Tour de France 2024 Grand Départ - Plus

STARTING PRICE

$1849

Experience the Tour de France up close and on your bike in a trip which will turn on mind and body alike. ALLEZ, ALLEZ!

Overview

TRIP DATES

From
26 Jun
-
01 Jul, 2024

DURATION

6-days/ 5-nights

STARTING PRICE

$1849
Pick-Up Location
Florence
Drop-off Location
Bologna/Florence Airport
Terrain
road
Distance
393‑513km
Elevation
6,311‑9,201m
Difficulty
Very Climby

Who hasn’t heard of the great Tuscan city of Florence? It is certainly known worldwide, but now there will be one more reason for this fame: Florence will host the legendary Tour de France Grand Départ in 2024, the first time in history the Tour has ever started in Italy.

In addition to taking in the Tour, this trip will explore the lesser-known corners of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, a paradise for the passionate cyclist. You will learn about its ancient history and wonderful nature and will have the opportunity to ride on the same roads that brought Marco Pantani to be the legendary cycling hero we remember him to be.

Included in this trip

  • All transfers, incl. pick-up from and drop-off to the airport.
  • 5 nights accommodation in select boutique hotels including breakfast.
  • Support with set-up of rental bike, or assembly/disassembly of own bike.
  • Orientation meeting on day 1.
  • All on-trip luggage transfers.
  • Daily multiple route options for rides leading up to the event.
  • Daily CyclingHero van support.
  • Exclusive access to the CyclingHero Companion App with local insights.
  • Access to Hammerhead Karoo-2 bike computer with pre-installed CyclingHero route options.
  • Bike box storage for the entire duration of the trip.

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Day-to-Day Schedule

Day
1
Tuscany trial and the Forest National Park

From Florence, there are two options to reach the Lands of Romagna.

The first crosses the Casentino Forests National Park and climbs up to the Tre Faggi Pass which marks the regional border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Passing through the Premilcuore Waterfalls, the road continues up to Castrocaro Terme, famous for its natural Spas, before reaching Faenza.

The second option passes through the ancient and beautiful Borgo San Lorenzo which dates back to the Etruscan civilization before heading to the Colla di Casaglia Pass. Along the way it crosses the so-called Gothic Line Territories, the last defensive bastion of the Third Reich during WWII. Trenches and fortifications remain as testimonials to this dark side of human history.

After crossing the medieval town of Brisighella the route ends in the beautiful Faenza, a city dating back to the Roman era and particularly developed between the Renaissance and the Baroque age. Faenza is also known as the city of the Majolica Ceramics, and where the word Faience originates.

Distance
107‑132km
Elevation
1,870‑2,200m
Valico 3 faggi
Distance
20.7km
Elevation
946m
Passo delle Cento Forche
Distance
4.9km
Elevation
275m
Rocca San Casciano
Distance
1.2km
Elevation
58m
Monte Fortino
Distance
3.3km
Elevation
150m
Vetta Le Croci
Distance
13.1km
Elevation
512m
Passo della Colla di Casaglia
Distance
16.8km
Elevation
834m
Day
2
Exploring the lands of the Pirate -Marco Pantani

Today there are three loop rides around Faenza. They all include the Senio Valley, a unique geological Natural Park which lays claim to the longest chalk mountain relief in Italy which has made the region a UNESCO World Heritage.

After the route crosses Brisighella, a very well-preserved medieval town spectacularly built atop three hills, the long and medium continue on to Marradi and pass the sturdy walls of  Riolo Terme, a roman town known for its thermal waters, before heading back to Faenza.

Distance
66.9‑129.5km
Elevation
1,041‑2,244m
Brisighella
Distance
1.1km
Elevation
35m
Monte Carnevale
Distance
10.3km
Elevation
482m
Passo del Paretaio
Distance
8km
Elevation
482m
Passo del Prugno
Distance
6.4km
Elevation
383m
Case Trebbo
Distance
4.4km
Elevation
201m
Zattaglia
Distance
7.6km
Elevation
336m
Tebano
Distance
1.6km
Elevation
74m
Day
3
Heading to Bologna

Leaving Faenza along the Roman Via Emilia for Bologna, a short detour takes in the medieval Village of Dozza considered one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy".

Passing Castel San Pietro Terme the route starts climbing up along the spectacular Calanchi ridges, a geomorphological phenomenon similar to the American Badlands. After a quick descent into Val di Zena, the route climbs up again to the Contrafforte Pliocenico, the largest Natural Park in the region and ends in Sasso Marconi, a quiet village a few km away from Bologna that is also the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi, 1909 Nobel Prize winner for Physics, creator of the first Telegraph and the father of Wireless Communications.

Distance
72‑87.7km
Elevation
705‑1,662m
Calvanella
Distance
6.5km
Elevation
244m
Monte Calderaro
Distance
7.4km
Elevation
394m
Cà del Vento
Distance
1.2km
Elevation
83m
Cà di Pippo
Distance
6.5km
Elevation
305m
Zena
Distance
1.4km
Elevation
101m
Zula
Distance
1.3km
Elevation
94m
Ganzole
Distance
3.5km
Elevation
174m
Botteghino di Zocca
Distance
3.5km
Elevation
161m
Day
4
The beauty of the Emilia Lands

From Sasso Marconi, the route of this day follows the Reno Valley up to Riola di Vergato, where we can admire the sumptuous and eclectic Rocchetta Mattei castle, an architectural oddity built in the mid-19th century.  After climbing through the towns of  Camugnano and Vigo and admiring the stellar views to be had from the top,  a small detour leads to La Scola, a wonderful 14th-century village known for its 700-year-old Cypress trees.

The route descends through Grizzana Morandi and the  Val di Setta before returning to Sasso Marconi.

Distance
88.7‑105.4km
Elevation
1,495‑1,895m
Via del Chiù
Distance
1.1km
Elevation
38m
Sibano
Distance
1.1km
Elevation
56m
Camugnano
Distance
11.9km
Elevation
602m
Oreglia
Distance
5.3km
Elevation
230m
Monteacuto Ragazza
Distance
1.8km
Elevation
116m
La Scola - Oreglia
Distance
12.5km
Elevation
539m
Day
5
The route of the Champions

From Sasso Marconi, the route to the Grand Tour first climbs up to Badolo, a haven for free climbers from Bologna. Continuing the exploration of the beautiful hills South of Bologna the road descends to Rastignano and climbs up to Montecalvo where you can stop and wait for the champions starting their journey towards the conquest of the Yellow Jersey.

Heading back to Sasso Marconi via the picturesque Vizzano Bridge the route includes a climb up the Bologna hills through Sabbiuno, where 100 partisans and civilians were executed by the Germans in WWII (also known as the Sabbiuno Massacre).

Distance
58.5km
Elevation
1,200m
Via del Chiù
Distance
1.1km
Elevation
38m
Badolo
Distance
7.7km
Elevation
357m
Montecalvo
Distance
2.7km
Elevation
215m
Paderno
Distance
3.9km
Elevation
210m
Sabbiuno
Distance
1.9km
Elevation
85m
Day
6
Aurevoir Le Tour 💛

After a last amazing breakfast, is time to say arrivederci to the beautiful lands of the champions and find out who will get the yellow jersey in France. Aurevoir!

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