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Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys

Cycle through some of Europe’s most breathtaking alpine vistas on routes that won’t take your breath away.

  • 10 Days
  • 80 Reviews Recommended by 78 of 80 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys

We’ll show you easy roads skirting the magnificent massif walls of the Dolomites, and shuttle you as high as 4,900 feet so you can rejoice in unforgettable downhill reels with heavenly views. Along the way, we stop to explore fairytale villages and indulge in a riverside barbecue and a lakeside picnic. All against a backdrop of meadows, orchards, forests, canyons and waterfalls. At day’s end, relax at exemplary 4-star hotels, including one that gives you access to a renowned South Tyrol spa.

Cultural Highlights

  • Ride easy routes amidst spectacular alpine scenery
  • Get around as the locals do, by water taxi, in Venice
  • Admire breathtaking scenery on thrilling descents from as high as 4,900 feet
  • Discover the home of the Ladin people, who are so secluded from the rest of Italy, their language is among the world's rarest
  • Picnic in a splendid alpine setting on the shores of Lake Calalzo
  • View vivid green pastures as you cycle the gentle paths of the Pusteria Valley
  • Explore the Duomo della Collegiata, the oldest monastery in the Dolomites
  • Savor a barbecue lunch prepared by our host
  • Experience the treatment baths and wellness facilities of Terme Merano, linked directly to our hotel

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout and is ideal for beginning cyclists. Long miles and exciting rides on easy/moderate terrain every day offer fun for more avid bikers. Our VBT support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 - 45 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 - 5 hours

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Venice – 2 nights for only $395* • Post-trip: Verona – 2 nights for only $295

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-trip Venice is $445, single supplement is $295.

 

Both Vacation Options Include

  • Free use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with local wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $445 | Land Only Single Supplement: $295

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Venice

Depart the U.S. for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Venice

You arrive at the airport in Venice, Italy. Once in the arrival terminal, please locate the water taxi and Information Desk. The staff of Venezia Taxi—one of the three operators there—will provide a voucher and show you the way to your water taxi. From the airport pier, you'll transfer (approximately 35 minutes) to your centrally located hotel in Venice. The rest of the day is free to discover and dine on your own with the VBT City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Hotel Duodo Palace

Alternate Hotel: Hotel Saturnia

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your fellow travelers and Venice representative at 9:50 am in Venice. The meeting point is the bar called Café Marco Polo Darsena on the docks of Venice Marco Polo airport (address: via Luigi Broglio 8, Marco Polo airport). The bar is easy to find, very close to the water transport docks where motor taxis park. Our local representative will be holding a VBT sign. Once the group is gathered you will depart for Cortina d'Ampezzo by private coach.

If your arrival at 9:50 am is delayed, please contact our hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo to advise staff of the delay, and they will pass your message along to your VBT Trip Leaders. In the event of delays, also please see page 3 of “For Travel-Related Emergencies.” VBT highly recommends flying to Italy at least one day before the tour begins. This allows you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin sightseeing and cycling.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Extension guests: Meet your VBT representative at 9 am in the main lobby of our Venice hotel; he or she will be holding a VBT sign.

From our hotel, a water taxi will transfer us first to the mainland and the Venice Marco Polo airport, where we meet our private motorcoach and continue on to Cortina. The transfer will last about 2 hours, and we will make a short stop on the way. Our VBT Trip Leaders will meet us at our arrival point and escort us to our first hotel, in Cortina.

We arrive in Cortina in time for lunch on your own. Our hotel is located in the heart of the city, in the main shopping and pedestrian area full of life, elegant shops, restaurants and trendy cafés. After lunch we settle in to our hotel. Later, our VBT Trip Leaders will hold a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception in the hotel's cozy bar. Later, enjoy our special welcome dinner in the hotel's elegant restaurant. Some local Ampezzan specialties like casunzei, or crescent-shaped ravioli, will immerse you in the culinary traditions of a region that has inherited influences of both Austrian Tyrol and Italian Veneto kitchens.

Hotel: Hotel Ancora

Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 10 km (6 miles)

DAY 4: Cycle to Cadore / Picnic on Calalzo Lake

After breakfast, we start biking downhill along the Boite River valley on the Dolomites Bike Path, which descends from 1,250 meters (4,101 feet) to 770 meters (2,526 feet) in Calalzo. The path was once a railway track that connected the little villages of the Cadore mountain community. Le Tofane mountain range marks our progress. Soon we admire the towering pyramidal peak of Antelao to our left and the saddle-like summit of Mount Pelmo to our right. The latter is a natural reserve area that protects the discovery of many fossils and dinosaur footprints.

We are now in the Ampezzan Valley, one of the four historic Ladin valleys. The Ladins—a population evolved from Celtic tribes and Roman soldiers—call this lovely pocket of Italy home. Long remote and secluded from the rest of Italy, they remain a proud people whose rare language, Ladin, is closely related to the Swiss Romansh, Surselvan and Friulian. It is also still spoken in nearby Austro-Italian border regions.

The two Italian provinces of Trento and Bolzano are administratively independent from the rest of Italy, affording them a degree of autonomy. In particular, Cortina retains its own legislative system, one that is unique in the Dolomites: a council known as Regole d'Ampezzo. Under the regole and the ancient Celtic structure of property ownership, the 800 original families administer the community's common land, which cannot be split or sold to outsiders or other families.

