Rome to Torino - AllTrails Expedition (TourzPlus)

Rome to Torino - AllTrails Expedition (TourzPlus)

We have partnered with Australian company AllTrails to bring you a bicycle expedition from Rome to Torino. On our ride we'll leave the eternal city and pedal north through stunning southern Tuscany, over the Apennine Mountains to Emilia Romagna and through the Po Valley to the wine hills of Piedmont. The finale of the bike tour comes with our arrival in Turin, designated the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the home of the House of Savoy, and the leader in uniting Italy under one flag. Along the way we'll learn about the unique features and customs of a diverse set of Italian regions as we pedal along quiet roads, through country towns, medieval and renaissance castles and cities. Of course there will also be ample opportunities to sample some of each region's finest wines and foods. Join us for this special bicycling expedition.

Combine this tour with AllTrails Torino to Paris and be in Paris for the finalé of the Tour de France. The Rome to Paris ride was voted by Men's Journal as one of the top "Epic Long-Distance Bike Tours for 2014.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 13 Days
  • Total Distance / 977 km (603 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average daily 98 km (60 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 1.0
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Rome/Torino
  • Price / From AUS$5090
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Rome, the Forum, Coliseum
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    • Lucca (home to Puccini)
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    • Pedal the Apennines of Italy
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    • Etruscan coast of Tuscany
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    • Wine country of Piedmont
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    • Optional side trips to Pisa
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    • Torino, the first capital of a unified Italy

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    This is scheduled in mid-summer so that it can combine with the Turin to Paris itinerary and coincide with the finale of the Tour de France. Expect temperatures to be in the 80s to 100s. Some daily procedures may vary from ExperiencePlus! tours as this trip is operated in tandem with AllTrails, an Australian Bike Tour Company. As an Expedition tour this trip receives no Re-Cycle credit.
  • Includes
    13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 aperitivi; van support; bilingual leaders; cultural activities as described in itinerary.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Rome/Torino or Milan
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    Tour Level Note: Long days and hilly terrain makes this a challenging tour.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

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Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Rome

Highlights: The eternal city

Arrive early to visit this incredible city - with more than enough monuments, ruins and small streets to explore we highly recommend spending a few days in Rome before our bicycle adventure north begins.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Villa San Pio

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Rome to Anguillara Sabazia

Highlights: Ride along the Tiber River, Tuscania

Our ride out of Rome takes us on a 20km bike path along the Tiber River from the Vatican. Enjoy the views of this great city as we head north to Tuscania for the evening.

Distance: 62 km (38 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Country Relais due Laghi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Anguillara Sabazia to Tuscania

Highlights: Tuscania

Today we head north past fishing villages, quaint little cottages and lovely architecture, to Tuscania, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Distance: 81 km (50 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Tuscania Panoramico

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Tuscania to San Quirico d'Orcia

Highlights: Pedal the Val d'Orcia valley

We pedal across the 'Tuscia' today, a remote part of Italy that formed the southern part of Etruria (the heartland of the native inhabitants of this region - the Etruscans). This is a horizontal landscape made up of layers of previously airborne volcanic ash. We pedal by and through several ancient, inactive volcanoes, specifically that of Lake Bolsena, today a popular summer destination for families seeking nice lake beaches. Our ride takes us along the ancient Roman road 'Cassia' as we wind our way into one of Italy's most picturesque valleys, the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site so named for the interaction between humans and landscape. Our destination is San Quirico d'Orcia, perched on the northern edge of the valley and so affording a fantastic view over the dry rolling hills lined with classic Tuscan cypress trees. Our hotel has a stunning swimming pool with a great view over the valley.

Distance: 108 km (67 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Casanova Hotel Residence

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: San Quirico d'Orcia to San Gimignano

Highlights: San Gimignano and it's medieval towers

We'll pedal north toward Siena today, along the famous (or infamous!) Tuscan hills. Gear down and spin and you'll be up and down these hills in no time! We're skirting the big city of Siena to reach the smaller town of San Gimignano, picturesque for its historic towers that dot the horizon as we approach town. Our hotel is just 1km outside of town with a lovely swimming pool in which to relax after the day's ride. There is a pathway for those who want to walk into town which is definitely worth it.

Distance: 102 km (63 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Albergo Le Colline

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: San Gimignano to Lucca

Highlights: Walled city of Lucca, vineyards of Tuscany

We continue north along the vineyards of Tuscany and wheat fields full of poppies. Our destination is Lucca, a wonderful medieval town that still retains an intact 17th century wall.

Distance: 93 km (57 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel La Luna and Hotel La Dimora Lucense

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Lucca - Rest Day

Highlights: Enjoy Lucca - home to Puccini, or take a side trip to Pisa

Lucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafes. Take a day to relax, or if you feel the urge we can organize a trip to Pisa for a visit to the leaning tower. No bicycling today.

Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel La Luna and Hotel La Dimora Lucense

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: Lucca to Aulla

Highlights: Pedal the foothills of the Appennines

We ride into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. We'll spend a good part of the day in the Garfagnana, a vast chestnut forest north of Lucca.

Distance: 112 km (69 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Demy

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: Aulla to Salsomaggiore

Highlights: Cross into Italy's culinary heartland, Emilia Romagna

We have flirted with Italy's Apennine Mountains for four days now without crossing them. Well, today we head up and over to the north side of the Apennines. We leave 'Mediterranean Italy' and head into the Po Valley which enjoys a more subcontinental climate.

Distance: 121 km (75 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Albergo Casa Romagnosi

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: Salsomaggiore to Castello di San Gaudenzio

Highlights: Rolling hills and flat riding, beautiful restored castle hotel

Our ride today takes us through the foothills of the 'Oltre Po Pavese' south of the Po River through the foothills of the Apennine Mountains and out onto the flat Po Valley. Our hotel tonight is a restored castle.

Distance: 127 km (78 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: II Castello di San Gaudenzio

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: Castello di San Gaudenzio to Asti

Highlights: Enter Piemonte Region, bicycle through wine country

We follow the flat Po Valley for the most part today on our way to Asti, Piemonte. We end in one of Italy's most up and coming wine regions where vineyards produce many of the famous Piemonte wines, including Barbera d'Asti and Asti Spumante. We'll enjoy a special wine tasting and dinner together.

Distance: 97 km (60 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Aleramo

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12: Asti to Torino

Highlights: Torino - home of the Savoy family

Our final ride is relatively short today and it takes us into Torino, the seat of the House of Savoy and the first capital of a unified Italy beginning in 1861. Congratulations on a journey well traveled through Italy!

Distance: 77 km (48 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Genova

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13: Tour ends after breakfast

Highlights:

Whether you are continuing to pedal to Paris on Leg 23 or staying in Torino and Italy, buon viaggio!

Meals: B

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

This is scheduled in mid-summer so that it can combine with the Turin to Paris itinerary and coincide with the finale of the Tour de France. Expect temperatures to be in the 80s to 100s. Some daily procedures may vary from ExperiencePlus! tours as this trip is operated in tandem with AllTrails, an Australian Bike Tour Company. As an Expedition tour this trip receives no Re-Cycle credit.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and 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.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-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 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

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

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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