Piedmont Barolo Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Piedmont
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Three
  • Price From: $4795
  • Single Supplement: $850
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May 21 - May 26, 2017 $4795 Book Now
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2017 $4795 Book Now
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Ride along quiet roads that wind through some of Italy’s most scenic countryside on our Piedmont Barolo Bike Tour. Taste the famous Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines as well as many lesser-known regional varietals. Climb into the vine-covered Langhe Hills surrounded by the towering Alps and Apennines. Enjoy an authentic family welcome at Guido’s farmhouse, relax in a world-class spa, and refresh post-ride in luxurious swimming pools. You’ll never forget the sweeping vistas overlooking the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, your delectable lunch at Gianni and Mina’s secreted ristorante, or the private visit to Graziella’s winery. And no cycling vacation in Piedmont is complete without experiencing the unforgettable cuisine from the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement.


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Tour by Day

Day One: 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 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: 23 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 504 meters
Accommodations: Cascina Marcantonio

Day Two: 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 over Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards. 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: Langhe hills, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
Accomplished: 32 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 820 meters (Shorter option: 20 miles / 33 km)
Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

Day Three: 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. This evening we will visit our favorite hidden local enoteca for a Barbaresco-paired tasting dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Castagnole, Barbaresco, Bricco
Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 660 meters (Longer option: 42 miles / 71 km)
Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

Day Four: 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 featuring 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: 590 meters (Longer option: 38 miles / 63 km)
Accommodations: Villa Beccaris

Day Five: 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: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 676 meters (Longer option: 33 miles / 54 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

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