Lunch is a picnic organized on the verdant banks of Lake Calalzo. Early this afternoon you have the option to shuttle or cycle back to Cortina, where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore on our own. You may want to follow our routes on an easy walk around Cortina or visit the Ethnography Museum to view its collection of antique tools and cultural artifacts. In the summertime, ride a gondola up to the slopes of Le Tofane or Faloria to enjoy the breathtaking vistas of surrounding peaks. Or take a taxi ride and a walk to the open-air Museum of the Great War, high on the peaks of Rifugio 5-Torri, one of the most exciting and moving excursions in the Dolomites. Dinner is on your own tonight; in the summer you may opt to dine at a rifugio high on the peaks.

After dinner, we recommend a stroll in Cortina. In the summer, your visit might coincide with a cultural event, folk festival or classical music concert.

Hotel: Hotel Ancora

Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 38.4 or 74.8 km (24 or 46.8 miles)

DAY 5: Cycle on bike paths to Dobbiaco, San Candido, Brunico

Today we take an optional moderate ride up to Cimabanche Pass through a wooded and scenic area. If you prefer an easier start, you may take a brief shuttle before joining an easy downhill and flat ride on bike paths to Dobbiaco and San Candido. The views on the way are spectacular: we pedal by the Pomagagnon Mountain, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the “Three Peaks”), and picturesque Toblacher Lake. En route, we might stop to pay tribute to the fallen of World War I at the intimate cemetery at the foothills of Monte Piana.

As we arrive in Dobbiaco, the landscape changes: rocky mountains skirted with green and roadside alpine lakes give way to open meadows and green pastures dotted with large, isolated houses, or masi. Snow-capped peaks rise in the distance. This is the Pusteria Valley, a paradise for bikers with its network of bike paths, bike hotels and bike shops aimed at promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle and healthy discovery of the valleys.

We soon arrive in San Candido in South Tyrol, close to the border with Austria. Here we stop for lunch and have time for a stroll in this thousand-year-old little city. You can visit the ancient, Romanesque Duomo della Collegiata—the oldest monastery in the Dolomites—and drink at one of the many stone fountains in the cobblestone pedestrian area. The Pusteria Valley is rich in history and legend as it was on the ancient trade route to Aguntum (now in Austria) from Rome.

In the afternoon we continue biking along the Upper Pusteria Valley to Brunico through open lush meadows, forested woods and charming villages, always following the course of the Rienza River. We're cycling in the heart of South Tyrol and a strong Austrian influence is everywhere, from the language (all signs are first in German and then Italian) to the architectural features and local traditions. Our terrain is paved except in some short stretches in the woods. We offer both an easy and an easy-to-moderate ride. Later we arrive at our hotel in Riscone, beautifully located at the foothills of the Plan de Corones mountain ridge. You're sure to feel comfortable and even spoiled here: our hotel features a large garden, an indoor swimming pool fed by unspoiled mountain springs, in-room waterbeds and sauna options. Dinner is served at the elegant hotel restaurant and includes a large salad buffet.

Hotel: Park Hotel Schoenblick
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 38.7 or 59.1 or 73 km (24 or 37 or 45.6 miles)

 

DAY 6: Cycle through the Aurina and Tures Valleys

After breakfast today, we cycle north to discover the beauty of the valleys of Aurina and Tures. About 90% of our biking today is on easy paths along the Rio Aurino River. After an initial stretch through Brunico's open fields, our path runs by high mountains dotted with slope-hugging castles and cattle farms. Brunico was built in a strategic position at the crossroads of four valleys; castles once played the important role of watching and defending the territory. We pass tidy hamlets of wooden houses, high steeples, well-manicured gardens and cattle pens. Lunch is included today, a special barbecue meal of tasty meats and crispy vegetables prepared by our host, Mani. From our lunch spot, we can take a short easy walk to the roaring Riva waterfalls. In the afternoon you may choose to explore more of these lovely surroundings and maybe walk to the higher waterfall. Bike back to our hotel or hop a shuttle to pamper yourself at our hotel spa. An optional easy-to-moderate loop is also offered if you feel energetic and wish to ride more!

If you're riding back to our hotel, pause on your way to discover the city of Brunico and its pedestrian area, full of cafés and gelato shops and boutiques. Or visit the Ripa Castle, once the summer residence of the prince bishops. Today, it is one of the five museum-castles that world-famous mountain climber Reinhold Messner has transformed into a cultural center dedicated to mountain people from four continents.

Dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel: Park Hotel Schoenblick
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 26.8 or 42.3 or 49.7 km (16.7 or 26.2 or 31.7 miles)

DAY 7: The Isarco River Valley, the medieval towns of Bressanone and Chiusa

This morning we leave our beautiful hotel and pedal across the wide Plan de Corones plateau. On the way we can admire the traditional masi farmhouses above Brunico. Soon we rejoin the picturesque Pusteria Valley bike path along the Rienza River and enjoy a beautiful ride though more forests, tiny villages and covered bridges. Before lunch near the ruins of the Rio Pusteria fortress, you may either shuttle into the medieval city of Bressanone or ride there on a moderate stretch through a thickly wooded scenic area. Bressanone, at the confluence of the Rienza and Isarco rivers, has been a very important bishop town, evidenced by its Duomo and beautiful frescoed and sculptured cloister, the Hofburg Bishopric and the stone city gates. The narrow, porticoed streets and multicolored house façades will capture your heart. Lunch is on your own here.

