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Italy – Dolomites, Stelvio Pass and Lake Como – Day by Day

Come on a cycling tour of Italy you will never forget - experience the magic of the Italian Dolomites, the challenge of the Stelvio Pass and breathtaking Lake Como with its cycling shrine, the Chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo.

1: Welcome to the Dolomites!

Day 129 AugustSunday

Your VéloRoo Dolomites & More Cycling holiday starts when we collect you from Venice Marco Polo airport at 3pm. We have a short 2.5hr drive to our base for the next 4 nights near Arabba.

The 3-star family-run hotel has its own rich history; the main building is a restored 1897 fort. The family takes great pride in delivering delicious regional food.

Included meals: dinner

2: Passo di Falzarego, Passo di Valparola & Passo Campolongo

Day 230 AugustMonday
50km Distance ride
1450m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2198m

After a hearty breakfast we head out on a stunning discovery loop ride from the hotel. Two climbs and two wonderful descents, ones the local cyclists love. A peak just shy of 2200 meters. An abundance of nature and giant white Dolomite mountain landscapes dominate our ride today.

To warm our morning legs we start climbing gently along the heavily-wooded valley. Ahead stunning Dolomite mountain peaks watch over us: what a start to the day! Our hill climbing starts in earnest where the hairpins start. We are not competing for QOM’s or KOM’s, rather your attention will be drawn to the incredible changing landscape as we climb. Pine tree forests open to alpine meadows, before the landscape opens to reveal the pristine white Dolomite’s towering around us. The 360-degree views at the summit will leave you speechless, and offer the perfect moment to celebrate with a coffee to relax while you’re on top of the world.

A spectacular 14 kilometre descent follows, delivering us onto the heart of the famed Sella Ronda cycling circuit. We’ll pass though two ski villages full of ski chalets and hotels with pointed roofs and large balconies overflowing with bright flowers. For our second climb of the day, our road slices though verdant green fields with cows and their clanging bells. The reward at the summit? Lunch at a charming ski hotel where you will really feel the Dolomites. Downhill back to the hotel, your first taste of the Sella Ronda circuit will leave you excited for tomorrow.

Non-cyclists – top 3 recommendations:

  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • hiking / walking available locally – contact us for further details
  • ride in the support van for the scenery

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3: Passo di Falzarego & Passo di Giau

Day 331 AugustTuesday
66km Distance ride
2025m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2225m

 

Striking cliff faces, delicate wildflowers, pretty chalet villages and grand panoramas await us as ride out from our hotel and tackle Passo di Falzarego before continuing on for our pass over the spectacular Passo di Giau.

Non-cyclists – top 3 recommendations:

  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • hiking / walking available locally – contact us for further details
  • ride in the support van for the scenery

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4: The Sella Ronda - Campologno / Gardena / Sella / Pordoi

Day 41 SeptemberWednesday
52km Distance ride
1776m Accumulated elevation

Today we cycle the well-known route of the Sella Ronda. Make sure your phone is charged and you have space for photos…lots of photos!

Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo; names you won’t forget for their majestic beauty, variety and charm, and described by many as a cycling circuit offering the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Where we enter the heart of the Sella it is impossible to deny the claims; around every turn is pristine postcard scenery. Because you are with VéloRoo, there will be a coffee stop. And what a coffee stop! The view from the terrace…well, our words don’t suffice. Come see for yourself. The scale of the mountain face in front of you is spellbinding.

Non-cyclists – top recommendations:

  • ride in the support van for the amazing scenery of the Sella Ronda
  • hiking / walking on the Sella Ronda via cable car / ski lift – contact us
  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5: Meet a 5000+yr old man

Day 52 SeptemberThursday

Today you have a well-deserved rest day for the legs. We bid farewell to the Dolomites and head toward our next adventure. We have a short transfer of 1.5hrs to Bolzano whose character remains distinctly Germanic.

Here you get the opportunity to explore the town with plenty of options with the striking Piazza Walther, the Runkelstein Castle, people watch whilst sitting and enjoying a coffee at one of the many trattorias and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology which houses Otzi – the iceman, a truly amazing and unique insight into human history not to be missed.

After lunch we regroup and have our last short transfer of 1.5hrs to our base for the next 2 nights in South Tyrol, close to the border of both Austria and Switzerland, ready for the Stelvio!

Dinner is taken at our hotel.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

6: Passo Stelvio

Day 63 SeptemberFriday
65km Distance ride
1995m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2760m

Today you tackle the breathtakingly spectacular Stelvio Pass, famous around the world for both cyclists and motorsport enthusiasts for its iconic 48 lacets.

Stelvio’s magnificence is beyond doubt. Anticipation builds from the start as the scenery and passo reveals itself as you climb. Each hairpin, another step of discovery. The true summit reward, your reward, is to look over the iconic route stretched below with your own eyes. To feel the emotion of what you achieved…that is the essence of cycling VéloRoo style.

After celebrating your summit climb and having lunch, we remount the bikes. We pause at an enigmatic border crossing, and descent back to our hotel via Switzerland!

Dinner is taken at the hotel.

Non-cyclists:

  • our 4* family run hotel in Sluderno offers a wellness centre with 2 pools, a sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath and massage service. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • enjoy the scenery from the support van of the iconic Stelvio Pass
  • exploring the village of Sluderno and the Castle Coira “Churburg” built around 1250

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7: Umbrail Pass Switzerland

Day 74 SeptemberSaturday
55km Distance ride
1950m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2760m

Today we cross borders again out of Italy and back in to Switzerland.

