Overview

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The mighty European Alps are one of nature’s wonders, and the most pristine and picturesque part of them is the fabled Italian Dolomites.  Located in the far northeast of Italy, nearer to Vienna than to Rome, the Dolomites are arguably the most dramatic and picturesque mountains in the world, as evidenced by the painters and filmmakers who have long been using them as the setting for anything mountainous. 

The trail system in the Dolomites is nothing short of astounding!  Local trail builders have been hard at work for hundreds of years…making trails for shepherds to move their flocks to the high pastures, for villagers to travel between towns, for troops to invade in two world wars, and now for mountain bikers to enjoy the splendor of the area. 

On our rides you can expect an endless procession of scenic mountain views alternating with shady forest paths.  You’ll marvel at the classic Dolomite landscape of dramatic sheer walls soaring straight up from a lush green alpine valley, often with a postcard-perfect village nestled in the bottom. Numerous rifugios, or mountain cabins, lie along the more popular trails and offer excellent food, drink and shelter to bikers and hikers. 

Best of all, as this region is a renowned ski area in winter, it has a phenomenal assortment of ski lifts and cable cars that operate in the warmer months for the benefit of the hikers.  Whenever possible we use them to start our day and take us up to the higher elevations to avoid a long ascent.  Integrating them into our biking plan greatly expands our opportunities, making what was a Challenging ride into an Intermediate, or even an Easy ride.

The local culture is as intriguing as the scenery, with a mix of Austrian and Italian culture and history.  The food and wines of the region reflect that fusion, and are unlike anything you’ll find on your travels.  You’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample the cuisine, as all of our breakfasts and dinners are included in the package, usually enjoyed at the excellent restaurants at our three-star superior mountain hotels.

The service level on this tour is our usual Go Get Lost standard, with two Go Get Lost Group Leaders accompanying the group, and expert local MTB guides leading our daily adventures. We’ll split our gang down to a manageable and fun size of 6-8 riders per group, to better accommodate the different experience levels.

Video – Mountain Biking in Latemar in the Dolomites

Video – Mountain Biking POV (Point of View) in the Dolomites

Video – More Mountain Biking in the Dolomites

Video – Beautiful Views of the Dolomites

Although we don’t currently have a trip scheduled for open registration, we are continuing to accommodate private groups.  If you have a group of 6 or more and are interested in experiencing Mountain Biking in the Italian Dolomites, contact us at 1-888-522-LOST (5678) to learn more about our private trips. 

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Itinerary

Day 1

Deutschnofen/Nova Ponente

You should plan to arrive in the town of Deutschnofen, (Austrian name) also known as Nova Ponente, (Italian name) by midday today at the latest.  Our Go Get Lost office can advise you on the best way to make your way to the trip starting point. You might consider arriving a day early in order to get over the jet lag and be better prepared for your active adventures.  We can also arrange an early arrival for you at the hotel.

Tonight we’ll have our orientation meeting, (with local wines, of course), meet our MTB trail guides and organize our rental bikes.  You are welcome to ship your own bike, but quality performance bikes are available for rent at the hotel.  You can choose between hardtail or full suspension, and carbon frame bikes are available as well.  (Rental bikes are not included in the tour price.)

Afterwards we’ll sit down to our welcome dinner.  So let’s talk about the food… Italian and Tyrolean traditions color the robust cuisine in this region, smoked hams, apples, chestnuts, grapes, plums, and pasta tossed with some of the most delicate olive oil in the world appear on most menus. In addition you'll find polenta, more mushroom varieties than anywhere else in Italy, and trout from the alpine lakes and streams. There are two things that definitely set this cuisine apart...the breads and the cheeses! Drawing on both Austrian and Italian baking traditions, the finest breads in all Italy are found here...often laced with onion, garlic, or herbs.
There is also an amazing amount of delicious cheeses produced in this region! The problem is naming them, since there are so many local varieties, many are simply called nostrano or "our local homemade cheese". You'll fall in love with the many types known as malga, a category of mountain cheeses that are made with the summer milk from cows that graze in the highest valleys of the region.

To top off our evening meal, the dolci of the area are often highlighted by wonderful varieties of torta or cake. Made with mountain grown almonds, walnuts, cherries, apples and rich dairy butters and creams, they will earn a spot alongside gelato in your heart!

