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Piedmont Wine Country on Wheels

Cycling the Piedmont Wine Country

Overview

Known for its slow food, fine wines, regal palazzi and authentic French-influenced atmosphere, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most diverse regions. This tour will reveal you the highlights of one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. Cycling among the rolling hills covered with vineyards, you will explore various treasures of culinary, architectural and cultural nature at your own, relaxed pace.

  • Cycling along the Po river bank in Turin
  • Magnificent panoramic views of the snow-topped mountains
  • Fantastic views of the Barolo wine region
  • Alba – the capital of truffles

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Turin

Welcome to Turin! In the evening of your arrival day, you will have a personal tour briefing and bike fitting.

Day 2: Turin – Pinerolo | 50 km

You start your cycling journey on bike paths and side roads along the river Po. You should plan time for the rococo palace of Stupinigi which was designed by the architect Filippo Juvarra and was the residence for the family of Savoyen for many years. You continue cycling through parks and along rivers to Penerolo, a town famous for its cavalry school.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Regina
  • Cycling distance for the day: approx. 50 km

Day 3: Pinerolo – Saluzzo | 45 km

You cycle on beautiful paths along fruit orchards and vineyards to Cavour with its quaint fortress of Rocca – a hill in the middle of flat landscape. You will then reach medieval Saluzzo.

  • Accommodation: Antiche Mura
  • Cycling distance for the day: approx. 45 km

Day 4: Saluzzo – Bra | 65 km

Today you will pass the beautiful palaces of Manta and Costigliole. You should visit Benevagienna – a city with Roman roots – and its archaeological excavations. Afterwards, you continue to Cherasco and Bra, which is the capital of gourmets as well as the founding place of the Slow Food movement.

Day 5: Bra – Barolo – Alba | 50 km

Starting today’s trip, you pass through Pollenzo, a city with Roman roots where the University of Gastronomic Sciences is located. The road after Barolo gets a bit hilly, but you can reward yourself with some of Italy’s best wine afterwards. Cycling along the river Tanaro, you continue to Alba (famous for its truffles).

Day 6: Alba – Asti | 40 km

Today you cycle in the region of Roero, passing by the palaces of Guarene and Cisterna, where you can visit the local museum. Your overnight stay is in Asti, a town known for its culture and sparkling wine.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Aleramo
  • Cycling distance for the day: approx. 40 km

Day 7: Asti – Chieri – Turin | 45 km

The tour leads you on secondary paths passing by romantic villages back to Turin. You can have another glass of wine in Chieri, before travelling back to Turin by train.

  • Accommodation: Arthotel Boston
  • Cycling distance for the day: approx. 45 km + train travel

Day 8: Departure

Departure on your own or extending your cycling holiday (upon request)

What to Expect

Accommodation

3-star and 4-star hotels. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Arthotel Boston, Hotel Regina, Antiche Mura, Albergo Cantine Ascher, Hotel Calissano, Hotel Aleramo

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

A breakfast buffet is included. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.

Difficulty & terrain

You cycle on bike paths and side roads. The first two stages are predominantly flat, afterwards, the route gets more hilly. On the stage from Bra to Barolo and Alba, there are also a few longer ascents. In the cities, you cycle on roads with heavier traffic (read more about difficulty grades).

When to go

This trip is available from April until September, departing on Saturdays only. Alternative departures are available upon request, as the exact pricing will depend on the size of the group.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended arrival/departure airports for this holiday are the ones at Turin and Milan.

By train or bus
  • Turin is well connected by train to other European and Italian cities.
  • Multi-storey car park in Turin costs approx. € 5 per day, to be paid on site, no reservation possible/necessary.

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing by our local representative
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room) with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers
  • Train journey Chieri – Turin incl. your bike
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
  • Local tourist taxes

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Bike rental, including bike insurance
  • Additional nights in Turin

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