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Italy – Lake Como, Stelvio Pass & the Dolomites – Day by day

Come on a cycling tour of Italy that you will never forget - experience breathtaking Lake Como with it's cycling shrine, the Chapel of Madonna Del Ghisallo, the challenge of the Stelvio Pass and the magic of the Italian Dolomites.

1: Welcome!

Day 120 JuneSunday

We collect you from Milan airport and transfer you back to your base on beautiful Lake Como for the start of the cycling tour.

Our accommodation is self-contained apartments on the lake and we have access to canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Here we will enjoy arrival drinks and a relaxing dinner together to get to know your fellow cycling companions and talk about the exciting days ahead.

 

Included meals: dinner

2: Chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo

Day 221 JuneMonday
66km Distance ride
1980m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 765m

We will start the day with breakfast overlooking Lake Como.

For your first ride, let’s have a bit of history: the Madonna del Ghisallo, the most famous climb on the Giro di Lombardia. Sitting atop the climb is the Chapel of Madonna del Ghisallo, a shrine to cyclists. You also have the opportunity to visit the Ghisallo Cycling Museum next to the Chapel.

Today’s route is very special and the Chapel is on many a cyclists wish list. Lunch will be taken at a restaurant overlooking Lake Como far below. We will then have a relaxing afternoon before dinner at our Lake Como apartments.

Non-cyclists: enjoy the views of Lake Como from a higher perspective from the support van or enjoy a relaxing day reading a book lake side.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3: Where the rich and famous go

Day 322 JuneTuesday

You couldn’t be at Lake Como without a visit to Bellagio. Today is a day of indulgence.

Take a break and enjoy the splendour of Lake Como. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast overlooking the tranquility of the lake before we head to Bellagio for a little explore and do some sight seeing from the water. A real VIP experience!

Lunch will be taken in Bellagio with a further chance to shop and explore.

Dinner at our accommodation – why go out when you have Lake Como front seats!

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4: Passo Stelvio

Day 423 JuneWednesday

We say goodbye to Lake Como and make our way to Bormio. (a 3hr transfer) There we will have a light bite to eat before you tackle the Passo Stelvio.

Climbing from Bormio is the most popular direction for cyclists. A few hundred meters from departing Bormio’s cobbled main street full of Italian brio the climbing starts in earnest, leaving you in no doubt you are embarking on the second highest pass in the Alps to 2758m. Lovely views back across Bormio and surrounds help you find your rhythm. Some longish straights through the pine forest deliver you to the first hairpins where the landscape closes in a dramatic ginormous stone faced gorge.

There are some tunnels on this side which offer a different experience, the light coming in through the side openings. Out of the tunnels you are looking up from the base of a massive enormous amphitheatre. Ahead, you see the road zigzagging its way to the top. The river crashing over giant boulders on your left and disappearing down into the gorge you have ridden up. From the top of the amphitheatre the view is incredible. Just 10 kilometres to go! Back on the long straights, passing through a high alpine valley, all the way to the summit, a flurry of hairpins await you for the final push!  

At the summit relish in the achievement and enjoy the views before we descend the eastern side (with its 48 hairpins) to our base in Sluderno, close to the border of both Austria and Switzerland.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5: Passo Stelvio - climb the 48 lacets

Day 524 JuneThursday
65km Distance ride
1995m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2760m

Today you get your second bite at the famous Stelvio. This time climbing the eastern side, famous around the world to cycling and both 2 and 4 wheeled motoring enthusiasts, for its iconic 48 lacets (hairpins). Unlike yesterday’s descent – you will have time to look around and enjoy the scenery.

Stelvio’s magnificence is beyond doubt. Anticipation builds from the start. Passing though the heavily forested scenery the Alps appear over the tree line. The first of 48 hairpins arrives and you will marvel at the engineering involved in creating this passage. At Hairpin 24, the passo reveals itself. Breathtaking, Epic, Awesome. Every accolade deserved. Each hairpin another step of discovery, another viewpoint, another photo stop perhaps! This ascent is not a race. It is a collection of memories and experiences to savour and etch in your mind forever.  