 

Day 2

Rosengarten and Latemar

After a sumptuous buffet breakfast today, we’ll join our MTB guide and head off for our day’s adventure.  We’re situated between two of the most famous Dolomite massifs, Rosengarten and Latemar.  Known for their dramatic postcard-like scenery, they attracts hikers, climbers and now bikers from all over the world.  There is an excellent assortment of trails in this area, many of them serviced by ski lifts, so over the course of the next three days we’ll get a chance to ride some of the world’s most fascinating, scenic, and exciting mountain trails!  For lunch each day we’ll stop at a rifugio, or mountain cabin, for some of the local specialties to tide us over.  Or maybe at midday we’ll find ourselves in a village tucked into a grassy valley, in that case we’ll find a local sidewalk café to relax and enjoy some people-watching.

We’ll return back to the hotel by mid to late afternoon, with plenty of time to clean up, join your group for happy hour to swap stories, and eventually sit down to dinner.  The hotels we use have dedicated bike areas with cleaning stations, repair areas, and secure storage facilities, so you can attend to your ride as well.

An after-dinner aperitif while star-gazing at the incomparable mountain sky will be the perfect cap to your first day in the Dolomites!

 

Day 3

More trails, more fun!

Today will be similar to yesterday, with even more excitement and adventure as we explore the Rosengarten, Latemar, and Catinaccio trails and scenery.  More wonderful cuisine at dinner, and for those wanting to explore the area, the beautiful city of Bolzano is only twenty minutes away by bus or taxi.  Shopping, museums, and plenty of nightlife!

 

Day 4

Rosengarten to Sella

Today we’ll load up our luggage into our private transfer vehicles before we depart for our day of biking.  Since this is our last day in the fabled Rosengarten region, we’ll make the most of it and squeeze every last ounce (or should I say gram) of fun out of the trails.

After our day of riding we’ll have a scenic transfer to our next location, the legendary Sella region.  The mountainous landscape here is decidedly different, with the massive Sella Group dominating the skyline for miles around.  We’ll check into our hotel in the tiny mountain town of La Val.  The town is nestled against the jagged slopes of the Kreuzkofel group and enjoys a prime location near the entrances to two renowned national parks, Fanes Senes Braies and Puez Odle.  This entire region of Alta Badia is focused heavily on mountain biking, with a massive range of services, dedicated facilities, routes and itineraries groomed for mountain and downhill bikes.

Tonight we’ll have an orientation meeting for this area…(OK, it’s really a party)…to meet our local MTB guides, organize our rental bikes, and prepare for tomorrow’s ride.  Best of all we have a whole new menu to explore at dinner!

 

Day 5

Sella

Another boring day in the Dolomites, riding, exploring the villages, marveling at the scenery…ho hum.

 

Day 6

Sella

What can we say, other than you’ll never get enough of the mountain biking in this area.  Relax and enjoy!

 

Day 7

Sella Ronda

One of the signature events in every European mountain bikers career is to “do” the Sella Ronda.  Today we join the ranks of those who have experienced this famous route.  In one day we’ll use a combination of lifts and downhill trails to completely circumnavigate the famed Sella Group.  Stunning views, exciting trails, picturesque towns, and tons of fun!  In the winter the skiers own this ground, but today it’s ours!

Tonight we celebrate our week of excitement, exploration, and new friends!  A farewell dinner and party will mark and end to our sojourn in the Italian Dolomites.  That is, unless you’re planning to do one of our extensions…Rome, Florence, or Venice, anyone?

 

Day 8

Arrivederci

This morning after breakfast our Go Get Lost tour ends, and we exchange addresses and bid farewell to all of our trail mates, as we depart for the next leg of our journey.  Your Go Get Lost Group leader can arrange private or group transportation to the airport in Bolzano or Venice.

What´s Included

  • 7 nights double accommodations at 3 Star or 3 Star Superior hotels
  • Meals as Specified: 7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
  • Two Wine Tastings
  • 6 days of guided MTB tours
  • All lift and cable car fees
  • Transportation once the tour has begun
  • Group transfer from hotel in Deutschnofen to hotel in La Val
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Completely escorted by an American Go Get Lost tour leader, with local guides on the daily MTB rides
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • Arrival and Departure transfers  (Tour begins on the afternoon of Day 1 at the hotel in Deutschnofen, tour ends after breakfast on Day 8 at the hotel in La Val)
  • Airfare package
  • Departure taxes
  • Rental bike, all personal biking equipment (helmet, hydration pack, etc)
  • Gratuities for meals, guides, porters, drivers, etc.
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Any meals not listed in itinerary (daily lunch)
  • Beverages at meals
  • Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance (mandatory), call for details
  • Single supplement charge
  • Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, gifts, etc

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