2017 Sardinia, Corsica and Tuscany 12 Days

2017 Giro d’Italia Trip – Sardinia, Corsica and Tuscany 12 Days

12 days combining the spectacle of the opening stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia Tour on the beautiful island of Sardinia, amazing riding on the Mediterranean island of Corsica and finishes in the ionic rolling hills of Tuscany.

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TRIP DETAILS: 

Duration: 12 days (11 nights) (Sold Out – Waiting List)
Dates: Thursday, 4 May to Monday, 15 May, 2017
Start: Alghero, Sardinia Finish: Rome
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 26 people (4 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$6,850.00 (US$4,930.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$990.00 (US$710.00)

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Highlights:

* The excitement of the opening stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia Bike Tour
* Experience the amazing coastlines of Sardinia and Corsica and the rolling hills of Tuscany
* Ferry crossings from Sardinia to Corsica and Corsica to Livorno
* See it Live! 4 Giro d’Italia route stages, including the first challenging stage for the pink jersey
* Ride options suitable for all abilities escorted by former professional rider Eric de Clercq and Lorian Graham

This Trip will be Escorted by Ex Pro, Eric de Clercq and Lorian Graham

Eric is a native Belgian whose career spanned 11 years from 1991 to 2002, in which he had 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium having raced the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Eric rode for La William-Duvel from 1991-1993, and Collstrop from 1994-2002.

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After he retired from racing, Eric became a Director Sportif from 2004-2007 for the Vlaanderen Women’s Pro Team. It was here that Eric learnt the organisational skills that make him such an asset to Bikestyle Tours.

Eric has been with Bikestyle Tours for several years and has run trips to the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta a Espana and of course, le Tour de France. Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a very capable guide and good guy to socialise with after a ride.

Former Pro-Cyclist, Lorian Graham

Lorian is a survivor and a caring member of the Bikestyle Tours staff. Her insights into women’s racing, highs and lows of the sport are just some of the stories she is able to share. Guests love having Lorian as their guide because her care and encouragement toward them creates something very special about being on the bike.

She enjoyed the tough European racing in the Professional Women’s peloton. While racing in the Australian team and for Spanish and Dutch professional teams her favourite races included tours of Italy, France, Spain and Belgium Classics as well as World Cup one day races. Her career highlights include Australian Road Champion, winning KOM classification overall in Tour of New Zealand and competing in the World Championships.

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It is now 11 years since a terrifying road accident knocked down her team in Germany while riding, killing her team-mate. Her life-long injuries and being told she would never ride again became just another source of motivation. But her determination and many, many sessions of rehabilitation helped her to get back on the bike. Not just ride a bike, but qualify for World Championships and Olympic selection. Riding, now, is a great source of leisure and maintenance to keep her body moving.

Who is this trip for?

This 12 day trip combines the spectacle of the opening stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia on the beautiful island of Sardinia, amazing riding on the Mediterranean island of Corsica (Grand Depart 2013 Tour de France) and finishes in the ionic rolling hills of Tuscany. This trip offers the best of both worlds – great race viewing and riding combined with time to explore and relax these two beautiful regions of Italy and France.

This is a trip that will suit cyclists and non–cycling partners and friends. Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the Giro d’Italia celebrate the 100th edition. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day. Please note that on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica the cycling is challenging, with climbing involved on most days, it’s not a trip suited to novice riders who are not comfortable riding hills.

Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easier day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race route ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

ITINERARY

Thursday 4 May, 2017: Bienvenuti, a big start in Sardinia

Staff will meet you at Alghero-Fertilia Airport at 11.00am and transfer you to our 4-star spa hotel in north-west of Sardinia. Our location gives easy access to all the action of the grand start in the seaside city of Alghero. But each night we can relax in our private resort among the unspoiled countryside of Sardinia. A relaxing start to your European cycling holiday.

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On arrival to our hotel, staff will be on hand to help you assemble your bike, or become acquainted with your hire bike. Mid afternoon we will head out for a short ride to make sure you and your bike are in working order. We will then go and watch the team presentations. The festival in pink features every rider and through their interviews you’ll have an insight on the form riders of the first Grand Tour for the 2017 season and the 100th celebration edition of the Giro d’Italia.

