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I Bellissimi

Italy / Veneto, Dolomites & Lake Como

Welcome to the roads of cycling legends!

This cycling tour will take you through the Veneto Prosecco wine region, up and over the epic Dolomites and Stelvio National Parks before finishing on the beautiful shores of Lake Como. You will enjoy amazing climbs, such as, Monte Grappa, San Boldo, Sella Ronda, Giau, Stelvio, Gavia and Ghisallo!
  • Day by Day

    1. Monday 20 July 2020 – Venice, Italy
    This morning you will be collected from Venice (Marco Polo Airport) at approximately 11am-12 noon. We can also collect you from Annia Park Hotel Venice Airport should you prefer to arrive to Venice earlier. Following a 1hr van transfer we will arrive at our accommodation for the next two nights. We will go through a tour briefing, prepare the bikes and head out for an introductory ride.

     

    2. Tuesday 21 July 2020 – Prosecco Wine Region
    This is a perfectly designed route to get your legs ready for the Dolomites which are fast approaching! Today you will cycle a brilliant loop through the rolling hills of the Prosecco and Cartizze wine area. For those looking for a challenge then Monte Cesen which soars above Valdobbiadene is possible.

     

    3. Wednesday 22 July 2020 – Pre Dolomites
    Riding from the hotel and you encounter some stunning scenery on the Passo San Boldo climb. The road near the summit includes a series of five switchback tunnels carved into the rock! This road was built during the First World War by the Austro-Hungarian army in less than 100 days. Quite an impressive feat! From here the cycling continues along the edge of ‘Lago del Mis’ and this valley ride offers amazing lake views! Now you are well and truly in the Dolomites N.P.

    4. Thursday 23 July 2020 – Sella Ronda Loop
    One of the world ́s most iconic cycling routes is on offer today: the Sella Ronda loop! The Sella Ronda is a must for any cyclist who visits the towering Dolomites mountain region.
    There are 4 steps to become a member of the Sella Ronda club: Passo Gardena, Sella, Campolongo and Pordoi. The views of the jagged limestone peaks and winding roads will be etched into your memory for a lifetime!

    5. Friday 24 July 2020 – Dolomites National Park
    Another hotel loop ride is available today. The main objective is to climb Passo Fedaia. ‘Fedaia’ is a classic climb and it was last used during the queen stage 14 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia. To make things even more interesting we will begin Fedaia with a quick detour through the Sottoguda canyon which can be ridden on road bikes. At the top of the pass there will be time to soak up the enormity of the Marmolada glacier which is the highest peak in the region and the Dolomiti.

     

    6. Saturday 25 July 2020 – Passo dello Stelvio
    From Merano you will ride from the hotel along the bike path to the base of the Stelvio Pass! At this point you will need to be ready to climb the mythical 48 hairpin bends that rise up and up for 25km and which gain 1840 metres of elevation. At the top you can take a bow to his majesty the Stelvio Pass. Your sense of achievement will be at an all time high.

     

    7. Sunday 26 July 2020 – Passo di Gavia
    After your cycling heroics on the Stelvio Pass you might like to use today as a Rest Day in Bormio. For those keen for more cycling though we have an 80 km cycling option which includes Passo di Gavia (2621m). This is just another mythical climb that has crowned many a Giro d'Italia winner! "Gavia" with its 1400 metres elevation gain over 20 km leaves one short of breath!

    8. Monday 27 July 2020 – Lake Como
    We will transfer you in the morning to Bellagio for a Lake Como cycle loop. Bellagio is considered to be the pearl of Lake Como. For our cyclists the grand finale concludes on the ́Ghisallo ́ climb which is used during the Giro di Lombardia professional race (5th cycling monument race alongside Milan-San Remo, Flanders, Paris Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege). During 2016 Orica-Bike Exchange rider Esteban Chaves won "Lombardia ". It is a wonderful experience arriving at Piazzale del Ghisallo, with the beautiful church dedicated to cyclists and the new cycling museum. We will then descend down to our hotel for the final celebration with spectacular Lake Como views.

     

    9. Tuesday 28 July 2020 – Milan Transfer & Goodbyes
    Following breakfast we will transfer you to Milan Malpensa Airport by 10:30am (1.5 hr drive). A number of clients have spent additional days relaxing and enjoying the Lake Como area. Please let us know if you would like additional nights at the tour hotel.

     

     

  • By your side

     

    Leading you on this epic tour, and sharing all his top tips and tricks to tackle the route like a pro:

     

    Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former teammates and friends as “Ferri” for his legs of “Steel” recording an estimated 650,000 miles in his career on a bike.

     

    Ferri has had a professional career spanning 15 years, 8 Giro d’Italia and 4 Tour de France.

    He was a Stage winner of the Giro D’Italia (1994), 2 World Cup races in 1996, when he was second in the final classification, and other 17 important classics race.

     

Tour details

 

from 2,770 €

9 days / 8 nights, 3/4* Hotels

Tour type:

I Bellissimi

 

Departure dates:

from 20 July to 28 July 2020

 

Price per person:

2,770 € 3/4* Hotels

 

Included:

  • 8 overnights in 3*/4* hotels including breakfast
  • 4 dinners included with beer and wine
  • Arrival transfer from Venice Airport
  • Departure transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Andrea Ferrigato as cycling guide and technical advisor
  • Food, drinks and mechanical support during cycling stages
  • Commemorative Italian cycling jerse 

 

Not included:

  • Flight to/from Venice
  • Dinners unspecified
  • Beverage
  • Pre or post tour accommodation

 

Supplements:

200 € bike rental

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