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Giro d'Italia

Toughest Race in the World's Most Beautiful Place

Savor the excitement of Italy's largest cycling event and treat yourself to a week of incredible riding in simply stunning scenery.

Feel the passion of fans cheering as you climb the iconic Tonale and Mortirolo, just hours before Pros battle on the same roads in pursuit of the pink jersey. Experience live VIP race viewings and get behind-the-scenes access to talk strategy with the pros from the Trek Factory Racing team, tour the team bus, and check-out their cutting-edge bikes and equipment! With first-class guide support, warm Italian hospitality, exquisite cuisine, and charming family-owned hotels - join us to discover why it's called "the toughest race in the world's most beautiful place!"

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$4799PP

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Verona, Italy

Dates

2015
May

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Torbole to Lago di Tenno
Approximately 18 miles with 1,945 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Verona Train Station (Piazzale 25 Aprile, 6) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Giro d’Italia adventure begins with a scenic 1-hour shuttle to the mountainous slopes of Lake Garda and the village of Nago-Torbole. After a hearty lunch of local favorites your guides will do a thorough fitting for your Trek Domane bike and then you will take to the open road to shake off the travel and warm your legs in the valleys along picturesque Lago di Garda on quiet roads meandering through charming medieval villages and rolling farm land. You will then turn toward the mountains for your first taste of the challenging climbs as you head into the alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige which borders Austria and Switzerland. Tonight your guides will host a rousing round of introductions for you and your travel companions over cocktails and a savory welcome feast on the hotel terrace overlooking the picturesque Lake Garda, as you trade insights and updates on the race action before turning in to rest for tomorrow's first full day of alpine riding.

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Hotel:

Hotel Lago di Garda
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Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Torbole to Trento
Approximately 41 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Torbole to Trento Loop
Approximately 78 miles with 10,200 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning starts with a climb up and through the village of Arco flanked by its famous sheer limestone cliffs, popular with rock climbers the world over. After riding through scenic Arco, passing its Roman castle fortress, tackle the daunting Monte Stivo which affords sweeping panoramic views of Lake Garda at its summit. Enjoy your well-deserved descent before spinning along the second longest river in Italy: the mighty Adige. You will make your way through the ancient villages and lush citrus orchards along the glacial river valley to Trento which will be yours to explore for lunch. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own in town, equipped with a list of our guides' favorite bistros.

Hotel:

Hotel Lago di Garda
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Meals:

Breakfast


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Torbole to Passo Daone
Approximately 30 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

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Torbole to Madonna di Campiglio
Approximately 50 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on Giro Race Course: Live VIP Viewing of Giro Stage 15 Summit Finish and Trek Factory Racing Team Access

Description:

Today the Giro's Stage 15 finishes atop the Madonna di Campiglio ascent, a 15.5 km (9.6 miles) climb rising to 1,715 meters (5,627 feet). Giro trivia fans will recognize this climb as the famous scene of Marco Pantani's 1999 stage win, before he was disqualified the next day. This morning we will conquer a portion of this stage before the pros as we ride like royalty up to a VIP viewing area atop this picturesque mountain finish, also our home for this evening. Watch the finish in style from our VIP hospitality tent with front row seats, gourmet catering and refreshments, and a live race TV broadcast. Tonight, we will head to the Trek Factory Racing 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 Maribel
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Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Madonna di Campiglio to Passo del Tonale
Approximately 28 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

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Madonna di Campiglio to Aprica
Approximately 56 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on the Giro Race Course

Description:

While today is the pros day to relax and recover from Stage 15, we will get a head start on the peloton and make our way from Madonna di Campiglio to Aprica, riding the first section of the same Stage 16 route the pros will tackle in tomorrow's queen mountain stage. You will earn your bragging rights today after you conquer the Campo Carlo Magno, the Passo del Tonale, and a final climb into Aprica, where you will be able to rest your legs and enjoy a hearty northern Italian dinner at our next hotel as you prepare for more spectacular climbing and race spectating tomorrow.

