Italian Dolomites & Stelvio

Road Cycling Holidays in the Dolomites

  • Cycle in one of the world’s greatest places to ride a bike
  • Climb infamous Giro d’Italia passes: Passo di Giau, Passo di Campolongo, Passo di Motirolo, Passo dello Stelvio, and more
  • Flexible itinerary to suit mixed ability groups: daily route choices so YOU choose how much you want to push yourself
  • Ride the Maratona cyclosportive route at your own pace, with our full support
  • Comfortable and friendly 3 & 4* hotels with superb Italian cuisine geared to cyclists
  • Exceptional support: two customised support vans and two expert, proactive Marmot guides focused on helping you have the most unforgettable cycling experience

Days on the bike

6 days

Very enjoyable holiday as always. Some of the scenery was the best I have ever ridden through and I quite enjoyed the fact that a couple of the climbs were steeper than anything I’ve come across in the Alps or Pyrenees!

N Clarke


Made infamous by the Giro d’Italia, the Dolomites region of northern Italy is one of the world’s greatest places to ride a bike, every road leading to another exquisite climb, each with its own character. This Marmot Classic style road cycling holiday showcases the region perfectly, offering epic climbs, breathtaking scenery, delicious Italian food, and peerless support from two Marmot guides and our customised vehicles.

As with all our flexible-pace, flexible-route road cycling tours, there are two to three route choices daily. We’ve designed the ‘Classic’ route so that, taken steadily, it’s manageable and enjoyable for fit cyclists regardless of your experience cycling in the mountains. However, this holiday also offers a fantastic challenge for those wanting to push themselves further: each day there are optional climbs and loops which increase the possible daily ascent to between 3,000 and 4,200m on the ‘Challenge’ route.

With a tour size of around 20 riders, we find that smaller groups of cyclists tend to form, made up of riders with a similar pace and similar goals to one another. With the incomparable support of our two guides with support vans, we’re able to support every rider, regardless of your pace, and it’s our mission to help you achieve your goals across the week, leading to an unforgettable cycling experience. This is YOUR holiday after all! To get a flavour of this fabulous cycling tour in the Dolomites, head to our You Tube channel to watch our Cycling the Italian Dolomites video. It’s sure to tempt you!

It is important to us that you book the right holiday for you, so please read the Trip Notes for all you need to know about how this holiday works: food, accommodation, airport transfers and so on.

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Departure Dates & Prices

Single Room Supplement
22nd Jun - 29th Jun
Single Room Sup. £415.00
13th Jul - 20th Jul
Single Room Sup. £415.00
20th Jul - 27th Jul
Single Room Sup. £415.00
24th Aug - 31st Aug
Single Room Sup. £415.00

We are pleased to offer some tempting discounts off the basic trip cost (not including extras such as single rooms or bike hire):

  • Book & pay your deposit more than 6 months in advance of the start of your holiday for our 5% early bookers discount
  • Get a group of 10+ people together for a 7.5% group discount and, as the group organiser, receive a £150 voucher for your next holiday
  • Be rewarded for your loyalty by receiving a 10% discount from your 3rd Marmot trip onwards

Please note that there is a maximum 10% discount on any holiday.



Day 0: Arrival day

We offer included airport transfers (a journey of approx. 2 hrs) at scheduled times during the day from from Venice Marco Polo Airport to our start hotel on the lower slopes of the famous Passo Falzarego, just above Cortina.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) and airport transfer timings can be found in our Trip Notes.

Check in, assemble bikes and share a hearty Italian meal in preparation for the adventure ahead!

Day 1: Tour of Monte Cristallo

Start the holiday with a gentle descent to the historic town of Cortina. Heading out onto the gently-sloped forested roads that encircle the towering peaks of the majestic Monte Cristallo, you summit the comparatively diminutive Passo di Cimabanche (1530m) as you go. A brief descent sees you climbing up to Lago di Misurina. In summer the lake is a great spot for sitting in a lounger, ice cream in hand, people watching.

The horizon is dominated by the iconic mountain of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which may lure you in if you fancy taking on the steep road to the Rifugio Auronzo (2362m). An exhilarating descent brings you back down to just above the lake and onto the gentle gradients of the eastern side of the Passo Tre Croci (1802m).

Rounding off the ride, you descend back down to Cortina d’Ampezzo before ticking off the first 5km of the  Passo Falzarego, to return to your hotel.

Now you have the choice of exploring the cosmopolitan town of Cortina or, should you wish to push yourself further, there is always the option of continuing on past the hotel and up to the summit of Passo Falzarego (2105m). You’ve already done the first 5km, so why not?

Classic route: 50km with 1100m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge route: 87km with 2310m ascent [ride profile]

Day 2: The classic duo - Passo di Giau & Passo di Campolongo

Today is all about towering peaks, lush meadows and big views. You conquer the mighty Passo di Giau (2237m) from the north, one of THE classic climbs of the area. Apart from a (very) short section of downhill half way up, it is relatively gruelling!

