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The Giro Experience

Take a break and join us for the trip of a lifetime on the self-proclaimed world’s hardest race in the world’s most beautiful country.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Porretta Terme > Bressanone - Brixen
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 14


The Dolomites are our favourites when it comes to cycling in Italy. So when we found out that the 2016 Giro’s second week would start in the wonderful Apennine mountains and finish there, we did not have to think any longer: this is where we wanted to take fellow passionate cyclists to ride, watch the race and enjoy la bella vita.

Ride on the best part of the stage. Watch the riders fight for the pink jersey from the roadside with the fans or in the Giro VIP area, a glass of prosecco in hand. Enjoy local cuisine and wine. That is going to be our program for 6 amazing days on and off the bike.

The full Giro experience, the best coffee in the world, being cheered by the fans, stunning landscapes, challenging climbs, new friends, pure air and time away from your smartphone are guaranteed on this trip.

The following is also included:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Light lunches / snacks while on the road
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 VIP finish experience (crossing the finish line and watching the finish from the Giro VIP area – the presence of Mario Cipollini is not guaranteed but you may bump into him)
  • Transfers from and to Venice airport, within a predefined time window
  • Guides and vehicle support
  • Energy nutrition
  • Grand Tours Project jersey
  • Roadbook including all the details you need to know on your trip

What’s Not Included

  • Flights / transportation to the trip pick up location
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks


Day 1 - 16 May - Arrival, 120km

We will meet you at Florence airport and drive you to our hotel in Porretta Terme. Once the bikes are assembled, discover this quintessential Italian town which dates back to the Roman era or enjoy the hotel spa.

Day 2 - 17 May - Ride to Sestola, 120km

We ride the last 120km of the stage to Sestola, the second summit finish of the Giro. This is where Holland’s Peter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) won on the race’s last visit to this natural site in the Apennine mountains in 2014. Will you guess where today’s winning move will be made?

Day 3 - 18 May - Ride to Asolo, 100km

100 km on the menu today on the mostly flat final section of the stage to Asolo. Today, the sprinters will have to overcome the Forcella Mostaccin (2.9km at 7%), 12km from the finish. After the stage, we drive to Castello di Buttrio, the castle where we are staying for the next two nights.

Day 4 - 19 May - Coffee ride in Trieste, 80km

As today’s stage to Bibione is entirely flat through many semi-urban areas, we take a day off the race. After a cappuccino in the wonderful city of Trieste in the morning, we ride back to watch the sprinters battle for victory on TV from our hotel.

Day 5 - 20 May - Ride every kilometer of stage 14, 70 or 161km

Big day today. We start early from Palmanova ro ride every kilometre of the Giro’s stage to Cividale del Friuli in the Eastern Julian Alps. With 3,400m of climbing for 161km, it will be a true test for the legs and a highlight of your Grand Tours Project. It is also possible to stop after the first crossing of the finish line at km 70. For the next two nights we are staying in Corvara in the heart of the Dolomites.

Day 6 - 21 May - On the roads of the Maratona dles Dolomites, 55, 106 or 138km

The final part of today’s stage is on the same roads as the Maratona dles Dolomites. It is one the most prestigious granfondos in the world which you can also take part in with Grand Tours Project from June 26 to July 4. Just like the Maratona, choose between 3 different courses : 55, 106 or 138km. All of them feature some of the most prestigious passes of the Dolomites such as Passo Pordoi (2239m) and Passo Gardena (2‘121m).

Day 7 - 22 May - Castelrotto - Alpe di Siusi individual time trial, 60km

For our final day on the bike, we ride from Corvara to Castelrotto over Passo Gardena and on to the finish of today’s 10.8km individual time trial stage up Alpe di Siusi at 1‘844m. We will celebrate the completion of our Grand Tours Project with a dinner in Brixen where we spend our last night.

Day 8 - 23 May - Departure

Third rest day for the Giro as we have our last doppio espresso and transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Congratulations, you are now part of the Grand Tours Project family!


6 nights accommodation is provided in the towns of Brixen, Corvara, Porretta Terme and Castello di Buttrio.

Castello di Buttrio

Located in a historic castle, Castello di Buttrio offers elegant country-style accommodation in the countryside of Buttrio. With a garden, the property is a 20-minute drive from Udine.

Featuring garden views, the air-conditioned rooms come with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries.

A continental breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room. There is also a restaurant serving local cuisine.

Castello di Buttrio is a 30-minute drive from Gorizia.


Challenging ride from Porretta Terme to Alpe di Siusi.