Dolomites Adventure Explorer

2019 Dates 

6 July to 14 July, 9 Days | 8 Nights

14 September to 22 September,  9 Days | 8 Nights

Description

Have you ever dreamed of riding all the classic climbs in the Dolomites? Well this is the tour for you. We start with Zoncolan and Monte Crostis and we tick off the iconic climbs as the week goes on. Passo Giau, Passo Costalunga, Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia; all iconic and all challenging and all with the best guides in the business.

The majesty of the Dolomites and the charming villages will enthrall and enchant you and when you combine this with warm and welcoming hotels, amazing food and wine (all included) you will never want this trip to end. And to top it all off we finish with the Madonna di Ghisallo and Bellagio on Lake Como.

So join us as we explore the Dolomites by bike.

More Information

Rider Type: Advanced

Hotel style*: 3 and 4 Star Classic

Maximum Guests: 10 persons

Prices:
AUD 6,499 p.p. twin share
EUR 3,999 p.p. twin share
GBP 3,599 p.p. twin share
USD 4,750 p.p. twin share
Single occupancy option: 20% of the purchase price
Deposit: 25% of the purchase price
Balance: 90 days prior to tour commencement (installment option available)

Start: Venice, Italy
Finish: Milan, Italy

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Tour highlights

4 staff for 10 guests including professional ride guide, soigneur and mechanical support

All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners (including Beer and Wine) included

Tackle challenging terrain including Zoncalan, Stelvio, Mortirolo and Gavia

Expert cycling route designed with local knowledge

All Sports nutrition provided (bars, gels and electrolytes)

Supported, on-line training plan included to prepare you for your epic adventure

Total ride distance, 800 km (500 miles)

Total climbing, 18,000 metre (60,000 feet)

Day 1 - Arrive Venice, Marco Polo

We will collect you from Venice airport and transport you to the Hotel. Once we arrive we will assist you with hotel check-in and bike building before we head out for a spin to shake the travel out of your legs.

As is our custom, we will meet over a drink (Aperitivo) before dinner and then walk to tonight’s restaurant for a group dinner with all guests and staff. Aperitivo is a daily ritual; stimulates the appetite and prepares you for the culinary delights we have planned for every night of this tour. It is also the perfect time to plan for tomorrow and relive the highlights of the day.

Today’s Ride:

We have a short 25 km recovery ride planned for today.

Hotel: Tolmezzo

Included Meals: Lunch | Dinner

Day 2 - Tolmezzo to Tolmezzo

Without a doubt, Zoncolan is the most challenging climb of all the Grand Tours and you will be very well prepared to tackle this giant because you will have been following the training plan that we have prepared for you and guided you through. Even so, 10 km at an average gradient of 12% is a challenge that will test out your legs. But we are not done yet as we still have to climb the 13km Monte Crostis which is another HC climb with a total distance of 14km with a gradient averaging over 10%!

No matter how long it takes you or how hard you find it you will end the day with the immense pleasure of knowing that the hardest climb (for this tour anyway) is in your legs.

Today’s Ride:

Tolmezzo to Tolmezzo
Approximately 80 km with 3,200 metres elevation

Hotel: Tolmezzo

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Tolmezzo to Cortina

With 3 climbs to tackle today we are going to need a hearty breakfast and a couple of strong coffees to get the engine going.

The first climb of the day is into Cima Sappada. We will then skirt alongside the Sappada valley before our next climb in to Danta and then we will enjoy a tremendous (but steep) descent down to Auronzo where we commence the climb to Passo Tre Croci. From here we will loop around Monte Cristallo and make our way into Cortina; the Queen of the Dolomites.

Cortina is a chic winter playground for the rich and famous and even though we have arrived in summer there are still a lot of great attractions and we have selected some of the best restaurants in all of Italy. Tonight is no exception and we will dine like royalty at Dok Dall’Ava LP26.

Today’s Ride:

Tolmezzo to Cortina
Approximately 125 km with 1,900 metres elevation

Hotel: Cortina

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Cortina to Cortina

We have an absolutely stunning route planned for you today which includes Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena and (lesser known) Pass di Valparola and Passo Falzarego.

