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Alps - Great Alps
AN EPIC GUIDED BIKE TOUR. MORTIROLO PASS, GAVIA PASS, BERNINA PASS, STELVIO PASS AND LAKE COMO
7 days
7 people
100/110 km daily
TOT 450 km
hard difficulty
bike rent
"AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE"
Kathy and I did the Hills, Sea and more tour with Luca and Ricki from Road Bike Tours Italy in May 2018.  An amazing experience with exceptional service, attention, support and encouragement from these two great guys.  Everything was catered for including the latest Bianchi road bikes, fantastic accommodation and meals and riding through beautiful countryside, Tuscan villages and around Elba Island.  We can thoroughly recommend this professional and friendly Tour group. 

Peter F Crossman
 "Luca and Michela were perfect riding hosts"
Mary and I arrived in Milano not sure whether we would enjoy our week riding with Road Bike Tours Italy, but there was no need to worry. Luca and Michela were perfect riding hosts and ensure we had a marvellous week of riding around the three Lakes. They asked us how we liked to ride and used that information to tailor their tour to our needs and abilities and from there we had seven wonderful days of riding! Great rides and panoramic routes from a Luca, excellent accommodation, wonderful food and drink, brilliant van support from Michela and most importantly two new friends. We got it all from a Luca and Michela and are really looking forward to joining them again for one of their other tours.

Stephen Ryan
"the perfect bike tour company"
My daughter and I were fortunate to have found Road Bike Tours Italy while searching for the perfect bike tour company that could accommodate our needs and desires. Luca and Michela were our fabulous guides during our tour of the Great Alps and we couldn't have been happier! Each day was an epic ride, punctuated by grueling climbs, amazing vistas and dizzying descents (yes, this are the epic passes made famous by the Giro d'Italia) and then rewarded by a nice hot shower in beautiful accommodations and delicious food and wine in our In addition to having incredible knowledge of the region and its cultural heritage, whereThey possess an incredible zest for life and adventure.

Ana Maria Williamson
"Absolutely perfect tour - the cycling, the tour guides, the hotels, the food – everything!"
When I booked this tour I could see from the pictures on line that it was going to be pretty outstanding but actually cycling around the three lakes was one of the most amazing things I have ever done! The long hills were a bit of a challenge for me and my husband as we hadn’t ever cycled long ascents before but we really enjoyed doing them and would love to do it again!

skiBristol
"Wonderful trip"
We were a family of four on this trip, made up of parents ages 58 and 72 and two adult children; joined by Paul, an energetic 82 year old Australian gentleman who had just come from a week of cycling in Tuscany. Of the five guests I was the only one on a road bike; the others opted for electric bikes. I found two of the days challenging with fairly long and steep climbs, but a breeze if you're on an electric.

Orbans2018
Cycling Tours Northern Italy
A week of high mountains and their great Alpine passes where Giro d’Italia legends were born. Our bikes follow the tracks of those who embarked on epic battles on two wheels: unforgettable endeavours linked to the big names in international cycling. Surrounded by glaciers, mountains and unspoilt nature, we will retrace the exploits of the great champions and our idols. We can therefore expect a week which is demanding but extremely rewarding and Road Bike Tours Italy will make this trip accessible to all participants, thanks to the constant presence of the minibus and technical guidance throughout.

Bormio, renowned and enchanting ski resort, known for hosting the Ski World Cup and home to the famous Spa, will welcome us, for a week, in the heart of the Alps on the Giro d’Italia roads. The delicious cuisine of the Valtellina awaiting us every evening will be a well-deserved reward for our efforts, in addition to the pride of having succeeded in a challenging endeavour by road bike.

Day by day
DAY 1
Welcome from the staff and bike tour presentation.
Dinner based on local product and excellent wine from the Valtellina in a typical mountain restaurant.

DAY 2
GAVIA PASS

Bormio- Gavia Pass 2621m -Mortirolo Pass- Bormio 108km, 3180 m difference in altitude

Starting off from Bormio the first step on our tour will be the least demanding pass of the week: Gavia Pass. One of the highest mountain passes in Europe, it represents one of the epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia: unforgettable images broadcast around the world of exhausted cyclists in the snow in some editions of the Giro.

