Dolomites Centre-Based Family Cycling
Explore the highlights on Dolomites by bike
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
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 great for families to be able to enjoy amazing views and the peaceful countryside, 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 for the whole family to unpack, settle in and unwind in the hotel spa.
* All breakfasts and 6 dinners
* 7 nights 3-star hotels with en-suite facilities
* Group normally 8 to 15 plus leader – designed for ages 13 to 16 – no vehicle support but assistance is available on request
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Local taxes (approx EUR 12 per person)
- E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Immerse yourself in spectacular mountain scenery
- Cycle on country roads with little traffic
- Indulge in world renowned Dolomiti cuisine
- Relax at the family-run 3-star Hotel Tschurtschentaler
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*
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*
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*
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 pass through Toblach to 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*
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*
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*
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*
After breakfast our trip ends in Dobbiaco.
Hotel Tschurtschenthaler – 3 Star
7 nights 3-star family-run hotel with en suite rooms.
Situated in the centre of Dobbiaco, the 3-star Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is an attractive building, traditionally styled but with the advantages of a small indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a beauty treatment room where you can enjoy massages (treatments not included – on request basis). After dinner you can relax in the lounge or go through to the bar for a drink with the locals. Single, double and twin-bedded rooms all have hairdryers, shower, WC and are comfortably furnished. Please note the hotel has Wi-Fi access but does not accept credit cards. Single rooms can be arranged throughout for a supplement (subject to availability). Please reserve at time of booking.
While we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.
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.
This trip is classified Road
This trip is graded Level 2: Leisurely/Moderate. It is designed for ages 13 to 16. Our goal is to have similarly-aged children on each family departure, which allows the leader to better adapt the pace of the trip as required. Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group.
When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.
5 days cycling with an average daily distance: 44km (25 miles) with vehicle support available on request.
Terrain and route: 55% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 45% hard pack gravel paths and tracks.
The majority of this tour is on designated cycle / cycle and walking paths, some sections are on quiet roads with very little traffic. At points our route goes through towns which can be busy with pedestrians and traffic.
All rides are mainly down-hill with the start point being higher than the end. Some short rises are to be expected but no long climbs are featured on this tour. There are no circular rides on this tour, you either ride from the hotel and transfer back or transfer from the hotel and cycle back. The leader leads the group and group members will follow. In same cases if considered safe, group members can go ahead. There will be stops on the way.
Note: In the itinerary we have used both the Italian and German (in brackets) place names. Formerly part of the Austrian state of Tyrol, German is still the first language for 80% of its inhabitants.