Early this afternoon we cycle on the beautiful bike path down the Isarco River Valley and through the medieval city of Chiusa, another pearl of this valley. There we can stroll along the cobblestone main street and maybe follow the suggestion of one of our local leaders, who says the gelato here is the best of the valley.

From here, we shuttle to the next destination: Merano. Our modern Hotel Terme Merano is centrally located on the pedestrian Kurpromenade on the River Adige, opposite the historic Kurhouse. Relax, perhaps enjoying the wellness center, before dinner on your own.

Like Cortina, Merano is a vibrant cultural city, offering concerts and entertainment on summer evenings.

Hotel: Hotel Terme Merano

Alternate Hotel: Hotel Meranerhof
Meals: B
Daily Options: 30 or 38.7 or 48.8 km (18.7 or 24.2 or 30.5 miles)

DAY 8: Resia Lake, apple trees and vineyards in Val Venosta

After breakfast, we shuttle to an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) to Lake Resia, near the borders of Austria and Switzerland. The lake is famous for the steeple emerging from its waters, from a church that was submerged after the village of Curon was evacuated, dynamited and flooded following the construction of a dam. More energetic bikers may want to bike the loop around the lake, which includes an uphill ride. As we gradually descend, our route follows the course of the River Adige. The ride is particularly picturesque with spellbinding landscapes. Surrounded by mountain peaks, we cycle through dozens of sprawling apple orchards, for which Venosta Valley is famous. We also pass vineyards and castles adorning the slopes. In late August, we roll by many tractors and farmers tending to their fields. It's sure to be one of your more memorable rides. For lunch on your own, we recommend pausing in the Renaissance village of Gorenza.

If you are a very strong biker, you can ride all the way back to Merano. Otherwise we have planned to shuttle you by local train (a 20-30 minute ride), a very popular and convenient option for bikers in this area.

Later tonight in Merano, raise a glass of Blauburgunder wine and toast our week over a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Terme Merano

Alternate Hotel: Hotel Meranerhof
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 37.4 or 52.9 or 76.2 or 80.4 km (23, 38 or 48 or 50 miles)

DAY 9: Free time in Merano / Transfer to Verona / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour ends at our Merano hotel today. The morning is free. You can take a taxi on your own to the Merano train station. Most trains connect in Bolzano. The taxi to Merano train station costs approximately €10-15, and the ride is about 5 minutes.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, say ciao to your Trip Leaders and spend the rest of the morning discovering Merano. For only €5—a special price for VBT guests—you can enjoy the amazing Terme Merano thermal pools in the beautifully designed building set in a five-hectare (12-acre) garden. For more information, visit www.termemerano.it. A private underground tunnel connects our hotel to this public facility.

If you prefer, shop and stroll the historic city center. Or take a walk out of the city to visit the Truttmansdorff gardens and castle, where Austrian Empress Sissi lived. The gardens' 12 hectares (30 acres) are beautifully landscaped and were voted the most beautiful Gardens of Italy in 2005. After lunch on your own, be ready to leave at 1 pm on the private motorcoach to our hotel in Verona, where we will arrive at about 2:30 pm. The bus is reserved exclusively for VBT Air Package and Post-Extension guests. You have the rest of the day to explore or relax in Verona.

VBT Air Package and Post Trip Extension guests: If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip extension to Verona, you remain at this hotel for three nights. When you arrive today, a local guide will meet you and hold an informative hospitality introduction, followed by an orientation tour of Verona. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own with VBT's City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide. If you are visiting from mid-June to the end of August, don't miss the opera performances in the Roman Arena, a very short walk from our hotel. A little tip: local opera lovers say the best seats (particularly for acoustics) are the very affordable “Unreserved Stone Steps in Sectors D or E (Gradinata D or E).” You can buy these last minute at the ticket office, but it is best to purchase them in advance online at http://www.arena.it/en-US/HOMEen.html. An open-air opera in the Arena is an unforgettable experience.

NOTE: Italian museums are closed on Mondays.

Hotel: Hotel Giberti

Alternate Hotel: Villa Quaranta
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for Home

Early this morning*, transfer to the Verona Airport for your flight back to the U.S. VBT recommends that you check the transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” the night before your flight. The transfer is prearranged and prepaid by VBT**.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Duodo Palace Hotel

The two adjacent buildings that comprise the lovely Duodo Palace Hotel were planned by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century. It is located near the famous La Fenice Theatre and a short distance from St. Mark’s Square. Private docks for water taxis are right outside your door. During your stay, you’ll appreciate the hushed atmosphere typical of Venice hotels and the small and cozy bar, lounge, and two breakfast rooms. Splendid Murano glass chandeliers adorn the common rooms. Your room includes a private bath with shower. Wireless internet is available throughout the hotel at no cost.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Meranerhof

Situated on the bank of the river Passirio, opposite the famous Merano promenade, this stylish hotel gives you easy access to the highlights of historic Merano, including the Kurhaus, the city theatre, the arcades and the thermal bath. Enjoy the elegant Art Nouveau décor, as well as its beautiful garden, gourmet restaurant and extensive health and spa center with indoor pool. The hotel rooms are refurbished annually to provide the latest in comfort and feature satellite TV, telephone, minibar, and Internet access.
Free WiFi Included

