Bicycle Paths of the Dolomites (based in one hotel)

    4.5/5 (4)
    6 nights | 25 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 749
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
    4.5/5 (4)

    6 nights | 25 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 749

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours

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    • Bike Paths of the Dolomites

      6 night self guided bike tour in Italy

      At the foot of the Dolomites you cycle without meeting steep inclines, along well-built valley cycle paths, among which are also the classic "Toblach/Dobbiaco – Lienz" and the "Drava/Drau bicycle path." The Lake Toblach, the view to the Drei Zinnen or "Three Peaks," as well as typical towns and valleys will stay in your memory for a long time.

      From your hotel in Hochpustertal, you leave every day for your bicycle tour. The program gives you space for an individual organization of the stages and guarantees fun for all cyclists, equal if athletic ambitious or "pleasure-seeking." The bicycle tour leads you into side valleys of Hochpustertal to Sexten and Gsies and on the old Dolomites railway track to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

      Highlights

      • Cycle path network of Hochpustertal, perfect for a bicycle tour with the whole family
      • The Drava/Drau bicycle path, with the classic Toblach/Dobbiaco-Lienz cycle path
      • Dobbiaco, in the heart of the Dolomites
      • Lake Toblach and the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks)
      • Cycling path along the old Dolomites railway track
      • Cortina d‘Ampezzo
      • The cities of Brunico and Lienz
      • The tradition-steeped and peasant Gsies-valley
      • The Sexten Valley

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      Learn more about our self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Italy.

    • Daily program

      Day 1: Arrival in Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)
      Individual arrival at the hotel in the heart of the Dolomites. Free (unguarded) parking facilities are available close to the hotel.

      Day 2: Along the Pustertal cycle path and the Rienz River: Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco – Bruneck/Brunico (16-miles or 34-37 miles/25-30 km to Bruneck or 55-60 km if going to Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures)
      Starting from the highest point, the cycle path winds along the river Rienz through the villages of the valley to Brunico. Visit castle Bruneck with its Messner Mountain Museum or the open-air museum of Dietenheim.

      Ambitious cyclists have the possibility to continue on the cycling path to the Tauferer Ahrntal and to visit castle Taufers. Return transfer from Brunico to your hotel in the afternoon.

      Day 3: The Sextner Valley: From the Sextner Dolomites to Hochpustertal (25 miles/40 km)
      The cycle path will bring you into the valley Fischleintal. From above you, the famous peaks of the Dolomites greet you as you pedal through the Sexten Valley. Out of the Valley, you cycle to Innichen/San Candido (famous Romanic dome). After refreshment at the source of the river Drau/Drava you return to the hotel.

      A longer cycling option is available if you wish for more distance.

      Day 4: The Drava/Drau Bicycle Path (31-34 miles/50-55 km)
      You leave and make your way to San Candido, before you cross the nearby Italian-Austrian border right after Prato Drava. You cycle to Lienz, which is located on the confluence of Isel and Drava. The historic center and the castle, Schloss Bruck, are worth seeing. Return transfer to your hotel in the afternoon.

      Day 5: Cycling path along the Dolomites railway track – Cortina d’Ampezzo (19-22 miles/30-35 km)
      Shuttle transport to Cortina. On the unique road, with - especially for cyclists - illuminated tunnels of the erstwhile track, the path leads you from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Cimabanche, the highest point of the tour. Following the cycle path you pass lake Dürrensee, don't forget to look over your shoulder and enjoy the view of the massif of Cristallo. Shortly afterwards you will see the world-famous Drei Zinnen. Passing by lake Toblachersee you reach your hotel.

      A longer cycling option is available if you wish for more distance.

      Day 6: Gsies Valley (34 miles/55 km)
      This valley is characterized by traditional farms and serene calmness and tranquillity. In Monguelfo there is the possibility to visit the castle or to have a break in Niederdorf/Villabassa for searching refreshment in the Kneipp facility.

      Day 7: Departure
      Individual departure or extension of your stay.

      Surface and terrain

      The itinerary runs consistently on valley cycle paths without steep inclines. On most days, there is the possibility to choose the desired length of the route and to adapt according to this the transfer by minibus or train. In addition, you can always take a day of rest.

      The tour is very suitable for families with children. The cycling route has been planned for relaxed, relatively easy riding. More difficult routes are also available in case you are interested in these.


      Hotels

      You will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel.

