Giro d'Italia 2018 - “Grande Partenza” in Jerusalem

  • Location

    Jerusalem - Eilat, Israel

  • Duration

    6 days | 5 nights

  • Length

    60 - 226km daily (depending on ability)

  • Climb

    500 - 1,000m daily

2 May 2018 - 7 May 2018

“A historic departure, a Giro that will make history” – Ivan Basso, 2006 & 2010 Giro d'Italia winner. Join us for the first ever Grand Tour to be raced outside of Europe, and ride every kilometre of all 3 stages or the best 60-100km, just a few hours ahead of the pros.

The historic and beautiful city of Jerusalem will host the Giro's Grande Partenza in 2018. It begins with an individual time trial in Jerusalem, followed by two long stages through the heart of Israel, passing through its five most important cities, along the Mediterranean coast, and through the Negev Desert. This will be a truly epic and historic experience for those who join us.

And after the exciting 2017 edition of the Giro, the 101st edition is shaping up to be another legendary race. Will Tom Dumoulin (double winner of the Giro and the ITT World Championships in 2017) aim to defend his pink jersey? Will Chris Froome decide to take on the Giro following his epic Tour de France-La Vuelta double in 2017?

This Tour is without a doubt one of the most unique we have ever designed. Our "Official Tour Operator" status ensures we will have our support vehicles on the course with our cyclists at all times, and we'll gain access to the VIP Grandstand in Jerusalem to watch the ITT race at the finish line. Our tour is designed for both avid cyclists who wish to ride every kilometre of these 3 stages, and for those who wish to have a more relaxed ride of 60-100km per day.

With the Giro starting in Jerusalem and finishing in Rome - two ancient cities and historical centres of human culture - why not join us for an unforgettable experience at both the Grand Partenza and then for the final stage at the Grand Finale?

Total price: €3,150

  • Be part of history: cycle at the first ever Grand Tour raced outside of Europe
  • Watch the world's best cyclists fight for the pink jersey
  • Ride every kilometre of the first 3 stages, just hours before the pros ...
  • … Or ride just the best part of each stage (final 60-100km of each day)
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Cycle across the finish line, and stand on the winners podium, on Stage 1 in Jerusalem
  • Entry to the VIP Grandstand on Stage 1 in Jerusalem
  • Max group size of 14 (Max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • Day 1 - 2 May

    Arrival

    We will meet you at Tel Aviv airport and transfer you to our hotel in Jerusalem where we will be staying for the first two nights. Our hotel is ideally located in the centre of the city, only 100 metres from the Giro race finish line, and walking distance from The Old City.

    Our bike mechanic will help you unpack and build your bike before a debriefing of the week’s events and kit hand-out. We'll then enjoy a delicious locally prepared dinner in the centre of Jerusalem, and go for a walk to see the Old City at night.

  • Day 2 - 3 May

    Explore Jerusalem by bike

    30-40km

    It’s time to explore the magic of Jerusalem. Our local expert cycle guides will join us in the morning and share with you their knowledge and love for the city and its extraordinary history, as we go for a relaxed ride around town. We'll visit some of the most historic sites in the Old City, including the Dome of the Rock, the Citadel, and the Jewish and Christian Quarters.

    In the afternoon, we'll wander to the Opening Presentation where all 176 pros are presented to the crowds. We'll then walk to our restaurant where we will savour the best Middle Eastern food in the heart of the city.

  • Day 3 - 4 May

    Stage 1 - Jerusalem Time Trial

    10.1km

    Let the race commence! Get your first taste of the excitement of the Individual Time Trial. This short, technical route will wind through the historic streets of Jerusalem, and we’ll ride the full route in the morning with the crowds cheering us on ... we may be even decide to ride a few laps to soak in the atmosphere and earn our lunch!

    We’ll cross the finish line, stand on the podium, wave to the crowds, and then enjoy watching the full race from the luxury of the VIP Grandstand. We will then transfer you to our hotel in Haifa in preparation for Stage 2.

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  • Day 4 - 5 May

    Stage 2 - Haifa to Tel Aviv

    167 km

    This relatively flat course is set back from the Mediterranean coast and covers almost half the length of Israel. You can ride every kilometre, from the start line to the finish, or join us for the final 60-100 km - whatever suits your legs. Either way, our van will be with you the whole distance to ensure you are fully supported.

    Tel Aviv is not only a vibrant global city and a financial and technology hub - it is also the country's hippest city, and a cycling centre in Israel ... in recent years the city has experienced huge growth in the sport and as a form of transport. We'll enjoy the cheers as we enter this city on our bikes, and then relax as we watch the pros cross the line soon after us.

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  • Day 5 - 6 May

    Stage 3 - Be’er Sheva to Eilat

    226km

    Stage 3 takes us through the breathtaking Negev Desert which covers over half of the total land area of Israel. Its stunning landscape is full of historical and natural significance. If you ever wish to ride through a desert, this is the one! We'll be starting early to allow those who choose to take on the challenge of riding the full course of 226km ample time to finish before the pros ... others in our group will cycle the final 60 - 100 km. The stage finishes at the most southern tip of Israel - Eilat - a port and resort town on the Red Sea. After our cycle, a swim in the Red Sea will be a welcome and well-deserved reward. After watching the pros, we'll travel back to our hotel in Tel Aviv.

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  • Day 6 - 7 May

    Departure or Travel day

    It’s time to follow the Giro back to Italy or travel home from Tel Aviv. If you have the time, join us as we travel to Sicily where the next 3 stages are being held - highlights include a climb up the biggest volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and a ride through the ancient Greek ruins at Agrigento.


    Congratulations - by cycling in Israel, you have been part of history, the first time one of the Grand Tours has raced outside of Europe.