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Italy - Piedmont Wine Country Cycling Tour
Welcome to Piedmont, the wine capital of Italy, and picture perfect setting for a bike tour in Italy! Stunning rolling green hills, with the white peaks of the Alps as a backdrop, with the famous vineyards of Gavi, Barolo and Barbaresco; Piedmont is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Try the most famous regional dishes: the spicy Bagna Cauda, many fine chocolates, cheeses and tasty salami and, of course, the king of truffles, the famous white truffle of Alba. You start in the Olympic city of Torino then transfer to the wine country south. On this tour you cycle through meadows, vineyards, and meandering valleys topped with solid castles, as well you enter the area of the legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi. After crossing the fertile plain around Alessandria you reach the Monferrato hills. The panoramas with the Alps in the background are magnificent. You will visit charming, historical cities like La Morra, Acqui Terme and small wine villages like Barolo. You will find small cobbled streets with Enotecas for wine tasting and local delicacies. On the little squares, beneath the old arcades, you will find inviting shady terraces. You continue and on the way you have the option to pass the hundred towered city of Alba, with Roman, Baroque and Gothic Architecture. This is also the centre of slow food and the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. All the elements for an amazing self-guided bicycle tour are here; the food, the wine, the scenery, the terrain. This is bicycle tour paradise in Italy!
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Day 1 |  Arrival in your 4 star Torino Hotel

Day 1 | Arrival in your 4 star Torino Hotel

  The tour starts in Torino, an Olympic city with much to see. You can easily get here by flying to Milan Malpensa airport and take the 1 hour express coach. You have a deluxe and traditional Italian 4 star hotel in the center of the city shake off the jet lag and begin your Italian experience with the friendly people of Torino. Torino, aka Turin, is the capital of Piedmont and near the source of the Po River, longest river in Italy. It was also the seat of the royal family and the Kingdom of Italy in the late 1800's. The royal palace and other remnants of the former era are a close walk from your hotel. Dinner on your own tonight; we pick you up next morning for orientation and cycling start. If you can, we recommend at least 1 extra night before to leave time to explore this charming city.

Grand Hotel Sitea

Torino

Grand Hotel SiteaLocated in the heart of Risorgimento Turin, just off the very central via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, and a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea charms guests with its discretion and reserve. Built in the early 1900s and featuring a traditional brand of hospitality, the hotel is superbly positioned for those who want to be able to get about the city centre on foot, to visit the heart of the old town or for shopping. Its atmospheres, really refined in every detail, make it a reference point for its high-profile hospitality, while its exclusive cuisine and the attentive service make the Grand Hotel Restaurant an appreciated gourmet stop. With its elegant Empire-style decor, the Carignano Restaurant offers refined and noteworthy international cuisine and a Piedmont tasting menu to the guests of the hotel and to the rest of the town. Elegant and reserved, with a charming view of an internal garden, it is ideal both for romantic candlelit dinners and for receiving distinguished guests.

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Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

Day 2 | Orientation, Bike tour to Saluzzo 57km +349m

Day 2 | Orientation, Bike tour to Saluzzo 57km +349m

  After a generous breakfast, we meet you at the hotel and transfer to our bike shop in Piasco. You will get a personal welcome from Giovanni and his staff and then be on your way for your first ride! Bags will be taken to the hotel in Saluzzo and waiting for you when you arrive.

The ride is into very quite roads between fruits trees. The area around Saluzzo is very famous for kiwi and apple trees and they export it in all over the world. Your ride will pass through Staffarda, where there is an old Gothic Abbey. Back in Saluzzo; for dinner on your own, make sure you try the Bagna Cauda or the Ravioles di Formaggio e Patate dal Med ed il Castelmagno! Seek out the cheese shop of Casa del Parmigiano, one of the best!

Saluzzo: former Roman stronghold and territory of many kingdoms! This is a town that must be explored on foot. The main street is a treasure chest of antique shops, half a day can easily be whiled away in these little shops. See the castle, the Mole di Castiglia. Nearby is the Dominican convent of San Giovanni, dating back to 1466.

Optional Wine Tasting: Guided visit of Banca del Vino with wine tasting (2 wines) and sample local food. 35 Euros per person.

Hotel Antiche Mura

Saluzzo

Hotel Antiche Mura Set in the hill town of Saluzzo, Antiche Mura features elegant rooms in a 14th-century building. Just 2,300 feet from the Saluzzo Cathedral, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in all rooms. Each room comes with a TV with satellite channels, and some have a balcony and views of the garden. Classic interiors and wood furnishings fill the rooms. The hotel offers its guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the ancient roof garden and is located right in the historic center of Saluzzo in a quiet and peaceful area. Out of the chaos of the city, it is ideal for relaxing in peace, but close enough that in a few minutes one can enter the attractive vitality of a city like Saluzzo. The structure, built on the walls of the historic thirteenth-century marquis and fully restored, receives twenty-two rooms equipped with every comfort.

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Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 3 | Saluzzo - La Morra 51km, +433m

Day 3 | Saluzzo - La Morra 51km, +433m

  From Saluzzo to La Morra - We’ll pass the border of Langhe Area (From June 2014 a Unesco World Heritage site) ; enjoy the wonderful view over the vineyards. La Morra are the highest hills of Langhe Area. This town is consdered one of the beautiful small villages of Italy. Take a walk in the historic centre and a stop at the viewpoint. La Morra has routes radiating out to the vineyards, the towns of Barolo wines. The Piedmont hazelnuts IGP and the DOG and DOGC wines, to be tasted at the wine bars of the territory. Dinner on your own. (B)

Optional wine tasting: Enoteca Regionale del Barolo, 35 Euros per person for tasting of 3 wines.

