Dolomites Journey Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Dolomites
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Level: Four
  • Price From: $4695
  • Single Supplement: $300
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Jul 8 - Jul 14, 2018 $4695 Book Now
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Cycle from the heights of the Stelvio, Italy’s highest paved mountain pass, through the heart of the Dolomites, into Slovenia, and down to Trieste to finish on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Spend your days climbing famous passes featured in the Giro d’Italia and lesser-known gems on quiet mountain roads. This tour is all about the journey. Discover the region in depth while riding roads with breathtaking scenery. A focus on healthy, delicious, local cuisine and our pro-style snacks will keep you well-fueled as you tackle this epic challenge. In the evenings, sleep in cozy local farmhouses or family-run hotels and stroll the streets of mountain villages.


Tour by Day

Day One: The Mortirolo
Your guides will pick you up in Tirano for a quick transfer to Aprica where your Cannondales await. Enjoy a cup of coffee before we start climbing the backside of the Mortirolo, a ride that Lance called the hardest climb he ever did. After our descent, rest your legs at the hotel, or take a more epic route and throw in a detour over the Passo di Gavia, a legendary 17-kilometers at an average of 7.9% with some 16% ramps. Tonight, regroup in Bormio where the chef is cooking for us with ingredients fresh from the garden.


1. Aprica  2. Grosio  3. Bormio
A. Mortirolo (1852m)

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Mortirolo (Optional extra: Passo di Gavia)
Accomplished: 49 miles / 70.4 km, elevation gain: 1704 meters (Longer option: 70 miles / 113 km, elevation gain: 3728 meters)
Accommodations: Agriturismo Rini

Day Two: The Stelvio
Arguably Italy’s most famous climb, the Stelvio is also the country’s highest pass. Leave our country hotel behind as you settle in to tackle this 21-kilometer climb at a respectable 7.1%, powering yourself with our homemade energy snacks along the way. Fly down the 48 switchbacks on our descent into the valley on roads lined with apple orchards. Follow the Adige towards Naturno where we will be staying the night. Our dinner is a country affair as we take the road up to Juval. Enjoy hearty, typical Dolomite cuisine at your guides’ favorite restaurant.


1. Bormio  2. Laas  3. Rabla
A. Stelvio (2757m)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Stelvio
Accomplished: 52 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 2259 meters (optional miles available)
Accommodations: Hotel Rossl

Day Three: Undiscovered Roads of Bolzano
Have oats and eggs for breakfast as we get ready for one of our toughest days. Today we conquer two mountains on tiny roads so unknown that that the passes are nameless. But that doesn’t mean they’re forgettable. Your legs will still twitch tonight as they remember the 18% sections. This is the day to win your Strava segments and upset the locals. In between our two nameless mountains, we enter civilization to visit and have lunch in the beautiful town of Bolzano. Our hotel is situated in a stunning Alpine paradise, and tonight a carnivorous feast awaits us at dinner.


1. Rabla  2. Bolzano
A. Unknown Mountain nr 1 (1294m)  B. Unknown Mountain nr 2 (1277m)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Two nameless climbs
Accomplished: 54 miles / 86.5 km, elevation gain: 3759 meters (optional miles available)
Accommodations: Ganischgerhof Mountain Resort

Day Four: Costalunga, Passo Pordoi and Passo Falzarego
Today’s passes are well-known warhorses, frequented in the Giro. First up is the Costalunga; at only 10 kilometers, we’ll call it a “warm up” climb. Up next is the more famous Passo Pordoi, in the middle of Sella Group with a statue dedicated to Coppi on top. This climb boasts an average of 6.1% over a span of 9 km. Last but not least we cross the Passo Falzarego. The name Falza Rego means false king in Ladin and refers to a king of the Fanes, who was supposedly turned to stone for betraying his people. For those that would like more of a challenge, Passo Giau is Falzarego’s bigger, tougher neighbor. The cold beer awaiting you in Cortina will make it all worthwhile. Tonight is a free night in this ritzy mountain town.


1. Canazei  2. Cortina
A. Passo Costalunga (1745m)  B. Passo Pordoi (2239m)  C. Passo Falzarego (2762m)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Passo di Costalunga, Passo Pordoi, Passo Falzarego (Optional Passo Giau)
Accomplished: 59 miles / 96.8 km, elevation gain: 3259 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Ambra Cortina

Day Five: Tre Croci, Ciampigotto, and Zoncolan 
Wake up and slip into your favorite kit, freshly laundered by your guides, and get ready to leave the “known” parts of the Dolomites behind for the wilder eastern region. Start your day up the 8.1-kilometer Tre Croci at 7.1% before taking on Sella Ciampigotto. Wash down lunch in the mountain baita with an incredible strudel and descend to our next hotel in Ovaro in the shadow of Mount Zoncolan. At 10 kilometers and 11%, it’s the steepest climb in Italy. Admire it from the windows of your hotel or sprint up to the top to claim the Col sign. Tonight we feast on some typical cuisine.


1. Cortina  2. Vigo di Cadore
A. Passo Tre Croci (1805m)  B. Sella Ciampigotto (1790m)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Passo Tre Croci, Sella Ciampigotto
Accomplished: 57 miles / 92.6 km, elevation gain: 2100 meters (Longer option: 69 miles / 112 km, elevation gain: 3561 meters)
Accommodations: Hotel Aplis

Day Six: Down to Slovenia
Our route profile looks like a crooked king’s crown today as we lose 400 meters of elevation. It’s one of your “easiest” days, as you pedal where few cyclists have gone before on both flat and steep roads. (Strava segments are up for the taking.) Mountains give way to vineyards and low hills as we cross the border into Slovenia. Enjoy a stunning view from your hotel room tonight and raise a glass of wine to toast to an unforgettable week in the Dolomites.


1. Ovaro  2. Tarcento
A. Golo Brdo (415m) 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Accomplished: 67 miles / 108 km, elevation gain: 1914 meters (optional miles available)
Accommodations: Gredic

Day Seven: Ride to the Sea
Zigzag your way through the Slovenian countryside and into Italy as we head for the seaport of Trieste. The roads are winding, small, and gently rolling: perfect for cycling. It’s our version of the Champs d’Elysees, as we wrap up an incredible week on the bike. Crest the last ridge and admire the Mediterranean sparkling below. Get ready to spray Prosecco and enjoy a celebratory lunch in Trieste. Afterwards we’ll say goodbye as your guides help you check into your hotel or see you off at the train station.


1. Lucinico  2. Sela na Krasu  3. Trieste

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accomplished: 43 miles / 68 km, elevation gain: 1055 meters

Bragging Rights

Total of 385 miles / 619km, elevation gain: 16,640 meters of climbing

Photo Credit: Andy Wong