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FROM THE DOLOMITES TO VENICE: 

the old Dolomites railway track

From the north east of the Dolomites, you cycle through the beautiful Val di Landro (Höhlenstein Valley), passing the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen /Three Peaks), and on to the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Following the old railway track you then continue to Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of the painter Titian. After a short transfer through the valley, which is famous for its ice cream, you will reach Ponte nelle Alpi ('Bridge in the Alps ') and then continue to Belluno, nestling in the Dolomites. You cycle through idyllic landscapes with typical Italian villages. The tour takes you on to Bassano del Grappa where the countryside starts to level out. After a short visit to the town of Asolo you carry on to Treviso. Following the River Sile, you finally reach Mestre/Venice.

 

 

 

Highlights of this tour:

  • The old Dolomites railway track  

  • The Dolomites with the fantastic view of the ‘Tre Cime’ (Drei Zinnen/Three Peak)  

  • Lake of Dobbiaco (Toblach) and Lake Landro  

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites  

  • Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of the painter Titian  

  • Belluno

  • Feltre   

  • Bassano del Grappa  

  • Asolo and Treviso  

  • The Lagoon city of Venice  

       

 

 

 

 

 

Programme:

Day 1

Arrivo a Dobbiaco (Toblach) / Villabassa (Niederdorf)

Arrival at the hotel in the Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal). The use of a private car park, in close proximity to the hotel, is included in the price.

 

Day 2

Alta Pusteria - Cortina d'Ampezzo (about 35 km / 22 miles)

From Niederdorf/Toblach you start on the bike path into la Val di Landro (Höhlenstein Valley), past the Lake of Dobbiaco (Toblach) and the war cemetery. This area was a front during the 1st World War. You carry on past Lake of Landro (Dürrensee; on the left you can see the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen); the cycle path ascends slightly before the border of the provinces of Belluno and South Tyrol, where you enter the province of Belluno. From here you cycle down into the valley, which opens up before heading south, bringing you to Cortina.

 

Day 3

Cortina d'Ampezzo  – Belluno (about 75 km / 46,5 miles 

Today the route is slightly descending. Cycling along the old railway track you will see Mount Sorapis on the left, while on your right are the peaks of the Cinque Torri (Five Towers). After San Vito you continue south through the Boite Valley towards Pieve/Calalzo di Cadore. From here you follow the new cycle path till Longarone. This village was destroyed in the 1963, when a landslide from Mt Toc forced 50 million cubic metres of water over the top of the Vajont Dam. Longarone lay in the immediate path of the wave of mud and water which swept into the valley below. From here you continue cycling through a hilly landscape to Belluno,  where you will have your overnight stay.

 

Day 4

 

Belluno - Feltre (about 40 km / 25 miles)

After breakfast leave Belluno, the small capital town of this province. From here the tour continue along tree-lined lanes and hilly landscapes with astonishing views. You cross small and characteristic villages. In the north you will have a nice view of the southern part of the Dolomites. Today’s ride cycling ends in Feltre. 

 

Day 5

Feltre - Bassano del Grappa (about 55 km / 34 miles)

Shortly after Feltre the route passes Lake Corlo and then descends to the Brenta Valley. Where the river Brenta reaches the plains lies the town of Bassano del Grappa. The name of the town comes from Monte Grappa. You may enjoy a well-earned 'grappa' on your arrival here. There are many places of interest to visit in the town such as the church of San Francesco, the 'museo civico' (museum) or Piazza della Libertà.

 

Day 6

 

Bassano del Grappa - Treviso (about 55 km / 34 miles)

On leaving the Dolomitic Alps, you occasionally come across a villa designed by the renowned architect Palladio. The nice small town of Asolo is ideal for a rest before continuing along the plains to the town of Treviso, known for its waterways. Treviso is also a centre of Italian fashion and along the canal banks there are many wonderful houses and shops to admire.

 

Day 7 

Treviso / Venice (Mainland/Mestre; about 45 km/ 27,9 miles)

Following the River Sile, you cycle towards the Adriatic Sea, from where you can visit the impressive lagoon town of Venice. Venice is often referred to as 'La Serenissima', from the Venetian name of the former republic: 'the Most Serene Republic of Venice'. From the mainland you can easily visit Venice by bus or train.

 

Day 8

Departure or possibility to extend your holiday or transfer back to Dobbiaco/Villabassa

 

 

 

 

The cycle tour includes:

  • 7 overnight stays with buffet breakfast or full breakfast in *** star and  **** star hotels. 

  • personal tour information

  • local back-up service hotline (German, Italian and English speaking)

  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

  • route notes (in English) and maps.

  • Free parking in Alta Pusteria

 

 

Period 

Arrival every Saturday from 28/04 till 29/09/2018. In the months June, July and August also departures on Wednesday. No departures on 06-08/07. On request with a minimum of 5 pax  is another starting date possible. High Season: 23/06- 08/09 (included)

Level 3

The first two days you mainly follow the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day the terrain is some hilly with slight climbs and descents, cycling along quite side roads until, on the last day, you reach the plains. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14. total: 305 km /190 miles)

Participants

minimum 2 (single traveller on request)

Prices p.p. 2018

In double room arrival 28/04 or 29/09  € 595,00

In double room € 695,00

Single supplement     € 149,00

High season supplement for starting dates 23/06 till 08/09 (incl.)   € 80,00

Bike rental     € 75,00

Electrical bike   € 165,00

GPS rental € 25,00
transfer end of tour Venice - Dobbiaco/Villabassa  € 65,00 (incl. bike)
Extra nights are possible