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Classic Climbs of the Dolomites

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Classic Climbs of the Dolomites

Stelvio, Mortirolo, and Gavia

Breathtaking scenery, challenging terrain, and warm Italian hospitality combine to create a unique cycling experience.

This cycling trip offers the very best of the dramatic Dolomites and Italian Alps. The landscape of the famed Dolomite mountain range offers epic riding: as you climb the jagged peaks and legendary roads made famous by the Giro d'Italia. Experience the passion of Italian cycling beneath clear blue skies, as you ride past proud pale mountains and through lush green alpine pastures. This cycling trip offers the very best of the dramatic Dolomites.

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$3699PP

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Duration

7 days | 6 nights
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Bolzano, Italy | Bormio (SO), Italy

Dates

2015
Jun
Jul

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Nova Levante to Passo Costalunga to Moena
Approximately 25 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bolzano Central Train Station (Piazza della Stazione, Bolzano) at 1:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Once all of the guests have arrived, your guides will shuttle you a short distance to Nova Levante to get set up on your bike and start your ride. From there, your guides will shuttle you to Nova Levante where, surrounded by the mountains, your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific tips for the Dolomites. They will spend time familiarizing you to your Trek Domane for the week, and ensure that you have a comfortable fit. You’ll ride out of town with your cycling companions and quickly begin your first climb, heading east out of the Adige Valley and into the Eastern Dolomiti. Stop to see the colorful waters of Lago di Carezza in the forests approaching the summit. You’ll ascend the Val d’Ega and reach 5751 feet at Passo Costalunga before a great descent into the Val di Fassa and the town of Moena. Enjoy a pre-dinner stroll through this mountain village, as the sun casts its golden light on the beautiful peaks above. This evening, you’ll gather at the hotel and discuss the week ahead, before you savor the diversity of flavors from the Italian cucina to fuel up for tomorrow’s adventures.

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Hotel:

Hotel Dolomiti
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Moena to Marmolada Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 7,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Moena to Passo Fedaia
Approximately 30 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Passo Valles Add-On
Approximately 65 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll begin another day of spectacular riding by heading north through the ski village of Canazei where the climbing really begins. The climb? The formidable Passo Fedaia. You’ll pedal in the shadows of Marmolada Glacier to the summit, to enjoy views of Lago di Fedaia. On the steep descent, the route shows off the great Monte Civetta and takes you through Alleghe—a picturesque lakeside community. Refuel at a bistro in Alleghe before the next climb! Take your pick of the charming cafes overlooking this azure alpine lake. Shortly after your break, it will be time to climb Passo San Pellegrino. Just under 6560 feet, the Passo has one particularly grueling section! At the top, all that is left to do is descend, and you’ll reach the front door of the hotel in Moena without a pedal stroke. Tonight you will have a chance to eat at a restaurant of your choice, perhaps a pizzeria or a trattoria will satisfy your craving for the evening.

Hotel:

Hotel Dolomiti
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Sella Ronda Loop
Approximately 62 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Moena to Passo Sella Return
Approximately 36 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing

Description:

The Sella Loop will be one of the most memorable rides of your trip as you pedal in the shadows of the Sella Massif and its dramatic, sheer cliffs. The green pastures and beautiful fresh air will complement the vividness of the remarkable grey mountains. The four passes on the route are regular highlights in the Giro d’Italia. The first climb, Passo di Sella, is the more challenging climb, with the most elevation gain, but also rewards you with an incredible view of the jagged peak of the Sassolungo. The next three passes - Gardena, Campolongo, and Pordoi - are still challenging, but as luck would have it, you don’t start from the valley bottom for these climbs. Three of these four passes exceed 6800 feet and command amazing views across the range. You will enjoy a packed lunch on the summit of Passo Campolongo before the last ascent of the day, Pordoi. The ride finishes with a breathtaking downhill into the valley toward Moena to prepare you for your dinner among friends, back at the hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Dolomiti
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Spondigna to Bormio via Passo Stelvio
Approximately 30 miles with 6,150 feet of climbing

Description:

A private morning shuttle takes you north toward the Austrian and Swiss borders. Along the way you'll see the gradual change in landscape and tempo from the serenity of the quaint mountains to the hustle and bustle of the meeting point between the Venosta and Adige Valleys. Once deep into the Venosta Valley, Mount Stelvio awaits, and the opportunity to climb up its "classic" side. With over 14 miles and 48 switchbacks you'll rise from 3100 to 9045 feet to conquer the highest road in the eastern Alps and one of the most beautiful passes imaginable, finishing with endless views into the mountains toward Switzerland from the summit. After a well-deserved lunch you descend to the town of Bormio, located in the Lombardy region of the Italian Alps - a famous ski resort only recently opening up as a cycling destination. Relax this evening and enjoy the excellent facilities of your picturesque hotel to enjoy a hearty traditional dinner before a restful and well-deserved sleep.

Hotel:

Hotel Baita dei Pini
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Bormio to Torre di Fraele Return
Approximately 18 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Description:

After stocking up on a plentiful mountain breakfast, you're invited to take your pick from a range of different activities. Enjoy an early morning climb up to the Torre di Fraele - where every switchback rewards you with better and better views of the town of Bormio and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Italian Alps. Enjoy the impressive views from the ruins of an ancient abandoned fortress at the summit before descending back to the hotel. This afternoon, relax in the hotel spa or maybe head into Bormio to do some shopping. Alternatively take a revitalizing dip in the town's extensive thermal baths to rest your mind, body and soul in anticipation of tomorrow's epic double ascent of the infamous climbs of Mortirolo and Gavia.

Hotel:

Hotel Baita dei Pini
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Bormio to Passo Mortirolo & Passo Gavia Loop
Approximately 75 miles with 11,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Passo Gavia
Approximately 31 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is your chance to climb the Mortirolo and Gavia. A serious challenge after a long week of cycling that will make reaching the top that much sweeter. The route will first take you south and as you lose elevation, you’ll have a chance to spin out your legs. Arriving at the base of the Mortirolo’s classic side will inspire you to push yourself one more time. The narrow, winding road is incredibly steep in parts with an average grade of 10.5% - mercifully the climb is only 7.5 miles. Much of the climb weaves through the forest with glimpses of the views below. Your guides will be close by to cheer you on and refill your water as you need it. However, one last climb remains for this trip—the Gavia—a long but steady climb, with a celebration at the top. This will be your last ascent for the trip and you will be both invigorated and exhausted! You’ll descend back to Bormio and wrap up this epic day - and the trip - with a cocktail at the hotel followed by a farewell dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel Baita dei Pini
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

7


Description:

Try and avoid the tears as you say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Hotel Baita del Pini. You will then shuttle 45 minutes to the Tirano Train station and arrive at approximately 10:15 AM. Trains run from here to Milan every 2 hours, where there are easy connections to all major Italian cities. For further information please see www.TrenItalia.com.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

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Hotels

Hotel Dolomiti

Moena, Italy

This family owned and operated hotel is located in the heart of the village of Moena. Hotel Dolomiti has lovely common spaces, accented by charming details. The classic rooms are full of comforts and, to top it all off, a new wellness center guarantees your stay will be relaxing and rejuvenating.
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Hotel Baita dei Pini

Bormio, Italy

The Baita dei Pini well represents its four stars and commitment to creating a relaxing stay with notable hospitality. The hotel has a well-equipped spa and offers excellent cuisine. There are spaces inside and out to enjoy the flowers, views of the mountains, and the traditional style of classic Italian vacations.

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Classic Climbs of the Dolomites trip, you will stay in family-owned hotels with gorgeous views of the mountains all around you.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Classic Climbs of the Dolomites trip, dinner courses offer a variety of Italian specialties and presentation styles. You will notice the influence of the Austrian kitchen and the heartier style of the mountain cuisine. Most of the meals throughout the trip are eaten in the hotels and they all offer choices for a wide variety of palates. Lunch may be a bistro meal, a packed lunch to increase your flexibility during the day, or on your own to explore other options in the region.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting(limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 40
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 6,900

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Classic Climbs of the Dolomites is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is challenging. Climbs can range from 3 to 15 miles in length at a variety of grades. The routes include an average of 2-3 climbs per day. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Daytime temperatures can reach 80F and can increase upwards from there in the low-lying valleys. Temperatures and conditions can change quickly and evenings tend to be cool and fresh. Be prepared by bringing layers for cool descents and rain gear for possible rain showers.