Hotel:

Residence Hotel Serenella
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Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Aprica to Passo Mortirolo
Approximately 25 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Aprica to Passo Mortirolo Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 7,600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on Giro Race Course: Live VIP Viewing of Giro Stage 16 Summit Finish

Description:

You may want to grab an extra espresso this as our host city of Aprica bubbles over with excitement to welcome today's Stage 16 finale. We will head out early this morning to test our mettle up the final climb of today's stage, the famed Passo Mortirolo, just a few short hours before the pros grind up the same climb for this stage's dramatic mountaintop finish. The narrow, winding road is incredibly steep in parts with an average grade 10.5% - but mercifully, the climb is only 7.5 miles. Your guides and the Giro crowds will be cheering you on as the climb weaves through the forests before reaching the top. You will arrive back at the hotel where you can freshen up before enjoying the afternoon of Giro viewing and festivities. Enjoy access to the VIP tent with a fully catered lunch and drinks, and live race coverage on TV, located right at the stage finish. Relax in comfort before diving into the crowd to claim your spot on the course to cheer on the Pros as they give each pedal stroke every ounce of strength they have left. You will have time to explore the town tonight and enjoy dinner on your own in one of Aprica's local bistros.

Hotel:

Residence Hotel Serenella
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Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Aprica to Bormio (via Passo Gavia)
Approximately 50 miles with 8,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Aprica to Bormio Loop (via Passo Gavia)
Approximately 83 miles with 10,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Today will be an epic day as it is your chance to test yourself against one of Italy's most famous and challenging climbs, Gavia. The route begins with a descent from our hotel in Aprica east towards the town of Ponte di Legno. From there, prepare yourself for Gavia's legendary steady, steep grades, and lots of switchbacks for 17.3 km (10.7 miles). Over this distance, you will climb 1,363 meters (4,472 feet) at an average grade of 7.9%. After congratulating yourself on reaching the summit, we will descend down into the charming town of Bormio for a lunch of typical regional specialties such as bresaola and pizzoccheri. We will continue riding from Bormio back towards Aprica via Tirano, enjoying the spectacular alpine scenery of this Lombardy region. Tonight gather with your travel companions one last time for a farewell dinner this evening and toast to new friends, stellar riding, and the ultimate Giro d'Italia experience!

Hotel:

Residence Hotel Serenella
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Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

7

Today's Activity:

Departure | Private Shuttle to Verona Train Station

Description:

This morning is a chance to sleep in or take a final stroll through the town of Aprica. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with a cappuccino while taking in the views before you bid "ciao" to this charming town. You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the hotel, and then shuttle 2.5 hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

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2015


May
22nd - 28th / 7 days / 6 nights
$4799 / Person, $900 / Single OCC.

Hotels

Hotel Lago di Garda

Torbole, Italy

Set in stunning scenery, right on the enchanting Lake Garda in the center of Torbole, the Hotel Lago di Garda offers a magical atmosphere and panoramas of incredible beauty. This hotel of historic origin combines warmth with a young and friendly atmosphere.
Hotel Camiglio on Trek Travel's Giro d'Italia Bike Trip

Hotel Chalet all'Imperatore

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

Discover true mountain comfort and hospitality during your exclusive holiday at Hotel Chalet all'Imperatore. Ideally located in the heart of Madonna di Campiglio, guests enjoy pristine views facing the Brenta Dolomites, gourmet local cuisine, proximity to local shopping area Piazzetta, relaxing spa facilities, and comfortably elegant alpine ambiance.

Residence Hotel Serenella

Aprica, Italy

Nestled in the heart of the Dolomiti, the 4-star Residence Hotel Serenella is set on a mountain pass that connects the valleys of Valtellina and Val Camonica. Attention to detail, warm hospitality, an elegant spa, contemporary design, and gourmet cuisine guarantee an unforgettable stay.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • 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 three beautifully balanced hotels. A hotel set in stunning scenery, right on enchanting Lake Garda in the center of Torbole and two charming mountain hotels nestled in the heart of the Dolomiti, steps away from two key Giro stage finish lines at Madonna di Campiglio and Aprica.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • Trek Travel scopes out unique and delicious dining locations, and we usually leave at least one meal 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 some of the world's most loved cuisine! The Dolomites region boasts hearty mountain style cuisine which draws on both classic Italian and Austrian culture. Local food is characterized by fresh ingredients including wild mushrooms, game meat, and polenta (corn meal) 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 and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • 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), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Factory Racing team kit and customized Road ID
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

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 | 35
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 6,100

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 is always unpredictable. Be prepared for any kind of weather, including winter. Temperatures range from 30 to 80 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, 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 a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

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.

