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Italy

Dolomites Retreat

24th - 29th June 2018

A luxurious experience in the mountains at the crossroads of Europe.

The Dolomites are rich in history and have been crossed, re-crossed and fought over by the biggest powers in Europe, creating a fascinating and distinct culture. This Retreat is based at two carefully selected hotels on either side of the Italy-Austria border. They are the perfect launchpad to explore the enchanting landscapes of these mountains and the passes made famous by the Giro d’Italia – and to relax and treat yourself to the distinctive food and fine wines, fusing German and Italian influences, for which this region is renowned.

Single occupancy — A$6,800 per person
Double occupancy — A$5,600 per person

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Who is it for?

Rapha Travel pioneered the idea of the cycling Retreat, a luxurious break where the emphasis is as much on unwinding and enjoying stunning surroundings as it is on challenging yourself on the bike. With exclusive accommodation in which to stretch out, and the best regional specialities, local wines and culture, the Retreats set a standard that other trip providers cannot match. Rapha Retreats are always based in one stunning location, for the ultimate in stress relief, and you can tailor-make the riding itinerary to suit you. Choose 150km over the high mountains, or a gentle coffee spin before an afternoon of relaxation; guided or solo, it’s up to you. Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

How Hard is it?

Retreats suit all types of riders, except for those who want packed days and relentless riding. Although you will have the chance to do big days in the saddle and test yourself on amazing roads, your time can be as demanding or as gentle as you like: wine tastings, market trips, swimming and massages are examples of indulgences that are positively encouraged. You’ll return home fitter and happier, and recharged in mind and body.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

All Retreats include

  • Airport transfers
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Double occupancy as standard

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire* and travel insurance are not included
*Bike hire only available for EU trips

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day, Day 0 Tre Cime de Laverado 30 KM 1200 M
Day 1 Into Austria 140 KM 2500 M
Day 2 Kartitscher Sattel 67 KM 900 M
Day 3 San Cassiano 66 KM 1800 M
Day 4 Sella Ronda 67 KM 1900 M
Day 5 Departure day 50 KM 1300 M

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Arrival Day, Day 0

Tre Cime de Laverado

Arrive via Verona airport and transfer to our first hotel for an introductory spin including the quiet road up to the iconic peaks and the Refugio Auronzo, which formerly marked the boundary between Italy and Austria.

Distance

30 KM

Climbing

1200 M

Day 1

Into Austria

Our longest day on the bike, we cross into Austria via the Passe Stalle taking in towering peaks and deep blue lakes. Once we have climbed the pass, the final 100k passes quickly as we hug rivers on some of the dedicated cycle paths that criss-cross the region.

Distance

140 KM

Climbing

2500 M

Day 2

Kartitscher Sattel

A shorter ride as we go out-and-back to the Kartitscher Sattel, a gentle saddle between two valleys of quite different character. Heading up switchbacks to the top, you will be surrounded by peaceful meadows and forests before heading back to our base in Villabassa and a cooking class and dinner at an authentic mountain lodge.

Distance

67 KM

Climbing

900 M

Day 3

San Cassiano

Today we ride one-way to our accommodation for the second part of the week, our carefully selected hotel in San Cassiano. On the way we will pass through the beautiful Lago di Misurina and Cortina d’Ampezzo before arriving in San Cassiano, in the shadow of the Sella massif.

Distance

66 KM

Climbing

1800 M

Day 4

Sella Ronda

Taking a clockwise route around the dramatic Sella massif, you’ll cover four iconic passes before returning to San Cassiano. The Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo and Passo Gardena have all featured many times in the Giro d’Italia and you may even see traces of recent races passing through.

Distance

67 KM

Climbing

1900 M

Day 5

Departure day

The final day takes in some as-yet unridden roads in the valley before climbing over the stunning Passo Falzarengo before joining the final part of the Sella Ronda in the reverse direction to yesterday. From here we roll through Corvara on our way to our hotel and a celebration meal in San Cassiano.

Distance

50 KM

Climbing

1300 M

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Customer Testimonials

Lots and lots of fun riding and inspirational discussions and dinners.

— Retreat Provence, 2015

Absolutely brilliant trip. Entire team looking after us were fabulous and made everything run extremely smoothly. Can't wait till my next trip with Rapha!

— Rider - Retreat Tuscany, 2015

FAQ

Can I bring a non-riding companion?

We welcome non-riding partners on our Retreats, but not on other trips.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

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Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

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