Starting from Bormio we head towards Santa Caterina on a wide road with substantial gradients which, as the road narrows, become really demanding. This very special ride alternates easy stretches, that allow us to enjoy the beautiful view, with demanding sections, with an average gradient of 5.4% and a maximum of 15%. After the effort of the climb, once we have reached the top and put on the protective clothing provided by our loyal minibus, we carefully face the descent to enter the province of Brescia, in Ponte di Legno, famous ski resort, in the splendid Valle Camonica. This valley is well-known for its rock etchings, prehistoric remains that led to the area becoming the first UNESCO world heritage site in Italy in 1979. On the same day the same recognition was awarded to sites such as the gardens of Versailles and the Egyptian Pyramids.

.Going down the valley we reach Monno, crossroads for Valtellina and Valtellina. Here starts a new extraordinary ascent: Mortirolo Pass.

This side of this epic pass is easier than the Valtellina side, but after have done Gavia Pass, it will be a great challenge.

Get to the top a fast down hill take us in Bormio

Our first day ends here, we load our road bikes onto the minibus, and return to Bormio to enjoy an evening in good company, with excellent local food and wine.

DAY 3
BERNINA PASS

Tirano – Bernina Pass 2328m – Forcola Pass 2315m-Livigno- Foscagno Pass 2291-Bormio 101km, 2878m difference in altitude

After breakfast, transfer to Tirano where the climb is, at once, rather demanding, to reach Lake Poschiavo. Here we get our breath back for a moment before getting back on our bikes to continue the climb, short of breath, but also with the constant presence of the minibus at our side, to reassure us and provide any necessary assistance. A very large difference in altitude, with an average gradient 5.5% and a maximum of 12% … but the breathtaking landscapes and fabulous scenery of the Bernina glaciers will give us the strength to conquer the Pass with our road bikes.

It is a Swiss pass that connects the Valtellina and Upper Engadine. Here we have a spectacular panoramas towards the Alpine peaks Pizzo Bernina (4049m) Pizzo Palù (3906m) and the Morteratsch (3751m) with its imposing glacier.

After this spectacular Pass we head to Livigno, a beautiful mountain village called Little Tibet too, a really famous ski resort.

The last effort takes us to Foscagno Pass where Start the descent towards Bormio .

As a reward we can expect an abundant and excellent dinner, as always based on products of Valtellina: pizzoccheri, sciatt (although the name, in Valtellina dialect, means “toads”, do not be fooled: they are delicious savory croquettes with melted cheese in the middle) polenta taragna (made from cornmeal and buckwheat flour) and bresaola, all washed down with local wines.

DAY 4
REST DAY – LAKE COMO- MADONNA DEL GHISALLO 85km- 600m difference in altitude

Just like professional cyclists during the big races, also our cycling team needs a more relaxing day to recover our energy. Immediately after breakfast, with the bikes on the minibus, we head for the lower Valtellina. Today’s ride is an easy trip completely on the flat. Enjoying the incomparable beauty of Lake Como, we will arrive in Varenna and then reach Bellagio by boat.

In Bellagio starts our climb towards the famous Madonna del Ghisallo, The Patron of Cyclist.

Then we come back in Bellagio where the ferry wait for us for our transfer in Menaggio.

From there, riding on the east shores, we will conclude the day.

DAY 5
MORTIROLO PASS

Mazzo di Valtellina-Passo Mortirolo (1850m) – Aprica-Tirano- Bormio 101Km – 2050m difference in altitude

Full of energy once again thanks to the pleasant and relaxing previous day, after breakfast, we take the minibus to Mazzo, the starting point today. The climb par excellence is that on the Valtellina side, which stretches for 12.5 km, with a difference in height of almost 1300m and a steep but steady gradient (average 10%; maximum 18%). These characteristics make it one of the most popular but also hardest ascents in Europe; it became famous when it was included in the Giro d’Italia route in 1990. It was here that, in 1994, the great Marco Pantani broke free, winning the stage, and in memory of the epic endeavours of the “Pirate” a monument was placed in his honor at Km 8 on the Valtellina side in 2006.

Passo del Mortirolo is “the pass of all passes”, where the toughest, most important and exciting battles of the Giro d’Italia are fought. We too will have the opportunity to try out this ascent, always with the minibus for support should it be required. We return via a different route, through Trivigno, to reach the Aprica Pass. Thoroughly deserved after so much effort, a succulent dinner, as always based on the best local products, awaits us.