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After the team presentations we’ll head back to our hotel for a special welcome dinner, where staff will be on hand to answer your questions about your cycling adventure with Bikestyle Tours.

Overnight: Alghero (Sardinia)
Meals: Dinner

Friday 5 May, 2017: Stage 1, Alghero to Olbia

Today’s long 200km stage is somewhat different from the tradition of opening stages at Grand Tours. The long stage combined with the winding and undulating roads will take the punch out of the pure sprinters for the final finishing kick. We will take to the bike ourselves this morning and follow the race route along the scenic northern coast, and catch the riders at one of the earlier climbs.

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You have the choice of two rides today, a 40km mostly flat ride along the northern coastline finishing in medieval village Castelsardo and our longer 95km option will add a little climbing to finish in Sassari, the second largest city on Sardinia. We will meet up in Sassari, where we can have a cool drink and catch the finish of today’s first stage on television before traveling back to our hotel this afternoon to relax before dinner.

Overnight: Alghero (Sardinia)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 6 May, 2017: Stage 2, An early battle for mountain points

Just as long as yesterday’s stage, and with a lot more climbing, today’s stage may just favour a small group to stay away and hold a valuable time gap over other riders. It is a long way to the finish in Milan, but as we have seen in past year’s at the Giro d’Italia, an early leader often holds the “maglia rosa” deep into the tour. After a wholesome breakfast of local produce we will drive to the central region of Sardinia to take to our bikes through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. After an exhilarating descent to the base of today’s first climb, we will find a great vantage point to watch the riders along the climb. After the race passes, you can either take the bus or if you feel up for it you can ride the extra 40km through the Gennargentu National Park to our hotel. If you make good time, you should be back at our hotel for the final moments of today’s stage.

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Our hotel for the next two nights is situated overlooking the crystal clear sea of the east coast of Sardinia and protected by the mountains of Gennargentu and Supramonte. Our welcome drink on arrival will help us get settled in before we sit down for another gourmet dinner of typical Mediterranean cuisine cooked in the Sardinian tradition.

Overnight: Cala Ganone (Sardinia)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday 7 May, 2017: Stage 3, The final day on Sardinia

The final stage on Sardinian soil is a flat stage taking riders south finishing in the largest city and capital of Sardinia, Cagliari on the Bay of Angels. We will drive to the start in Tortoli this morning and watch riders sign-on, walk around the team buses and enjoy the energy of a stage start. After grabbing some lunch we will make our way back to our hotel on the bike and head over yesterday’s final climb. We will regroup at the summit and enjoy a cool drink with the view across the mountains, which accommodates Europe’s deepest canyon.

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You can choose how much you’d like to ride today. You may like to do the climbing portion of the ride or just the descent, that’s up to you. For those covering the full distance back from the start area to our hotel, it is 75km with over 1500m of climbing. Tonight we will enjoy our final dinner on Sardinia, and you can grab a local wine to match.

Overnight: Cala Ganone (Sardinia)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 8 May, 2017: Rest day and also transfer day.

The Giro d’Italia tour will head south to Sicily today, but we will reduce our time on Ferries and head the short distance to Corsica. Since 2013, Corsica has grown to become an appealing cycling destination in Europe. The influx of cycling tourism is thanks mainly to the Tour de France making its start from here in 2013, for it’s own 100th edition.

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It is often said that Corsica is a “French island basking in the Italian sun”. It is the birthplace of Napoleon and until 1769, like Sardinia, the island belonged to the Genoese. Italian pop plays on the radio and Sardinia is its nearest neighbour. However, Corsica is Corsican with its own language, culture and personality. It is a popular tourist destination with a longer Summer than the rest of Europe and our timing will beat the large crowds that arrive between June and August.

We will drive north this morning to meet our Ferry transfer between these two mediterranean islands. After crossing the waters and arriving at our hotel we’ll head out for a short ride along some quiet roads and along the coast. Our 3-star hotel is on the absolute beachfront, and tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants admiring the setting sun over the water.

