The Dolomites Tours

'The Best of the South Tirol' & 'Climbs of the Giro':
Point-to-Point Italian Cycling Adventures


TOUR DATES: 

17th - 24th SEPTEMBER 2016

Multi-day, multi-venue cycling tours in the Italian Dolomites, encompassing some of the most famous climbs of the Giro d’Italia. Staying in destinations such as Alta Badia, Bolzano and Glorenza and cycling routes like the Sella Ronda and the famed Stelvio pass to Bormio; these tours were designed to impress. Each night is spent in comfortable hotel accommodation with breakfast included.

 

The Best of the South Tirol - TOUR ITINERARY:

GUIDE PRICE: £1399pp

YOUR TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites & South Tirol region including: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alto Adige wine country, the Sella Massif and the Sella Ronda, Alpe di Siusi.
  • Cycle through the breath-taking Dolomite mountains, enjoying famous ascents from the Giro D’Italia, and the stunning scenery of jagged peaks and breathtaking valleys.
  • See a variety of landscapes, from eroded glacial moraines to walls that in prehistoric ages were below the sea level, as well as the highest mountain in the Dolomites.

 

Saturday - Fly to Venice or Verona, transfer to Bolzano and check in at your hotel. Enjoy dinner.

Sunday - Cycle the South Tyrolean Wine Route and explore the local culture. With 1,200 hectares of vineyards and 25 wineries and wine estates, Appiano is South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing region. Stop for lunch and after, take a swim in Lago Caldaro before returning to Bolzano. Ride route example - 4-5 hours cycling 75km / 46 miles, 750m / 2,461' ascent.*

Monday - Depart from Bolzano and cycle to the fabled Lago di Carezza/Karersee. Navigate the Carezza Pass, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery before climbing into Alpe di Siusi overlooking the Isarco Valley for the night. Ride route example - 4-5 hours bicycling 50km / 31 miles, 700m / 2,297' ascent.*

Tuesday - Ride the famous Sella Ronda circuit - four major passes, three of which are higher than 2,000 meters (6,600'), you cycle clockwise around this incredible mountain area before ending the ride in Alta Badia. Ride route example - 6-7 hours, 72km / 44 miles, 1,970m / 6,463' ascent.*

Wednesday (lunch included) - A big day of climbing paired with some spectacular views of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) and the Drei Zinnen (three merlons). After lunch the tour continues to Lago Misurina and finally arriving at Dobbiaco for the night. Ride route example 7- 8 hours biking, 75.6km / 46.6 miles, 1,950m / 6,398' ascent.*

Thursday - A lighter ride day, to the city of Brunico/Bruneck. One of the most popular valleys in the Alps, with blends of Italian and Austrian Tirol culture. After exploring the town and enjoying lunch, return to Dobbiaco. Ride route example - 3 hours bicycling 60km / 37 miles, 420m 1,378' ascent.*

Friday - Transfer back to airport and return to UK

A full itinerary in PDF format is available by request. Just email ride@tuftedduckcycling.co.uk

 

Climbs of the Giro - TOUR ITINERARY:

GUIDE PRICE: £1379pp

YOUR TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cycle through the breath-taking Dolomite mountains, enjoying famous ascents from the Giro D’Italia, and the stunning scenery of jagged peaks and breathtaking valleys.
  • Ride the famous Sella Ronda over the Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Valparola passes
  • Conquer the Passo STELVIO - 48 switchbacks and almost 6,000ft elevation gain

 

Saturday - Fly to Venice or Verona, transfer to Alta Badia and check in at your hotel, meet guide for briefing and orientation. Enjoy dinner

Sunday - Ride the famous Sella Ronda circuit - four major passes, three of which are higher than 2,000 meters (6,600'), you cycle clockwise around this incredible mountain area. Ride route example - 55km / 34miles, 1,780m / 5,840' elevation change.*

Monday - Depart from Corvara in Alta Badia and ascend Passo Campolongo, Passo Fedaia and Passo Costalunga, and finally descend to the city of Bolzano / Bozen for the night. Ride route example - 111km / 68miles, 2,561m / 8,402' elevation change.*

