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Start Venice; transfer to Villabassa.
Meet the group at Venice Airport then transfer to the town of Villabassa (Niederdorf) in the South Tyrol. We stay in the luxurious Hotel Adler, a firm favourite with our summer walking and winter snowshoe groups for the past 15 years.
Ride along the Rienz River to Brunico; visit outdoor folklore museum then transfer back to Villabassa.
Today offers the perfect warm up ride as our start in Villabassa is the highest point of the day! Our scenic route follows the Rienz River as it winds its way down the Val Pusteria to the town of Brunico (Bruneck). After a look around the pretty town we visit the South Tyrol Museum of Cultural Anthropology at Teodone (Dietenheim). This fascinating open air museum depicts local rural life and culture over the ages, contrasting life in a wealthy manor house with that on a remote rural farm. We then transfer back to Villabassa to relax or visit the hotels spa.
Transfer to the Sexten Valley; ride via San Candido below stunning peaks to Villabassa.
This morning we transfer to the Passo Monte Croce (Kreuzbergpass) at 1636m. From here we ride downhill to the village of Moos, before making a side trip through the stunning Fiscalina Valley to the Talschlusshutte mountain refuge. After a drink and some magnificent views we head down past Sesto (Sexten) to the larger market town of San Candido (Innichen) along a network of excellent cycle paths. Here we will see the 8th Century Innichen Abbey, before following more quiet cycle paths back to Villabassa.
Follow the Drau cycle path, crossing the Austrian border to Lienz; transfer to Villabassa.
Today’s ride is the classic route of the entire region. Riding from the hotel we pass through Dobbiaco (Toblach) to pick up the lovely Drau cycle path, a scenic traffic-free route that follows the river gently downhill into Austria. We finish the ride in the charming medieval town of Lienz, known as the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’. Here we have plenty of time to explore the old town with its elegant squares and café culture. A transfer returns us into Italy and our hotel in Villabassa.
Free day to relax, enjoy a walk or visit Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol.
Today we have a day off the bikes in order to relax and make the most of the area. As well as the inviting hotel spa, there are also a huge number of local walks that will get you in amongst the spectacular mountains surrounding Villabassa. It is also easy to take the train to the beautiful city of Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol, with its pretty network of winding alleys and upmarket shops to explore. The world-famous Museum of Archaeology with the ‘Otzi’ Iceman and the Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum at nearby Sigmundskron Castle make Bolzano a city of mountaineering history and culture.
Cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Cortina d’Ampezzo; transfer to Villabassa.
Riding from the hotel we pick up an excellent old railway track that has been turned into a peaceful cycle track. We stop to admire the beautiful lake at Dobbiaco before passing a wonderful panoramic vista of the iconic Tre Cima di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen), these three dramatic rock formations are the ‘emblem’ of the Dolomites. Continuing past Lake Landro we follow the cycle path through illuminated tunnels before descending to the chic alpine town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. We then transfer back to Villabassa.
Transfer into the tranquil Casies Valley; visit Monguelfo castle then ride to Villabassa.
This morning we start with a transfer to the head of the tranquil Gsies Valley. The scenery here is a little different with more rolling countryside and plenty of agriculture. Our ride follows a mix of road and cycle paths as we make the gentle descent through a number of traditional villages en route. We rejoin the main valley at Monguelfo (Welsberg) with its impressive castle (depending on your departure date there may be the opportunity to visit), before finishing the day back at Villabassa.
Transfer to Venice, trip ends here.
Transfer to Venice; trip ends here.