Overview

Travel northern Italy exploring the Italian Alps and the Dolomites. Experience the epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia and world championships while enjoying the quaint, picturesque mountaintop villages and spectacular views. In addition to cycling, this tour provides an afternoon of wine tasting and sensational local Italian cuisine. Climbing highlights include the challenging passes of the Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo, and many others.

The tour begins in the beautiful Lake Garda area of Italy which is between Milan and Venice. This region is located at the base of the Alps mountain range and offers a wealth of spectacular climbs, incredible scenery, fantastic wine, and also is home to many of the world’s best professionals. This tour offers a healthy mix of both challenging climbs and some easier rides for rest and recovery. We spend multiple days in various locations which makes it a great tour for non-riders as well.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Experience Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Mileage: 40 to 60 mi / day

Dates: June 4 - 10, 2018
           July 30 - Aug 5, 2018

Package Price: $2,990

Single supplement: $450

Itinerary

Day 1: Light climbs around lake Garda

We will meet at our four star boutique hotel with it’s wonderful view over Lake Garda to settle in for a few days. Build the bikes in our well equipped bike room and purchase any last-minute items from the local bike shop. Take an easy spin through the wineries and orchards or one of the more challenging routes prepared for the day. After the ride take a refreshing dip in the pool, grab a beer in the bar, enjoy a sauna, or treat yourself to a massage. Tonight we will enjoy a great dinner prepared by our hotel’s chef, talk about the tour, and pass out maps and Jerseys.

Day 2: Valpolicella wine route – Pre Alps / Wine tasting in Bardolino

Today will be a moderate intensity ride with a longer climb through the mountainous vineyards of the Valpolicella wine region. This afternoon we will enjoy wine tasting and appetizers in the lush green vineyards of Tre Colline. We will tour their wine production facilities and have a short lessen in the making of wine and olive oil. Tonight we have a special dinner planned at a reservation only agriturismo, “La Zerla.” This restaurant offers a variety of local culinary delights and a good selection of wines including their own wine produced in the vineyard that surrounds the restaurant.

Day 3: Climb the 48 Switchbacks of the Passo dello Stelvio

After breakfast we drive up the valley to test your courage and stamina against today’s highest Alpine pass. Today will be an epic ride conquering the famous Stelvio Pass first introduced into the Giro d’Italia in 1953 and made famous after Fausto Coppi’s victory. At the top we will enjoy the view of the Italian and Swiss Alps while sipping on cappuccinos and watching tourists from all over the world mill about in this exciting atmosphere. A German sausage sandwich from the cart vendor is always a favorite on this route. After the short break we roll over the top and down to Bormio were we stay the next 3 nights.

Day 4: Gavia pass

Bormio is a resort town nestled in a valley surrounded by the majestic Italian Alps. This town boasts a series of natural hot springs and as a result it is home to five hot spring resorts and wellness centers. Today’s climb will include the beautiful Gavia Pass. Ride through the Santa Caterina Valley to the the base of the Gavia pass which has been touted to be the most beautiful pass of the Alps. At the top of the pass send a post card to a friend at the outpost and have a snack.

Day 5: Mortirolo Pass

Next we head south down the valley to the notorious Mortirolo Pass. Climbing an astonishing 4,000 ft in 7 miles!, see why when Lance rode this pass in 2005 he said it was the most difficult one he had ever done. Just below the top we find the new memorial commemorating Marco Pantani.

Day 6: Adige valley ride (pre Alps)

After, we’ll travel back to the lake area and finish with a spectacular loop through the Adige valley to conclude our vacation.

Day 7: Departure

Additional rides based on departure time

Details

Package Includes:

  • Fully supported with 3 & 4 star accommodations
  • Participation in the GranFondo Sportful cycling event
  • Featuring the classic climbs of the Giro d’Italia
  • Wine tasting with winery tour
  • GranFondo Cycling Tours jersey included
  • Follow vehicles for rides and Granfondo Event
  • Multiple routes available
  • Breakfasts and dinners included

Climbing Highlights:

  • Stelvio Pass
  • Gavia Pass
  • Mortirolo Pass

Arrival and departures from the Verona VRN airport or Venice by shuttle. 

For arrivals and departures see our Airport Pick-up & Drop-off Details

Our groups are kept small so reserve your spot soon. To make your reservation please submit your reservation form along with a credit card deposit of $300. Note: deposits are refundable within 3 months prior to the tour date minus a $100 processing fee. Final amount will be due 3 months prior to the tour departure date.

To Sign Up Please email Tobias@gftours.com Please include tour name, dates, and how many are in your group.

Once you have reserved your tour an account will be created for you that will be used to track and update your customer information required for your tour. This will include your contact information, rider profile and various tour options. You will be able to view or update your information at any time.

Final payments are due 3 months prior to the tour date. These can be paid by check or credit card. Checks can be sent to the address below.

Checks:

Payable to: Granfondo Cycling Tours

9939 Hibert St. #105

 San Diego, CA 92131

Or by Credit Card (Visa / Master Card)

Travel insurance … also known as trip insurance, is recommended for anyone traveling in a foreign country. They are relatively low cost and can protect against unexpected cancellations and depending on the company can provide additional medical coverage, property damage, theft etc. For our tours we recommend CSA Travel Protection. When purchasing please mention that you are with our group. Agent initials CAP and producer code W8000182.

Airfare assistance … For a good source on tickets you can contact Connoisseur Consolidators 1-888-646-6522. If you call, please let them know you are with Granfondo Cycling Tours.

Cancellation Policy … In the event that you have to cancel your trip the following rules apply to regularly scheduled tours. Private tours may have additional guidelines.

    • 100% of deposit refunded within 30 day of payment
    • $100 administration fee within 3 months prior to tour start date
    • 50% refund within 1 month prior to the tour start date
    • Medical emergencies are on a case by case bases
    • Travel insurance is always recommended