Piedmont Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Piedmont
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $4495
  • Single Supplement: $750
Tour Dates
May 15 - May 20, 2016 $4595 Book Now
Jun 26 - Jul 1, 2016 $4595 Book Now
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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 at the ristorante of our friends Gianni and Mina’s 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 where the young chef Fabrizio 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.

Meals: Breakfast