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Giro d'Italia

Toughest Race in the World's Most Beautiful Place

We are now taking reservations for the 2015 Giro d'Italia. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 today.

A race designed for suspense and drama until the last climatic mountaintop finish atop the infamous Monte Zoncolan - where we'll be waiting instyle to see all the action! 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 Stelvio and Monte Zonconlan, just hours before Pros battle on the same roads in pursuit of the pink jersey. Get VIP behind-the-scenes access to talk strategy with the Pros from Team Trek Factory Racing, 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 chalets - join us to discover why it's called "the toughest race in the world's most beautiful place!"

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$3999PP

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8 days | 7 nights
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Tirano, Italy | Venice, Italy

Dates

2015
May

Daily Itinerary

SAMPLE 2014 ITINERARY


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Bormio to Torri di Fraele Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Tirano Train Station (Piazzale Stazione) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Giro d’ Italia adventure begins with a scenic 45 minute shuttle to the mountainous slopes of Bormio, located in the Sondrio province in the Lombardy region of the Italian Alps, an area renowned for both its skiing and cycling, it’s a happening town year round. You’ll arrive at your picturesque hotel - decked with geranium flower boxes which complete a true European mountain ambience.After a hearty lunch of local favorites your guides will ensure you a perfect fit with your Trek Domane and then it’s time to take to the open road to shake off the travel and test your legs on the first climbs in the Italian Alps.Tonight, your guides will host a rousing round of introductions for you and your travel companions over cocktails and a savory first day feast in town as you trade insights and updates on the race action so far before turning in to rest up for tomorrow’s first full day of Italian alpine riding.

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Hotel:

Hotel Nevada
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

Bormio to Passo Gavia
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Bormio to Passo Mortirolo
Approximately 25 miles with 4000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bormio to Passo Mortirolo with Passo Gavia Loop
Approximately 75 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is your chance to test yourself against two of Italy’s most famous and challenging climbs, the Mortirolo and Gavia. The route begins taking you south, giving you a chance to spin out your legs as you lose elevation. From the base of Mortirolo’s classic side, 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 will be cheering you on as the climb weaves through the forests before reaching the top. One last climb remains - the Gavia - a long, but steady climb, which is surely something to celebrate when you reach the summit! After this invigorating day, you’ll have the evening free to enjoy the charming town of Bormio.

Hotel:

Hotel Nevada
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

Bormio to Naturno via Passo Stelvio
Approximately 30 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ride on Giro Race Course | Live Viewing: Passo Stelvio

Description:

Get ready for an adrenaline packed day-because here comes Stelvio! Today you have the chance to ascend Passo dello Stelvio before the peloton flies by on its penultimate stage.The Stelvio consists of 48 switchbacks climbing from 3100 feet to 9045 feet over 14 miles.This is the highest road in the eastern Alps and it truly is one of the most beautiful passes imaginable. From the top of Stelvio, endless mountain top views toward Switzerland await. Relax with your traveling companions at our exclusive Trek Travel viewing location and join locals and fans in anticipation of the peloton battling it’s way to the top! Be sure to stop by the Trek Travel guide favorite, Richard’s sausage stand - they claim it’s life changing! After the climax of the race and the battle for the pink jersey, you’ll descend the otherside of Stelvio and board a private shuttle to Hotel Evaldo, your home retreat in the heart of the Dolomites for the next 3 nights. Tonight, recap the day’s live race action and your own riding experience over a delicious Italian meal at your hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Day

4

Today's Ride:

Sella Ronda Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 5,400 feet of climbing

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Sella Ronda Loop with Passo Valparola Loop
Approximately 65 miles with 9,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Four massive climbs await you today as you ride the Sella Ronda loop which is arguably the most scenic ride of the Eastern Dolomiti with snowy peaks and legendary mountain passes that represent a “rite of passage” for any avid cyclist! The first leg burning climb, Passo Pordoi, will take you past the memorial to Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi—5 time winner of the Giro and two-time winner of the Tour de France in the 1940’s and 50’s. Next up is Passo Sella where the summit rewards you with sweeping panoramic views of the mighty Sassolungo Mountains. Third comes the highest pass of your day, Passo Gardena, where you’ll crest its peak at over 7,000 feet and enjoy a well-earned warm meal at the top! Finally, grind up your last climb to Passo Campolongo before descending back into Arraba, where you’ll have the choice to tackle two more climbs or maybe relax in the spa. This afternoon you’ll enjoy a complimentary sport massage to loosin your legs for the bigs climbs still ahead.Tonight, we’ll walk into town to enjoy a spritzer at a local favorite, Bar Heidi’s before enjoying another delicious meal together back at our hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Day

5

Today's Ride:

Arabba to Canazei via Passo Fedaia
Approximately 41 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Arabba to Alleghe Return
Approximately 32 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we’ll ride the challenging Passo Fedaia which looms 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 making your way to the top and the scenic Fedaia Lake which is fed its pristine waters by the Marmolada glacier. After a rest and refreshments from your Trek Travel guides, descend to the alpine village of Canazei to explore and enjoy lunch of your choice in this charismatic mountain town.After lunch it’s back into the saddle to climb the backside, 8 mile stretch of Passo Pordoi, averaging 6% to the top.This evening, meet

Hotel:

Hotel Evaldo
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Day

6

Today's Ride:

Arabba to Tre Cime de Laverdo via Passo Giau and Tre Croci
Approximately 49 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Arabba to Lake Misurina via Passo Giau and Tre Croci
Approximately 39 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you’ll ride a section featured in last year’s most dramatic stage. First off are two Giro classics, the spectacular Passo Giau with an average thigh burning grade of 9.1% over 6 miles, followed by Passo Tre Croci, which boasts a 7.1% average over 5 miles. At the top you’ll be rewarded with views of the stunning Lago di Misurina, before beginning our final climb of the day, the fabled Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where last year’s climatic mountaintop finish took place.This incredible climb was the site of the famous battle in which Gibi Baronchelli dropped Eddy Merckx to win the stage in the 1967 Giro. Merckx later clawed his way back to the pink jersey and a 12 second win of that year’s Giro. After this victorious summit,you’ll descend with the jutting dramatic peaks as your backdrop to Lake Misurina where you’ll relax and refresh with a delicious Italian lunch. After lunch, transfer to your new hotel in the Carnic Alps, where you’ll toast to a great day of riding and to tomorrow’s exciting lineup!

Hotel:

Hotel La Perla
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Day

7

Today's Ride:

Ravascletto to Monte Zoncolan via Sutrio
Approximately 26 miles with 5000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ravascletto to Monte Zoncolan Loop via Ovaro
Approximately 26 miles with 5000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Live Viewing | Trek Factory Racing Team Access

Description:

Today, test your mettle on Monte Zoncolan, one of the most difficult climbs in Europe, a few short hours before the Pros grind up the same climb for this stage’s dramatic mountaintop finish. From Ovaro, the ascent is 6.5 miles long with an average 11.5%.After cheers from the crowd and you reach the summit of this exhilarating climb, you’ll arrive to your Trek Travel ski chalet complete with showers, a fresh change of your clothes, fully catered lunch and drinks, and live race coverage on TV, all only a short stroll from today’s 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.After today’s race excitement you’ll board a private shuttle to meet with the Trek Factory Racing team and take an exclusive tour of the team bus.There will be great photo and autograph opportunities so don’t forget your camera! Gather with your travel companions one last time for a farewell dinner and toast to new friends, stellar riding, and the ultimate Giro d’Italia experience!

Hotel:

Hotel La Perla
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Day

8

Today's Activity:

Private Shuttle to Venice Mestre Train Station

Description:

This morning is a chance to sleep in or take a final stroll through the town of Ravascletto. 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 La Perla. A shuttle of approximately 2.5 hours takes you to Venice Mestre Train Station. From here, you can take a shuttle train service which connects to Santa Lucia Train Station, located on the island of Venice. If you’re continuing on with international travels, Venice Marco Polo Airport can be reached by the 17-minute “Fly Bus” (atvo.it), for a 6 euro one-way. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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.

2015


May
1st - 8th / 8 days / 7 nights
$3999 / Person, $500 / Single OCC.

Hotels

SAMPLE 2014 hotels

Hotel Nevada on our Giro d'Italia bike tours

Hotel Nevada

Bormio, Italy

A family-owned gem, located in the beautiful town of Bormio, where nature, relaxation and fun form a unique harmony. Situated at the base of some of Italy's most famous climbs, the garden is the perfect place to relax after an epic ride to take in the warm sun and crisp mountain air while admiring the simply stunning views.
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Hotel Evaldo

Arabba, Italy

A family owned and operated hotel, nestled in the heart of the legendary cycling of the Dolomiti, Hotel Evaldo will charm you with its relaxed elegance. Attention to detail, warm hospitality, an elegant spa, and gourmet cuisine guarantee an unforgettable stay.
Hotel La Perla on Trek Travel's Giro d'Italia bike tours

Hotel La Perla

Ravascletto, Italy

Owned by the Polo family for three generations, Hotel La Perla is conveniently located at the foot of the infamous Monte Zonconlan, in the heart of the Carnia Alps! Take in the beautiful surroundings and treat yourself to some well-deserved spa time.

What's Included

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  • 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
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 social hours, 6 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Giro d’Italia trip, you will savor 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 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 | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 7,400

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. Type Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. 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
  • Tuscany Explorer

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 Venice Marco Polo Ariport (VCE). From there, you can easily reach the Venice Mestre Train Station located on the mainland by taking the “Fly Bus” (atvo.it), a 17 minute transfer offered every 45 minutes, for 6 euro one-way. From Venice Mestre Train Station, there is an express train offered 2-3 times per hour to Milano Centrale (MI C.LE), lasting less than 2 hours and a half, ranging between 19-35 euro. At Milano Centrale, you will need to change trains to reach your end destination,Tirano Train Station. Regional trains leave every two hours and the travel lasts two hours and a half, ranging between $11 - $20 for the journey. For further train information, please see www.trenitalia.com. Please note, it is difficult to purchase Tirano train tickets in advance. The timetables will show 30 days in advance, however, the options to book are often 7 days prior to departure dates.

Tirano Train Station | Tirano, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Tirano Train Station (Piazzale Stazione) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip.After a short 45 minute private shuttle you’ll arrive in the charming town of Bormio, where your picturesque hotel awaits you with geraniums in the flower boxes, truly creating a European mountain ambiance. Enjoy a taste of Italy with your new travel companions, followed by a professional bike fitting, to ensure a great ride on your Trek Domane.You’ll then test out your new wheels on your first ascent up into the beautiful Italian Alps.

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 Nevada (+39 0342 910888), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Venice Mestre Train Station | Venice, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel La Perla. A shuttle of approximately two hours and a half takes you to Venice Mestre Train Station located on the mainland. From here, you can take a shuttle train service which connects to Santa Lucia Train Station, located on the island of Venice. Alternatively, if you’re continuing on with international travels,Venice Marco Polo Airport can be reached by the 17-minute “Fly Bus” (atvo.it), for a 6 euro one-way. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: VENICE

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 ofVenice 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 pre and 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 ofVenice 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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