A seven day, self-guided Italian adventure cycling from the Dolomites to Venice, following an itinerary which is categorised as easy to moderate. This carefully-crafted itinerary takes you through the Dolomites’ Val di Landro where you get views of the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Soak up the mountain air and culture with nights in the ski town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the city of Belluno, located in the heart of Valbelluna Valley. And then change gear for the canals of Treviso and Venice, following the River Sile to your last night’s accommodation in Venice’s mainland of Mestre. Traditional and e-bikes are available.
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo)
- Bassano del Grappa
- Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park
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Day 1: Arrival in Villabassa/Dobbiaco
Arrive at your accommodation in either Villabassa or Dobbiaco, in Val Pusteria. This beautiful mountain resort town is gateway to the Dolomites, overlooked by Mount Serla and Mount Lungo, both well over 2,000m. If time allows, visit local sights such as Lago di Dobbiaco, or try the local South Tyrolean cuisine in one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 2: Villabassa/Dobbiaco – Cortina d’Ampezzo | 30-35km
Today’s route begins on a cycle path that takes you into Val di Landro, passing Lago di Dobbiaco and Cimitero di guerra Monte Piana, a military cemetery dating back to World War One. Cycle past Lago di Landro, from where you can see the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo). Begin a gradual ascent, heading towards the border between the regions of South Tyrol and Veneto. Continue south along the final stretch of today’s route, ending the day in another stunning mountain town of Cortina d`Ampezzo, also known as the Queen of the Dolomites, thanks to its location in Ampezzo Valley, with peaks like Punta Sorapis, Cristallo and Tofane enveloping it.
- Cycling for the day: 30-35km
- Accommodation: Hotel Regina or similar in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 3: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Belluno | 75km
Today’s route mostly follows old railway tracks and has a gradual descent, with Punta Sorapiss on the left and Cinque Torri to the right. Cycle through Valle del Boite, passing the villages of Pieve di Cadore and Calalzo di Cadore, before joining a cycle path. Continue on to Longarone, a town that was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide caused the Vajont Dam, located above the town, to flood. From here, follow the path over several hills before arriving in Belluno, the provincial capital.
- Cycling for the day: 75km
- Accommodation: Villa Carpenada or similar in Belluno
Day 4: Belluno – Feltre | 40km
From Belluno, follow tree-lined roads over the hilly landscape, taking in views of the southern Dolomites and passing through several small villages along the way. Today’s route ends in Feltre, a town located in Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Spend the afternoon strolling through the historic town, exploring sights such as Cattedrale di San Pietro Apost
- Cycling for the day: 40km
- Accommodation: Hotel Doriguzzi or similar in Feltre
Day 5: Feltre – Bassano del Grappa | 55km
The first few kilometres of today’s route are an easy ride, before the descent into Val Brenta begins. Head through the valley, and continue on towards the town of Bassano del Grappa, located on the banks of the River Brenta. Visit the town’s landmarks, including Piazza Libertà, Chiesa di San Francesco and Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, but always to its original design. Be sure to try grappa, a type of brandy that is typical of the region.
- Cycling for the day: 55km
- Accommodation: Villa Ca Sette or similar in Bassano del Grappa
Day 6: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso | 55km
Leave the Dolomites behind, as today’s route heads east, passing villas designed by the famous Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. Follow the route to Asolo, the perfect place to stop for a break, before continuing on to Treviso. Take a stroll along Buranelli Canal or relax with a glass of regional wine at Piazza dei Signori.
- Cycling for the day: 55km
- Accommodation: B&B Hotel Treviso or similar in Treviso
Day 7: Treviso – Mestre, Venice | 45km
Follow the route along the River Sile, heading towards the coast and the Adriatic Sea. Arrive in Mestre, Venice’s mainland, from where Venice’s centro storico is easily accessible by public transport (payable locally).
- Cycling for the day: 45km
- Accommodation: Hotel Elite or similar in Mestre (Venice mainland)
Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast, or extend your stay with an extra night.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
Accommodation is subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel or guesthouse being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated easy to moderate and is suitable for regular cyclists, with daily cycling distances ranging from 30-75km. A good level of fitness is required to get the most out of this tour. The daily routes follow marked paths and secondary roads (read more about difficulty grades). We also have an option to rent e-bikes on this tour, making it even easier.
We strongly advise you to only follow marked paths and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
The tour can depart on any Wednesday and Saturday from the beginning of May until the end of September. Departures are possible on other days of the week for groups of a minimum of five people (upon request).
Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but in the May-September period, daily average temperatures range between 15-25C. The spring and autumn months are cooler, with occasional rain. Rapid weather changes are possible during the day. For more information, see our blog on the Best time to go to Italy.
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By train or bus
If you are able to travel to Italy without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with railway stations in Villabassa, Dobbiaco and Mestre. For more details, see the national rail operator Trenitalia or use the Omio planner above.
Arrival in Villabassa/Dobbiaco:
- From Venice airports: from Treviso Airport, take the bus to Treviso Centrale railway station (15mins, see MOM) and then the train to Venice Mestre railway station (25mins). From Venezia Airport take the bus to Venice Mestre (25mins, see AVM). From Venice Mestre, take the train (5h), changing in Verona and Fortezza. For more information, see the national rail operator Trenitalia (Italy) or use the Omio planner above
- From Innsbruck Airport: take the bus from the airport to Innsbruck Hbf (main station) and then the train (3h 45mins), changing in Brennero and Fortezza. For more information, see the national rail operator ÖBB (Austria) or use the Omio planner above
- Parking: free parking facilities (unattended) are available for the duration of the tour at a nearby public parking area
Departure from Mestre (Venice mainland):
- For Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport, see the transport options outlined above
- For Innsbruck Airport, take the train from Venice Mestre, changing in Verona and Bolzano (5.5h), take the bus from Innsbruck Hbf to the airport. For more information, see ÖBB or use the Omio planner above
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel on all cycling days
- Detailed tour materials, including access to a navigation app, maps, route notes and general information about the area
- Video briefing
- 24/7 phone support by our local representatives
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable locally)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- We regret that this tour is not open to solo travellers
- Optional extra nights before or after the tour
- Bike rental (standard touring bike, e-bike or upgraded touring bike)
- Airport transfers are available upon request
Standard touring bikes, e-bikes and upgraded touring bikes are available to rent on this tour. All bikes come with a repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, wheel-lock and saddlebag.
Our standard touring bikes are 21-gear touring bikes (men’s and women’s frames available).
Our e-bikes are nine-gear step-through touring bikes, equipped with Bosch Performance Line Motors, with a range of approximately 100km.
Our upgraded touring bikes are 21-gear aluminium touring bikes, equipped with the Shimano Deore XT groupset.
Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.