The Long Dolomites Way
Going down along the bike path Cortina-Calalzo and the Alemagna road
This is an amusing and relaxing route, which goes mostly downhill and on bike path, surrounded by the superb landscape of the Dolomites. It starts off by the Misurina Lake and arrives in Belluno.
From Belluno we will shortly travel by bus to Misurina, from where, after a lovely tour around the lake, we will then start going downhill. After some nice hairpin turns till Carbonin, we enter the Long Dolomites Way that follows the old railway track from Calalzo to Cortina revalued as a beautiful cycling path. The first short stretch will be uphill, but then we will go down and down from Cimabanche to Calalzo. The first part is slightly uphill, but then it’s all down from Cimabanche to Calalzo. The higher part of the bike path is in the area of the natural park of the Ampezzo Dolomites and is a well-travelled dirt road surrounded by forests.
The town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites, lies in the large alpine valley of Boite and is the first city we go through. It is surrounded by the marvelous Dolomites of Cadore. We will often stop along the way and look and appreciate them: Tofane, Pomagognon, Cristallo, Faloria, Sorapiss, Becco di Mezzodì, Croda da Lago and Cinque Torri. Later we will go past the well-known hamlet of San Vito di Cadore, where we’ll stop for the night. Pieve, is just some miles away from Calalzo where the old railway and the ney bike path end.
Left behind the beautiful bike path, the route tracks another fascinating path: the old highway 51 of Alemagna, which has been a very important arterial street between the Po valley and the German speaking countries (this is the reason of such a name: Alemagna, the old way to say Germany). This road used to start off in Conegliano and arrive to Dobbiaco, and dates back to the Roman time. In 1830 the archduke Ranieri of Austria renovated it as it is to be seen now. The SS51 goes through Longarone to the Cadore area, where it has lost its importance because it has been replaced by a wider and faster road with 4 tunnels. Biking on this road is now very quiet and you can enjoy the surroundings: a narrow valley which becomes wider and wider.
From here in the distance we can see the still disturbing Vajont dam. We will then leave it behind us, and keep on biking along the green water of Piave River: we track the river throughout the whole valley, in Belluno we will leave it goodbye.
Sites of interest
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Dolomites.
Services included in our previous tours
- 2 nights with breakfast in four stars hotels *.
- 1 three-course-dinner with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer), tap water and bread are included.
- 2 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, water.
- 3 tour guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van (just two guides with groups from 10 to 15).
- Visits (see the program).
- Travel by bus for participants and bikes from Belluno to Misurina Lake.
- Short transport by van of participants from Codissago to Dam of Vajont.
- Agency van, which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks and the availability and the assistance during the tour.
- Insurance for medical matters and in case of loosing the luggage, and for the risk of tour cancelation.
- Color tour handbook with historical and artistic information, and information about the tour itself.
* The hotels’ names are written in the program. Just in case of problems, it could be possible that the hotels would be replaced with others of the same or higher category.
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
(*) On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights, 2 biking days
When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.
Where: Italia > Veneto
Tour description: The bike tour is a short trail with two night-stops with meeting point in Belluno and start by bike by the Misurina Lake. The trail tracks a bike path for half its length, than secondary roads with low or medium car traffic and the old Alemagna highway, now a bike path. The road bank is mostly asphalt or we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly downhill, with some flat parts and a few smooth climbs.
Visits: Dam of Vajont
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Day 1- 28th June 2013
Independent travel and arrival to Belluno. For who wants to have dinner with the group, meeting point at the hotel at 7.30 p.m. For the others: meeting point the day after at 8 a.m.
Belluno – Hotel Villa Carpenada ****
Day 2 – 29th June 2013
Misurina Lake > Pieve di Cadore
About 65 km - route mostly downhill, with the only climb from Carbonin to Cimabanche. Starting off at 8.30 we will to to Misurina by bus. Starting off at 10.30 by bike.
Pieve di Cadore – Hotel Belvedere ****
Day 3 – 30th June 2013
Pieve di Cadore > Belluno
About 50 km – route mostly downhill, flat, easy hill. Start at 9 a.m. Expected arrival in Belluno at about 5 p.m.