Cycling Italy's Piedmont Plus! the Italian Lakes
***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour check out our Cycling Italy's Piedmont tour, which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Gather in Cuneo, south of Turin
Highlights: Provincial capital of Cuneo, Alpine views, Arione Bar and Confectionary, welcome dinner
Gather today in Cuneo, south of Turin. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon, then you will be free to explore the town and to take a warm-up ride. Be sure to look up the Arione Bar and Confectionary, famous for its "cuneese al rhum," a chocolate rum candy (Hemingway stopped by here to pick up some of these on a trip to Italy in 1954, the year he won the Nobel Prize.) This evening, we'll celebrate the beginning of our tour with a traditional Piedmontese dinner together.
Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D
Lodging: Hotel Principe
Day 2: Cycle deep into the Alps along an Alpine Valley
Highlights: Alpine scenery, the 19th century fortress of Vinadio, optional mountain ride
Your ride today follows the Stura di Demente River valley to the fortress of Vinadio along an historic military road that has now become mainly a bike path. The Vinadio fortress was built by King Carlo Alberto of the house of Savoy in the 1830s and '40s to protect the Piedmont from possible invasions from France. You'll be back in Cuneo late afternoon to enjoy a stroll through town.
Distance: 84km (52 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Principe
Day 3: Bicycle from Cuneo to Monforte D'Alba
Highlights: Town of Bene Vagienna or Roman "Augusta Bagiennorum," the Langhe wine region
Your ride today takes you through the small town of Bene Vagienna as you follow an ancient Roman road. It's a great stop for lunch. Those interested might want to visit the large archeological park of Augusta Bagiennorum. Tonight we will be in Monforte d'Alba, one of many picturesque wine villages in the Langhe region of Piedmont.
Distance: 65km (40 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Villa Beccaris
Day 4: Loop ride to the wine villages of Serralunga, La Morra and Barolo
Highlights: Le Langhe wine region and wine villages, including Barolo, wine tasting
A loop ride today takes you through the vineyards of Le Langhe and the famous hills of the Nebbiolo grape. Along the route you'll pass through the stunning landscape of La Morra, as well as vineyards around Barolo, Verduno and La Mora. The town of Barolo gives its name to Italy's most famous wine. The village has an interesting ethnographic and wine museum to visit. We'll enjoy a wine tasting together this evening before dinner together.
Distance: 47km (29 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Villa Beccaris
Day 5: Bicycle from Monforte d'Alba to the town of Alba
Highlights: Beautiful vineyard landscapes, regional wine museum
Your ride today takes you through some of the most beautiful vineyard landscapes in Italy. If you are interested in wine we recommend a stop at the regional wine museum in Mango before continuing on through Neviglie and Trezzo Tinella, villages of less than 500 inhabitants, on the way to Alba.
Distance: 48km (30 miles). Meals: B
Day 6: Ride from Alba to Canelli for a winery visit shuttle to Acqui Terme
Highlights: Alba, Ferrero chocolates and visit to Contratto, one of Italy's most famous vineyards
You'll want to take time to visit Alba before leaving this morning. Not only is Alba the capital of the Langhe wine region it is also home to Ferrero Rocher, the chocolate maker that manufactures Nutella and Kinder chocolate. From here you'll pedal on to Canelli to visit one of the oldest and most famous wineries in Italy, Contratto. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch before shuttling on to our hotel in Acqui Terme.
Distance: 40km (25 miles). Meals: B, L
Lodging: Roma Imperiale
Day 7: Loop ride from Acqui Terme to Mombarruzo and back
Highlights: Thermal Spa, amaretto
Acqui Terme has been a spa town since Roman times and you'll be here two nights! If you wish to take the day off to enjoy the thermal spa this is your chance. Otherwise hop on your bike and head to the hill town of Mombaruzzo, home to one of Italy's famous "amaretto" makers. Amaretto is a yummy cookie made from a base of almond paste. Take time this afternoon for a walk in town or to enjoy the spas.
Distance: 46km (29 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Roma Imperiale
Day 8: Bicycle from Acqui Terme to Asti
Highlights: Culinary city of Asti, Asti Spumante
Our destination today is Asti, an elegant town famous for its architecture, wines and culinary traditions. Along the way you'll pass through Castel Rocchero originally a military garrison that guarded the road that leads from Acqui into the Belbo Valley. Next up -- the rich vineyards of Canelli and the Moscato grape, which is believed to be the birthplace of the Italian sparkling wine "Asti Spumante".
