Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Ascend to alpine bliss on a grand adventure in Italy’s towering Dolomites. Ride chairlifts and gondolas above awe-inspiring limestone settings. Hike and bike through a fairy-tale tableau of stunning mountain scenery. Alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Quaint villages and charming hotels. A blend of Austrian and Italian culture. Invigorating mountain air. Life in the Dolomites is always on the up and up.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Bolzano / End Venice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
It’s love at first sight when you catch a glimpse of the mountain landscape of the Dolomites | Ride a gondola to Col Raiser, gateway to the jagged peaks of the Geisler range | Hike through picture-perfect alpine meadows in the Puez Odle Nature Park, a World Heritage site | Linger over a cold post-hike birra on the terrace of a typical mountain hütte | Bike among the meadows and forests of the Seiser Alm as you make your way past the Schlern massif down to the storybook village of Selva in Val Gardena | Indulge at the spa or soak up alpenglow while sipping an aperitivo on the terrace of our resplendent hotel | Dine on Michelin-starred regional cuisine.
Just a short walk from the center of the village, this Leading Hotels of the World property has blossomed from a simple 1950s pension to a luxurious wellness resort featuring a gourmet restaurant and 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. (pool, spa)
Hike manicured trails through dramatic alpine terrain | Admire views of neighboring Sella and Sasso Lungo massifs from high above the Badia Valley | Savor hearty Tyrolean dishes like canederli (bread dumplings) and apple strudel | Bike up the Mareo Valley toward the Fanes mountain group | Explore the enchanting mountain hamlet of San Vigilio di Marebbe | Test your courage while soaking up the views on a zip line—one of Europe’s largest—woven into the treetops | Relax in the pretty town of Corvara.
This alpine getaway, a Leading Hotels of the World member, charms with pine woodwork, Tyrolean décor and Michelin-starred cuisine. (pool, spa)
Explore an open-air World War I museum with a local guide | Traverse bucolic cirques, spotting marmots and Edelweiss | See and be seen like the Italians do on the stylish Corso Italia in the posh resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, nestled below the peaks | Unwind at our welcoming mountain hideaway | Take a final spin along the scenic Boite River.
This distinctly Italian hotel, located amid mountain peaks above well-heeled Cortina, has hosted countless dignitaries and famous people, including Leo Tolstoy, since it opened in 1901. (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
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: For the best riding in the Dolomites, we've chosen a combination of small quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with stretches of limited van support. Our routes follow rolling to hilly terrain with a few steep ascents and descents.
Please note that on this trip we use Backroads titanium touring bikes fitted with wide and knobby tires which are just right for the non-technical paved and dirt road riding we encounter.
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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
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.
Alpenroyal Grand Hotel and Hotel Cristallo are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.