Park Hotel Schoenblick

Our Riscone hotel enjoys a spellbinding setting—nestled at the foot of Plan de Corones Mountain and surrounded by sprawling green meadows. Beautifully manicured grounds and adjacent walking trails further enhance your experience of the bucolic Pusteria Valley. You’ll find Italian and Austrian influences blend beautifully in this chalet-like structure. After thrilling days of cycling, indulge in a spa treatment or swim in its atrium pool, fed by mountain springs. In the hotel restaurant, savor gourmet meals with South Tyrolean flair and a hearty buffet breakfast. Each room features views of the splendid grounds.
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Hotel Saturnia

For more than 100 years, the family-run Hotel Saturnia has welcomed travelers with Old World elegance and style combined with modern amenities. For 30 years, the hotel has been operated by the grandchildren of the original owner, who take particular pride in the hotel’s restaurant, La Caravella Restaurant, which is rated one of the best in the city. As a hotel guest, you will be entitled to a 10% discount in this ever-popular restaurant. You’ll also enjoy easy access to the highlights of Venice, thanks to the hotel’s location on Via XXII Marzo, the main street that links St. Mark’s Square and the Accademia Art Galleries. Via XXII Marzo also features world-class shopping, with famous fashion names like Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Ferragamo and many more represented. Also convenient to your hotel are La Fenice Theatre, the Rialto Bridge and the world-renowned Guggenheim Collection, housed in the former residence of Peggy Guggenheim.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Giberti

The Hotel Giberti is a modern hotel located in the center of Verona, a half mile from the Arena and Piazza Brà. This excellent location makes it easy to explore the city on foot. The hotel features a classic and elegant décor, very spacious new bedrooms, and bathrooms designed with Rosa Portugal marble. You’ll also enjoy a warm welcome from the smiling and efficient staff.
Free WiFi Included

Villa Quaranta

Villa Quaranta is located about 10 km out of Verona in the heart of the historic wine-growing region known as Valpolicella Classica. It has 88 finely furnished rooms, the fine Borgo Antico restaurant, a large wellness center and swimming pool, and a wine cellar where the Tommasi family - owner of the property and reputed Italian vine maker - keeps their fine wines.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Ancora

Our historic hotel in Cortina has been providing first-rate service since 1826. It’s all thanks to the Sartor family, connected to this lovely alpine city—often called the “Queen of the Dolomites”—and to this beautiful hotel, for generations. Throughout, intricately carved and painted interiors reflect the typical Ampezzano style. Its sunny terrace room overlooks the pedestrian promenade. And its vaulted dining room lends an airy feel to each elegant meal. The hotel has received many awards for its accommodations, and its menu has won international medals. Each room features a telephone, television, safe, minibar, and private bath with shower and hair dryer.
Free WiFi Included
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Reviews
  • excellent trip

    great landscape and riding with excellent trip leaders

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 03, 2014
    Posted by: seraphim
    From: new york, ny
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Specular scenery with fantastic guides

    This is my third VBT trip (also did Tuscany by the Sea and Prague to Vienna) and once again they raised the bar. From wonderful hotels to excellent -- and varied -- cycling to spectacular views, this trip had it all. The guides made certain that there were at least three separate riding itineraries each day (generally 30 to 70k), which meant those that want to get a good workout could continue on readily accessible extensions. Already planning my next year's VBT trip...

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 13, 2014
    Posted by: Bob99
    From: Toronto, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A very well run tour in a beautiful area with nice accomodations

    My wife an I really enjoyed this trip. I enjoyed the biking. I wish there had been more intermediate route options as my wife and I are different level of cyclists. I liked the fact that the ride was almost entirely on bike paths and rural roads. The hotels were quite nice, although they do like their hard beds in europe. It would have been nice to do some riding in around Merano where we finished. Our guides were fun and entertaining and always there when they were needed. The biking equipment was great, although I will bring my toe clips if we do another trip (I thought that we would do more walking). The included meals were generally good. 20 people on the tour seemed to be the perfect size. A great trip for anyone who wants to see beautiful fairy tale like settings without having to pedal uphill.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2014
    Posted by: farmermatt
    From: California, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The picturesque Italian Alps provide the perfect setting for a biking vacation.

    Cycling through the Dolomites was an experience beyond description both in words and in photos. Our tour guides, Luca and Elena were so delightful and accommodating. Their knowledge and experience enhanced an already great trip. The accommodations and meals were first class. The bike routes took us through the mountain valleys and out in the countryside far from the cities. There were Kodak moments at every turn in the path. We were free to linger as long as we wished to take it all in. Though the trip was only two weeks, the memories will last a lifetime.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 24, 2014
    Posted by: Frangipani
    From: Lisbon, Maryland
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Can't wait till our next one!

    We had thought about doing a bike trip for quite awhile. Our friends enthusiastically recommended VBT and specifically the Dolomites trip. I was a novice cyclist and was nervous about how I would fare. In the end, I did all of the optional rides because I didn't want to miss anything, but appreciated knowing that the van was available. The tour guides were outstanding. Trip was extremely well organized and so easy. One example of this was having our luggage arrive in our room (in most cases) by time we got there! I can't imagine a better or more fun way to travel.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: Soozq
    From: State College, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • First VBT trip but definitely not the last!

