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 family-run three-star Hotel Tschurtschentaler in Dobbiaco, where we stay. The centre-based itinerary offers the opportunity to unpack, settle in and unwind in the hotel spa.
Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures.
Last updated: 16th July 2020
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Our general global COVID security measures are described in our Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation.
However, we also expect there to be specific requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.
There are no known changes to entry requirements that may affect your joining this trip.
However for all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Local COVID restrictions
There are likely to be some local requirements (some of which may be local law) in your host destination, related to face-masks and social distancing, details of which, will be explained by your leader on arrival.
There are no planned itinerary changes. However, customers should be prepared for occasional short notice changes as required by local authorities or recommended by the Headwater Leader to maintain COVID-security for the group.
Start Dobbiaco in the South Tyrol. We stay in the family-run Hotel Tschurtschentaler, a firm favourite with our summer walking and winter snowshoe groups for over 10 years.
Today 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 Dobbiaco to relax or visit the hotel spa.
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 Dobbiaco.
Today’s ride is the classic route of the entire region. Riding from the hotel we 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 Dobbiaco.
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 Dobbiaco. 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.
In the morning we have a transfer to the chic alpine town of Cortina d’Ampezzo where we have some free time to explore or visit the Bunker Museum before getting on the bikes and enjoying a great ride along an old railway track that has been converted into a cycle path. Today's 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.
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 Dobbiaco.
After breakfast our trip ends in Dobbiaco.
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.
Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.
A brilliant holiday, centre based in Dobbiaco, north eastern Italy. Being so close to Austria (14Km) a very strong Austrian influence with as much, if not more German spoken than Italian, this was a surprise! Beautiful mountain scenery and views with picture-postcard Tyrolian style buildings on each and every cycle ride. Apple Strudel at the Messenwirt restaurant at Valdora di Sopra is an absolute must eat!
This centre based guiding holiday was excellent - it gave us wonderful cycling in fantastic scenary with a chance to relax at the hotel which was very accommodating with great food.
Just back from this trip. I was looking forward to cycling though this amazing place and it was even more awesome than I could have hoped. Absolutely jaw dropping scenery and totally set up for cycling. So many cycle paths mostly removed from the roads. The tour is very well organised meaning that the big elevation is taken care of by being transported up and cycling down (not all down though!), allowing much time to drink in the scenery.
This was a wonderful trip, with many great, long downhills trails through gorgeous green foothills of the mountains. There were a number of ups too, which a few of us had anticipated with e-bikes, but only the weaker cyclists found these challenging. There was quite a bit of gravel to cycle, both downhill and up, which I personally love, but a number of the group didn't. The hotel was luxurious, with us all having very large suites to stay in, two bathrooms each and a 4 or 5 course meal each night. The waiters were also very accommodating and would adjust menus to suit the vegetarian's etc.. The jacuzzi and pool were great, with co-op and bakery around the corner. Probably less cycling than other trips I have cycled on, but much more space to relax or wander along the river.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This 7 night guided cycling holiday includes:
All breakfasts and 6 dinners
London flights (if booking incl. flights)
Local bike hire
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This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
5 days cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
55% tarmac roads, 45% hardpack gravel paths
Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16
7 nights 3-star hotel with en suite facilities
E-bikes available on request
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