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Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track

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  • 7 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €595
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  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour description

From the northeast of the Dolomites, you cycle through the Höhlenstein Valley passing by the famous "Drei Zinnen" (Three Peaks), and onto the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Following the old railway track, you continue to Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of Titian. After a short transfer through the valley of the ice cream makers, you will reach Ponte nelle Alpi ("Bridge in the Alps") and then onto Belluno nestling in the Dolomites. The tour takes you on to Bassano del Grappa where the countryside starts to level out.

After a short visit to the town of Asolo, you carry onto Treviso. Following the River Sile, you finally reach Mestre/Venice.

*Note: This tour is also available with a challenging itinerary. Please contact one of our tour specialists if you would like an overview of the challenging option.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival at Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassaor Toblach/Dobbiaco)
Arrive at the hotel in Hochpustertal.
Overnight in Hochpustertal.

Day 2: Niederdorf/Villabassaor Toblach/Dobbiaco – Cortina D'Ampezzo (22 miles/35 km)
From Villabassa/Dobbiaco you start on the bike path into the Höhlenstein Valley, past Lake Toblach and the war cemetery. This area was used as the front during World War I. You carry on past Lake Landro (on the left you can see the famous "Drei Zinnen;" the cycle path ascends slightly before you get to the border – "Gemärk – Cimabanche" – of the region South Tyrol and the region of the Veneto. From here you cycle down into the valley, which opens up before entering towards the south, before arriving in Cortina.
Overnight in Cortina D'Ampezzo

Day 3: Cortina d'Ampezzo – Belluno (47 miles/75 km)
Today the path is steady going slightly downhill, for the most part on the old railway track; you will see the Sorapis on the left and located on the right the "Fünf Türme" – Cinque Torri (Five Towers). You continue on to the south through the Boite Valley towards Pieve/Calalzo di Cadore.

From here the new cycling path takes you to Longarone.  This town was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide filled the dam above the village and caused a flood. From Longarone slightly hilly until you reach Belluno where you will spend the night.
Overnight in Belluno.

Day 4: Belluno – Feltre (30 miles/40 km)
From Belluno, the small capital of this province, the tour follows tree lined avenues and hilly landscape until the end of this day in Feltre. During the day you come along small and scenic villages. In the North, you see the magnificent southern Dolomites, your accompanist in the first stages.
Overnight in Feltre.

Day 5: Feltre – Bassano del Grappa (34 miles/55 km)
The first kilometers you cycle easily before you descend to the Brenta Valley. Where the river Brenta joins the plains, lies the town of Bassano del Grappa. The name of the town comes from Mount "Monte" Grappa. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a well-earned "Grappa." There are many places of interest to visit in the town such as San Francesco, the "Museo Civico" (Museum) or the Piazza della Libertà.
Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.

Day 6: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (34 miles/55 km)
On leaving the Dolomitic Alps, you occasionally see various villas designed by the renowned architect Palladio. The town of Asolo is ideal for a rest before continuing along to the plains to Treviso, the town of the water striders. Along the canals, there are many wonderful houses and shops to admire. This is a center for Italian fashion.
Overnight in Treviso.

Day 7: Treviso – Venice/mainland Mestre (28 miles/45 km)
Following the River Sile, you cycle towards the Adriatic Sea straight to Venice (mainland Mestre) where the impressive "Serenissima" can be admired.
Overnight in Venice.

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extend your stay.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 28-Jun 30; Jul 14-Sep 29; Wednesdays: Jun 6-Aug 29, 2018 (additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)
Low season: Apr 28, 2018 - May 04, 2018, Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 05, 2018
Shoulder season: May 05, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018, Sep 09, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018
High season: Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 08, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€595
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€180
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€149
Bike Rentals
Trekking bike, 21-gears
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€165
GPS unit
€25
Extra Nights, Niederdorf/Toblach, 4-star hotel, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€70
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€12
Extra Nights, Venice (mainland/Mestre)
Per person, double occupancy
€61
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€23
Transfer
Per person, including bike transfer to Toblack/Niederdorf (available Wednesdays or Saturdays)
€65
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

FunActive Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

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 the tour operator.

