Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Italian Dolomites are some of the most notorious, dramatic and transcendent peaks in all of Europe. They are a rite of passage for every avid cyclist.
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Guest Reviews for this trip
Another in a series of absolutely outstanding Thomson trips. Also, I brought two friends with me this year. They described the trip as exceeding all of their expectations.
I was blown away by the experience. It truly could not have been better. The rides were epic and your staff made it possible. they made a difficult task (herding cats) seem very easy. They were friendly, helpful and encouraging. The food and accommodation was top quality and you obviously pick who can come on your trips very carefully, everyone was brilliant. I told Rob he needed to have a coffee making machine in his van!!
My second trip, this time a Trans tour, and I didn’t think it was possible, but my enjoyment keeps going up and up. Congrats to Thomson on improving an already great product. See you again soon!
The riding was excellent! The food at dinner and breakfast was great. We never had a bad meal. Having done Trek and now Thompson tours, the level of service at Thompson is a step down from Trek and spotty depending on which member of the staff was driving and riding with you. The best service was provided by Rob (driver) and Oriol (ride leader). It was clear that they knew what they were doing and cared about their customers. We were split into three groups—A, B & C. The A group consisted of one rider the whole week. I don’t think that was fair to the rest of us. He got a private guide service, and we paid for it.
I had very high expectations given the number of bucket list climbs and having previously done a Thompson trip in the Pyrenees - and the trip delivered with very challenging climbs, great scenery and enjoyable Italian food and wine.
Perfect organization. Fantastic routes and scenery. Great support - loved the sag service. Great hotels and food. I can’t wait to go on another Thomson Tour!
I was the sole member of the A group on all the rides. As a result, I had a different experience than the rest of the riders. I was very fortunate to have my own personal guide on each ride that shared their experiences, information on the ride routes, and love of cycling. Each guide was very friendly, enthusiastic, and in terrific riding shape. How cool is that? Definitely a Dolomite fantasy cycling vacation!
Thanks Thomson for delivering a truly bucket-list experience! The riding was iconic; the staff was superb and I am already eagerly looking forward to my next Thomson trip.
Thomson delivered another outstanding experience with the Trans Dolomite trip. The route was spectacular with challenging climbs, iconic passes, and unparalleled views every day. The support team did a great job leading the rides, encouraging the riders, and catering to our needs throughout the trip. The Dolomites trip is truly challenging and the Thomson trip formula really works - the routes, pacing, rental bikes, meals, and, most importantly, support and camaraderie enabled everyone to achieve their goals and have a great experience. This is a must do trip that should be on every serious bikers bucket list.
This must be my 6th or 7th with Thomson. What can I say?!
I’ve done bike trips with several companies over the last 23 seasons. This was my first Thomson trip and I’d rate their overall trip and particularly their support as #1.
Fantastic location, great route planning and wonderful support group.
“Thomson hit that sweet spot you want in a cycling trip: amazing and challenging riding, awesome support staff, delicious food, top notch support and great accommodations. After one trip, I would recommend over other tour companies offering similar trips.”
A wonderful experience, with the right balance of challenge, support, and pleasure.
This was the most challenging cycling experience I have ever attempted. No doubt I have done climbs and rides such was the ones we did in the trans-Domolites tour, but to link them back-to-back over a week of riding in the most beautiful setting in the world was a true test of both determination and ability that I will remember fondly forever. Thank You!
Brilliant week doing the signature climbs in the Dolomites. Hard riding (as expected) with first class support, accommodation and food. It was fun to be part of a really good group. The Thomson staff are excellent.
Great trip be back again soon
The Trans-Pyrenees trip was a breeze compared to the Dolomites. Although the Dolomites was extremely challenging, having a good spirited group of ride leaders and trip manager made the trip fun, exciting and a pleasure. The support was second to none. This was my second trip with Thomson and I knew I would not be disappointed. I am already trying to decide my next trip with Thomson. Keep up the good work.
Trip of a lifetime. Challenging riding amongst spectacular scenery with a great tour company. Can’t imagine any better! Have previously done a Trek Climbs of the Tour trip and triathlon training camp in Boulder, CO.
My favourite trip has been improved. I suggest training for Zoncolon
Still not sure about the large number of riders for the trip - 24 compared with the 12 on last years Trans-Alps which was my first trip. Personally I liked the intimacy of a smaller group. Didn’t get a chance to interact with everyone because of the sheer number of guests.
Really great trip. Most fun I’ve had on two wheels since my last Thomson trip.
I would not hesitate to book my next trip with Thompsons and have been telling all my cycling mates back in Sydney the same thing. You guys are very professional and very hard to fault.
2nd thomsons trip. excellent. you know what you’re coming for & you get it in spades!!!!!
Had a blast! Thank you! (I am fairly certain my husband started planning next year’s trip before we finished this one!)
This was a wonderful trip, fully supported by very friendly ride staff, where nothing was a problem for them. The rides were challenging but spectacular. FANTASTIC.
Riding my bike all day in Italy for 7 days without a worry or care to slow me down. How good is that?!
