|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Jun 21-Sep 13, 2014 (minimum 2 participants; additional departures available for groups of 5 or more)|
|Start city:||Alta Pusteria, Italy|
|End city:||Belluno, Italy|
The Dolomites are part of the Italian Alps and are among the most beautiful mountain range in all over the world. The region is located in the north-east of their border with Austria, in South Tyrol Alto Adige. For the most part of your trip you will go along ancient military and forestry roads. In these areas battles of the First World War took place. You will discover testimonials of that time: trenches and deep tunnels, which are to be seen by the side of the path.
This hiking path leads through three language areas and their related cultures: starting in the German-speaking Alta Pusteria, then it goes through the Ladin-speaking Fanes and lastly in the south of the Passo Falzàrego, where the Italian language finally dominates. With the MTB it is certainly the best possibility to discover a dream path of the world-famous Dolomites.
The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with magnificent mountains, incredible vistas and wonderful walks. A true paradise and an exciting adventure for people who love the mountains!
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Day 1: Alta Pusteria (Toblach/Niederdorf)
Arrive at the hotel in the Alta Pusteria.
Day 2: Niederdorf/Toblach– Fodara Vedla/Sennes (27 miles/45 km)
You leave the Val Pusteria to the south on the bicycle path of the old Dolomites railway track. Passing the Lake Toblach and Lake Landro you reach the land frontier. Through the nature park of the Cortina Dolomites you reach your destination on the high plains Sennes/Fodara Vedla, which is one of the largest protected areas of South Tyrol. Hut “Senneshütte” (2.126 m) or “Rifugio Fodara Vedla” (1.972 m).
Overnight stay at the refuge (room with shower and WC).
Day 3: Sennes/Fodara Vedla – Cortina (21-27 miles/35-45 km)
Starting point of today’s stage is the hut “Senneshütte” or the “Rifugio Fodara Vedla” which offers an extensive panorama of some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites: Hohe Gaisl (3.146 m), Cristallo (3.221 m), Sorapis (3.205 m) and Tofane (3.243 m).
Through meadows and mountain pine fields you go straight through the Dolomites which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009. At first you will go downhill to Pederü, afterwards up to the mountain pasture “Fanes” and continue through the Fanes Valley to the Olympic city of Cortina (1.211 m). Cortina, a world famous winter sports resort was also the scene of some international major events, such as, the Olympic Winter Games in 1956. The town is still to this today, the host for World Cup races of different types of winter sports.
Overnight in Cortina.
Day 4: Cortina – Cortina (21 miles/35 km at 1,500 m in altitute)
The present day lead you to a short panoramic trip in the Ampezzo Dolomites. On an easy uphill and downhill you continue to Rifugio Cinque Torri. On your right you catch sight of this mountain formation (2.361 m), consisting of five steep towers that originally formed one enormous boulder.
In front of you one of the highest peaks of the Dolomites rises up, none other than the famous Dolomites giant, Monte Pelmo (3.168 m). Mount Pelmo was the first summit of the Dolomites to be climbed by a human. In September 2011 a group of five speleologists and mountaineers spotted a possible track of dinosaur footprints at 3.025 meters on the north-east ridge of the mountain. You continue cycling till Rifugio Averau. Over the famous Passo Giau you return to Cortina.
Overnight in Cortina.
Day 5: Cortina – Alleghe (25 miles/40 km at 1,200 m in altitude)
Today you leave the town Cortina which stands out with its unique position; surrounded by famous peaks. You continue through larch forests and pass small mountain lakes that are just waiting to be discovered. The path of today leads you to Rifugio Croda da Lago and further on till the Rifugio Città di Fiume. From here you cycle around the enormous massive mountain of Monte Pelmo and reach Alleghe.
Overnight in Alleghe.
Day 6: Alleghe – San Martino di Castrozza (36 miles/58 km at 1,300 meters in altitude)
From Alleghe which is situated on the gorgeous Dolomite Lake you cycle along the mountain side through small villages to Falcade. Through mountain meadow landscapes you cycle through the Val Venegia to the Passo Rolle and from there to the tourist resort S. Martino di Castrozza. The resort was rebuilt after the devastation of the First World War, and grew rapidly thereafter.
Overnight at the resort.
Day 7: San Martino di Castrozza – Belluno (46/37 miles or 75/60 km at 800m)
From San Martino you carry on through the southern foothills of the Dolomites to the south, after Cereda Pass (Italian: Passo Cereda, 1361 m ) the route runs through the wild Mis valley and reach the Province of Belluno. The province is rich in water, with the presence of the wide Piave River, with its affluents Boite and Cordevole.
Overnight in Belluno.
Day 8: Belluno
Individual departure either to the starting point or public transportation to Venice.
