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2016 Italy: Milan to Venice (Lakes, Alps, Dolomites)

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Madonna del Ghisallo

Ride the best of northern Italy

20 july - 1 august 2016

Lago di Como, Madonna Del Ghisallo, Passo dello Stelvio, the classic climbs of the Dolomites and a spectacular finish in Venice!
 
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DATES
Wednesday 20 July to Monday 1 August  2016

 
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NIGHTS
12 | 6 Hotels + 6 Camping

 
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RIDING DAYS
11 (2 loop rides/optional rest days)

 
 
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AVERAGE DISTANCE
80-100km per day

 
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AVERAGE ALTITUDE
 1000/2000m per day (Tour options for less/more climbing available)

 
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START / FINISH Milan, Italy - Venice, Italy

 
 
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MEALS
All breakfasts & approx. half the evening meals, quality afternoon teas

 
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FAMOUS CLIMBS
Madonna del Ghisallo, Muro di Sormano, Passo di Gavia, Stelvio and Mortirolo and in the Dolomites, the Passo Costalunga, Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and more if you choose!

 
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DIFFICULTY
Plenty of climbing but most days offer alternate easier routes. Arrive with a good level of fitness with some climbing/hill training and comfortably able to cycle 100km in a day.

 
 
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COST
AUD $3990 per Person twin share. Single supplement available

 

INCLUSIONS
 Click here for full details of inclusions and costs.

 
 
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

• Cycling along the shores of Lago di Como past ornate villas and beautiful gardens and stay at a picturesque lakeside campsite

• The climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo cycling chapel, a cyclist's pilgrimage

• The cycle routes along the Valtellina, rich in culture and famed for their red wines

• Conquering the famous climbs of the Italian Alps & Giro d’Italia: the Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and Gavia

• The Via Claudia Augusta, the old Roman road that is now a sealed off-road cycle path

• The cosmopolitan northern Italian towns of Merano and Bolzano

 

• The spectacular rock formations and mountain villages in the Dolomites

• 3 nights in Corvara, a cyclists paradise in the heart of the Dolomites

• Riding the Sella Ronda loop in the Dolomites - arguably one of the most stunning cycle loops in the world.

• Cycling through the rolling vineyards of Valdobbiadene, home to Italy's famous sparkling wine: Prosecco! 

• A spectacular finale arriving in Venice

• The food and wine of northern Italy and being able to eat as much as you like!

*Please note that this itinerary may change slightly subject to accommodation bookings.

 
 
 
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We meet in Milan, famed for art, architecture and fashion and easily accessible by an international airport with direct flights to Australia and high-speed rail to other European cities. The tour begins with evening drinks (or shall I say, aperitivo) close to our hotel.

Many airlines offer direct flights connecting east-coast Australia with Milan and Venice.  If joining from our Bordeaux-Barcelona tour, we can transport your bicycle to Milan for you.  If you need assistance with flights or connections, get in touch with us or our recommended travel agent.

 
 

Day 1

We depart Milan for Lago di Como - it’s leisurely cycling to warm up along the lake shore, dotted with charming villages and hemmed in by steep verdant hillsides.  We cycle past fine villas and gardens to the beautiful lakeside village of Bellagio for lunch.  Our first climb is to the cycling chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo, a classic of the Giro and a cyclists pilgrimage. We take a boat across the lake to our overnight stop and a welcome group evening meal.  NB: There's an optional side trip to the fearsome climb of the Muro di Sormano.

  • Dist: 65/75km  
  • Vert: 1200/2000m
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner
Breakfast at our campground on the shores of Lago di Como

Breakfast at our campground on the shores of Lago di Como

 

Day 2 + 3

We depart camp cycling initially along the shores of Lago di Como, with waterside villages perfect for mid-morning coffee stops.  We depart the lake and ride along the Sentiero Valtellina cycle path along the Adda river valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Alps.  We stay overnight in an "agriturismo" - an Italian rural residence where we have a group dinner showcasing the regional cuisines and wines of the Valtellina.

  • Dist: 105km  
  • Vert: 800m 
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner

Today we are well and truly in the Italian Alps, where we are surrounded by some of the most famous climbs of the Giro d'Italia – the Passo del Mortirolo and Passo di Gavia.  You have options to climb both these climbs today. Or you can take the easier route, gradually climbing along the valley floor, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. The region is also known for its cuisine: bresaola, cheeses and wines which will feature in our meals.   Bormio, our overnight stop is a busy mountain town, buzzing with cyclists.

