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Giro d'Italia

Toughest Race in the World's Most Beautiful Place

Join us in the Northen Italy at the 2016 Giro d’Italia for a historic Grand Tour adventure of a lifetime and treat yourself to a week of incredible riding in simply stunning scenery.

Ride familiar Italian climbs like Passo Giau, the legendary Pordoi and the 48 switchbacks of Mount Stelvio, the highest road in the eastern Alps. Experience extremely challenging Queen stage, witness the pros battle on the same roads in pursuit of the Maglia Rosa. Enjoy live VIP race viewings and get behind-the-scenes access to talk strategy with the pros from the Trek-Segafredo team, tour the team bus, and check-out their cutting-edge bikes and equipment! Top it all off with epic climbing, first class guide support, warm Italian hospitality, mouth watering food, and charming hotels - and you have the recipe for the pro race trip of a lifetime!

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Bolzano, Italy | Verona, Italy

Dates

2016May

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Mazzin to Arabba Ride
Approximately 20 miles with 2,696 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bolzano Train Station (Piazza della Stazione 1 Bolzano, Italy) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 45-minute shuttle ride, you will arrive in the village of Mazzin and enjoy a gourmet lunch. Following lunch, your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips, before familiarizing you with your Trek Domane to make sure that you and your bike are a comfortable fit. You're now ready to pedal out of town and begin your first climb of the week, as you head north along the Val di Fassa, toward Passo Pordoi. With more than 30 switchbacks to reach the summit, this pass will give you your first taste of the rides to come. After an exhilarating descent, you will arrive at Hotel Evaldo, your home in the mountains. This evening, gather at the hotel and discuss the week ahead, before savoring the diversity of flavors of the Italian cuisine.

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Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Arabba to Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego
Approximately 46 miles with 7,230 feet of climbing

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Arabba to Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego via Passo Fedaia
Approximately 67 miles with 12,037 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we will get ahead of the pros and cover part of the tomorrow’s Queen stage, over much of the route of the Dolomites Marathon, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016. The ride begins with the challenging Passo Fedaia, looming in the shadow of the towering giant Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites. Find your rhythm as you pedal up the 12 to 15% grades to the top, with scenic Fedaia Lake and its pristine waters from the Marmolada glacier. Then we continue to the spectacular, historic Passo Giau with an average thigh-burning grade of 9.1% over 6 miles. It's the highest climb of the Maratona dles Dolomites sportif. After summiting Passo di Falzarego, we'll enjoy a beautiful descent to Arabba. Tonight enjoy a typical Italian dinner and get ready for tomorrow’s race excitement.

Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Sella Ronda Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 5,364 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Sella Ronda Loop with Passo Valparola Loop
Approximately 63 miles with 10,060 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on Race Course | Live Race Viewing of Stage 14

Description:

Today is the big one. The Queen stage of 99th Giro d'Italia. You already experienced some of the climbs featured in this epic stage yesterday, and today you’ll ride the race course with the peloton battling not far behind. Our day consists of the Sella Ronda loop, arguably the most scenic ride of the eastern Dolomites, with sheer and jutting snowy peaks and legendary mountain passes that represent a rite of passage for any avid cyclist. The first climb, Passo Pordoi, will take you past the memorial of Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi, five-time winner of the Giro in 1940’s and 50’s. Next up is Passo Sella where the summit rewards you with sweeping panoramic views of the mighty Sassolungo Mountains. Then, climb the highest pass of your day, Passo Gardena, where you’ll summit at over 7,000 feet. Finally, grind up Passo Campolongo finishing your heroic Dolomites climbing day with a celebration and photo opportunity. Then it's time to relax, get comfortable and enjoy fully catered Trek Travel viewing party with live race coverage on TV, before joining the crowd and cheering on the pros as they fly by. Tonight, you'll have a chance to discover local culture and enjoy dinner on your own in Arabba.

Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Arabba to Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi
Approximately 38 miles with 7260 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride the Mountain Time Trial Course before the Pros

Today's Activity:

Live Race Viewing of Stage 15

Description:

Today you’ll test your mettle on the very same course as the pros and experience your own mountain time trial as you ride from Castelrotto to Alpe di Suisi only hours before the racers rocket through. After you pedal the exhilarating 10.8 km, you’ll arrive at your exclusive Trek Travel viewing location complete with a fresh change of clothes and a fully catered lunch and drinks just a short stroll from today’s race course. Relax in comfort before diving into the crowd to claim your spot on the course to cheer the pros on as they suffer their way to today’s exciting individual finish. After the pink jersey is claimed and today’s race excitement finishes, you’ll board a private shuttle to Hotel Sittnerhof, your home and retreat in the heart of the Dolomites for the next 3 nights. Tonight, recap the day’s epic live race action and your own heart-pumping time trial over a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Sittnerhof
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Prato to Passo de Stelvio and back
Approximately 31 miles with 6053 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Merano to Passo de Stelvio and back
Approximately 63 miles with 9882 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Visit and Access with Trek-Segafredo

Description:

While the pros relax today, you have a chance to climb the legendary Passo Stelvio featured in several past Giro d’Italia races. After fueling with a tasty breakfast, you'll ride west, further into the Venosta Valley on a mixture of bike paths and small rural roads that wind through endless fields of vineyards. You’ll enjoy a gentle climb up the valley, as we head deeper into the high mountain passes. Here you’ll meet Mount Stelvio from the classic side, with 48 switchbacks that climb from 3100 feet to 9045 feet over 14 miles. This is the highest road in the eastern Alps and truly one of the most beautiful passes imaginable. On top of Stelvio, endless views toward Switzerland and into the mountains await. Enjoy lunch and hot chocolate before you descend back to Prato and a shuttle back to the hotel. Tonight, we will head to the Trek-Segafredo team hotel for a private tour of the team bus followed by a meet-and-greet with team officials and riders. Get first-hand race strategy, autographs and pictures for an experience you will never forget!

