Home > The Dolomites' Not-So-Secret Uphills: Dobbiaco to Venice
Formed by the collision of the African and European continents approximately 60 million years ago, the Dolomites offer an infinite number of routes and grades. The challenge of traversing these steep wonders is intense, but the feeling of triumph is even greater. And while the cheering fans of the Giro d'Italia may not be there to entice you further, the unbelievable sights sure will.
As the first natural monument in Italy protected by UNESCO, these mountains' breathtaking landscapes are as varied as the numerous dialects and cultures still prevalent among them. We invite you to witness it all on an incredible cycling tour of the Dolomites’ famous passes!
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Set amongst luscious and verdant mountains under azure skies, your first hotel in Alta Pusteria (the Pustertal valley or "Hochpustertal" in German) provides a warm and friendly welcome upon your arrival.
You’ll want to take in sights of the surrounding splendors before biking across them tomorrow.
On today’s ride, you’ll race through the quaint alpine town of Toblach before dashing through the Sexten Valley, known as the heart of the Dolomites. Here, blooming fields compete with tumultuous mountain ranges to form the foreground of the many surreal portraits around you.
Villages along the way provide rest stops before three Dolomiti passes really turn up the heat. At 1,636 meters high, the Kreuzberg pass (Passo Monte Croce in Italian) not only signifies the division between the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps but marks your first triumph on this bike trip. Beyond the reach of the next two steep climbs — Passo Sant’ Antonio and Passo Tre Coci — lies the former Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, where you’ll overnight.
Hopefully your quads aren’t still feeling yesterday’s burn because today’s bike ride gives new meaning to the saying, “Beauty is pain.” The many towering peaks leading you to the province of Belluno may be dazzling to the eyes, but they’re certainly not easy on the legs. Natural wonders surround you while cycling from Cortina d’Ampezzo. On your right, the three-peaked summit of the Tofane; on your left, the Five Towers (Cinque Torri).
Each drop of sweat rendered by the many passes on this route, including the treacherous climb up Passo Giau (2,236 m), will be well worth it in exchange for beautiful views and roaring descents. Overnight in Belluno.
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll leave the ancient city of Belluno behind. Biking along a windy route, you’ll pass through Ponte nelle Alpi to find yourself embraced by the Alpago valley, beside the grandeur of Lake Santa Croce (Lago Di Santa Croce). Climb of the Passo San Boldo stand as reminder that today’s ride is more than just aerobic exercise — however, the renowned Valdobbiadene, home of the Italian Prosecco (sparkling wine), makes for the perfect warm-down.
Be sure to get a taste of the region’s many vineyards before traversing the Piave River to the medieval town of Feltre where you’ll overnight.
Although you’re almost to the plains where miles will slide easily beneath your wheels, the wrath of Monte Grappa — all 1,775 meters of it — still lies before you. Known as a famous site of the World War I battle between Italy, Austria and Germany, this mythic mountain is now the scene of your last uphill battle. No surrendering! With a steep, thrilling descent to the medieval Bassano del Grappa, victory never felt so good! Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.
Thrusting the Alpine regions behind your bike seat, you’ll pedal on routes where beautiful villas designed by the renowned Venetian architect Andrea Palladio come into view. Up ahead, search for Italy’s hidden gem in the rustic town of Asolo before coasting along the “Vine Road” to Vittorio Veneto and Conegliano.
The final destination for today’s ride is the fashionable and historic town of Treviso, where you’ll overnight.
After saying "Ciao" to Treviso, you’ll follow the path along the River Sile towards the “Serenissima” and cycle through Northern Italy until you reach Mestre/Venice.
After breakfast, depart Mestre at the time of your choice.
Note that we can arrange post-tour stays in Venice, if desired, in order to soak up more of its dreamy canal magic!
7 nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties
NB: Special departure dates may be possible for groups of 5 or more (on request)