Dates: 01-Sep-2019  - 08-Sep-2019

Group size: 8

Rider type: Intermediate to Advanced

Price: $4900 per person twin share ($AUD)

Deposit: $750 per person twin share ($AUD)

Single Supplement$750 ($AUD)

Italy Lakes & Alps
Italy Lakes & Alps
Italy Lakes & Alps
Italy Lakes & Alps
Italy Lakes & Alps

8 Day European Cycling Tour in the Italian Lakes & Alps

Classic Italy ascents include the the Gavia Pass, Stelvio Pass, the Mortirolo, Muro di Sormano (wall of Sormano) and the Madonna del Ghisallo.

TOUR START: Pick-up (early morning), 1st September, Malpensa Airport, Milan

TOUR FINISH: Drop-off by 2:00pm, 8th September, Innsbruck, Austria

This tour is a cycling holiday like no other. It offers the chance to create thrilling lifetime memories of the magical northern Italian regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and Sondrio. We provide a truly boutique experience, limited to 8 riders, with a VIP wrap to ensure your every need is catered for. We always aim to stay in 4-star accommodation and immerse ourselves in the cultural, gastronomic and aesthetic delights of these magnificent Italian regions.

The breathtaking series of lakes in northern Italy were formed some 20,000 years ago as glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age, leaving a series of deep lake-filled valleys.

The tour starts in an idyllic lakeside town on Lago Maggiore. During the next four days of riding we will circumnavigate, climb up to and climb over the lakes of Lago d’Orta, Lago Lugano and Lago Como, visiting many of the picturesque towns and villages on route. We ride a loop through Switzerland which is home to many of the ‘rich and famous’ - from a cycling perspective - these roads and local climbs have been the training ground for the likes of Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali who have all lived in this area.

Our next stop is Menaggio on Lago di Como which is a beautiful and relaxed resort.

The highlight of our lakes experience will be riding the final climbs upon which the Giro Lombardia is decided. IL Lombardia is the 5th and final Monument of year and brings down the curtain on the European cycling season. A ferry crossing from our hotel to Bellagio is a perfect way to start the day and it takes us straight on to the 10km climb of the hallowed Madonna del Ghisallo, which used every year in the Giro Lombardia. The church at the top is dedicated to cycling and packed with memorabilia so we should feel right at home during our visit. The Muro di Sormano climb will be a true test on a narrow path through dense forest, then we will follow the Lombardia route down into Como for lunch before riding back around the lake to Menaggio.

Leaving the lakes behind we head off to the Italian Alps which are just a short van drive away. The Alps are synonymous with the legendary climbs of the Giro d’Italia - the Gavia, Mortirolo and of course the mighty Stelvio. The thought of climbing those 48 ‘tornantes’, or switchbacks, is every cyclists dream. We will stay in Bormio, an historic alpine town that offers far more than the spectacular climbs that surround it; the old town is wonderful and a relaxation session in the Roman baths is a must.

Our tour concludes in the Austrian town of Innsbruck, host city for the 2018 UCI road world championships, it’s a great chance to relax and unwind while experiencing Austrian history and culture; its sure to enrich and enhance your European experience.

Every day we can tailor the distance and amount of climbing to ensure each person truly enjoys the experience of our northern Italy tour.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels
  • 7 days of riding
  • Daily breakfast, daily lunch, as well as welcome and farewell dinners
  • Rider nutrition
  • Experienced on road rider guides and vehicle support
  • Mechanical support

See additional information under the Inclusions and Highlights tabs at the top of this page.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Enjoy the majestic scenery and natural beauty of Italy.
  • Superb views everywhere, every day, including the bellissimo northern Italy lakes and the Italian Alps.
  • Featuring the Passo Stelvio and its 48 switchbacks; the Mortirolo and Gavia Passes - the ‘classics’ of the Giro d’Italia.
  • Ride the climb upon which the Giro Lombardia race is usually decided, the Madonna del Ghisallo, along with the short stint into Switzerland
  • Stay in specially selected accommodation from elegant neo-classical places, to hotels noted for their ‘character and charm’ or even bright modern places with superb outlooks. Some accommodation has pool and/or spa facilities.
  • Enjoy the charm and history of ancient and quaint villages, including spa and market towns.
  • Sample the typical cakes of Lake Maggiore, the Fugascine. This area produces wonderful Gorgonzola cheese 'al naturale', or the goat's cheese Formagella of Luino; there are many local producers of Formaggio. Sample the lake trout, wild asparagus, and traditional risotto, and you will find plenty of polenta here (the version with sautéed mushrooms is absolutely delicious); not to mention the wonderland of Italian wine!
  • Our tour routes have been carefully designed for variety and enjoyment, to experience diverse areas, scenery, terrain, and include the legendary cols that the pro's ride.




KEY INCLUSIONS:
  • A truly boutique experience with group sizes limited to 8 guests
  • 3-4 staff per tour creating an industry high ratio of staff to guests
  • Transfers - pickup & drop off
  • We only use modern luxury 9 seater air-conditioned vans to ensure the best possible travel experience
  • Accommodation in carefully selected bike friendly 4 star hotels often noted for their ‘character and charm’
  • Fresh and filling daily breakfast - buffet style aimed at getting the cycling day off to the perfect start
  • Fresh panini/sandwich style Italian lunch provided daily
  • Delicious 3-4 course dinners including a selection of local wines for the welcome and farewell dinners
  • We create and personally delivery your tour experience, the owners of velobiketours are with you every day
  • On transfer days our VIP wrap ensures that everything is ready for you upon arrival. Full luggage transfer service between your accommodations - hop off the bike, and your room with luggage in is ready for you
  • Flexible ride options available every day so you can ride as much or as little as you desire
  • velobiketours cycling kit - includes cycling jersey, cap and gloves
  • Cycling kit laundry services - two washes included for the tour
  • Riding nutrition including fruit, energy bars, gels and rehydration drinks
  • Full vehicle backup and support services provided throughout your ride every day
  • On road experienced rider guides and support, assisting the group each day
  • Mechanical assistance and support
  • Purpose built bike racks for safe and careful bike carriage
  • Quality bike hire options available - fees apply. Bike hire options
  • Daily photos to capture your memories.
  • Road guide book including detailed itinerary, ride maps, climb profiles, hotel details and daily activity information.
  • Prior to your trip we can provide advice on preparing for you trip, including a cycling packing check list. Other travel planning and arrangements (flights, additional accommodation, travel insurance etc), are available through our travel partners.
  • General information and tips on travel in France
Optional extras (fees apply):
  • Post ride massage
  • Additional laundry service
Exclusions:
  • Meals that have not been included in the itinerary (refer to the tour itinerary)
  • Pre and post tour travel arrangements, including flights, any additional accommodation or transfers required (however we can provide assistance for additional travel requirements)
  • Personal purchases
  • Activities not scheduled in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (compulsory requirement for guests. Enquire for assistance with travel insurance)
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