The 100th GIRO D’ITALIA
The Final 9 Days
20th to 29th May 2017
Watch the battle for Pink unfold on this fully supported tour to ride and watch the final stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia before seeing the winner being crowned on the final day in Milan.
Both spectators and cyclists will enjoy VIP hospitality on the mountain stages and cyclists will like the opportunity to tackle famous Giro climbs like the Gavia, Mortirolo, Passo dello Stelvio.
The 100th Giro d’Italia...
The Giro d’Italia will have its 100th edition in 2017. The race will include 6 sprint stages, 8 medium mountain stages, 5 high mountain stages and 2 ITT’s including the penultimate stage of the 100th Giro, from the Monza race track to Milan Cathedral. The iconic Stelvio Pass is the 2017 Cima Coppi (highest point).
This official Giro d’Italia tour gives riders and spectators a chance to get a real taste of Giro d’Italia action. Join us on an exciting 9 days filled with cycling and exploring.
Our team of guides will support you with our customised tour vehicle and minibus. We will spend 1 night on arrival in Milan, then 3 nights in Bormio, 3 nights in Cortina d’Ampezzo and then of course the finish in Milano!! Breakfasts and evening meals (apart from in Milan) are included. Both cyclists and spectators are welcome.
Special 100th Giro d’Italia edition Maglia Rosa by Santini and Woolfie!
We are proud to have Santini as our supplier for our cycling guides. For the special occasion of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, all our clients will receive a special Santini ‘Maglia Rosa’.
Santini has been producing the Maglia Rosa for the Giro d’Italia since 1993 which requires an extraordinary level of responsibility to ensure that the athlete wearing the jersey is provided with equal or better performance that their own cycling equipment provides. The Santini product and design team worked painstakingly to produce a garment fit for a Grand Tour Champion. You will also get your own ‘Woolfie’ the Giro d’Italia mascot.
If you don’t want to travel with your own bike, why not make use of our bike rental option? We have Willier bikes available for rental for the duration of our tour. The bikes will be fitted on arrival in Milan and then collected back from you at the end of the tour.
Based on the group’s wishes and the number of cyclists and spectators we will provide daily transport with our coach with bike trailer. Every day there will be cycling opportunities as well as options for spectators to watch the Giro d’Italia.
Coach company and bike trailer:
We are pleased to work with local company, Voyages Deltour in 2017. Your bike will be transported in a trailer, especially designed for this purpose. As the wheels are transported separately, you can bring Carbon wheels without any issues. (See image right, click for larger version).
**** Hotel Cortina in Cortina d’Ampezzo:
In the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the queen of the Dolomites, the 4-Star Hotel Cortina offers hospitality and professionalism from a management that has a reputation of providing the best amenities since 1870.
The hotel, with the recent addition of a restaurant, is distinguished by attention to detail and the high-tech services made available to our guests, in an ambiance of rare elegance, overlooking Corso Italia, the prestigious pedestrian zone of Cortina.
During the summer, enjoy an aperitif on the terrace of the Hotel Cortina which is located on Corso Italia, where among boutiques and antique shops it is a place imbued with the worldliness of Cortina. After sampling cocktails from our bartender, relax in the ‘Ristorantino’, an area of the bar in the rustic Ampezzo style where you have an opportunity to sample some delicious flambé and other specialties from the chef’s flavourful menu.
The Hotel Cortina has 46 soundproofed rooms with furniture inspired by Ampezzo tradition and balconies overlooking the impressive panorama of the Dolomites. With attention to every detail, intimate and welcoming, providing satellite TV, mini-bar, direct phone line and ADSL internet connection. The bathrooms, spacious and with quality thermo-furnishings, splendidly tiled with hand-crafted Tuscan terracotta, offering bathtub with shower cubicle or shower with whirlpool. Adjustable thermostat.
Included in your tour is the Deluxe room type. Single rooms are the standard room type. If you would like your stay in the fantastic resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo and at the Hotel Cortina to be extra special then why not upgrade your room to either a Junior Suite or Suite?
Standard single room:
Custom-furnished in mountain style, elegant, welcoming and complete with all modern conveniences
Custom-furnished in mountain style, elegant, welcoming and complete with all modern conveniences in the refurbished section of the hotel
|Junior Suite – £79 per person supplement for 3 nights in a junior suite in Hotel Cortina:
Spacious, furnished with fine woods and wrought iron components, superior amenities, soundproofed, with sitting area, in the renovated section of the hotel
Suite – £169 per person supplement for 3 nights in a Suite at Hotel Cortina:
Spacious, furnished with fine woods and wrought iron components, superior amenities, soundproofed, with sitting room and two bathrooms (in almost all), in the renovated section of the hotel.
