It has been described as one of the most beautiful cycling regions on the planet. The Dolomites are jagged and spectacular mountains, surrounded by impossibly green pastures, alpine villages dotting the valleys and scenery that is nothing short of spectacular. Sellaronda, Stelvio, Pass Giau – these iconic climbs have long been part of the Giro d’Italia. Nowhere in the Alps has less rainfall or more sunshine. This itinerary starts from the village of Alleghe, with overnights in Corvara and Bormio, each a cycling mecca.

Location

Alleghe

Sporthotel Europa, Via Europa, Alleghe, Province of Belluno, Italy

Day 1+2

Corvara

Sporthotel Panorama, Strada Sciuz, Corvara in Badia, Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy

Day 3+4

Bormio

Eden Hotel, Via Funivia, Bormio, Province of Sondrio, Italy

Day 5+6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Bike rental
Luggage transfers
Detailed route instructions and maps
GPS data of the route
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Can start any day between June and September
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights, with 6 days of biking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Alleghe / Bormio (Tirano train station)

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderately-challenging Average daily distance: 50 km (30 miles)

TERRAIN

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2,650
Single Supplement: US $660

Luxe Accommodation: US $3,200
Single Supplement: US $800

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Getting There You can reach Alleghe from Venice by bus in 3h20.

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Day 1

Arrival day in Alleghe

From Venice, take the bus into the mountains to Alleghe, gateway to the Alps. Stroll through town and stretch your legs. Enjoy dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants here with views over the lake and rest up for the week ahead.

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Day 2

Alleghe

Your bike fit will take place just after breakfast. Ride from Alleghe up the valley alongside the River Cordevoie to Caprile before climbing to the Ladin village of Arabba where you can enjoy a morning coffee and marvel at the Sella Massif, at the foot of Pordoi and Campolongo passes. The Ladin language is a traditional idiom spoken in some valleys of Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige. From here, it’s a modest climb over Campolongo pass and then a glorious descent into stunning Corvara to your hotel. We will provide recommendations on where to dine. As you will learn, much of this region was Austrian until annexation by Italy after World War I, and the distinctive local cuisine reflects this; expect lots of speck, sauerkraut, knödel and strudel on the menus.

Riding Distance: 36km; 1,285m gain or 42km; 1,500m gain.

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Day 3

Corvara

Today ride one of the classic loops of the Dolomites, reversing part of yesterday route by first climbing Campolongo and descending into Arabba in the early morning. After a rolling ride to the base of Passo Giau, begin the challenging climb over this iconic mountain pass. The grade averages 9% over its 10k ascent to the pass. Arrive to a welcoming café which sits in a verdant pasture at the foot of the soaring Nuvolau and Averau mountains with jaw-dropping views worthy of the effort to get there. After an exhilarating descent, climb over the Falzarego pass where you can visit the fascinating Forte tre Sassi, a mountaintop museum in an old fort that gives a glimpse into hardships that World War I soldiers faced, and the battles fought around the surrounding mountain passes. Back in Corvara, enjoy a celebratory beer; the locally brewed Colonial I.P.A. from the Bolzano brewery Batzen Bräu is a popular local choice.

Ride Distance: 84km; 2,600m gain.

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Day 4

Corvara

If you are a Giro d’Italia follower, you’ve heard of the Sella Ronda circuit, with its 4 passes including Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena. The Sella boasts the best views of the lot, the four Sella Towers to the left, the peaks of the Langkofel Group to the right. The pass at Pordoi has a memorial to perhaps Italy’s greatest professional cyclist, Fausto Coppi. If you haven’t already, this could be the night to dine at St. Hubertus, where chef Norbert Niederkofler’s haute mountain cuisine has earned him 3 Michelin stars. Or, if you prefer a more casual option, the restaurant Osteria Garsun, a family-run restaurant with a set menu of Ladin specialties might include such hearty items as panicia, vegetable-and-barley soup, and casunziei, or house-made half-moon ravioli served with melted butter, ground poppy seeds and Parmigiano cheese. Dessert typically includes a warm apple strudel and a parting shot of grappa. Whatever gastro treat you indulge in, let your friends back home know that you are ‘roughing it in the Dolomites’.

Ride Distance: 53km; 1,780m gain.

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Day 5

Spodinga

A private morning shuttle (1h30) takes you north toward the Austrian and Swiss borders. Starting from Spodinga, climb perhaps the most enigmatic peak in all of the Dolomites, Stelvio where 48 switchbacks zig zag up over a distance of 22km and 2,000m! Take in the view of Switzerland over lunch and then descend into Bormio, another picture-perfect village and settle into your comfortable hotel.

Ride Distance: 50km; 1,900m gain.

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Day 6

Bormio

Consider this a rest day and enjoy the town of Bormio – perhaps take a thermal spa. If you would like to ride, the out and back to Torri di Fraele is an optional climb where more glorious views await.

Ride Distance: 26km; 875m gain.

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Day 7

Bormio

For your final day of cycling here, start with a climb of Mortirolo, the climb that Marco Pantani, ‘Il Pirata’ made his name on in 1994 when he rode it in just over 42 minutes. It’s a narrow twisting road with blessedly few vehicles and climbs relentlessly, averaging 10.5% over it’s 13km. Maybe reward yourself with a refreshing drink at the pass? After descending, cruise along the Oglio River to Vezza di Oglio, where numerous lunch options await. You’ll want to re-charge for the long, but more gradual climb up Pass Gavia, where, with a view over Lago Bianco, you can enjoy a drink on what must be one of the most spectacular terraces in Europe. You’ll finish with a 25km descent back to Bormio and your hotel. Celebration dinner anyone?

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Day 8

Departure Day

Depart at your leisure. From Tirano train station, trains reach Milan in 2h30.

Classic

Sporthotel Europa, Alleghe

This 4-star hotel sits on Lake Alleghe and boasts lakeside guest rooms, wellness center and excellent restaurant and wine cellar.


Sporthotel Panorama, Corvara

This 4-star hotel in the center of Corvara has comfortable guest rooms, and a relaxed ambience. Other amenities include a bar, an indoor pool, a spa and a tennis court, as well as a gym.


Hotel Eden, Bormio

This new design hotel has large guest rooms, a small spa, on-site restaurant and good bicycle storage.


Luxe

Sporthotel Europa, Alleghe

This 4-star hotel sits on Lake Alleghe and boasts lakeside guest rooms, wellness center and excellent restaurant and wine cellar.


Hotel Perla, Corvara

This 5-star hotel features Tyrolean-style rustic-chic rooms, some with balconies. Other amenities include an elegant restaurant and a cozy bar, plus a wine cellar and a spa with hot tubs and an indoor pool. There’s also a lounge and a veranda. Alternate: Hotel Sasssongher.


Hotel Baita dei Pini, Bormio

The woodsy, alpine-style rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi, as well as flat-screen TVs,and minibars; some have whirlpool tubs, separate sitting areas, and balconies offering mountain views. There’s a cozy restaurant with garden seating and a snack bar, plus a spa featuring saunas, a hot tub and a fitness room. Alternate: La Genzianella.


Trip starting at
USD $2,650