    This trip met and then exceeded all our expectations. Our guides Luca and Elena were amazing - knowledgeable, charming, entertaining and very attentive. The rides every day were flexible enough so that everyone was able to enjoy them no matter what their cycling level was. This was our first time traveling with VBT and by the third day we were surfing the VBT website trying to choose which trip we would take next.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: vicky724
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exceptional trip leaders, great food recommendations, great hotels

    The leaders of the trip were extremely helpful throughout the journey, and provided exceptional recommendations for dining. The selection of hotels was excellent.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2014
    Posted by: Jack086680
    From: Syracuse, NY, USA
    Age: 18 to 24
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • One of the finest vacations I've ever taken!

    This was truly a memorable experience. Everything was perfectly as advertised beginning with pre trip Venice and ending in Verona. My wife and I were fortunate enough to tour with 16 of the friendliest and most fun loving people with whom anyone could wish to travel. Our two group leaders (Elena and Christian) were excellent. The hotels and restaurants were top notch and the scenery was something I don't think I'll ever forget. I'm very hopeful that we'll all travel together again on a VBT trip in the not too distant future. Well done VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 03, 2014
    Posted by: Steve2014
    From: Walpole, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best vacation ever!

    We've been traveling about three times a year since retiring. We've been to Africa, South America and Europe several times. The VBT trip to the Dolomites allowed us more than just an "overview" of an area. We had great biking opportunities but also had time to absorb a little of the local culture thanks to the flexible itinerary and direction of our wonderful tour guides. Biking through small villages, wineries and apple orchards (even a pleasant shower from an irrigation sprinkler) was so much fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 01, 2014
    Posted by: Marg
    From: Reston, Va. USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The best vacation ever

    This was the first organized tour my husband and I have ever joined, so we were not sure what to expect , but it turned out to be the best vacation we've ever had. The scenery and food were amazing. We stayed in beautiful hotels. Most of the riding was on paved bike paths so we hardly ever had to deal with car traffic. Our leaders, Andrea and Martin, were funny, informative , and so helpful. We are already planning to go back to Italy with VBT this summer.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Ginger91
    From: Massachusetts, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • perfect blend of food, sights, activity

    The history of some of the bike paths is remarkable. We were biking along the most beautiful, clear, rushing water in the world. The many cultures we mingled with was such an adventure, as was the food and drinks along the way. The people in the towns and villages were very welcoming. Our guides were very knowledgeable of the area, and did a wonderful job of making all of us feel that the tour was all about each of us.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Carmella
    From: Penn Run, PA 15765, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • My first bike tour - wonderful!

    I was persuaded to try a VBT tour by friends who have traveled with VBT many times. They assured me that everything would go perfectly-- and they were right! The trip was organized flawlessly, and the biking was easy (as described). Our tour guides were knowledgable, entertaining, and capable. And in late August/early September, northern Italy must be one of the loveliest places on earth. (This from a Colorado resident!) I am looking forward to another tour soon.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: ColoDaisy
    From: Littleton, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Sick for the trip

    I don't feel that I can give an accurate review because I became ill on the second day of the trip and was not able to ride for 2 full days and the other days I didn't feel good. I can say that the hotels were very comfortable and enjoyable. I would certainly go on another tour with VBT but not to Northern Italy in October. We had snow and/or rain most days - this did not help with my illness.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2013
    Posted by: Sage
    From: United States
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • life at its fullest

    Unlike tours where you gaze at world class natural and historic wonders in another culture, this tour put us in intimate touch with them through cycling, eating, drinking (of course) and guidance by local experts. I personally appreciated the fact that nearly all of the cycling was on bike paths. the tour is very personalized: Each rider could choose how far he or she wanted to go that day. The hotels are outstanding and unique.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: barbnjim
    From: kalamazoo, michigan
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A FANTASTIC Trip!!!!

    This was a wonderful trip with great lodging, yummy food and some of the most scenic views of any trip I've been on. The tour leaders were the best!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 05, 2013
    Posted by: Meghan
    From: Dallas, TX
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Absolutely stunning scenery with relatively easy cycling.

    This tour was one of our favorites. The tour leaders (Claudio and Tiziana) were great. The Dolomites and Italian Alps were breathtaking and the bike paths and towns were well chosen to give us a great appreciation of this Alpine countryside. Once out of Venice you really feel like you are in the country with beautiful mountains, alpine chalets and in some areas mostly German speaking residents. The biking was mostly flat with some crazy fun downhill rides. Almost all of the cycling was on bike paths, so very safe and quiet riding. As expected, VBT delivered a great tour with very good accommodations, good food and a really great group of travellers.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 03, 2013
    Posted by: DonandConnie
    From: Toronto, ON, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Long, easy rides through stunning scenery

    I loved these 'Bike-Glides' ! Those clever folks at VBT have managed to create routes in the scenic mountains of northern Italy that are mostly downhill. But fear not advanced riders, multiple route options allow you to personalize your riding experience. You can choose a very easy 15 miles downhill, or a longer rolling ride, or even add some climbing. Trust me, I felt like a hero when I easily rode the 50 mile option on the final day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 26, 2013
    Posted by: BikerChix
    From: Alaska
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I've done 10 bike tours and this was my favorite trip!

    Great scenery, hotels, routes ( much of the biking was on bike paths along rivers, surrounded by mountains) and knowledgable, enthusiastic leaders, to say nothing about the wonderful Italian food!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2013
    Posted by: Bikingbuddy
    From: Aiken, SC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fantastic intro to a bike vacation!

