dolomitislovenianalpes

Tour Details

Duration
10 days /9 nights
2017 Tour dates
June 21st – June 30th
Start/End Location
Tour Starts-June 22nd after airport pick up
Tour ends – June 30th eve. after transfer to Venice airport hotel
Airport In/Out – Venice (Marko Polo Airport)
Accommodations
3-4 Star hotels
4 nights in Alleghe,Italy
1night in Lendorf, Austria
3 Nights Kransjka Gora, Slovenia
6 group dinners and all breakfast is included
Price Per Person(Double Occupancy)
$4098
Single Supplement
$800 (Limited Availability)
Difficulty Level
Strong Intermediate to Advanced *this is one of our more challenging tours*
Daily Ride Averages
30mi-80mi
3,000-10,000ft
List of Classic Climbs
Passo Duran
Passo Staulanza
Colle St. Lucia
Passo Giau
Passo Falzarego(from Caprile)
Passo Falzarego( from Cortina)
Passo Gardena
Passo Sella
Passo Pordoi
Grossglockner Glacier
Vrsic Pass
Passo Selle Nevea
Plus other less known Climbs
Terrain
Mountainous Terrain and rolling valleys
Non Rider Discount (20% Off Tour Listed Price)
Rental Bike
$450 per tour
(Limited sizes and availability)
What’s Included
10 days / 8 hotel nights and fully supported and accompanied trip
All breakfasts
6 out of 8 dinners
Pick-up at Venice Airport
Drop-off at Venice Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Support and services of our multi speaking expert guides
Support vehicles
Breaking Away Bicycle Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What’s Not Included
Airfare
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
All Lunches
Open Nights for Dinner
Gratuities for Tour Leaders

Tour Highlights

Do you love cycling in the high mountains and off the beaten path – Why not have it all? Cycle in Italian Dolomite, Austrian Alpes and Slovenian Julian Alpes. This tour includes Classic Climbs, Undiscovered places, Amazing Regional Cuisine & Wine. This tour’s route will start lakeside in Alleghe with the stunningly beautiful Dolomite Mountains of northeastern Italy all around us. You will challenge yourself cycling up the countless switchbacks of majestic alpine passes like Passo Giau, Colle St Lucia or take in the breathtaking scenery of the Grand Strada five pass loop of Falzarego, Valporola, Gardena, Sella, Pordoi. Because of this unique junction of climates, the blend of Germanic and Mediterranean cultures and geography, this Dolomite region features Italy’s most stunning topography. The second part of this challenging and spectacular tour takes us through Austria where we will spend one night, you’ll climb up to scenic Grossglockner Glacier  and then continue into what many people in the travel industry are calling Slovenia the next ”It” destination. “It” has it all-the charm of old Europe, dreamy landscapes of the Julian Alpes and quiet, cycling friendly roads. Cycling though this country you will encounter varied beautiful landscapes-picturesque alpine villages and an abundance of medieval castles and vineyards.

Daily Itinerary

June 21st: Depart the USA for Italy
June 22nd: Welcome to Venice, Italy! Airport pick up. Once all of he guests are in, we will have a late afternoon/early evening van transfer to the lakeside village of Alleghe. Build bikes and final rental bikes adjustments. Our four star hotel is situated directly on the lake and will make a perfect home base for four nights. Tonight you will meet your fellow guests at our “Welcome Reception & Dinner Party.”
June 23rd: After a great buffet breakfast we will cycle a picturesque route that includes Passo Duran & Passo Staulanza.
Relax with a drink lakeside or treat yourself to an optional massage at our hotels spa before a group meeting and dinner specializing in local delicacies.
June 24th: Prepare yourself for possibly the best day of cycling in your life.  A cycling route like no other in challenge and beauty,  the “Grande Strada Delle Dolomite”.  Today’s five mountain pass loop will include the Passo Falzarego, Valporola, Gardena, Sella & Pordoi.  After finishing your ride, splurge on a relaxing massage at our hotel’s spa. Toast your ride  and share stories with your fellow guests tonight at our group dinner that will include a menu with traditions and flavor of the Dolomite’s culinary art.
June 25th: Today is another day of unbelievable cycling in the Dolomite’s. After a sumptuous breakfast buffet you will tackle that mighty Alleghe Sub Loop cycling up Colle St. Lucia & Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego and finally finishing the day with a descent that takes you back to our hotel in Alleghe.
June 26th: After breakfast and hotel check out we will have a van transfer out of Alleghe, Italy into Austria. Today you will cycle the picturesque climb to Grossglockner Glacier, The challenge, the sun, the infinite glaciers and the smell of snow all blend together into one very unique experience on this mountain so sacred to Austrians at 3797meters it’s the highest in Austria. We will spend tonight in Lendorf, Austria enjoying the local delicacies.
June 27th: After breakfast,once on the road your day will start with a warm-up climb and a scenic descent.You will be welcomed by a long, wide valley, offering a relaxing ride. You will forget, that you are still in the hearts of the Alps. But not for long, since right after entering Slovenia you will be absorbed by the steep north walls of the Julian Alps, named after the Caesar himself.  We will spend three nights in the lush ski resort of Kranjska Gora.
June 28th: Today is your well deserved day off the bike, Stay at the hotel and enjoy it’s facilities or join us for a late afternoon trip into historic city of Bled, the highlight being the Bled Lake with its famous lake in the middle. Venture a boat ride and ring the church bell for good luck or just savor the local cuisine during your open night for dinner. In any case, don’t miss the famous crème cake.  After dinner we will return back to Kranjska Gora and our hotel in the shade of Mezakla Mountain.
June 29th: Awake with a view of impressive alpine mountain peaks.  After breakfast your ride will  take you right towards them. A unique experience awaits you — the cobbled Vrsic pass with 25 numbered switchbacks on both sides and a descent that is not for faint-hearted. After meandering along the emerald Soca River you will have to climb back into Italy and then return to Slovenia.

June 30th: Breakfast and hotel check out. Unfortunately all good things must end, but at least you get to enjoy it till the end. Once again we cross into Italy and follow the route of one of the 2013 Giro d’Italia stages over Sella Nevea. When the mountains open and the valley turns into Friulian plane, you will sense the ocean breeze from Adriatic sea.  After lunch we will transfer back to our Venice airport hotel. Our mechanics will assist you in packing your bike for your flight home. “OPTIONAL NIGHT” to stay at the airport hotel that night and fly out next day.