Cycling towards Welsperg

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

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Trip code: 
MED
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Dolomites by bike 

Savour the dramatic mountain scenery of the Dolomites, while avoiding the need to ride up any long climbs. We explore the beautiful valleys of the Alta Pusteria on two wheels, visiting Brunico, Lake Toblach, Cortina d’Ampezzo and crossing into the Austrian Tyrol to explore mediaeval Lienz. The area is criss-crossed by a network of quiet lanes and purpose-built cycle paths, perfect for enjoying at a steady pace. Adding to the relaxation is the fantastic four-star Hotel Adler in the charming town of Villabassa, where we stay in their beautiful superior rooms. The centre-based itinerary offers the opportunity to unpack, settle in and unwind in the hotel spa and award-winning restaurant.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in spectacular mountain scenery 
  • Indulge in world renowned Dolomiti cuisine
  • Relax in superior rooms at a wonderful 4-star hotel

Key information

  • 5 days cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
  • 80% tarmac roads, 20% hardpack gravel paths
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights 4-star hotel in superior rooms with en suite facilities 

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 12, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Leisurely: 10-13km/6-8miles an hour

Terrain:

Rides are mostly downhill or flat with only a few short ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 232.0km/19.0miles
Day 327.0km/16.0miles
Day 455.0km/34.0miles
Day 635.0km/21.0miles
Day 727.0km/16.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Villabassa.

    Start 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.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    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 hotel spa.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Transfer to the Sexten Valley; cycle back to Villabassa along quite cycle paths via San Candido and the 8th century Innichen Abbey.

    This morning we transfer to the stunning Fiscalina Valley and get on the bikes at 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 quiet cycle paths back to Villabassa.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Follow the Drau cycle path across 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.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    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.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo; cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Villabassa.

    In the morning we have a transfer to the chic alpine town of Cortina d’Ampezzo where we have some free time to explore before getting on the bikes and enjoying a great ride along an old railway track that has been converted into a cycle path. Our route takes us through illuminated tunnels towards Lake Landro and on to the wonderful panoramic vista of the iconic Tre Cima di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen), these three dramatic rock formations are the ‘emblem’ of the Dolomites. Finally we pass the beautiful Lake Dobbiaco before arriving back at our hotel in Villabassa.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    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 Casies (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.

    Hotel Adler 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Villabassa.

    After breakfast our trip ends in Villabassa.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

The Hotel Adler has a well-known on site restaurant run by head chef Helene Markart; it appears in many respected publications such as Guida Espresso, Ristoranti Bibenda, Gamba Rosso and the Grosse Restaurant & Hotel Guide.

This part of the Dolomites has a very strong Austrian influence, German language is often preferred to Italian and the cuisine tends to be of Tyrolean tradition. The area is home to some great traditional dishes and foods like Speck (smoked raw ham), Lucanica (fresh sausage) and apple strudel are probably some of the most well-known. There is a strong tradition of using locally sourced ingredients and you can guarantee that the meats, vegetables and dairy products are all from nearby farms and producers.

Weather

In the Dolomites - as always in the mountains - the weather can be very changeable. Rainfall is normally at night but we can’t rule out daytime showers. The rain normally comes in heavy and thundery outbursts of relatively short duration rather than prolonged showers. Daytime temperatures range on average from 12c to 22c, although 25c is not unusual. We can expect to be wearing shorts and t-shirts only when cycling but please pack some warm and waterproof clothing just in case.

MED

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).

5 days cycling with an average daily distance: 44km (25 miles) with vehicle support available on request.

Terrain and route: 80% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 20% hard pack gravel paths and tracks.

The majority of this tour is on designated cycle / cycle and walking paths, some sections are on quiet roads with very little traffic. At points our route goes through towns which can be busy with pedestrians and traffic.

All rides are mainly down-hill with the start point being higher than the end. Some short rises are to be expected but no long climbs are featured on this tour. There are no circular rides on this tour, you either ride from the hotel and transfer back or transfer from the hotel and cycle back.