    VBT came highly recommended by several friends and family so we took the plunge and did our first guided bike trip. We were never disappointed. Guides, hotels, bikes, transport and food were all fantaastic! Our guides Elena and Luca were fun, organized and friends by the end of the journey. A perfect time was had by all.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2013
    Posted by: freewheelin
    From: CO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Might even repeat this one!

    We'd especially recommend Tuscan Hill cycling & Amalfi Coast walking, in addition.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 13, 2013
    Posted by: PatMike
    From: CA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Unbeatable Scenery, Incredible Cycling

    If you are interested in a tour that focuses on stunning scenery and great cycling, this is a trip you shouldn't miss. The Dolomites are a living postcard from the dramatic outcroppings near Cortina to the gently rolling hills near the boarder of Austria. Italy shares it's magic through the food, people and lyrical language, but the scenery is reminiscent of Austria. Magical.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 09, 2013
    Posted by: Karel
    From: Centennial, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent trip!

    Thoroughly knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful tour leaders provided us everything we needed for successful and fun biking through the beautiful Dolomite Valley and the small Italian towns and countryside near Austria. An incredible trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 03, 2013
    Posted by: Jane
    From: Colorado
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fabulous trip that we are still talking about

    My husband is not a biker and went along to please me. Following the trip he said it far exceeded his expectations and was one of his favorite vacations!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 02, 2013
    Posted by: Tadpole
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A Great Trip With Easy, Scenic Bicycling

    We just returned from our fifth VBT trip - this time to the Dolomites. It was a great trip and we are adding it to our "best" VBT trip list, along with the Czech Republic and the Tuscan Coast. Our friends at home thought we must be biking maniacs to bike in the Dolomite mountains, but we told them we would be in the flat valleys. Actually, we were wrong - much of the biking is not even flat, it is downhill! One day we started high in the valley above Merano, Italy, at scenic Lake Resia, and biked downhill back to Merano on a beautiful dedicated bike path along the Adige river. Our guides were fantastic. Martin is from Bolzano and is a font of information about the South Tyrol region. Christian, from the south, has a classic cheerful Italian personality and told us many facts (and jokes) about Italian idiosyncrasies. As always, the hotel accommodations (and breakfasts!) were excellent - better than we would sign up for if we on our own vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 23, 2013
    Posted by: Traveler4230
    From: Hanover, NH
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The trip was wonderful

    THis was our 10th bike trip and it was one of our best. The scenery was magnificent. We also rode on many bike paths so that cars were not a problem. You never knew when you would see a castle near the road or up on a hillside. This trip had a wonderful group. The friendliest , nicest and easiest people to be with. Elena and David our leaders were knowledgeable and fun to be with.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 24, 2013
    Posted by: linda8
    From: NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Spectacular, Cycling the Dolomite Valleys

    This trip is unbelievably fantastic. Two of the best rides of my life, were on this tour. The guides were very good and this was just the start, when we met them, at the hotel in Cortina. Cortina was the site of the 1956 Olympics, and is a small pretty village. Nothing was open the two nights we were there, so probably bad timing. Hotel was a typical ski village hotel, good Italian/German food, and very comfortable. Second day of biking was up an old railroad spur that is now a ski trail about 15-20 K up to a mountain pass called Cimabanche Pass, which is beautiful. We rode up in a snow storm, then rain, then finally clear skies. This was the number two best ride of my life. Starting out from the hotel in Cortina, up the old spur, through single track bike trails, past babbling brooks, up to this fabulous mountain pass. This is now where the fun starts. Mostly downhill on paved roads very little traffic, at good speeds, through the most spectacular valleys you would ever see on a bike ride. Breathtaking. It had to end back at the hotel for a big dinner. The best ride of my life was the last biking day out of Merano. We were bused up 1500 K, about 85-90 miles to Lake Resia, high up in the Dolomites, then rode around the lake, down, back to Merano. High mountain peaks, many valleys,small towns, many grape growing farms, scenery, the best, and cool brisk weather. This was truly a great bike tour, one I will never forget. The trip is rated easy, but maybe easy/moderate is closer. The Hotel in Merano is excellent, middle of old town, modern, has a thermal bath, rooms were very good. The town of Merano is a must see if in the area, small, beneath the high mountains of the Dolomites, good restaurants, lots of tourists.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 17, 2013
    Posted by: Corvette
    From: California, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Venice Extension for Dolomites trip

    We really enjoyed the VBT restaurant & activity suggestions our VBT host gave us for our Venice extension. Dinner at the Baereto (sp?) was excellent and the Alla Rivetta Restaurant on the canal near the bridge was outstanding. When we first asked for a table at the Alla Rivetta, it was full but the waiter said that if we could wait for 15 minutes, he would seat us. He brought us hors d'oeuvres and drinks while we waited outside admiring the canal and the bridge! On our second day in Venice, we were happy that our guide told us about the outdoor Corella music festival. The food line was long, so we enjoyed having wine and beer on the lawn with young Italian couples playing with their children nearby. We happened upon a local restaurant, Ristorante Giorione Via Garibaldi after we left the festival. The owners were singing and playing music outside along with what looked to be a wedding rehearsal dinner party. Everyone sang along (including us mimicking the chorus) with this happy group, and we were charmed by the local atmosphere and food.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 31, 2013
    Posted by: PeggyC
    From: MD & CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The best VBT biking trip

