Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour

Experience the most beautiful grand tour

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Giro Cycling Tours Overview

The Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines; they all define the Giro d’Italia and there can be nothing more rewarding than taking on the same challenge yourself, as you conquer many of the iconic climbs of Italy.

Expect amazing days on the bike with jaw dropping mountainous landscapes, thrilling free flowing descents and climbs where you’ll need every bit of your will to keep the pedals turning. Our Giro cycling tour ensures that your experience of the Giro traverses the same mountains and valleys as the pro’s and has you up close with the race at stage starts, finishes and over mountain passes, while also experiencing some time away from the race. It’s the perfect balance.

Join us for a 9-day adventure on our Giro Cycling Tour 2024 that will see you tackle many of the famous climbs of Italy by day, while relaxing into a wonderful food, wine and cultural journey that we’ll take you on each night.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

A man racing through the crowd during the Giro d'Italia
Two cyclist riding to the top of Passo dello Stelvio
Geraint Thomas in the pink leaders jersey during the Giro d'Italia

Giro d’Italia Ride Itinerary

Welcome to the Giro d’Italia and Italy’s Great Climbs

Our Giro route is designed to suit riders who want a comprehensive climbing challenge, taking on many of the greatest climbs in the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and getting a taste for what the peloton of the Giro experience. Our ride guides ensure the needs of different riders are supported on each climb and if riders would like some distance and elevation added to 3-4 of the days, this can be arranged as required, and where possible.

Our Giro cycling tour route for 2024 will start in Bormio where we’ll be perfectly positioned for the race’s stage 15 finish in Livigno and for our climb up Passo dello Stelvio to watch stage 16 and the race’s Cima Coppi at 2700m. We’ll then transfer to the Dolomites for the stage 17 start and to watch the race fly over Passo Sella with its stupendous landscape, and then on to Bassano del Grappa for the double ascent of Monte Grappa, as the Giro’s penultimate stage 20.  We’ll see stage starts and finishes, and experience the race fly over mountain passes, with some of the famous climbs of our tour including Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, Sella Ronda, Monte Grappa, and some sensational climbs in the Venetian pre-Alps and Prosecco Road region.

We’ll start the week with a spin out of the village and along the valley, before riding up the hairpin laden road to Torri di Fraele, also known to the locals as ‘mini Stelvio’.  

This ride will blow the cobwebs out of your legs after your travels, and also give you the chance to test your bike set-up and make any micro adjustments, as you require.

Highlight: Riding up “mini Stelvio” the the vista back to Bormio.
Distance: 22.5 mi
Elevation: 3523 ft

We’ll have our first taste of Giro d’Italia magic today.

Rolling out of Bormio, we’ll go up and head towards Switzerland, with a beautifully long and open climb up to the race’s mountain top finish in Livigno.

Along our ride, we’ll stop for a well-earned panino and espresso before we secure our spot to watch all the action unfold in the day’s final km’s.  After seeing the race fly up the mountain, we’ll enjoy the thrilling descent back into the village of Bormio.

Highlight: Our first interaction with the Giro on a mountain top finish
Distance: 40.7 mi
Elevation: 6148 ft

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, starting by heading towards Santa Caterina, which rises 600m before we even reach the base of the climb. You’ll have a few switchbacks to take care of early, before you ride along the edge of the mountain that sharply drops away before dramatically rising on the other side of a ravine.

Highlight: This is a truly spectacular landscape and possibly our favourite.
Distance: 31 mi
Elevation: 4996 ft

It’s time for you to take on the iconic Passo dello Stelvio, sitting at an imposing 2750m. This is a climb like no other. With its 34 switchbacks, and at one point a 14% pinch, it will challenge the mind and the legs, and open your heart.

Highlight: After enjoying the spectacle of the race rolling over Passo dello Stelvio, the thrilling long and technical descent.
Distance: 29.7 mi
Elevation: 5223 ft

We’ll roll out of our Dolomiti village and on toward the race start, in Selva di Val Gardena. We’ll enjoy the pre-race atmosphere before we’ll roll onto the course to watch the race on the spectacular Paso Sella. After the procession passes, we’ll continue on to complete the sensational Sella Ronda loop.

