Guided tour

FROM STELVIO TO LAKE COMO

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Key Features

Italy

Country

Italian Alps

Region

guided

Trip Type

Challenging

Difficulty

Road Cycling

Adventure type

4*

Accommodation

6

Nights

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Overview


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Discover the best of the Alps riding from Bormio, a little gem nestled in the mountains, to elegant Lago di Como. Stunning views, terraced vineyards and the most magnificent lake blend together for this unique cycling experience. Challenge your limits on epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia: Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo and Ghisallo. Savour hearty alpine delicacies and toast with the prestigious red wines of the region. We’ve been cycling these mountains since childhood and can’t wait to share their secrets with you. It will be an unforgettable cycling vacation.

What's the plan

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to the Alps (40km / 800m D+)

Welcome to Bormio: our charming hometown at the heart of the Alps. Settle into your cozy 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.

Day 2 The Stelvio loop (100km / 3000m D+)

Fuel up your energy at the breakfast table… We’re going to need it all! Stelvio Pass, the highest paved road in Italy, awaits to be conquered. Ride countless switchbacks on a spectacular loop that tackles both sides of this legendary mountain. After a well earned beer give some rest to your legs and relax at QC Terme Roman baths before a bountiful dinner of local delights.

Day 3 - The wine road (50km / 600m D+)

It’s not only about the mountains! Valtellina produces prestigious red wines in a dramatic landscape of tiny terraces perched on impossibly steep slopes. Today we ride through hamlets and cellars of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before a private wine tasting in our favourite winery. Salute!

Day 4 - Mortirolo and Gavia (110km / 3100m D+)

An epic day with two more iconic climbs to be crossed off the bucket list: the harsh ramps of Mortirolo, by many considered the hardest climb in Europe, and Passo Gavia, the legendary gateway to the northestearn Alps. Legs are screaming, we know it, but don’t give up! Breathe, raise your head and admire the pristine beauty of these mighty mountains. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming village of Bormio before a well earned banquet.

Day 5 - To the Lake (60km / 300D+)

Time to leave the valley and give some rest to tired legs. Today we roll on the Sentiero Valtellina: the nice and easy bike path running alongside the Adda River. Enjoy the breeze as we approach Lake Como, the pristine and refined Y shaped lake surrounded by mountains. Our destination is the shore village of Varenna, an authentic gem of beauty all to be discovered. Wander through scenic alleys and majestic villas before a bountiful dinner of lake delicacies. Don’t worry if you’ve got climbing addicted, we’ve got you covered with the optional climb of Passo Agueglio: the locals’ playground with stunning views over the lake.

Day 6 - Il Lombardia (75km / 2300m D+)

Merge in the lake’s beauty before we tackle two last classical climbs often featured in the Giro di Lombardia: Madonna del Ghisallo, an authentic cycling mecca, and Sormano, where the two options we face are the madly steep Muro (1,7km at a 17% average!) and La Colma, a gentler and more enjoyable climb. Once on top head down to the lake to enjoy its fascinating beauty and another fest at the dinner table. What a ride…Well done!

Day 7 - Arrivederci

Time to say goodbye after an incredible week of cycling. See you soon for your next adventure!

Other key

Highlights

  • High end carbon frame road bikes (TREK, COLNAGO, RIDLEY)
  • Famous climbs and hidden gems
  • Support vehicle and local guide(s)
  • Entrance ticket for QC Terme Roman Baths
  • Entrance ticket for the Ghisallo Cycling Museum
  • All meals and beverages. Alpine delights and prestigious red wines
  • Private wine tasting in a 15th century winery
  • 4 nights in Bormio and 2 nights in Lake Como in carefully selected accommodations

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