NB: In the itinerary we have used both the Italian and German (in brackets) place names. Formerly part of the Austrian state of Tyrol, German is still the first language for 80% of its inhabitants

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Adler

The week is based at Hotel Adler, a 4-star property in Villabassa (Niederdorf), located on the village square, this quality hotel is considered the 'best in town'. The cosy bar is often busy with locals and there is a relaxing lounge for peaceful reading.

On this tour you will be accommodated in one of the Hotel Adler’s superior suites.  All bedrooms are spacious and have en suite facilities, minibar and TV.

Other facilities include a superb indoor pool and wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre.

The well-known restaurant, run by head chef Helene Markart, appears in many respected publications such as Guida Espresso, Ristoranti Bibenda, Gamba Rosso and the Grosse Restaurant & Hotel Guide; the menu features a mixture of local and international cuisine which you will get to experience throughout the week.

 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Arianna Jakositz

    Cycling In The Dolomites

    My husband and I booked this trip in search of an active vacation with very little planning on our part, and we were far from disappointed. Being our first Exodus trip and our first group cycling trip, we weren’t sure what to expect but didn’t end up worn-out or challenged by any of the rides so all was well there (for reference, we live at a slightly higher altitude and regularly commute via bike). Aside from that, the scenery was BEAUTIFUL. Both of us frequently commented that the mountains and valleys didn’t seem real — how could something so exquisite exist? To top it all off, everyone we encountered was ridiculously nice, Hotel Adler was spectacular, and the dinners each night were delicious (and incredibly filling). It ended up being far more of a pleasant, much-needed reprieve from day-to-day life than we expected it to be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ride on day 2 had us stopping and admiring the scenery a lot, but our hiking around Helm (reached by gondola from Sesto/Sexten) definitely yielded the most breathtaking views. Get above the tree line, it’s worth it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jon did a great job keeping us all together... and “rescuing” us when we strayed off path accidentally. He rotated between sticking with those of us at the front of the group on rides and those of us at the back, which kept everything feeling cohesive. Jon also was a friendly and funny guy to spend the week with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Maybe don’t opt for an e-bike on this trip? Quite a few rides were on rockier terrain than I expected and it seemed difficult to navigate (especially going downhill) for the one person on an e-bike in our group. We had standard hybrid bikes that even to me didn’t feel like the right sort of bike at times... but maybe I’m just used to riding on asphalt and cement and I can’t be helped there.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Those church bells ring every 15 minutes in Villabassa/Niederdorf. We slept right through them, but others... not so much.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Chris Kelly

    Amazing views clean air

    My second Exodus trip my first was a grade 3 this one was a grade 2 found it a bit easy but the sights were amazing

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    An amazing hotel with great food but inspirational moment was ever time you walk out of hotel and looked at your surroundings

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jon was our group leader who done a great job but would have preferred an Italian guide

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A very easy trip for beginners no training needed
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Kristján Friðþjófsson

    Good trip to Bick riding from Villabassa

    September 10, 2016 were 7 Icelandic people went on to Italy for a bike ride. we landed in Venice in the late afternoon and welcome us took Jonatan tour guide with a smile. We drove by bus to Villabassa at the hotel Adler. In the hotel the staff took greatly with os. In the evening they offered a dinner. Next morning Jonatan had a meeting about the trip of the week, the rules and our insurance. Jonatan tour guide was a great success and he showed us how we should view the wheels at the start of the trip. These trips had Jonathan great responsibility and that we will not be lost in the path. We, the seven icelandic, give Jonatan 10 stars for his 100% guiding and give os good attitude for this bike trip. We were very happy with this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The landscape and bike routes

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great responsibility and that we will not be lost in the path.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To go on this trip to Villabassa

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We, the seven icelandic was happy with this trip
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Larry Dacunto

