Piedmont Bike Tour
- Region: Italy
- Destination: Piedmont
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Three
- Price From: $4795
- Single Supplement: $750
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- Northern Italy, located halfway between Nice and Milan
- Known for: the vine-covered Langhe hills, Alba’s White Truffle Festival, the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement, and the vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco
- Eat: homemade plin pasta, white truffles, risotto, Bagna Cauda, and garden-fresh vegetables
- Drink: Bold Barolos, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines
- The famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards and gracious medieval towns; also a cycling paradise and former training grounds of Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi
- An intimate dinner at our friend Guido’s private restaurant, located in the family farmhouse in the middle of his vineyards above Acqui
- Climbing into the renowned wine village of La Morra
- A private Barolo tasting with our favorite producer
We include more on our Piedmont trips than any other bike tour company in an effort to provide our guests with the most unforgettable, stress-free travel experience.
- Stunning, luxurious, world-class accommodations
- Top of the line bicycle selection
- Daily breakfasts, all lunches, four gourmet dinners, Après Velo cocktails, and nutritious snacks
- Carefully selected local wines with every delicious meal
- Expert guides with extensive local knowledge, who go above and beyond to cater to your every need
- Complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
- Group sizes that don’t exceed 14 guests on a scheduled departure
- Wine tastings and entrance to historic sites as outlined in the itinerary
- Pick up and drop off before and after your tour from convenient locations
- Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
- Pre- and post-travel planning advising with optional upgrade to Concierge Travel Planning (learn more)
- Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
DuVine strives to consistently amaze, surprise, and delight. For this reason, each itinerary may be subject to slight modifications. Contact us to speak with a destination specialist for the most up to date tour inclusions.
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Ride along quiet roads that wind through some of Italy’s most scenic countryside on our Piedmont Bike Tour. Taste the famous Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines as well as many lesser-known regional grapes. Climb into the vine-covered Langhe Hills surrounded by the towering Alps and Apennines. Sleep at luxurious properties, enjoy a world-class spa and swimming pools for post-ride refreshment. You’ll never forget the sweeping vistas overlooking the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, your delectable lunch at Gianni and Mina’s “hidden” ristorante, or the family welcome you received at Guido’s farmhouse. And no cycling vacation in Piedmont is complete without experiencing the unforgettable cuisine from the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement.
Tour by Day
Day One: Exploring the Monferrato
Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Voghera train station and sweep you off to the stunning La Villa hotel where we’ll toast your arrival with a traditional spumante and a light lunch under the pergola. After a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review, we’ll head off on our first ride through the vine-clad ridges and the towns of Quaranti and Mombaruzzo. Choose your own adventure on an optional longer ride or head back to the hotel to sip a glass of wine by the pool. Tonight we’ll enjoy our introduction to Piedmont’s renowned cuisine with a dinner prepared by the hotel’s acclaimed chef.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Gianola, Quaranti, Mombaruzzo
Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 440 meters (optional additional 29 miles / 48 km)
Accommodations: La Villa Hotel
Day Two: Castles and Cascine
Cycling from our hotel, we’ll ride east across the Bormida River and through the plains before turning south towards the foothills of the Appenines. Here, every hill is topped with a medieval castle, including the castle of Morsasco, which happens to be the home of our friend Aldo. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch and a chance to see what it’s like to live in a castle. Following lunch, it’s a short ride to the spa town of Acqui Terme. Explore the cobbled streets, follow your guides to the best gelateria or opt to add on some extra miles with a longer ride back to the hotel. End the day with an intimate dinner at our friend Guido’s cascina (“farmhouse” in Piedmontese dialect) where we’ll enjoy his family’s warm hospitality amidst their vineyards.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Sezzadio, Trisobbio, Morsasco, Acqui Terme
Accomplished: 30 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 1092 meters (optional additional 42 miles / 69 km)
Accommodations: La Villa Hotel
Day Three: Through the Langhe Hills
Cycle over the famous Langhe Hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, gracious medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea, and stunning panoramas of an ancient landscape. Stop for lunch with our friends, Gianni and Mina, at their farmhouse ristorante before arriving at the converted monastery of San Maurizio, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property. Enjoy unsurpassed views over the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards and finely manicured grounds. Tonight we’ll dine at our favorite local restaurant and enoteca where the chef will wow you with his interpretation of typical Piedmontese cuisine.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Langhe hills, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
Accomplished: 30 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 1221 meters (Shorter option: 21 miles/ 35 km)
Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio
Day Four: Barbaresco Ride
Begin the day with a magical ride through vineyards, hazelnut groves, and chestnut forests. Enter the birthplace of the Slow Food movement as we ride to Barbaresco, a little village with a big name thanks to its world-class wines. Pedal on through the vineyards along the main ridge of the Langhe Hills. Try the mouthwatering tajarin pasta at Massimo’s hilltop trattoria before continuing to the medieval village of Monforte and our final hotel, Villa Beccaris. This evening, we’ll visit our friend, a local wine producer, for a tasting of his best Barberas, Dolcettos and Barolos.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Barbaresco, Benevello, Monforte d’Alba
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 1088 meters (optional additional 45 miles / 75 km)
Accommodations: Villa Beccaris
Day Five: The Barolo Loop
Pedal out of town through the vineyards to the castle of Grinzane Cavour, historic home of Camillo Cavour, Italy’s first Prime Minister. Sip a cappuccino and soak up some history before the climb up to the world-renowned wine village of La Morra. Follow your guides to a local osteria for lunch featuring some local Barolo, of course. Riding back towards Monforte, we’ll pass through the village of Barolo itself and some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards. This evening regroup for a short walk through Monforte’s cobbled streets to a wonderful farewell dinner paired with world-class local wines.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte
Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 676 meters (optional additional 33 miles / 53.5 km)
Accommodations: Villa Beccaris
Day Six: Off to Asti
Challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or take a last stroll through the town of Monforte. Enjoy a final breakfast in the limonaia. Your guides will then transfer you to the train station in Asti as you head on to your next destination.