Cycling Italy's Piedmont

  • Itinerary Summary

    Italy's Piedmont region is surrounded on three sides by a great arc of the Alps as they rise out of the Mediterranean Sea and curve north and east through France, Switzerland and Italy to Austria. Within this great curve of mountains the Po River rises, forming a broad, fertile plain that forms Italy's longest river flowing into the Adriatic Sea. It was in the western part of this valley that the Kings of Savoy built castles and fortified cities to protect wine merchants from intrusions by marauding pirates. And it was here that Count Camillo Cavour first proposed the idea of a unified Italian state. The food, the history and the landscape make the Piedmont an ideal destination for cyclists. This cycling tour through the Piedmont region and the Lakes District tour combines the best of Italian and French cuisine and wine with scenic pedaling through rolling hills dotted with vineyards and castles.

    ***If this sounds great but you'd prefer a longer tour, check out our: Cycling the Piedmont Plus! the Italian Lakes tour.***

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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

    4. 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

    5. 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

      Lodging: TBA

    6. 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

    7. Day 7: Loop ride from Acqui Terme to Mombaruzzo 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

    8. Day 8: Bicycle tour ends

      Highlights: Acqui Terme

      Your cycling tour of the Piedmont ends today but there is still much to see and enjoy in this area. Have fun exploring!

    • Highlights

      Piedmont 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
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; van support; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; all breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 4 dinners with wine; 1 wine tasting plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Italy
    • Begin/End

      Cuneo / Acqui Terme
    • Arrive/Depart

      Milan Malpensa (MXP) or Turin (TRN)
    • Total Distance

      305km (190 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 51km (32 miles)
    • Rating

      201-301 Most days have between 1,500 and 2,500 feet of climbing. Day 4 is just over 3,000 feet.
    • Terms

      Terms & Conditions
  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Aug 13-20, 2017 US $3750.00 US $550.00 Book it
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    Sep 3-10, 2017 US $3950.00 US $550.00 Book it
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    Sep 24-Oct 1, 2017 US $3950.00 US $550.00 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
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    * 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.

  • Stories

    • Scenery was spectacular. Especially liked riding through the vineyards and the old villages. It was a great experience and hopefully I can book another tour in the future.

      Ray A., Firestone, CO
    • Keep doing what you do, it is superior. The outstanding features are your guides, chalk marking, quality bikes.

      Ole L., Fort Worth, TX

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