Italy : The Dolomites

Cycling from the Dolomites to Venice

Trip code: C07DL 4.8 (5 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

18.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • The Dolomites: Views to the Tre Cime; stay in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the 'Pearl of the Dolomites'
  • An idyllic landscape of charming hilltop villages, mountains, plains and rivers
  • Flower-filled meadows, sun-soaked vineyards, terraced fruit orchards
  • Venice: Visit the 'Floating City'

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Bike fitting at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Agent App

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The journey from the Dolomites to Venice covers the regions of South Tyrol and Veneto. Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, South Tyrol is a timeless bilingual region at the crossroads of Italy and Austria where the jagged rock walls of the UNESCO Dolomites overlook deep green meadows; Veneto is a region rich in art cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and vineyards.



Pedalling on the old Dolomites narrow-gauge railway track from your starting point in the mountain range, you'll pass below the Tre Cime to the Olympic city of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The route continues through the valley of the ice cream makers in the Dolomite town of Belluno. From Bassano del Grappa you'll leave the mountains and enter the plains to discover some of the works of architect Andrea Palladio. Next stop is the fashion city of Treviso before finishing the tour in mainland Venice from where you can visit the 'Floating City'.



Terrain

The first two days, you will predominantly follow the old Dolomites railway track. The remaining routes are gently undulating with 95% being paved. The paths generally keep to quieter, secondary roads although you should expect more traffic in the towns.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Dobbiaco/Villabassa

Arrive at your hotel in the Val Pusteria of the Dolomites.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

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Hotels, Dolomites to Venice


You will stay in a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites as well as their welcoming hospitality. All rooms have en suite facilities.


Day 2: Dobbiaco/Villabassa to Cortina d'Ampezzo (30km/18.6mi)

Your cycle journey starts on the old Dolomites narrow-gauge railway track past Dobbiaco lake and the war cemetery. Enjoy fabulous mountain views, including to the Tre Cime before crossing from the region of South Tyrol to Veneto and arriving in the Olympic village of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Day 3: Cortina d'Ampezzo to Belluno (75km/46.6mi)

Continue on the old railway track with views of the Sorapis range to one side and the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) to the other. Stop for lunch in Pieve di Cadore, birthplace of Titian, before continuing through the valley of the ice-cream makers to Belluno.

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Day 4: Belluno to Feltre (40km/24.9mi)

Today you leave Belluno, capital of the province, and cycle across the foothills through a series of small villages on tree-lined avenues to Feltre. This historic hilltop town was completely rebuilt in the 16th Century having been destroyed in 1510 due to its allegiance with Venice.

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Day 5: Feltre to Bassano del Grappa (55km/34.2mi)

Descend to the Brenta Valley and the plains to Bassano del Grappa, named from nearby Monte Grappa. Here you can visit the Poli Grappa museum, the Museo Civico and cross the famous wooden Ponte Vecchio, dedicated to the Alpini troops.

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Day 6: Bassano del Grappa to Treviso (55km/34.2mi)

Cycle past villas designed by the renowned architect Palladio before stopping for a rest in Asolo, an elegant hilltop town with a charming historic centre. Continue along the plains to Treviso which is circled by a town wall and by waterways. In the centre you'll find a rambling maze of arcaded walkways and canals.

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Day 7: Treviso to Mestre/Venice Mainland (45km/28.0mi)

Finish your cycle route with a gentle ride along the River Sile to Venice mainland from where you can visit the 'Floating City'. Visit St Marks Square, the Doges Palace and the Rialto Bridge.

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Day 8: Leave Mestre/Venice Mainland

Leave Venice or ask us about booking extra nights to allow more time to visit.

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Giulietta e Romeo, Verona; Hotel Kette, Venice.

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Giulietta e Romeo , Verona

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Market
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
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The Giulietta e Romeo hotel, named after the town's most famous lovers, lies in a quiet side street just yards from the Arena. The hotel is fairly modern in style and very comfortable. There is a large lobby area, which leads onto the breakfast room, which is decorated in white with subtle lighting and art deco friezes on the windows.

The rooms are all carpeted and traditionally decorated in blue and red decor with cherry wood furniture. They are all en-suite and have double-glazing so there is little noise from the street. A couple of rooms even have the famous Juliet style balcony if you fancy a re-inaction!

Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Giulietta e Romeo have a balcony with a step up.

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Hotel Kette, Venice

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe


The Hotel Kette is set in the heart of Venice, a short distance from Teatro La Fenice, from via XXII marzo, the elegant shopping street, 2 minutes from piazza San Marco and only 10 minutes from Ponte di Rialto. So this is an excellent base for exploring the many delights Venice has in store.

The 63 en suite rooms are immaculately furnished and are fully worthy of the four-star rating.

It is possible to reserve a non-smoking room (please contact us and we will request this for you).

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £186.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £186.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Electric bikes
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Venice and transfer to hotel 2hrs 40mins Return: British Airways Venice to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

A really great trip- it was both a holiday and an adventure. Cycling allowed us an insight into local life that we would not have had on a different holiday. The contrast between the Dolomites and Venice was huge and every day the scenery was different. Some of the sights were truly breathtaking. The cycling was very enjoyable and we enjoyed the cameraderie with others on the trip when our paths crossed. We can't wait to go an another trip like this.

Joanna Lockhart, 1 Jun 2024

 

The Dolomites are stunning. The routes on the first 3 days were fantastic, the last two days were a bit residential/industrial. However, despite the weather and Funactive we had a great time! We’ve visited some wonderful places, seen some beautiful sights and have made some happy memories.

Sarah Cullen, 25 May 2024

 

All of our Headwater and Exodus holidays have been very good. This was definitely the best cycling holiday that we have had, with the extra two nights in Venice at the end making it one of our best holidays of any sort.

Emlyn Jones, 4 May 2024

 

As always the holiday was memorable. It was our first use of ebikes and we are delighted. It will help us do future trips where hills or distances might have been off putting to the 70+ customers!

Christopher Haines, 9 Sep 2023

 

The start was a bit rocky with no personal welcome from Fun Active and we thought the initial bikes offered were poor but we did get them changed to better KTM bikes as offered in the Headwater brochure. Other than this we really enjoyed our trip which was essentially a great route.

SYMES-THOMPSON, 17 May 2023

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

18.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

7 nights from £1229

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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