Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour
Experience the most beautiful grand tour
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Pricing & Dates
$6,695.00 AUD per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests
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
Accommodation & Meals
Transfers & Activities
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.
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Bike Hire & Gear
Full Carbon Road Bikes
You can choose to hire a Pinarello or Bianchi with a compact crankset.
An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.
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.
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.