Day 1, Kaltern – Loop Ride/Wine Tasting
We’ll meet at our hotel at 3 p.m. for a short welcome meeting and to assemble and fit bikes. Afterward, you’re free to relax, take a walk or enjoy a leisurely ride through the vineyards. Kaltern has numerous castles, lakes, apple orchards and vineyards, and is a lovely area to explore. Welcome dinner together.
Day 2, Canazei
Ride: 41 miles/5,000 ft
The ride begins leisurely on a bike path through forests, along the Adidge River and into the bustling center of Bolzano, a great place for a cappuccino or gelato. From Bolzano, the road enters a deep, narrow, red-colored gorge, known as “Mother Nature’s sore throat.” At the Passo di Costalunga, we’ll see the craggy peaks of Latemar on the right, and the rosy pinnacles of Rosengarten on the left. As we descend, we’ll pass beneath the spectacular eastern face of Rosengarten on our way to our inn. Dinner together.
Canazei, a classic European ski resort in winter, is full of hikers and cyclists in summer since it’s a perfect base for exploring the Dolomite region. From the village you can view Marmolada, Sella and Rosengarten peaks.
Day 3, Maratona dles Dolomites
Ride Options: Choose from three Maratona courses
Today is the big day! We’ll participate in the Maratona dles Dolomites, one of the most popular cycling events in Europe that draws 9,000 cyclists. We’ll take on some of the classic climbs of the Giro d’Italia on car-free roads. The route includes the classic passes of Gardena, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi and Giau. Choose from three courses:
- Short: 34 miles/5,785 feet of climbing
- Medium: 66 miles/10,042 feet of climbing
- Long: 86 miles/13,614 feet of climbing
You’ll earn a finisher certificate for the best ride of your life, as well as a complimentary Maratona cycling jersey. Enjoy access to all the racer-only benefits, including the huge post-event celebration. Post-race celebration dinner together.
Day 4, Cortina D’Ampezzo
Ride Options: 39 miles/5,382 feet or a light recovery ride
Today’s ride begins with a ride to the foot of the famous Marmolada (10,968 ft), the mightiest mountain in the Dolomites. We’ll tackle the steep, seven-mile climb up Passo di Fedaia (6,880 ft), descend eight miles and make our final climb up Passo di Falzarego (6,906 ft). We’ll finish our ride with an enjoyable 10-mile descent to our hotel in Cortina D’Ampezzo. Dinner together.
Cortina D’Ampezzo lies at the intersection of two valleys and is surrounded by a ring of majestic mountains. Cortina enjoys the best location in the Dolomites and offers a variety of shops, biergartens, restaurants and gelatorias, not to mention the nightlife – there’s plenty to keep you busy in town!
Day 5, Cortina D’Ampezzo – Loop Ride/Spa
Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop: 25-37 miles/2,500-4,500 feet
Relax, hike or ride today, it’s up to you! We’ll begin with a climb up the Passo Tre Croci and ride to Lago di Misurina, a shimmering, deep-blue lake surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Cristallo mountains. There’s an optional four-mile climb (1,830 ft, max 18%) to the base of the remarkable triple-peaked mountain, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where we can enjoy a well-earned lunch at the top. Our loop continues mostly downhill through beautiful alpine scenery over the Passo Cimbanche and back to Cortina. Dinner on your own.
Day 6, Valdobbiadene
Ride Options: 53-80 miles/4,479 ft
Our last day in the Dolomites will not disappoint, as we head all the way back to the Veneto lowlands. We’ll climb one of the lesser-traveled passes above Cortina, Passo di Giau (7,293 ft), the last Dolomite col. We’ll reward ourselves at a café at the top and enjoy the best view of the Dolomites. After our break, there’s a breathtaking 11-mile/3,929-foot descent to the base of the imposing Monte Civetta, one of the most unusual and striking peaks of the Dolomites. We’ll continue down the valley and along the base of the foothills to Valdobbiadene. Dinner together.
Valdobbiadene is a small village nestled in the foothills and surrounded by vineyards. The village is the home of prosecco, one of Italy’s finest sparkling wines. We’ll stay at a wonderful B&B in the vineyards and enjoy local prosecco tasting.
Day 7, Castelfranco Veneto
Ride Options: 25 miles/1,000 feet or climb Mont Grappa!
On our last cycling day, we’ll enjoy a leisurely ride along the Monfumo region’s beautiful rolling hills to Asolo, a medieval hill town. We’ll have lunch in one of Asolo’s chic cafés and descend to the plains of Veneto, where we’ll ride along quiet farm roads to Castelfranco Veneto. Our comfortable four-star hotel is built into the clock tower of this 12th century walled town. Final celebration dinner tonight!
Mont Grappa Option: If you still have the legs, test yourself on a fabulous and challenging 15-mile climb (4,816 ft). This classic climb is much more difficult than Mont Ventoux!
Day 8, Castelfranco Veneto – Tour Conclusion
Our tour ends after breakfast, when you’ll transfer for your train or plane departure home or elsewhere. Castelfranco offers frequent train service to Venice (one hour) or the Marco Polo Airport, so it’s a convenient place to stay if you want to extend your trip.