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Take on Grand Tour Season with Saddle Skedaddle

June 6, 2019 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

The Grand Tour season is officially underway, with the Giro D’Italia (May 11-June 2, 2019), Tour de France (July 6-28, 2019), and Vuelta a España (Aug. 24-Sept. 15, 2019) all promising to be a thrilling summer of cycling. 

Bike enthusiasts and hobbyists are flocking to the streets — and rural lanes, and mountain passes — of Italy, France, and Spain to cheer on the world’s best cyclists as they compete in daily stages of multi-week road cycling races on the international stage. But why settle for the sidelines when you can hit the same routes and follow the path of the greats?

With Saddle Skedaddle, the leading cycling adventure expert with nearly 25 years of experience, sink into a champion’s saddle as you ride the same iconic road passes that cycling legends tackle, soaking in the sweeping vistas, crisp alpine air, physical challenges, and victorious cheers — from your guide and fellow travelers, of course — for yourself. 

Hit the road with Saddle Skedaddle’s top Grand Tour picks for 2019: 

Channel the Giro D’Italia on the Roads of Italy

Cycle in the stead of Giro d’Italia challengers — who tackled the Italian Alps and Dolomites before concluding in Verona — on some of the country’s toughest mountain road climbs, including the Passo della Presolana, Passo Vivione, and Mortirolo, with Saddle Skedaddle’s 8-day Italian Alps guided road cycling. Prefer a less-strenuous alternative? Follow the Giro’s path through Italy’s scenic Northern Lake District with the 8-day Lakes of Lombardia guided tour, stopping to enjoy a gelato al fresco in lakeside towns such as Bellagio, Sarnico, and Riva del Garda. To celebrate the Giro D’Italia’s finish line, cyclists who book by June 30 can enjoy a five-percent discount using promo code GTFIVE or a free bike rental using promo code GTBIKE.

Italian Alps departs July 6, priced from $2,160 USD.
Lakes of Lombardia departs June 22, July 13, and Aug. 8, priced from $2,240 USD.

Cycle Spain on your own Vuelta a España

The famous Vuelta a España, the finale of the Grand Tour season, takes place over three weeks in August and September as cyclists tackle the Pyrenees, the mountains that form the natural border between Spain and France, before ending in Madrid. Follow some of the race’s most iconic routes — including the wilderness areas of Somiedo (a UNESCO world heritage site), Fuentes Carriones, and the Picos de Europa National — with the 8-day Vuelta Classics, Saddle Skedaddle’s longest-running road cycling route. Or soak up the seafood, cider, and spectacular views along the Cantabrian coast with the NEW – Road to Santiago guided cycling tour.

Vuelta Classics departs June 16 and July 28, priced at $1,970 USD.
NEW – Road to Santiago departs July 7 and September 15, priced at $2535 USD.

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