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Italy - The Stunning Dolomites
1st June 2019 - 9th June 2019 (9 days)
The Dolomites are simply stunning, there is no other way to describe them. The mountains are unique both in their geological formation and just simply the views. The rock has a pinky-grey hue that is highlighted in sunrises and sunsets.
We ride as many of the major passes as possible, looping through and over the Dolomites. Cresting passes, sweeping down long descents and staying in refuges and hotels nestling amongst the snowy peaks. The tour starts and ends in Bolzano, a delightful Austrian style town with a museum holding Oetsi, the Neolithic man found in a glacier. The tour is multi-centre, allowing two days to explore each location fully. Staying in the heart of the Dolomites, Canazei and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Greg Woodford
- Grade Challenging
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel & Guesthouse
- Board Basis Half Board
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Multi-centre
- Vehicle Support Luggage Transfer
- Holiday Ref 03262
Saturday 1st June
Meet at the hotel in Bolzano in time for the evening meal. Stay 1 night.
Sunday 2nd June
Bolzano to Canazei. Cycle up into the Dolomites, using quiet roads were possible with amazing views. 64kms (2,100m total ascent). Stay 2 nights.
Monday 3rd June
Cycle the three passes - Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella and Passo Pordoi. 64kms (2,100m total ascent).
Tuesday 4th June
Cycle to Cortina, the heart of the Dolomites, over Passo Fedaia, the famous pass near the highest peak in the Dolomites, The Marmolada. 65kms (2,100m total ascent). Stay 2 nights.
Wednesday 5th June
Cycle round the amazing Tre Cime di Lavaredo National Park. Views of the Te Cime from all sides. 115kms (2,500m total ascent).
Thursday 6th June
Cycle to Agordo. A great ride picking up the passo Falzarego, then a long descent through Alleghe and its pretty lake. 57kms (1,650m total ascent). Stay 2 nights.
Friday 7th June
Circular ride around the Dolomiti Bellunisi. Not quite as high but stunning with great views to match. Climbing over the Duran Pass. 87kms (225m total ascent).
Saturday 8th June
Cycle to Bolzano, the last section along the Adige cycle path. 110kms (2,100m total ascent). Stay 1 night.
Sunday 9th June
The tour ends after breakfast.
Accommodation & Meals
This will be in 3-star hotels in double or twin rooms. Single rooms, where available, will incur a supplement. In some of the smaller hotels it might be necessary to use triple or even quadruple rooms. Anyone requesting a single room should indicate if they will accept occasional sharing. All breakfasts and evening meals are included. Vegetarian meals can be obtained (vegan probably as well) if noted under Special Requests on the Booking Form. Non-meat eaters should indicate if they will eat fish.
There is luggage transfer from hotel to hotel but no back up vehicle during the rides.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £950 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 23rd March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 8 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
- Luggage transfer
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Transport to and from Bolzano
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement (£180, subject to availability)
A deposit of £400 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £550 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 23rd March 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 23rd March 2019
From 23rd March 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. they are quite different to the Alps or Pyrenees as one climb often immediately follows another. There is very little flat. However, the rewards are amazing, climbing the famous passes with incredible vistas of the unique local rock formations.
Rides & Rest Days
Staying two nights at each hotel with options of rides from that hotel unencumbered by luggage. The roads used will be tarmac, and probably in quite a good condition. However, the climbs are long and you should have low enough gears to manage. If you need further advice do not hesitate to contact the Tour Manager. There are some shorter days for sightseeing, and one rest day is included.
The rides will be supported by the Tour Manager, at a pace of approx 20kmph on the flat, a lot slower on the hills. A good level of fitness will allow you, and the group as a whole, to enjoy the riding, and it is important that you are fit enough to undertake each day’s ride. There will be luggage transfer between hotels, but no vehicle support. There will be different options for rides on some days, so people of different finesses should be able to cope easily.
Route instructions and GPX tracks will be sent out to all participants three weeks before the tour starts
Accommodation & Meals
If you know you are a noisy sleeper then we ask you to pay the extra for a single room. This should be stated on the Booking Form, and it would incur a single supplement charge. In the event of an odd number of individual participants expecting to share with another of their sex, one person might sometimes be accommodated in a single room at no extra charge.
Breakfast will be included at all hotels, and evening meals will be taken either in the hotel or in a restaurant nearby. Lunches, drinks, and snacks during the day are not included. It is anticipated that the group will picnic where possible.
Participants will be expected to find their way to and from Bolzano, but it is on a main train line so should not be difficult. Local Airports include Bergamo, Venice and Milan in Italy amd Salzburg in Austria. As there are no travel arrangements included in the tour price, it is very important that you note that neither the Tour Manager nor CTC Holidays & Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation, or wait until you have been told the tour will go ahead, as in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.
The maximum number of participants will be 20 excluding the Tour Manager.
Weather & Clothing
The north of Italy can be very warm in June. , However, we will be in the mountains and all sorts of weather should be expected, even snow. Heavy rain is a possibility and sometimes the passes will have a snow fall. However, we expect the weather to be quite warm. Please bring clothing for hot days and also heavy rain.
Cycles & Equipment
A lightweight racing bike, touring cycle, or hybrid are suitable. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. Tandems should have at least one hub brake as well as two rim or disc brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If unsure about gears, please talk to the Tour Manager. Lights are recommended but might not prove essential, small lights are so good now. Good tyres can make a huge difference in the number of punctures and the cornering ability in the descents.
Participants will not be expected to carry panniers, but sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs should be carried. Other useful items could include a small lock as we will on occasion be leaving our bikes. Each participant is expected to bring and carry all of their own personal effects on the bike, other luggage will be transfered between hotels. Please try to travel light as space is limited.
Maps & Guides
You should carry a map in case you become separated from the group. The Touring Club Italia map of the Dolomites is sufficient, but the Marco Polo series is better nowadays.
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.
The Tour Manager has lived in Italy for five years and understands the Italian culture reasonably well. The people are very welcoming, and although they are notorious for driving fast, that is usually only on the major through routes. On the quieter roads that we typically use, cyclists get treated very well.
Italian is a lovely language; however, each region has its own version. There is a different language spoken in the more remote areas of the Dolomites - Ladino. Dialects vary wildly and can be incomprehensible to the Italian speaker like myself. However, it is only the older generation in smaller villages who communicate in dialect now. In the Dolomites, German is often people’s first language and sometimes they prefer to communicate in English rather than Italian. The people are fundamentally Catholic, and many towns have their own saint’s festivals. Towns also have food festivals, many areas having their own specialities. Apples, chestnuts are local specialities. Struedel is one such from the Dolomites, Cusunzei is a local type of ravioli and canederli a type of gnocchi. Meat is often game such as capriolo, roe deer and cervo red deer. Cheeses are popular too, with specific types in each village. Dolomite wines are often rich red ones such as Teroldego and Marzemino, whites such as Reisling and Gewurstraminer. Flavoured grappas are popular too.