Piedmont Cycle

tours / Cycling

Piedmont Cycle information and booking

from
$1260
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet (provided locally) and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Exploring a special part of Italy untouched by mass tourism
  • Experiencing the outstanding scenery and small villages enroute
  • Enjoying the exceptional local cuisine such as truffles, mushrooms, and cheeses
  • Sample the world famous Barbera and Dolcetto d'Aqui wines

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Occupying a large area that borders on France and Switzerland, Piedmont is the ancient dominion of the Savoys, the ill-fated royal family who ruled Italy from the Unification in 1870 until abdication in 1946. This trip allows you to cycle through the stunning countryside and vineyards of the regions of Langhe and Monferrato. Each day you will pass small villages and enjoy panoramic views as you cycle over rolling hills. Piedmont is also a region where food comes first, with a host of specialities in an area which boats centuries' old culinary traditions and outstanding top quality produce appreciated throughout the world. You will have the opportunity to sample Alba truffles, excellent cheeses, and the renowned Piedmont wines.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffets are served
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels on a twinshare basis
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bike rental - 27 gear with puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle, pannier and helmet
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • 7 day hotline service

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Alessandria
Make your own way to Alessandria. The city of Alessandria is divided in two by the river Tanaro. You should take the time to visit the Piazza della Liberta and Piazza Duomo with its neoclassical cathedral.
Day 2 Cycle along the Strada Franca and to Acqui Terme (50km, +530m)
The trip begins with a cycle for a few kilometres along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You pedal across smooth hills, through woods and small villages where you will be able to taste typical products and excellent local wines (Barbera and Dolcetto d'Aqui among others). Overnight in Acqui Terme, famous for its spring waters, like the "Bollente" situated in the historical centre.
Day 3 Cycle through the vineyards of the famous hills of Langhe to Alba (55km, +1000m)
Today's cycle takes you across the famous hills of the Langhe. Pedal through countryside and the vineyards as well as the splendid small villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. The destination for today is Alba, home of the most precious of truffles, the Tartufo Bianco, and the famous "Dolcetto d'Alba".
Day 4 Continue along panoramic paths to Asti in the heart of Monferrato (40km, +250m)
A route through vineyards and along panoramic paths, which will eventually take you to Asti in the heart of Monferrato. Visit the historical centre with its famous tower, romantic monuments and a splendid Gothic cathedral.
Day 5 Cycle across the Asti hills and their nature parks, or a round cycle to Turin (35km, +300m)
Today you have a choice between cycling across the Asti hills and their natural parks, and a trip to Turin. You can reach Turin, the first capital city of Italy, by taking the bike on the train (ticket cost not included). Turin is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafes, which offer a choice of chocolate-based specialities. Overnight in Asti.
Day 6 Enjoy the hospitality of wine cellars enroute to Casale Monferrato (55km, +700m)
Take advantage of the hospitality of the wine cellars and restaurants along the way, which offer an excellent gastronomical choice. As you cycle towards Casale Monferrato you will eventually meet the river Po, the longest river in Italy.
Day 7 Cycle along the River Po to Alessandria (50km, +150m)
Today you cycle across more green hills and cultivated lands. Passing through the small villages on the right side of the Po river you will return to Alessandria.
Day 8 Trip concludes
After breakfast the trip concludes.