbs he had ever done (won Giro stage there in 1968). More recently, Nibali rode out of the snow in his pink jersey to win the 96th Giro in 2013. Tre Cime means Three Peaks and until 1919 they formed part of the border between Italy and Austria. Now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces and still are a part of the linguistic boundary. A long descent will take us to the second and final climb of the day; Passo Falzarego. On the other side of the climb is Badia, where we will check into our favourite bike hotel - the Melodia del Bosco!

    Hotel Melodia del Bosco***, Badia
  • Day 3 - Tuesday

    Sella Ronda Loop

    65km / 1,940m of climbing

    Sella Ronda Loop - today's ride is 65km. Only? But we climb 4 prestigious passes: Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m), Passo Sella (2,244m) and Passo Gardena (2,136m). That’s the famous Sella Ronda Loop, which is also part of all three Maratona courses. On Passo Pordoi, ride by the memorial to Fausto Coppi, the legendary Italian champion who won some of his most famous victories in the Dolomites.

    We'll return to the hotel, enjoy an apres Velo pasta and then you are free to relax at the spa, book a massage or have a look around the pretty nearby town, Corvara.

    Hotel Melodia del Bosco***, Badia
  • Day 4 - Wednesday


    64km / 1,550m of climbing

    Today we will enjoy a rolling warm-up to Corvara, from Corvara we will start to climb up the other side of the beautiful Passo Gardena, a legendary climb with incredible views. From the top of Gardena, you can appreciate the power of the majestic Dolomites and look over to Passo Sella, our next climb. Once arriving at Passo Sella, you will have the opportunity to take photos - it has one of the best views in the entire region. A long descent will take us to the pretty town of Canazei, from there we will ride a mainly flat road to our next hotel in Predazzo. Our hotel is located in the old town, where you will have time to explore and enjoy a post ride gellato!

    Ancora Active Hotel ****, Predazzo
  • Day 5 - Thursday


    79km / 2,260m of climbing

    Epic day alert! On Today's menu: Passo Rolle and Croce d'Aune...both featured in the 2019 Giro d´Italia. We will enjoy a flat warm-up passing the beautiful lake of Paneveggio and then the climbing begins. Passo Rolle is a steep and long climb... but it's worth it. At the top, we will enjoy views over the famous "Tre Palle'', three tower-shaped mountains that are emblematic of that region. A descent down to the valley will take us to the foot of Croce d'Aune, our final climb before reaching Feltre. Once showered and rested in the evening, we will visit the famous 'Birrieria Padavena' (brewery) and you will have the opportunity to explore the old town of Feltre.

    Hotel Doriguzzi***, Feltre
  • Day 6 - Friday


    95km / 2,600m of climbing

    Your last day of the holiday must be a memorable one! And after five beautiful days in the Dolomites, it's no slim feat! But...we have a great surprise for you! Today we will ride Monte Grappa. A mythical climb where history has been written both in war and cycling. There are 10(!) possible ways to climb to the top. We will be ascending from Seren del Grappa and descending to Semonzo. Once at the top, we will enjoy incredible views before descending down into Semonzo. A short ascent will take us to Valdobbiadene, where our fantastic hotel awaits us and an evening of celebration.

    Hotel Castel Brando****, Valdobbiaene
  • Day 7 - Saturday

    Goodbye Italy

    All good things have an end. After a last apfelstrudel and espresso (or cappuccino, or macchiato), the shuttle will take you back to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Time to go home and share stories from your Dolomites advenuture (and photos) with your envious cycling friends!