Transdolomites

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+++ Walking around the mountains is just as important as getting on top of them. (Heinrich Harrer) +++ Nero Drusus’ settlers created many languages ​​+++ a rich, torn country hopes for Europe +++ pale mountains, created by fire and water +++ Brenta and Piave, Venice’s curse and blessing +++ Pare nosc, che te stas su in zielo. (Beginning of the Lord’s Prayer in Anpezan) +++ Bloody borders on stone and snow, icy fronts between emperor and king +++ a spectacle of colors from cool gray to glowing red +++ white monks on the edge of the Alps +++ bacon dumplings, Polenta and Fegato alla Veneziana +++ Farm or palace – Palladio’s villas on the terra ferma +++ Prosecco for the taste buds and calves +++ colorful houses between the sea and the lagoon +++ From the swamps grew the mighty Venice, with artistic sense and passion built +++ Occasionally look at the water! (Gottfried Benn) +++ the little sister of the Serenissima guards the lagoon +++

Our tour through the Dolomites to the lagoon of Venice in 7 days, maximum 14 people, one double overnight stay.


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Travel dates 2022
ITR1: Saturday, 11-jun-2022 to Saturday, 18-jun-2022
ITR2: Saturday, 18-jun-2022 to Saturday, 25-jun-2022
ITR3: Saturday, 25-jun-2022 to Saturday, 02-jul-2022
ITR4: Saturday, 03-sep-2022 to Saturday, 10-sep-2022

Traveling price 2022
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: 1980 €
Single-room surcharge: 465 €
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.

Flight 2022
We will be happy to help you find suitable flights to Innsbruck and from Venice (open jaw flight).

Participation conditions
The arrangement contains the above services. Our terms and conditions apply.

Program

From the Nordkette to the Mediterranean, from Innsbruck to Venice – our Transalp traverses the highest mountains in Europe in the shadow of the impressive peaks of the Dolomites. Where for centuries different powers wrestled in the rough terrain about their influence and left their mark, today it can be cycled in a very noble way against breathtaking mountain scenery. The sophisticated topography is naturally made for the use of our eBikes, and even in the channeled “terra ferma”, one will appreciate the built-in tailwind. Palladio’s villas and the lagoon landscapes around Chioggia, island hopping over the Lido and Pellestrina – in the Venetian part of the journey, there is an abundance of scenic and (art) historical sites that make this tour one of the most varied in our program.

Arrival to Innsbruck on Saturday.

Flight
We will be happy to help you find suitable flights.
Departure to Innsbruck and return flight from Venice with Lufthansa directly to/from Frankfurt or Munich and with transfers from almost all German airports.

Train
Both Innsbruck and Venice are easily accessible by train.
Further information can be found at www.bahn.de.

Car
There are continuous motorway connections to Innsbruck and Venice. From Berlin it is 750 km to Innsbruck, 950 km from Hamburg and only 160 km from Munich.
Car parking is possible during the bike trip in the start hotel, a direct connection by train at the end of the journey from Venice back to Innsbruck takes less than 5 hours with the Eurocity.

With the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” will be sent, which contains further useful information on how to get to Innsbruck and other tips about the trip.


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The old town from the river Inn.

On the edge of the old town of Innsbruck, just three minutes from the train station, our guests are expected in the hotel “Sailer”. The traditional, family-run hotel has a small but fine spa area and is ideal for exploring the charming capital of North Tyrol on foot. For this purpose, at 5 pm, the pedelon travel companion and a local guide are waiting for you in the hotel lobby for the evening sightseeing tour. Dinner in the hotel restaurant, which is praised for its Tyrolean cuisine and the rustic ambiance even among locals.


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Facades in the old town of Bruneck.

 

1st day, Sunday: Innsbruck – Mühlbach/Pustertal – Toblach, 59 km
In the morning, the bus takes us in an hour over the Brenner Pass to the South Tyrolean Puster Valley, passing impressive castles like Reifenstein and Franzensfeste. At the imposing medieval barrier of the Mühlbacher Klause – exactly where centuries ago the border between Tyrol and Gorizia ran and travelers from Treviso and Venice had to pay tolls – the bikes are adjusted by the two tour guides. Below the castle Bruneck, lunch break in a well-known inn for its South Tyrolean specialties in the historic part of the town.
The afternoon stage leads through the still rather lovely, agricultural landscape of the Hochpustertal, before shortly before the day’s destination Toblach, the “gateway to the Dolomites”, the rugged rocks of the nature park Drei Zinnen are more and more in the view. Even Gustav Mahler appreciated the beauty of this environment, he stayed here during the summer months 1908 to 1910 and owned his own composing house here.


