Dolomites to Venice Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bolzano / Mestre
  • Distance

    193 miles/310 kms
  • Themes

    Ebike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-121CIT
Price From £575

Overview

This wonderful route unveils some of the Dolomites’ most spectacular scenery. Awe inspiring peaks, crystal clear lakes and verdant valleys provide the back-drop to the first four days – most of which is on cycle paths. Thereafter you follow quiet lanes through the picturesque Prosecco region to historic Treviso and finally to Venice.

This leisurely to moderate route first leads you along the glorious Pusteria Valley, providing you with stunning views of soaring Dolomite peaks. You then head south, following a picturesque cycle path that weaves its way through the mountains, past the pretty town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and into the peaceful Cadore valley.

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Then it’s on to the beautiful town of Belluno and the towering peaks of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. The scenery then changes as you descend towards the sea of prosecco vineyards around Valdobbiadene. You will then visit Asolo, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, before riding on to the charming old town Treviso. Venice provides a fitting end to such a scenic cycling holiday and La Serenissima is sure to beguile you with her unique charms.

On this route you will cycle on tarmac lanes and cycle paths as well as some unpaved gravel paths. There are some climbs to contend with along the way, mostly over the first couple of days, but they are not that tough and e-bikes are an option if you are at all concerned about this element of the trip.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Bolzano

Bolzano

Make your way to medieval alpine town of Bolzano and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You could take a cable car up to the upper alpine for a scenic walk in the summer meadows or you could just enjoy a stroll through the winding streets and ancient arcades of the charming old town. We also recommend a visit to a local museum to see “Ötzi“, a 5300 year old caveman who’s well preserved remains were discovered in a nearby glacier in 1998.

Day 2: Transfer to Brunico, Brunico – Dobbiaco/San Candido, 19 miles/ 30 kms

Dobbiaco

Dobbiaco

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred by minibus to the historic town of Brunico in the Pusteria valley. Your first ride starts from here and follows an incredibly scenic route (part bike path, part secondary roads) along the beautiful Pusteria valley. Gorgeous little villages with wooden chalet-style houses punctuate the route and in the distance the towering cathedral-like spires of the Three Peaks provide an impressive back-drop. You’ll spend the night in either Dobbiaco or San Candido – both are charming Tirolean villages set amidst verdant meadows with fabulous views all around.

Day 3: Dobbiaco/San Candido – Cadore Valley, 28 to 40 miles/ 45 to 65 kms

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Today the route leads you south, past the picturesque Dobbiaco lake, into the Landro valley. The first section is slightly uphill but the jaw dropping scenery of this narrow steep sided valley will make the effort worth it. You are now cycling along the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (Dolomites Cycleway), an old railway line that has been converted into a spectacular cycle path. This is scenic leisure cycling at it’s best, traffic free with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. After a relaxing downhill section you coast into the bustling resort of Cortina d”Ampezzo. In the winter months this is a popular ski resort and in 1956 the Winter Olympic Games were held here. You continue along the cycle path into the Cadore valley where you will spend the night in one of the pleasant little villages.

Day 4: Cadore Valley – Belluno, 28 to 40 miles/ 45 to 65 kms

Belluno

Belluno

Today you continue along the Cadore valley, through more breathtaking alpine scenery to the town of Pieve di Cadore. Here you turn south and follow the course of the Piave river down another scenic alpine valley. This region saw fierce fighting during the First World War and the river has patriotic significance for many Italians. At Longarone (scene of the terrible Vajont dam disaster of 1963) you bid the cyclepath farewell and follow secondary roads on an undulating route to the pleasant town of Belluno where you will stop for the night.

Day 5: Belluno – Valdobbiadene, 38 miles/ 60 kms

Prosecco vineyards of Valdobbiadene

Prosecco vineyards – Valdobbiadene

There is more scenic cycling in store today as you leave Belluno and head towards the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Along the route you’ll enjoy some wonderful views of the impressive peaks and in the village of Cesiomaggiore the Bicycle museum is well worth a visit. A pleasant ride along quiet rural lanes brings you to the village of Busche where you once again begin to follow the course of the river Piave. Your destination today is the charming little town of Valdobbiadene which is situated in the famous Prosecco region. Surely a glass or two of this world famous product is in order this evening?

Day 6: Valdobbiadene – Treviso, 41miles/ 65 kms

Asolo

Today you enjoy a lovely ride through the Prosecco vineyards to the gorgeous little village of Asolo. This delightful little place features regularly in lists of Italy’s most beautiful villages so allow plenty of time to linger and enjoy the quaint streets and stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

From here you descend down to the plains and may wish to stop at Villa Barbaro, one of the most sumptuous Palladian villas, before following a network of rural lanes through small villages to the town of Treviso where you will overnight. In the evening you can stroll along the canals and winding streets of the beautiful old town.

Day 7: Treviso – Mestre/Venice, 28 miles/ 45 kms

Venice

Venice

You leave Treviso following the course of the Sile river to the town of Casale. Enroute you will pass the Cimitero dei Burci (cemetery of boats) where many old cargo boats were scuttled in the sixties to protest against the rise of motor vehicle cargo transport. From Casale it is not far to Mestre/Venice. Check in to your hotel and then head into Venice herself to enjoy an afternoon’s sightseeing and soaking up the atmosphere of this truly unique city. St. Mark’s square and the Grand Canal are the main attractions but we also encourage you to head over to Giudecca island for a stroll along the promenade. From here you get some fabulous view back across the lagoon to Venice herself.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Arrivals every Sunday between 26 April and 27 September

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
019-121CIT
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23 May
24 May
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27 Jun
28 Jun
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05 Sep
06 Sep
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19 Sep
20 Sep
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27 Sep
Superior category
Double/twin £613 £707 £754 £707 £613          
Single £829 £923 £970 £923 £829          
Triple £575 £669 £716 £669 £575          
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Deposit per person £199

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Transfer Bolzano to Brunico
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15 payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Bolzano, double/twin, superior (£67)
Extra night Bolzano, single, superior (£89)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, superior (£62)
Extra night Mestre, single, superior (£89)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£67)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£154)
Helmet (£15)
2021 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Sunday between 25 April and 26 September

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2021 Prices
019-121CIT
Per person
25 Apr
to
22 May
23 May
to
26 Jun
27 Jun
to
05 Sep
06 Sep
to
18 Sep
19 Sep
to
26 Sep
Superior category
Double/twin £613 £707 £754 £707 £613          
Single £829 £923 £970 £923 £829          
Triple £575 £669 £716 £669 £575          
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Deposit per person £199

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Transfer Bolzano to Brunico
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15 payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Bolzano, double/twin, superior (£67)
Extra night Bolzano, single, superior (£89)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, superior (£62)
Extra night Mestre, single, superior (£89)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£67)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£154)
Helmet (£15)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Bolzano: Hotel Chrys / Hotel Post Gries
Dobbiaco/San Candido: Hotel Rosengarten
Cadore valley: Hotel Belvedere
Belluno: Albergo Cappello E Cadore
Valdobbiadene: Hotel Diana
Treviso: Hotel Carlton
Mestre/Venice: Hotel President

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to either Verona or Venice airport and then take the train to Bolzano. From Verona the train takes approximately 2 hours and from Venice approximately 3 hours.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains in Italy here.

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