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Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour

Experience the most beautiful grand tour.

The Giro and Great Italian 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. Our 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.

Our 2019 Tour will be determined by the Giro 2019 Route Announcement in October / November 2018, however for an overview of what you can expect, please review our 2018 Tour itinerary below.

Wherever the route takes us, you will 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.

18th to 26th May 2018
th to 25th May 2019

AUD $5,995 per person twin share

9 days / 8 nights

Group Size: 12 

Non-Riding Partner Program Available



 614 km’s of riding and 12,900m’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 – 4  Veneto  
– Welcome to Cortina d’Ampezzo. We always start this week with our first ride being a light one and it’s the perfect introduction to the Dolomites. The Dolomites is cycling and climbing paradise. UNESCO protected and home to some of the most stunning scenery, its peaks are nearly always part of the Giro and are an unforgettable experience for road riders. Some of the famous ascents we’ll ride are:

  • Passo Falzarego
  • Passo Valparolo
  • Passo Tre Croci
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo
  • Monte Zoncolan
  • Sappada
  • Forcella Zovo

Day 5 – 6 Lombardia – We head west on our trasnfer to Bormio, where we will stop at the town of Prato dello Stelvio, unpack the bikes and ride up one side of Stelvio and down another into the beautiful alpine town of Bormio. This is a truly spectacular day
on the bike. The following day will see us roll down to the tiny hamlet of Tirano before taking on the fearsome Mortirolo. This is a climb that will test the legs and the mind in equal measures.

Day 7 – 9 Piemonte  – We keep tracking west and head into Piemonte for our last few days, and true to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), we will be in a land of mountains, which rise to the northwest of the city of Torino where will stay for three nights. Piemonte is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with some of the highest peaks in Italy, and is home to the famous Fausto Coppi. Some of the iconic climbs we’ll aim to include are:

  • Colle delle Finestre
  • Pinerolo
  • Sestriere
  • Collina di Superga

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 Venice and Turin upon arrival and departure – you will be picked up from Venice and driven to Turin 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 3 places over 8 nights – 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.


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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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