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Giro d'Italia

Join us for Italy's Grand Tour

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

The Giro was started in 1909 by La Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian newspaper, to showcase the glory and beauty of Italy from north to south. Today, it still lives on as the world's hardest race in one of its most beautiful places. It rivals the Tour de France in size and scope, but the climbs are steeper and there are days when the drama runs deeper. We'll see it all on this very special race viewing vacation, as we grind famous climbs like the Zoncolan, Tre Croci and Passo Giau days before the pros themselves. You'll get a taste of true race action with VIP access to three stages, behind the scenes tours of the team bus and equipment and a special visit with the Trek-Segafredo team. We'll even ride the official time trial course and cross the finish line just like the pros on the day of the race. Top it all off with breathtaking scenery, first class guide support, warm Italian hospitality, mouthwatering food and charming hotels-and you have the recipe for the pro race trip of a lifetime! Our Giro d'Italia trip was covered in the Washington Post. Read On»
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Giro d'Italia VIP Race Access Experience

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Daily Itinerary

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Today's Ride:

San Daniele del Fruili a Arta Terme
Approximately 32 miles with 2,760 feet of climbing

Description:

Molto bello! The bellissimo world of Italy welcomes you. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Treviso Centrale train station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. The Giro d’ Italia adventure begins with a scenic 90-minute shuttle to the Friuli region, known for its romantic medieval castles and famous San Daniele cured ham. You’ll arrive at a picturesque spot perfect to enjoy a light, local lunch. Your guides will then ensure a comfortable fit to your Trek Domane road bike and you’ll take to the open road to shake off the travel and test your legs. We'll ride on the official course of stage 14 which will introduce you to the Dolomites and town of Arta Terme, your home for next three nights. Relax and get settled, for tonight your guides will host a rousing round of introductions for you and your travel companions over cocktails and a savory welcome feast in town.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Gortani
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Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Arta Terme to Passo Duron
Approximately 46 miles with 5,325 feet of climbing

Today's Team Access:

Behind the scenes with Trek-Segafredo

Description:

Today's scenery will take your breath away and provide a perfect warm-up before tomorrow's challenge. We'll get ahead of the pros and cover part of tomorrow's mountain stage, including the climb of Passo Duran and descent into the village of Ravascleto. We'll stop short of Monte Zoncolan, but you'll get a view of our challenge tomorrow. We'll break for lunch along the way and discuss the "charms" of climbing Zoncolan, one of the hardest climbs in the world. When we're done riding, you can change and refresh before tonight's big outing: a team meeting with Trek-Segafredo members, riders and mechanics. You'll get a first-hand view of the team bus and equipment as well as a cocktail hour with the team! Prepare your most strategic questions about the race and racing, and bring your team gear for autographs. This will be a night you'll never forget.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Gortani
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
3

Today's Ride:

Arta Terme to Zoncolan
Approximately 22 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Ride on race course of Stage 14 and VIP live race finish viewing

Description:

Today is the day. Climbing specialists all over the world have called Monte Zoncolan "the hardest climb in the world," in the same rarified company as Spain's Angliru and Italy's Mortirolo. It's a mix of steep grades over a long ascent, and has been featured in the Giro five times. We'll take the same route as the pros starting from Ovaro. Take your time, pace yourself and snap some photos as you ride to the roof of the Dolomites, gaining almost 4,000 feet over six miles! This is hallowed ground, the road that has created Giro champions like Simoni, Basso and Nibali. At the summit, your Trek Travel guides will be waiting with food and the perfect VIP viewing spot to watch the race unfold just a short time later. After the pink jersey has been decided for the day we'll descend into the valley and take a short shuttle to the hotel. Your epic climb will be in the books and you'll have bragging rights for the rest of your life.

Hotel:

Grand Hotel Gortani
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Forni di Soto a Cortina with Tre Croci
Approximately 56 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Today’s Race Access:

Ride on race course of Stage 15 and fly by viewing on the Tre Croci climb

Description:

This morning we will say goodbye to Arta Terme and move in the direction of the Giro. We'll take a short shuttle to get on course and then ride through the jewels of stage 15. That includes Cortina, a small village known informally as the capital of Dolomites, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and has provided the backdrop for movies and other major sporting events. It's here where we start climbing the famous Tre Croci. During World War I, it was part of the 'Sbarramento Passo Tre Croci' of the 'Vallo Alpino'; a defensive line that ran all through the eastern Alps, close to what was then the frontier with Austria.You can still see some military bunkers along the road, an artifact of an age gone by. The scenery is unimaginably beautiful with sweeping views of mountains and valleys, all blue-hued against a crystal sky. After the race has finished, we will descend back to Cortina and relax. Tonight you can enjoy an evening on your own and explore the town for dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel Ambra Cortina
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Cortina to Moena via Giau e San Pelegrino
Approximately 47 miles with 8,215 feet of climbing

Description:

It's a rest day for the pros, but not one for us. Today we tackle another mighty member of the Dolomites hall of fame: the Passo Giau. This climb is on every climber's bucket list of Italian monoliths and has been featured in the Giro most recently in 2013. It boasts an average gradient of 9% for six miles, with the harshest grades at the very beginning. Celebrate your accomplishment at the top with an apple strudel and hot chocolate before descending down into a pasture of mountains and lakes, a short break before you conquer the next climb, St. Pellegrino. After your legs stand up to the test, we will descend into the charming village of Moena for beer and pizza before hopping a shuttle to Trento to rejoin the race course for one final day of drama!

Hotel:

Hotel Everest
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
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Day
6

Today's Ride:

Trento to Roverto Time trial course
Approximately 22 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Ride on the official ITT course and cross the finish line

Description:

Today is perhaps the most dramatic day on the race schedule—the individual time trial! We'll wake up in the host village, and take a stroll to watch the pros prep for their race of truth. They'll be warming up, giving interviews and shaking out their pre-race jitters all just steps away. Today your VIP pass will allow you to ride on the official course, even crossing the finish line in Roverto and snapping your own picture on the podium! Raise your arms and gaze out on the race finish; only the cherished few get a view like this. We'll have reserved VIP viewing at the finish line and can witness this fundamental stage that's sure to shake up the general classification. After the finish we'll come back to Trento and walk to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Raise a glass and celebrate a week of cycling in a beautiful place with new friends!

Hotel:

Hotel Everest
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

What a week! Take your chance this morning to sleep in or enjoy a final stroll through the town of Trento. Savor one last relaxing breakfast with a cappuccino while taking in the views before you bid this charming town a farewell ciao! You’ll say goodbye to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Everest and then shuttle one hour to Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.

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 is guaranteed.

2018


May
17th - 23rd / 7 days / 6 nights
$4899 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Trek Travel's Giro d'Italia 2018 bike tour

Grand Hotel Gortani

Arta Terme, Italy

The Grand Hotel Gortani is a short ride from the foot of the Zoncolan and the perfect escape after a hard ride. This 19-century hotel is brimming with charm and includes a full spa, heated swimming pool and plenty of mountain motifs.

Hotel Ambra Cortina

Cortina, Italy

Hotel Ambra Cortina is the perfect spot to enjoy everything that Cortina has to offer. Its classic alpine look exudes luxury while the modern amenities make for a decadent escape. This is a true luxury boutique experience in the heart of the Dolomites.
Trek Travel's Giro d'Italia 2018 bike tour

Hotel Everest

Trento, Italy

Hotel Everest is one part bed and breakfast–run by a cycling-crazy family for over 60 years–and one part modern getaway with new, luxuriously appointed rooms that include all the amenities you could ever want. It's also the perfect place to roll out and access the race village of Stage 16 as well as the time trial course.

What's Included

We Include More

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.
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Ride on the official Giro courses
  • VIP access viewing on stage 14
  • Ride the legendary Zoncolan right before pros
  • Trek-Segafredo team access
  • VIP access on the time trial course, complete with stage finish viewing
  • Delicious Italian cuisine and wines
  • Breathtaking views of the Dolomites
  • 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 we've found hotels that deliver precisely for the adventure traveler: relaxed elegance and service dialed to the needs of those pushing the limits of the region around them. Each hotel is carefully chosen in areas with stunning riding, which also allow our guests the best possible access to our Giro d’Italia viewings.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • Trek Travel scopes out unique and delicious dining locations but we also leave some evenings for you to explore on your own. On our Giro d'Italia trip, dinner courses offer a variety of Italian specialties and presentation styles. You'll notice the influence of the Austrian kitchen and the heartier style of the mountain cuisine. Most of the meals throughout the trip are eaten in the hotels and offer choices for a wide variety of palates. Lunch may be a bistro meal, a packed lunch to increase your flexibility during the day, or on your own to explore other options in the region. 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.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • The use of 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 Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • 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. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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 7.5-10% 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 | 50
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 7,150 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 you 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. Some non-riding trips are:

  • Tuscany
  • Barcelona Villa
  • Provence

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.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

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, Italy (VRN).

From the Verona, Italy airport (VRN), you can take a train to Treviso, which leaves every couple of hours and takes about 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly into Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (VCE) and then take a train from Venice Santa Lucia train station, which takes about a half an hour. Italian train schedules can be found on www.TrenItalia.com.

Treviso Centrale train station | Treviso, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Treviso Centrale train station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. The Giro d’Italia adventure begins with a scenic 90-minute shuttle to the Friuli region, known for its romantic medieval castles and famous San Daniele cured ham. You’ll arrive at a picturesque spot perfect to enjoy a light, local lunch.

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, Grand Hotel Gortani (+39 0433 928754) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Hotel Everest | Trento, Italy

You’ll say goodbye to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Everest and then shuttle one hour to Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.

Before & After: Verona, Italy

A town rich in history and culture, Verona is a gem of northern Italy and celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for Romeo and Juliet. A splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region, Verona is nestled between the river Adige and Lake Garda, and is intimately linked to their waters. Here, you’ll find plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and 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+B78 | www.EscalusVerona.com | ~$235

Hotel Accademi

A 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 with 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


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

Experience It

Trek Travel Difference

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.