DAY 6
STELVIO PASS LOOP

Stelvio Pass 2758m – Umbrail Pass 2501m -105 km, 3100m difference in altitude

A generous breakfast will help us to face the last of our epic climbs, from Bormio to the Stelvio Pass: average gradient of 7% with peaks of 15%. This is the highest Italian pass open to motorised vehicles and connects the Valtellina with Val Venosta in the province of Bolzano. An impressive series of hairpin bends and breathtaking nature write the story of this famous climb. The grandeur and majesty of the Ortler, with its huge glaciers, will be the reward for our efforts. After getting warm clothing from our minibus we head downhill to visit the Trentino side, from Prato dello Stelvio up to the fortified town of Glorenza, a few kilometers from the Swiss border

After we passed the Swiss border, another epic ascent is waiting for us: Umbrail Pass.

From the top of this pass we return to Bormio for our dinner to end an unforgettable week

DAY 7
Breakfast and departure.
cycling tours northern italy
€ 1720
ALL INCLUSIVE!
Minibus assistance
Taxes
Luggage transfer
6 nights accommodation
6 dinners
6 breakfasts
Technical bike guide
Technical assistance
Technical Bike Shirt
Ferry From Menaggio to Varenna
Transfer from/to airport

EXCLUDED: tips, laundry, service, drinks at dinner,medical insurance, lunches and everything is not explicitly written in this page!
Dates
Cycling Tours Northern Italy: Geat Alps
06/09/2019
06/30/2019
07/14/2019

07/28/2019
09/01/2019

"AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE" - Peter F Crossman
Kathy and I did the Hills, Sea and more tour with Luca and Ricki from Road Bike Tours Italy in May 2018.  An amazing experience with exceptional service, attention, support and encouragement from these two great guys.  Everything was catered for including the latest Bianchi road bikes, fantastic accommodation and meals and riding through beautiful countryside, Tuscan villages and around Elba Island.  We can thoroughly recommend this professional and friendly Tour group. 
 "LUCA AND MICHELA WERE PERFECT RIDING HOSTS" - Stephen Ryan
Mary and I arrived in Milano not sure whether we would enjoy our week riding with Road Bike Tours Italy, but there was no need to worry. Luca and Michela were perfect riding hosts and ensure we had a marvellous week of riding around the three Lakes. They asked us how we liked to ride and used that information to tailor their tour to our needs and abilities and from there we had seven wonderful days of riding! Great rides and panoramic routes from a Luca, excellent accommodation, wonderful food and drink, brilliant van support from Michela and most importantly two new friends. We got it all from a Luca and Michela and are really looking forward to joining them again for one of their other tours.
"THE PERFECT BIKE TOUR COMPANY" - Ana Maria Williamson
My daughter and I were fortunate to have found Road Bike Tours Italy while searching for the perfect bike tour company that could accommodate our needs and desires. Luca and Michela were our fabulous guides during our tour of the Great Alps and we couldn't have been happier! Each day was an epic ride, punctuated by grueling climbs, amazing vistas and dizzying descents (yes, this are the epic passes made famous by the Giro d'Italia) and then rewarded by a nice hot shower in beautiful accommodations and delicious food and wine in our In addition to having incredible knowledge of the region and its cultural heritage, whereThey possess an incredible zest for life and adventure.
"ABSOLUTLY PERFECT TOUR!" - SkiBristol
When I booked this tour I could see from the pictures on line that it was going to be pretty outstanding but actually cycling around the three lakes was one of the most amazing things I have ever done! The long hills were a bit of a challenge for me and my husband as we hadn’t ever cycled long ascents before but we really enjoyed doing them and would love to do it again!
"WONDERFUL TRIP" - Orbans2018
We were a family of four on this trip, made up of parents ages 58 and 72 and two adult children; joined by Paul, an energetic 82 year old Australian gentleman who had just come from a week of cycling in Tuscany. Of the five guests I was the only one on a road bike; the others opted for electric bikes. I found two of the days challenging with fairly long and steep climbs, but a breeze if you're on an electric.
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Cycling Tours Northern Italy
Alps - Great Alps
AN EPIC GUIDED BIKE TOUR. MORTIROLO PASS, GAVIA PASS, BERNINA PASS, STELVIO PASS AND LAKE COMO
7
days
7
people
100/110 km daily
TOT 450 km

hard
difficulty
bike rent
€ 1.720
ALL INCLUSIVE!
DETAILS
- Minibus assistance
- Taxes
- Luggage transfer
- 6 nights accommodation
- 6 dinners
- 6 breakfasts
- Technical bike guide
- Technical assistance
- Technical Bike Shirt
- Ferry From Menaggio to Varenna
- Transfer from/to airport

EXCLUDED: tips, laundry, service, drinks at dinner,medical insurance, lunches and everything is not explicitly written in this page!

