The 98th GIRO D’ITALIA
The final week
22 May 2015 to 01 Jun 2015
The route of the 98th Giro d'Italia was unveiled in Milan on 6th October 2014.
The Race starts with a team time trail at San Remo on May 9th, and finishes in Milan on May 31st.
The Giro d'Italia will not leave the Italian border for the 2015 version of this iconic race. This week we will take you to watch the final stages of the 2015 Giro d'Italia from the third and final rest day, all the way until the final day in Milan.
For detailed info & stage profiles on the 98th Giro d'Italia visit the Official Giro website.
Friday the 22nd of May - Arrival day
Please arrange your flight to arrive into Venice, either Marco Polo or Treviso. We will offer one pick up and transfer at 3.00pm (from Marco Polo) and 3.30pm (from Treviso) to our overnight hotel in Feltre, where we will spend 2 nights at the Hotel Casagrande in the historical medieval town of Feltre.
This evening we will eat the evening meal together at the Hotel Casagrande and our guides will introduce you all to each other and do a briefing on the exciting days ahead.
Saturday the 23rd of May - Stage 14 - Treviso to Valdobbiadene, individual time trial - 59km
As today we are not transporting luggage, one of our members of staff is coming with the riders as a bike guide to ensure you have a smooth introduction into riding in Italy if you have never been here before. Non-riding spectators have the use of our minibuses and drivers today. From our hotel in Feltre, it is approximately 32 km to the finish of the day's stage. Overnight at the Hotel Casagrande.
Sunday 24th of May - Stage 15 - Marostica to Madonna di Campiglio - 165km
After an early start we leave Feltre and head over to Madonna di Campligio for stage 15 which promises to be a great finish at the ski resort. Those with bikes can ride up to the race finsh while those without bikes can take in the spa town of Madonna di Campiglio. Following the stage finish we will head to Ponte di Legno for 2 nights at the Hotel Mirella.
Monday 25th of May - Rest Day
We have a free day in the picturesque town of Ponte di Legno. There are many options for riding today including one of the most famous passes in Giro history - the Gavia straight from our hotel, or possibly drive a little way and ride the spectacular Stelvio pass. Another option would be a circular trip taking in Ponte di Legno, the Gavia pass, the beautiful towns of Bormio & Tirano and then back to Ponte di Legno….or include the Mortirolo….many options! We will be staying in Ponte di Legno at the Hotel Mirella. Our bike guide will accompany you today.
Tuesday 26th of May - Stage 16 - Pinzolo to Aprica - 175km
Today the Giro sets off from Pinzolo directly up the Campo Carlo Magno pass to an elevation of 1702m quickly followed by the higher Passo del Tonale at 1883m, and through Ponte de Legno, virtually past the hotel door! After passing by, the Giro heads to Aprica to start a loop, that will head over the feared Mortirolo pass, although crossing the pass at slightly lower height of 1852m the pass starts at a lower altitude making this the longest and hardest climb of the day. From the top the race heads down to Edolo and back to Aprica for the stage finish. There are lots of riding options today - for non-riders we would suggest heading straight down to Aprica, and watch the first loop then the finish in town. We will spend the night at the excellent Albergo Europa in Sondrio.
Wednesday 27th of May - Stage 17 - Tirano to Lugano - 136km
Today we wake in the town of Sondrio, which is on todays route at 36km into the stage however we may decide to watch the start of todays routes, 30km back down the road in Tirano, to get a feel for the signing on etc. Today we may be able to catch the Giro a couple of times as it heads down the valley towards the north of Lake Como. We can then find a bar to watch the end of the stage on TV, before heading to Hotel Capolago near Varese for the next 2 nights on half board.
We set off early from Sondrio, heading towards Lugano. Along the route, those with bikes are dropped off, to head towards Lugano, riding the Giro route ahead of the peloton! Those without bikes carry on to Lugano for today's finish, where we meet up with those who have riden the route. Overnight in Hotel Capoago near Varese. Journey from Lugano to Capolago near Varese normally takes an hour, but with extra traffic and customs to clear, this could take longer.
Thursday 28th of May - Stage 18 - Melidee to Verbania - 172km
Today the Giro leaves from Melide, in Switzerland. From our hotel base near Varese, the Giro will pass once again by our front door. Today we can either watch the peloton head past and have a day by the lake in Varese and explore the town of Varese or head to the finish town of Verbania. Those with bikes can ride some of the route then towards Verbania, ahead of the peloton, with non-riders being taken to the town of Vebania with the chance to watch the riders twice. As they head through the town towards the climb of Monte Ologno the riders will then descend back into Verbania for the finish. After the stage we will transfer back to Varese and the Hotel Capoago. Our bike guide will ride with you today.
Friday 29th of May - Stage 19 - Gravellona Toce to Cervinia - 236km
Today we set off early and head towards Saint Vincent. From here, those with bikes can head up towards the finish at the stunning ski station of Cervinia. After the stage we head to the Val d’Susa and a 2 night stay at Hotel Napoleon, in Susa.
Saturday 30th of May - Stage 20 - Saint Vincent to Sestrierre - 196km
We are ideally placed for today's stage as the peloton will head straight through the town of Susa, en-route to Sestriere. Options include those with bikes riding from the hotel to Sestriere waiting and heading to the finish to watch the riders come in. non riders can be taken to Sestriere and maybe partaking in some hiking in the area, before the heading back to the centre of town and watching the riders in. After the finish, riders can either ride back to the hotel or jump in the minibus and be taken back to Susa. Note : it may take a while to get out of Sestriere to get to Susa, due to traffic. Our bike guide will ride with you today.
Sunday 31st of May - Stage 21 - Turin to Milan - 185km
This is it, today is the final stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia. We head away from the mountainous stages today and enjoy the final procession, a flat 185km stage from Torino to Milan. As with the Tour de France, today the riders are likely to enjoy the ride and take it easy until they reach Milan. The sprinters will get a final chance to open up their legs, as we finish with 7 laps around the centre of Milan. Options today include heading early into Torino, watching the signing on and race start, that jumping into vehicles and heading down to Milan to catch the finish. Or head straight to Milan, have a few hours in the city then finding a viewing are to watch the finish as the sprinters take centre stage.
After the finish we jump back into our vehicles and drive out of the city to Milan Malpensa, where we have our final night at the superb 4 star Crowne Plaza hotel.
Monday 1st of June - Departure Day from Milan Malpensa
After breakfast we will take you to Milan Malensa airport.
£1599 per person, based on two people sharing a double room or twin room
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of these rooms is £299 per person
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can join our group and enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
What's not Included:
- 10 nights at various 3 and 4 star hotels
- Breakfasts and evening meals
- Minibus transport
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- Bike guide on non-luggage transport days
- Bike storage at the hotels
- Daily transport to watch the different stages
- Airport transfers
- Various pre-mapped riding options with GPX files and maps
- The services of our Sports Tours representatives
- Your flights to and from Italy
- Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
- Travel insurance (Very important)
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