Short break, cycle from the Dolomites to Venice
On the route of the old Dolomites railway to Venice
From the north east of the Dolomites, you cycle through the valley Höhlensteintal passing by the famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), and onto the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Following the old railway track you continue to Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of Tizian. On the way to Conegliano you will pass different little typical Italian villages. From here you slowly reach the lowlands. Following the river Sile, you finally reach Venice mainland/Mestre – entrance to the lagoon city Venice.
The cycling tour to Venice is a nice tour. The first two days you mainly follow the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day, the tour encounters slight ascents and descents on quite side roads through idyllic landscape and typical Italian villages until reaching the plains on the last day.
5 days / 4 nights
Day 1: Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
Day 2: Hochpustertal – Pieve di Cadore
(approx. 60 - 65 km)
From here you follow the cycling path on the old Dolomites railway trail passing lake Toblacher See and the war cemetery reminding World War I. Shortly after you will admire a unique view on the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), before arriving to lake Dürrensee. Slightly steep the cycling path leads to the boarder of the two provinces Bolzano and Belluno. From now on, you roll comfortably downhill direction south to the pearl of the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo with its astonishing mountain scenery. Continue slightly downhill, a large part still on the old railway trail – on your left the massif of Sorapis, on your right the massif Cinque Torri (five towers)! Through the Boite-Valley, you cycle direction south to Pieve di Cadore.
Day 3: Pieve di Cadore – Conegliano
(approx. 80 km)
From here you will cycle on the new cycling path to Longarone. This town was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide filled the Vajont dam above the village and caused a flood. From Longarone you cycle to Conegliano.
Day 4: Conegliano – Venice mainland/Mestre
(approx. 95 km)
You leave the Alps behind and arrive to Treviso, city of waterways and fashion. On your way you can admire numerous villas from the Italian master-builder Palladio, who was able to complete here his magnificent buildings under the influence of the leading European sea power Venice. River Sile remains your faithful companion direction Adriatic Sea to Venice mainland/Mestre from where you can start your exploration of the „Serenissima“.
Day 5: Venice mainland/Mestre
Individual departure da Venice mainland/Mestre or possibility to extend your stay.
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By car: on the Brenner/Brennero motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit “Brixen-Pustertal”, then through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel or drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.
By train: take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change the train to the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at,www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: low cost flights are available to Treviso, Venice Marco Polo, Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari and Innsbruck.
We can organise your airport transfer to the first hotel (on request and not included in the price).
Hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!
Free and unguarded parking facilities for the duration of the bicycle tour at a nearby public parking area.
On request every Sunday by shuttle bus from Venice mainland/Mestre to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa at a price of € 79.00 per person + € 29,00 per own bike (reservation and payment upon booking).
Alternative: Cortina Express: daily departure from Mestre train station and Venice airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo and/or Toblach/Dobbiaco at the cost of approx. € 30.00 per person (booking necessary www.cortinaexpress.it).
• 21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
• Rental bike TOP
• E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100 km)
We suggest travel insurance.
• Accommodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category
• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
• Personal tour information
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Well planned routes
• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
• Navigation app
• Arrival to the starting point of the tour
• Departure at the end of the tour
• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
• Lunch, Dinner
• Not mentioned entries
• Rental bikes and travel insurance
• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“
Questions and answers
In Venice you are accommodated on the mainland in Mestre.
There are several ways to get to the island of Venice:
the fastest way is by taxi, the journey takes about 9 minutes.
From the "Corso del Popolo Mestrina" there is also a direct bus. It leaves about every 30 minutes.
On the island of Venice itself, however, there are only two means of transport: on foot or by boat.
The use of bicycles is not allowed.
Every Wednesday and Saturday we offer a transfer by shuttle bus from Venice mainland/Mestre to Alta Pusteria (Dobbiaco/Villabassa).
Alternatively, there is a daily bus service (Cortina Express) from Mestre train station to Cortina or Dobbiaco. Here a direct reservation is necessary.
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