REVIEWS
"AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE"
Kathy and I did the Hills, Sea and more tour with Luca and Ricki from Road Bike Tours Italy in May 2018.  An amazing experience with exceptional service, attention, support and encouragement from these two great guys.  Everything was catered for including the latest Bianchi road bikes, fantastic accommodation and meals and riding through beautiful countryside, Tuscan villages and around Elba Island.  We can thoroughly recommend this professional and friendly Tour group. 

Peter F Crossman
 "Luca and Michela were perfect riding hosts"
Mary and I arrived in Milano not sure whether we would enjoy our week riding with Road Bike Tours Italy, but there was no need to worry. Luca and Michela were perfect riding hosts and ensure we had a marvellous week of riding around the three Lakes. They asked us how we liked to ride and used that information to tailor their tour to our needs and abilities and from there we had seven wonderful days of riding! Great rides and panoramic routes from a Luca, excellent accommodation, wonderful food and drink, brilliant van support from Michela and most importantly two new friends. We got it all from a Luca and Michela and are really looking forward to joining them again for one of their other tours.

Stephen Ryan
"the perfect bike tour company"
My daughter and I were fortunate to have found Road Bike Tours Italy while searching for the perfect bike tour company that could accommodate our needs and desires. Luca and Michela were our fabulous guides during our tour of the Great Alps and we couldn't have been happier! Each day was an epic ride, punctuated by grueling climbs, amazing vistas and dizzying descents (yes, this are the epic passes made famous by the Giro d'Italia) and then rewarded by a nice hot shower in beautiful accommodations and delicious food and wine in our In addition to having incredible knowledge of the region and its cultural heritage, whereThey possess an incredible zest for life and adventure.

Ana Maria Williamson
"Absolutely perfect tour - the cycling, the tour guides, the hotels, the food – everything!"
When I booked this tour I could see from the pictures on line that it was going to be pretty outstanding but actually cycling around the three lakes was one of the most amazing things I have ever done! The long hills were a bit of a challenge for me and my husband as we hadn’t ever cycled long ascents before but we really enjoyed doing them and would love to do it again!

skiBristol
"Wonderful trip"
We were a family of four on this trip, made up of parents ages 58 and 72 and two adult children; joined by Paul, an energetic 82 year old Australian gentleman who had just come from a week of cycling in Tuscany. Of the five guests I was the only one on a road bike; the others opted for electric bikes. I found two of the days challenging with fairly long and steep climbs, but a breeze if you're on an electric.

Orbans2018
Day by day
DAY 1
Welcome from the staff and bike tour presentation.
Dinner based on local product and excellent wine from the Valtellina in a typical mountain restaurant.

DAY 2
GAVIA PASS

Bormio- Gavia Pass 2621m -Mortirolo Pass- Bormio 108km, 3180 m difference in altitude

Starting off from Bormio the first step on our tour will be the least demanding pass of the week: Gavia Pass. One of the highest mountain passes in Europe, it represents one of the epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia: unforgettable images broadcast around the world of exhausted cyclists in the snow in some editions of the Giro.

Starting from Bormio we head towards Santa Caterina on a wide road with substantial gradients which, as the road narrows, become really demanding. This very special ride alternates easy stretches, that allow us to enjoy the beautiful view, with demanding sections, with an average gradient of 5.4% and a maximum of 15%. After the effort of the climb, once we have reached the top and put on the protective clothing provided by our loyal minibus, we carefully face the descent to enter the province of Brescia, in Ponte di Legno, famous ski resort, in the splendid Valle Camonica. This valley is well-known for its rock etchings, prehistoric remains that led to the area becoming the first UNESCO world heritage site in Italy in 1979. On the same day the same recognition was awarded to sites such as the gardens of Versailles and the Egyptian Pyramids.

.Going down the valley we reach Monno, crossroads for Valtellina and Valtellina. Here starts a new extraordinary ascent: Mortirolo Pass.

This side of this epic pass is easier than the Valtellina side, but after have done Gavia Pass, it will be a great challenge.

Get to the top a fast down hill take us in Bormio

Our first day ends here, we load our road bikes onto the minibus, and return to Bormio to enjoy an evening in good company, with excellent local food and wine.

