Trans Dolomites

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, Zoncolan, Giau, Sella, Gardena 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

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Overview

NEW Route in 2024!

Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Stelvio 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 Campolongo.

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.

We’ve designed a magnificent ride across the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and you’ll thank us for it.


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Let’s go again. That’s the feeling I’m left with every time I take a Thomson tour. This was my fifth! Thanks again. 

Clara Marcel, USA — 2022

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This was the 6th or 7th trip I have taken with Peter and his team and I have only great memories. The rides are tough ...

Don Fouts, USA — 2022

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Amazing legendary rides, great bunch of people. Very thankful to have done this trip.

Alan Smee, Singapore — 2022

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvenuti sulle Alpi! Hotel Baita dei Pini
02 Giro d'Italia legend: the Passo Mortirolo Hotel Baita dei Pini
03 The Passo Stelvio Four Points Sheraton
04 Into the Dolomites Hotel Cristallo
05 Sella Ronda and Passo Giau Franceschi Park Hotel
06 Tre Croci and the Passo Danta 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 legend: the Passo Mortirolo

Today’s ride features the Passo Mortirolo, one of the most iconic Italian 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 11km (7 miles), this is one of the toughest climbs in Europe.

Tip: don’t miss the statue and tribute to Italian cycling legend, Marco Pantani, 8km from the start of the climb.

Day 3

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The Passo Stelvio

Another classic Italian ride today over the legendary Passo Stelvio. From Bormio you’ll have a short transfer to start the ride just before the Passo Umbrail on the border with Switzerland. From the Passo Umbrail, 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 ascent of the Stelvio is a major challenge. Pace yourself on 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. Leaving Bolzano you’ll soon be challenged on the demanding slopes of the hors-categorie Oberölgart climb which boasts an average grade of 9% over 11km! From the Oberölgart the ride continues through dense pine forests to the Passo Costalunga and the downhill stretch to your hotel in Canazei.

Tip: Stop for a coffee and some apple strudel at one of the several cafés on the summit of the Passo Costalunga!

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 Campolongo 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 Croci and the Passo Danta

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 30km descent to Auronzo di Cadore and the start of your next climb to the Passo San Antonio and the village of Danta. This beautiful ride continues with the long, gradual climb to Cima Sappada, scene of several Giro d’Italia stage finishes, before the final short climb to our hotel in Ravascletto.

Tip: the stretch of road between the Passo San Antonio and the village of Danta features some of the most spectacular views in the Dolomites!

Day 7

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Porta dell'Inferno: Monte Zoncolan!

We’ve saved the best for the last day! 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%.

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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7.4% HC
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6.8% 2
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7.1% 1
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4.7% 3
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5.9% 3
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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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7.6% 2
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6.2% 3
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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 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 Sella (from Canazei) 05 84 7.1%
3 Passo Gardena (from Sella descent junction) 05 31 4.7%
3 Passo Campolongo (from Corvara) 05 45 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%
2 Passo San Antonio (from Auronzo) 06 79 7.6%
3 Sella Valcalda (from Comiglians) 06 47 6.2%
HC Monte Zoncolan (from Ovaro) 07 193 12.1%
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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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    Trans Dolomites

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