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“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”

– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

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Trip Dates:

May 22-29
(8D / 7N)


Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

8 days/ 7 nights





Hotel Raggio di Luce, Ponte di Legno

Teutschhaus Hotel, Mezzocorona

Hotel Malita, Arabba

Meltar Boutique Hotel, Asiago

Hotel Townhouse 33, Milan


Activity Level:

Intermediate /Challenging

Daily options of 60/80/100+km
van supported


Land Cost (current year):
8 day trip
US $2950 ($3450 after Macrh 31st)
Includes 7B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $760

Bike Rental:
US $280

Giro D’Italia, Biking

Tour with the Pros


The much anticipated Giro D’Italia is having its 100th anniversary in 2017, with a roster of pros flocking to compete for the coveted pink jersey. In the last week of the event, there are 5 mountain stages in the Italian Alps including many of the classic cols: Mortirolo, Stelvio,  Tonale, Pordoi, Valparola, Gardena and Grappa . Our 8 day trip will start from Milan, with a transfer to Ponte di Legno, 13 km from the stage 16 route and virtually on the route of Stage 17. Throughout the trip, we will be viewing 5 stages live so you will be up close to the action of the Grand Tour. Each of our trip hotels is close to the race course, so this means less driving time and more time riding. We accommodate a variety of riding abilities- each day we will present options so that you can challenge yourself to the level that YOU wish. The tour includes amazing meals, wine tastings, and other events that promise to make your experience the best possible. And because we operate our own trips, the only surprises will be good ones. Our 2017 Giro trip is certain to sell out early, so book now to hold your place


Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: each and every day
  • The opportunity to order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
  • live viewing on 5 stages



Getting there :
Milan is easily reached with direct flights from most major cities in North America and Europe.

DAY 1 (May 22): Rest Day for Pros
We meet in Milan at 2:00 pm to transfer to Ponte di Legno . Your Cannondale Supersix 5 carbon bikes will be ready and waiting for you. After bike fit and a short warm-up ride, we will have a welcome wine reception and dinner. Hotel Raggio di Luce, Ponte di Legno

DAY 2 (May 23): Stage 16 - Rovetta to Bormio (live viewing)
The race route will pass 13 km from our hotel so there is no shuttle necessary to’ join the party’. With our lead-time, we will be able to climb Col Montirollo at 1852 m ahead of the pros and watch as they summit before riding to Pone di Legno and our hotel. For anyone that wants to also challenge Stelvio the longer loop is 106 km and 4500 m of climbing. Massage anyone? Ride Distance Options: 60 km; 80 km; 106 km Hotel Raggio di Luce, Ponte di Legno

DAY 3 (May 24): Stage 17 - Tirano to Canazei (live viewing)
Ponte di Legno is directly on the stage 17 route so we could not be in a better position. Climb up Passo del Tonale at 1883m and watch from there, or race ahead to watch the climb up Giovo (674m) a short distance from our hotel in Mezzocorona. Ride Distance Options: 85 km; 110 km Teutschhaus Hotel, Mezzocorona.

DAY 4 (May 25): Stage 18 - Stage 18 - Moena to Ortesei (live viewing)
We are 70 km from the stage 18 start line; awake early and ride, or alternatively take a shuttle, ride up and watch on Passo Pordoi (2239m) before descending to the beautiful village of Arabba. Ride Distance Options: 35 km; 80 km; and 110 km Hotel Malita, Arabba


DAY 5 (May 26): Stage 19 - San Candido to Piancavalla

We will take a day off from the Tour and take advantage of our location to ride some of the epic roads of the Dolomites. Ride up and over Col Gardena to Corvara and back to Arabba in time to do an afternoon hike, or ride a longer loop over col di Rocca. Hotel Malita, Arabba Ride Distance Options: 51 km or 115m


DAY 6 (May 27): Stage 20 - Pordenone to Asiago (live viewing) This day the peleton rides from Pordenone to Asiago over historical Monte Grappa (1740m), a magnet for cyclists in the Veneto region and listed by the Telegraph as one of ‘Nine Italian climbs every cyclist must conquer in their lifetime’. We will stay at a charming hotel close to the route. Meltar Boutique Hotel, Asiago.


DAY 7 (May 28): Stage 21 - Monza to Milano TT (live viewing)

The final stage of the 2017 Giro is a Time Trial from Monza to Milano, leaving open the chance that the winner will be decided on this final stage. Take a morning ride or transfer into Milan early and enjoy the time trial. After watching the pink jersey awarded, we will celebrate with a festive dinner and toast the 100th anniversary of the Giro.
Townhouse 33, Milan.


DAY 8 (May 29): Departure

Depart at your leisure for onward travel.


Note: This is a preliminary itinerary which will be updated as further route information becomes public. Hotels used on the trip are representative of those we will use. Any changes made will be done with the goal of making the trip the best that we can given available hotels, services etc.
On our Tour with the Pros trips, we generally try to provide options to cycle 60 km, 80 km or 100+ km on each cycling day. Although anyone of moderate cycling level may enjoy this tour, it is ideally suited to those with intermediate to advanced fitness levels. By this we mean you should be able to cycle 60 km at a minimum with some hills. If you have any questions about this trip, please consult our Travel Advisors.






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