Dolomites epic climbs and Venice main pictures
Dolomites epic climbs and Venice main pictures

Dolomites epic climbs and Venice

Immerse yourself in the epic atmosphere that made the history of cycling, from the heart of the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea in the magical atmosphere of Venice. Gavia, Stelvio, Gardena, Giau, Monte Grappa, and other legendary passes for an unforgettable journey across the Dolomites.

Highlights


Stelvio and other legendary Alpine passes

Stelvio and other legendary Alpine passes

Some of the greatest white wines in the world

Some of the greatest white wines in the world

Riviera del Brenta ancient villas

Riviera del Brenta ancient villas

Venice

Venice

Rich GundlachRich Gundlach
13:15 24 Sep 22
Great planning, exceptional guides. We enjoyed everything about our trip. We learned a great deal about the history and culture of Sardinia. Marcello at Mediterras made sure that everything was properly arranged and made adjustments when necessary. A great part of our enjoyment came from our interaction with our guides (Giovanni, Stefano and Danilo). They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. When it came time to part we felt like we were leaving old friends.
Doris ChapatteDoris Chapatte
11:53 12 Sep 22
We did the "big-loop" from the 20.08.2022.The big loop ist 12 days road bike around the island. We have booked the trip 1.5 weeks before (last minute) and everything has been organised perfectly. We had an extra break day every 4 days biking. And was great.Mediterras has answer to all our questions. On the day of departure, our bikes we ready, we got time to get full explanation of the tour. We got a navigation system with all the routes. Everything was very clear and very well organised. Our lugage was every evening delivered at the next hotels.The hotel has been wonderfully selected, and always at some nice location and not too far away from the center or the beach. Thank again to Mediterras team for the wonderful holidays.I would give more than a 5 Stars for this trip and the wonderful team.Doris & Jean-Luc - from Swizerland
Tadhg CookeTadhg Cooke
12:46 09 Jun 22
A fantastic introduction to cycling in Sardinia. I just rented the bike in Cagliari for a few days at the end of my holiday, with no particular routes in mind. Gian Mario kindly suggested two nice challenging routes, and sent the GPX files. I only had time for one of them - but it was an absolute gem. Starting in the city, cycling along Poetto, before turning towards the hills. After one tiny village, I didn't pass another café or shop for 40 or 50 km. Just me and the pain in my legs. Superb. The bike was a gem - a former Lotto Jumbo team bike which was ridden in the Paris Roubaix by Tom Leezer. I was a *bit* slower, but I probably enjoyed it more! Wonderful experience - lovely people - always available on whatsapp if I needed anything, which was very reassuring when I don't speak Italian or Sardu! I will definitely use them again if/when I return to Sardegna.Thanks again!
We did the Sicily Baroque tour with Mediterras. Self guided on bikes (el and manual). Gian and his team did adapt the tour for our needs and did all to make the tour enjoyable. Few problems surfaced but all were solved. The trail was interesting and added a lot to our understanding of Sicily, its landscape and life in the rural areas. Accommodations were all good, and the quality of the food in the restaurants Gian had arranged varied from good to excellent. At the end of our tour we did a walk in the hillsides of Etna arranged by Mediterras.The Etna tour was wonderful. We were lucky with weather given the circumstances. It was a bit foggy and a bit cold, but it did not rain. The guides did a good job of explaining the geology of Etna for us and the two geology-educated persons in the group! The hike was challenging, which suited the group well. The food and wine at Barbaras place was totally excellent! Six stars out of five.We were not as lucky in Taormina! It did rain cats and dogs. The drivers did adapt quite well. Did stop at several foto-ops and at the entry gate to the pedestrian street. We did wander through the Greek theatre and the pedestrian walk, did have a stop at a fancy coffe-shop/bar and then decided to skip the dinner and return early back to Syracusa.
W. B.W. B.
16:03 20 Oct 21
I found this company using google and right away Gian was very responsive. I told them what we were looking for, gave specific parameters for distance and elevation, and they put together an itinerary very quickly that completely matched what I asked for. The entire trip was seamless from the 1am pickup at airport to drop off after 10 days of cycling. The routes were on quiet wonderful roads and the hotels they chose were all great. A really good local company which does what they claim to do very well. Highly recommend.
Ilja WinkertIlja Winkert
11:14 17 Sep 21
I rented quite spontaneously a city bike for my whole stay here near Cagliari. The workshop is very well located. Grocery shopping, going to the beach and the city worked very well. Bike were in a good condition. I was properly advised. Fully recommend this place.
ZosiaZosia
14:46 23 Aug 21
We are so happy that we found this rental. Very nice, helpfull and professional customer service. We recommend to everyone!
juliet clarkejuliet clarke
17:20 15 Jun 21
Mediterras arranged a self guided cycling trip through South Eastern sicily stopping in beautiful baroque towns. They arranged everything with less than a weeks notice, keeping us up to date on accommodation, bikes equipment etc.My husband and I had a wonderful time. The ride was perfect, having both been off a bike for several months, the ride was the perfect combination of hills and flats for us to really enjoy it. The accommodation was far better than what we were expecting for the price and recommendations for dinner and stops spot on. We ate incredibly well and all the hosts in the villas and hotels very welcoming and helpful.I would certainly recommend them especially arranging it all with such little notice.
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Day to Day

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;
1Arrival in BormioCyclingD
2Bormio to Merano - Stelvio passCyclingB L D
3Merano to Bressanone - Monte GiovoCyclingB L
4Bressanone to La Villa - Passo GardenaCyclingB L D
5La Villa to Agordo - Valparola, DuranCyclingB L D
6Agordo to Bassano del GrappaCyclingB L
7Bassano del Grappa to VeniceCyclingB L D
8Arrivederci!B

Tour Map


Day 1: Arrival in Bormio

Tour briefing, bike fitting and warm up ride
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We welcome you at the Airport and shuttle to the first hotel in Bormio. After a glass of bodied Inferno, a fine local red wine made by Nebbiolo grape, we’ll help you out in assembling your bikes, then then we’ll be ready for a warm up ride.