The true summit reward, your reward, is to look over the iconic route stretched below with your own eyes. To feel the emotion of what you achieved…that is the essence of cycling VéloRoo style.

After celebrating your summit climb and having lunch, we remount the bikes. Our return is via Switzerlands highest paved summit – the Umbrail Pass! Hey if you are going to “do” Switzerland, whose photogenic passes and mountain ranges are as legendary as its Toblerone, funky army knives and watchmaking, why not start your Swiss pass collecting at the highest one!

The road and scenery are Swiss quality!

Dinner is taken at the hotel.

Non-cyclists:

  • our 4* family run hotel in Sluderno offers a wellness centre with 2 pools, a sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath and massage service. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • enjoy the scenery from the support van of the iconic Stelvio Pass
  • exploring the village of Sluderno and the Castle Coira “Churburg” built around 1250

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6: Meet a 5000+ yr old man

Day 625 JuneFriday

Today you have a well-deserved rest day for the legs. We bid farewell to Stelvio Pass and South Tyrol and head toward our next adventure, in the Dolomites. We have a short transfer of 1.5hrs to Bolzano whose character remains distinctly Germanic.

Here you get the opportunity to explore the town with plenty of options with the striking Piazza Walther, the Runkelstein Castle, people watch whilst sitting and enjoying a coffee at one of the many trattorias and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology which houses Otzi – the iceman, a truly amazing and unique insight into human history not to be missed.

After lunch we regroup and have our last short transfer of 1.5hrs to our base for the next 3 nights in the Dolomites.

Dinner is taken at our hotel.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7: The Sella Ronda - Campolngo / Gerdena / Sella / Pordoi

Day 726 JuneSaturday
52km Distance ride
1776m Accumulated elevation

Today we cycle the well-known route of the Sella Ronda. Make sure your phone is charged and you have space for photos… lots of photos!

Passo Campolongo, Passo Gardena, Passo Pordoi; names you won’t forget for their majestic beauty, variety and charm and described by many as a cycling circuit offering the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Where we enter the heart of the Sella it is impossible to deny the claims; around every turn is pristine postcard scenery. Because you are with VéloRoo, there will be a coffee stop. And what a coffee stop! The view from the terrace…well, our words don’t suffice. Come see for yourself. The scale of the mountain face in front of you is spellbinding.

Non-cyclists – top recommendations:

  • ride in the support van for the amazing scenery of the Sella Ronda
  • hiking / walking on the Sella Ronda via cable car / ski lift – contact us
  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8: Passo Falzarego, Valparola and Campolongo

Day 827 JuneSunday
50km Distance ride
1450m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2198m

After a hearty breakfast we head out on a stunning discovery loop ride from the hotel. Two climbs and two wonderful descents, ones the local cyclists love. A peak just shy of 2200 meters. An abundance of nature and giant white Dolomite mountain landscapes dominate our ride today.

To warm our morning legs we start climbing gently along the heavily-wooded valley. Ahead stunning Dolomite mountain peaks watch over us: what a start to the day! Our hill climbing starts in earnest where the hairpins start. We are not competing for QOM’s or KOM’s, rather your attention will be drawn to the incredible changing landscape as we climb. Pine tree forests open to alpine meadows, before the landscape opens to reveal the pristine white Dolomite’s towering around us. The 360-degree views at the summit will leave you speechless, and offer the perfect moment to celebrate with a coffee to relax while you’re on top of the world.

A spectacular 14 kilometre descent follows, delivering us onto the heart of the Sella Ronda cycling circuit. This section will be in the opposite direction to your pass yesterday. We’ll pass though two ski villages full of ski chalets and hotels with pointed roofs and large balconies overflowing with bright flowers. For our second climb of the day, our road slices though verdant green fields with cows and their clanging bells. The reward at the summit? Lunch at a charming ski hotel where you will really feel the Dolomites. Downhill back to the hotel.

