EPIC Trans Dolomites

EPIC Trans Dolomites

From the Stelvio to the Zoncolan, an epic ride across the toughest climbs in the Italian Alps & Dolomites

Discover the breathtaking landscapes and majestic mountain passes that have featured in so many epic Giro d’Italia stages. Includes the Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Zoncolan, Giau, Pordoi, Fedaia and many more!

 

Overview

Details

Next Departure

June 9th 2024

From

USD $4,795

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

Total Distance

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Overview

NEW Route in 2024!

Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Mortirolo are just a few of the legendary climbs you’ll conquer on this ambitious and stunning route across the Italian Alps and Dolomites. You’ll ride the Sella Ronda, one of the most famous and impressive bike rides in Europe, and bag a number of other Giro legends including the Passo Giau and Passo Fedaia.

Our newly designed route concludes with the infamous Monte Zoncolan. Starting under a banner that reads “Welcome to the Gates of Hell”, the Zoncolan, along with the Angliru in Spain, is widely considered the most difficult climb of the Grand Tours. Make sure you have your climbing legs as we’ll also be riding the infamous Monte Crostis on the same day!

We’ve designed one of the hardest routes across the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and you’ll thank us for it.


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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 ...

Bob Goland, USA — 2017

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Bucket list trip! This was my second time in the Dolomites with Thomson Tours (11th trip overall) and it didn't disappoint. These are hard climbs ...

David Pick, Canada — 2021

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This was my third Thompson tour and second trip that I done with my son. Because this was the EPIC trans Dolomites it had all ...

Keith Shotts, USA — 2022

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvenuti sulle Alpi! Hotel Baita dei Pini
02 Giro d'Italia legends: Passo Mortirolo and Passo Gavia Hotel Baita dei Pini
03 The Passo Stelvio x 2! Four Points Sheraton
04 Into the Dolomites Hotel Cristallo
05 Sella Ronda and Passo Giau Franceschi Park Hotel
06 Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hotel La Perla
07 Porta dell'Inferno: Monte Zoncolan! Hotel La Perla
08 Arrivederci!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Benvenuti sulle Alpi!

Your trip starts at Milan Malpensa Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in the beautiful Alpine resort of Bormio in the Italian Alps.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out for your first ride in the Italian Alps. Our warm-up ride takes you up the spectacular 18 switchback climb to Lago di Cancano.

Day 2

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Giro d'Italia legends: Passo Mortirolo and Passo Gavia

Today’s ride features an iconic Italian loop.

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 11km (7 miles), this is one of the toughest climbs in Europe. After conquering the Mortirolo you’ll head up the valley to Ponte di Legno to the start of the climb to the Passo Gavia, always remembered for Andy Hampsten’s epic ride through a snowstorm to win the 1988 Giro.

Tip: stop at the Café at the summit of the Gavia. If it’s cold, they have the best hot chocolate and hot soup! From the cafe you have a 25 km (15 miles) descent to the hotel.

Day 3

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The Passo Stelvio x 2!

Another classic Italian ride today over both sides of the legendary Passo Stelvio. From Bormio you’ll head up the southern approach to the Passo Stelvio. Turn around at the summit, head down 3km and take the right turn that leads to the Passo Umbrail and the border with Switzerland. The descent takes you through the beautiful Val Mustair before leading back into Italy and Prato allo Stelvio where the northern approach to the Passo Stelvio begins.

Tip: with an average grade of almost 7.5% over 24 km (15 miles), the 2nd ascent of the Stelvio is a major challenge. Make sure you leave something in the legs for this epic climb!

Day 4

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Into the Dolomites

You start your journey across the Dolomites today with a magnificent ride to Canazei. It’s a big ride, 4 categorised climbs, 129km (80 miles) and 4,234m (13,800ft) elevation gain. The highlight of the day is the final climb, the Passo Fedaia, one of the iconic climbs of the Giro d’Italia and also one of the most impressive climbs in the Dolomites.

Tip: You’ll also climb the the Passo Pordoi, one of the most picturesque summits in the Dolomites – a definite photo-stop, and try the apple strudel at Ristorante Maria!

