Dolomites Journey Bike Tour

Otherworldly Scenery and Undiscovered Terrain in the Italian Alps

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price from: $4,695Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Ride northern Italy’s greatest, hardest, and most historic climbs, including the legendary Passo dello Stelvio and Passo di Gavia, plus Passo Pordoi, Passo Falzarego, and Passo Giau in the heart of the majestic Dolomites
  • Explore the wild and remote edges of the Eastern Dolomites—truly satisfying for switchback aficionados
  • Escape into Slovenia’s quiet vineyards before plummeting to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea in Trieste
  • Traverse fundamentally distinct cultural enclaves, drastically different climatic conditions, and an array of landscapes—from fragile ecosystems to urban environs

Eat

Casunzei pasta, speck, Puzzone di Moena and Caprino di Cavalese cheeses, and warm apple strudel with cream

Drink

Unknown wines grown in these high mountain valleys like spicy Traminer and fruity Teroldego

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  • Day 1

    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.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Aprica, Tirano
    Accomplished: 70 miles / 113 km, elevation gain: 3,728 meters
    Shorter Option: 49 miles / 79 km, elevation gain: 1,704 meters
    Accommodations: Agriturismo Rini

  • Day 2

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bormio, Rabla
    Accomplished: 52 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 2,259 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Rossl

  • Day 3

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Merano, Bolzano
    Accomplished: 54 miles / 87 km, elevation gain: 3,759 meters
    Accommodations: Ganischgerhof Mountain Resort

  • Day 4

    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 kilometers. 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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Canazei, Arabba, Cortina
    Accomplished: 59 miles / 95 km, elevation gain: 3,259 meters
    Longer Option: 66 miles / 106 km, elevation gain: 3,808 meters (Passo Giau)
    Accommodations: Hotel Ambra Cortina

  • Day 5

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Auronzo di Cadore, Ovaro
    Accomplished: 69 miles / 112 km, elevation gain: 3,561 meters
    Shorter Option: 57 miles / 92 km, elevation gain: 2,100 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Aplis

  • Day 6

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Tolmezzo, Medana (Slovenia)
    Accomplished: 67 miles / 108 km, elevation gain: 1,914 meters
    Longer Option: 80 miles / 129 km, elevation gain: 2,958 meters (Zoncolan)
    Accommodations: Gredic

  • Day 7

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Accomplished: 43 miles / 68 km, elevation gain: 1,055 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy
Pick-Up Location: 8:00am at the Hotel Centrale in Tirano

Depart

Airport City: Milan or Venice, Italy
Drop-Off Location: 3:00pm at the Downtown Trieste

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $550

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 5 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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