*** Hotel Nevada Bormio:
3 star Hotel Nevada offers free Wi-Fi and free wellness facilities and the hotel is at just a 5 minute walk from Bormio town centre. The Nevada’s restaurant serves regional and typical Italian dishes.
Guests can relax in the lounge area while looking onto the extensive gardens. There is also a terrace where you can enjoy your evening meal or a barbecue in the summer months. There is also an on-site gym and wellness centre which can be used free of charge.
Most of Hotel Nevada’s rooms have a balcony with mountain views. All are equipped with TV, minibar and private bathrooms, some with a spa bath.
Bormio is an excellent base for for road cyclists. The surrounding area of Bormio and the Stelvio National Park has a wealth of roads available for your GPS.
The Nevada Hotel as part of Bike Hotel Bormio offers special services for his clients on two wheels:
- Covered and safe storage for bikes
- Small corner for bike repairs
- Laundry service for sportswear
- Sports Massage in our leisure facilities at discounted prices
- Shuttle transportation in any required place
- Early breakfast at the times required
- Maps of the area and road book at your disposal
- 10% discount for bike hire in shops
- Wellness center with sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath to relax back from cycling
- Private parking in front of hotel
- Fitness center and gym
- Internet WI FI throughout the hotel
- TV big screen
- Reservation Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi with 10% reduction
- Bike room
**** Hotel Leonardo Milano Centrale:
The newly built Leonardo Hotel Milano Centrale is located right beside “Milano Centrale” train station. Take advantage of the excellent location and the very good transport links right into the heart of Milan. Many of the attractions are just a short distance away:
- The “La Scala” opera house
- The Sforzesco Castle
- Milan’s “Golden Triangle” (Quadrilatero della Moda)
Due to its optimal location the hotel is easily accessible with easy access to explore the cultural centre of the city of Milan. This new hotel complex in the Milanese metropolis has 300 modern rooms, including 21 suites. Enjoy traditional Italian dishes at the restaurant. The hotel’s lounge bar is perfect for a relaxing drink. You can carry out your daily exercise regime at the fitness centre.
- 24h reception
- Check-In: 3:00 PM
- Check-Out: 12:00 PM
- Free Wi-Fi
- Internet terminal
- Buffet breakfast
- Luggage storage
- Laundry service
- Fax and Copy service
Comfort Rooms include:
- Free Wi-Fi
- 32′ HD flatscreen TV
- Coffee and tea set
**** Hotel Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Airport:
Located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Malpensa Airport, this comprehensive Crowne Plaza Hotel features high-tech guest rooms, a health and fitness centre, and a restaurant. The Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Airport offers rooms with a satellite TV and air conditioning. All have a private bathroom with a hairdryer. The health and fitness centre is complete with a sauna and Turkish bath. You can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at the restaurant and the bar is open until late.
We will spend the final night of the tour at the Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Airport.
Please email us to enquire about adding an extra night at the hotel to the start of your trip.
Day-to-day itinerary for the Giro d’Italia Final 9 Days Tour:
Our team of guides will support you with our customised tour vehicle and minibuses. Breakfasts and evening meals are included most nights. Both cyclists and spectators are welcome.
Saturday May 20th – Arrival day:
Arrive at your leisure today at Milan Malpensa airport. Please make your own way directly to the hotel tonight; the Crowne Plaza at Milan Malpensa airport. If you would like to be collected, our staff will already be in situ so please let us know and we will come to collect you today from the airport and bring you to the hotel Crowne Plaza.
Bike rental and bike boxes:
If you have booked bike rental with us then we will have it ready for you this evening at the hotel. We will also help you with assembling your bike if you brought it with you in a bike box. Your bike box will stay in Milan for the duration of the tour.
Sunday May 21st 2017 – Arrival day – Stage 15 – Valdengo to Bergamo:
The first 150 km, from the start until Zogno, are flat but then the route becomes demanding and fairly hard in the last 40 km with the Il Lombardia 2016 finale and the Miragolo San Salvatore and Selvino climbs leading into Bergamo Alta and into the finish in Bergamo.
We will stop en-route in Bergamo to watch the riders when they finish there today for our first taste of Giro action. We have official Giro d’Italia hospitality at the finish in the ‘Dante’ area.
Dante finish hospitality area:
Guests of the ‘Dante’ hospitality area arrive at the finish a little before the cyclists, and will have access to the ‘Dante’ hospitality tent. Being in a hospitality area on the finishing straight is a great way to cheer on your favourite riders without having to push through the crowds of the general public. Viewing of the race is from the hospitality zone, standing area. The hospitality area is located on the finishing straight and will offer snack bar/coffee and drinks service. Every guest will also receive the exclusive VIP gift of Giro d’Italia. After seeing the finish we will head to Bormio. Tonight we will enjoy a meal together and a briefing on the exciting days ahead and stay at Hotel Nevada in Bormio.
Monday May 22nd 2017 – Giro rest day:
As today the riders of the 100th Giro d’Italia are having a rest day, we will take the opportunity to explore some of the local area around Bormio. For those who are not cycling, there is plenty to do in Bormio like visiting the local SPA, a train or cable car ride or some leisurely shopping. There are a lot of options for the cyclists with of course the Stelvio as one of the main challenges. Here are some more options in the Bormio area:
- The Stelvio is the most popular and well-known. It is 21 kilometres from Bormio to the Stelvio, with more than 1,500 of climbing and a maximum gradient of 14%
- The Gavia: an often crucial climb during the Giro d’Italia with its 25 km and more than 1,400 metres of ascent if taken on from Bormio
- The Mortirolo is regarded by some as the most difficult climb in Europe. The distance is 12 km from Mazzo in Valtellina to Passo della Foppa and you gain over 1,300 metres with a maximum gradient of 18%
- Bernina Pass: a long climb from Tirano to Bernina Pass. 33 kilometres and nearly 2,000 metres of climbing
Tuesday May 23rd 2017 – Stage 16 – Roveta to Bormio:
The Queen stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia incluides the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the 2017 Giro d’Italia route. This is a cracking Alpine stage with an incredible 5,400 metres of cumulative elevation gain. The course kicks off on an easy climb up to Edolo and then climbs up to the Mortirolo from Monno.
The riders will then come into Bormio for the first time and cross the finish line, they then climb up the Passo dello Stelvio which is the Giro’s Cima Coppi.
The riders then continue to Prato allo Stelvio and Glorenza, crossing the border into Switzerland. To get back into Italy they will take the Umbrail Pass leading back to Italy, just 3 km from the Stelvio summit, before finally finishing in Bormio.
Today we stay in the finish town of Bormio. The stage today will come through Bormio once before the finish in Bormio so we are in a top location to see who is going to take the victory today on this challenging mountain stage.
Wednesday May 24th 2017 – Stage 17 – Tirano to Canazei:
This is a medium mountains stage which starts with the Aprica ascent and the Passo del Tonale. After a long descent into Val di Sole and Val di Non the route climbs up in Val di Cembra and then in Val di Fiemme and Fassa. The final 70 km run slightly uphill leading into the finish for a potential sprint finish.
After an early breakfast we will load the trailer of our tour bus with bikes and luggage as we have a long transfer today to Cortina d’Ampezzo. We will break up the journey by going to the start village in Tirano first. We will then resume our journey and expect to arrive in Cortina early evening in time for Aperitivo time in the bar and the evening meal. We are staying at the hotel Cortina in the centre of Cortina.
Start Zone Hospitality in Tirano:
Each morning the Giro starts in a new town, a new stage beckons. In each start town a village is created where the riders will sign on for the day’s stage, the sponsors will exhibit their goods (and give away a mountain of freebies – from biscuits to hats, from tins of tuna ! to baseball caps) and the Peloton will depart for the day’s racing. Here the team buses will be parked up and set ready for last minute bike adjustments, riders to relax and prepare and for teams to work out last minute strategies. You will be part of this , the inner workings of one the most prestigious Professional Sports events in the world, and one of, if not THE most, challenging pro-cycle races events.
We will visit the start village as part of a guide bike ride with the cyclists and with the tour bus with the spectators.
Room upgrade to Junior Suite or Suite:
The hotel Cortina has a limited number of Junior Suites and Suites to make your stay here in Cortina extra special. If you would like to upgrade to a Junior Suite then the supplement per person for the 3 nights is £100. For a suite it is £200 per person for the 3 nights. Please see above to see the room types available.
Thursday May 25th 2017 – Stage 18 – Moena to Ortisei:
After the corker in the Alps, now it’s a Queen stage in the Dolomites. Some of the most well-known passes of the region will be climbed: Pordoi, Valparola, Gardena and Pinei. Over 137 km and about 4000 metres of cumulative elevation gain. The final ascent in Valgardena is within a few kilometres from Ortisei (same finish as in 2005).
