Giro d'Italia "Experience" Week 3 - Lake Garda, Alps & Rome

  • Location

    Trento / Lake Garda to Rome

  • Duration

    8 days | 7 nights

  • Length

    35-80km daily

  • Climb

    200-2,200m daily

21 May 2018 - 28 May 2018

The final week of the Giro is always an epic one, and the 101st edition is set to be a classic. From the peace and calm of Lake Garda, to the vineyards in Piemonte, the grandeur of the Alps including the 2018 Cima Coppi - Colle della Finestre - and then the Grande Finale in Rome for only the 4th time in the Giro's history. Join us for 6 stages of the 101st Giro d'Italia, for some of the best cycling of your life.

"This experience of riding on the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project.

We have designed this tour to allow you to enjoy the best 35-80km of each stage during the final week of the Giro, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best possible vantage points - these viewing opportunities will include the individual time trial (stage 16), two mountain stages (19 and 20), and the final stage circuit around Rome.

We'll be riding some of the classic cycle routes in northern Italy, and then what a way to finish the Giro and our week - watching the 120km race around the streets of Rome, as it passes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and many others ancient ruins. If you really keen, you also have the option of riding in the Roma Granfondo, a 60km or 120km amateur race in Rome, in the early morning before the Giro final stage.

Each evening, we'll enjoy local cuisine and stay in a lovely hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as the cycling.

As an "Official Tour Operator", we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance. Riding on the race course just a few hours before the pros makes this an unforgettable experience. Check out this story from 2017 to be convinced!

If you haven't the time for a full week off, then you can join us for the final stage in Rome on our "Getaway" tour.

Total price: €3,750

  • Ride on the best 35-80km of 6 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda, the grandeur of the Alps, and the history of Rome
  • Be part of history as we watch the race in Rome, only the 4th time in the Giro's 101 year history that the race finishes in the capital city
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points on 4 stages, including the Time Trial stage, at the top of the Cima Coppi, Colle della Finestre, and in Rome
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the luxury Giro VIP tent
  • Savour fantastic Italian food and wine, and relax in our hand-picked high quality hotels each evening
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Day 1 - 21 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll meet you as you arrive at Venice airport, and transport you to our luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Garda, the 4* Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, where we will stay for two nights. Our mechanic will help you unpack and build your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before tomorrow's ride. A wander around the resort gardens and along the lake will be a rewarding experience, before a superb Italian dinner at our hotel.

  • Day 2 - 22 May

    STAGE 16 - TRENTO TO ROVERETO

    34.5km (Individual Time Trial)

    Today provides a gentle introduction to the week ahead, with a 34.5km individual time trail on a flat route. Whilst you are welcome to race this as fast as you can if you wish so you can compare your time with the pros, others may prefer a more relaxed ride to soak up the secenery and the electric atmosphere of the Giro, with the crowds lining the road. Many of the pros will be on the road in the morning to loosen their legs after their rest day, so there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Once we cross the finish line, we'll relax, enjoy a big Italian lunch in Rovereto, and then spend the afternoon watching the full race.

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  • Day 3 - 23 May

    STAGE 17 - RIVA DEL GARDA TO BROZZO

    79km

    Today's ride is a beautiful hilly route from the stunning shores of Lake Garda to Brozzo, along the first 79km of the race route. As we roll out from the hotel, we start climbing immediately, passing the lovely lakes of di Ledro and d'Ampola at an altitude of 730m, then descend through the forest before facing a 400m category 3 climb. After resting over our lunch, we'll jump in the vans to head to Pinerolo at the foothills of the Alps near Turin, where we will stay for two nights. Our hotel - the 4* Tenuta la Casinetta - is set in an 18th century mansion and is renown for its superb restaurant using organic product.

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  • Day 4 - 24 May

    Pinerolo loop

    80km

    As the pros ride a long (214km) stage 18, we will savour the gentle hills around Pinerolo in western Piemonte. Numerous vineyards cover the landscape and we have magnificent views of the snow-capped Alps in the west and north. The next two days are big mountains stages, so we won't be pushing ourselves too hard today ... instead, we will prioritise the food, given that Piemonte is famous as the best food region in all of Italy! After our relaxed cycle today, another delicious dinner awaits us at our hotel.

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  • Day 5 - 25 May

    STAGE 19 - Sant'Antonini di Torino to Colle delle Finestre

    55km

    Today is all about the classic Colle della Finestre, this year's Cima Coppi (the highest mountain pass of the Giro in any year). It will be a day to relish and remember. The 19km / 1,700m climb up the 2,178m high Finistre is tough but throughly rewarding - with an average gradient of 9.1%, and magnificent views of the Alps, it also features several kilometres of gravel road. This will be only the 4th time Finistre has featured in the Giro. Once we conquer this epic, we'll enjoy our picnic lunch supplied by our support vans, and then watch the pros wind their way up the hairpin bends to the summit. It will be an extraordinary atmosphere on top, with thousands of passionate fans cheering them on the pros. After the pros go through, we'll descend and drive to our next hotel in the Aosta Valley, the 4* Alla Posta.

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  • Day 6 - 26 May

    STAGE 20 - St Vincent TO CERVINIA

    52km

    This is the final mountain stage, and on this the 2018 pink jersey winner will be determined. It's an epic stage, and for the pros it involves more than 4,000m of climbing over 214km, three category 1 mountains, and a mountain finish at the 2,001m high Cervinia, at the base of the infamous Matterhorn. Our goal is to ride the final 52km of the stage, with the last two cat. 1 mountains and 2,200m of climbing. It will be an early start to ensure we cross the finish line before the pros catch us, and allowing plenty of time to savour the scenery and atmosphere. Once again the atmosphere at the finish line will be electric, and our collective air punch as we cross the line will be well justified. After watching the pros, we'll descend the mountain, and drive to Milan to catch our high-speed train to Rome, just a 3hr 20m trip, and get to our 4* luxury hotel.

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  • Day 7 - 27 May

    Rome

    Spectator day

    In 101 years of Giro history, this is only the 4th time that the race will finish in Rome, so viewing the race here will be a rare and historic experience. The course is simply fantastic - 10 loops of a 11.8km circuit, going past the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel II Monument, and Circus Maximus. We can enjoy the sites of Rome in the morning, starting with a walk to St Peter's Square, and then wander to the luxury VIP Tent to watch the whole race starting at 2:15pm. At the race conclusion, we'll join in the Giro award celebrations, and then have our final team dinner in a great restaurant in central Rome.

  • Day 8 - 28 May

    Arrivederci

    After breakfast and good Italian coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to Rome airport for your trip home. Or if you prefer you are welcome to stay longer in Rome and see more of the cities wonderful sites and experience more of its incredible history.

    You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.