Piedmont Bike Tour
- Region: Italy
- Destination: Piedmont
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Active Rider
- Price From: $4495
- Single Supplement: $ 900
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Ride along quiet, narrow roads that wind around some of Italy’s most scenic ridgelines. Taste the famous bold three: Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco. Climb into the vine-covered Langhe hills surrounded by the towering Alps and Appenines. Explore the medieval city of Alba and feast on its famed white truffles. You’ll never forget the sweeping vistas overlooking the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, your delectable lunch at Gianna and Mina’s “hidden” ristorante or the family welcome you received at Guido’s farmhouse. 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 Acqui Terme
Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Voghera train station and sweep you off to Roma Imperiale where we’ll toast your arrival with a traditional spumante. After a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review, we’ll head off on our first ride cycling across the Bormida River. Climb into the vine-clad ridges before looping back to the ancient Roman city of Acqui Terme. Tonight we’ll shuttle into the countryside for an exclusive dinner at our friend Graziella’s winery, Villa Delfini, where she will delight us with homemade Piedmontese delicacies paired with one of her wines for each course.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Acqui Terme, Castel Rocchero
Accomplished: 22 miles / 36 km
Day Two: Cassine Loop
Cycling out of Acqui, we’ll ride north toward vine-covered ridges. Pass through Ricaldone and Cassine, cross the Borminda River, and arrive at the precariously perched village of Orsara Bormida. Continue on a short ride down to the historic castle of Morsasco, where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch. Following lunch, opt to cycle back to the hotel or add on some extra miles by riding along the ridge to the enchanting hilltop town of Cremolino. End the day with an intimate dinner at our friend Guido’s private restaurant, located in the family farmhouse amidst his vineyards above Acqui.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Cassine, Orsara Bormida, Cremolino
Accomplished: 23 miles / 38 km (Longer option: 35 miles / 57 km)
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 our friends, Gianna and Mina’s, ristorante before arriving at the converted monastery of San Maurizio, a luxurious Relais & Château property. Enjoy unsurpassed views over the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards and finely manicured grounds. Tonight we’ll dine in the farmhouse of a local Moscato producer, sampling local Barbarescos and home-cooked dishes.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Langhe hills, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km (Longer option: 37 miles / 60 km)
Day Four: The Prestigious Piedmont Vineyards
Begin the day with a magical ride through vineyards, hazel groves, and chestnuts forests. Enter the birthplace of the Slow Food movement, as we ride to Barbaresco for a tasting with our favorite producer. 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/ 52 km
Day Five: Monforte to Barolo Loop
Pedaling out of town through the vineyards, we’ll begin the day with a climb up to the world-renowned wine village of La Morra. Stop here to sample some Barolo and follow your guides to a local osteria for lunch. Riding back toward Monforte, we’ll pass through the town of Barolo and some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards. Continue cycling back to the hotel for a relaxing wine tasting. Head out later for short walk through Monforte’s cobblestoned streets and enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner paired with world-class local wines.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: La Morra, Monforte
Accomplished: 19 miles / 32 km (Longer option: 33 miles / 55 km)
Day Six: Off to Asti
After breakfast on the terrace of the limonaia, challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or take a last stroll through the town of Monforte. Your guides will then transfer you to the train station in Asti as you head on to your next destination.