Giro d'Italia “Grande Partenza” - Jerusalem & Israel

  • Location

    Jerusalem - Eilat, Israel

  • Duration

    6 days | 5 nights

  • Length

    60 - 160km 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 on all 3 stages, 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. Tom Dumoulin (double winner of the Giro and the ITT World Championships in 2017) has confirmed that he aims to defend his pink jersey, against stiff competition including Chris Froome, Fabio Aru, and Alejandro Valverde.

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 Giro Club in Jerusalem to watch the ITT race at the finish line. Our tour is designed for avid cyclists who wish to ride as much as possible on all these 3 stages, for those who wish to have a more relaxed ride of 60-100km per day, and for non-riding partners.

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: From €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 on all 3 stages, just hours before the pros ...
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Cycle across the finish line, and stand on the winners podium, on Stage 3 in Eilat
  • Entry to the VIP Giro Club at the Finish Line on Stage 1 in Jerusalem
  • 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, 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, walking distance to the Giro race finish line and to 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 may wish to go for a short ride to test out our bikes and to get to know Jerusalem. 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 - Thursday, 3 May

    Jerusalem hills by bike

    70km

    It’s time to explore the magic in and around 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 into the Jerusalem hills. We'll then 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.

    Later 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 - Friday, 4 May

    Stage 1 - Jerusalem Time Trial

    50km

    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. We'll enjoy a relaxed 30km ride around town, and then ride 2 laps of the 10.1km ITT route in the morning with the crowds cheering us on.

    Watching the full race from the luxury of the VIP Giro Club is the best viewing location, so we'll all be there to cheer on the pros. At the end of this big day, we will then transfer you to our hotel in Haifa in preparation for Stage 2.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 4 - Saturday, 5 May

    Stage 2 - Haifa route

    Two options - 54km / 93km

    We'll start early to enjoy a great ride from Haifa along the Mediterranean coast and into the beautiful countryside, and returning to our hotel in time for a delicious late breakfast / early lunch. We have two options - a shorter 54km ride, and a longer 93km option.

    We will then attend the start of Stage 2, where we can get close to the pros as they prepare for the big afternoon of racing to Tel Aviv. The signature podium at the start of each day is a relaxed event, and we're sure to be able to meet with some of the pros.

    After the race start, we'll make our way to the town of Mitzpe Ramon which is 77km into the Stage 3 route. The town is on the edge of the magnificent 40km long, 500m deep, Ramon Crater.

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  • Day 5 - Sunday, 6 May

    Stage 3 - Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    160km

    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! Starting in Mitzpe Ramon, we'll be starting early to allow to ensure we arrive at the finish line by around 3pm, about two hours ahead of the pros. The stage finishes at the most southern tip of Israel - Eilat - a port and resort town on the Red Sea. We'll cross the finish line, stand on the podium, and wave to the crowds! A swim in the Red Sea will then be a welcome and well-deserved reward. After watching the pros, we'll enjoy a well-deserved celebratory dinner and drinks on the shores of the Red Sea and stay the night in Eilat.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 6 - Monday, 7 May

    Departure or Travel day

    It’s time to drive back to Tel Aviv airport, and then follow the Giro back to Italy or travel home. If you have the time, join us as we head 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 become part of history, the first time one of the Grand Tours has raced outside of Europe!