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Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

Explore the highlights on Dolomites by bike



At a glance

* 5 days cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
* 80% tarmac roads, 20% hardpack gravel paths
* Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
* 7 nights 4-star hotel with en suite facilities 

 

Explore the highlights on Dolomites by bike

Savour the dramatic mountain scenery of the Dolomites, while avoiding the
need to ride up any long climbs. We explore the beautiful valleys of the Alta
Pusteria on two wheels, visiting Brunico, Lake Toblach, Cortina d’Ampezzo
and crossing into the Austrian Tyrol to explore mediaeval Lienz. The area is
criss-crossed by a network of quiet lanes and purpose-built cycle paths,
perfect for enjoying at a steady pace. Adding to the relaxation is the
fantastic four-star Hotel Adler in the charming town of Villabassa. The
centre-based itinerary offers the opportunity to unpack, settle in and unwind
in the hotel spa and award-winning restaurant.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* London flights (if booking incl. flights)
* Airport transfers
* Local bike hire

Food:
The Hotel Adler has a well-known on site restaurant run by head chef Helene
Markart; it appears in many respected publications such as Guida Espresso,
Ristoranti Bibenda, Gamba Rosso and the Grosse Restaurant & Hotel Guide.

This part of the Dolomites has a very strong Austrian influence, German
language is often preferred to Italian and the cuisine tends to be of
Tyrolean tradition. The area is home to some great traditional dishes and
foods like Speck (smoked raw ham), Lucanica (fresh sausage) and apple strudel
are probably some of the most well-known. There is a strong tradition of
using locally sourced ingredients and you can guarantee that the meats,
vegetables and dairy products are all from nearby farms and producers.

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Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Villabassa (Niederdorf) in the South Tyrol. We stay in the luxurious
Hotel Adler, a firm favourite with our summer walking and winter snowshoe
groups for the past 15 years.
*Premium Hotel*

Day 2

Today offers the perfect warm up ride as our start in Villabassa is the
highest point of the day! Our scenic route follows the Rienz River as it
winds its way down the Val Pusteria to the town of Brunico (Bruneck). After a
look around the pretty town we visit the South Tyrol Museum of Cultural
Anthropology at Teodone (Dietenheim). This fascinating open air museum
depicts local rural life and culture over the ages, contrasting life in a
wealthy manor house with that on a remote rural farm. We then transfer back
to Villabassa to relax or visit the hotel spa.
*Hotel Adler *

Day 3

This morning we transfer to the stunning Fiscalina Valley and get on the
bikes at the Talschlusshutte mountain refuge. After a drink and some
magnificent views we head down past Sesto (Sexten) to the larger market town
of San Candido (Innichen) along a network of excellent cycle paths. Here we
will see the 8th Century Innichen Abbey, before following quiet cycle paths
back to Villabassa.
*Hotel Adler *

Day 4

Today’s ride is the classic route of the entire region. Riding from the
hotel we pass through Dobbiaco (Toblach) to pick up the lovely Drau cycle
path, a scenic traffic-free route that follows the river gently downhill into
Austria. We finish the ride in the charming medieval town of Lienz, known as
the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’. Here we have plenty of time to explore the
old town with its elegant squares and café culture. A transfer returns us
into Italy and our hotel in Villabassa.
*Hotel Adler *

Day 5

Today we have a day off the bikes in order to relax and make the most of the
area. As well as the inviting hotel spa, there are also a huge number of
local walks that will get you in amongst the spectacular mountains
surrounding Villabassa. It is also easy to take the train to the beautiful
city of Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol, with its pretty network of
winding alleys and upmarket shops to explore. The world-famous Museum of
Archaeology with the ‘Otzi’ Iceman and the Reinhold Messner Mountain
Museum at nearby Sigmundskron Castle make Bolzano a city of mountaineering
history and culture.
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*Hotel Adler *

Day 6

In the morning we have a transfer to the chic alpine town of Cortina
d’Ampezzo where we have some free time to explore before getting on the
bikes and enjoying a great ride along an old railway track that has been
converted into a cycle path. Our route takes us through illuminated tunnels
towards Lake Landro and on to the wonderful panoramic vista of the iconic Tre
Cima di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen), these three dramatic rock formations are the
‘emblem’ of the Dolomites. Finally we pass the beautiful Lake Dobbiaco
before arriving back at our hotel in Villabassa.
*Hotel Adler *