    The Dolomite trip was an awsome biking trip. I thought our leaders offered exceptional options. I enjoyed actually biking a good part of each day. The lunches provided and the stops in the villages offered a great break, and the beautiful waterfall hike was a a bonus. I thought the rating of easy is accurate. The hotels and diners were always excellent. VBT attracts a certain type of traveler, and I always enjoy being among them.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 26, 2013
    Posted by: Carm
    From: Penn Run, PA 15765, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Loved this tour

    This trip was absolutely wonderful. One of the reasons for choosing this tour was that it was listed as Easy which for my arthritic knees was important to me, and it was but it also had options for others who wanted to do more. The views are spectacular. The accommodations were excellent as was the food. Our leaders, Tizianna and Andrea, were fun, knowledgeable and did a fabulous job of pleasing 20 people of different ages and abilities. I highly recommend the trip to anyone who would like to look at mountain vistas while peddling easily along. There is a wonderful network of bike paths which we were able to use most of the time. We also took the pre-trip add-on in Venice which was also excellent.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 19, 2013
    Posted by: Marylyn69
    From: Augusta GA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Amazing Vistas and Fantastic Scenery

    This tour is definitely a must see! The views are breathtaking. I had to stop allowing myself to stop every 10 minutes to take pictures so I could actually get some riding in. The views of the Dolomites are fantastic! Our tour guides did a great job giving us options so the least prepared riders had an option (10-25 miles - mostly downhill) and the advanced riders could make a 40-60 mile ride of it. The accommodations were great! They took very good care of us. Our trip leaders were personable, supportive, and went the extra mile to make sure that our trip was a success! Taziana and Andreas were fantastic! I would do this tour again in a minute. The entire experience was incredible!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 19, 2013
    Posted by: Tony44
    From: Canton MI
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • While on this tour, you are reminded daily what a beautiful world this can be....

    You can't go wrong with this wonderful combination of breathtaking scenery, Italian/Austrian people and architecture, great food, and enjoyable biking. The biking is structured to give a wide array of choice as to duration and difficulty. Our group included a few couples in their upper 70's. Despite biking skills ranging from advanced to casual, everyone seemed to find an itinery with which they were happy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2013
    Posted by: MarshallS
    From: Michigan, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenery

    A much under-appreciated area of the world for US travelers. Stunning scenery and great bike trails. We loved our trip leaders and bonded with our fellow travelers. Already thinking about our next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2013
    Posted by: HenryU
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A trip for a mountain person

    This is my second VBT tour. It has easy, safe and simple routs. I did not have an intensive training, only rode once a week before the tour, but could keep up with the mileage and pace. We have seen spectacular mountains and charming towns. We enjoyed the active time and fresh air every day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2013
    Posted by: Rumple
    From: Texas
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • All around great!

    The accommodations were wonderful. The food was great. The guides were informative, helpful and entertaining and the views magnificent.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: Cyclingduo
    From: Aiken, SC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Dolomite Valley biking

    The route, guides, lodgings, food, bicycles were excellent and the other members of group, the other bikers, were superb, helpful and friendly.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Corny
    From: Minnesota
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent bike paths and spectacular scenery

    The contrast between Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Riscone, Merano, and Verona was terrific!. We enjoyed snow-capped peaks (from the late storms) and emerald green meadows in the valleys. The scent of linden trees and jasmine was everywhere. The final 80k ride from Lake Resia to Merano through apple orchards and 12,000 ft snowy peaks was gorgeous.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2013
    Posted by: Moose
    From: Vermont, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent!

    Our trip through the Dolomite Valleys was terrific, despite weather that wasn't perfect. The leaders were fun company and on top of all our needs. The hotels, transfers, meals, etc. were so well organized that we didn't miss a beat. And we couldn't have had a better group of fellow bikers. We are already looking for our next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2013
    Posted by: Aggie
    From: Massachusetts
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Incredible Vacation!

    This was our first biking trip. It was so well organized, the trip leaders were amazing and the dolomites - well it was something special to bike through them. To sum it up, my husband keeps saying I would do this trip again exactly the same way! But I will insist on trying a different tour next time- too many wonderful places I want to go!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 07, 2012
    Posted by: SusanS
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Most beautiful trip of all

    We didn't understand how VBT could plan an "easy" bike trip in the mountains, but they did, and it was the most beautiful trip we have taken with VBT. The mountains were a background almost everywhere we looked and the roads were a pleasure to ride on, lots of good paths and well-paved roads. The hotels were all excellent and the food included was generous and delicious. Our guides were fantastic, full of good humor and information, while being willing to make sure that all of the guests were cared for and special requests were taken care of. Oh, and the pre-trip in Venice was great also. The hotel was two blocks from St. Mark's square. We loved Venice. If there weren't so many other great trips to take, we would go back and do this trip again in a second.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: Vines368
    From: Chicago, IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Trip of a lifetime!

