Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour

Experience the most beautiful grand tour

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Illustration displaying a total riding distance of 530 kilometres for our Giro d'Italia cycling tour
Illustration displaying a total riding elevation of 13220 metres for our Giro d'Italia cycling 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, conquering 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 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.

Our 2021 Giro d’Italia tour will be confirmed once the race route is announced in late 2020. So here we present to you our 2020 tour itinerary as a sample of what you can expect on tour in 2021.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Tom Dumoulin in the Giro d'Italia Pink Jersey
Two cyclist riding to the top of Passo dello Stelvio
A cyclist riding up to the top of Pass Giau

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. As part of this, you’ll also get to experience the Stelvio Pass cycling tour that we always include as part of our Giro tour. Our ride guides ensure the needs of different riders are supported on each climb.

Our Giro cycling tour route for 2020 will start in the Veneto, with three nights in the beautiful Prosecco wine region. We’ll then transfer to Bassano del Grappa and then onto Bormio, concluding with the iconic Passo dello Stelvio climb.   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 the Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio, Piancavallo, Monte Grappa, Mortirolo, Passo dello Stelvio and the beautiful Lago di Cancano,

We start this week with a light spin through the Prosecco vineyards around Conegliano as our first ride, and it’s the perfect introduction to Italy and the Veneto hills.

We make your way out of our quintessential Venetian villa and along some of the small roads that will be used in the TT the following day. With undulating terrain and the little pinch of the Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio along the way, 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 to the bike as you need. 

Highlight: Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio
Distance: 37km
Elevation: 620m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 1-Warm up with the muro

It’s time for you to enjoy a full taste of the Giro today, with the TT traversing the Prosecco laden hills. We will start in Conegliano and then make our way across the undulating landscape, stopping at a few keys points to cheer on the riders as we head to Valdobbiadene for the Stage finish. 

Highlight: Our first taste of the Giro.
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1500m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 2-Race of truth

Today you’ll see a mountain top finish and conquer the first of our many high mountain and hairpin laden climbs.

We’ll start by rolling along the flat land at the edge of the pre Alps, before going higher through the bosco (forest) until we reach the summit.  We’ll regroup here before finding a spot in the sun to watch the race come flying over the top. 

Highlight: Hairpin corners and a Mountain top finish
Distance: 103km
Elevation: 1800m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 3-Piancavallo

Today is our first transfer day which we’ll do on our bikes, taking on the challenge of the majestic Monte Grappa on the way. 

We will roll out of our villa in the vines and take the meandering secondary roads towards the base of the climb, and where the fun begins. We will take in the early switchbacks before tracking our way through beautiful and peaceful forest with hooting owls. We keep rolling and the landscape changes once again to a sparse grass covered rolling landscape with the road narrowing even further as it clings to the edge; it is just pure magic.

Highlight: A serious 25km challenge with an ever changing landscape
Distance: 85km
Elevation: 2180m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 4-Monte Grappa

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

Highlight: The early k’s along the river
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1550m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 5-Bassano del Grappa

The Giro today starts from Bassano del Grappa and we will be in the thick of the action. After seeing the riders sign on, we’ll have the opportunity to purchase our Giro souvenirs and watch the riders roll out, before making the transfer across to Lombardia. 

We will stop in Tirano for a light lunch and then take on Passo Mortirolo, with its mercilessly steep gradients that hit 18% and average 10.4% for the duration. Once reaching the top, we will regroup and then descend and ride into Bormio and our home for the next three nights.

Highlight: The beautiful small roads leading up and down Mortirolo
Distance: 59km
Elevation: 2180m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 6- Mortirolo

It’s time for you to take on the iconic Passo dello Stelvio cycling tour, sitting at an imposing 2750m. This is a climb like no other with its 34 switchbacks, and at one point a 14% pinch, and will challenge the mind and the legs, and open the heart. Once you have conquered the challenge, get set to enjoy a long and technical descent.

Highlight: A quintessential day at the Giro, as we sit on top of the pass, waiting for the action to come to us.
Distance: 46km
Elevation: 1590m

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 7- Passo Dello Stelvio

We have a relaxed start today after yesterday’s big adventure before we conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, starting by heading towards Santa Caterina, which rises 600 m 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: 60km
Elevation: 1800

Aqto cycling tour of the Giro d'Italia - ride profile for day 8- passo Gavia

Pricing & Dates

$6,695.00 AUD per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2021

21st – 29th May 2021
$1,995 AUD (deposit)

2022

20th – 28th May 2022
$1,995 AUD (deposit)
A map of the Northern Italian region

Start Location & Details

City: Venice, Italy
Pick Up Location: Mestre Train Station
Pick Up Time: 11:00am

Finish Location & Details

City: Milan, Italy
Drop Off Location: Malpensa Airport
Drop Off Time: 12:00pm

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

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello or Bianchi  with a compact crankset.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

As part of our Giro cycling tour, non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences that the regions of Lombardia and the Veneto have to offer. Whether its guided walks and hikes through the Prosecco wine region and the Alps, visits to beautiful lakes and alpine towns for picturesque experiences, spa and wellness experiences or cooking classes with locals, Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Flowers and green fields in the Dolomites
A mountain stream in the Dolomites
Two non riding partners at La Venaria Reale
A non riding partner hiking in the mountains around Bormio
A flower market in the cobble stone streets of Turin
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 swimming pools, saunas, 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
A cobble stone street of Cortina d'Ampezzo

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 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
A dish of grilled beef

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