We start out from Cortina and enter Passo Falzarego first before taking on the Pass di Valparola. Pass di Valparola is a climb that our guides reconned in 2017 and in their opinion the descent into La Villa is “the best descent in the Dolomites”. This means that the 11 km climb at an average of 5.8% is a small price to pay to enjoy that descent, even if some ramps are at 15%!  From here we will ride most of the Sella Ronde course anticlockwise starting with Passo Gardena and then on to Passo Sella and then Passo Pordoi and then onto the 17km descent back into Cortina.

Without a doubt this is one of the most spectacular bike rides in the whole of Europe.

Today’s Ride:

Cortina to Cortina
Approximately 108 km with 2,400 metres elevation

Hotel: Cortina

Included Meals: BreakfastLunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Cortina to Bolzano

We will ride to Bolzano today and along the way we will climb Passo Giau, Passo Fedaia and Passo Castalunga.

Passo Giau is a HC climb, 16 km long with an average gradient of 6.7%. There are a couple of ramps over 10% but most of the climb is under 10% so the sheer length of the climb provides the most challenge especially as we start climbing straight out of Cortina. Once we have this monster out of the way we will attack the very challenging Passo Fedaia (13 km with an average of 8.5%) with its ramps of 12 to 15% but from the Fedaia we can enjoy the descent into Canazei and Vigo di Fassa before the moderate climb to the Passo Costalunga. From the Costalunga it’s all downhill to our hotel in Bolzano!

Today’s Ride:

Cortina to Bolzano
Approximately 110 km with 2,500 metres elevation

Hotel: Bolzano

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Bolzano to Bromio

Today we tackle the Passo Stelvio; with 48 switchbacks over 24 km of climbing and an average grade of almost 7.5%, the Stelvio is one of the climbs that every cyclist has to ride at least once in their lifetime. The scenery is magnificent and our guides will constantly remind you to look up; just to distract you from the massive effort it takes to ascend this monolith. You will again be very thankful that you have put in the training as the climb comes at the end of the 125 km day on the bike.

We will have time for a small celebration once we bridge the peak and then we have a short ride to our hotel.

Today’s Ride:

Bolzano to Bromio
Approximately 125 km with 2,800 metres elevation

Hotel: Bormio

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 - Bormio to Bormio

The Italian Alps are a gift that just keeps on giving because today we tackle both the Mortirolo and the Gavia.

We descend out of Bormio for around 20km before we swing off the valley road and climb for 12km at an average of 11% ascending to an altitude of 1,865 m at the top of the Mortirolo. The Mortirolo is often likened to Alpe d’Huez but we believe it is a tougher climb.  We will have a 12 km descent to recover and a slight uphill drag up to Ponte di Legno before we turn into the Passo Gavia, our next HC challenge of the day. The Gavia is 17km long averaging 8% with the additional challenge being that it tops out at over 2,600 metres altitude. Once we conquer this final HC climb of our tour, all we have to do is enjoy the 25km descent back to Bromio.

Today’s Ride:

Bormio to Bormio
Approximately 115 km with 3,200 metres elevation

Hotel: Bormio

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 - Bormio to Bellagio

This is our last day on the bike so we have made it a good one. It may not have the epic climbs you have enjoyed (endured) over the past week but the Madonna di Ghisallo and Bellagio are iconic destinations that make up part of the history of cycling in Italy and epitomise why millions of tourists flock to this part of the world each year.

We will jump into the support vehicles for an hour long trip to Sondrio and then ride around the eastern arm of Lake Como before heading into Lecco and then up to Madonna di Ghisallo. After a visit to the chapel and a quick coffee we will take the fun descent down to the western arm of Como and then on to Bellagio to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Today’s Ride:

Morbegno to Bellagio
Approximately 115 km with 1,500 metres elevation

Hotel: Hotel Centrale

Included Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 - Depart Milan Malpensa

Unfortunately our adventure ends today. If you have time then we suggest that you wander the streets of Bellagio soaking up the atmosphere and the sights of this beautiful town. We will help you pack your bike and drop you to the airport where we are certain you will start to plan your next adventure with us as we Explore the World by Bike.

Today’s Ride:

No ride today

Included Meals: Breakfast