    Disappointing

    We just returned from the Exodus bike trip (MED) "Dolomites Center Based Cycling" and it was disappointing compared to 18 others we have experienced in Europe and another dozen elsewhere. First and most serious is the fact that Exodus was the ONLY company we have ever experienced that did not provide, at least to every other person, any kind of written directions, map, or strip map. We were totally dependent on the tour guide and his oral instructions from time to time. Second, Exodus was the ONLY company we have experienced that did not provide, at least to every other person, a spare tube and tire levers. Again, we were totally dependent on the tour guide to repair even simple punctures. The rental bicycles were the worst we have ever experienced. They were fairly new and clean, but our 16 riders had more problems due to poor maintenance than all the other rides we have experienced put together --- several with gear issues, loose electric wire, seat quick-adjust fell off, chain ring guard fell off, many under-inflated tires, etc. Finally, Exodus plainly ripped off customers who booked thru their North American office versus their London office. The Exodus price in their printed catalogue was 899 UK £ which converts to less than $1400 US. The website which appears to North American customers indicated the same tour was hundreds of dollars more per person after making the exchange rate. On the good side: The hotel was excellent, though full of flies even in the dining room, and the food was particularly fine. The routes chosen were beautiful. The van support was timely but for one occassion. The tour guide worked very hard at keeping us organized and moving. Overall, this tour was a poor experience and we will not again choose Exodus nor recommend Exodus to anyone, especially those outside the UK subject to discriminatory pricing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing Cimabanche, an Alpine pass.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Worked hard keeping 16 people together.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring flypaper to the hotel.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Justine Patterson

    Stunning Scenery

    This week long trip is a great cycling holiday set in a stunning part of the world. The scenery is breathtaking and we were lucky to have had warm sunny weather. Each day's ride took us in a different direction, to explore new places, towns, and revealing scenic vistas along the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On our free day some of us walked up to and around Lago di Braies which is a magical place despite its popularity. Cycling to and into Cortina d'Ampezzo with its surrounding peaks was a high point (pardon the pun!).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Radu was great. He approached his role with a balanced mix of fun, flexibility and organised structure. In acknowledgement of this holiday being a new offering for Exodus, he was keen to include us in the decision making during the daily rides and actively sought our feedback. Radu skilfully managed our group of 12 to make the trip a positive experience for every member.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although the trip is classed leisurely to moderate, the cycling and pace is very leisurely and not at all taxing. You may need to adjust your expectations, sit back and enjoy the scenery!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was good to enjoy a centre based cycling holiday, more relaxing than having to 'pack & transfer' every day. We had a good mix of interesting people in our group, not just Brits!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Brigitte Schneeloch

    Dolomites Centre-based Cycling

    Brilliant, wonderful, exciting, awe inspiring! A most inspirational week in the Alpes. Very good planning avoiding the cycling becoming too taxing, as daily transport was arranged to supply us with very manageable cycling. We found everything as described in the tripnotes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me personally, although being a passionate cyclist, the best day was our free day which my friend and I spent walking up to the summit of Monte Helmo ( after catching the gondola lift to 2000 m ). The view from there and the buzz from the achievement was breathtaking!! I would recommend this to anybody

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Radu, with the help of Jon, made a great team. Radu was a very knowledgable and caring leader, had good communication, humour, and was always available for advice. A lovely person to be with!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For me it was the best cycling trip I have had with Exodus in Europe! We were lucky weather wise!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Unni Vester-Hodgson

    Dolomites centre- based cycling

    The trip was a success from beginning to end. Hotel Adler and staff made us all very welcome. The terrain was, in my opinion, a true leisurely/moderate taking us through the most breathtaking terrain at a comfortable pace. We were, therefore, able to take it all in and enjoying the scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through this spectacular terrain and riding by fast flowing rivers and the Dolomites all around us meant a real connection with nature. On the free day I can strongly recommend a trip to Helmhaus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader: Radu Man was just superb - definitely a strong contender for the leader of the year. His personality, people skills and organisational skills were ace! He is a great asset to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As always, ensure to bring clothing for hot and cold weather enabling layers. Weather these days are so unpredictable - don't be fooled.

Dates & Prices

Call us on 1 844 227 9087