  • Dist: 60/102km  
  • Vert: 800m/2200m/3500m+ 
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea
Climbing the Stelvio Pass

Climbing the Stelvio Pass

Day 4

Today we climb the epic Stelvio pass! Made famous for being the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and often a feature of the Giro d’Italia, it is a 21.5km climb from the Bormio side to reach an altitude of 2758m.  The pass itself is breathtaking - you are surrounded by glaciers, snowcapped peaks and the whistling of the elusive marmot!  The descent is a riding experience in itself - cornering 48 hairpins on the way down to Prato. Spectacular!  In 2015 we had a number of cyclists complete the Stelvio-double: both sides in one day! There's plenty of opportunities for challenges in these mountains....!

  • Dist: 60km  
  • Vert: 1600m 
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea
 

Day 5

Today we are on the bike path of the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road that was built to link northern Italy with modern day southern Germany across the Alps.  It’s easy and mostly downhill riding, following the river Adige. We pass through apple groves, vineyards, laid back villages and arrive at the cosmopolitan university town of Bolzano, the “most liveable city in Italy” and the capital of the Sudtirol / Alto Adige region, where Aperol Spritz and biciclette predominate in the piazzas.

  • Dist: 90km  
  • Vert: 500m 
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner
 
Day 5: cycling towards Bolzano

Day 5: cycling towards Bolzano

 
Descending the Passo Pordoi in the Dolomites

Descending the Passo Pordoi in the Dolomites

 

Day 6

We climb from the Adige valley to the Italian Dolomites via the Passo Costalunga, a 26km climb to 1752m. It’s relatively gradual with spectacular mountain scenery, past blue glacial lakes, through pine forests opening up to stunning views.  We descend and climb the Passo Campolongo and then the Passo Pordoi with spectacular views of the awesome rocky peaks of the Sella Group.  It's magical ridi - a cyclists' playground!  We descend to the beautiful town of Corvara, a buzzing mountain village in the heart of the Dolomites and our home for 3 nights.

  • Dist: 90km  
  • Vert: Optional 3000/4000m+ 
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner
 

Day 7 + 8 = the dolomites 

You have two days at your leisure to plan your own rides and enjoy the sights and cycling in and around Corvara.  It’s a cycling paradise, with easily accessible climbs including the Gardena, Sella, Campolongo as well as longer loops taking in the Giau, Valporola and Falzarego! You won’t be short of cycling opportunities!  The beautiful Sella Ronda loop is a must, or alternately you could tackle the longer loops of the famous cyclo-sportif, the Maratona dles Dolomites. You may also like to relax or take a day off the bike to take a ride in a cable car or tackle the “via ferrata” or “iron path” – iron ladders and anchored cables that allow an exhilarating mountain-climbing experience to enjoy the magnificence and sheer magnitude of the dolomites up close.  These days in Corvara are a highlight of the trip!

  • Dist: Optional loops 
  • Vert: Optional 
  • Accommodation: Hotel x 2
  • Meals: Breakfast x2 +  dinner x1
Descending the spectacular Passo Gardena in the Dolomites

Descending the spectacular Passo Gardena in the Dolomites

 

Day 9 + 10

We depart the Dolomites via the stunning Passo di Falzarego to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a bustling mountain town that is a ritzy ski village in winter.  We then descend out of the Dolomites along a stunning off-road sealed cycle path, gliding downhill for 50km!   There's options to ride the Passo Tre Croci and/or Tre Cime di Lavaredo if you still want more climbs!

  • Dist: 75km  
  • Vert: 1000m 
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea 

 We descend alongside the Piave river to Belluno, a historical old town backed majestically by the snow-capped Dolomites. From Belluno the riding is less mountainous.  The cuisine is typical of the Veneto region –  cheeses, meats, bigoli pasta and some beautiful wines.   We ride the Passo San Boldo, an engineering feat of a road with a series of traffic-lighted hairpins through tunnels in the sheer mountain side.

 

  • Dist: 95km  
  • Vert: 1000m 
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner
 
Descending the Passo San Boldo

Descending the Passo San Boldo

 

Day 11

Our final day is a spectacular end to finish our epic journey!  We cycle along the "Strada del Prosecco" - a touring route through the historical rolling vineyards of Valdobbiadene, where Italy's most famous sparkling wine is produced.   After visiting some Prosecco Houses for a few obligatory tastings, it's easy rolling along the flat Veneto plains for a spectacular finish in Venice!  We celebrate with a group meal by the canals.

  • Dist: 90km  
  • Vert: 400m 
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast + afternoon tea + dinner
 

on monday the 1st of august, you need to organise your own onward travel from venice.  venice is easily accessible with an international airport (direct 21 hour flights to east-coast australia) as well as high speed rail connections throughout europe.   our hotel is located within walking distance of bus/train stations and with a water taxi on our doorstep.

 
 
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TOUR COST IS $3990 AUD per person, twin share. single supplement $aud450
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