On this tour you’ll bicycle in the Italian Lake District, climb some of the classic passes of the Giro d’Italia, and ride the Alps and Dolomites. You also get entry into the Maratona dles Dolomites, Italy’s largest Granfondo. You’ll join 9000 riders from over 40 countries as you tackle seven passes in the Dolomites in a single day. National Geographic has called this event “one of the biggest, most passionate, and most chaotic bike races on Earth.”
You’ll experience breathtaking mountains, crystal-clear lakes and spectacular vistas — and conquer some of the area’s most challenging climbs. You’ll pedal along mountain roads, vineyards and fruit orchards, and even ride into neighboring Switzerland. This guided, fully-supported bike tour includes some of the most picturesque villages in Northern Italy. There are five, two-night stays which offers you a wide variety of route options or an opportunity to hike, visit the spa, relax by the pool or stroll the village and sample gelato!
Italy Bicycle Tour Highlights
- Maratona dles Dolomites, one of Europe’s most popular cycling events.
- Climb 18 epic cols, including some of the best climbs of the Giro d’Italia.
- Ride in the Italian Lakes, Alps, Dolomite’s and Vento regions on one trip.
- Ride alongside the shores of Lago Maggorie, Lugano and Como.
- Ride Itallan Alps Classics such as the Mortirolo, Gavia, Stelvio
- Climb the and Madona del Ghisallo and pay tribute to this famous Cyclist’s Chapel
Ride 18 Classic Italian Mountain Passes and Four Lakes!
After a warm up along the shores of Lakes Maggiore, Lugano and Como, get your climbing legs ready for 18 classic climbs. Conquer Madona del Ghisallo, Bernina, Forcola di Livigno, D’Eira, Foscagno, Mortirolo, Gavia, Stelvio, Mendola, Costalunga, Pordoi, Campolongo, Gardena, Sella, Fedaia, Falzarego, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Giau and Monte Grappa.
Ride the Maratona dles Dolomites: An Opportunity of a Lifetime!
On July 5th, you’ll ride with 9,000 other cyclists in the Maratona dles Dolomites — ATG is an official Maratona tour operator with guaranteed event entries. The Maratona includes the epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia and gives cyclists a rare opportunity to ride these wonderful roads without cars. The route includes the classic passes of Gardena, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi and Giau. Choose one of three route lengths:
- Short: 34 miles/5,785 feet of climbing
- Medium: 66 miles/10,042 feet of climbing
- Long Event: 85 miles/13,614 feet of climbing
Enjoy the best ride of your life and earn a finisher’s certificate and a complimentary Maratona cycling jersey. After the race, celebrate Italian style and gain access to all the racer-only benefits, including the huge post-event celebration.
View a detailed itinerary of our Alps, Tirol & Dolomites – Maratona dles Dolomites bike tour
Airport Arrival/Departure City:
Average Daily Mileage and Terrain:
Ride an average of 40 to 60 miles along lakes, vineyards and spectacular mountain roads, climbing 4,000 to 6,000 feet daily. As with all our tours, there are plenty of options to ride more or less than the planned route, and numerous opportunities for hiking, sightseeing or simply relaxing.
- Entry in the Maratona dles Dolomites, an event cycling jersey and post-ride celebration.
- Lodging in boutique inns and hotels.
- Hearty, cyclist-friendly breakfasts every day.
- Most dinners (four-course, including wine).
- Full van support, snacks and drinks on the ride each day.
- Experienced tour guides, and detailed daily maps and route notes.
- Transportation and luggage transfers during the tour.
- Gratuities for transfers, hotels and restaurants.
- Custom ATG bike jersey and souvenir map with tour route.
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare and travel insurance are not included.
- Lunches are on your own, so you have maximum flexibility in your day.
- Non-group dinners on the free evenings. This gives you a chance to try the restaurants of your choice.
- Bikes are not included, but are available for an additional fee.
- Personal services, including laundry, telephone, hotel minibar charges, etc., are not included.
Reviews of our Guided Bicycle Tours and Vacations
“Thinking of cycling in Europe? Go no further than ATG tours. Gary and Lise are fantastic hosts. In 2010 I managed the Italian lakes, Alps and Dolomites tour including the Granfondo Maratona. For keen, fit cyclists this is a must, great hotels and spectacular scenery with some of the most famous climbs of the Giro. The Stelvio and Mortirolo in the Alps and the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites (part of the Granfondo Maratona) are to be remembered. When you go, do not miss the Maratona, an experience of a lifetime.
