Scenic mountain landscape in the Bavarian Alps with famous Parish Church of St. Sebastian in the village of Ramsau, Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Upper Bavaria, Germany
Idyllic landscape in the Alps in springtime with traditional mountain chalet and fresh green mountain pastures with blooming flowers in beautiful evening light at sunset
Goat at the Grossglockner mountain, Austria
Young woman cyclist trains with the road racing bicycle. Landscape background Italian hills.
View over Zell am See in Summer, Salzburg, Austria
Cyclist biking away from camera down tree lined road.
Winding Grossglockner High Alpine Road in High Tauern, Austria.
Biker posing for picture with a daisy.
Two people in cycling jerseys posing for camera.
Cyclist posing for photo with soft pretzel.
Cortina d' Ampezzo main square architecture view, South Tyrol region of Italy (Trentino Alto Adige)
Typical South Tyrolean snack with bacon, horseradish, mountain cheese and farmhouse bread, served with local red wine
the architecture of the small town of Feltre, in Italy
Italian white wine bottle and white wine glass with grapes
Valdobbiadene, hills and vineyards along the Prosecco road. Italy
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Austrian Alps & Italy's Dolomites Bike Tour

Mountain Adventures from Salzburg to Venice

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-5

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,499 - $5,649 pp dbl occ

($1,200 for sgl occ)

Border-hopping. It’s one of the most entrancing parts of European travel. So we thought we’d elevate the concept. As in ten thousand feet of elevation on Austria’s High Alpine Road. Elevated Italian cuisine. And sky-high standards of luxury. Let two wheels carry you across the Alps—the most dramatic and fascinating natural border on the Continent. It’s the cycling adventure of a lifetime. 

Austria Alps and Italy Dolomites Bike Tour
Austria Alps and Italy Dolomites Bike Tour

Germany & Austria

Start Salzburg / End Venice

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Traverse three countries as you link Austria, Germany and Italy by bike, savoring each culture and climate
  • Witness the landscape transition from lush forests and pastures to sun-drenched Italian foothills
  • Unwind at out-of-this-world grand hotels that cocoon you in the luxury of yesteryear
  • Chase some culture in music-loving Salzburg and picturesque Venice, exquisite gateway cities that beckon you to extend your trip


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Begin your trip in baroque Salzburg before traveling into neighboring Germany | Bike through the unspoiled forests of Germany’s Berchtesgaden National Park | Hop back across the Austrian border on two wheels before sitting down to a family-style tavern lunch | A long and delicious downhill leads you into the stately resort town of Zell am See | Spend the night in a classic grand hotel perched on a turquoise mountain lake.

Exterior view of the Grand Hotel Zell am See
Grand Hotel Zell am See
Zell am See
| *Casual Plus Hotel

Set your clocks to lake time and prepare to relax at this waterfront abode with stellar views over Lake Zell. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3

Hop in the saddle to take on the Hochalpenstrasse (High Alpine Road), Austria’s scenic highway, which divides the Northern Alps from the Southern Alps | Pedal through a rarified high-mountain world, surrounded by snowfields and delicate grasses, and watched over by the bell-shaped Grossglockner peak | Savor lunch with a view before whipping around the curves of a roller-coaster downhill | Follow a bike path into romantic Lienz, where you have the evening off to explore cobblestoned alleyways | Slip into a slower pace on a valley ride through the relaxing pastoral scenery of the Gaitaler Alps.

Exterior view of Grand Hotel Lienz
Grand Hotel Lienz
| Premiere Hotel

Framed by the Dolomites and Austria's highest peaks, this lavish hotel features plush modern comforts yet also exudes old-world charm. (pool, spa) 

Days 4-6

Cross the border into Italy and the dramatic Dolomites | Gleaming meadows and granite towers await around every turn | Same mountains, different country—marvel at the alpine backdrop as you pass villages festooned with laundry, where espresso-sipping locals watch the world go by from shutter-framed windows | Ride along the car-free Via delle Dolomiti, a former WWI train line turned cycling path, then sit down to inventive Italian cuisine in a converted train depot | Settle into our romantic villa-hotel tucked into a hill town in Valdobbiadene, home region of Prosecco | Spin through foothills festooned with vineyards and stop at a wine cellar to see where the local bubbles are bottled | Toast to your cross-Alps adventure with a view | Your final morning brings a choice to say arrivederci on the local cyclists’ go-to loop ride or with a stroll to a nearby castle.

Exterior view of Hotel Villa Cipriani
Hotel Villa Cipriani
| Premiere Hotel

A rambling estate which clings to the edge of a hill town in a fever dream of mottled stone walls, patios, verandas and gardens worthy of a Medici. (pool, spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 2300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 3200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 39 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 15 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 50 miles* | 3600 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles* | 2600 ft. gain
Level 5 | 55 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 37 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 3200 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 10 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Asolo Panorama Hike (3 miles; 300 ft. gain)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


The accommodations on this trip are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that Grand Hotel Zell am See and Grand Hotel Lienz are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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