Giro d'Italia "Experience" Week 3 - the Alps, Stelvio & Milano

  • Location

    Northern Italy: Udine to Milano

  • Duration

    8 days | 7 nights

  • Length

    60 - 100km daily

  • Climb

    200-2,200m daily

25 May 2020 - 1 Jun 2020

The final week of the Giro is always an epic one, and the 103rd edition is set to be a classic. From the beautiful town of Bassano del Grappa to the grandeur of the Alps and the 2019 Cima Coppi - Stelvio - and the Grande Finale in Milano. And as an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro, we'll be as close to the race action as you can possibly get, including riding 60-100km on the race route just a few hours ahead of the pros.

"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 60-100km 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 two mountain stages (16 and 20), and the final stage around Milano for the individual time trial (stage 21).

We'll be riding in some of the classic cycle regions of northern Italy. You just have to relax and enjoy the kilometres, the views, the food, and the culture, and soak up the Giro atmosphere!

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" of the Giro d'Italia, we have special access to the full race route, so we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance, all the way to the finish line each day. Riding on the race course just a few hours before the pros makes this an unforgettable experience. Check out this story from one of our 2018 guests to be convinced!

Total price: From €3,950

  • Experience Week 3 Giro Italia Experience!
  • Ride on all 6 stages, just hours before the pros.
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points on 4 stages including the Passo Gavia and Time Trial in Verona!
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On at least one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium
  • Watch stage 21 ITT from the comfort of the 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)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • DAY 1 – Monday, 25 May

    Benvenuto in Italia!

    Udine

    We will meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport, and transport you to our lovely hotel in Udine. Our team will help you unpack and build your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and after lunch enjoy a warmup ride around the district and into Udine. Udine is a town full of Venetian squares and Piazza Libertà is considered ‘the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland’. Surrounded by beautiful porticos we can find a bar or old tavern and introduce you to the ritual of Tajut – a taste of Udine’s local wines, craft beers and local produce to end the day.

    Back at our Hotel for our welcome meeting and first dinner in Udine.

  • DAY 2 – Tuesday, 26 May

    Monte di Ragogna Loop

    65km / 750m or 148km / 1,800m

    Riding the race circuit of Stage 16 will be a unique expereince. After riding one and half laps of the circuit, we’ll find the optimal spot on Monte di Ragogna to view the riders as they complete 3 laps of the loop. Although there is only 285m altitude gain, Monte di Ragogna is steep with an average of 10% and maximum 16% gradients and it will be tough by the time the riders are climbing for the third time. After the final riders have past us, we’ll follow them to San Daniele del Fruili arriving in time for the award ceromony. Once the jerseys are awarded, we'll transfer to Bassano del Grappa and our hotel. After dinner we have the opportunity to explore Bassano del Grappa and take a glass of the famous fiery liquid grappa at Caffe Ponte Vecchio to end our evening.

  • DAY 3 – Wednesday, 27 May

    Bassano del Grappa to Levico Lake

    65km / Hilly or 110km / 2,850m

    It's time to watch the pros depart for Stage 17. We will tour the bus set ups, see the riders getting ready and mechanics tweaking race ready bikes. Oh, and there will be the opportunity to have photos taken at the start line - a few selfies! We'll get on our bikes and follow the race until Marostica, a walled town and home to famous cherries and live chess. Upon leaving Marostica we head into the Veneto mountains to discover Italy’s largest plateau – an open green plain at 1001m, with Asiago (famous for it's Cheese!) in the centre. Of course with a town famous for its food, we must stop here for a well deserved lunch. After a light lunch we start riding a gradual climb of 24km to Malga Rivetta before heading down through a drop-dead gorgeous forest descent, overlooking and into Levico Terme.

  • DAY 4 – Thursday, 28 May

    Glorenza to Lago di Cancano via Stelvio

    64km / 2400m or 90km / 2,600m

    Epic day Alert...Passo dello Stelvio…and THEN the short sharp steep Torri di Fraele, crossing the Stage 18 finish at Laghi di Cancano. Glorenza to Agumes is an excellent warm up before we head up one of 3 routes to Passo dello Stelvio, 53km and 1900m climb. Near the summit there will likely be snowbanks and thousands of supporters. Make sure to take the obligatory photos under the Stelvio altitude sign and then enjoy your long descent. Just before Bormio we turn left and take the final climb, up the switchbacks to Lago di Cancano. Where we will watch the pros fight for the podium!

  • DAY 5 – Friday, 29 May

    Morbegno – Como – Madonna del Ghisallo - Bellagio

    118km / 1000m or 140km / 1,500m

    After yesterday’s herculean effort, this morning will be an opportunity to relax and if you wish, to explore the narrow streets of old Mobegno, Lombardia. The Giro has started here in 1991, 2009 and 2011! We’ll get ready to roll prior to the start of Stage 19 and after we've watched them set off, our GTP peloton will start chasing them – Good Luck! At Como, we'll ride to Madonna del Ghisallo and visit the museum, learning more about the legendary cyclists of the area and the Giro. Feeling inspired, it's our chance to climb Il Muro di Sormano (optional)… a legendary 1.7km climb. The road is stencilled with times and quotes from riders in the 1960s. With an average climb of 17% and a maximum of 25%, this is a real challenge and one to brag about when you return home. GTP crew will be on hand to document your achievement!

  • DAY 6 – Saturday, 30 May

    Turin – Sestriere

    80km / 1400m or 105km / 2,560m

    Out riding the pros? Yes it's possiple ... with a few tricks! We'll ride a clockwise route and arrive, to ride the final climb ahead of them to the finish and then find the perfect place to view their tactical climb and ultimately the winner of the Maglia Rosa. At Cesana Torinese the pressure will be on. Riding on the route with the pros behind you and the last climb of the Giro, it will be exhilarating! The route will be lined with excited and emotional fans from all over the world. It will be exhausting… but for the Giro teams, this last day of fierce competition with four massive climbs, they will have used their last reserves and they will be totally fatigued and debilitated. The Giro is after all the toughest and most beautiful race. When the race is finished, we will transfer to Milan.

  • Day 7 - Sunday 31 May

    Stage 21 - Milan

    16.5km / Flat (Individual Time Trial)

    The grand finale…but wait an Individual Time Trial! So, the Maglia Rosa winner could be decided today if the times are close! We will ride from our hotel to the Giro d’Italia Start line, ride the entire ITT course, cross the Finish line, be interviewed, and celebrate our achievement, you will step onto the Giro d’Italia podium for the GTP team photos. Next stop after that highlight, is coffee at the supremely cool Bianchi Café. In the afternoon we will then return to the VIP Zone to watch the ITT. After all that excitement and emotion, we’ll retire to a fabulous Milanese restaurant to celebrate our successes and stories of our 2020 Giro journey.

  • DAY 8 – monday, 1 june

    Arrivederci

    Sadly, today we bid you farewell. We hope you get have a sleep in and make the most of the scrumptious breakfast and heart starting coffee. We’ll help finish packing your bike and transport you to Milan Malpensa Airport for your trip home or your next destination.

    You'll be taking home memories and buckets of photos, achievements and new friendships that will last forever.