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Spring Classics - Grand Tours - Corporate Events - Hospitality Giro d'italia 2nd week From Naples to the Italian lakes This trip will take us from the Bay of Naples and shadow of Mount
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Spring Classics - Grand Tours - Corporate Events - Hospitality Giro d'italia 2nd week From Naples to the Italian lakes This trip will take us from the Bay of Naples and shadow of Mount Vesuvius to the Adriatic through the provinces of Campania (birthplace of Enrico Caruso), Abruzzo of the green forests, Umbria, with its rural landscapes and soft hills, Emilia-Romana, with its fine cuisine and bustling industries, and Piedmont, home to mountains and beautiful lakes: a rolling display of diverse landscapes providing challenges for the professional racers but also making great memories for us. Highlights will include the relentless climb of the Blockhaus, the wine village of Montefalco and the ancient Appenines. Join Go4Cycling on this tour honoring sporting history. The 1909 Giro d'italia winner, Luigi Ganna, used his prize money to open a bicycle factory and while we can't promise you will do the same, we can guarantee memories that will last a lifetime. Unique and exclusive cycling experience with access on the Official Course Cross the finish line and take pictures on the Official Podium Enjoy the VIP-treatment at the VIP-zone at the finish. Friday, May 12th: Meeting point at Napoli international airport (NAP) 10 am: Napoli international airport. Transfer to the Imperial Hotel Tramontano. Our hotel, sections of which date back to the 16th Century, is in the center of Sorrento, a short walk from the cathedral. It features a terrace with views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. After the check-in we will start with the fitting of our world-class rental bikes. For those bringing their own bikes, our staff can assist with the assembly of your bike. 3pm: Short ride to Amalfi (around 35 kms) to check your bike fitting. Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. It is a charming little town of 5,000 with a small beach; it is hard to believe that it was once considered a maritime superpower in the region and had a population of 70,000 that is, until an earthquake in 1343 caused the Old Town to slide into the sea! Welcome dinner: The itinerary and program for the following days will be explained. We will spend 1 night in Sorrento at Imperial Hotel Tramontano. Sorrento (population 16,500) is a popular tourist destination and offers views of Naples, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. Settled in 600 BC, it has attracted many famous visitors, including Lord Byron, Henrik Ibsen, Goethe, Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti and you! Sorrento is also famous for limoncello, a mild and refreshing digestif made from lemons, sugar and alcohol Saturday, May 13th: Transfer to the Abruzzo region & wine tasting After breakfast we will drive into the Abbruzo region. Abruzzo is considered one of the greenest regions in Europe as one-third of its territory is set aside as national park or protected nature reserve. Disembarking from our bus, we will cycle the last 100kms to our castle hotel Castello di Semivicoli. Castello Di Semivicoli is a spectacular 17th-century castle belonging to the Masciarelli family, famous winemakers. Many of the rooms feature period fittings,such as fireplaces or wood-beamed ceilings. Set on the hills above Abruzzo, it offers views of the countryside and a wine shop. In the afternoon we will cap off our ride by discovering the flavours of the vineyards, including the celebrated Trebbiano of Abruzzo. We will spend 2 nights at our castle hotel (Castello di Semivicoli). Sunday, May 14th: Giro stage 9 Montenero di Bisaccia Blockhaus What a memorable day it will be! Today's epid goes right to the summit of the Blockhaus, where the last two kilometres are particularly testing. We will ride the final part of today's stage including the uphill finish and cross the actual finish line like the pros. There will be pictures on the podium and VIP-access at the finish. After breakfast we leave the hotel by bike and intercept the course of today's 139 km stage, roughly halfway to Blockhaus. From here we have 2 riding options: 100km or 60km including the final climb (Blockhaus 2064m). The ride to the top will be challenging: the climb ascends 1961 m. Last appearing in the Giro in 2009, it is 31.6 kms in length, with an average grade of 6.4%. That doesn't sound too hard? Well, much of the middle section is 7-10%, and the final 2 kms is the same before leveling off at the finish line. We will arrive at the finish a little before the cyclists and will have access to the exclusive area reserved for the top stars and located in a privileged area near the finish line. The truck will offer snack/coffee bar service and TV screens will broadcast the final kilometres of the race until the riders come into view. And you will be there for the big sprint finish! Tonight we will overnight our second and final night