Overnight: Olmeto (Corsica)
Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday 9 May, 2017: Racing resumes and Calanche de Piana

We have a very special ride experience planned for you today as we make our way north. Your efforts on the bike will be interrupted by spectacular scenery along coastal roads. But we won’t only travel the coastal road, as further inland is one of the great European balcony roads, a road carved into beautiful red granite walls that plunge into the sea. Locally, the walls are knows as the “Calanche de Piana”.

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We’ll drive to Ajaccio this morning and staff will prepare your bikes ready for our ride while you have a look around the capital of Corsica. The major port city on the rugged isle’s western coast was the birthplace of French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte in 1769. His ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is now a museum displaying family heirlooms.

Our long 90km ride will leave from Ajaccio and head into the hills, nothing too challenging but a few short climbs before a fun descent down to the coastal road with sweeping views. We’ll hug the coast for a further 30km before we climb again into the red granite landscape toward Piana. Then it is a 14km descent along the balcony road finishing at our 3-star hotel tucked in a small fishing village. We will arrive at our hotel in time to see the Giro d’Italia on TV, with today’s stage including the climb up the active volcano Mt Etna.

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Porto can get very busy in the height of holiday season, but we’ll be ahead of the crowds and able to enjoy the selection of restaurants and taking a walk around its historical features.

Overnight: Porto (Corsica)
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 10 May, 2017: Stage 5,  Crossing Corsica

We will wake up this morning with a view of the sea and a Genoese tower. It is one of the many towers that were once a series of coastal defences built by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates. The red granite cliffs we rode through yesterday will give way to increasing amounts of vegetation, but more spectacular scenery is on the agenda. Today we will head over one of the highest roads on Corsica, Col de Vergio. It is 1478m at the summit and as we start from the waters edge, it is equal to the vertical metres of our climb today. It is a gradual gradient averaging just 4.2% spread out over the 35km length and some sections are almost flat.

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If you’d like to shorten the ride a little, you can jump in the van and we’ll take the sting out of the climb. However, for those searching for a big day out on the bike, you can keep riding after our nominated 90km ride for another 40km to our hotel. But there is another 15km climb with a vertical ascent of 800m you’ll need to negotiate, making it a 130km ride with more than 2000m of climbing. It will be an epic day on the bike. For those finishing at 90km, we’ll have a short drive to our hotel.

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Our hotel for the final 2 nights on Corsica is a grand 18th century villa converted into a luxury hotel, situated on private wooded grounds, surrounded by hills. Also available during our stay is a spa offering a hot tub, a steam room and massage treatments, and a heated outdoor pool with a pool house. For the next two nights you are welcome to dine at the hotel’s restaurant beside the pool offering a wide range of typical Corsican dishes, or alternatively there are variety of restaurants less than 5 kilometres away.

Overnight: Oletta (Corsica)
Meals: Breakfast

Thursday 11 May, 2017: Stage 6, Cap Corse

Visitors to Corsica traditionally stick to the south coast and in peak season crowds flock to the island with their ritzy yachts, but the north remains unspoilt and is much less developed. Land is predominantly zoned for national parks and peaks give way to small fishing villages and crystal waters lapping bays of white sand. Cap Corse is a 30km peninsula at the northern tip of the island. Rounding every bend along the shoreline reveals another beautiful beach. As the road turns inwards and upwards into the hills you pass cypress and pine trees, orchards and olive groves.

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Our final day on Corsica will be filled again with a beautiful ride around Cap Corse. Our location means we can ride directly out of our hotel and you’ll be able to ride the 40km or the longer 110km ride option. You may also like to just hang out at our luxury hotel and make use of its facilities and spa treatments.

Overnight: Oletta (Corsica)
Meals: Breakfast

Friday 12 May, 2017: Stage 7, Tuscany

This morning we will take a short ride into Bastia in time for us to board our passenger ferry. Our ride will be leisurely paced and great recovery from the riding we have done and what is still ahead of us on your Bikestyle trip. Our journey across the Ligurian sea to Italy will have us arrive in Livorno later this afternoon. After disembarking we have a short transfer to our hotel in Tuscany among the cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards. Our elevated position on the bus will offer great views across the famous landscape.