A fantastic trip, beautiful mountain views of the Dolomites and Alps. Difficult but manageable climbs. Accommodations, food, support, staff all A++++++
the bikes were responsive, stable and fun. the staff was professional, talented and fun, the routes were challenging, unique and fun, and experience simply outstanding!
Overloaded with iconic climbs and spectacular scenery, it has to be “cycling heaven”!!! Thanks Toni & Staff, and a great bunch of riders!
Trans-Dolomite provided me the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful, stunning mountains in the world and ride some of the hardest, most iconic climbs in the cycling universe! An amazing experience for which I don’t have the words to describe.
Great trip for those who like to climb a lot every day. Not for the feint of heart!
The trip was my best bike trip to date and was everything I had hoped.
It was fantastic.
If you want to challenge yourself, and you want to see and ride the biggest mountains the pro peloton tackles, this is the tour for you. And with the outstanding support from Thomson, you’ll be able to concentrate on riding and not worry about whether to bring that heavy jacket of not. An outstanding level of service, served up with passion and compassion!
Epic adventure that fulfilled a bucket list and I would repeat this in a heart beat!
The guides really made the trip fantastic They were relaxed and fun and always took care of us.
Another great trip from Thomsons. Great riding, great climbs, great scenery and fantastic support. I am very grateful for the first class support I received from Toni, Gonzalo, Oscar and Lydia. These guys are champions!
Fantastic trip to the Dolomites! The organization and attention to detail was flawless. The ride & support team provided excellent expertise, guidance and lots of fun!
The most enjoyable bike excursion I have ever had.
Great and spectacular tour! Well supported and organized as well as challenging routes. It shows that Thomson Bike Tours goes the extra mile to provide an unique cycling experience.
Great experience! It could not have been any better. Well, my legs could have been better lol
The Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Mortirolo are just a few of the famed climbs that make cyclists flock to the region. Our newly designed route includes the infamous Monte Zoncolan and Monte Crostis! The Zoncolan, along with the Angliru in Spain, is widely considered the most difficult climb of the Grand Tours. The climb starts under a banner that reads “Welcome to the Gates of Hell.” We’ve also added the Monte Crostis, a climb that was removed from the Giro because it was considered too brutal. The Giro had nets set up along the edge of the descent to catch riders, but don’t worry, we’re not going down that way!
Beyond the celebrated cycling culture, enjoy the breathtaking landscape, majestic mountains, charming Alpine villages, and that renowned Italian food and wine. The Dolomites do not disappoint. We’ve designed one of the hardest routes across the region, and you’ll thank us for it.
Welcome to the Dolomites!
Our trip starts at Venice Marco Polo airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Ovaro, in the heart of the Dolomites.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon ride to loosen up the legs before tomorrow’s big day.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Venice Marco Polo Airport or at the Best Western Hotel Titian Inn Venice Airport
Todays ride features the most challenging climb of all the Grand Tours - the Monte Zoncolan. 10km at an average gradient of 12% - make sure you brought your climbing legs!
Our hotel in Ovaro is perfectly situated just a few km from the bottom of our first climb - the infamous Monte Zoncolan. After the Zoncolan our next obstacle is the 13km Monte Crostis - another HC climb with a total distance of 14km at over 10% average!
A stunningly beautiful ride today takes us 130km west into the heart of the Dolomites.
First up is the long climb to Cima Sappada. Enjoy the views in the Sappada valley before the next climb up to Danta. A steep descent takes us down to Auronzo where we start the climb to Passo Tre Croci. A quick coffee stop in chic Cortina d’Ampezzo will give us the much-needed energy for the last climb of the day - the HC Passo Giau.
The classic loop around the Gruppo di Sella mountain range is one of the most spectacular bike rides in Europe.
From our hotel in Alleghe, we’ll head over the Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and the Passo Gardena to Corvara. From Corvara, our final climb is the Passo Campolongo before the long descent to Alleghe.
We leave our hotel in Alleghe today and head for Bolzano, nestled in the valley that separates the Dolomites from the Alps.
First up is the very challenging Passo Fedaia with its ramps of 12 to 15%. From the Fedaia we can enjoy the descent into Canazei and Vigo di Fassa before the moderate climb to the Passo Costalunga. From the Costalunga it’s all downhill to our hotel in Bolzano!
Today we tackle the mighty Passo Stelvio!
24 km, 48 switchbacks and an average grade of almost 7.5%, the Stelvio is one of the climbs that every cyclist has to ride in their lifetime. The magnificent scenery will distract you from the effort. Our staff names this among their all-time favorite ascents. Rejoice at the top before heading to our exceptional hotel in Bormio at the bottom of the descent.
The Mortirolo and the Gavia
We end the trip with two of the most legendary Giro d’Italia climbs.
The Mortirolo is considered the “Alpe d’Huez” of the Giro d’Italia…except it’s significantly more challenging than it’s French counterpart! With an average of 10.5% over 13 km, this is one of the toughest climbs in Europe.
After conquering the Mortirolo we head up the valley to Ponte di Legno where we start the climb to the Passo Gavia. The Gavia will always be remembered for Andy Hampsten’s epic ride through a snowstorm to win the 1988 Giro.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Milan Malpensa Airport, arriving at approximately 13:00pm.