Piedmont Truffle Bike Tour

Decadant and Delicious: A Story Behind Every Dish

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $5,395Collection: Specialty, Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Unearth truffles with a local truffle hunter and his dog
  • Shop the markets of Acqui Terme with a Michelin chef and transform seasonal ingredients into a decadent meal
  • Ride through the famous Langhe hills, the former training ground of Italian cycling legends and an intimate landscape filled with vineyards and medieval towns
  • Experience two dinners with wine pairings at Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Finish a decadent week at the annual truffle festival in Alba, capped off with a truffle-laden lunch

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

    Your guides will meet you at the Tortona train station and whisk you into the countryside to meet our friend, a local truffle hunter, for a truffle hunt in his favorite patch of woods. Savor the fruits of the day’s labor during lunch at the region’s classic truffle restaurant, then hop on the bikes for a ride along vine-clad ridges to the town of Acqui Terme. Explore the historic center before climbing up to Guido’s beautiful farmhouse hotel where we will spend the night. Drink 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 / 31 km, elevation gain: 341 meters
    Accommodations: Cascina Marcantonio

  • Day 2

    Meet the Chef in Acqui

    This morning we’ll meet a Michelin-starred chef in bustling Acqui Terme to shop for ingredients and head into the kitchen to transform them into a gourmet lunch. If cooking isn’t your thing, you can enjoy Acqui’s famous thermal baths or take a morning ride. After regrouping for lunch, we’ll hop on our bikes and pedal over the famous Langhe Hills, a landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, and gracious medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea. Our destination is Relais San Maurizio, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property with an incredible spa, unsurpassed views over the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, and finely manicured grounds. Tonight we’ll dine at their Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Langhe Hills, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 622 meters (Longer options available)
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 3

    Canelli Loop

    Enjoy a scenic loop ride through the vine-covered hills and valleys of the region. This area was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the outstanding beauty of its landscape. Pedal through Castiglione Tinella, Calosso, and historic Canelli before tackling an incredible winding climb to lunch at our friends Gianni and Mina’s house, where he oversees the garden and wine list while she commands the kitchen. After lunch, get some extra miles in or head straight back to the hotel to enjoy the spa. This evening, another Michelin-starred meal awaits at La Ciau del Tornavento, our friend Maurilio’s restaurant in Treiso. He has one of the best-stocked wine cellars in Italy—the perfect way to take full advantage of being in the heart of the Barbaresco region.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castlione Tinella, Calosso, Canelli
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 663 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km, elevation gain: 671 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 Alps. The hills here are lined with hazelnut trees that yield the raw material for Nutella, a local innovation, and countless Piedmontese dishes. Stop for a mouthwatering tajarin pasta at our friend Massimo’s hilltop trattoria, then embark on a thrilling descent to our final hotel in the midst of Barolo vineyards. This evening, dine wherever you please in the thriving local restaurant scene.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Mango, Benevello, Roddino
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 591 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 626 meters
    Accommodations: Boscareto Resort

  • Day 5

    The Truffle Fair in Alba

    Enter the epicenter of the Barolo region, biking through La Morra and the village of Barolo itself. Famous producers line our route and, depending on the season, a few may still be harvesting their last Nebbiolo grapes. Our destination is Alba, the well-heeled gourmet capital of the world at this time of year, with the Fiera del Tartufo (white truffle fair) in full swing. Stroll the streets, savor a truffle-themed lunch, and purchase truffles to take home before riding back to our hotel. This evening, we’re treated to a final wine tasting with a local Barolo producer before a short walk through Monforte’s cobbled streets to a wonderful farewell dinner paired with more world-class Piedmont wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Barolo, La Morra, Alba, Monforte
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 749 meters
    Shorter Option: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 194 meters
    Accommodations: Boscareto Resort

  • Day 6

    Off to Asti

    Challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or sleep in and enjoy a relaxed final breakfast at the hotel. 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: 10:00am at the Tortona 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: $975

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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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