Travel Services

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, Italy (VRN)

From the Verona, Italy airport (VRN), you can easily reach Verona Porta Nuova train station, in the center of Verona, in 20-25 minutes by taxi or bus. A shuttle bus (AeroBus) departs every 20 minutes for 6 euros. For more information, consult www.aeroportoverona.it/en/come-arrivare/aerobus.asp. Alternatively, you can fly into Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (VCE) and then take a 20 minute bus to the Venice-Mestre train station where there is hourly train service to Verona. Italian train schedules can be found on www.TrenItalia.com.

Verona Porta Nuova train station | Verona, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Verona Porta Nuova train station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Giro d’ Italia adventure begins with a scenic 1-hour shuttle to the mountainous slopes of Lake Garda and the village of Nago-Torbole. After a hearty lunch of local favorites your guides will do a thorough fitting for your Trek Domane bike and then you’ll take to the open road to shake off the travel and warm your legs in the valleys along picturesque Lago di Garda.

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 Lago di Garda (+39 0464 505111), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the Verona Train Station to the ride start at our first night’s hotel will take about 60 minutes and cost approximately $150.

Residence Hotel Serenella | Aprica, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Residence Hotel Serenella. You will then shuttle 2.5 hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: 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-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 | ~$235

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 | ~$200

Hotel San Pietro

The hotel was finely renovated in 2005 in a contemporary Italian design. Close to the city center, train station, and Arena, all can be easily reached on foot, free shuttle service offered by the hotel, or free bike rental offered by the hotel.

via Santa Teresa 1 | +39 045 58 26 00 | www.HotelSanPietroVerona.it | ~$175

After: VENICE, Italy

Whether you’ve never been to Venice or have been there 20 times, there’s always something new to discover. Indeed, even the most seasoned visitors get lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, pedestrian alleys, and canals. And therein lies the beauty of the destination: afternoons spent wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, and encountering a fresh side of Venice, a fascinating amalgamation of influences—Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Italian—every time you round a corner. The UNESCO World Heritage site comprises the city of Venice and its lagoon situated in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy. Founded in the 5th century AD and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel:

Oltre Il Giardino

The house, which once belonged to Alma Mahler, the composer’s widow who lived there in the 1920’s, lies next to a small canal just a stone’s throw from the Church of the Frari, has now been turned into an exclusive but home-like retreat.This enchanting place in the heart of Venice offers something unique to those visiting the city.

Fondamenta Contarini San Polo, 2542 | +39 041 795452 | www. OltreIlGiardino-Venezia.com | ~$200

Hotel Antiche Figure

This small,“grand” Hotel occupies a fabulous 15th century palazzo overlookingVenice’s Grand Canal, adjacent to an ancient Gondola workshop.The hotel takes its name from the Renaissance frescos that once adorned its façade.This historic setting provides the perfect venue from which to explore and to experience the trueVenice and the perpetual dialogue between present and past; ancient and modern. Conveniently located across the railway station and water taxis, it’s also within walking distance to most points of interest.

Santa Croce, 687 | +39 041 2759486 | www.HotelAnticheFigure.it | ~$125

Locanda Orseolo

In the romantic atmosphere of the Bacino Orseolo, you’ll discover this charming boutique hotel, the lovely Locanda Orseolo, an inn made up of three elegant and inviting family-run guesthouses, located right behind splendid Piazza San Marco and just a few minutes away from Ponte di Rialto.

Corte Zorzi, San Marco 1083 | +39 041 5204827 | www.LocandaOrseolo.com | ~$125


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

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