Italy

Dolomites

Conquer spectacular mountain climbs in the Dolomites and Italian Alps
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  • From $4550
  • Location Corvara & Bormio, Italy
  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Rider Level 3 / 4 / 5

Explore the legendary climbs and landscapes of one of the most scenic mountain regions in the world.

If you’re the type of rider who likes to earn your views (and your pasta), this cycling trip through Northern Italy’s magnificent mountain range is calling your name. You’ll start in the heart of the Dolomites, surrounded by the sheer cliffs, jagged peaks, and switchbacks made famous by the Giro d’Italia. Climb some of the most famous mountain passes in the area and be rewarded with sweeping descents and nonstop, jaw-dropping views of the valleys below. Midway through the trip, we’ll transfer to Bormio, a charming village in the Alps where you’ll have the opportunity to discover more of the incredible, challenging terrain of this special region.

Highlights

  • Daily guided and supported rides through the Dolomites and Italian Alps
  • Climb four iconic passes—Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena—that are regularly highlighted in the Giro d’Italia
  • Hike to a picnic lunch in the mountains
  • Explore the quaint villages of Corvara and Bormio
  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring authentic Italian mountain cooking

Food

You’ll taste the flavors of Italy, Austria, and Germany throughout the trip, starting with breakfast at the hotel every morning. The Cycling House staff will prepare a healthy and hearty lunch, and after a day of riding, we’ll finish with authentic meals at a mix of local restaurants.

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Accommodations

The trip is split between Corvara (Dolomites) and Bormio (Alps), which both offer authentic experiences of the local culture through their comfortable rooms, cuisine, and hospitality. In Corvara, we’ll stay at La Tambra. In Bormio, we’ll stay at Agriturismo Rini, which is part hotel and part farm—complete with 60 Brown Swiss cows that provide fresh milk, yogurt, and cheese for the onsite farm-to-table restaurant. (Be sure to visit the general store to try some of the farm’s homemade products.) Surrounded by Stelvio National Park, the alpine-style accommodations also come with baked-in mountain views off your balcony.

ITINERARIES

Day 1

Benvenuti in Dolomiti - Arrival Day

Guests arrive in Venice (VCE), and we will shuttle everyone to our hotel in Corvara. Plan on a 3.5-hour transfer with stops. After settling into our accommodations, we’ll go for an afternoon spin, dinner, and a tour briefing.

Guests will arrive in Venice (VCE), and we will shuttle everyone to our hotel in Corvara. Plan on a 3.5-hour transfer with stops. After you register, we will email all the arrival/transfer details.

Everyone will have time to settle into the house and enjoy our first chef-prepared meal.

After lunch, our mechanics will work on building guest bikes or fitting people to their rentals. We will depart for an afternoon shakeout spin once all the bikes are ready, and all the guests have arrived.

Today’s Ride: Arrival Spin

8-13 miles & 1,200′ – 2,100′

Day 2

Sella Ronda Loop

Expect spectacular views on the Sella Ronda loop, one of our favorite rides. We will pedal in the shadows of the Sella massif and its sheer cliffs. We’ll tackle four passes, all regular highlight stages in the Giro d’Italia: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena.

Today’s Ride: Sella Ronda Loop

32 miles & 5,500′

Day 3

Falzarego or Giau and Valparola

Today brings another opportunity to ride in the Dolomites. On this 32-mile route (longer distance optional), we’ll ride the second part of the Maratona delle Dolomiti, an annual bike race that covers seven mountain passes in one day. The 10-kilometer-long Passo Giau is one of the harder climbs in the Dolomites, with an average grade of 9%(!). The last climb, Passo Falzarego, will bring us to the site of a historic battle during World War I. We will return to Corvara on a technical and scenic descent.

Today’s Ride: Falzarego or Giau and Valparola

32-51 miles & 4,500 – 8,200′

Day 4

Stelvio

We’ll transfer as a group from Corvara to Bormio—a village at the center of the Italian Alps—and drop riders at the base of Stelvio Pass to climb the big, beautiful mountain that tops many road cyclists’ bucket lists. After 47 switchbacks up and a well-deserved 25-kilometer descent, the ride finishes in Bormio at our new home base, the Agriturismo Rini.

