WHEN TO GO
Jun – Oct
DURATION
7 days / 6 nights
BIKE TYPE
Road Bike
RIDER TYPE
Level 3 & 4
Number of guests
Max 6 Cyclists
PRICE FROM
€2990/person

Tour
Overview

Abruzzo Grand Tour

An epic adventure from the mountains to sea

As the birds fly, and as a standard ride could go, only 65 flat kilometres separate the coastal towns of Pescara and Vasto. But why settle for standard when you are in an extraordinary region like Abruzzo? Take a breathtaking “detour” of over 400 km and discover the very essence of this remote paradise. On this epic journey you’ll roll through vine-covered landscapes, climb the Gran Sasso and Majella mounts and ride along the Unesco heritage Trabocchi coast. Turn after turn Abruzzo will take your heart with the warm hospitality of its people, the magical beauty of its medieval hamlets and the explosion of flavours of its eclectic cuisine. Join the ride and unveil Italy’s best-kept secret!

Tour Highlights

  • Campo Imperatore, the Little Tibet
  • Medieval hamlets of Pacentro and Calascio
  • Majella and Sirente Velino National Parks
  • Trabocchi Coast and Punta Aderci beach

Eat and Drink

  • Seafood: Brodetto alla vastese, scapece
  • Meat and dairy: Arrosticini, Pecorino, Cac e ov
  • Fresh pasta: Sagne e ceci, Spaghetti alla chitarra
  • Wine: Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, Trebbiano
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WHAT'S INCLUDED:

All accomodations
Luggage transfers
High end road bike and helmet
Cycling Guides and Support Vehicle
Daily meals and beverages

Map

TOTAL DISTANCE

435km / 270mi

TOTAL ELEVATION

7.550m / 25.000ft

AVG DISTANCE PER DAY

60km / 37mi

OUR FAVOURITE DAY

Day 2

START

Pescara 

FINISH

Vasto

Day by day

Day by day

01 Welcome to Abruzzo

Time to meet your Vago Cycling guides and begin your adventure with the first glimpse of Abruzzo’s beauty: the “Golden Triangle”, a hilly area renowned for the premium extra virgin olive oil Aprutino Pescarese. In the quiet hills of Loreto Aprutino we will be hosted at Azienda Agricola Chiara Ciavolich for a private wine tasting, and a delightful farm to table dinner. Welcome to Abruzzo!

Distance

50km / 30mi 

Elevation

800m / 2600ft

Eat

Lunch and Dinner

02 The Little Tibet

Make sure your camera is fully charged as there will be no shortage of views on this spectacular day. We’re heading to Campo Imperatore: the remote plateau surrounded by mighty peaks and rightly known as “Little Tibet”. At the impressive height of 2129 meters, in the shadow of the Corno Grande, we’ll reach the highest peak of the whole Apennines before heading to the enchanting hamlet of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Wander narrow alleys filled with the magical beauty of a world gone by and enjoy a bountiful dinner of local delights in our favourite trattoria.

Distance

75km / 47mi

Elevation

1400m / 4600ft

Eat

All meals

03 Sirente Velino

Before we hit the road for another great ride, enjoy an early visit to the marvellous Rocca Calascio: the highest fort in all of Italy at nearly 1,500 meters above the sea level. On the bike, merge in the beauty of the Sirente Velino National Park and ride to Pacentro, a charming hamlet dominated by the Caldora Castle. Our favourite local restaurant awaits for another feast. Buon appetito!

Distance

100km / 62mi

Elevation

1400m / 4600ft

Sleep

Pacentro

Eat

All meals

04 Pacentro Loop

Today’s route is a spectacular loop in the heart of the Majella National Park. We’ll ride through the Bosco di Sant Antonio, a majestic beech-tree forest, the Valico della Forchetta and the San Leonardo Pass. Back in Pacentro, relax by the pool and sip a glass of Montepulciano as your guides will cook you a delicious dinner to share with you the real Italian home cooking experience.

Distance

75km / 47mi

Elevation

1300m / 4300ft

Sleep

Pacentro

Eat

All meals

05 Blockhaus

The hardest climb of the tour awaits on today’s menu:  the mighty Blockhaus with its 31km at 6,2%. The last mountaintop summit of this great trip is also the most rewarding with endless views from the Adriatic Coast to the Gran Sasso massif. Celebrate with a craft  beer at Birrificio Majella before we head to our charming accommodation, the elegant Castello di Semivicoli.

Distance

55km / 35mi

Elevation

1900m / 6200ft

Sleep

Semivicoli

Eat

All meals

06 The Trabocchi Coast

Rolling through vine-covered hills we’ll finally reach the UNESCO-Heritage Trabocchi Coast, a stretch of sea dotted with a striking collection of trabocchi: unique fishing structures directly suspended above the water. Ride on the stunning bike path and enjoy a sunset drink on the beach of Punta Aderci before we wrap-up this great trip with a farewell dinner of seafood delights.

Distance

80km / 50mi 

Elevation

750m / 2450ft

Sleep

Vasto

Eat

All meals

07 Arrivederci

What a trip it was!  See you soon for your next adventure with Vago Cycling!

Distance

Elevation

Sleep

Eat

Breakfast

2022
Tours

2022
Tours

Jun 11 - 17
From €2.990
Private reservation
Sept 11 - 17
From €2.990
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OUR BIKES FOR THE RIDE

The available models for this tour are Trek Emonda SL 6 Pro Disc, Colnago CLX Disc and Ridley Fenix SL Disc. You can upgrade to Trek Emonda SLR 7 or Trek Domane SLR 7, for only €200.

Other
details

Pick up

  • On day 1 Vago team will meet you in Pescara at 10am. The city can be reached via the Abruzzo International Airport (PSR) or by high speed trains and buses . Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.

Drop off

  • Drop off point is Pescara train Station. The station is well linked to the main airports and to the most popular tourist destinations in the area. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.

PRE and AFTER tour tips

  • The main airports to reach and leave the tour are Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Pescara International (PSR). In order to minimize the risk of jet lag and enjoy every moment of your cycling vacation, we suggest to land in Italy at least one day prior to the beginning of your tour. Thanks to the central position of Abruzzo the before/after tour possibilities are endless. Beside classic destinations like Rome (2,5h from Pescara) lesser-known gems are the city of Ascoli Piceno, the Gargano National Park or the pristine Tremiti Islands. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.

What's included

  • 6 nights of accommodation at carefully selected hotels
  • Daily meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • At least two experienced local guides
  • Daily route support with cycling guides and support van
  • High end carbon frame road bike equipped with flat pack, lights and pedals
  • Luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities and events as outlined in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Single occupancy supplement (from €500)
  • Any optional activity not outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not listed in the “What’s included” section