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Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling tour
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Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in spectacular mountain scenery 
  • Indulge in world renowned Dolomiti cuisine
  • Relax at the family-run 3-star Hotel Tschurtschentaler

Short Description

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.Explore the highlights on Dolomites by bike

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Dobbiaco
End City Dobbiaco

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Italy Austria

Cities & Attractions

Dolomites

Activities

Cycling

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Venice; transfer to Dobbiaco.

Fly to Venice; transfer to 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.* * *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2 Transfer to the Sexten Valley; cycle back to Dobbiaco along quiet cycle paths via San Candido and the 8th century Innichen Abbey.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Ride along the Rienz River to Brunico; visit outdoor folklore museum then transfer back to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 Follow the Drau cycle path across the Austrian border to Lienz; transfer 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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Free day to relax, enjoy a walk or visit Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol.

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. * * *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo; cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Transfer into the tranquil Casies Valley; visit Monguelfo castle then ride to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 Transfer to Venice; fly to London.

After breakfast we transfer to Venice and catch our flight to London.



Land Only

Day 1 Start Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2 Transfer to the Sexten Valley; cycle back to Dobbiaco along quiet cycle paths via San Candido and the 8th century Innichen Abbey.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Ride along the Rienz River to Brunico; visit outdoor folklore museum then transfer back to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 Follow the Drau cycle path across the Austrian border to Lienz; transfer 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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Free day to relax, enjoy a walk or visit Bolzano, capital of the South Tyrol.

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. * * *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo; cycle past the famous peaks of Tre Cima di Lavaredo en route to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Transfer into the tranquil Casies Valley; visit Monguelfo castle then ride to Dobbiaco.

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. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 End Dobbiaco.

After breakfast our trip ends in Dobbiaco.

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Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

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Cycling the Dolomites

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Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
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.
Wonderful downhill cycling where you could really let go and see into the
distance that you were safe.


The group leader was very safety conscious, great with the bikes and bike
checks, great at cycling to and fro to keep an eye on everyone but less great
with the pastoral caring for group members. He could also do with just a
little checking out of things like numbers and distances of mountain walking
routes for days off, bus and train times etc... He could have picked up
individual maps and time tables from the very local tourist information and
just one page of A4 could have covered questions he must get asked every
tour, ie nobody wants to be charged 100 Euros for not validating a train
ticket which a stranger told us about. Jon is a young man, but has a middle
aged age group who are at an age of being interested in hearing about
Italy/Austria, the local impact of the World War, the name of the red hare
that we saw (which incidentally is a Belgian Hare not a rabbit) introducing
sights along the coach routes etc...but he made no efforts to fill us in or
find out when we asked. A little bit of effort on this front, would make a
big difference to his overall impression to us middle aged cyclists. I would
see this as feedback to other young tour leaders I have had on these group
cycling holidays.


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Cycling In The Dolomites

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
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.
The ride on day 2 had us stopping and admiring the scenery a lot, but our
hiking around Helm (reached by gondola from Sesto/Sexten) definitely yielded
the most breathtaking views. Get above the tree line, it’s worth it!


Jon did a great job keeping us all together... and “rescuing” us when we
strayed off path accidentally. He rotated between sticking with those of us
at the front of the group on rides and those of us at the back, which kept
everything feeling cohesive. Jon also was a friendly and funny guy to spend
the week with.


Maybe don’t opt for an e-bike on this trip? Quite a few rides were on
rockier terrain than I expected and it seemed difficult to navigate
(especially going downhill) for the one person on an e-bike in our group. We
had standard hybrid bikes that even to me didn’t feel like the right sort
of bike at times... but maybe I’m just used to riding on asphalt and cement
and I can’t be helped there.


Those church bells ring every 15 minutes in Villabassa/Niederdorf. We slept
right through them, but others... not so much.


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Amazing views clean air

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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
An amazing hotel with great food but inspirational moment was ever time you
walk out of hotel and looked at your surroundings


Jon was our group leader who done a great job but would have preferred an
Italian guide


A very easy trip for beginners no training needed


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Good trip to Bick riding from Villabassa

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
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.
The landscape and bike routes

Great responsibility and that we will not be lost in the path.

To go on this trip to Villabassa

We, the seven icelandic was happy with this trip

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Disappointing

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Guide2.0
Activities2.0
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Meals2.0
We just returned from the Exodus bike trip (MED) "Dolomites Center Based Cycling" and it was disappointing compared to 18 others we have experienced in Europe and another dozen elsewhere.
First and most serious is the fact that Exodus was the ONLY company we have ever experienced that did not provide, at least to every other person, any kind of written directions, map, or strip map. We were totally dependent on the tour guide and his oral instructions from time to time.
Second, Exodus was the ONLY company we have experienced that did not provide, at least to every other person, a spare tube and tire levers. Again, we were totally dependent on the tour guide to repair even simple punctures.
The rental bicycles were the worst we have ever experienced. They were fairly new and clean, but our 16 riders had more problems due to poor maintenance than all the other rides we have experienced put together --- several with gear issues, loose electric wire, seat quick-adjust fell off, chain ring guard fell off, many under-inflated tires, etc.
Finally, Exodus plainly ripped off customers who booked thru their North American office versus their London office. The Exodus price in their printed catalogue was 899 UK £ which converts to less than $1400 US. The website which appears to North American customers indicated the same tour was hundreds of dollars more per person after making the exchange rate.
On the good side: The hotel was excellent, though full of flies even in the dining room, and the food was particularly fine. The routes chosen were beautiful. The van support was timely but for one occassion. The tour guide worked very hard at keeping us organized and moving.
Overall, this tour was a poor experience and we will not again choose Exodus nor recommend Exodus to anyone, especially those outside the UK subject to discriminatory pricing.
Crossing Cimabanche, an Alpine pass.

Worked hard keeping 16 people together.

Bring flypaper to the hotel.

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Stunning Scenery

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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.
On our free day some of us walked up to and around Lago di Braies which is a magical place despite its popularity.
Cycling to and into Cortina d'Ampezzo with its surrounding peaks was a high point (pardon the pun!).

Our group leader Radu was great. He approached his role with a balanced mix of fun, flexibility and organised structure. In acknowledgement of this holiday being a new offering for Exodus, he was keen to include us in the decision making during the daily rides and actively sought our feedback. Radu skilfully managed our group of 12 to make the trip a positive experience for every member.

Although the trip is classed leisurely to moderate, the cycling and pace is very leisurely and not at all taxing. You may need to adjust your expectations, sit back and enjoy the scenery!

It was good to enjoy a centre based cycling holiday, more relaxing than having to 'pack & transfer' every day.
We had a good mix of interesting people in our group, not just Brits!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Accomodations

5 days cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
80% tarmac roads, 20% hard pack gravel paths and tracks
Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader
Min age 16
7 nights 4-star hotel
All breakfasts and 6 dinners included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 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  

Trip ID#:

exodus-MED

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from £100)

Meals Included:

Dinner: This part of the Dolomites has a very strong Austrian influence, German language is often preferred to Italian and the cuisine tends to be of Tyrolean tradition. The area is home to some great traditional dishes and foods like Speck (smoked raw ham), Lucanica (fresh sausage) and apple strudel are probably some of the most well-known. There is a strong tradition of using locally sourced ingredients and you can guarantee that the meats, vegetables and dairy products are all from nearby farms and producers.

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