DAY 3
BERNINA PASS

Tirano – Bernina Pass 2328m – Forcola Pass 2315m-Livigno- Foscagno Pass 2291-Bormio 101km, 2878m difference in altitude

After breakfast, transfer to Tirano where the climb is, at once, rather demanding, to reach Lake Poschiavo. Here we get our breath back for a moment before getting back on our bikes to continue the climb, short of breath, but also with the constant presence of the minibus at our side, to reassure us and provide any necessary assistance. A very large difference in altitude, with an average gradient 5.5% and a maximum of 12% … but the breathtaking landscapes and fabulous scenery of the Bernina glaciers will give us the strength to conquer the Pass with our road bikes.

It is a Swiss pass that connects the Valtellina and Upper Engadine. Here we have a spectacular panoramas towards the Alpine peaks Pizzo Bernina (4049m) Pizzo Palù (3906m) and the Morteratsch (3751m) with its imposing glacier.

After this spectacular Pass we head to Livigno, a beautiful mountain village called Little Tibet too, a really famous ski resort.

The last effort takes us to Foscagno Pass where Start the descent towards Bormio .

As a reward we can expect an abundant and excellent dinner, as always based on products of Valtellina: pizzoccheri, sciatt (although the name, in Valtellina dialect, means “toads”, do not be fooled: they are delicious savory croquettes with melted cheese in the middle) polenta taragna (made from cornmeal and buckwheat flour) and bresaola, all washed down with local wines.

DAY 4
REST DAY – LAKE COMO- MADONNA DEL GHISALLO 85km- 600m difference in altitude

Just like professional cyclists during the big races, also our cycling team needs a more relaxing day to recover our energy. Immediately after breakfast, with the bikes on the minibus, we head for the lower Valtellina. Today’s ride is an easy trip completely on the flat. Enjoying the incomparable beauty of Lake Como, we will arrive in Varenna and then reach Bellagio by boat.

In Bellagio starts our climb towards the famous Madonna del Ghisallo, The Patron of Cyclist.

Then we come back in Bellagio where the ferry wait for us for our transfer in Menaggio.

From there, riding on the east shores, we will conclude the day.

DAY 5
MORTIROLO PASS

Mazzo di Valtellina-Passo Mortirolo (1850m) – Aprica-Tirano- Bormio 101Km – 2050m difference in altitude

Full of energy once again thanks to the pleasant and relaxing previous day, after breakfast, we take the minibus to Mazzo, the starting point today. The climb par excellence is that on the Valtellina side, which stretches for 12.5 km, with a difference in height of almost 1300m and a steep but steady gradient (average 10%; maximum 18%). These characteristics make it one of the most popular but also hardest ascents in Europe; it became famous when it was included in the Giro d’Italia route in 1990. It was here that, in 1994, the great Marco Pantani broke free, winning the stage, and in memory of the epic endeavours of the “Pirate” a monument was placed in his honor at Km 8 on the Valtellina side in 2006.

Passo del Mortirolo is “the pass of all passes”, where the toughest, most important and exciting battles of the Giro d’Italia are fought. We too will have the opportunity to try out this ascent, always with the minibus for support should it be required. We return via a different route, through Trivigno, to reach the Aprica Pass. Thoroughly deserved after so much effort, a succulent dinner, as always based on the best local products, awaits us.

DAY 6
STELVIO PASS LOOP

Stelvio Pass 2758m – Umbrail Pass 2501m -105 km, 3100m difference in altitude

A generous breakfast will help us to face the last of our epic climbs, from Bormio to the Stelvio Pass: average gradient of 7% with peaks of 15%. This is the highest Italian pass open to motorised vehicles and connects the Valtellina with Val Venosta in the province of Bolzano. An impressive series of hairpin bends and breathtaking nature write the story of this famous climb. The grandeur and majesty of the Ortler, with its huge glaciers, will be the reward for our efforts. After getting warm clothing from our minibus we head downhill to visit the Trentino side, from Prato dello Stelvio up to the fortified town of Glorenza, a few kilometers from the Swiss border

After we passed the Swiss border, another epic ascent is waiting for us: Umbrail Pass.

From the top of this pass we return to Bormio for our dinner to end an unforgettable week

DAY 7
Breakfast and departure.
cycling tours northern italy
Dates
06/09/2019
06/30/2019
07/14/2019

07/28/2019
09/01/2019

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