in the Abruzzo region. Monday, May 15th: rest day for the Giro-riders and a transfer day for us! Today we have to transfer 200km. We will split it by driving 100km and riding the final 100km or 60km, over a very hilly course (not much rest for us after the Blockhaus yesterday!), to our hotel by bike. On our way we will pass L Aquila, the capital city and heart of Abruzzo. It was here that in April 2009 a massive earthquake caused extensive damage and loss of life, tremors being felt throughout the province. The next 2 nights we will spend in our hotel near Foligno. Foligno (population 56,000) is an ancient town that serves today as an important transportation hub. Tuesday, May 16th: Giro stage 10 Foligno Montefalco (TT) After breakfast we will intercept the course near our hotel and make a loop ride on the 39.2 km time trial course from Foligno to Montefalco. The route begins quite flat and then becomes gently rolling before a downhill finish to the medieval village of Montefalco (population 5700). The village is noted for its Sagrantino wine. After lunch we will bring you to the VIP Hospitality zone at the start. You will receive a day pass which gives you access to your Hospitality Area with snack/coffee bar service available. After signing in for today's stage, the riders will typically head to the hospitality areas where you will have chance to get up close to them and experience the exciting pre-race atmosphere. Optionally we can organize your following drive (follow one of riders in a VIP-car) or flight experience (20min. helicopter flight over the course) during the time trial. Tonight is our final night at Foligno. Wednesday, May 17th: Giro stage 11 Ponte a Ema Bagno di Romagna Another memorable day! The Giro traces a 161 km route through the Appenines, rising and descending picturesque valleys after leaving Florence. The pro riders will cross the finish line and then loop back after climbing Monte Fumaiolo. In the morning we will drive to the finish of today s stage. From there we will do our own loop ride including the final 90 or 50km of the stage and again cross the actual finish line like the pros. Monte Fumaiolo offers us a climb of kms from Bagno di Romano, averaging 4% and being 1348 m ASL at the summit. Returning downhill to the finish line, there will be pictures on the podium and VIP-access at the finish. Tonight we will overnight at the Borgo Condé Wine Resort in Emilia Romagna. Nestled in a richly cultivated 110 hectare vineyard, the charming hotel features an outdoor pool, elegant suites, and a restaurant serving authentic cuisine, as well as beautiful views of the hills of Forlì. Thursday, May 18th: Giro stage 12 Forli Reggio Emilia In the morning we will do a relaxing ride to Cesenatico, a popular beach resort on the Adriatic coast. It was Marco Pantani's home town and we will have the chance to visit Spazio Pantani, a museum entirely dedicated to the Champion of Romagna. Inside it will be possible to trace the career of il Pirata, whose palamares included wins at the Giro d'italia and Tour de France in the same year. After lunch we will drive back and intercept the Giro course in the Romagna hills to see the riders. Once the riders passed us we will drive to the finish in Reggio Emilia, where we will spend one night. We can provide optional VIP-access to the finish. Friday, May 19th: Giro stage 13 Reggio Emilia Tortona Established by the Romans, picturesque Reggio Emilia (population 170,000) features a hexagonal form, derived from the location of its city walls, and buildings primarily from the 16th and 17th Centuries. It is here that we we can watch the riders at the start in the Michelangelo VIP Hospitality zone as they prepare to roll out on a totally flat 162 km stage, following much of the same route as the celebrated Milan-San Remo classic. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Giro including sponsors, media and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to one of the Hospitality Areas located close to the stage where the riders will sign on for the days stage. MEET THE RIDERS IN THIS ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE! You will receive a day pass which gives you access to your Hospitality Area with snack/coffee bar service available. After signing in for today's stage, the riders will typically head to the hospitality areas where you will have chance to get up close to them and experience the exciting pre-race atmosphere. If you are into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it! A highlight: your VIP accreditation also gives you access to the riders' start area so you can mingle with the racers and team directors, and other people close to the inner world of pro cycling. Many people really enjoy the start village access due to the fact that you get very close to professional riders and have personal insight into the inner workings of the 2017 Giro d'italia. After the start we will travel by minibus to Stresa, near Lago Maggiore. On the south side of the Alps, it is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona. We will do a loop ride near