Piedmont: Land of Barolo & Truffles
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Piedmont's Longest Running Bike Tour!
The Southern Piedmont - A Feast for All Your Senses.
- Lesser-traveled, gorgeous country roads
- Sumptuous dinners at Enoclub in Alba and Schiavia in Acqui Terme
- Introduction to World famous and well kept secret local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera with our local hosts & sommeliers
- Meet with a truffle hunter & his dog for a lecture on truffles
- Emerald valleys & vineyard-laden hillsides
- Discover Turin the first capital of Italy
- Accommodations at 4-star hotels
Our tour of Piedmont unveils a region which has achieved the status of gastronomic and enological perfection. Nestled between the Alps and the Italian Riviera, the southeastern Piedmont is a patchwork quilt of rolling vineyards, ancient castles and verdant valleys. Pedal quiet roads where cherries, roses, almonds, hazelnuts and grapes flourish. Be our guest at exclusive winetastings … relax at heavenly villas … and dine at Italy's finest restaurants. You'll come home with a knowledge of winemaking, winetasting, and the elegant cuisine of this region.
$4,395 - $4,595
234 total miles - average 34 miles
- June 1, 2013
- Confirmed | June 15, 2013
- Confirmed | June 29, 2013
- July 13, 2013
- Confirmed | August 31, 2013
- September 14, 2013
- Confirmed | September 22, 2013
- Private Departure | September 28, 2013
- October 12, 2013
Day 1: Monterotondo di Gavi
After a bike fitting, we take a short warm-up ride in the hills behind our lovely villa to the new “Museo dei Campionissimi” – an awesome exhibit of cycling memorabilia, pictures, and movies. Our ride for this afternoon will be approximately 12 miles.
Day 2–3: Gavi to Acqui Terme
Day 2: Today we pedal from Gavi to Acqui Terme, passing Castles of Monferrato, a hilly area where each village is protected by a castle. The vineyards of Dolcetto, Cortese, and Moscato are the landmarks of this ride.
Day 3: In the morning we ride across one of the best kept medieval villages of the area, Cassine, then discover the hypnotic geometry of Nizza hills, famous also for the Barbera wine.
Day 4–5: Alba, Barolo and the Langhe
Day 4: Drink in magnificent views of the snow-capped Alps as we cross the Alte Langhe (literally, high hills) en route to Alba, famous for its white truffles, peaches and wine production.
Day 5: Today we pedal through the vineyards of Barolo and Monforte passing by La Morra, famous for its belvedere from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Langhe area. Along the way a local truffle hunter will give us a special demonstration with his loyal dog.
Day 6: Cioccaro di Penango
Day 6: Pass through Barbaresco in the Roero region on the way to our next destination. Descent into a patchwork of vineyards and fruit farms as we head north and enter the hills of Monferrato. Arrive at our hotel for the next 2-nights and soothe our tired legs in the pool as we admire the countryside.
Day 7: Turin
Day 7: Our last day of riding heads west toward Turin, capital city of Piedmont. Along our way, the route offers a rollercoaster ride up and down the lower hills of Monferrato. The last climb brings us towards Superga, an important monument in the hearth of all the "turineis." From here a magnificent panorama of the 2006 Olympic site opens before us.
Day 8: Arrivederci!
After breakfast, around 9 AM, we will provide one shuttle to Turin train station Porta
Nuova or Porta Susa (10 min ride), where you can catch your next connections to Milan
in about 1 hour or Genova in 2 hours. To reach Torino airport you can also catch a taxi
from the hotel (35 min and 35 euros).
Lynn L. from Corvallis, OR had this to say about Piedmont:This is not a bus tour. I loved the interaction with people along the way. The food and wine were incredible! I really got the Italian experience.
Judith S., Chicago, Illinois had this to say about Piedmont:The Piedmont is glorious...the landscapes, architecture, wild flowers, people, and very little traffic with very fine roads.
Linda W., Lexington, MA had this to say about Piedmont:Our bicycles enabled us to watch people at work, smell the spring flowers, stop for photo-ops, eat massive amounts of incredible food and drink fabulous wines.
Rosann C., Iron Mountain, MI had this to say about Piedmont:I loved every minute.