      Please note: You will have to pay a visitor's tax at hotel reception upon checkout each day (€2-6 per person).

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airport: Treviso or Venice, Italy
      Nearest train station: Toblach or Niederdorf

      By train:
      Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change the train to the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel.

      Timetable available on:
      www.deutschebahn.de
      www.oebb.at
      www.trenitalia.com

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Daily: May 21-Sep 24, 2022 (minimum 2 persons)

      • Low season:
      • May 21, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022, Sep 11, 2022 - Sep 24, 2022
      • High season:
      • Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022

      Prices

      Tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 749
      High season surcharge € 110
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 115

      Bike Rentals

      Trekking bike, 21-gear unisex frame € 89
      Trekking bike, 21-gear men's frame € 89
      Electrically assisted bike € 189

      Extra Nights, Villabassa/Dobbiaco, prices starting at

      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 17
      Per person, double occupancy

      Low season

      € 59
      High season € 79

      Included services

      • 6 nights accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotel in Villabassa or Dobbiaco
      • Breakfast
      • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
      • Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
      • 3-course evening meal
      • Personal tour information
      • All transfers according to the program, before or after the daily tour (the tour order might be changed depending on the arrival day)
      • GPX files are available at no extra cost; you may also choose to rent a GPS unit for a fee (please request either in advance).

      Please note: You will have to pay a visitor's tax at hotel reception upon checkout each day (€2-6 per person).


      Bike rentals

      Bikes available to be rented (reserved in advance at time of booking) include:

      • 21-gears women's or men's trekking bicycle
      • Electrically-assisted bike (unisex bike)*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      All bikes are equipped with:

      • Waterproof rear saddle bag
      • Waterproof handlebar bag with map compartment
      • Bicycle computer (tracks average speed, distance, time) per room
      • Repair kit, inner tube, pump, and bicycle lock (per room)

      The bikes will be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are available to rent. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.


      Tour Company Terms

    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • Dotty October 12, 2019

        Our favorite bike trip ever!

        This was a beautiful bike tour on bike paths of the Dolomites. So nice to not have to navigate on busy roads. Each day we either started or ended with a shuttle or train. Some of the paths were paved, others were gravel. Spectacular mountain scenery.

        What was the date of your tour?
        9/15/19 - 9/20/19
        How many tours have you completed?
        5
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Slick October 9, 2017

        Wonderful scenery

        Some directions going through the towns were difficult to follow. Also some of the starting points of the bike route were difficult to find and our driver was vague.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 22 to Sept 29
        How many tours have you completed?
        6
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany July 29, 2022

          Thanks for letting us know about the directions. We'll work with our local partner on the maps for future clients!

        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • Becca August 26, 2017

        Dolomite Area Bike

        Varied rides with extensions for adding more sites and miles. Great local company. Bikes are best for easy bike rides. Adding all extensions to day ride made it better for us. FYI, there are two names for everything here. One in German, one Italian. The culture and food is mostly German. This trip begins in Niederdorf/Villabassa, not Toblach/Dobbiaco. That was confusing and biketours.com should update that.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Aug 20
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Retired Teacher September 28, 2016

        Great Scenery, but... poor bikes

        The rental bikes were NOT up to standards. One bike had defective derailluer and and to be substituted. Pedals and seats were hard to replace with ours, mechanic had to return next day with WD430 and oversized wrenches to get pedals off.

        The hotel was very cute and nice, but across plaza from 2 churches that ran LOUD bells. Hotel room had no AC and no screens on windows and we spend time killing flies! The breakfast was good, dinner was good except for one night...do not get venison (2 of 4 of us could not cut with serrated knife!) There was an alternate choice most nights had we know that is better choice.

        This is NOT traditional Italian food. Villabassa and Toblach are in the German speaking section of Sud Tyrol. It is an interesting combination of Austrian and Italian 'fusion' food. White table cloths and waiters. Lots of local wines to choose from.

        The bike routes were VERY Scenic and for the most part enjoyable. We got lucky and only had rain at night, but bring your rain gear just in case! There is some
        gravel surface that gave some of the group tour we bumped into a little trouble, but we had no problems. Most of the rides do not take most of the day, so stop and take all the photos you want. The weather in Dolomites is about 10-15 degrees cooler than Lake Garda because it is about 4000 feet. We started with layers and soon got down to short sleeves on most days in late September.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Mid-Late September
        How many tours have you completed?
        Lots
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 2/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection