Land of big climbs and big plates of pasta.
Our journey begins exploring the epic grandeur of Venice. Then we’re off with a gentle start along the flat Venetian Plain, then into rolling Prosecco country and the spectacular Dolomites, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. On this route’s agenda are stunning roads and climbs made famous by the Giro d’Italia: Passo Giau, Passo Pordoi, Passo Gavia, Passo Stelvio and many more. All the while you’ll spend nights in excellent family-run hotels in quaint towns while dining on delicious Northern Italian fare, enjoying fine wines and soaking up the Italian culture. After a final long descent to palm-strewn Lake Garda we’ll roll into beautiful Verona for our last night celebrations.
Day 1: September 14. Welcome to Venice, Italy.
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport and transfer five minutes to our hotel. This afternoon you’ll build your bikes and head into Venice at your leisure. Dinner included. Overnight: Titian Inn.
Day 2: September 15. Cycle to Belluno — 108 km
Easy start to our trip as we spin north through charming villages of the Venetian plain. The ground starts to rise up as we climb over Montello, an area popular with local riders as we head into Prosecco wine country. The abrupt hairpins of the Zuel di La present the first challenge of the day, followed by the tough Passo San Boldo. From the top of San Boldo we have our first glimpse of the Dolomites and a downhill run to our overnight stay in Belluno at a 17th century property. Overnight: Villa Carpenada. Key Climbs: Zuel di La, San Boldo (706m). Elevation: +1607m / -1172m
Day 3: September 16. Cycle to Cortina D’Ampezzo — 110 km
Day three promises to be a very demanding day in the saddle. First up is the Forcella Franche rising alongside the shore of Lago del Mis with a sting towards the top. Then immediately it's onto the Passo Duran, its lack of hairpins offer little respite from the severe gradient. After a short descent we're climbing again, this time the Passo Staulanza through ski chalets to a beautiful summit. The toughest climb is yet to come; the Passo Giau the highest point of the day before bombing town to the ski resort of Cortina. Overnight: Hotel Beppe Sello. Key Climbs: Passo Duran (1601m), Passo Staulanza (1773m), Passo Giau (2233m). Elevation: +3981m / -3189m
Day 4: September 17. Cycle to Merano. — 135 km
Another challenging and fantastic day in the saddle as we cross some of the most famous routes in the Dolomites. Wake up to a climb up the Passo Falzarego followed by a 15 km descent to the village of Brenta. Next up is the fantastic Passo Pordoi then Passo di Costalunga followed by a long dive down to the Adige Valley and a flat cruise to the leafy spa-town of Merano. Overnight Hotel Weingut. Key Climbs: Falzarego (2105m), Pordoi (2239m). Costalunga (1745m). Elevation: +3417m (11,210 ft) / -4310m (14,140 ft).
Day 5: September 18. Cycle to Bormio. — 100 km
Today's stage has one focus - the awesome Passo dello Stelvio, the second highest pass in Europe at 2757m. We climb it from the classic Prato dello Stelvio side, 24.3km of switchback ascent to the rifugio at the summit. Today will be a day to remember on the bike. Key Climbs: Stelvio (2757m). Overnight: Hotel La Genzianella. Elevation: +2744m ascent (9002 ft) / -1862 m (6108 ft).
Day 6: September 19. Explore Bormio. Optional ride day. — 25 or 65 km
Relax at the hotel today or go for a spin, up to you. Ride options include a short 25 km ride up to the beautiful Lago di Cancano or a 65 km loop up and over the famous Passo di Mortirolo (1852m). Total distance: 65 km (1852m ascent). Key Climbs: Mortirolo (1852m). Overnight: Hotel La Genzianella
Day 7: September 20. Cycle Bormio to Madonna di Campiglio. — 96 km
This morning we tackle the Passo Gavia (2621m). Often the highest point of the Giro d’Italia and the iconic snowy images of Andy Hampsten from the 1988 Giro are forever etched into our minds. Next up is the Passo Tonale (1883m) before heading south into the beautiful Valle Rendana, then up to the Passo Campo and the ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio. Key Climbs: Gavia (2621m), Passo Tonale (1883m), Passo Campo (1702m). Overnight: Casa del Campo. Elevation: +3558 m (11,683 ft.) / -3085m (10,121 ft.).
Day 8: September 21. Cycle Madonna di Campiglio to Verona. — 151 km
A beautiful final day on the bike as we drop out of the big mountains, through the Brenta mountain range, along the shore of palm-strewn Lago di Garda and into Verona for our last night celebrations. Key climbs: Passo Balluno (669m). Overnight: Hotel Giulietta. Elevation: +1167m (3828 ft.). / -2785m (9137 ft.).
Day 9: Arrivederci.
This morning we’ll transfer to Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) for flights home. Arrivederci!
|Dates:||Saturday September 14, 2019 to Sunday September 22, 2019|
|Duration:||9 Days, 8 Nights|
|Joining In:||Venice, Italy (departing Verona, Italy)|
|Single Room Suppliment:||€425 EURO|
|Land Cost:||€2695 EURO|
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