MYTHICAL MOUNTAIN PASSES AND MESMERISING LAKE COMO
This is no ordinary cycling trip. You’ll explore the Italian Alps in their full might before taking on a magnificent route to arrive at Lake Como, one of the most dramatic natural views you’ll ever see.
We bet you’ve heard about the Stelvio Pass – a “spaghetti dropped in the high mountains” – with its famous 46 hairpins climbing to the staggering 2759 meters. Stelvio is a mythical place for every passionate rider. Its tarmac has seen some of the greatest cycling battles and duels of the professional sport.
If you still have the legs, we’ll welcome you to the other not less famous and iconic mountain passes among them the Mortirolo, considered one of the most gruelling climbs in the Alps. Hard to see more epic cols bucket list rides in one trip than this one!
End this trip by arriving at Lake Como and celebrate your finish with a dinner in the lakeside restaurant. Finally, this is Italy, meaning very special food and wine experience is totally assumed. Our guides are riding these roads since kids and can show you around like no other.
Iconic rides are on the menu
Highlights of your trip
The list of the climbs on this tours will make a passionate rider feel euphoric. It's these rides that you'll remember for life and feel proud of having achieved. The passes Stelvio and Mortirolo are the great legends of the sport.
Stylish traditional hotels offer great relaxing stays where you can unwind after a day full of effort and emotions. Eating well and great Italian cuisine is to be expected. Mountain and lake views from the terrace is a bonus.
EXPERT GUIDES & SUPPORT
This is a fully guided tour with professional multilingual guides riding with you, plus a support vehicle covering your back when you need it. Deep local knowledge with the passion to share beloved roads – we have it all.
ITALY, LOMBARDY - BORMIO AND VARENNA
Bormio is a very charming medieval town strategically situated at the foot of the high Alps. Surrounded by lavish valleys, wine fields and Roman baths it is one of the best recreational spots in Northern Italy. But what really stands out here for the cycling traveller is the jaw-dropping list of the iconic rides that you can get from the town. Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia will make you feel like a Giro hero. And there is a whole bunch of less known rides, like the Cancano Lakes that are no less inspiring. Off the bike, Bormio does offer a great experience of Italian cuisine of course and the evenings never get boring.Varenna is a little gem on the necklace of the pristine waters of Como Lake. Postcard like a typical Italian town overhanging the lake with its terraces is a second to none place to enjoy the lake after you enjoy it there on your bike. Dinner at the terrace is an unforgettable experience. Moreover, Varenna offers some awesome rides too, including some climbs famed by the Giro de Lombardia. And wherever you climb, the dramatic panorama of the Como Lake will keep reminding you of the magnificent beauty of the place you are enjoying.
Northern Italy is dominated by the Alps. This side of the Alps is called jokingly 'the sunny side' as compared to the German or Swiss side, but still expect to see the whimsical nature of the alpine weather. It's very hot in the heights of the summer except for the high in the mountains, but spring and autumn can see sudden changes in the weather and rainy days. If you are riding the high passes, be prepared to single-digit temperatures on the passes on the colder days.
The great thing about terrain here is that you can choose very much the ride you like. Starting of course from the giants of Stelvio and Mortirolo, which are the absolute rock stars of the area. You don't go to Bormio without riding the Stelvio! Yet you might opt for a flattish ride down the wine road on a recovery day.
Yes, it's Italy. Italy is amazing and also very different depending on the area. Expect the Italian experience with the Northern and alpine flavour. Always go for typical local dishes that you won't find down there in the South! Architecture is all beautiful from colourful towns on the lakesides to the typical alpine huts closer to the Alps.
46.4664° N, 10.3705° E
There's even more to discover on your trip.
SMALL ALPINE-STYLE HOTEL
Alpine & Golf Hotel Bormio
This small and cosy hotel built in a traditional alpine style is the best place to stay to explore the surroundings on the bike. Strategically placed right near Stelvio Pass and the other passes you are about to explore, Alpine & Golf Bormio Hotel is especially bike and sports friendly.
Eat a great breakfast which is substantial to get you the energy for the challenges of the day. Then after the ride, you can unwind and rest having great mountain views and recover for the next day’s adventures.
LAKE SIDE TRADITIONAL HOTEL
Hotel Du Lac 4*
Hotel du Lac is a charming 4-star hotel located right on the lakefront in the heart of Varenna with an amazing view on both arms of Como Lake. The villa was built in 1823 and turned into a hotel in the mid-twentieth century. Entirely restored, the villa still maintains the allure of times gone by right down to every detail, thanks to the careful selection of colours and materials. The atmosphere is warm and familiar with an attentive and kind staff.
The Restaurant Du Lac with terrace and garden facing the lake offers its guests an unforgettable culinary experience, distinguished by top-quality local products, traditional flavours and aromas of Italian cuisine and a simple and elegant idea paired with careful and kind service.
Welcome to the Alps & warm up to Cancano Lakes
Welcome to Bormio: our charming hometown at the heart of the Alps and gateway to some of the greatest climbs in Italy. Settle into your cosy hotel and put yourself at ease. When ready hit the road for a nice warm-up ride on quiet backroads around the valley before climbing up to the enchanted Cancano Lakes. Enjoy an after ride aperitivo and a magnificent dinner in our favourite local restaurant… It’s just the beginning.
It's the Stelvio Day
The wine road
Passes Mortirolo and Gavia
To the Lake
Sunrise over the lake
Information to help you book your flights and get around.
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Fly in airport: Milan (Malpensa/Bergamo/Linate)
When best to fly in: in the morning on the first day of the camp
Transfers: airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you are picked up
Fly out airport best option: Milan (Malpensa/Bergamo/Linate)
When to leave: afternoon of the last day of the tour
Transfers: airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you can take your flight hassle-free
What’s included in your trip
6 nights in charming boutique hotels, in double/twin bedroom
Full Board Meals
Hotels where you'll stay offer great choice of Italian cuisine dishes
Multilingual guides will be there with you on the bike
Car support for anything you might need on the road at all times
High-end carbon road bikes
In excellent condition and fit to your body
When you change location your luggage arrives ahead
HIGH END ROAD BIKE
Included in tour price!
High quality carbon bikes are included in the tour price as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.
Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition.
Made fit for you and in perfect condition
More things to maximise your trip
€500 for the entire tour
If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €500 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.
€140 both ways
Transportation for you and your bike from airport to the start point and back. We meet you and we drive you back, so you can have full peace of mind. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.
Extra nights before and after the tour
€190 per person for 2 nights
The tour starts in the morning and ends in the afternoon, plus the transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after, especially if your flight is long haul. Together with our transfers, this ensures seamless travel experience for you.
What's not included.
Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.
We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sport activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.
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