For centuries, the Dolomites have been referred to as "God's Backyard" and with good reason! The hallowed roads and landscapes of the Dolomites have inspired generations of cyclists from before Fausto Coppi up until today. Each day, you will be simply in awe of the natural beauty of the region as you ride past limestone cliffs and massifs ablaze with the colors of the sun on picture-perfect roads laced with switchbacks and panoramas that will take your breath away.
Our "Retreat" vacation is an opportunity to settle in for a week and ride to your heart's content each day on a true vacation that follows your pace. Your refuge for the week will be the four-star luxury Hotel Kolfuschgerhof in the village of Colfosco with it's charming Tyrolean-style bedrooms, fabled kitchen and cuisine, spa, pool, and hiking trails that are all managed by the truly hospitable Ebner Family. We have been coming here for ten years and it always feels like being home!
Dates: July 3-10, 2017
Single Supplement: $900.00
Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Pick Up / Drop-Off: Marco Polo Intl Airport, Venice
July 3 - Welcome to Italy! Following our meeting at 12 noon, we will transfer you to the spectacular awe-inspiring Dolomites and our four-star luxury hotel, the Kolfuschgerhof, where you will check-in for the next six nights before building up your bike with the assistance of our mechanics. This evening, enjoy a cocktail before our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner."
July 4 - Rina di Marebba Loop.
Following a delicious Tyrolean breakfast and cappuccino overlooking the Dolomites, begin your vacation with a long descent through the stunning Val Badia before riding one of the local's favorite routes to the village of Rina di Marebba. Following lunch in Rina, continue cycling this afternoon on postcard-perfect roads that wind through the massifs of the Dolomites.
July 5 - Passo Gardena and the Passo di Erbe.
Two of the most beautiful climbs in the region are on the menu for today - the Passo Gardena and the Passo di Erbe. Additional highlights of the day include cycling through the magical Val di Funes, one of the Dolomites most photographed areas.
July 6 - Passo Campolongo, Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego, and the Passo Valparola.
Warm up on the climb of the Campolongo before tackling one of the hardest climbs in the area that is regularly featured on the route of the Giro d'Italia, the Passo Giau! Afterwards, you'll climb the Falzarego on your way to the summit of the Passo Valparola before savoring the swift descent back to our hotel.
July 7 - Passo Gardena, Sella, Pordoi, and the Campolongo.
The greatest loop ride in the world is on the menu today, the Sella Ronda! Along the way, you'll feel the presence of the Giro d'Italia and all of its past champions who have raced here, most notably Fausto Coppi!
July 8 - Passo Campolongo, Passo Fedaia (via the Serrai Gorge), Passo Pordoi, and Passo Campolongo.
Our route for today features some of the greatest scenery on the trip as you tackle the Passo Fedaia via the dirt roads of the Serrai Gorge. Afterwards, you'll finish with the Pordoi and Campolongo before relaxing in the spa at our hotel where you can enjoy an optional massage.
July 9 - Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
If there is one climb in the region that stands above the others, it is Tre Cime di Lavaredo! Featured in the classic Giro d'Italia film "Stars and Watercarriers," this is a legendary "beyond category" ascent that hits 18% grade in places. However, the reward at the summit is worth it as you are truly on top of the world! This evening, we'll enjoy a festive "Farewell Dinner" to celebrate your week in the awe-inspiring Dolomites!
July 10 - Morning Transfer to Venice.
Enjoy your final breakfast overlooking the stunning Dolomites before a morning transfer to Marco Polo Intl Airport in Venice. Our estimated arrival time is 12:30 pm.