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From alpine splendor to undiscovered villages and fortified castles, this Cycling Piedmont tour combines the best of Italian and French cuisine and wine with scenic pedaling through rolling hills dotted with vineyards and castles.
Enjoy robust wines and sophisticated delicacies, including white and black truffles, fragrant cheeses, exquisite pastries and fine chocolates. Join us for heart-pumping rides through river valleys and up vineyard-draped hills. You will stay in Luxury hotels, and eat the kind of luxuriously rustic food that has earned this region more Michelin stars than any other in the country. In spite of the renown of its Barolo and Barbaresco wines, Piemonte is relatively undiscovered; you will experience the spectacular beauty of the Langhe and Roero hills.

Highlights

  • The famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards but also a cycling paradise
  • Climb to the Monviso mountain
  • Tour of the best restaurants of the area
  • Piemontese meat, from Fassona local cow
  • Ride up into the renowned wine village of La Morra
  • A private Barolo wine tasting with our favorite producer Cordero di Montezemolo

Day by Day

DAY 1 Arrive to Saluzzo, Piedmont, Italy
Welcome to Piedmont. After our rendez vous in Torino Train Station transfer to Saluzzo where you we’ll toast your arrival with a traditional Asti Spumante during your bike fitting, safety talk, and map review. Then you’re free to explore town, once a flourishing medieval center and now a well-preserved gem known for its red-brick old town, churches and hilltop castle or to take a warm-up ride. This evening, we’ll celebrate with a traditional Piedmontese welcome dinner at our favourite restaurant Taverna dei Porti scur. Lodging: Antico Podere Propano in Saluzzo

DAY 2 Monviso: Pian del re. Distance: your choice 65/40 mi or 86 km/ 53,5 mi. Climbs
Monviso mountain rises above the Po River on the border between France and Italy.
Our route takes us to the base of the mountain today; those who want can climb it to Crissolo or as high up as the Po River spring, Pian del Re, 6,000 foot climb into the Alps! Coming back we can stop at Staffarda Abbey, built by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. You’ll be back in Saluzzo late afternoon for a stroll through town. Gourmet dinner at La gallina Bianca. Lodging: Antico Podere Propano in Saluzzo

DAY 3 Racconingi castle. Distance 70 km /48 mi totally flat.
Heading east across the Po River valley today, you’ll enjoy a ride through pasture lands, corn fields, and poplar groves.
After about 50 km flat road you will stop in Racconigi, where the Savoy royal family had their summer home and castle. The castle, now owned by the state, is beautifully preserved and dates to the 17th Century. Optional to visit the castle and have light lunch. Let’s continue on through the Roero region to Pollenzo, a small village that is now the center of the world’s first University of Gastronomic Sciences in association with Italy’s well known “Slow Food” movement. Lodging: albergo dell’Agenzia in Pollenzo

DAY 4 Loop in Roero. Distance 65 km / 40 mi, hilly
Today you will cycle across the famous Roero hills, lands of excellent wines and valuable truffles.. Follow corkscrew roads into the hills of the rural Roero, a gourmet’s paradise known for its pungent white truffles, soft fresh cheeses and hazelnuts. Monticello d’alba, Monteu Roero, Montà, Canale, Castellinando and last little village is Cinzano, the famous producer of sparkling wines, vermouths and aperitifs.
The ridges of the hills are dotted with fortresses and the slopes of the hills are furrowed with deep narrow gorges which reveal the stratification of the land. Dinner at “Carpe Noctem Et Diem ” restaurant. Lodging: albergo dell’Agenzia in Pollenzo

DAY 5 Langhe hills Unesco Site. Distance 55 km / 35 mi rolling hills and some climbs.
Special event : wine tour at Cordero de Montezemolo winery Today takes us through the vineyards of Le Langhe and the famous hills of the nebbiolo grape.
Along our route you’ll pass through the stunning landscape, as well as vineyards around Diano, Novello, Monforte d’Alba, Grinzane cavour, famous for its castle – one of the most ancient and important of the Langhe – where the annual white truffle world auction is held. We will have private wine tasting and you will learn all about passion, as they explains region, viticoltori friends, the grapes and own terrific wines, which are some of the greatest Barolo, Barbera and Nebbiolo you will ever sample. Stay and explore La Morra 1,000-year-old village, premiere Barolo-producing town. Lodging: Hotel Conte Gondina in La Morra

DAY 6 The Barolo loop. Distance 60 km /37.5 mi rolling hills and climbs
Another great loop in the Langhe: we’ll pass through the village of Barolo itself and some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards.
Explore the delightful town of Barolo and enjoy an insightful talk about the region’s past and present along with a comparative tasting from legendary vintners. Enjoy splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape, a recently recognized World Heritage site. Weave your way up and down through sloping vineyards of Dolcetto grapes, which thrive in this area’s clay and limestone soil. For five centuries, grape growers of the Langa Doglianese region have continued to select and cultivate their vines with pride. The resulting Dolcetto di Dogliani wine is famous for its full flavor and remarkable versatility of pairing with food. Wind your way back through the vines and ready for farewell dinner at restaurant in La Morra. Lodging: Hotel Conte Gondina in La Morra

DAY 7 Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour
Farewell breakfast all together. Enjoy the luxury hotel and spa, immersed in vineyards.

Inquires?


Cost: 2950 Euro p/person

Price: Based on double room
Single room supplement euro 650
Tour name: Piedmont wine lovers
Tour type:  Guided bike tour

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in superior luxury hotels, 4 or 5 stars;
  • six breakfast;
  • Five dinners;
  • Two wine tasting;
  • All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
  • All Shuttles and technical assistance;
  • Support Van with drinking water and snackes while cycling
  • Services of experienced and bilingual guides;
  • BTS water bottle;
  • Italian vat Tax (22%);
  • Transfer from Torino airport or tran station to first hotel;
  • Transfer from last hotel to Torino;

Not included:
Airfare to Sardinia, lunches, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, optional activity costsgratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, bike rental
Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike:  euro 140 p/week
Race bike: euro 180 p/week
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Daily Mileage: 35-40  mi on rolling hilly terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available upon request.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Dates 2017: 

  • May: 19th to 25th
  • September:  8th to 14th

Notes: Tour customizable at any time.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Day 1 & 2 Antico Podere Propano, Saluzzo

The farm Propano, that was owned by the Marquis of Saluzzo, has been transformed into a country hotel called “Antico Podere Propano”.  It is a charming hotel situated on the edge of Saluzzo surrounded by meadows, the mountain chain of Monviso and the fertile Po plain.  View hotel website >>

 

Day 3 & 4 Albergo dell’Agenzia, Pollenzo

The 4-star Albergo dell’Agenzia hotel is situated in the beautiful restructured neo-Gothic country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy. The site also comprises the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Wine Bank. The hotel itself welcomes guests to Pollenzo in an atmosphere that is once warm, friendly and why not smart.  View hotel website >>

 

Day 5 & 6 Hotel Corte Gondina, La Morra

Elegant and comfortable, it is situated in the centre of La Morra, a small village in the heart of the Langhe, a region famous in all over the world for Barolo wine and gastronomy. In a delightfully private habitat Elena and Bruno have skilfully combined past and present to create a unique experience.  View hotel website>>

 

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