Today’s Ride: Falzarego or Giau and Valparola

30 miles & 6,100′

Day 5

Hike or Lagi di Cacano

After a few big days of climbing, we’ll take a recovery day. We found a fantastic little refuge up in the mountains that takes about 45-60 minutes to hike. We’ll have lunch prepared at the refuge and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Also, those who don’t want to take a day off have another great ride option to Lagi di Cacano. 

Today’s Optional Ride: Lagi di Cacano

30 miles & 6,100′

Day 6

Gavia

Plans for our last day may change, but one thing’s for sure: We’ll be climbing the Passo Gavia! The 10.8-mile climb has an average grade of 7.8%. It’s a challenging mountain with little traffic, making it a wonderful way to finish our big tour on the bike.

Want to go really big? We have an option to add in the Motorolo, this is an incredibly challenging loop.

Today’s Ride: Gavia

33-62 miles & 5,000 – 10,400′

Day 7

Ciao - Departure Day

On our final day, we’ll transfer the group to the closest train station in Tirano, about 40 minutes away from Bormio. Guests can decide where they want to go in order to depart Italy or to start the next chapter of their trip. Many guests have stayed a night in Milan, the closest large city to the end of the trip. Those with a round-trip ticket in and out of Venice can catch a 5-hour train ride back there. 

We will send a trip PDF once you book with more arrival/departure details to help in the planning process.

Today’s Plan: Departure Day

Checkout by 11 a.m.

DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What’s Included

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Transfers from Venice (start) and Tirano train station (end)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for 7 days
  • Mechanical support (including bike build and breakdown)
  • Professional trip guides
  • Daily sag support
  • Ride nutrition products
  • High-quality ride photos
  • Question about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to keep our guides and guests healthy and safe? Contact us.

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Bike rentals
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals
  • Mid-ride café stops
  • Personal shopping 
  • Bike rental 
  • Single occupancy (+$)

Optional Activities

  • Trail runs or hikes 
  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Exploring the mountain villages of Northern Italy

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-312-5770.
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BIKE OPTIONS

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Rent A Bike

Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.

Available this trip:
ParkPre Kroad
Manufacturer: ParkPre
Type: Road
Cost: $300 / trip
Italian E-Bike
Manufacturer: Univega
Type: E-Bike
Cost: $350 / trip
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Bring Your Own

Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:

Shipping your bike

Flying with your bike.

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Skip The Bike

If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.

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Paul S., West Roxbury, MA
July 2, 2019
I've traveled with TCH for years and each experience exceeds the last. Rides on this trip were epic!
Rebecca M., Anchorage, AK
July 1, 2019
Love these guys, loved the trip and our group was fantastic! The accommodations were excellent and the beds were outstanding. Two thumbs up for excellent beds! The food was all wonderful and the guides were awesome. Planning my next trip now :)
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Paul S., West Roxbury, MA
July 2, 2019
I've traveled with TCH for years and each experience exceeds the last. Rides on this trip were epic!
Rebecca M., Anchorage, AK
July 1, 2019
Love these guys, loved the trip and our group was fantastic! The accommodations were excellent and the beds were outstanding. Two thumbs up for excellent beds! The food was all wonderful and the guides were awesome. Planning my next trip now :)
Mark R., Rosewell, GA
July 5, 2019
This was an 11. It was really as good as cycling can get and every detail was taken care of. I greatly appreciated the choice of food and great food. As usual, all the guides were fantastic - TCH is beyond good with that. I can't say enough about this trip. Thanks again for everything.
Scott N., Park City, UT
July 6, 2019
Incredibly well organized, well planned, well thought out trip. The ability to accommodate riders with different desires for riding was awesome! I'd highly recommend the trip to anyone and the ability to use e-bikes, makes these trips great for couples of differing abilities. Many thanks to all the staff! The trip went off VERY WELL.
John L., Orlando, FL
September 29, 2023
I've done 7-8 TCH camps since March 2010. 5 domestic between AZ and Whitefish MT; 2 Tuscany and 1 in the Dolomites. It seems like every one I do improves over the previous one...which when you are doing it..seems impossible. The staff, guides, and typically all the guests i guess for obvious reasons usually have a lot in common and just click. The Dolomites was a very large group of 15, I sincerely feel like I had a chance to get to talk/get to know just about every person over the course of the week with dinners, sidebars, riding etc... TCH staff is top notch, both professional AND can do attitude. The slogan could be "lets make that happen"