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

The tour operator 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. The tour operator 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.

General

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.

Information talk

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 the tour operator 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 tour operator 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.

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Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.6
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 4.7
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.3
  • Tour documents 4.7
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.8

Reviews

Anne52 October 2, 2017

A gorgeous and adventurous trip!

This tour took us through stunning scenery on bike paths and small, very quiet roads where we were often out of sight of other bikers. The hotels we stayed at along the way were comfortable, often in beautiful settings and all had fantastic breakfasts. We loved the small towns and off the beaten track places that we were led to. Despite some lack of stickers where they were needed, we generally found the directions and maps to be fairly good. We opted for 7 gear bikes but we would highly recommend the 21 gear bikes. There were more uphills than we had expected and we had to push our bikes at times as 7 gears weren't adequate. Overall, we had a most enjoyable experience.

Garry August 17, 2017

A wonderful trip

This is a wonderful trip. The scenery is breath taking, the hotels are friendly and well run and there is great food to be enjoyed. The organization was first rate, both at Biketours in the US and through their affiliate in Italy. I'd do it again and invite friends to join us. But I'd do it in late spring rather than summer - it does get hot and humid in July. I'd also try to schedule some rest days in cities like Belluno and Trieste that would be fun to explore more of.

We got lost several times despite the excellent tour documentation. Do keep an eye out for the trail markers and ensure your mobile is charged. Thank goodness for Google Maps!

Julie June 11, 2017

Loving Italy!

We just finished this tour and it was amazing! My husband and I rode it with our two teenage daughters. It was the perfect level for all of us- not too difficult, but had some challenges. We loved the quaint Italian mountain towns. We rode on roads that the Giro d'Italia had done the week before. We bought cherries from an orchard that was right on our route. we had cappuccinos and gelato everyday! It was truly a wonderful experience!

JimG August 10, 2016

Northern Italy

I just finished riding the Dolomites to Venice tour. It's a marvelous tour. The tour company "Fun Active" are exceptional. I was all stressed out worrying about getting lost. They learned about my concern, contacted me at the starting hotel, and delivered, installed, and instructed me on a GPS which I rented.
The tour went seamlessly. Highly recommend this tour.

Pedalann February 29, 2016

A Spectacular Ride from the Austrian Border to Venice

This tour allowed us to experience the changing face of Italy from the quite Austrian north down though many medieval towns and into the coastal plain around Venice. The introduction and orientation by a representative from FunActive Tours was complete and included detailed maps, cue sheets and information about the areas and towns we would be traveling through. We enjoyed each day's ride and learned so much about the history of this part of the country as we went along. We were on the "self-guided" tour and were easily able to follow the route with our maps cue sheets and the route markers posted along the way. We missed our turns only a couple of times and quickly found our way again. The routes were mostly bikeways or very low traffic roads which made the ride especially enjoyable.

artnscience December 30, 2015

Spectacular experience with the most scenic and variable terrains, villages and accommodations

I feel I have experienced the soul of Italy through the pedals of my bicycle as we passed from Niederdorf through the Dolomites, into beautiful towns and cities to Venice. Since we paired this tour with one starting in Venice two days after our arrival we had more time to explore it and it's out islands. I prepared a Google+ album with captions for the 306 photos from both tours. You may use any of these images with captions as you see fit. The four of us, two Anderson and two Abeles call ourselves the Four 'A's because we sally forth on adventures together. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOVdH6klghY5LXY0xRnJXgs3V22UOQqIrSTQtIZk-iBfOPD-HVh2ajAjWPV0rspkQ/photo/AF1QipMkVq17mKGDNdacKckMZOIwFVFSf3ZEwQI7lm8?key=MEQzNXNiWEVwM2MwSV8ycVExcWg4ZmFUU2kzM3h3