Piedmont Bike Tour

Barolo, Barbaresco, and Beyond in the Birthplace of Slow Food

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $4,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Prepare dinner with our dear friend Clara at her family farmhouse above Acqui Terme
  • Take in the famous scenery of the Langhe hills, the former training ground of Italian cycling legends and an intimate landscape filled with vineyards and medieval towns
  • Ride into the renowned wine villages of La Morra and Barolo
  • Spend two days at the luxurious Relais San Maurizio, a former monastery with abundant organic gardens

Eat

Homemade plin pasta, white truffles, risotto, and bagna càuda with garden-fresh vegetables

Drink

Bold Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines

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  • Day 1

    Exploring the Monferrato

    Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Voghera train station, then it’s off to the countryside to meet our friend and winemaker, Graziella, at her winery. We’re treated to a homemade lunch before we hop on our bikes and ride along vine-clad ridges to the town of Acqui Terme. Explore the historic town center and enjoy a gelato before climbing up to Guido’s beautiful farmhouse hotel where we will spend the night. Toast to the trip ahead with a glass of Guido’s wine, relax by the pool, or join his mother, Clara, in the kitchen to learn the secrets of Piedmontese cuisine.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alice Bel Colle, Castel Rocchero, Acqui Terme
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 239 meters
    Longer Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 486 meters
    Accommodations: Cascina Marcantonio

  • Day 2

    Through the Langhe Hills

    Cycle over the famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, and gracious medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea. Stop for lunch with our friends, Gianni and Mina, at their farmhouse ristorante before arriving at the converted monastery of San Maurizio. This luxurious Relais & Châteaux property offers meticulously manicured grounds and unsurpassed views of Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards. Relax at the pool, or soak in the spa before regrouping for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Langhe, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 765 meters
    Shorter Option: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 622 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 3

    Canelli and Barbaresco

    Today begins with a scenic loop ride through vine-covered hills and valleys, and after a panoramic ridgeline descent, we finally enter our first renowned Nebbiolo-growing region: Barbaresco. Pedal into the cobbled streets of Neive for a coffee, then enjoy a tasting and picnic lunch with a local producer. After lunch, opt for the challenge of some extra kilometers or head straight back to the hotel to take advantage of the spa. Tonight we’ll dine at our favorite local restaurant where the chef will wow you with his interpretation of typical Piedmontese cuisine.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castagnole, Barbaresco, Bricco
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 663 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km, elevation gain: 959 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 4

    Hazelnut Ride

    Say goodbye to San Maurizio as we ride to the Barolo region. Our route follows the crest of the Langhe ridgeline with views towards the Apennines and the Alps. The hills here are lined with hazelnut trees, the raw material for Nutella, a local invention, and countless Piedmontese dishes feature nocciole, as they’re called. Stop for a mouthwatering tajarin pasta at our friend Massimo’s hilltop trattoria, then enjoy a thrilling descent to our final hotel in the medieval village of Monforte. This evening, you are free to choose a local restaurant for dinner in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Mango, Benevello, Monforte d’Alba
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 591 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 894 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Beccaris

  • Day 5

    The Barolo Loop

    Pedal out of town through the vineyards to the castle of Grinzane Cavour, the historic home of Camillo Cavour, Italy’s first Prime Minister. Sip a cappuccino and soak up some history before we climb to the world-recognized wine village of La Morra. Follow your guides to an osteria for lunch featuring 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, we reconvene 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: 21 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 515 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 816 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Beccaris

  • Day 6

    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

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Milan or Turin, Italy
Pick-Up Location: 12:00pm at the Voghera Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Milan or Turin, Italy
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Asti Train Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $950

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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