Throughout the 13 days Gary and Lise were right there with helpful cycling hints and roadside support, the morning briefings with handouts of maps and advice were invaluable. The hotel accommodation was, without exception, great and nothing was too much trouble for Gary and Lise to organise. Plenty of time for the important coffee stops during the day as well. On the road the tour was well supported with two vehicles which were always where you wanted them with your day pack – especially on the top of Stelvio in the snow! Could not recommend ATG tours more highly and would definitely consider another one very soon.”
Fred Boland, Melbourne Australia
“Simply the best bicycle tour I have ever been on! I have travelled to Europe about a dozen times for cycling, and have done so in all imaginable ways: tour companies, club groups, self-guided and I can positively say that ATG is by far the best experience I have had, bar none! Last year I did the ‘Italy, Lakes-Dolomites-Maratona’ trip and as a result I’ve booked this year on 2 French alps trips spanning the entire month of June.
At ATG, the level of detail in planning is astonishing. Everything from hotel choice and meal menus, to route planning down to the last microscopic detail, to assure that we get the most and best out of our time. Gary and Lise are wonderful people – both are strong riders, Gary a former racer and qualified coach has the strength and stamina of a locomotive, and Lise has boundless energy, generosity and enthusiasm, is fluent in several languages, and has lots of interesting socio-historic knowledge about the areas and towns we visit. Both are warm and caring people who are on the road with us at all times.
In short, my trip was perfect in every way! ATG is now my first choice for a bike tour and I will be travelling with them every year if I can.”
Norbert Kraft, Toronto, Canada
“When I signed up to go on this trip, I knew I would have a good time but could never have imagined how incredible it truly would be! My expectations for all aspects of the trip were blown away, thanks to Gary and Lise’s dedication to perfection! It was a trip of a lifetime for me. I’m already planning my next trip with them.”
Sarah McAlister, Crested Butte, CO
“My wife, Diane, and I did Lakes, Alps, Tirol & Dolomites – Maratona Tour. Gary and Lise really take care of you from beginning to end. It’s a very personalized tour and you can ride as much or little as you wish with accompanying SAG. You can expect very nice and quaint accommodations and the food is amazing. Gary and Lise are very well traveled and share their wealth of knowledge about the area and the routes. They’re also a lot of fun to hang out with!”
Dave and Dianne Colorado Springs, CO
“I have had the pleasure of taking three cycling trips to Europe with ATG and can’t wait to take another! I could not imagine a better trip. Gary and Lise take care of every aspect of the trip with great attention to detail — the cycling route, food, accommodations and alternative activities are all planned to perfection. The end result is a trip that leaves me telling all my friends that trips with ATG are the ultimate vacations.”
Roanne Miller, Park City, UT
“Lise and Gary did such a great job finding extraordinary places along the way. We stayed in so many unique, wonderful hotels and inns. It was apparent that they had spent a lot of time finding interesting and special routes that really exposed us not only to the essence of the sport of cycling in Italy, but also to the less traveled, cultural aspects that helped round out our European experience.”
Ruth and Bob Wade, Aspen, CO
“Gary and Lise were the most professional, well prepared and encouraging trip leaders I could have possibly hoped for and left no stone unturned when it came to looking after me and the team. I would happily recommend them and their trips to anyone, young or old, very experienced or inexperienced. But beware, you may get hooked!”
Jo Gambi, London England http://www.robandjogambi.com
“I’ve had the pleasure of joining Gary and Lise on two of their trips, and here’s what I liked best:
I liked the fact that when I woke up every morning, I could sit on my bed in my room, with the windows open, and be greeted with the most fantastic view. I liked that they always picked a town with a bakery within walking distance that served apple tarts (how did they know I loved those?). I liked chatting with friends in the halls of a spa between treatments that Lise had arranged while we were riding earlier in the day. I liked gathering on chairs in the grass outside our hotel to recount our day, sipping wines and snacking on whatever looked good at the market down the street. I liked seeing Lise or Gary along the side of the road with the van, ready to offer me whatever I needed to continue up some phenomenal climb, though I liked it better when they were riding alongside me. I liked our midday wine tasting around a long wooden table, under a trellis of old grape vines, with the winemaker down the road.
If I made it sound like cycling wasn’t the focus of these trips, let me clarify — of course cycling was the center of the adventure! One of my favorite riding days was up and down Passo Stelvio on an epic, 12-hour ride (and the three lunches we ate along the way). Another was the day of my “little” side trip with a good friend up Mt. Grappa (and the lemon meringue pie they served up at the refugio) So, as you can see, it’s all about the riding … if you want it to be.”
Bryce Garner, Scottsdale, AZ