Cycling Italy's Piedmont

Cycling Italy's Piedmont

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! Lake Maggiore tour.***

Tour Dates & Prices

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Sep 19-26, 2020
USD$4150
USD$550
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Aug 28-Sep 4, 2021
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Sep 18-25, 2021
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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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 305km (190 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 51km (32 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.0 Classic
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Cuneo / Acqui Terme with shuttle to the Alessandria train station
  • Price / From USD$4150
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Piedmont Vineyards and wine tastings, Gourmet regional cuisine, Guided visit of Bene Vagienna Archaeological site, 2 nights in the Langhe area famous for its wine, cheese and truffles. 2 nights in the Roman town of Acqui Terme
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary; 2 wine tastings; guided visit Bene Vagienna Archaeological site; and the usual (see below).

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Milan Malpensa (MXP) or Turin (TRN)
  • Overall Tour Level
    3.0 difficulty level 3.0
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    77km / 800m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.5
    3
    69km / 579m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    4
    41km / 790m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    5
    50km / 791m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    6
    40km / 814m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    7
    47km / 741m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    8
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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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.

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 Demonte 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: 77km (48mi)
  • Gain: 800m (2624ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

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. We'll have a light lunch and guided visit of 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.

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.

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.

DAY 6: Ride from Alba to Canelli for a winery visit shuttle to Acqui Terme

Highlights: Alba, Ferrero chocolates and visit to Coppo, 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, Coppo. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch before shuttling on to our hotel in Acqui Terme.

  • Distance: 40km (25mi)
  • Gain: 814m (2670ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

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: 47km (29mi)
  • Gain: 741m (2430ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Bicycle tour ends

Highlights: Acqui Terme - shuttle to Alessandria train station

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Gather in Cuneo, south of Turin

Your tour starts with a complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle pick-up inside the Torino Porta Nuova Train station in front of the ticket office on Day 1 of the tour at 12 noon. The drive will take 1.5 hours. Your spot on the shuttle is already reserved for you.

If you can't make the shuttle, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Cuneo (1-1.5 hours by train, or private transfer through hotel, around EUR 130.)

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Turin Airport (TRN).

Arriving at Torino Airport and meeting the ExperiencePlus! shuttle:

  • Sadem Bus from the Torino Airport to Torino Porta Nuova train station (every 30 minutes; 40 min/EUR 6.50-EUR 7.50)
  • or Taxi (30 min/EUR 40-45)

Day 8: Departure Information

Bicycle tour ends

Your tour ends with a complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle drop-off at the Alessandria Train station on the final day of the tour. between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Please make your shuttle reservation by emailing us no later than 30 days prior to your tour start date.

If you do not join the shuttle, you will be responsible for your own transportation

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying out of the Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP).

From the Alessandria train station to the Milano Malpensa Airport:

  • Train (change at Milano Centrale) (2.5-3 hours/fares vary)

Look up Italian train schedules at Trenitalia.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

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Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • 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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