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2024 Tour de France Grand Depart Italy

27th June – 2nd July


5 Nights


Ride & Watch


$3,598 AUD

Grand Depart of the 2024 Tour de France in Italy with Sportive Breaks

Key Features

In 2024, the Tour de France will have its ‘Grand Depart’ in Italy for the first time. The race for yellow will start on 29th June in the stunning city of Florence. Italy is known for its stunning landscapes, world famous cuisine and cycling roads that host a Grand Tour and two monuments of their own. The Giro d’Italia, Milan San Remo and Il Lombardia are some of the biggest races in the calendar. Its no wonder the tour has decided to start in Italy!

The peloton will leave Florence, taking a route which leads to the coastal city of Rimini, situated on the Adriatic coast. Stage 2 leaves Cesenatico, heading back across the country to Bologna, where the peloton will do laps of a city centre circuit. From Bologna, the Tour will head to Turin, where the Alps appear in the northwest of the city.

Our Tour

Our tour starts in Florence on Thursday 27th June, so we can watch the team presentation. You will then be able to ride some of the routes whilst following the race. You will experience the race from the roadside, ride on some incredible Italian roads and enjoy the fantastic Italian cuisine.

Your guide and lead host is Andrea Ferrigato, former Giro d’Italia stage winner.


Price per person: $3,598 AUD based on twin share. (two people in room)

A Single Supplement of $1,012 AUD ($4,610 total pp) is available so solo travellers can join us too! 

Additional Nights can be arrange on a request basis, contact our staff for details. 

Note: Trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. We recommend Travel Insurance for your trip. As cycling travel experts, we are able to match you with an ideal provider, just mention it when you enquire.

What's Included?

Highlights from the Past Event


Day To Day


Hotel:  Ambasciatori Hotel (half board basis)

Meals: Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • Watch live the Team Presentations in Florence.
  • Explore the stunning city of Florence.

Today’s Ride: Bike fitting at hotel


Arrive in Florence , transfer to the hotel, meet and greet in the afternoon at the hotel, we will depart on foot as a group to watch the Team Presentations live.


Hotel: Ambasciatori Hotel  (half board basis)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • AM – Ride the Chianti hills
  • PM –  TBC

Today’s Ride: 100km 1600M


Following breakfast we will depart the hotel by bike to ride out to Rada in Chianti taking in views of the beautiful landscape. This will be a great chance to get familiar with your bike and roll out the legs.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a guided city tour.

Florence to Bologna

Hotel: Bologna de la Gare (half board basis)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Hotel

  • Daily Highlights:
    Watch Stage 1 depart from Piazzale Michelangelo in the centre of Florence

Today’s Ride:


Today the 2023 Tour de France will commence with the stage starting Florence. We’ll enjoy a leisurely morning before we regroup at the hotel and walk to the start area. Once the race has departed we will head out Barberino de Mugello to start our ride. You will climb up the Futa Pass, a famous climb in Appennino. The route will then take us back down into Bologna.
We will arrive into Bologna early evening and enjoy dinner at the hotel.


Hotel: Bologna de la Gare (half board basis)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • Ride the final section of today’s Stage 2
  • Watch Stage 2 live, finish area in Bologna

Today’s Ride: 40km | 1150m Climbing


We will depart the hotel after breakfast and follow a route where you will ride the last 40km of the Tour de France Stage. We will then be in a great position to see the finish of the race on the final climb on the San Luca.

After the race, we will enjoy a tour of Bologna. More details coming soon.

Bologna to Turin

Hotel: Novotel Torino Corso Giulio Cesare (half board basis)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • Watch Stage 3 live

Today’s Ride: 80km


We will depart the hotel in Bologna and drive to the spectacular Monferrato hills. We will ride circular route of 80km starting and finishing in Alba. Here is where we will see the Tour de France come past.

We will finish the day with evening meal at the hotel.


After breakfast we say goodbye, your transfer will take you to Milan Airport .

Depending on your flight time or if you wish to extend your trip an extra night, you could watch stage 4 depart in Turin.

Today’s Ride: No Rides.
Meals: Breakfast

Ambasciatori Hotel Florence

Ambasciatori Hotel

This hotel is perfectly located in the city centre. Its near the train station so has excellent transport links and just across the street is the Piazza Santa Maria. All rooms are spacious and have an en-suite bathrooms. In the rooms you will find amenities such as hairdryers, kettle, mini bar, safe and Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast consists of a traditional Italian pastries, fresh products, and hot and cold drinks. A bar in the hotel has a fully stocked bar with a wide range for you to choose from.

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel daily

Hotel Bologna de la Gare

Hotel Bologna de la Gare

This modern hotel is located in the heart of Bologna, near to the train station. It is close to all of the city’s main tourist attractions including Piazza Maggiore and San Petronio. The rooms are spacious, quiet and comfortable and include features such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TVs and a choice of pillows. For breakfast you can enjoy a large buffet selection with fresh baking and pastries alongside Italian specialities. There is also an elegant lobby bar where you can relax and enjoy a drink from the extensive range of options.


Includes: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel daily

Novotel Torino Corso Giulio Cesare

Novotel Torino Corso Giulio Cesare

The Novotel Torino Corso Giulio Cesare is a modern property, conveniently located close to the motorway. The modern hotel offers good transport links to the centre of Turin, surrounded by a green park. With comfortable rooms and friendly staff, guests can also take advantage of the hotel pool. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The breakfast menu is varied with a range of sweet and savoury options to suit all tastes. The Vagabon bar has live music some evenings and serves a range of cocktails, drinks and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere.

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel daily

More about the event

The Grand Depart of the 111th edition of the world-famous Tour de France is set to make history, as for the first time the race will start on Italian roads! Florence will be hosting the team presentation and the first stage, which will leave the centre of Florence and head to the coastal town of Rimini. The first stage consists of 205km and a whopping 3700m of climbing! This really will make one exciting start to the Tour.

Vincenzo Nibali, recently retired in 2022 after a spectacular career was the last Italian to win the Tour de France back in 2014. Whilst the race cannot be won in Italy, it can certainly be lost here; an epic start in the battle for Yellow.

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We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.

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