Giro d'Italia "Experience" Sicily and Mount Etna

  • Location

    Vicari (Sicily) to Villafranca Tirrena (Sicily)

  • Duration

    5 days | 4 nights

  • Length

    60-100km daily

  • Climb

    500-2,000m daily

11 May 2020 - 15 May 2020

Sicily ... the perfect destination for a cycle tour in spring, well before the summer crowds descend on the Mediterranean. If you haven't the time for a full week of riding, then join us for the 3 stages in Sicily.

"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 first week of the Giro, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best possible vantage points. This will include the exciting mountain finishes on Mt Etna in Sicily .

We'll be riding some of the best cycle routes in Italy as the Giro winds its way around the island of Sicily. Imposing volcanic landscapes, dramatic coastal scenes, rolling countrysides and forests, Greco-Roman ruins and UNESCO Heritage Sites everywhere, beautiful hilltop villages with rambling narrow streets, delicious cuisine and sun baked wines. The Sicilians have experienced the hardships of life here and despite adversity remain welcoming and friendly...The perfect backdrop for the 103rd Giro to hold 3 stages!

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 one of our 2016 guests to be convinced!

If you haven't the time for a full week off, then you can join for just 3 stages in Sicily on our Getaway tour.

Total price: From €2,250

  • Ride on the best 60-100km of 3 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Watch the Giro starts fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage point
  • 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)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • DAY 1 – Monday, 11 May

    Benvenuto in Sicily, Italia

    We'll greet you at Palermo Airport, and transport you to our luxury 4* hotel. Our team will help you unpack and build your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before tomorrow's ride. After discussing the week's programme, the team will enjoy a relaxed warmup ride around the beautiful city. We'll savour dinner in one of the excellent restaurants specialising in local Sicilian dishes. This assumes we can tear ourselves away from the beautiful pool at our spa hotel.

  • DAY 2 – Tuesday, 12 May

    Vicari – Agrigento

    80km / 1000m

    After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, we'll drive to our start point at Vicari, 80km from the finish in Agrigento. We'll then start our ride along the Giro course, through the magnificent, warm Sicilian countryside, encouraged on by the locals who have decorated their towns in pink to celebrate the race. It's a hilly route, so we'll be taking it easy, and our vans will be there to support us at all times. The finish town of Agrigento is world famous for the UNESCO World Heritage listing of stunningly beautiful ancient Greek temples above the Mediterranean. If we have time, we can also visit Scala dei Turchi – a stretch of blindingly white coastal cliffs and crystal-clear water.
    Following a rest and refreshment, we'll wander the streets of Agrigento before watching the race finish, the first stage on Italian soil. We'll then drive to our hotel in Taormina, where we'll enjoy our well deserved dinner.

  • DAY 3 – Wednesday, 13 May

    Taormina – Etna Piano Provenzana

    47km / 1,500m

    Today's goal is to climb Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Have you ever cycled up an active volcano before? Here's your chance. The Giro ascended Mt Etna in 2017 and 2018, and it proved such a success that the organisers are repeating the experience ... You have a choice of riding from our hotel to the town of Linguaglossa at the base of Etna, or if you prefer to save your energy we'll drive you there. Our ascent then starts. From Linguaglossa, the 18.2km / 1,235m ascent of Etna is a truly unique experience, with solidified black lava flows a key feature towards the top. This is the first category 1 mountain of the 2019 Giro, so we'll be staying at the top to watch the pros as they ascend.

  • DAY 4 – Thursday, 14 May

    Taormina – Villafranca Tirrena

    95km / 1400m

    Our final day of cycling, and another epic day. We ride out from our hotel to join the race route of Stage 6 for its final 80km. In Chianchitta, we'll start to feel the Giro's presence. ...and join the Stage 6 climb to Portella Mandrazzi, a beautiful summit surrounded by vast Sicilian countryside with views to the coasts and the imposing Etna.

    After Portella Mandrazzi it is mainly downhill to the finish of Villafranca Tirrena on the coast from Milazzo, the gateway to the idyllic Aeolian Islands. We wait here for the pros to cross the finish line and then transfer to our hotel on Sicily’s north coast.

  • DAY 5 – Friday, 15 May

    Departure Day - Arrivederci Sicilia

    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 Palermo Airport for your trip home or your next destination. Perhaps another Giro Experience in the Italian Alps?

    Wherever you are heading, you'll be taking home memories and buckets of photos, achievements and new friendships that will last forever.