Overnight: Bormio
Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bormio to Merano - Stelvio pass

The Cima Coppi: climbing to the top of the Giro d’Italia!
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Let’s go to conquer the Cima Coppi, which is the highest point reached by the Giro d’Italia, and the Stelvio is the highest of all of them. A marvellous climb of 21 kilometers and 42 hairpins. The following descent to Prato allo Stelvio, goes down for 25km and 48 hairpins. The day ends in Merano, known for its thermal bath.

Overnight: Merano
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Merano to Bressanone - Monte Giovo

Cycling across the South Tyrol
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This stage develops between two elegant symbol cities of South Tyrol, both characterized by elegant buildings, lively walks, gracious cafes and fine restaurants. In the middle we will face the fantastic ascent of Monte Giovo, known for offering some of the most evocative views of the whole Tyrol. With over 1000 years of history, Bressanone is considered the oldest city in Tyrol, as well as for its good living and favorable climate it is known as a sumptuous episcopal city.

Overnight: Bressanone
Included: Breakfast Lunch

Day 4: Bressanone to La Villa - Passo Gardena

From the Val Gardena to the Alta Badia
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Today we'll have a great warming up section, as the first 20 km are almost completely flat, that's the perfect condition to face the long uphill to Passo Gardena. We'll climb for about 32 kilometres, but the uphill is never too hard and stops climbing for a couple of kilometres along the way, giving you the chance to have a breath. The highlights of the day are the pretty town of Ortisei and the view over the mountain peaks at Passo Gardena. Another beautiful day across Dolomites!

Overnight: La Villa (Val Badia)
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: La Villa to Agordo - Valparola, Duran

Three mountain passes in one day!

Today we don’t have a very long climb like the previous days, yet we’ll meet 3 passes: the Valparola pass (2192 m), the Staulanza pass (1780m), and the Duran pass (1605 m). We start climbing just after La Villa, the total climb up to the Valparola is about 14 km long, with an average gradient of 6.5%. The first half is easier, but the second part is all over 8% of gradient. From Pian Falzarego starts an amazing downhill, under huge cliffs and overlooking the valley.

Of the three ascents of the day, this is the most affordable, but still an alpine climb, so don't relax too much! It is 5.5 km with an average gradient of almost 7%, not bad.

Once in the village of Dont, we stop to enjoy the best ice cream in the area, taking the energy we will need to tackle the last climb of the day. The climb to Passo Duran is 8.6 km long, although it is not that long it is not to be underestimated, in fact the average gradient is 8%, but with stretches reaching 13%. About halfway up the climb, in the hamlet of Gavaz, the road flattens out for about 1 kilometer, allowing us to catch our breath. From the brow starts a beautiful and vile descent of about 15 km, which takes us to the valley in Agordo, where the Luxottica of Leonardo Del Vecchio, the world-famous eyewear giant, is based.

Overnight: Agordo
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Agordo to Bassano del Grappa

A last alpine bastion before the plains of Venice
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We are now under the Dolomites, and the first 50 km of the stage gradually degrade towards the fertile plains of the Veneto. But just when we are about to enter the Po Valley, a last bastion rises, in all its grandeur, to block our way. We are in the facing the Monte Grappa, a legendary ascent of the total length is 28 km, with an average gradient of 6%, and with a maximum gradient of 12%. From Monte Grappa there is a view as far as the eye can see on the immense plain that surrounds Venice. At the end of the exciting descent, we reach the elegant town of Bassano del Grappa, famous for the ancient tradition of the distillation of marc, for the production of velvety grappas.

Overnight: Bassano del Grappa
Included: Breakfast Lunch

Day 7: Bassano del Grappa to Venice

The arrival to the Serenissima Republic of Venice

Today the glorious arrival in the enchanted city of Venice awaits us. From Bassano we follow the course of the Brenta river. Venice with its striking beauty inevitably takes the stage, but the whole of Veneto is rich in beauty and art. And among the most beautiful cities there is certainly Padua, of which we cross the historic center. From Padua we continue along the Riviera del Brenta, known for the elegant villas that belonged to the Venetian nobles, and built by the greatest architects of the time. The arrival in Venice is a real privilege, crossing the long Ponte Della Libertà (the bridge over the lagoon) with the profile of the city that gradually defines itself before our eyes, is a unique spectacle. Welcome to Venice!

Overnight: Venezia
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Arrivederci!

Well, it’s time to say goodbye, but we are sure this part of Italy will touch your hearts and you’ll come again to visit more!

Overnight: Venezia
Included: Breakfast

Bikes

You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. We'll find the best solution for you during the tour customization.

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