Day 5

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Sella Ronda and Passo Giau

The classic loop around the Gruppo di Sella mountain range is one of the most famous and most spectacular bike rides in Europe. From the hotel in Canazei, you’ll head over the Passo Sella, Passo Gardena and Passo Valparola before the final climb over the spectacular Passo Giau!

Tip: With incredible photo ops at every turn, this is definitely one of those rides to enjoy without chasing Strava times or racing others up the climbs.

Day 6

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Today you’ll head over to the eastern edge of the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps. Leaving Cortina d’Ampezzo you’ll soon reach the summit of the Passo Tre Croci before starting the descent to the magnificent lake in Misurina. Misurina signals the start of the climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, one of the iconic climbs of the Giro d’Italia. This beautiful ride continues with the little-known, but stunningly beautiful Sella Ciampigotto before the final short climb to our hotel in Ravascletto.

Tip: go easy on the first km of the climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the final km are super-steep!

Day 7

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Porta dell'Inferno: Monte Zoncolan!

Today’s ride features the most challenging climb of all the Grand Tours – the Monte Zoncolan. The climb starts under the “Porta dell’Inferno” banner and tops out after 10km (6 miles) at an average gradient of 12%. After the Zoncolan, if you can still feel your legs, try the Monte Crostis – another monster climb with a total distance of 14km (9 miles) at over 10% average!

Tip: a bottom gear of at least 34×32 is an absolute MUST for the Zoncolan!

Day 8

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Arrivederci!

Unfortunately, your trip across the Italian Alps & Dolomites has come to an end.

Our shuttle will drop you off at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Lago di Cancano
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7.4% 2
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10.9% HC
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8% HC
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7.3% HC
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7.4% HC
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9% HC
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6.8% 2
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from Canazei
6.6% 1
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from Caprile
8.5% HC
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toggle arrow Passo Sella
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7.1% 1
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4.7% 3
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5.9% 1
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from Selva di Cadore
9.2% HC
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toggle arrow Passo Tre Croci
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7.3% 2
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8.3% 1
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6.5% HC
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6.2% 3
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toggle arrow Monte Zoncolan
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12.1% HC
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No major climbs today

Climbs

Day 01
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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Lago di Cancano (from Premadio) 01 79 7.4%
HC Passo Mortirolo (from Mazzo di Valtellina) 02 187 10.9%
HC Passo Gavia (from Ponte di Legno) 02 140 8%
HC Passo Stelvio (from Bormio) 03 143 7.3%
HC Passo Stelvio (from Prato allo Stelvio) 03 167 7.4%
HC Oberölgart (from Cardano) 04 125 9%
2 Passo Costalunga (from Nova Levante) 04 68 6.8%
1 Passo Pordoi (from Canazei) 04 79 6.6%
HC Passo Fedaia (from Caprile) 04 130 8.5%
1 Passo Sella (from Canazei) 05 84 7.1%
3 Passo Gardena (from Sella descent junction) 05 31 4.7%
1 Passo Valparolo (from La Villa) 05 70 5.9%
HC Passo Giau (from Selva di Cadore) 05 120 9.2%
2 Passo Tre Croci (from Cortina d’Ampezzo) 06 71 7.3%
1 Tre Cime di Lavaredo (from Misurina Junction) 06 83 8.3%
HC Sella Ciampigotto (from Gogna) 06 96 6.5%
3 Sella Valcalda (from Comiglians) 06 47 6.2%
HC Monte Zoncolan (from Ovaro) 07 193 12.1%
HC Monte Crostis (from Mieli) 07 182 10.1%
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Baita dei Pini

    Four Points Sheraton

    Hotel Cristallo

    Franceschi Park Hotel

    Hotel La Perla


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • Drop-off at Venice Marco Polo Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • Drop-off at Venice Marco Polo Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Milan Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1

    8:00am

    OR

    Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel

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    8:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Venice Marco Polo Airport

    10:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    EPIC Trans Dolomites

    An EPIC route across the Italian Alps & Dolomites that will test the most hardcore cyclist!