Cycling towards Welsperg

Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Italy, Austria
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MED
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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 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 to unpack, settle in and unwind in the hotel spa.

At a Glance

  • 5 days cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
  • 55% tarmac roads, 45% hardpack gravel paths
  • Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights 3-star hotel with en suite facilities 
  • E-bikes available on request

 

  • Countries visited: Italy, Austria

Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in spectacular mountain scenery 
  • Indulge in world renowned Dolomiti cuisine
  • Relax at a the family-run 3-star Hotel Tschurtschentaler

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).

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.

NB: 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

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Normally 4 to 15 plus leader cycling with the group. 

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
15

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Dobbiaco.

    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

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 33 km / 21 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    279
    Altitude loss (m):
    675
  • Day 3

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 23 km / 14 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    213
    Altitude loss (m):
    441
  • Day 4

    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 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 51 km / 32 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    261
    Altitude loss (m):
    809
  • Day 5

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 33 km / 21 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    418
    Altitude loss (m):
    420
  • Day 7

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 31 km / 19 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    236
    Altitude loss (m):
    472
  • Day 8

    End Dobbiaco.

    After breakfast our trip ends in Dobbiaco.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £210.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

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.

Transportation

All airport transfers are in a spacious private bus.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

In the Dolomites - as always in the mountains - the weather can be very changeable. Rainfall is normally at night but we can’t rule out daytime showers. The rain normally comes in heavy and thundery outbursts of relatively short duration rather than prolonged showers. Daytime temperatures range on average from 12c to 22c, although 25c is not unusual. We can expect to be wearing shorts and t-shirts only when cycling but please pack some warm and waterproof clothing just in case.

Weather Charts

MED

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary. We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

UK Regional Flights
The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Dobbiaco

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Dobbiaco in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 3pm.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

 If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Dobbiaco
Location end:
Dobbiaco

What to Take

Essential Equipment

We recommend packing the following items:

Normal daily clothes

Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)

Padded cycling shorts and gloves

Breathable top or cycling jersey

Sunglasses/eye protection

Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling

Waterproofs and long cycling trousers

For the earlier departures you may need some warmer layers

Sun cream

Water bottle

 

 

Optional Equipment

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: 21 speed Fun Active hybrid bikes. E-Bikes are available on this trip for a supplement of £65.

Discount for bringing your own bike - £90.

 

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Practical Information

Passport

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Austria

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CEST (GMT +02:00)
Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

230 Volts AC, standard European adapter required.

Money

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Cash points are widely available throughout trip and almost all places visited accept major credit cards.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need sufficient funds to buy the lunches and dinners that are not included. We suggest allowing €8‐€12 for lunch and €15‐ €25 for dinner (excluding drinks). All accommodation is included in the price of the trip but the hotel taxes in Italy have to be paid locally when checking into the hotel. Please allow between €10‐€12 euros for the week to cover this.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. This is entirely at your own discretion. As a guideline we recommend a contribution between €15 and €20 per client.

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.