Lake Maggiore. We can ride quietly along the quiet shores of the picturesque lake, going into the woods and along the river banks of the adjacent valleys, or challenging ourselves with road climbs with a gradient of more than 20%! We will spend 3 nights at the 5-Star Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees in Stresa. This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. This majestic hotel in Art Nouveau style includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa and served as the setting for sections of Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms.. It offers majestic views of Lake Maggiore as well as the Borromean Islands and the Alps. Saturday, May 20th: Giro stage 14 Tortona Oropa (Biella) What a memorable day it will be! We will ride the final part of today's short but intense 120 km stage including the uphill finish and cross the actual finish line like the pros. There will be pictures on the podium and we have VIP-access at the finish. After breakfast we will drive to Vercelli. From here we will take our bikes and intercept the route towards the finish at Oropa. The Santuario di Oropa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is the most important and largest Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary to be found in the Alps. It is located in a unique, natural and unspoilt setting at 1200 m. ASL, at only 20 minutes drive from the centre of Biella. The final climb today up Monte Oropo is quite irregular. The 5 opening kilometres are fairly easy, but then the gradient doubles and peaks at 13%. The closing 4 kilometres zigzag to the summit at 1,142 metres. The average gradient on this section is 7.6%. The Santuario has been featured no fewer than five times in previous Giri d'italia. You can ride the final 100 or 60km, depending on your preferences. We will arrive at the finish a little before the cyclists and will have access to the exclusive area reserved for the top stars and located in a privileged area near the finish line. The truck will offer snack/coffee bar service and TV screens will broadcast the final kilometres of the race until the riders come into view. And you will be there for the big sprint finish! Sunday, May 21st: Giro stage 15 Valdengo - Bergamo Another memorable day it will be! We will check out and drive to intercept the course of today s stage. We will stop at 100km from the finish and ride the final part on the official course and cross the actual finish line like the pros. We will also stop at 60km from the finish for those who prefer a shorter ride. There will be pictures on the podium. After the race we transfer back to Lago Maggiore where we will overnight our final night in Stresa. Established as a fishing village in the 15th Century, Stresa, which sits on the main route to the Simplon Pass, has long been a popular resort and attracted European nobility, who built a number of fine villas The town is noted also for its annual music festival. Monday, May 22nd: All too soon, our Giro concludes after breakfast. Time to pack the bags and start savouring the good times and the memories. We will assist you with your connection to the Milan international Airport (Malpensa). Then it is Arrividerci! from Go4Cycling until the next trip! Go4Cycling is all about flexibility: Contact us to combine Giro d'italia packages or start your tour on a date that suits your travel and holiday plans. This gives you fabulous flexibility to get the cheapest flights, start the day you fly in or perhaps tag a city break onto the start of end of your tour. What s included in this package Giro stages 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & days / 10 nights at Luxury 4-star & 5-star hotels, based on double occupancy incl. breakfast, upgrade single room available Unique and exclusive cycling experience on the official course 4 x Cross the finish line and take pictures on the official podium 2 x VIP-access at the start 2 x VIP-access at the finish Airport transfers and all other scheduled transfers All our accommodations are selectively chosen to ensure that the transfers between the stages are at a minimum 5 x three course dinners, inclusive water and 2 glases of wine per person Drinks, fruits and nutrition s during all rides Assistance to assemble and disassemble your bike Detailed road book with interesting statistics of the climbs Go4Cycling jersey + bibs Professional support vehicle with spare parts and your spare clothing Professional bilingual bike guides NOTE: Our trips are suitable for everyone. Go4Cycling is known to adapt the services to accommodate the different levels of their customers' capabilities. All distances are approximate and subject to change. What s not included Airfare Travel insurance Hotel incidentals (room service, phone, laundry, etc) Optional VIP-access during the stages (start or finish) Lunch Price per person (twin share) Option single room: 800 Go4Cycling BVBA Hendrik Prijslaan 14, 3800 Sint-Truiden (Belgium) Website: Tel: +32(0) Gsm: +32(0) BTW BE KBC Bank IBAN BE BIC KREDBEBB
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