From the mountains to the sea
Dobbiaco-Cortina d’Ampezzo-Belluno-Feltre-Bassano del Grappa-Treviso-Mestre/Venice
From the northeast of the Dolomites, you cycle through the beautiful Val di Landro (Höhlenstein Valley). Having a great view of the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen /Three Peaks). You stay in the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a favorite holiday destination. Following the old Dolomite railway track, you arrive at Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of the painter Titian. You pedal through the valley, which is famous for its ice cream and you will reach Ponte nelle Alpi (‘Bridge in the Alps ‘) Your overnight stay will be in Belluno, in the region Veneto, nestling at the foot of the Dolomites. The cathedral of San Martino dominates the main square with its palaces. Taste the “pastin”, a mixture of pork and beef mixed mostly served with the polenta.
The route continues through an idyllic landscape with typical small Italian villages. The tour takes you on to Bassano del Grappa, like the name indicates it is the hometown of grappa. The Poli Grappa museum tells you the history of grappa-making and here you can taste some of the excellent grappa’s. The wooden bridge is made by Palladio in the 16th century.
Now the countryside starts to level out. You cycle through the area of Palladio’s villas like the stunning Villa di Maser. After a short visit to the town of Asolo, you carry on to Treviso, the town of small streets, coloured houses alongside the canals and the inviting square Piazza dei Signori, where the old town palaces are to be found. Following the River Sile, you finally reach Mestre/Venice, one of the most visited towns in Italy. In the romantic town of Venice, there is so much to see, to experience that it is worth an extra overnight.
The daily program of the 8-day tour
Arrival at the hotel in the Alta Pusteria at Dobbiaco (Toblach) or Villabassa (Niederdorf). Free unguarded public car park near the hotel.
At the end of the day, if you rented bikes, bike-fitting, and handing over of the tour documents.
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 I 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 you get to the border of the provinces of Belluno and South Tyrol, where you enter the Veneto. From here, you cycle down into the valley, which opens up before heading south, bringing you to Cortina.
Distance: about 30-35 km / 18-22 miles
Ascent/ descent: +400m -300m
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 Longarone you cycle slightly uphill until you reach Belluno.
Distance: about 75 km / 46,5 miles
Ascent/ descent: +30m -800m
After breakfast, you leave Belluno, the small capital town of this province. From here, the tour continues 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. A small town with a nice town centre.
Distance: about 40 km / 25 miles
Shortly after Feltre the route passes Lake Corlo and then descends to 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‘ upon 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.
Distance: 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.
Distance: about 55 km / 34 miles
Following the River Sile, you cycle towards the Adriatic Sea straight to Venice (Mainland / Quarto D’Altino), from where you can easily visit by bus or by train 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’.
Distance: about 45 km/ 27,9 miles
After breakfast ends your tour or you could take an extra overnight stay to visit Venice
On the first two days you mainly follow the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day the terrain is more hilly with slight climbs and descents, cycling along quite side roads until, on the last day, you reach the plains. Cycle experience is needed. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14
Daily distances between 30 km / 18 miles and 75 km/ 46,5 mi
Total km: 300-305 km /186-190 miles.
Arrival every Wednesday and Saturday from 01/05 until 01/10/2021 (last available date).
On request with a minimum of 5 pax is another starting date possible.
2 or more people (solo traveller on request).
START / FINISH:
Dobbiaco (Toblach)-Villabassa (Niederdorf) / Mestre-Venice