Our return to Italy is via Switzerlands highest paved summit – the Umbrail Pass! Hey if you are going to “do” Switzerland, whose photogenic passes and mountain ranges are as legendary as its Toblerone, funky army knives and watchmaking, why not start your Swiss pass collecting at the highest pass!

The road itself is Swiss quality, the scenery is Swiss quality and the pre ascent coffee is equally memorable! From the summit we recross into Italy and descend into Bormio, where we will take lunch for the day.

We have a 3hr transfer to our final destination, Lake Como. Our accommodation is self-contained apartments on the lake and we have access to canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Dinner is taken together at our accommodation.

Non-cyclists: enjoy the views from the support van as we traverse through Switzerland and descend the Stelvio Pass before continuing onto Lake Como.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8: Where the rich and famous go

Day 85 SeptemberSunday

Today is a day of indulgence.

Take a break off the road bike and enjoy the splendour of Lake Como. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast overlooking the tranquility of the lake before we head to Bellagio for a little explore and some sight seeing from the water.

Lunch will be taken in Bellagio. After lunch a chance for more exploring or shopping before returning to our apartments.

Dinner at our accommodation – why go out when you have Lake Como front seats!

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9: Chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo

Day 96 SeptemberMonday
66km Distance ride
1980m (with optional extra) Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 765m

We will start the day with breakfast overlooking Lake Como.

For your last ride, let’s have a bit of history: the Madonna del Ghisallo, the most famous climb on the Giro di Lombardia. Sitting atop the climb is the Chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo, a shrine to cyclists. You also have the opportunity to visit the Ghisallo Cycling Museum next to the Chapel.

Today’s route is very special, and despite all the Iconic rides we have shared, we have also made this route uniquely VéloRoo. Lunch will be taken at a restaurant overlooking Lake Como far below. We will then have a relaxing afternoon before our farewell dinner at our Lake Como apartments.

Non-cyclists: enjoy the views of Lake Como from a higher perspective from the support van or enjoy a relaxing day reading a book lake side.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10: We bid you farewell - until next time!

Day 107 SeptemberTuesday

After your last breakfast overlooking Lake Como, we pack up and transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport (1.5hr transfer). We will have you there by midday for your onward journey throughout Europe.

Included meals: breakfast

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EURO €4950
with 10% discount for 2021 early bird bookings

per person twin share

Single supplement additional Euro €400

Italian Dolomites, Stelvio Pass and Lake Como Cycling Tour

A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - discover why our cycling adventurists have fallen in love with the Occitanie Region of Southern France and the VeloRoo way.

Pyrenees Autumn Challenge
Just came back from the dream vacation with VeloRoo doing the October Pyreness Challenge 2019, and it still feels like a dream! A great friend of mine did the July Pyreness/South of France, and spoke highly of the experience and had no doubt that I would love the route and the VeloRoo experience knowing me and my riding attitude.

It turned out to be better than what I could have asked for. Pre-trip, Julia was super responsive and helpful in providing all the trip information. She also went above and beyond to help find travel logistics on transporting from different parts of Europe to the meeting point of the Pyreness ride. It’s like a Genie helping you find alternatives and solutions on making a trip work! It is really good to be assisted and informed.

We had an intimate group like CyclingStealth11 pointed out, riders from quite a few countries and two non riders. Everyone was a bit anxious about the toughness and possibly other riders being super competitive. It was a relief that with Captain Steve and Neil’s lead, we really focused on “enjoying the climb and view”. The views around Pyreness was just amazing! Every climb is scenic, but scenic in a different way! Steve would pointed out the spots not to miss, I was so thankful when other riders would just stop, and take pictures of the spectacular view! We sing, we laughed, we made jokes, and we climbed (oh and we coffee break, too). We followed Neil like little fans asking of stories. Great hearing everyone’s stories along the way as well! These are special friendships made, that I would like to keep! : ) I already want to go back already while typing these out.

The food and accomodation was great, too! It was nice getting to taste the local specialty. I love being able to try and learn of the local, and embrace the friendliness of the local people from Pyreness area. It is a very unique experience. My mom joined us from Taiwan as a non-rider. She got to see the sights we rode, stopped at great viewing point, and also had a special hike with aforager. This was a special experience to mom at Pyreness even off the bike! Thank you, Julia and Steve for making this work for mom!

Who should consider VeloRoo?
- If you are looking for a great cycling vacation experience that is a little bit more budget friendly
- If you are cool with fully enjoying the view, letting go the baggage, speed, and stats
- If you like an awesome guide, who is more like your family (brother) rather than a scripted tour guide
- If you are not a good planner like me, and can get some help from the amazing Julia
- If you want to have the down to earth local experience, not fancy masseuse/racing crews or personal chef following you

There are also options of routes to consider! So find a route that suits you, and don’t be shy to send the email for more information. It will be an amazing experience whichever VeloRoo tours you decided! Speaking from my earnest experience. : )Oct 2019
Did the South of France Vendange tour with a customised ride before (Mediterranean coast) and after (Mt Ventoux), which Steve and Julia arranged for us. Steve has some great routes off the beaten track with Julia and their dog Chien Noir nearby in the support car. The bikes were good quality and well maintained, perfect for both the rural back roads as well as the HC climbs. Catering was excellent - lucky we were riding to work off those calories as the food and wine were awesome - whether dinner at home/in the B&B or out in a restaurant. Lunches consisted of wholesome French restaurant meals or gourmet picnic out and about. Steve makes sure everyone finishes the ride whether with motivating songs riding alongside or useful tips to conserve energy and to get the best out of the bike. There were also many little surprises along the way. Looking forward planning my next trip with Veloroo!Sept 2018