From the Dolomites to Venice

  • Starting location: Dobbiaco
  • Ending location: Venice/Mastre
Activity level
Meal options

Bed and breakfast

Terrain types

TarmacUnsurfaced roadsHilly


Three-star accommodation

Your cycling holiday starts in the Höhlenstein Valley of the Dolomites and the famous 'Three Peaks of Lavaredo' or the 'Tre Cime di Lavaredo' in Italian.  They are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of north eastern Italy and probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps.

Then onto the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo following the old railway track to Pieve di Cadore the birth place of Italian painter Titian. On your way to Conegliano you will cycle through many small Italian villages, before reaching the lowlands to follow the River Sile to your finally destination of Mestre on the Venetian mainland and entrance to the lagoon and the city of Venice.

This cycling tour to Venice is an easy tour. The first two days are mainly along the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day on-wards 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.

This tour is suitable for children from the age of 16.  You will stay in family owned comfortable 3 star accommodation, you can of course up-grade to a 4 star hotel or stay a little longer along the route. Every day your luggage will be moved, so all you have to do is enjoy the scenery, plan where to spot for lunch and have dinner that evening!

We do suggest, if you can, to spend a few days in Venice before you return home or start your next adventure!

Highlights and places of interest along the route

  • Cycling along the old railway trails
  • The Dolomites with views of the world famous 'Three Peaks'
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo - the pearl of the Dolomites
  • Pieve di Cadore - birth place of Titian
  • Conegliano - the home of 'Prosecco'
  • Treviso - city of fashion.  Many Italian retailers have their headquarter here such a Benetton and Sisely
  • Venice and the Venetian lagoon
  • The best ice-cream in the world!

What's included:

  • Accommodation in 3*** hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Deatiled maps, route documantation, places to visit
  • Telephone service hotline

What's excluded:

  • Travel to start and from finish point
  • Holiday insurance
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Return airport transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Tourist tax
  • Up-grade to 4**** hotel
  • Additional nights in Venice

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Villabassa/Dobbiaco

  • 60 - 65km

Arrival at your hotel in Villabassa/Dobbiaco. Time to relax, get your bikes and study the route.

Day 2 - Villabasse/Dobbiaco – Calalzo di Cadore

  • 60-65 km

Today you follow the path of the old Dolomites railway trail, cycling past Lake Toblach, a World War I Cemetery before your first view of the world famous ‘Three Peaks’ and Lake Landro. Then along a slightly steep cycling path that boarders the two provinces Bolzano and Belluno.

From here it’s a comfortable downhill roll in a southerly direction to the pearl of the Dolomites – Cortina d’Ampezzo and amazing mountain scenery.
Continue downhill and still on the old railway trail with the Sorapis Massif on your left and the Cinque Torri Massif (five towers) on your right.  Through the Boite Valley and south to Calalzo di Cadore.

Day 3 - Calalzo di Cadore – Conegliano

  • 95-105km

Your route today is along a new cycle path opened in May 2015 to the village of Longarone.  The village was destroyed in the ‘Vajont Dam’ disaster on October 9 1963 when a landslide from Monte Toc forced 50 million cubic metres of water over the top of the Vajont Dam. Longarone lay in the immediate path of the wave of mud and water which swept into the valley below 1,909 villagers were killed.  It was rebuilt following the tragedy and is now once again a thriving community

From Longarone you cycle to Conegliano.

Day 4 - Conegliano – Mestre

  • 90-100km

It’s arrivederci the Alps and caio Treviso – a city of waterways and fashion.

On today’s cycle route you will see many magnificent buildings and villas by the Italian master-builder ‘Palladio’.  The River Sile will be your faithful companion as you make your way to the Adriatic Sea to Mestre on the Venician mainland.

From here you can start your exploration of ‘Serenissima’.

Day 4 - Departure

After breakfast its time to depart or spend a few days in Venice before you return home or start your next adventure.

Important information

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays are the best days to start this self-guided cycle tour to coincide with airport transfer.
  • Bike rental available – 21 gear men/ladies 65€, E-bike 120€
  • Up-grade to 4**** hotel available on tour
  • Extra nights in Venice/Mestre 4**** available

How to get here

Fly into...

Venice - Marco Polo



Transfer options


Upon request we can organize a ‘Shuttle Bus’ transfer available every Wednesday and Saturday from Venice/Marco Polo at a price of €65 per person and includes bicycle.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

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Arrival date
3 June to 21 June
24 June to 6 September
9 September to 27 September

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Term explanations

Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.


You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.


You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.


All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.


No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.


No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.


Terrain with no noticable incline.


The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.


Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.


Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.


Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.


Depending on your holiday, you may be staying in one type of accommodation or you may stay in many as you travel. For each holiday we list the standard accommodation included in the holiday.

There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

Financial Protection

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