Day 7

This morning we start with a transfer to the head of the tranquil Casies
(Gsies) Valley. The scenery here is a little different with more rolling
countryside and plenty of agriculture. Our ride follows a mix of road and
cycle paths as we make the gentle descent through a number of traditional
villages en route. We rejoin the main valley at Monguelfo (Welsberg) with its
impressive castle (depending on your departure date there may be the
opportunity to visit), before finishing the day back at Villabassa.
*Hotel Adler *

Day 8

After breakfast our trip ends in Villabassa.
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Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-06-092018-06-16

Trip code: MED180609

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Price: €1585

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Date: 2018-06-162018-06-23

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Date: 2018-09-012018-09-08

Trip code: MED180901

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Date: 2018-09-082018-09-15

Trip code: MED180908

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Date: 2018-09-152018-09-22

Trip code: MED180915

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Trip status: Fully guaranteed

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Customer Feedback

Good trip to Bick riding from Villabassa

Summary:
September 10, 2016 were 7 Icelandic people went on to Italy for a bike ride.
we landed in Venice in the late afternoon and welcome us took Jonatan tour
guide with a smile. We drove by bus to Villabassa at the hotel Adler. In the
hotel the staff took greatly with os. In the evening they offered a dinner.
Next morning Jonatan had a meeting about the trip of the week, the rules and
our insurance.
Jonatan tour guide was a great success and he showed us how we should view
the wheels at the start of the trip. These trips had Jonathan great
responsibility and that we will not be lost in the path. We, the seven
icelandic, give Jonatan 10 stars for his 100% guiding and give os good
attitude for this bike trip. We were very happy with this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The landscape and bike routes

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Great responsibility and that we will not be lost in the path.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
To go on this trip to Villabassa

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We, the seven icelandic was happy with this trip

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Stunning Scenery

Summary:
This week long trip is a great cycling holiday set in a stunning part of the
world. The scenery is breathtaking and we were lucky to have had warm sunny
weather. Each day’s ride took us in a different direction, to explore new
places, towns, and revealing scenic vistas along the way.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
On our free day some of us walked up to and around Lago di Braies which is a
magical place despite its popularity.
Cycling to and into Cortina d’Ampezzo with its surrounding peaks was a high
point (pardon the pun!).

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader Radu was great. He approached his role with a balanced mix
of fun, flexibility and organised structure. In acknowledgement of this
holiday being a new offering for Exodus, he was keen to include us in the
decision making during the daily rides and actively sought our feedback. Radu
skilfully managed our group of 12 to make the trip a positive experience for
every member.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Although the trip is classed leisurely to moderate, the cycling and pace is
very leisurely and not at all taxing. You may need to adjust your
expectations, sit back and enjoy the scenery!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It was good to enjoy a centre based cycling holiday, more relaxing than
having to ‘pack & transfer’ every day.
We had a good mix of interesting people in our group, not just Brits!

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Dolomites Centre-based Cycling

Summary:
Brilliant, wonderful, exciting, awe inspiring! A most inspirational week in
the Alpes. Very good planning avoiding the cycling becoming too taxing, as
daily transport was arranged to supply us with very manageable cycling. We
found everything as described in the tripnotes.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me personally, although being a passionate cyclist, the best day was our
free day which my friend and I spent walking up to the summit of Monte Helmo
( after catching the gondola lift to 2000 m ). The view from there and the
buzz from the achievement was breathtaking!! I would recommend this to
anybody

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu, with the help of Jon, made a great team. Radu was a very knowledgable
and caring leader, had good communication, humour, and was always available
for advice. A lovely person to be with!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
For me it was the best cycling trip I have had with Exodus in Europe!
We were lucky weather wise!

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Dolomites centre- based cycling

Summary:
The trip was a success from beginning to end. Hotel Adler and staff made us
all very welcome. The terrain was, in my opinion, a true leisurely/moderate
taking us through the most breathtaking terrain at a comfortable pace. We
were, therefore, able to take it all in and enjoying the scenery.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through this spectacular terrain and riding by fast flowing rivers
and the Dolomites all around us meant a real connection with nature.
On the free day I can strongly recommend a trip to Helmhaus.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader: Radu Man was just superb – definitely a strong contender for the
leader of the year.
His personality, people skills and organisational skills were ace! He is a
great asset to Exodus.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As always, ensure to bring clothing for hot and cold weather enabling layers.
Weather these days are so unpredictable – don’t be fooled.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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