• Location

    Budapest, Hungary

  • Duration

    6 days | 5 nights

  • Length

    60 - 100km daily (depending on ability)

  • Climb

    150 - 800m daily

4 May 2022 - 9 May 2022

Initially to be staged in 2020, Budapest is finally going to be able to host the Giro's Grande Partenza in May 2022. In 2019 Budapest was named European Best Destination because ‘Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, Stockholm’s gentle way of life’. We can't wait to be there.

How apt that the 2022 Giro d’Italia starts in the splendid, magnificent and historical capital of Hungary – Budapest. It was the Romans who transformed a Celtic village into Aquincum, initially a military base, but gradually transformed into a city with famous baths and amphitheatres. And from 5 to 8 May 2022, Budapest will be host to the descendants of the Romans for the start of the Giro d’Italia 2022.

As an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro d'Italia, Grand Tours Project is in a special position to deliver the ultimate experience for passionate cyclists. We have designed an ‘Experience’ tour that introduces you to the magic of both Budapest, Hungary and the Giro d’Italia 2022.

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 start and finish line areas as well as the VIP Giro Club to watch the Stage 2 ITT race at the finish line. Our Tour is designed for passionate cyclists who wish to ride and experience the Giro atmosphere. This is also perfect for your non-riding partners, family and friends.

Join us for a cycling holiday of a lifetime at "the toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place – Italy" Hungary!

Total price: From €3,390

  • Experience the Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary!
  • Watch the world's best cyclists fight for the pink jersey
  • VIP Zone access to the Team Presentation Ceremony on Day 2
  • Entry to the VIP Giro Club at the Finish Line on Stage 2 in Budapest
  • Ride on all 3 stages, just hours before the pros
  • Cycle across the finish line, and stand on the winners podium
  • Perfect opportunity for non riding family members and friends
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Max group size of 14 (Max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • DAY 1 - Wednesday 4 MAY

    ARRIVAL - ​Üdvözöljük to Budapest!


    We will meet you at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, and transport you to our lovely hotel. Our team will help you unpack your bike, and after lunch enjoy a warm up ride around the centre of the Budapest. The ride will include a short climb to the Citadella on Gellért-hegy where we can see the Szabadság-szobor, a freedom statue in remembrance of ‘those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and prosperity of Hungary’. It is a prominent city landmark and from there we can look down to the magnificent Danube that divides the city into Buda and Pest.

    Coffee time and then back to the hotel for our tour briefing and first dinner in Budapest.

    Hotel Clark Budapest****
  • DAY 2 - Thursday 5 MAY


    75km / 800m

    After breakfast we will ride from the hotel to Budai Tájvédelmi Körzet a famous protected area of forested, caves systems and farmland area, and home to various endemic animals and plants. It is also where we find the Buda Hills, of which, the tallest hill is Nagy-Kopasz (the Great Bald) at 559m. We will have a delicious picnic lunch in this beautiful forest before riding back to our hotel.

    Don’t relax yet we will head to the Team Presentation ceremony inside the VIP zone and where the atmosphere will be energising, inspiring and celebratory.

    Dinner will be in the city centre and then back to the hotel for a good nights sleep ahead of Stage 1!

    Hotel Clark Budapest****
  • DAY 3 - Friday 6 MAY

    Stage 1 - Budapest - Esztergom - Visegrád

    70km / 400m

    Let the race commence! Our route starts from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and heads north up and past the Budai Tájvédelmi Körzet before heading to imposing Esztergom on the banks of the Danube and the border with Slovakia. Now we are on Stage 1 route and racing beside the Danube to Visegrád before the route is closed.

    We will find ourselves in the Giro VIP zone to watch the first winners of the Grande Partenza arrive. A transfer will be arranged back to our hotel.

    Hotel Clark Budapest****
  • DAY 4 - Saturday 7 MAY

    STAGE 2 - Budapest Tissot ITT

    9.2km / 150m

    We will start early to complete the Individual Time Trial before the crowds and it is closed. The route starts from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and continues to and along the Danube and then past the impressive neo-gothic Hungarian Parliament. The route crosses the Danube into old Buda and finishes after a 14% climb overlooking the Danube and Pest.

    This is your chance to emulate your favourite rider and compare your time!

    You will return to the hotel to change and have some free time to explore Buda before we regroup and watch the pros arrive from the luxury of the VIP Giro Club, the best viewing location.

    Hotel Clark Budapest****
  • DAY 5 - Sunday 8 MAY

    STAGE 3 - Keszthely - Tihany - Balatonfured

    75km / 290m

    We'll transfer after breakfast to Keszthely and follow the Balaton lake shore and hinterland, and ride past Tihany's Benedictine Abbey, founded in 1055 and still occupied by a monastic community. Just a short ride further on to the picturesque resort town, Balatonfured, a sailing destination, mineral spas, fine dining and of course the Stage 3 Giro finish.

    There will be time to enjoy some local fine wine and lunch and then cheer on the riders as they race to teh finish.

    You will be transferred back to the hotel for our final dinner in Budapest.

    Hotel Clark Budapest****
  • DAY 6 - Monday 9 MAY



    After last night's celebratory dinner, a hearty Hungarian breakfast, and coffee, we'll help finish packing your bike and transport you to Budapest airport for your onward journey. Or can we tempt you to join us in Sicily to ride Mount Etna and beyond?

    In any event, you'll be taking home memories and buckets of photos, achievements and new friendships.

    See you on the road again soon!