Tuesday - Depart Bolzano and climb the Passo Mendola and Passo delle Palade. Overnight in Glurns /Glorenza, the smallest city of the southern Alps. Ride route example - 133km / 83miles, 2,499m / 8,200' elevation change.*

Wednesday - Cycle the Stelvio Pass - The hundred turns on the three sides, Bormio, Trafoi and Sta Maria. This mystical climb in synonymous with Dolomiten cycling around the world. Ride route example - 53km / 33miles, 1,859m / 6,100' elevation change.* 

Thursday - Ride Passo del Mortirolo (1,852m / 6,076') and the challenging Passo di Gavia (2,621m / 8,599’) - the highest pass of the alps. Ride route example - Bicycle 112km / 70miles, 3,093m / 10,150' elevation change.*

Friday - Transfer back to airport and return to UK

A full itinerary in PDF format is available by request. Just email ride@tuftedduckcycling.co.uk

*Note: Ride routes depend on group ability and are subject to change due to weather and road conditions

 

BIKE HIRE OPTIONS:

If you don't want to bring your own bicycle on holiday with you, don’t worry you can hire road bike and helmets (we can arrange to rent them through Sport Camin) Bikes are generally full carbon with campagnolo components. Pricing starts from £120 for the week. Please note: bikes are not supplied with pedals so you would need to bring your own with you. However we can arrange shoes & pedals on request subject to availability and an extra charge

CYCLING ABILITY LEVEL:

Moderate to challenging trips are demanding, with a whole lot of fun along the way. There will be no question in your mind whether you accomplished something at the end of each day.  Rides generally are about 6 to 8 hours, lasting all day with a stop for lunch. Rides can cover up to 60-90 kilometres / 35-60 miles per day, climbing steep passes with ascents and descents of up to 1,500-3,000 meters / 5,000-10,000 feet. While the pace is not leisurely, it is always comfortable, and there are ample stops for water and snacks to keep you going all day.

 

YOUR TRAVEL OPTIONS:

You can choose to take one of our shared transfer inclusive packages. They will operate at set times.

Flights:

We are able to offer a range of both scheduled and low cost flights from a range of UK departure airports from a starting price of £180.00 per person*. Please call for more details. We will book the following flights at a small administration fee of £20.00 per person:

British Airways
London Gatwick 0900 - 1205 Venice
Venice 2140 - 2240 London Gatwick

or...

London Gatwick 0750 - 1100 Verona
Verona 2045 - 2140 London Gatwick

Easyjet
London Gatwick 0730 - 1035 Venice
Venice 1550 - 1700 London Gatwick

or...

London Gatwick 1150 - 1450 Verona
Verona 1650 - 1750 London Gatwick

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • Private transfers are available on request
  • Single room options
  • Bicycle hire
  • Cycle kit including jersey, bib shorts & water bottles
  • Personal coaching services; pre &/or post trip
  • Group coaching plans

For more details or to book, please call Tufted Duck Cycling on 0330 102 8001 or email ride@tuftedduckcycling.co.uk

See all our cycling packages here

 

 

FAQs

What level of Travel Insurance do I need?
Travel Insurance is essential for all of our trips. An EHIC card is also advisable for all UK & European residents.

What is the best bike for this trip?
A road bike, that is in good working order.

Where is the hotel accommodation located?

Standard accommodation: The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village visited, and to make sure you are provided with the most authentic experience of the region possible with the hotels and B&Bs offered. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And all at a minimum 3 star standard. We always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

Luxury Hotels: Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. Four & Five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, are available and just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxurious Italian experience in the Dolomites. 

What is the weather likely to be like and what is the best type of clothing to take?
The weather in the Dolomites is notoriously changeable, temperatures can drop rapidly. Riders need to be prepared for wind chill especially on some of the mountain descents; you are therefore advised to bring a good quality rain/wind jacket, some arm and leg warmers, shoe covers and gloves.

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