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GRANDE ITALIA 

This amazing tour will test any accomplished rider as you will challenge yourself on some of the most famous climbs in world cycling, including the legendary Passo dello Stelvio, the brutal Mortirolo and the bella of the Dolomites, Passo del Gardena.  With minimal time in the van you will ride most of the way with van support at all times.

Featuring stop overs of between 2 and 4 nights in Lake Como, Bormio, Corvara and our final two nights in Lake Garda, staying in 3 4 star star hotels and high rating B&Bs in prime locations this tour ticks all the boxes for the discerning cyclist.

With places limited to ensure that small group experience, we look forward to taking care of you on your tour to Italy and making this a truly memorable cycling experience.

OUR HOTEL NEAR BELLAGIO, LAKE COMO

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16th - 28th June, 2018

Just 1 male and 1 female twin share spot left!

- Transfers to / from airport 
- Internal transfers 
- Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels
     - 2 nights Lake Como
     - 4 nights Bormio
     - 4 Corvara (Dolomites)
     - 2 nights Lake Garda
- All breakfasts and evening meals
- Vehicle support on daily rides 
- On course nutrition (gels, electrolyte, bananas, coke etc)
- Mechanical support and spares
- Full daily ride brief each night at dinner
- Monthly newsletters that includes a training guide
- Climb guide with profile gradients via online links
- Experienced domestiques 
- Post Tour digital image pack on USB
- Velo Tours Cycling Kit (2 jerseys and musette)
- Cap, poloshirt 

Airfares and travel insurance are NOT included.
​Lunches and alcohol consumed are also NOT included.

$4,500.00 12 nights/13 days

*twin share/subject to change based on                                 conversion rate 


Below is our 2018 itinerary.  

DAY 1:   – MILAN AIRPORT PICK UP

Velo Tours staff will meet you at Milan airport for your transfer to your accommodation in Lake Como.  We will put your bikes together for a short ride before dinner at the hotel restaurant overlooking the lake where you will meet all the members of the group and get a briefing on the magnificent riding weeks ahead.

- Ride Distance 40km
- Lake Como

DAY 2:  – LAKE COMO

We will start our Italian riding campaign with a ride along the lake.  There will be plenty of stops for coffee and photos as well as lunch at a restaurant on the lake shore before another amazing 3 course dinner at the hotel.

- Ride Distance 55km
- Cols Conquered: n/a

DAY 3:  – MUSEUM / TRANSFER 

Today's we ride part of the way to our stopover in Bormio but not before a ride up to the chapel of the Madonna del Ghisallo and the Museum of Cycling on the way.  After a few hours of soaking up some true cycling history we will continue on toward Bormio with the final 100km in the van.


- Ride Distance:  90km
- Cols Conquered:  Passo del Ghisallo

DAY 4:  BORMIO
Today begins our Italian Alpes leg of the tour with the Bormio 100.  This route begins with a climb up the epic Stelvio and then over the top of the Umbrail Pass into Switzerland before climbing back up the Stelvio to descend home to our hotel.  Both sides of the Stelvio in one day - awesome!



- Ride Distance 100km
- Cols Conquered: Passo dello Stelvio, Passo dello Stelvio

DAY 5:  BORMIO 

Today is a well earned rest day.  There will be a ride offered to those who want it but why not relax in town at the thermal baths or just wander the streets and the visit the many cafes.



- Ride Distance 100km
- Cols Conquered: Passo dello Stelvio, Passo dello Stelvio

DAY 6:   – BORMIO

Another epic day today conquering two of the most famous climbs in the Alpes region, the Mortirolo and the Gavia.  Our day finishes with a descent straight back into town before a pizza and salad night at the restaurant of our hotel.


- Ride Distance 110km
- Cols Conquered: Mortirolo, Passo Gavia

DAY 7:  – DOLOMITES / TRANSFER

Today we depart the Alpes and make our way to the Dolomites.  We will ride up and over the Stelvio through the valley to Merano for lunch and then we will jump in the vans for the remainder of the way.

- Ride Distance 100km 
- Passo dello Stelvio

DAY 8:   – DOLOMITES

Our first ride in the Dolomites will be a great little loop that takes in four passes.  We will stop for lunch at a restaurants on one of the passes and dinner will be in town at a restaurant close to our accommodation.



- Ride Distance - 51km
- Cols Conquered: Passo Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campagnolo 

DAY 9:   – DOLOMITES 

Another great day on the bike riding through some truly scenic countryside.  This is a tough day but you will be pleasantly distracted by the backdrop.



- Ride Distance 90km
- Cols Conquered: Passo Valparola, Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego

DAY 10:   – DOLOMITES

Today is a rest day to rest the legs.  Spend the day in town or take a ride on the cable car or whichever outdoor activity takes your fancy.​

- Ride Distance REST DAY
- Cols Conquered: n/a

DAY 11:  – LAKE GARDA / TRANSFER

Today we say googdbye to the beautiful mountain passes of the Dolomites and begin our transfer ride to Lake Garda.  Our day starts with two climbs and a great descent into the town of Canezei then it's 100km downhill.  

- Ride Distance 125km
- Cols Conquered: Passo Campagnolo, Passo Pordoi

DAY 12:  LAKE GARDA

Our final day presents a few options.  A relaxing day in town or one last ride up Monte Velo.  Our farewell dinner will be lots of fun with awards commerating the fun times we've had over the last 12 days. 
 
- Ride Distance 45km
- Cols Conquered: Monte Velo

DAY 13: - DEPARTURE

Today we say farewell and make our transfer to Milano Airport.