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Cortina d’Ampezzo in front of a powerful backdrop.

2nd day, Monday: Toblach – Cortina d’Ampezzo – Pieve di Cadore – Belluno, 65 km
After a hearty breakfast, the morning stage leads straight into the Höhlensteintal, topographically dividing the Dolomites of Sesto with the Nature Park Drei Zinnen in the east, from the Pragser Dolomites with the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park in the west, and linguistically speaking the German- and the Ladin-speaking region. In 2009, when the Dolomites, together with some other mountain ranges, were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites worldwide, the committee justified its decision with its “unique monumental beauty”.
The more than 300 vertical meters on the “Long Path of the Dolomites” to the peak of the pass are a pure pleasure with the eBikes. It is hard to imagine that on today’s cycle track, about 100 years ago, gas-powered military trains of the Habsburg monarchy transported artillery and Austrian-Hungarian cannon fodder to the Dolomite front. Although the trained eye is able to discover evidence of this warlike past everywhere, nowadays the imposing mountain landscape of the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo is in the foreground. In 1990, a beautiful nature park was established and since then protects the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The numerous mountain ranges with world-famous names such as Cristallo, Three Tofane, Fanes Peak, Col Bechei and Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo are home to alpine pastures, forests, springs, mountain lakes, deep gorges, spectacular waterfalls, via ferrata and beautiful hiking trails.Cortina d’Ampezzo (Ladin Anpëz or Anpezo), venue of the Olympic Winter Games 1956 and in the wild 70s, according to the magazine “Die Zeit”, something like St. Moritz, Kitzbühel and Megeve in one, has now lost some of its glamor. However, a coffee break in the footsteps of James Bond is always worthwhile.
Via San Vito, the tour continues down the Cadore to reach Pieve di Cadore, the birthplace of Titian, including two shorter ascents.
The last less attractive cycling routes to Belluno are covered by bus. Just outside the pretty town, the Villa Carpenada, a tastefully restored 17th-century mansion, serves as a noble hostel. Diner will be in the hotel restaurant “Lorenzo III”, known for its local cuisine.


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The monastery church of Follina.

3rd day, Tuesday: Belluno – Follina, 48 km
The historic center of Belluno with its Italian piazza in front of the mountain backdrop in the morning light at its best. From there, we ride on side roads further south, always within sight of the Piave, which here shows itself in the last foothills of the Dolomites still as a largely untamed mountain stream. A last ridge is still to overcome before the stage ends with a fantastic descent into the famous wine-growing region of Prosecco. If the weather plays along, this environment is of course ideal for a picnic.
In Follina, a member of the “borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful places in Italy) since 2017, a 12th-century Cistercian abbey proves that this area has long been blessed not only regarding the landscape. On a visit, one can immediately look at the traces of Berhard of Clairveaux on Italian soil: the late Romanesque cloister, with its rich columns and capitals, is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Today, we are staying at the Hotel “Dei Chiostri”, which is in the immediate vicinity of the abbey.


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Up and down in the region of Prosecco.

4th day, Wednesday: Follina – Cavasagra, 54 km
The first part of today’s cycle stage is bordered in every way by grapes: First you will travel along beautiful paths through the core zone of the protected Prosecco DOCG wine-growing area. The exquisite sparkling wine has a long tradition here. Wine from the region of today‘s Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia was already appreciated in ancient times. The name Prosecco itself dates back to the 18th century and originally referred to a high-quality wine grown in the area around the village of Prosseck near Trieste. Its grape belongs to the late ripening varieties, which leads to a peculiarity in wine production: Winters in the region are cold enough that the fermentation process is temporarily interrupted. In return, the wine contains a small amount of carbonic acid during secondary fermentation in the spring. Thus, a sparkling wine is produced naturally.
Soon after crossing the ever-changing river bed of the Piave, which in some cases is completely dry during the summer, the landscape changes once again: the fertile, canyon-covered plain of the “terra ferma”, the former mainland areas of Venice. After a few kilometers on the plain, Montebelluna is reached, where the „Memoriale della Grande Guerra“ provides an insight into the primarily warlike history of the 20th century, starting with the First World War. Lighter fare then awaits the cyclists in the park of Villa Correr-Pisani for a picnic in the shade. Before leaving the shoe capital of Veneto, there is still the possibility to enjoy a caffè in the central piazza.


