DURATION | 12 DAYS / 10 CYCLING DAYS
TOTAL DISTANCE | 716KM / 449MI
TOTAL ELEVATION | 15835M / 50956FT
THE LAKE, THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA
An opportunity to discover by bike the cycling and culinary culture of the three most desirable and iconic Italian destinations. The tour will begin from intensely beautiful and elegant Lake Como in Lombardy, then proceed to conquer the second highest mountain pass in Europe, Stelvio. Finally finishing with 5 awesome cycling days in glamorous Riccione on the Adriatic Coast.
This is an epic cycling adventure with top notch accommodation and delicious food for fuel, so you're ready for each day's new discovery.
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11 nights luxe accommodation (twin share) | breakfasts | lunches | dinners | guides and vehicle support | mechanical support | on-road snacks and supplements | daypack | bidons | laundry service for cycling kit | group airport transfers
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights | insurances | bike hire | alcoholic beverages | coffee stops | personal hotel expenses.
Day 1 | Tuesday: Arrival and transfer to Bellagio Lake Como.
Day 2 | Wednesday: Lake Como Loop 68KM/ 42MI 880M/2890FT
Day 3 | Thursday: Ghisallo loop 60KM/37MI 1810M/5940FT
Day 4 | Friday: Transfer to Tirano and ascent of Mortirolo with arrival in Bormio 58KM/36MI 2133M/6997FT
Day 5 | Saturday: The King of Mountain "Stelvio" 1 or 2 side 44/100KM/ 27/62MI 1617/3432M/5305/11260FT
Day 6 | Sunday: The "Queen Gavia", transfer to Riccione, Adriatic Coast 51KM/32MI 2200M/6218FT
Day 7 | Monday: San Marino Loop BBQ Dory 75KM/ 46MI 950M/3116FT
Day 8 | Tuesday: Urbino Rinascimental 99KM/61MI 1350M/4430FT
Day 9 | Wednesday: Rest Day Panoramica Sunset 45KM/28MI 550M/1805FT
Day 10 | Thursday: Santarcangelo and Frontali Wine Tasting 65KM/ 40MI 780M/2560FT
Day 11 | Friday: Carpegna Is Enough 105KM/ 65MI 1750M/5740FT
Day 12 | Saturday: Departue, Airport Transfer
Arrival | Milan Malpensa
Departure | Bologna
PRICE PER PERSON
Twin share: EURO
Single occupancy: EURO per night
Day 1 | TUESDAY | ARRIVAL AND AIRPORT TRANSFER
Welcome to Italy! We begin our adventure with an afternoon group airport transfer from Milan Malpensa to beautiful Bellagio, right in the middle of Lake Como. We have booked our partner cycling hotel il Perlo Panorama. After check-in and taking the first glance of breathtaking views around the lake, we make sure our bikes are ready for tomorrow's ride. Before dinner we can visit the city centre on foot.
DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY | LAKE COMO LOOP
This route of medium difficulty runs entirely through the coastal roads of the most beautiful branch of Lake Como that has enchanted the aristocracy for centuries. Our route will take us through Nesso, a picturesque village known for its natural gorge located at the mouth of the Tuf and Nosè valleys; the historic city of Como; and finally the elegant villas such as Villa Olmo, Villa d’Este and Villa Carlotta. We will finish our tour today with a 15 minute ferry crossing back to to Bellagio.
DAY 3 | THURSDAY | GHISALLO LOOP
The Madonna del Ghisallo climb is a must-do for everybody visiting Lake Como! A famous and iconic climb for road cyclists, where many past and present cycling champions have left their wheel prints on, at least once...now it's your turn. This climb is not only historical, it is immersed in beautiful scenery with several breathtaking viewpoints over Lake Como and Bellagio.
We will make an obligatory stop for a quick visit and a photo in the cycling church and proceed to the feared Muro di Sormano, one of the hardest climbs in Italy with an average gradient of 17% and 1.7-kilometre long. There is a more gentle road that goes around it, for those of us that don't feel up to Muro on the day.
