CORTINA - VENICE

ALONG THE OLD DOLOMITE RAILWAY TO VENICE

Istrien Sternfahrt

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Classification of the cycle-tour: Self-guided tour
Difficulty: easy
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
 

 

Description:

The itinerary starts from the heart of the Dolomites, the Olympic city of Cortina d‘Ampezzo. Following the old railway line, you can cycle in peace to Pieve di Cadore, the birthplace of Tiziano. Once you have crossed the Terra dei Gelatieri, a curious and little-known valley with its fulcrum in Longarone, you will reach Ponte nelle Alpi and then Belluno, a city of the Dolomites. The tour will take you first to Feltre and then to Bassano del Grappa, where the slopes will become sweeter. After a visit to the city of Asolo, we will continue towards Treviso. Following the river Sile, you will finally reach the wonderful Venice.

 

Characteristics of the route:

The first two days are spent following the track that passes through the Dolomites. From the third day begins an up and down in the midst of the typical views of the Veneto region, until you reach the plain and, finally, the city of Venice.

Highlights and places of interest along the route: 

  • Cycling along the Dolomites cycle path
  • The view towards the Three Peaks of Lavaredo
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites
  • Pieve di Cadore, birthplace of Titian
  • Belluno
  • Feltre
  • Bassano del Grappa
  • Asolo
  • Treviso
  • Venice and its lagoon

A day by day account of the route

Day 1: Arrival in Cortina d`Ampezzo
Individual arrival at the hotel. Free unattended parking is available near the hotel.

Day 2: Cortina d`Ampezzo - Belluno (approx. 75 km)
Today you cycle gently following the old railway, from which you can admire the Sorapis on the left and the Cinque Torri on the right. Continue along the Boite valley until you reach Pieve and Calalzo di Cadore. Here begins the new bike path, which will lead you to Longarone. The town was completely rebuilt after 1963, the year of the Vajont tragedy. From Longarone you will cycle slightly downhill to Belluno.

Day 3: Belluno - Feltre (approx. 40 km)

From Belluno, a small province capital, the tour continues towards the hills and follows a well-defined route that will bring you to the end of your day in Feltre. During the day you can admire characteristic villages and the beautiful Dolomites, which will accompany you for the first part of the day.

Day 4: Feltre - Bassano del Grappa/Asolo (approx. 55 km)

For the first few kilometres you cycle down the valley of the river Brenta. Once you reach the plain, you will arrive at Bassano del Grappa, a place rich in history and charm. The name of the town derives from Mount Grappa and it is in this place that you can taste particular grappas. You will also find many monuments to visit, including the civic museum, Piazza della Libertà and the Ponte degli Alpini, built to a design by Andrea Palladio. Leaving the Alps behind, you can see numerous villas designed by the famous architect. Asolo has one of the most picturesque old town centres in Italy. Contained within the ancient walls that branch off from the 12th century fortress, in every corner it preserves testimonies of its thousand-year old history. Asolo was a destination for poets and writers, artists and travellers that found inspiration and harmony here. A visit to Asolo allows you to combine the pleasure for history and culture with that of dining.

Day 5: Bassano del Grappa/Asolo - Treviso (approx. 55 km)
Before continuing on to Treviso, enjoy the panoarma from the hills towards the plain. Treviso is known as the city of waterways. Along the canals you can admire beautiful houses and venture into local shops. The historic centre of Treviso is surrounded by the 16th– century walls, and the River Sile gently flows across the city (but there’s also the River Botteniga). One of the most beautiful itineraries you can follow is that around the walls, that will allow you to admire the marvellous villas overlooking the two rivers.

Day 6: Treviso - Venice (approx. 45 km)
Cycling along the river Sile, you will finally reach the Adriatic Sea, arriving by bike to Piazzale Roma in Venice, the magnificent and imposing „Serenissima“.

Day 7: Departure 

Individual departure or possibility to extend the stay.

Prices 2019:

On request
 

Starting dates 2019:

  • Arrival every Sunnday from 28/04/2019 (first available date) to 29/09/2019 (last available date).
    In June, July and August also on Wednesday.

General information:

  • Arrival:
    • By car: Cortina d‘Ampezzo is crossed by the S.S.51 in the north-south direction and by the S.S.48 bis
      of the Dolomites in the east-west direction. The motorway exits are A27 - Belluno to the south (72 km)
      and A22 Bressanone to the north (87 km).
    • By train: The nearest railway station is in Calalzo di Cadore, 35 km south. To get there by train, the main railway line is Venezia S, Lucia - Calalzo di Cadore, from where a bus service leaves for Cortina. To the north, the nearest railway line is Dobbiaco - Fortezza, which can be reached from Cortina by bus.

    • By plane: Low cost flights are available to Treviso, Venice or Trieste. We can organise a transfers from
      the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour on request.

  • Parking:
    Free and unguarded parking facilities for the duration of the bicycle tour at a nearby public parking area.

  • Transfer:
    Cortina Express: Daily departures according to the timetable from Mestre train station and Venice airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo at the cost of approx. Euro 30.00-35.00 per person (booking necessary www.cortinaexpress.it). 

  • Rental bikes:‚Äč 
    Stromer ST1X Sport e Comfort

 

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