From the top, descend to Caprile and choose whether to deviate onto a testing, yet rewarding loop that takes in the somewhat savage gradients of the Passo Fedaia (2057m) from the east, and then on to the somewhat kinder Passo Pordoi (2239m) with its 27, yes, 27, switchbacks!

A slightly less challenging option would be to meander uphill on the Classic route, up to and over the Passo di Campolongo (1873m) from the south. Regardless of your choice, La Villa is a great place to enjoy the atmosphere of the Dolomites and we stay here for two nights.

Classic route: 60km with 1700m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge route: 90km with 3050m ascent [ride profile]

Day 3: Maratona Routes from La Villa

The Maratona dles Dolomiti is one of the world’s greatest cyclosportives and happens to start in La Villa. Given the scenery, the number of legendary climbs and the quality of the roads, it is not surprising that it is so popular (it sells out in hours). Today you get to take part in the Marmot Tours version of this great event!

Have a look at the Maratona website for full details of the event, history, maps, profiles etc. However these are the routes (and stats) for you to choose from:

Sellaronda course: 60km with 1780m ascent [ride profile]
Passo di Campolongo (1875m) from the north, Passo Pordoi (2239m) from the east,  Passo di Sella (2244m) from the south and the Passo di Gardena (2121m) from the west.

Middle course: 103km with 3130m ascent [ride profile]
Passo di Campolongo (1875m) from the north, Passo Pordoi (2239m) from the east,  Passo di Sella (2244m) from the south and the Passo di Gardena (2121m) from the west, back up the north side of the Passo di Campolongo (1875m) and finishing off with the south side of the Passo di Valparola (2192m).

Maratona course: 135km with 4230m ascent [ride profile]
Passo di Campolongo (1875m) from the north, Passo Pordoi (2239m) from the east,  Passo di Sella (2244m) from the south and the Passo di Gardena (2121m) from the west, back up the north side of the Passo di Campolongo (1875m). From here you take on the western face of the Passo Giau (2237m) and finish off with the Passo di Valparola (2192m) from the east!

Day 4: Transfer to Prato del Stelvio and ride to Bormio

Recover a little during the 3hr transfer today, though before you know it you will be back on the bike and counting off all 48 hairpins of the infamous Passo Dello Stelvio (2758m) from the east.

Starting steeply, it continues in the same vein, ending in the iconic switchbacks up to the pass. Celebrate your climb with a photograph, a hot dog, a tacky gift and a very rewarding descent all the way to your hotel in Valdisotto, just outside Bormio.

En-route to the hotel you have the choice of ticking off a less well-known but equally impressive and hairpin-littered local favourite of a climb, the Torri di Fraele (1941m) (Torri being Italian for towers built here in 1391).

Classic route: 54km with 1875m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge route: 78km with 2550m ascent [ride profile]

Day 5: Day ride from Bormio including Gavia and Stelvio

Passo Gavia (2621m) has been stirring things up in the Giro d’Italia since 1960. With an overall elevation gain from Bormio of over 1400m, you are sure to be rewarded with epic views over the glaciers of the Stelvio National Park as you twist and turn your way up this narrow mountain road – you’d be forgiven for thinking time is standing still.

Descending back to Bormio, should you feel as though your appetite for altitude is yet to be satisfied, there is the option of ticking the Passo Dello Stelvio (2758m) box once and for all by taking on this infamous climb once more, this time from the south side. Having descended this road the previous day, you’ll be well aware of the challenge ahead, but rest assured you’ll be rewarded with an entirely different perspective as your journey to the top is likely to be a touch more leisurely (!) than yesterday’s descent!

Classic route: 62km with 1250m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge route: 104km with 3000m ascent [ride profile]

Day 6: Livigno & Mortirolo finale!

The western approach to the Passo di Mortirolo (1851m) was described by Lance Armstrong as the ‘hardest climb he had ever ridden’: a fitting end to our week in this amazing part of the world. As always there are options:

With the Passo Foscagno (2288m) and Passo Eira (2208m) under your belt, you take a brief excursion into Switzerland and enjoy a near 30km descent down the Poschiavo Valley before crossing back into Italy again, emerging at the base of the infamous Passo del Mortirolo (1852m). The Classic route continues on up the valley and past the base of the Mortirolo along to your final destination of Grosio.

For those with something left in the legs, it is just rude to not cycle up the Mortirolo – an assault on altitude! With an average gradient of 10.5% over 12km length and a maximum kick of 18%, the Mortirolo is a fitting finale to the week.

Whatever you do, tonight a celebration is in order!

Classic route: 106km with 2100m ascent [ride profile]
Challenge route: 129km with 3400m ascent [ride profile]
Shorter route: 53km with 1350m ascent [ride profile]

Day 7: Departure day

We offer included transfers (approx 3hrs) from Grosio to Milan Malpensa Airport only. As there are several ‘Milanese’ Airports, please ensure you are booking flights from MALPENSA (MXP).

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) can be found in our Trip Notes.