Cows grazing in the Dolomites, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Maurice

Delicious Prosecco Valdobbiadene wine from local Valdobbiadene, Italy! Photo via Flickr:plindberg
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Dolomites to Venice

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Italy from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea

From the mountains to the sea, pass the fascinating views of the Dolomites, around Cortina and Belluno, and sip the refreshing Prosecco (sparkling wine) in picturesque Valdobbiadene. Bike Treviso, the beautiful historical and monumental center until the end of this incredible bike tour in Venice, the city on the water.

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Skill Level

This Italy cycling tour is considered easy to moderate self-guided. You ride anywhere from approximately 19 to 41 miles a day, with 5 days of cycling. All riding takes place on asphalted back-roads or bike paths, or for short stretches, on an unpaved path in good condition. All riding is on paths with little traffic. Occasionally you will have to bike for a short time with heavier traffic when entering bigger towns, or to bridge 2 roads. The route is mostly on lowlands but with some hilly sections. The total vertical distance is 2,010 m.

Where You’ll Stay

In very nice, comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, mostly in city centers.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
  • 7 day service hotline
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Private transfer Bolzano to Brunico

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From745 Rates
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Tour Dates

2016 Dates
Every Sunday from May 1 to July 17 and August 21 to September 25, 2016
*Special departure dates can be arranged for at least 5 people.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Dolomites to Venice Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano
Day 2: From Bolzano, transfer to Brunico. Brunico - Dobbiaco, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Dobbiaco - Cortina, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Cortina - Belluno, 25 mi. + 25 miles by train (40 km)
Day 5: Belluno - Valdobbiadene, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 6: Valdobbiadene - Treviso, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 7: Treviso - Mestre/Venice, 29 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Bolzano.
This bike tour in Italy starts with individual arrival in Bolzano 

DAY 2: From Bolzano, transfer to Brunico. Brunico - Dobbiaco, 19 mi. (30 km)
The day begins with a private transfer by car to Brunico (approx. 44 miles) to start your bike tour. Also known as the 'pearl of Pusteria Valley', Brunico is a lively town with a historical center and rural surroundings. Today's cycling route runs slightly uphill along the Rienz River.

DAY 3: Dobbiaco - Cortina, 22 mi. (35 km)
Leaving Dobbiaco, you take the bike path along the Landro Valley from where you admire the famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo (also known as Tre Cime di Lavaredo), considered one of the most popular mountain groups in the Alps. Going south & downhill you reach Cortina d'Ampezzo, the 'Pearl of the Dolomites', which also hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Cortina is known for it's shopping, and is also called home to some of the most prestigious names in fashion, including Gucci.

DAY 4: Cortina - Belluno, 25 mi. + 25 miles by train (40 km)
Today you pedal slightly downhill along the old railway route until you reach San Vito and then Calalzo. The path you cycle along is becoming increasingly popular as it is very well maintained and takes place along a beautiful route. Once you reach Calalzo you must take the train to Belluno (not included, approx. 50 min., 8 Euros per person + bike).

DAY 5: Belluno - Valdobbiadene, 38 mi. (60 km)
From Belluno you continue riding along the slightly hilly Toscana-like landscape. Finally you will come to Valdobbiadene, in the heart of the famous, picturesque land of the Prosecco vineyards.

DAY 6: Valdobbiadene - Treviso, 41 mi. (65 km)
You continue cycling south until you cross the Piave River and enter the Po valley. From there on, you will bike Treviso, a city surrounded by water, situated at the confluence of the Sile and Botteniga Rivers.

DAY 7: Treviso - Mestre/Venice, 29 mi. (45 km)
Leaving Treviso behind, you follow the flow of the Sile river to Asolo, also known as 'the city of a hundred horizons'.  Here you’ll be surprised from the “Cimiero dei Burci”, a “graveyard” of old cargo boats, abandoned along the river from the Sixties, to protest against the rise of wheel transport. At the end of the trip, Venice awaits you for an evening among canals and narrow streets. Accommodation is in Mestre. A supplement applies for lodging in Venice.

DAY 8: Departure from Mestre/Venice.
Your bike tour in Italy will end following breakfast.

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Customer Feedback

  • M. Sciulli 2 months ago

    The trip itself was amazing! Spectacular scenery and just the right amount of cycling every day. We loved the fact that it was self-guided so we could go at our own pace. The description of easy to moderate was accurate, but I know it would have been much harder had we not had electric bikes. I have 2 specific complaints: First, the quality of the hotels was not up to par. A friend described one as exactly like his dorm room in college...small, smelly, run down, not properly air-conditioned, out of the way, and generally unsatisfactory. Secondly, the directions and the maps need to be updated. More than once we found ourselves at a dead-end or could not find a turn we were supposed to take. We wasted a lot to time going back and forth trying to find the supposed route. Thankfully we speak Italian, so we could stop and ask locals for directions. At other times we just ended up relying on the GPS on our phone to find a proper route. Overall, if these two things were improved this would be a perfect trip. I highly recommend the trip.

  • C. Baird 2 months ago

    The Guide gave us very little information about either the equipment or route before he left us. Just simple things would have helped significantly. He was abrupt, especially with women and certainly less than helpful. The guidebook was good for the most part, but some sections were completely useless. Some of this may have been due to translation, but improvements are needed. When we entered cities, we always had to ask for assistance.
    We have taken about 10 European bike trips and expect some difficulties finding our way, but have never encountered the degree of problems we had on this trip.

  • Jeff & Barbara Wahlbrink 10 months ago

    A charming trip. Loved the experience. Hope to do more bike touring with Tripsite. My blog submission offers lots more positives. Thanks for publishing it! ; )

    Now, if you really want some constructive criticism to share with Girolibero, here it is: Cue sheets were not up to date in a number of areas, which caused confusion and back-tracking. One of the days included a long stretch on a major highway, which was not too pleasant. The hotel in Belluno required that we haul our bikes up a long flight of stairs for overnight storage, and there was no elevator big enough or any staff available to help. ; { The tandem bike provided was bigger/heavier than what we have at home, or what we expected. We are experienced cyclists, and we wished that there was an option for pedal cages or clips to give us some leverage on the hills. The gears on the tandem slipped regularly during climbs and the chain got stuck a few times. The brakes failed one day on a steep downhill, but thankfully we were able to pull into an uphill driveway to avoid disaster! It took awhile to reach anyone about that, but when we did a mechanic was sent to the next hotel to fix the brakes on the evening of that failure so that was helpful. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, but these are just some ways it could have been a little better. Thanks for asking!

  • Barbara Wahlbrink 12 months ago

    What a delight! A unique itinerary that was wonderfully planned. Cozy hotels, great food, good support and awesome scenery of course - an experience we will never forget. Thanks, Tripsite! We are already dreaming about our next cycling adventure!

  • Yarden Dor 2 years ago

    I just came back from this trip two days ago and all I can say is "wow!"

    Not only were the views absolutely amazing and dramatically different each day, but the tour itself exceeded my expectations! All the hotels were clean and comfortable, and you can really tell that the individuals who organize the trip truly care about what they do as well as your satisfaction! The directions were super easy to follow each day and even provided further detail about certain key cities or building.

    Such an enjoyable trip! Will definitely book another! Thank you for a great time!

  • Natana Shek 2 years ago

    I have done many self guided trips across Europe. This trip I did with my two daughters. This was by far the best organized and coordinated trip I have every done. The support, the hotels and the bikes were outstanding. The people involved in coordinating bike delivery and some transport were engaging and very interesting sharing the history of the landscape and area. The ride itself was magnificent with no two days being the same. I highly recommend this trip and this tour operator!

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