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Tuscany, Grappa & The Dolomites Stages


 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
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Duration
11 days / 10 nights

2016 Trip dates
May 13 › May 23

Start location
Florence Airport

Ending location
Venice Marco Polo Airport

Accommodations
4 nights in Monteriggioni
2 nights in Bassano d. Grappa
4 nights in Alleghe

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person (USD)
$4,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $950

Non-riders
10% Discount (in double occupancy)

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Climb the quintessential cols, witness 5 key stages, ride the course, and experience the pure cycling passion of Italy. Join us for the 2016 Tour of Italy! Hugely popular with avid cyclists, our King of the Mountains Challenge combines prime race viewing with a full schedule of challenging Giro-inspired routes. 

We'll witness both Time Trials, the Chianti Classic: a demanding 40km race against the clock through the Chianti hills, and the 11km Mountain Time Trial from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi.

The race couldn't leave Tuscany without a section of strade bianche - and we'll be there to witness the race tackle the gravel road climb to Alpe di Pote on Stage 8.

One of the highlights of this years Tour of Italy will be the mountainous Stage 14 with no less than 6 categorized climbs in the Dolomites. The route will follow the famous Sella Ronde before taking on the Hors-Categorie Passo Giau and the Passo Valparola. We'll watch the race on the Passo Giau, one of the most famous and spectacular climbs in the Dolomites.

In true Thomson style, in addition to catching the key moments of the race, we'll be doing a substantial bit of riding ourselves.

We'll warm up with a few days in Tuscany with some serious elevation gains and strade bianche sections. From Chianti we head north for one of the highlights of the trip - a spectacular day of riding on one of Italy's most famous (and most challenging) climbs - Monte Grappa! From the Grappa region we continue north into the Dolomites where 4 days of serious climbing await in the most striking and challenging mountains in Europe.

Ready to reach new heights? Take the King of the Mountains Challenge and discover why no one does the Giro like Thomson!

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the best of the action from the Tour of Italy LIVE:
      • Stage 8 - Alpe di Poti
      • Stage 9 - The Chianti Classic Time Trial
      • Stage 10 - Campi Bisenzio (entry to the VIP area at the Stage Start)
      • Stage 14 - Passo Giau
      • Stage 15 - The Mountain Time Trial to Alpe di Siusi
  • Ride key segments of the Tour of Italy route just hours before the peloton
  • Monte Grappa - climb one of Italy's most famous and most challenging climbs - from 2 sides!
  • Stunningly beautiful rides in the Chianti region of Tuscany
  • 4 days of challenging riding in the Dolomites - includes the Sella Ronda, Passo Giau, Passo Duran, Passo Fedaia, Passo San Pellegrino and many more famous climbs!
  • VIP entry to the Stage Start in Campi Bisenzio

The Thomson Rides

Day Route Summary Hotel Location
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Monteriggioni › Lucerena › Montecagnano › Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni
4-star
38km
24 miles
599m
1965 ft
2

Monteriggioni › CastellinaMonte LucoAlpe di Poti

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 8
On the climb to Alpe di Poti. The last 6km of the climb on gravel roads!

Monteriggioni
4-star
110km
68 miles
2317m
7602 ft
3

Monteriggioni › San Gimignano › Panzano in Chianti

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 9
The Chianti Classic 40km Time Trial

Monteriggioni
4-star
80km
50 miles
1553m
2562 ft
4

Monteriggioni › CastellinaPoggio del SugamePasso del MorellinoPalagio › Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni
4-star
133km
83 miles
2562m
8406 ft
5

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 10
VIP entry to the Stage Start in Campi Bisenzio (Florence)

Bassano del Grappa › ValvorinaTortima La Rosina › Bassano del Grappa
Bassano del Grappa
4-star
44km
27 miles
906m
2972 ft
6

Bassano del Grappa › Monte Grappa (from Romano d'Ezzelino) Monte Grappa (from Semenzo) › Bassano del Grappa

Bassano del Grappa
4-star
102km
63 miles
3357m
11104 ft
7

Alleghe › Passo San Pellegrino Passo Valles Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star

96km
60 miles
2,644m
8,675 ft
8

Alleghe › Passo PordoiPasso Sella › Passo Gardena › Passo Campolongo › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star

98km
61 miles
2,746m
9,009 ft
9

Alleghe › Passo DuranPasso StaulanzaPasso Giau

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 14
On the Passo Giau

Passo Giau › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
91km
57 miles
3,219m
10,561 ft
10

Alleghe › Passo FedaiaPasso SellaCastelrotto

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 15
Mountain Time Trial

Alleghe
4-star

72km
45 miles
2,271m
7,451 ft
11

END OF THE TRIP
Transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport

     

TOTAL:

864km
537 miles

22,174m
72,749 ft


Climb these Famous Tour of Italy Passes

In just 1 week conquer many of the legendary climbs of the Tour of Italy! Here are some of the climbs included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index).

Click on the icon to view the elevation profile of each climb.

Climb
Elev. Gain
Av.
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
Monte Grappa (from Semonzo)
1530m/5020ft
8.3%
18.5km/11.5 miles
1455
Monte Grappa (from Romano)
1558m/5112ft
6.2%
25.1km/15.6 miles
1185
Passo Fedaia
1059m/3474ft
7.5%
14.1km/8.8 miles
966
Passo Duran
992m/3255ft
7.9%
12.5km/7.8 miles
898
Passo Giau
922m/3025ft
9.1%
10.1km/6.3 miles
849
Passo San Pellegrino
1144m/3753ft
6.3%
18.2km/11.3 miles
719
Passo Staulanza
843m/2766ft
6.7%
12.6km/7.8 miles
597
Alpe di Poti
674m/2211ft
6.5%
10.4km/6.5 miles
537
Passo Pordoi
637m/2090ft
6.8%
9.4km/5.8 miles
447
Passo Valles
493m/1617ft
8.2%
6km/3.7 miles
437
Passo Sella
399m/2487ft
7.3%
5.5km/3.4 miles
304
Monte Luco
449m/1473ft
4.6%
9.7km/6 miles
288
Passo Campolongo
307m/1007ft
5.0%
6.1km/3.8 miles
192
Poggio del Sugame
299m/981ft
4.3%
6.4km/4 miles
169
Castellina
525m/1722ft
2.6%
20.5km/12.7 miles
164
Passo Gardena
250m/820ft
4.2%
5.9km/3.7 miles
140
Panzano in Chianti
212m/696ft
4.5%
4.7km/2.9 miles
103
Valrovina
166m/545ft
3.6%
4.6km/2.9 miles
101
La Rosina
137m/449ft
7%
2km/1.2 miles
98


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas:

  • Prime viewing spots - our teams are in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure strategically placed viewing locations close to the summits of the climbs
  • Large marquis tents
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cool drinks. Hot drinks in case of cold weather!
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

The peloton rides by our Race Viewing Hospitality Area

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...!!!
  • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line Bianchi Rental bikes

What's Included

  • 11 days / 10 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations (4-star hotels)
  • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on Stages 8 & 14
  • VIP pass to witness the Start of Stage 10 in Campi Bisenzio (Florence)
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • 4 lunches
  • Pick-up at Florence Airport
  • Drop-off at Venice Marco Polo Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.