DAY 4 | FRIDAY | TRANSFER TO TIRANO AND ASCENT OF MORTIROLO WITH ARRIVAL IN BORMIO
In the morning, after the filling breakfast, we tavel by minibus to the beautiful city of Tirano, on the border with Switzerland. From here we get in the saddle and after a few kilometres we will begin the ascent of the legendary Passo del Mortirolo. Descending back to the valley, we cycle the last 20 kilometres along a gentle uphill road towards Bormio, our next destination. Check out the luxurious SPA of the Palace Hotel, before dinner to rest and recharge for the Stelvio Day tomorrow.
DAY 5 | SATURDAY | THE KING OF MOUNTAIN "STELVIO" 1 OR 2 SIDES
Stelvio calling. We depart in the morning from Bormio and begin immediately our 24 km ascent to the legendary Passo dello Stelvio. As we gradually gain elevation we will stop to admire the alpline scenery around us and capture those special moments on camera. Once we reach the 2757 meter summit we can rest and recharge.
For the more adventurous of you, who need to conquer the double Stelvio, we continue down the northern side through the famous 48 hairpins to Prato. The support mini bus will be on hand for any who prefer to take on this challenge. From Prato we briefly pass into Switzerland and begin the final 12km ascent along the Umbrail pass with an average gradient of nearly 10%. Bon courage to all those that attempt the big mountains. It will be a day of cycling to remember forever
DAY 6 | SUNDAY | THE "QUEEN GAVIA", TRANSFER TO RICCIONE, ADRIATIC COAST
Gavia is famous for its legendary professional stages under the snow and it is also a simply breathtaking mountain pass. We leave Bormio by bike, but already with our luggage on the bus, for the 4 hour road trip to the seaside resort in Emilia-Romagna. Once we have conquered the summit, we cycle down along the Lombardy side, and once the descent is complete, we load the bikes and move to the Adriatic coast, to the most hospitable cycling Hotel Dory in glamorous Riccione.
DAY 7 | MONDAY | SAN MARINO LOOP, DORY BBQ
Today we will pedal to visit one of the oldest republics in the world, The ancient Republic of San Marino, only 29 km away from Riccione, it was founded in the year 301 and has the oldest written constitution (1600) still in effect.
You will be able to see its famous three towers as soon as we leave Riccione. San Marino is situated just over 600 meters above the sea level. After the past cycling days in the Alps, the 9km climb will seam quick and easy. After visiting the historic centre and coffee stop, we will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic descent back towards Riccione.
Today’s tour will end with a delicious BBQ lunch in the countryside, at the hotel's country house.
65KM/ 46MI 950M/3116FT
DAY 8 | TUESDAY| URBINO LOOP
Today we pedal inland to the Marche region, to the City of Montefeltro, a pearl of the Renaissance era and the birth place of Michelangelo's rival Raphael, one of the greatest Italian painters of the 16th century. We will go through the narrow streets of the centre to see monuments and fora coffee break in front of the beautiful city Cathedral.
DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY | REST DAY PANORAMICA SUNSET
This beautiful coastal road in the national park of San Bartolo has become a symbol and icon of the cycling holidays in the area. Pedalling on its traffic-free, gentle rolling hills overlooking the Adriatic Sea will surely leave you emotional. This time, on our rest day, we will face it in the afternoon, in total relaxation, to see the beautiful sunset and drink a glass of wine.
DAY 10 | THURSDAY | SANTARCANGELO AND FRONTALI WINE TASTING
The beautiful Santarcangelo is a great place to explore on a bike, as it is a small town with many narrow streets and alleys. It is the city of the most powerful family of the Rimini medievale, the Malatestas. We will pedal to the city's bell tower on the highest point, overlooking the town, and admire the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Then in a charming remote location we will stop at the Frontali family olive farm to taste great local wine accompanied by regional food delicacies.
DAY 11 | FRIDAY | CARPEGNA IS ENOUGH
It is impossible not to climb the famous Marco Pantani climb, the training ground of the Italian cycling legend. We will count the well signposted, 22 hairpin turns, where the gradient averages around 10%. This section is where Pantani made his famous solo attack during the 1994 Giro d'Italia, which helped him win the stage and secure his first Grand Tour victory.
The ascent finishes at an altitude of 1,416 meters, at the summit of Monte Carpegna. Overall, the route today is quite challenging but offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and on the way back to Riccione we can relax on long straight stretches of downhill roads.
DAY 12 | SATURDAY | DEPARTURE, MORNING GROUP TRANSFER TO BOLOGNA AIRPORT