We have a treat in store for you today. We have accreditation to do a ‘cross the finish line’ VIP experience. From our base in Cortina it’s about 70 kilometres to the finish in Ortisei. We will take our tour vehicle to Ortisei so the non-cyclists are in palce at the finish. The riders will get off the coach and then they will ride the final section of the climbs of val Gardena and then Ortisei to cross the official finish line of today’s stage. We will then all get together for photos on the official podium followed by a back stage tour and the finish of the riders of the Giro.
Friday May 26th 2017 – Stage 19 – San Candido to Piancavallo:
The stage course features two climbs right after the start (Monte Croce Comelico and Sappada) followed by a long descent with the short but quite steep climb of Sella Chianzutan before the second half of the parcours heading to Aviano. The parcours then runs on a final steep 14-km ascent, where the first 6 km are at a gradient around 10% (topping 15%) and then the climb becomes milder though very hard still until the finish (Pantani’s feat in 1998).
We will take you over to San Candido today to enjoy the build up to the start of today’s stage.
For the cyclists we propose a guided ride from our hotel in Cortina to the start in San Candido. From there it is possible to climb up to some of the first climbs but you have to be quick as the roads close when the riders set off!
Saturday May 27th 2017 – Stage 20 – Pordenone to Assiago:
A very long stage with long climbs. After the first half across the hilly region around Treviso famous for its Prosecco vineyards, the route reaches Feltre where (in Caupo) it climbs up Monte Grappa on its north side. It is a climb measuring 24 km in length with long sections at 7-8% gradients alternating with short apparently flat ground stretches or descents. A very long descent heading to Romano d’Ezzelino is followed by 10 km on a flat section leading to the 14 km climb up to Foza at a gradient of 7.1%. The stage route runs over the final wavy 10 km to the finish in Asiago.
We have planned to get back to Milan today so we are in place for the final stage tomorrow. This is a 6 hour transfer but we will break up the journey with stops for lunch and comfort breaks. We will stop in Conegliano to watch the riders come past and to have some lunch. From Conegliano it is another 3.5 hours by motorway to Milan.
Tonight we will stay at the Hotel Leonardo Centrale.
Sunday May 28th 2017 – Stage 21 – Monza to Milan:
An Individual time trial, which is perfectly flat (or very slightly downhill) and runs along the boulevards in Monza and Milan after the start in Monza Motor Racing Track (one complete lap is raced). A “classic” finale in the city where the Giro d’Italia was born with the finish line in Piazza Duomo.
Our hotel is conveniently located in the city centre near the ‘Centrale’ train station which has trains every 4 minutes to the Piazza Duomo.
Monday 29th May 2017- Departure day from Milan:
After breakfast we will take you to Milan Malensa airport.
*Please note that we are committed to delivering all daily itineraries as planned in advance but that we reserve the right to make changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
£2159 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room
£399 per person based on single occupancy of a room
Room upgrade to Junior Suite or Suite:
The hotel we stay at in Cortina d’Ampezzo has a limited number of Junior Suites and Suites to make your stay in Cortina extra special. If you would like to upgrade to a Junior Suite then the supplement per person for the 3 nights that we will be there is £80. For a suite it is £160 per person for the 3 nights. Please see above to see the room types available.
- A safe pair of hands – More information
- A special edition pink 100th Giro d’Italia Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
- A toy Woolfie (Lupo), the Giro d’Italia mascot
- 1 night on arrival in Milan, 3 nights at the Hotel Nevada in Bormio, 3 nights at the Hotel Cortina in Cortina d’Ampezzo, 2 nights at hotel Leonardo in central Milan near the finish
- 9 breakfasts
- 6 x three course evening meals with water, wine and coffee
- Your copy of ‘Il Garibaldi’ the official 100th Giro d’Italia road book
- A Giro d’Italia merchandise pack
- Transport in our customised coach with bike trailer
- Additional support for cyclists from our minibus on guided rides
- Our support team is made up of English speaking Sports Tours staff
- Airport transfers and daily transport to watch the different stages, transfers between hotels for you, your luggage and your bike and bike storage at the hotels
- 1 stage with VIP access to the official Giro d’Italia start village
- 1 stage with VIP access to the official Giro d’Italia finish grandstand
- Cross the finish-line experience with podium photos and a look behind the scenes
- Bike guide and support vehicle
- Bike storage at the hotels and all hotel taxes
HOW TO BOOK:
All 2017 Giro packages are now closed for bookings. Full details of our 2018 packages will be available once the route has been unveiled.
Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for Italy, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.