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Giro d’Italia & The Great Climbs

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.

Once the route is announced for 2018 (to be announced in October 2017), we’ll finalise our itinerary and make sure your experience of the Giro traverses the same mountains, valleys and roads as the Pro’s, and is an experience of a lifetime.

Join us for a 9 day adventure 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.

Read about our 2017 Giro Experience here

19th to 27th May 2018

AUD $5,995 per person twin share

9 days / 8 nights

Group Size: 12 

Non-Riding Partner Program Available



Up to 600 km’s of riding and 12,000m’s of climbing over 8 days – 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.

Daily Rides:
Day 1 – Cancano –30km & 900m
– We always start this week with Cancano as our first ride and it’s the perfect introduction to the Alps. You make your way past open green fields to the start of your one long climb for the day with it’s modest 21 switchbacks.

Day 2 – Stelvio – –45km & 1591m or 95km & 3455m – 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 heavy 14%, and will challenge the mind and the legs, and open the heart.

Day 3 – Gavia – – 53km & 1500m or 89km & 2900m – Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs and 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. This is a truly spectacular ride. A fast and fun descent awaits for the return journey.

Day 4 – Mortirolo – 40k & 1415m or 75 & 1975 – We take on another mystical climb of the area and one of the most feared climbs in cycling due to its mercilessly steep gradients that hit 18% and average 10.4% for the duration, from the base to the summit, followed by a beautiful descent and gentle climb back to your chalet.

Day 5 – 8 – or the other half of our trip (depending on the order) will be decided once the route is announced in October 2017, and will include one of the four options below, depending on which best fits with the Giro route. Whichever area we end up riding in, we assure you the most famous climbs will be featured for you to ride as part of our Tour:

  • Lombardia and around Lake Como
  • Lombardia/Trentino and around Bergamo to Brescia
  • Piemonte – to the east and north of Turin
  • Dolomites – La Villa and Cortina

Comprehensive back-up and support on all rides – local ride guides will join us with an intimate knowledge of the Italian Alps, Dolomites and surrounding areas, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local, and take in many of the climbs, back roads and hidden gems of the breathtaking regions that the Giro will pass through in its final week. Rides are fully supported with a support vehicle, mechanic and your safety as our priority.

Being close to all the Giro action – we’ll watch a start, a finish and enjoy the whole show as the peloton motors over one of the major mountain passes. Being up close and personal is certainly a tour highlight.

Full A’QTO cycling kit – designed by AQTO and made in Italy, this exclusive kit for our Travel guests will see you riding in style and comfort through the Italian mountains.

Trusted connections and advice for buying or hiring quality Carbon road bikes – whether you are planning on buying a new road bike or hiring one for the week, we will connect you in with our trusted partners, both well known sellers and hirers of superb quality Carbon road bikes.

Transport to and from Milan upon arrival and departure – you will be picked up from Milan and driven back on departure, and all your transport needs for the week are taken care of, including the transporting of bikes and bike cases, and transport for non-riding partners to various activities.


Beautiful boutique hotel accommodation in 2-3 places over 8 nights (route dependent) – our focus is on authentic, family run boutique hotel experiences that will have you 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, massages and more.

Daily buffet breakfasts – a daily, home made Italian feast awaits, with magnificent local produce including prosciutto, salumi, cheeses, eggs, local breads, pastries and cakes, fresh fruit, muesli’s and cereals, nuts, yoghurt and condiments that will keep you going for hours on the bike.

All dinners included – we’ll be enjoying a range of dinner experiences throughout the course of our 9 days, 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.

Aperitivo hour each day – this is one of our favourite traditions in Italy and a perfect reward after a great day out on the bike. Whether it’s a local icy cold beer, a glass of Italian Prosecco, a regional wine or our personal favourite, the Aperol Spritz, it’s our shout.

Warm, engaging Italian hospitality – your hosts, Damian Hancock and Nancy De Losa will lead you through the week, sharing their warm, open entertaining style.  Combining Damian’s experience in leading group rides with their huge passion for Italian food and culture, means you’ll feel right at home in every town we visit. Nancy’s Italian heritage and fluency in speaking the language makes for a smooth experience with the locals each day. You’ll relish the experience that comes from their meticulous planning and attention to detail in all areas on and off the bike.

Your choice to take some time out – take time to explore all that the magnificent towns we visit have to offer – if one day you’d prefer to take a break and enjoy the towns we’re in or the places we’re staying, feel free. This is your experience.


A perfect world is a life where I don’t have to think about anything other than riding my bike and eating wonderful food. Nancy and Damian at Bici e Gusti are perfect hosts and create an ideal setting for this to happen.
“WOW! What a week you organised for us… This is what we loved so much; Your attitude to making sure we enjoyed every moment… Thank you both so much for the experience of a lifetime.”
Brian & Lyn Hosking


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