Giro d’Italia "Experience" Week 1 - Cinque Terre, Tuscany & Napoli

  • Location

    Cinque Terre, Tuscany & Napoli

  • Duration

    7 days | 6 nights | 6 days riding

  • Length

    40 - 100 km daily

  • Climb

    80 - 1,500 m daily

7 May 2024 - 13 May 2024

Week 1 of the Giro d’Italia and the race heads south. Fingers crossed the weather is warm and sunny because the route skirts the Ligurian coast before heading into the interior from lovely Lucca in Tuscany. Onto the wild and remote Apennines and the first Individual Time Trial before a huge climb through the mountains in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso. The final stage for Week 1 is a return to magnificent Napoli for the third time in a row.

"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.

Week 1 offers a full range of riding experience - flats, hills and coastal rides, plus a big mountainous climbing experience. On Stage 6 you will ride portions of the race, cross the finish line and mount the winners’ podium in Naples, gain access to the VIP zone, plus experience the unadulterated passion Italians and Giro fans have for their teams.

Finally, a visit to southern Italy is not complete without cafe stops and restaurants allowing us to indulge and savour the delights of delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

As an "Official PremiumTour Operator", we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance. Riding on the race route 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 are looking for a more challenging tour, please have a look at our Giro d’Italia Ride Every Kilometre tours.

Total price: From €3,980

  • Level of fitness: MEDIUM - fit enough to ride 2 to 4 hrs or 50 to 80 kilometres per day.
  • Achieve one of the world's great "bucket-list" sports with the full Giro d’Italia experience
  • Ride on the best 40-100 km of 5 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Watch the pros fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points
  • Discover the Cinque Terre coast, the western side of Tuscany and onto the mountainous spine of central Italy, the Apennines.
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the enthusiastic of the public
  • An opportunity to test yourself against the professionals on the ITT course on Stage 7
  • On at least one stage, ride across the finish line, stand on the winners' podium.
  • Savour fantastic southern Italian food and wine, and relax in our hand-picked hotels
  • Official Giro d’Italia route access
  • All meals included, picnics en route
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Minimum and Maximum group size: 7 (1 guide) or 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - TUESDAY 7 MAY


    30 km | 300 m

    We will meet you at a Torino Airport and transfer you to your hotel on the Ligurian coast. Our team will help you to check in and unpack your bike or set up your rental bike. After a light lunch or snack, we’ll test ride the bikes on the hilly roads nearby and return. Back at our hotel, we can adjust the bikes, and then wander the delightful streets of one of the towns in Cinque Terre before dinner and the tour briefing.

    Hotel in Cinque Terre
  • Day 2 - WEDNESDAY 8 MAY

    GIRO STAGE 5 - Genova - Lucca

    30 km | 650 m or 59 km | 890 m

    In May, the days lengthen, the weather warms up, vegetation is verdant and newly green, and cyclists everywhere pray for sunshine. After breakfast, you will ride from the hotel along the Cinque Terra corniche with its spectaular coastal views and finish in Riomaggiore for lunch. A transfer to the fabulous walled town of Lucca follows, where if there is time, you can explore the hills where the pros train and ride some of the race route before it is closed. The team will find an optimal spot for you to watch the pros stream into Lucca. After the excitement, you will be transferred to your hotel. In addition, we highly recommend a walk on the wall surrounding Lucca PLUS a stop at Gelato Bontanella - THE best gelato according to our CEO, Uri Martins.

    Hotel in Lucca
  • Day 3 - THURSDAY 9 MAY

    GIRO STAGE 6 - San Gimignano - Siena - Strade Bianche & Castello di Brolio

    60 km | 750 m or 85 km | 1,000 m (Optional Ride Rapolano Terme)

    After breakfast, the team will transfer you to fabulous San Gimignano, a walled hill town with several mediaeval towers, also known as the town of Fine Towers. The skyline can be seen from miles away. Then onto the fabulous city of Siena via the picturesque hilltop walled village of Monteriggioni and along the Strade Bianche. Our destination is Castello di Brolio - dominating the Chanti countryside, perfect place to stop for wine tasting and visit their private collection of vintage bikes, finishing with a light meal at L’Eroica Cafe. You can choose to ride to Rapolano Terme stopping en route to watch the leaders and peloton ride by or transfer to the finish to watch the pros arrive there. A transfer will take you to your next hotel.

    Hotel near Perugia and Foligno
  • Day 4 - FRIDAY 10 MAY


    37.2 km | 400 m

    No time to rest. First up breakfast and then a fast transfer to Foligno the start of the first Individual Time Trial. Your chance to Ride Every Kilometre (REK) of Stage 7. Only 37.2 km BUT the aim is to ride as fast as possible to compare your times with the pros who ride later that day. It will entail obstacles and weaving around other enthusiasts but definitely a challenge and fun. Back at the hotel, you can change into comfortable clothes before returning to the start and entrance into the Giro VIP Start area. Wander the area and observe the pros preparing for their race, perhaps chat to some of the team support crew; and then watch the roll call and start of each rider. Screens will be viewable to watch the ITT unfold with the leaders of the Giro starting last. After the winner is announced, the team will transfer you to your hotel.

    Hotel Near Spoleto
  • Day 5 - SATURDAY 11 MAY


    60 km | 1,480 m OR 76 km | 1,790 m

    The second mountain stage of the Giro. Are you ready? There are three options - for those who want a challenge the team will drop you at Posta where you will follow the race route; for those who want a less challenging mountain climb, we suggest starting from Marana; and a final option, descending from Pizzoli and then riding the final climb to the ski resort, Prati di Tivo. The final climb is about 14 km and has an average gradient of about 7 percent. Par for the course, stunning landscapes, rural villages and a finish at 1,452 m, that's over 1,000 metres of climbing. Watch the pros arrive at the finish and then ride down to the van to transfer to your hotel.

    Hotel near Piedimonte
  • Day 6 - SUNDAY 12 MAY


    60 km | 160 m or 100 km | 180 m

    After breakfast there’s a transfer to Campolongo (not the famous alps Campolongo) for the longer route into fabulously chaotic Napoli and then to Baia Azzura on the sandy coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea for a shorter ride to the finish. Flat and fast, you have time to stop to enjoy pastries on the coast before riding through the Phlegraean Fields. This is an active volcanic area encompassing both land and sea is a regional park. On this experience tour, you could experience some tremors that occur here occasionally! Continue your ride crossing over the official Giro Finish land then mount the winners' podium for a final taste of the Giro d'Italia experience. The team will then whisk you off to your hotel to relax before the last dinner together.

    Hotel in Napoli
  • Day 7 - MONDAY 13 MAY


    Sadly, today is the final day for your Giro d’Italia Week 1 Experience and we hope that you will feel invigorated and inspired for this summer. We will help with checking out and transferring you to Naples Airport for your return home or onward journey elsewhere.

    Stay safe on the roads and hopefully see you soon.

    If you can not join us for this week, you may want to have a look at our other Giro d'Italia Experiences and Escapes, you can find them here.