Non-cyclists – top 3 recommendations:

  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • hiking / walking available locally – contact us for further details
  • ride in the support van for the scenery

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9: Passo Falzarego & Passo Giau

Day 928 JuneMonday
66km Distance ride
2025m Accumulated elevationSummit Altitude 2225m

Striking cliff faces, delicate wildflowers, pretty chalet villages and grand panoramas await us as ride out from our hotel and tackle Passo di Falzarego before continuing on for our pass over the spectacular Passo di Giau.

Non-cyclists – top 3 recommendations:

  • a day of indulgence at our hotel. Their Wellness Centre offers Turkish bath, whirlpool, spa treatments, Kneipp hydrotherapy and a fitness room. Additional service charges are not included in the tour cost.
  • hiking / walking available locally – contact us for further details
  • ride in the support van for the scenery

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10: Farewell - until next time!

Day 1029 JuneTuesday

After breakfast we transfer you to Venice Marco Polo Airport (approx 2.5hrs). We will have you at the airport by approx 1pm for your onward journey through Europe.

Included meals: breakfast

Ready to ride? VeloRoo can make your dream escape a reality

EURO €4750
with 10% discount for 2021 early bird bookings

per person twin share

Single supplement additional Euro €400

Italian Dolomites, Stelvio Pass and Lake Como Cycling Tour

A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - discover why our cycling adventurists have fallen in love with the Occitanie Region of Southern France and the VeloRoo way.

Exceptional - great service, great bikes, great ride. Steve and Julia were fantastic. Did two days of riding and couldn't fault the experience. Steve is obsessed with quality kit....bikes were superb. Will be back next year for more.Took Guided Day Rides in France in Aug 2017
Pyrenees Autumn Challenge
Just came back from the dream vacation with VeloRoo doing the October Pyreness Challenge 2019, and it still feels like a dream! A great friend of mine did the July Pyreness/South of France, and spoke highly of the experience and had no doubt that I would love the route and the VeloRoo experience knowing me and my riding attitude.

It turned out to be better than what I could have asked for. Pre-trip, Julia was super responsive and helpful in providing all the trip information. She also went above and beyond to help find travel logistics on transporting from different parts of Europe to the meeting point of the Pyreness ride. It’s like a Genie helping you find alternatives and solutions on making a trip work! It is really good to be assisted and informed.

We had an intimate group like CyclingStealth11 pointed out, riders from quite a few countries and two non riders. Everyone was a bit anxious about the toughness and possibly other riders being super competitive. It was a relief that with Captain Steve and Neil’s lead, we really focused on “enjoying the climb and view”. The views around Pyreness was just amazing! Every climb is scenic, but scenic in a different way! Steve would pointed out the spots not to miss, I was so thankful when other riders would just stop, and take pictures of the spectacular view! We sing, we laughed, we made jokes, and we climbed (oh and we coffee break, too). We followed Neil like little fans asking of stories. Great hearing everyone’s stories along the way as well! These are special friendships made, that I would like to keep! : ) I already want to go back already while typing these out.

The food and accomodation was great, too! It was nice getting to taste the local specialty. I love being able to try and learn of the local, and embrace the friendliness of the local people from Pyreness area. It is a very unique experience. My mom joined us from Taiwan as a non-rider. She got to see the sights we rode, stopped at great viewing point, and also had a special hike with aforager. This was a special experience to mom at Pyreness even off the bike! Thank you, Julia and Steve for making this work for mom!

Who should consider VeloRoo?
- If you are looking for a great cycling vacation experience that is a little bit more budget friendly
- If you are cool with fully enjoying the view, letting go the baggage, speed, and stats
- If you like an awesome guide, who is more like your family (brother) rather than a scripted tour guide
- If you are not a good planner like me, and can get some help from the amazing Julia
- If you want to have the down to earth local experience, not fancy masseuse/racing crews or personal chef following you

There are also options of routes to consider! So find a route that suits you, and don’t be shy to send the email for more information. It will be an amazing experience whichever VeloRoo tours you decided! Speaking from my earnest experience. : )Took Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge in Oct 2019