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Our beautiful hotel this evening is in a small medieval village in the Tuscan hills, not far from Florence. Soon after our arrival we will enjoy our Tuscan cuisine in the hotel fabulous vaulted brick ceiling restaurant. You might like to accompany your meal with a glass of Chianti wine from the surrounding hills

Overnight: Montelcino (Tuscany)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 13 May, 2017: Stage 8, Strade Bianchi

Our itinerary today explores the famous sights and roads of Tuscany. In 2007, the local Gran Fondo event Eroica-Strade Bianche introduced a professional race and has grown to become a prestigious UCI race, known simply as Strade Bianche, referring to the white gravel roads. The white roads contrast against the landscape and are usually country lanes and farm tracks twisting through the hills and vineyards of the Chianti region. Some of the dirt roads are flat, other sections include steep climbs and winding descents that can test riders’ climbing abilities and bike handling skills, particularly when racing. We’ll take it easy on the roads, enjoying the experience and pondering the landscape.

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The characteristic roads of the Tuscan countryside, provide the unique character of the race. And in just 10 years it has drawn comparison quickly with classic races such as “the hell of the north” (Paris-Roubaix), Ronde van Vlaanderen and Milan San-Remo.

We will start our day by driving to Siena before we get on our bikes. A visit to the Piazza del Campo is worthwhile, where twice each year it is converted into a horse track for the running of the Palio race. From Siena, we will ride to Pienza using some of the famous Eroica roads. For those that do not to wish to ride along the steratti, we will provide an alternative route so that you can still enjoy a fabulous ride through Tuscan hills. At the finish of our ride we’ll freshen up for our transfer to Abruzzo, ready for tomorrow’s arrival of the Giro d’Italia.

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We will base ourselves for the next two nights in the capital of Abruzzo, in a modern 3-star hotel located a short distance from the historic city centre. The city is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d’Italia to the north-east. Tonight you will be free to head beyond the medieval walls for dinner. Lamb and pecorino cheese are local favourites, as well as white truffle, perfectly accompanied with a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine.

Overnight: l’Aquila (Abruzzo)
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday 14 May, 2017: Stage 9, Blockhaus, the first mountain top finish

Riders have been racing for 8 stages so far, covering regions in Sardinia, Sicily and Southern Italy. The race is now well on its way north through “the boot”. In the 100th edition, the race will visit 17 of the 21 regions of Italy. So far, climbers have only really been tested on Mt Etna on stage 4 and today is their next challenge. After a long, flat ride up the Adriatic coast, the finish up the 13.2km climb averaging 8.5% to Blockhaus will be the first time we see the selection of riders that will challenge for victory in Milan.

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After breakfast this morning, we will drive to near the bottom of today’s climb giving you plenty of time to complete the climb yourself. Having the bus nearby will also help us to get back to our hotel after the race for our dinner celebration this evening. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel celebrating our historical trip at the 100th Giro.

Overnight: l’Aquila (Abruzzo)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 15 May, 2017: Arrivederci 

It is farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. During your time with us you’ve experienced the excitement of the Giro d’Italia and ridden some of the most beautiful roads in Sardinia, Corsica and Tuscany. We will make one transfer this morning to Rome, Leonardo da Vinci / Fiumicino airport, arriving around 12pm. If flying out of Rome today, we suggest booking a flight after 3.00 pm today. You may also like to stay and visit Rome for a few days. If staying on in Rome, the Leonardo Express is the direct train that serves the route between the airport and the centre of the city of Rome every 30 minutes.

For those continuing on with us on the Grand Giro, we will stop at our hotel tonight where we will be joined by guests for the 1 in 100 Giro d’Italia trip later today. While we have a short ride planned later this afternoon. We have selected a hotel in close proximity to connecting trains to the centre of the city of Rome. This will give you most of the day to explore the Eternal City, including the Colosseum and Spanish Steps.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 11 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Alghero airport
  • Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Rome airport
  • Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Giro d’Italia
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag


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