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Itinerary for Mountainbiking around the Dolomites

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

Day 2: Loop
From Niederdorf/Toblach (Hochpustertal), you first reach the little Silversterkirchlein via an asphalted road. Then, via the old military road you arrive to Markinkele, in Italian „Cornetto di Confine“. After a short stop at the newly renovated Markinkele lodge, you return to Niederdorf/Toblach.
The more relaxed variant takes you to the Silvesteralm, which invites you to a cosy stop for refreshments.
Sporty option: approx. 45 km / ascent approx. 1475 m
Relaxed option: approx. 22 km / ascent approx. 700 m

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

Day 3: Hochpustertal to St. Vigil
Today‘s stage takes you along the Pustertal cycle path and on a long climb to the Kronplatz (2.275 m), which in summer is a popular destination for families, hikers, bikers and culture enthusiasts. On the top of the mountain are located the „Concordia 2000“ peace bell and the Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Particularly experienced mountain bikers rush down into the valley on the various downhill and free ride trails. With Kronplatz you have taken the last strenuous hurdle and finally cycle to St. Vigil.
For the more relaxed option, take the cable car to the Kronplatz (ticket not included).
Sporty option: approx. 55 km / ascent approx. 1490 m
Relaxed option: approx. 45 km / ascent approx. 220 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in St. Vigil

Day 4: St. Vigil to Cortina
From St. Vigil you cycle to Pederü and along the military road to the Fodara Vedla refuge. Then you continue on to the Senna hut, which offers a sweeping panorama over some of the most beautiful peaks in the Dolomites: Hohe Gaisl (3.146 m), Cristallo (3.221 m), Sorapis (3.205 m) and Tofane (3.243 m). Through meadows and mountain pine fields you cycle on through the Dolomites, which in 2009 were inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. Past the Fanesalm and through the Fanes Valley you reach the Olympic town of Cortina (1.211 m). Cortina, as the center of a winter sports region, has been the venue of several major international events, including, for example, the 1956 Winter Olympics. Today, Cortina still hosts World Cup races of various winter sports.
With the more relaxed variant, you cycle to Cortina d‘Ampezzo via the Senneshütte.
Sporty option: approx. 40 km / ascent approx. 1200 m
Relaxed option: approx. 35 km / ascent approx. 950 m
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cortina

Day 5: Rifugio 5 Torri
Today´s stage takes you on a short panoramic tour of the Ampezzo Dolomites. From Cortina you cycle uphill to Col Rosa and further on to Rifugio Cinque Torri. On your right you will see the Cinque Torri (2.361 m), consisting of five steep towers that once formed a large boulder. In front of you rises one of the highest 3 peaks of the Dolomites: Monte Pelmo (3.168 m). With its immense dimensions, this mountain was one of the first great peaks of the Dolomites to be reached by man. Afterwards, you will cycle back to Cortina.
For the relaxed option, take the Col Druscie cable car from Cortina up to the Cinque Torri - you can take the chairlift for a shortcut. (Cable car tickets not included)
Sporty option: approx. 55 km / ascent approx. 1800 m
Relaxed option: approx. 35 km / ascent approx. 900 m

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cortina

Day 6: Cortina to Plätzwiese
Today‘s cycling day takes you to the famous high plateau of Plätzwiese, above which Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl majestically tower. In addition to nature and tranquility, there is a stunning view here> In the distance you can see Monte Cristallo, the Tofana and the world-famous Three Peaks. First, take the cycle path to the provincial border and then along the old military road to Plätzwiese.
With the relaxed variant, you cycle along the cycle path directly to Cimabanche and then up to the Prato Piazza.
Sporty option: approx. 40 km / ascent approx. 1600 m
Relaxed option: approx. 25 km / ascent approx. 870 m

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Plätzwiese

Day 7: Plätzwiese to Hochpustertal
Today you ride from Plätzwiese downhill to the Braies Valley with its dark coniferous forests and via the cycle path back to Niederdorf/Toblach. There is the possibility to extend the tour by cycling to the Pragser Wildsee lake before taking the cycle path to Niederdorf/Toblach.
With the more relaxed variant, you cycle directly downhill from Prato Piazza to Villabassa/Dobbiaco.
Sporty option: approx. 40 km / ascent approx. 750 m
Relaxed option: approx. 25 km / ascent approx. 150 m

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Mountainbiking around the Dolomites
Tour Code: ZZ-BKITFA18
8 days / 7 nights ~$925.00
Dates: June to September

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Innsbruck
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