Highlight: Seeing the race ascend the jaw dropping Passo Sella.
Distance: 48 mi
Elevation: 7952 ft

Today we’ll depart the majestic Dolomites and make our way down the mountain to our beautiful and quintessentially Venetian villa after rolling through the Prosecco laden hills

Highlight: An iconic descent off the pre Alps.
Distance: 51 mi
Elevation: 4304

Today you’ll conquer a favourite of the locals; the climb of Foza from the Valstagna side. We’ll set off for the first 15km along the scenic secondary road that follows the river, before taking on the 14km climb to the top. We’ll roll along the undulating top of the ridge and stop for a light lunch, before the adrenalin filled descent.

Highlight: A beautiful 18km descent
Distance: 48 mi
Elevation: 5196 ft

 
Today we’ll take on the challenge of the majestic Monte Grappa.
We will roll out of our villa and take the meandering secondary roads towards the base of the climb, where we join the race course and the fun begins.

Highlight: Watching the Pro’s battle each other on the final mountain stage of the race after, taking on the challenge ourselves, before seeing them cross the finish line in Bassano del Grappa.
Distance: 41.8 mi
Elevation: 7388 ft

Pricing & Dates

US$5050 per person twin share / Maximum 14 guests

2024

18th May to 26th May 2024 – 4 Places Available
$1995 (deposit)

2025

16th May to 24th May 2025
$1995 (deposit)

Start Location & Details

City: Tirano, Italy
Pick Up Location: Tirano Train Station
Pick Up Time: 12:30pm

Finish Location & Details

City: Padova, Italy
Drop Off Location: Padova Train Station
Drop Off Time: 10:30am

Inclusions & Details

venison chanterelle mushrooms and a glass of red wine

Accommodation & Meals

A rider getting their hire bike adjusted on a Italian cycling holiday

Ride Support

Aperitivo with a negroni cocktail

Transfers & Activities

Two piece italian made cycling kit

Ride Kit

Not Included

While airfare, bike hire and travel insurance are not included in the Tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.

Have More Questions About Our Giro Cycling Tour?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

Bike Hire & Gear

Carbon Road Bike with Electronic Shifting

You can choose to hire a Wilier Cento 10SL carbon road bike with Sram Rival Etap, a compact crankset, with a 32 rear cassette & disc brakes.

Carbon Road Bike with Mechanical Shifting

You can choose to hire a Bianchi Sprint with mechanical Shimano Ultegra groupset, a compact crankset, with a 32 rear cassette & disc brakes.

Non-Riding Partners

As part of our Giro cycling tour, non-riding partners enjoy an active and dedicated travel program, designed to deliver a diverse range of activities and the best experiences that the mountainous regions in the north of Italy have to offer. Whether it’s guided walks and hikes through the Alps and Dolomites, visits to historic, lakeside and alpine towns for picturesque experiences, spa and wellness experiences or cheese tasting experiences with locals, non-riding partners experience the beauty and uniqueness of each area we visit. With an itinerary curated by Nancy and delivered together with a range of partners and guides whom she personally selects, It’s sure to be a holiday in northern Italy you’ll never forget.

As our non-riding partner program is an active adventure, there is a minimum walking requirement for non-riding guests for each tour. Please enquire when booking.

Flowers and green fields in the Dolomites
A mountain stream in the Dolomites
Two women hiking in the dolomites
A non riding partner hiking in the mountains around Bormio
A field of flowers with the Dolomiti in the background

Accommodation

Enjoy our beautiful boutique hotel accommodation in 3 places over 8 nights – our focus is on authentic, family run boutique hotel experiences that will have you truly immersed in the regions we visit. Your nights will be supremely comfortable, with all the amenities and services you need for a great post-ride experience; including saunas and wellness, lounge areas and more.

Flowers in a field in Bormio with the Alps in the background
A room in the style of the Italian Alps
A sitting room in a hotel in Turin
A well appointed bathroom
Accommodation in Bormio

Food & Wine

The alpine regions of Italy are truly diverse in culture and cuisine

We’ll be enjoying a range of dinner experiences throughout the course of our 9 day Giro cycling tour, celebrating all that the regions we visit of Lombardia, Trentino and the Veneto have to offer; from true artisan, modern style dinners through to traditional home-made food and wine specialities, to very special welcome and finale dinners with meals you will always remember, in incredible surrounds.

Your Giro food and wine journey will be as much a part of your memorable experience as your riding will be.

A plate of porchetta and vegetable with a glass of vino rosso
A dish of grilled beef
A plate of salumi and glasses of red wine
A glass of Italian white wine
An Italian side dish of vegetables

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