    This was our first trip as new empty-nesters. Our group of eight from Charlotte was combined with another group from Arlington. Biking through the Dolomite valley, we encountered beautiful farmland on rolling pastures, Grimm-like forests, breathtaking mountains and bustling towns. Gorgeous scenery, friendly people and the food...oh my goodness! Our guides, Luca and David were knowledgeable, charming and helpful...even teaching us some Italian at dinnertime. The only thing we had to do was bike (and even then, it was not required!) Everything else was taken care of--reservations, luggage, connections. We had such a great time and made lifelong friends, that we are discussing another trip...this time with all 16 of us!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: MaryK
    From: Charlotte, NC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Spectacular scenery in an Alpine setting

    From the water taxi ride into Venice to the bike paths in the Dolomite valleys, this trip was filled with beautiful scenery. We enjoyed touring the old cities of Venice and Verona, but the beauty of the high jagged, snow-capped peaks was the most memorable part of our trip. The well-marked bike paths took us through small villages and past fields of cattle where we heard a chorus of cow bells. The miles of paths through the apple orchards were beautiful in September when apples were being hand picked by the workers. This is a spectacular trip if you enjoy the beauty of the Alps.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: Gpaw00
    From: Bethlehem, PA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • the best of everything

    This was our 6th VBT trip and the best for scenery and biking. It was rated as easy but there were a few moderate options. We also had a very-very windy day and that immediately increased the level of difficulty. But, it was all fun. The landscapes were jujst breathtaking. After an afternoon of rain, we woke up to snow capped mountain tops. A couple of the mornings were quite brisk but the dasy warmed up nicely.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: danbetski
    From: Lake Placid, NY 12946, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent tour

    Excellent tour for the casual cyclist. The hills are gentle and the tour is nearly all on paved bike paths.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: Merv
    From: Calgary, AB, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful scenery, wonderful hotels, and great guides

    This trip offers easy cycling with added challenges for those who want them. The scenery is beautiful with breathtaking mountains, unique apple orchards, quaint towns and the opportunity to experience a fascinating mixture of Italian and Austrian culture.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: Elaine
    From: Bloomington, IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • good in every way

    The Dolomite bicycle trip in Italy was every bit as good as advertised. First, we had two exceptional guides. Second, bicycling in the mountains can sound daunting but the trip is designated as easy. I think almost all riders were able to handle the regular routes and for the more advanced riders, there were moderate additions that added some distance and hills. All accommodations were fine and time was provided in the various towns to shop or otherwise enjoy the surroundings.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: donm
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Nice overview of Northern Italy

    First of all, I would like to say that our tour leaders Luca and David were fantastic. NO COMPLAINTS Bikes and hotels were great, food fantastic. The flow of the trip I feel was a bit choppy. I understand this had to be done in order to make it an Easy tour, as there are few flat sections in the Dolomites. Packing up after every 2 nights is not my idea of a good time. Having earlier on this same vacation done a hiking trip in the Dolomites I feel the name of this tour is a bit misleading. To really see the Dolomites you need to get UP in them, via gondola or chair lift. We were under them but it is NOT the same. This tour did not get into the most majestic parts in my opinion. My only other suggestion is that the group be LESS than 20!! Hard to get to know everyone with such a large group. Also, including wine or beer with dinner would be nice.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 20, 2012
    Posted by: Jigster
    From: Honolulu, HI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Easy bicycling, spectacular scenery

    This tour was very well-organized from the time the water taxi picked us up on arrival in Venice to the end when a van took us to the airport from our hotel in Verona. The hotels were excellent - spacious, clean and comfortable. The food was great, Our guides were excellent, and, as they said, real problem-solvers. We rode in the valleys so the bicycling was easy. The spectacular mountains were always in sight, but we didn't have to climb them. Our fellow bicyclists were a very congenial, interesting group. This tour was everything I hoped it would be. Highly recommended.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 18, 2012
    Posted by: Mac40
    From: Bridgewater, MA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • OUR 20TH VBT TRIP AND THE BEST EVER!!

    WE'VE BEEN HOOKED ON THE VBT EXPERIENCE FROM VERMONT TO THE COAST OF MAINE TO NOVA SCOTIA. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND & QUEBECK AND NOW ITALY(X3), HEART OF EUROPE, BEST OF THE DANUBE, NEW ZEALAND, NAPA VALLEY AND MANY MORE. ACTIVE VACATIONS DON'T ANY BETTER FROM PLANNING, GUIDES, SCENERY, FOOD ROUTES ETC. CAN'T WAIT FOR OUR NEXT TRIP TO BELGIUM & HOLLAND IN MAY

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: GEORGE
    From: OHIO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The scenary was a delight! Snow-capped mountins, sparkling water - an excellent rejuvinating trip!

    This was my 10th VBT biking trip and they only seem to get better and better! It becomes difficult to say that one was more favorite than another - it's like taking unfair sides. But with the juxtaposition of mounains as a backdrop, Tyrolean-style houses lined with overflowing flower boxes,and rolling flat bike routes, the Dolomites was indeed a most pleasurable trip and one I will do again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 15, 2012
    Posted by: ngc1211
    From: Germantown, MD, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Breathtaking scenery, luxurious accomodations, delicious food! We couldn't have asked for more!

    This was our fourth, and favorite, bike tour with VBT. We have enjoyed all our tours - however, the Dolomite Valley trip tops them all! The scenery was breathtaking and varied each day. The food was delicious and the accomodations were outstanding. We loved our guides - very helpful and friendly. We have already recommended to our friends! We extended our trip to include Venice and Verona and enjoyed both very much. A wonderful, memorable trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 15, 2012
    Posted by: robin84
    From: Charlotte, NC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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