Distance: 67km (42 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Aleramo
Day 9: Bicycle from Asti to Casale Monferrato
Highlights: Small country roads, fortified town of Casale Monferrato
Head north today through the hills of Monferrato. This is one of the most densely settled farm areas in Italy so it has a rich network of tiny farm roads with little traffic. Casale sits on the south bank of the Po River and enjoys a deep architectural heritage due to its varied history because of its critical position along the Po River. Join the locals for a stroll through town before dinner together this evening.
Distance: 62km (39 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Palazzo Paleologi
Day 10: Enjoy a flat ride across the Po Valley today
Highlights: Flat riding, rice paddies, views of the Alps
Cross the Po River this morning and pedal north through one of the largest rice growing areas in Europe. Along the way, you'll pass through no less than fifteen small farm villages, including San Nazzaro Sesia, a village built around an 11th-century Benedictine abbey.
Distance: 59km (37 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Tenimento Al Castello
Day 11: Bicycle into the Pre-Alps and the Italian Lake District
Highlights: Spectacular views of the Alps and pedaling along Lakes Orta, Mergozzo and Maggiore.
Your final day of riding takes you into Italy's spectacular Lakes District. This breathtaking series of lakes was created as glaciers retreated from northern Italy some 20,000 years ago. Your first lake is Lago d'Orta, then tiny Lago di Mergozzo, and finally Lago Maggiore. The journey ends in Verbania, along the shores of beautiful Lago Maggiore. This evening, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Distance: 85km (53 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Ancora
Day 12: End of tour on Lake Maggiore
Highlights: Beautiful Lake Maggiore
You are on your own today in one of Italy's most beautiful regions. This is a great starting point for further exploration of the Lakes District, or better yet - perhaps you'd like to join our cycling tour through the area! Whatever you choose, have a great time and thanks for joining us!
HighlightsPiedmont Vineyards and wine tastings, Gourmet regional cuisine, Italy's Lakes District, 2 nights in the Langhe area, 2 nights in the Roman town of Acqui Terme, Monferrato , Lake Maggiore, A complete overview of this amazing region
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 12 days, 11 nights accommodation; van support; 2 to 3 bilingual tours leaders; all breakfast, 1 light lunch, 7 dinners with wine; 2 wine tastings plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndCueno / Verbani
Arrive/DepartMilan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Turin Caselle Airport (TRN)
Total Distance578km (359 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage per riding day 58 km (36 miles)
Rating301 Most days have between 2,000 and 3,000 feet of climbing. Day 4 and 8 have climbs in excess of 3,000 feet.
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Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes Sep 24-Oct 5, 2017 USD$4800 USD$650 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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- A Passion for Piedmont by Matt Kramer
Great guides. Great fun. Great company.Billy W., Mt Pleasant, SC
It was wonderful riding through a lesser-traveled part of Italy. The scenery was gorgeous from day 1 all the way through the end of the ride and the hills were challenging - but rewarding! This was our 10th EPlus! tour and I can''t wait to pick and go on our 11th!Laura E., Tacoma, WA
I thought this was a great tour--our best yet. Keep up the good work.Sharon S., Eugene, OR
This was our second trip with EP and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Your arrow system cannot be beat. Such a relief not to have to try to read directions while riding! This is how we prefer to travel and we will be back.Pat D., West Chester, PA
Biking, scenery, amenities, service, leaders ... all outstanding.Terry D., West Chester, PA
There were many "favorite" experiences but I can''t pick one in particular...beautiful landscape, challenging riding, excellent tour leaders, great food, nice cultural opportunities, fabulous Italian culture.Gary F., Fort Collins, CO
Wonderful experience - great guides - great routes - great towns - great riding - great food and wine.Jeff E., Pittsburg, PA
The scenery, food, other bicyclists, tour leaders, routes -- all superb. Thank you for providing the opportunity!David S., Eugene, OR
Italian wine country at its best. Outstanding food. Great rides. Challenging climbs. The absolute beauty of the hilly wine country...and we were fortunate to have sunny days for those rides.Jim B., Incline Village, NV
A great experience, good guides, fun people to ride with and Italy is always beautiful.Mary B., Newport Beach, CA