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Garden facade of the Villa Cornaro-Gable in Piombino Dese.

5th day, Thursday: Cavasagra – Chioggia, 68 km
When, from the 16th century onwards, the maritime republic of Venice had to turn more and more to the land, magnificent estates were built as a result. Those who could afford it hired one of the most respected architects of his time, Andrea Palladio, to build them. A visit to one of his most famous buildings, Villa Emo in Fanzolo, is the first thing on the agenda today. The built-in tailwind of our eBikes makes the already very pleasant bicycling through the Veneto pure pleasure. Between fields and groups of trees, the view always falls on more or less well-preserved country seats of the 16th and 17th centuries. Piombino is home to another of Palladio‘s villas. The American couple Gable has spent more than 20 years restoring Villa Cornaro, an interesting hybrid of country house and city residence, planned as a purely representative building without agricultural character. Since the restoration work has not yet been completed, the only view of the villa is from the outside.
The route continues to the most magnificent example of Venetian villas, the Villa Pisani in Stra, also called “La Nazionale”. The sprawling Baroque buildings were bought in 1807 by Napoleon, who stayed here only once. From him is the remark “For a count too big, for a king too small”. After the sightseeing, the pedelon escort bus will take you on a three-quarter hour ride to Chioggia, Venice‘s charming sister at the southern end of the lagoon. The best house on the square, the hotel “Grande Italia”, is located directly on the small harbor in the historic center (double over-night stay). Dinner is served in the excellent restaurant of the house.


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On the Canal Grande.

6th day, Friday: Chioggia – Venice – Lido – Pellestrina – Chioggia, 22 km
After a hearty breakfast overlooking the lagoon, we will walk to the ferry dock. The morning drive through the unique, in this part of the lagoon still largely unused marshes, is alone an experience and is crowned by the slowly dissolving silhouette of the “Serenissima”. Only very briefly the hustle and bustle of the masses of tourists rolling over the St. Mark’s Square is touched, in order to switch to a Vaporetto, which brings the group on the Giudecca. The seventh district of Venice is far from the crowds in the center of the former maritime republic. Here you can take a tour away from the usual tourist routes, the charm of this extraordinary in every way city. Architectural highlight is the two Palladio churches “Il Redentore” and “S. Giorgio Maggiore “, where the origin of his fame as a master builder becomes apparent. The view from the bell tower of the monastery complex, which is directly opposite S. Marco, is breathtaking. With a bit of luck, the view extends over the lagoon to the peaks of the Dolomites, which could be seen up close a few days ago. You can also see the fish shape of the city and the former course of the river Brenta, better known today as the “Grand Canal”… Past the impressive Gothic façade of the Doge’s Palace, the line boat continues to the Lido, famous for its film festivals and one of the two islands that separate Venice’s lagoon from the open sea. After lunch, the last stage of this journey begins: with alternating views of the Adriatic Sea and the lagoon landscape, the trail leads to the southern end of the island, which is usually only a few hundred meters wide. From there, a ferry takes you to Pellestrina, an island completely untouched by tourists, with picturesque fishing villages, where you can get a taste of the mussel farming, both culinary and optically, for which Pellestrina is praised. Back to Chiogga, there is another ferry crossing, past a part of the heavily contested, now somewhat stalled MOSE barrier, which in the near future will protect Venice from flooding with huge barriers anchored in the bottom of the lagoon. Second night in the hotel “Grande Italia”.
To conclude this eBike journey, which has been filled with impressions, the culinary diversity of this unique region between the Alps and the sea will once again be on the menu in a fish restaurant in the old town of Chioggia.


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View of Chioggia.

7th day, Saturday: Departure
If possible, after breakfast the pedelon bus will take you to Mestre train station (direct connections back to Innsbruck or on to Germany) or to Venice airport. If this is not possible, the two tour guides will be happy to help you organize a transfer.
Given the immense wealth of attractions in this region, it would also be worthwhile to extend your journey a few more days. Tips can be found in the “pedelon travel information” that will be sent to you after booking this trip.

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Flying on the Dolomites
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