Saturdays: Jun 21-Sep 13, 2014 (minimum 2 participants; additional departures available for groups of 5 or more)
|Low season:||Jun 21-Jul 4; Aug 31-Sep 13, 2014|
|High season:||Jul 5-Aug 30, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
You will stay in 3- and 4-star hotels.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
The following Specialized Mountain bikes are available to rent:
All bikes come equipped with:
The mountain bike route runs along military and forestry roads, as well as on mountain trails. Expect daily climbs up to 1,500 m/4,921 feet.
Due to changes in elevation in the mountains, this tour is recommended for cyclists in good physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Treviso or Venice, Italy
Low cost flights are available to “Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova” airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice.
By train: Take the train from Innsbruck over the "Brenner/Brennero" to Franzensfeste. Change trains for the Pusteria Valley and disembark either at Niederdorf or Toblach depending on the location of your hotel.
Upon a request, the tour company can organize transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour.
Belluno – Niederdorf/Villabassa €39 (with a minimum of 4 people)
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Contents of Contract
Booking includes the following elements: group or client’s name, arrival and departure date, number and type of reserved rooms, description of package, content and type of booked package, description of the accommodation, prices, surcharges and reductions. If there are no extra conditions included in the booking, then the general regulations apply. All prices are in Euro or in the additional currency and include VAT and all other taxes. Extra conditions and changes in the booking must be confirmed in writing by FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH.
Client withdrawal / Substitute client / Booking change
Withdrawal: Before the start of the tour the client can withdraw from the contract at any time. The client has to confirm the withdrawal in writing. In the case of a withdrawal or no show, the following charges will be charged to the client:
Up to 28 days before tour start: 20% of tour cost From the 27th to the 14th day before tour start: 30% of tour cost From the 13th day to 8th day before tour start: 50% of tour cost
From the 7th day to 4th day before tour start: 70% of tour cost From the 3th day before tour start or no show: 90 % of tour cost Early departure from already started bike tour / hiking tour / cross country ski tour: 100% of tour cost FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH recommends taking out travel insurance.
Substitute Client: Each client can nominate a third person to take their place if this is done at least three days before tour begin. FUNACTIVE TOURS GmbH can refuse this person if there are important reasons. If a third party takes over this does not affect the original contract and the original withdrawal clauses apply. A fee of € 50,00 is charged for changing the name of the client.
Booking Change: Changes in the booking regarding number of rooms, type of hotel and catering (if available) are allowed up to 28 days before tour start. A fee of € 50,00 will be charged for each alteration. After this the condition of cancellation are available. Such a booking change can take place only in accordance with the possibilities of individual cases;the customer has no claim. A booking change by customer to another tour is only possible in the form of a cancellation (according to the conditions of cancellation) and subsequent new booking.
Reduction for children in a room with parents
Reduction for children to the 4th birthday, with breakfast (consumption extra): 100% Reduction for children from 4 years to their 11th birthday, with breakfast: 50% Reduction for children from 11 years to their 14th birthday, with breakfast: 25% Reduction for additional beds in double rooms for children over 14 years of age and adults: 15%
A reduction in cost applies for a third and fourth bed in a room for both adults and children when sharing with two full paying adults. The reduction only applies to the package price on offer which includes breakfast and cannot be used in conjunction with any additional services.
Half board can be booked for children from the age of 4 (for those trips where the possibility of a reservation for half board exists). Dinner and other consumables required by children under the age of 4 can be ordered and paid for directly at the location.
Changes in prices and performance are at our discretion as well as minimal changes in the routes if necessary. You will naturally be informed of any changes immediately. Our prices are minimal prices and cannot be reduced. Legal seat is Bozen.
Information for bike tours/hiking tours/cross country safari
Approximately 30 days before the start of the tour guests will receive general information of the tour and how to get there as well a hotel list by e mail. Detailed information (voucher, luggage labels, route description, maps etc) will be handed out to the guest at their arrival at the reception of the first hotel.
Our information is usually in German. For some of the tours we also have information in other languages. Consult the single offers for detailed information about the available language.
For almost all tours we offer our guests the possibility to take part in our information talk on arrival day in the evening or in the next morning. One of FUNACTIVE Tours Gmbh employees will provide the guests with all the necessary information about the route and answer any questions.
Subsequently the guest will also receive any articles he has booked (rental bikes etc).
Telephone Service Hotline
We offer our guests a service hotline from 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. during the whole tour. A FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH employee who speaks German, Italian and English is there to help with any problems or to answer any questions.
Bikes and extra equipment
All rental bikes are 21 gear tour bikes especially built for our tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of 7 gear bikes with back pedalling brakes (only unisex bikes) is available on request for some tours. Our team member will hand over the bikes at the starting hotel. Please state the height of the clients when booking the tour.
All bikes come with a saddlebag. In addition clients receive for each booked room one handlebar bag, a bicycle computer, a lock, one air pump, inner tubes and a tool kit.
On most of our tours are available electro bikes (limited availability) on request. Consult the single offers for detailed information.