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.

The historic and beautiful city of Jerusalem, Israel will host the first three stages of next year’s Corsa Rosa, beginning with an individual time trial in Jerusalem, and then two long stages through the heart of Israel and passing through its five most important cities.

175 of the world’s best cyclists will travel to Israel to race in the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia and one of the big questions is whether Tom Dumoulin (double winner of the Giro and the ITT World Championships in 2017) will aim to defend the pink jersey? And will Chris Froome decide to take on the Giro in 2018 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. There are rumours that the Giro Finish will be in Rome at the Vatican to highlight the theme of “Co-existence and Peace”. These two ancient cities - Jerusalem and Rome - are ideal destinations for the start and finish of the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia.

Join us in Jerusalem in May to ride on the course of the biggest and most prestigious sporting event ever to be held in Israel.

Total price: TBC

  • 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 the hotel in Jerusalem where we will be staying for the first two nights. Our bike mechanic will help you unpack and build your bike before a debriefing of the week’s events and kit hand-out. We will enjoy a locally prepared dinner in the centre of Jerusalem.

  • Day 2 - 3 May

    Explore Jerusalem by bike

    40-50km

    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. In the afternoon, we will head to the centre of Jerusalem for the presentation of the 175+ pros who will be racing in the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia, followed by a dinner 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 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’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 the hotel in Haifa in preparation for Stage 2.

  • 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 or join us for the final 60 -100 km. 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.

  • 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! You may choose to take the challenge of riding the full course of 226km, or just 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.

  • Day 6 - 7 May

    Departure or Travel day

    It’s time to follow the Giro back to Italy or travel home. If you have the time and energy, join us as we travel to Sicily where Stage 4 will start, with a possible climb up the biggest volcano in Europe, Mt Etna.


    The end of an epic and historic 6 days in Israel.