Dates – June 17th – June 24th
Single Supplement: $700
Airport – Milan airport pickup & drop off
Terrain: Rolling /hilly with very steep mountain passes. (Some of the mountain passes on this tour-Passo Marmolada,Rolle,Cereda, Passo Falzarego,Gardena & Pordoi, Passo di Gavia,Castalunga & Stelvio from Italian & Switzerland side. Passo Mortirolo.)
Ability Levels: Strong Intermediate to Advanced (****)(This trip is one of our most challenging vacations)
40-70 mi. per day options.4,000ft-9,000ft+)
Total Milage and Elevation Gain = 350mi/ 46000 ft.
Experience a spectacular cycling trip through the breathtaking landscapes of the Dolomiti Mountains and Italian Alpes .Choose your own comfortable pace as you challenge the most historic switchback climbs of the Giro d’Italia including the fearsome Marmolada, Passo Pordoi and Passo di Gavia & Stelvio! Ride in the shadows of jagged granite peak’s which are framed by meadows of wildflowers and waterfalls while enjoying charming villages, deluxe country inns and world-class Italian cuisine. This year’s route also includes climbing Passo di Stelvio from both the Italian & Swiss side. A truly legendary trip!
June 17th: Depart the USA for Italy.
June 18th: Welcome to Milan. Airport pick up. After building bikes and doing final rental bike fittings & adjustments at our local airport hotel, we will have a late afternoon/early evening van transfer to a small mountain town of Predazzo which is situated in the Val di Fiemme along the route leading to the Passo Rolle. Group meeting/dinner.
June 19th:Challenge yourself on one of the most beautiful routes in the world as you cycle over the majestic Passo Rolle and Passo Cereda! After lunch at the summit it’s onto to the lakeside village of Alleghe! The views from our Four-Star hotel are simply amazing! Tonight’s group dinner will be enjoyed in our hotel’s award wining restaurant.
June 20th: Prepare yourself for possibly the best day of cycling in your life..a cycling route like no other in challenge and beauty, the “Grande Strada delle Dolomiti”. Today’s 4 mountain pass loop will include the Passo Falzarego, Gardena, Sella & Pordoi. After finishing your ride,splurge on a relaxing massage at our hotel’s spa . Toast your ride tonight with a fine wine at our group dinner.
June 21st: Shift into your granny-gear cause it’s time to challenge the awesome Mormolada. The apple-strudel at the top is the best you’ll ever taste! After lunch at the Passo Costalunga you’ll experience a world-class screaming descent into lively Bolzano. After a dip in the pool it’s time to explore the shops, outdoor cafes and restaurants on the quaint cobblestone streets.Open night for dinner.
June 22nd: We will leave Bolzano this morning and transfer to Dimaro at the base of Passo Tonale. After cycling up Passo Tonale – pace yourself to the top, on the backside of Passo Gavia, this unrelenting cycling route keeps us off the busy main road and winds its way through fertile orchards on your way to the high alpine peaks followed by a fast descent into Bormio. Open night for dinner.
June 23rd: Today’s ride is epic- Leaving from the hotel you will climb up Stelvio from Bormio then descend into Switzerland. Make good use of the flat stretch to loosen up your legs before making your way to the base of the historic 48 switchback climb of Passo di Stelvio, which is one of the highest paved roads in Europe! Tonight’s group dinner will offer choices of your favorite mountain specialties.
June 24th: Our last day takes on a rolling route to the base of the fearsome Passo Mortirolo! Finish your tour with a fast descent in to the of town of Edolo. After lunch a van transfer brings us back to our Milan area hotel. Late afternoon airport or train station shuttles or you can stay an OPTIONAL NIGHT at our airport hotel and explore Milan.
June 25th: Leave for US / Shuttle service in the morning as well.