Geneva to Venice

Highlights

  • 1,022km / 640 miles of riding
  • Swiss & Italian valleys, lakes & Mountains
  • Place to Place / Airport to Airport Route
  • Ride the famous Passo Gavia (2,652m)
  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • Classic Giro d’Italia terrain
  • Baggage vehicle supported
  • Madonna di Ghisallo Cyclist’s Chapel
Number of Days: 9
Land Only Price From: £1,395
Grade: Spicy
Group Size: 4 -14
View: Kit List

Dates:

2014 dates COMING SOON

Trip Overview

Day 1 Arrive and Ride

Arrive at Geneva Airport between 12:00 & 16:00.  Build-up bikes and then ride to our accommodation in Thonon-les-Bains via Yvoir.  Bike bags and luggage transferred to accommodation in our baggage vehicle after last arrival/s at Geneva Airport.
47km / 29 miles. Overnight in Thonon-les-Bains in a hotel.  Meal/s included: D

Day 2 Into Stunning Switzerland

Ride from Thonon-les-Bains to Zweisimmen via the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle.  A flat and gentle start today along the shores of Lac Leman before climbing into a stunning Swiss chocolate box landscape via the Union Cycliste Internationale’s HQ & velodrome in Aigle.
108km / 68 miles.  Overnight in Zweisimmen in a hotel /motel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 3 Valleys, Lakes and Mountain Passes

Ride from Zweisimmen to Andermatt via the Sustenpass (2,224m).  Today is one of our all time favourite day rides in Switzerland.  Incredible scenery, towns & villages and long climbs, and descents, using a mix of excellent Swiss cycle routes and the quieter roads available.
147km / 92 miles.  Overnight in Andermatt in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 4 Downhill to Italy – Become a Tifosi

Ride from Andermatt to Menaggio via Passo San Gottardo (2,106m) & Lugano.  Then cross Lago di Como by ferry to Bellagio.  Today starts with a short climb to the top of the San Gottardo pass before a ridiculously long downhill blast South towards the Italian border.  Once across the border we ride to Lago di Como before crossing the Lake to molto bella Bellagio.
148km / 93 miles.  Overnight in Bellagio in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 5 The Cyclist’s Chapel then Onwards into the Italian Alps

Ride from Bellagio to Bormio via Madonna di Ghisallo Chapel & Cycling Museum.  Following part of the Tour of Lombardy race route we climb up to the Cyclist’s Chapel for a visit.  This very special place is home to many unforgettable cycling exhibits.  We then cross to the East side of Lago di Como and ride on a mix of back and main roads to Bormio, in the heart of the Italian Alps.  Today is our chance to savour La Dolce Vita and we will stop at pavement cafes for the odd espresso or two.
152 km / 95 miles.  Overnight in Bormio in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 6 Forza, Forza – Following in the Wheel Tracks of the Giro d’Italia

Ride from Bormio to Trento via Passo Gavia (2,652m) & Passo del Tonale (1,884m).  The Gavia holds a very special place in cycling folklore – I’ve heard an older local describe with crystal clarity how, when he was a boy, he rode out with his brother from the village of Cellidizzo on heavy utility bikes and watched Bartalli and Coppi race past in the Giro – add in the epic 1988 Giro stage, in the snow …. we don’t need to say any more.
140km / 88 miles.  Overnight in Trento in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 7 A Century Across the Veneto

Ride from Trento to the Treviso area via the Passo di Vezzena (1,402m).  A climb, some rolling roads and then it’s downhill to the Adriatic across the sort of Italian landscape you dream of when you close your eyes.
160km / 100 miles.  Overnight in the Treviso area.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 8 Molto Bella Venezia

Ride from Treviso to Venice and then back to Treviso.  After a meander through the lanes we cross the busy city of Mestre and ride across the bridge into Venice.  After riding 900km / 560 miles in the last 7 days some people prefer to treat today as a rest day and catch the train into Venice so they can enjoy a day in this marvellous city sans bike (and sans cycling shoes).
80km / 50miles.  Overnight in the Treviso area.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 9 Departure Day – After Riding of Course

Ride from our accommodation in the Treviso area to Venice Marco Polo Airport.  A gentle spin down to end our epic journey across Switzerland and Italy.  Rendezvous with baggage vehicle at Venice Marco Polo Airport, pack up bikes and catch return flights (from 13:00 hrs onwards).
40km / 25 miles.  Meal/s included: B

What’s Included

  • 8 nights Hotel accommodation*.
  • All meals as detailed in the trip overview.
  • Meal Key: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.  Please note that all lunches are picnic style and are designed to suit cyclist’s appetites.
  • All baggage transfers in our baggage vehicle.
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling Trip Leader.
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling baggage vehicle driver / assistant.
  • A daily provision of Clif Bar nutritional products.
  • Access to commonly required tools, mechanical advice & assistance.
  • Lago di Como ferries.

*All accommodation is allocated and priced on a twin occupancy basis.  Please contact us for Single Occupancy Rates.

What’s Not Included

  • International and / or Domestic Flight/s to and from the start and end points of the trip.
  • Visa/s if necessary.
  • Travel Insurance – Compulsory.
  • All drinks e.g. bottled water, coffees, teas, alcohol, etc.
  • Entry fees e.g. to visitor attractions, etc.
  • Spare / replacement bicycle parts & accessories e.g. tyres, tubes, wheel/s, etc.
  • Other expenses e.g. souvenirs, additional food, laundry, etc.
  • Tips – at your discretion.

Bike Spec

  • This is a road cycling holiday and a road, sportive or touring bike is ideal for this trip.  We recommend 700x23c tyres and have found Michelin Pro 3 tyres to perform very well.  Compact or triple gearing giving a bottom gear of between 30″ and 40″ is suggested for this trip.  Alloy rims or carbon rims with alloy braking surfaces are preferable to full carbon rims for this trip.
  • Your bike should be fully serviced, and thoroughly tested, before your holiday.

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