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination.As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Provence
  • Tuscany
  • Prague to Vienna

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) orVerona (VRN) and then take a train to Bolzano. Bolzano has a small airport with a few connections to European cities. From Bolzano’s airport, buses depart to the train station. Italian train schedules can be found on www.TrenItalia.com.

Bolzano Central Train Station | Bolzano, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bolzano Central Train Station (Piazza della Stazione, Bolzano) at 1:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Once all of the guests have arrived, your guides will shuttle you a short distance to Nova Levante to get set up on your bike and start your ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Dolomiti (+39 0462 573 218), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. It is possible to take a taxi from Bolzano to Moena for approximately 100-150 euros.

Tirano Train Station | Bormio (SO), Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Hotel Baita del Pini.You will then shuttle 45 minutes to the Tirano Train station and arrive at approximately 10:15 AM.Trains run from here to Milan every 2 hours, where there are easy connections to all major Italian cities. For further information please see www.TrenItalia.com.

Before: BOLZANO, Italy

Bolzano, the capital of Alto Adige, is a beautiful city with a rich history. Its old center, Piazza Walther, features a 15th century gothic duomo with a mosaic-patterned roof. Near the piazza, small streets reveal fading frescoes on house walls.The outdoor market from Piazza Grano toVia dei Portici offers an abundance of fresh local fare.You can stroll through the arcades and shop at the many fresh fruit and vegetable stalls scattered throughout town. Learn about South Tyrolean history at the Museo Civico, or see the 5000-year-old “Iceman” at the Museo Archeologico. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Hotel Greif

The new Hotel Greif is an oasis, quiet and relaxing, in lively downtown Bolzano. Recently restored and completely renovated, this hotel blends charm and a carefully selected artistic decor with everything a modern four-star hotel can offer.

Piazza Walther | +39 0471 318 000 | www.Greif.it | ~$354

Stadt Hotel Citta Piazza

A modern three-star hotel, with an attractive arcade façade on Bolzano’s main Piazza, boasts spacious

Walther 21 | +39 047 19 75 221 | www.HotelCitta.info/ | ~$215

Park Hotel Luna-Mondschein

Located a short distance away from the main square, this four-star hotel is characterized by its quiet tranquil setting within the old city and is surrounded by a beautiful garden park.

via Piave 15 | +39 047 19 75 642 | www.Hotel-Luna.it | ~$190

After: MILAN, Italy

A lot can be said and written about Milan. A town of ancient origins, founded by the Celts and conquered by the Romans, it saw its splendor increase during the Renaissance when the Visconti family first, and then the Sforza, ruled the city. During this period, the magnificent gothic Duomo was built, and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante came to work in the city, leaving great masterpieces like the “Cenacolo di Leonardo.” During the Austrian Imperial dynasty of the Hapsburgs, the world-renowned Scala Theatre was created and instantly became the fulcrum of the artistic life of the town. Milan is also an international capital of fashion and design, with a very lively cultural scene. Major theaters and the hundreds of art galleries and events cause visitors to think that Milan never sleeps.We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel Regina

A small hotel with individually decorated rooms, this four-star hotel has a private interior garden and

via Cesare Correnti, 13 | +39 0258 106 913 | www.HotelRegina.it | ~$395

Hotel Gran Duca di York

The Gran Duca di York is a newly renovated, comfortable and romantic hotel in an 18th century building. Its central location makes this three-star hotel an excellent choice from which to enjoy Milan.

via Moneta, 1 | +39 02 874 863 | www.DucaDiYork.com | ~$425

Hotel Berna

A well-located 4 star hotel within a 5 minute walk to the central station and airport shuttles. It has been recently renovated and makes a convenient stay before flying home.

Via Napo Torriani, 18 | +39 02 677 311 | vwww.HotelBerna.com | ~$378


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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