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.
What does a vacation amid Italy's legendary peaks look like? Biking on old railway paths. Getting a mountain goat’s perspective on chairlifts and gondola rides. Exploring World War I sites. Eating at a traditional hiker’s hut. Rock-climbing lessons and pizza for kids, wine tastings for grown-ups. The Dolomites were made for family adventure.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start Venice / End Bolzano
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Follow a kid-friendly route dedicated mostly to cyclists | Ride mountain trails and along the curves of a converted railway path through larch and fir forests | Arrive in posh Cortina d’Ampezzo, surrounded by soaring peaks and filled with shops and cafés | Take in the scene from the terrace of our stylish mountain hideaway.
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)
Fly over the trees on a chairlift to Rifugio Scoiattoli | Take in awe-inspiring views of the Cinque Torri, a group of iconic stone pinnacles | History buffs rejoice! Our guided walk near Passo di Falzarego reveals World War I bunkers and trenches, and an open-air museum | Kids learn the basics of rock climbing with an expert mountaineer | Hike through Val Badia’s conifer forests, flower-carpeted fields and scenic Ladin villages | Admire ancient glaciers and lofty rock towers | Kids set out on an exhilarating ropes course in Colfosco before a festive pizza dinner | Adults savor a gourmet meal and an exclusive wine tasting in our hotel’s wine cellar.
Set in a sprawling green meadow surrounded by lush forests, this hotel features a panoramic terrace, a world-class wine cellar and a chocolate room with a wide range of offerings. (pool, spa)
Explore lush valleys and dramatic peaks after reaching the pristine Seiser Alm plateau by gondola | Bike past fields of alpine gentians, delphinium and bright poppies | Taste speck, spinach dumplings, Kaiserschmarrn (a sweet pancake-like dessert) and other local treats | Hike to a beloved rifugio where ancient folk traditions thrive | Wade or take a refreshing swim in Völser Weiher, a lovely man-made lake surrounded by mountains | Lounge by the pool at our exquisite retreat | Discover the castle ruins that gave the town of Kastelruth its name.
Minimalist design and an inviting modern aesthetic are juxtaposed against a rugged rocky skyline at this boutique mountain oasis. (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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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: On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling to hilly terrain with a few steep ascents and descents. Please note that we use Backroads Titanium mountain bikes on this trip which are just right for the non-technical paved and dirt road riding we encounter.
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 bikes are equipped with wider and knobbier tires to accommodate the paths and trail surfaces.
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.
The accommodations on this trip are Premiere Hotels. 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.