Piedmont Truffle Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Piedmont
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Three
  • Price From: $5395
  • Single Supplement: $975
Tour Dates
Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2017 $5395 Book Now
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2018 $5395 Book Now

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Celebrate white truffle season in Piedmont, the gourmet capital of Italy. Join a local truffle hunter and his dog on a hunt, learn how to cook Piemontese delicacies with a Michelin-starred chef, and pedal into Alba’s annual truffle festival. Work up an appetite with incredible riding along quiet roads that wind through some of Italy’s most scenic countryside, and sample the famous Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines of Piedmont on this gourmet bike tour. 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. Buon appetito!


Tour by Day

Day One: Exploring the Monferrato
Our gourmet bike tour begins with your guides sweeping you off into the countryside to meet our friend and local truffle hunter for an expedition in his favorite patch of forest. Savor the fruits of the day’s labor during lunch at our friend Graziella’s winery. After lunch, hop on the bikes for a ride along vine-covered ridges to the town of Acqui Terme. Explore the historic center and enjoy some gelato before climbing up to Guido’s beautiful farmhouse hotel. Drink a glass of Guido’s wine as you 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 / 37 km
Accommodations: Cascina Marcantonio

Day Two: Through the Langhe Hills
Cycle over the famous Langhe Hills for stunning panoramas of an ancient landscape covered in vineyards and dotted with charming 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, a luxurious Relais + Châteaux property. Enjoy unsurpassed views over the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards and finely manicured grounds. Tonight we’ll dine at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Langhe hills, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
Accomplished: 29 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 1009 meters (Shorter option: 21 miles / 35 km)
Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

Day Three: Canelli Loop
Enjoy a scenic loop ride through the vine-covered hills and valleys of the region. The area was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the outstanding beauty of its landscape. Pedal through Castiglione Tinella and Calosso before rolling into the historic town of Canelli for lunch at the incredible enoteca. After lunch, opt to add some extra kilometers or head straight back to the hotel to enjoy the spa. This evening we will have another Michelin-starred dinner at our friend Maurilio’s restaurant in Treiso, La Ciau del Tornavento. He has one of the best-stocked wine cellars in Italy, and we will take full advantage of this when we pair some exquisite wines with our gourmet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Castlione Tinella, Calosso, Canelli
Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km (Longer option: 38 miles / 61 km)
Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

Day Four: Meet the Chef in Barbaresco
This morning we will meet up with Maurilio, the Michelin-star chef from last night. Visit the local market and learn how he selects and prepares ingredients during a cooking class lunch at his wife’s Barbaresco winery. After lunch, pedal through the vineyards along the main ridge of the Langhe Hills. Enjoy a thrilling descent to our final spa hotel, Boscareto Resort. Relax with a massage or a dip in the indoor pool. This evening, you are free to choose between the hotel’s highly regarded restaurant or a local Osteria in nearby Serralunga.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Barbaresco, Benevello, Serralunga
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 1088 meters (Longer option: 45 miles / 75 km)
Accommodations: Boscareto Resort

Day Five: The Truffle Festival in Alba
Pedal into the heart of the Barolo region through La Morra and the village of Barolo. Famous producers line our route, and a few may still be harvesting their last Nebbiolo grapes. Our destination is the small city of Alba, the gourmet capital of the world at this time of year when the Fiera del Tartufo “white truffle fair” is in full-swing. Stroll the streets, savor a truffle-themed lunch, and buy some truffles of your own. Afterwards, we’ll pedal back to the hotel. This evening we’ll have a final winetasting with a local Barolo producer before finishing our gourmet bike tour with a wonderful farewell dinner paired with more world-class local wines.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Barolo, La Morra, Alba, Monforte
Accomplished: 30 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 930 meters (Longer option: 42 miles / 67 km)
Accommodations: Boscareto Resort

Day Six: 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