Hotel:

Hotel Sittnerhof
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Merano to Passo de Mendola Loop
Approximately 66 miles with 7,844 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on Race Course

Today's Activity:

Live Race Viewing

Description:

Today we will start riding on the “pista ciclabile delle mele“ (literally: apple bicycle track), which leads from the south of Merano to Bolzano. Cycling across the landscape of fruit orchards and vineyards, we'll see some South Tyrolean highlights in the valley and its surrounding mountain slopes, including many churches, castles and ruins. In Bolzano we join the race course of stage 16 and will be accompanied by the chants of cheering crowds we will climb the 14.8 km Passo di Mendola. From the top we'll have a perfect vantage point to watch the racers as they fly by. This evening, you'll meet up with your travel companions one last time for a farewell dinner and a toast new friends, stellar riding and the ultimate Giro d'Italia experience!

Hotel:

Hotel Sittnerhof
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

7

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

This morning is a chance to sleep in or take a final stroll on a bike trail around the town of Merano. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with a cappuccino while taking in the views before you bid this charming town ciao! You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Sittnerhof. You’ll then shuttle 2 hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova). Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Hotel:

Hotel Sittnerhof
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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2016


May
19th - 25th / 7 days / 6 nights
$4599 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Limited Availability

Hotels

Hotel Evaldo

Hotel Evaldo

Arabba, Italy

Thanks to the Lezuo family, who take great pride in providing exceptional service and quality accommodation, Hotel Evaldo is a truly impressive alpine hotel with a lovely warm atmosphere, excellent cuisine and a well-equipped spa. There are spaces inside and out to enjoy the views of the mountains, and the traditional style of an Italian holiday.
Hotel Camiglio on Trek Travel's Giro d'Italia Bike Trip

Hotel Sittnerhof

Merano, Italy

The Hotel Sittnerfhof is a treat, taking pride in old traditions and excellent hospitality. Just outside the center of Merano, this cozy nook offers a charming ambiance with great attention to detail and comfort. Enjoy the wellness center, pool and array of modern amenities in this historic building.

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best and most delightful accommodations. On our Giro d’Italia trip, you will stay in two family-owned hotels - charming accommodations with gorgeous views of the mountains all around you.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • Trek Travel scopes out unique and delicious dining locations, and we usually leave some for you to explore on your own. If you have any special dietary preferences, be sure that you have informed your Trek Travel Trip Consultant before you leave for your trip. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. On our Giro d’Italia trip, you will savor the hearty style of the mountain cuisine and a variety of Italian specialties. Local food is characterized by fresh ingredients including wild mushrooms, game meat, and polenta prepared in a simple style. Lunch can be in local trattoria or ‘on the go’ to accommodate the day’s schedule.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection)
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and Customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 47
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 7,100 ft

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Giro d’Italia is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. The terrain is challenging, with steep climbs followed by long descents. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Weather in the mountains of Italy in May is always unpredictable. Be prepared for any kind of weather, including snow and icy conditions. Temperatures range from 30 to 70 degrees and we recommend to pack your warmers, winter and spring gloves, rain jacket, wind breaker, and booties. Being prepared for the weather can make a challenging ride much more enjoyable!

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, please call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866 464 8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Provence Luxury
  • Costa Brava
  • Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN)

Travel time between Verona and Bolzano/Bozen is approximately 2 hours. On a weekday, there are 30 trains per day traveling from Verona (Verona Porta Nuova) to Bolzano/Bozen and the ticket price ranges from 9-20 euros.

Bolzano Train Station | Bolzano, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bolzano Train Station (Piazza della Stazione 1 Bolzano, Italy) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Giro d’Italia adventure begins with a scenic 45-minute shuttle to meet your guides for a gourmet lunch. Afterrward, your guides will fit you to your bike and begin the first day’s ride to warm up for an upcoming week.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Evaldo (+ 39 0436 79109), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Hotel Sittnerhof | Merano, Italy

You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Sittnerhof. You’ll then shuttle 2 hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova). Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before & After: Verona, Italy

A town rich in history and culture, Verona is a gem of northern Italy. Celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region, nestled between the river Adige and Lake Garda, and intimately linked to their waters. You’ll find plenty of attractions to keep you occupied in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities .We recommend the following accommodations for your pre & post trip hotel:

Escalus Luxury Suites

The exclusive choice of those seeking elegance, sublime attention to detail and a refined welcome, this boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Arena and Piazza Bra.

Vicolo Tre Marchetti 12 | +39 045 80 36 754 | www.EscalusVerona.com | ~$240

Hotel Accademia

An historic mansion dating to the late 16th century, this elegant hotel is located in the center of Verona. Well placed on the via Mazzini, in the center of Verona’s exclusive shopping district, this hotel is conveniently positioned between Piazza Bra, the Arena and Erbe Square with Giulietta’s House and its legendary balcony.

via Scala 12 | +39 045 59 62 22 | www.HotelAccademiaVerona.it | ~$190

Hotel Antica Porta Leona

Hotel Antica Porta Leona is set in a historic property that dates back to the 15th century. It is surrounded by the most interesting cultural attractions of Verona, only a 5-minutes walk from Verona Arena. The hotel offers a wellness center with swimming pool and gym.

Corticella Leoni 3 | +39 045 59 54 99 | www.anticaportaleona.com | ~$240


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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