Hotel Corte Gondina

La Morra

Hotel Corte GondinaA few kilometers from Alba, Corte Gondina is a small boutique hotel with 14 individually decorated rooms, swimming pool, garden and personal Spa . Elegant and welcoming, located in the center of La Morra , a small town in the heart of the Langhe, famous worldwide for its Barolo wine and gastronomy. In a habitat exquisitely private Elena and Bruno have been able to combine the atmosphere of the past and contemporary comforts to make your holiday at Corte Gondina quite serene. The hotel follows a philosophy of hospitality and strives to be, for its guests, a true " home away from home ". Pass the entrance door of Via Roma and the slow rhythms will envelop you, making your holiday unique and unforgettable.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 4 | La Morra loop (via Barolo e Fontanafredda) 37km, +640m

Day 4 | La Morra loop (via Barolo e Fontanafredda) 37km, +640m

  La Morra loop - The ride of today is direct into the Langhe hills: Roddino, Fontanafredda and Barolo. Enjoy the visit in this magic town, very famous for his wine, and maybe a local dish of Tagliatelle with Barolo wine! Some have called Barolo the greatest wine in Italy, and even the King of Wines!! No wonder Piedmont is considered the premier wine region among so many great wine regions! Your ride today is not easy but includes some switchback climbs up to the wine villages, and then absolutely stunning, jaw dropping panoramas that will make all the work more than worth it! On weekends, cyclists are all over these roads. No wonder, its spectacular. Read about the Barolo Wars Dinner on your own. (B)

Hotel Corte Gondina

La Morra

Hotel Corte GondinaA few kilometers from Alba, Corte Gondina is a small boutique hotel with 14 individually decorated rooms, swimming pool, garden and personal Spa . Elegant and welcoming, located in the center of La Morra , a small town in the heart of the Langhe, famous worldwide for its Barolo wine and gastronomy. In a habitat exquisitely private Elena and Bruno have been able to combine the atmosphere of the past and contemporary comforts to make your holiday at Corte Gondina quite serene. The hotel follows a philosophy of hospitality and strives to be, for its guests, a true " home away from home ". Pass the entrance door of Via Roma and the slow rhythms will envelop you, making your holiday unique and unforgettable.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 5 |  La Morra - Cortemilia 45km, +842m

Day 5 | La Morra - Cortemilia 45km, +842m

  From La Morra to Cortemilia - The landscape is changing and we enter into the Alta Langa area. Here, around old villages are grown one of the best quality of hazelnuts, used as the base for the famous Gianduia chocolate and in some of the delicious desserts for which the Cucina Piemontese is well-known. Our destination is a Cortemilia, a very nice village in the middle of the vineyards. More of the same, hilly, stunning landscapes, and more of the great red and white stuff at the finish! Dinner on your own. (B)

Hotel San Carlo

Cortemilia Piedmont

Hotel San Carlo

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Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 6 | Cortemilia - Acqui Terme 42km, +584m

Day 6 | Cortemilia - Acqui Terme 42km, +584m

  Acqui Terme is a nice thermal town. Here is the perfect way to terminate the trip in Piedmont: relaxing atmosphere, pedestrian center and opportunity to have relaxing massages. This charming town offers numerous pedestrian alleys where you can find local delicacies and wine bars (enoteca) to sample locally produced wines. Dinner on your own. (B)

Hotel Acqui

Acqui Terme

Hotel Acqui Hotel Acqui and Spa is located right in the heart of the thermal spa town of Acqui Terme. Centuries’ old porticoes connect the hotel to the ‘Nuove Terme’ thermal treatment centre . Hotel Acqui, proudly owned and managed by the De Bernardi family for three generations, has been fully renovated and refurbished to offer its guests every comfort in a welcoming environment with friendly and courteous service.

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Day 7 |  Acqui loop 56km, +1000m (or rest day)

Day 7 | Acqui loop 56km, +1000m (or rest day)

  In the middle of this loop we’ll find Moncalvo, very popular town for the truffle fest in October and also for their beef. Here you can taste real dishes of the tradition! Back to Acqui Terme, and more time to explore this ancient town. How ancient? Since neolithic times there have been people here! Roman history through middle ages left their impression as well. Celebrate your last night in this wine country with our recommendation and of course some local wine! Dinner on your own. (B)

Hotel Acqui

Acqui Terme

Hotel Acqui Hotel Acqui and Spa is located right in the heart of the thermal spa town of Acqui Terme. Centuries’ old porticoes connect the hotel to the ‘Nuove Terme’ thermal treatment centre . Hotel Acqui, proudly owned and managed by the De Bernardi family for three generations, has been fully renovated and refurbished to offer its guests every comfort in a welcoming environment with friendly and courteous service.

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Day 8 |  Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

  The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can return by train to several airport cities, or we can assist with other onward travel. One suggestion is to visit Cinque Terre which is accessible by train from Acqui Terme. We can arrange extra nights and suggest some hiking in Cinque Terre.
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Piedmont Wine Country Cycling Tour

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1299 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1246 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

TBD €/person

Upgraded Hotel Version 2 persons:

1863 €/person

Single Supplement:

456€/person

Solo Traveler Supplement:

693€/person


Optional Wine Tastings are mentioned on Days 2 and 3 for supplements of 35 euros per person. Other wine tastings possible, even on your own in the wine villages along the route.

We can 'curate' custom programs for groups of 6 or more.

Road Bike Rentals are available for a supplement of 210 euros,please see the Bike information below for details. Hybrids are possible, all routes are over pavement and so lighter road bikes are recommended. Hybrids rent for 155 euros.


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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights quality 3 & 4 star accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Emergency and Support Telephone assistance during ride hours
- GPS Garmin Touring for navigation
- GPS route notes with general maps for navigation reference
- Pre travel site information, suggestions for visits, and dining suggestions
- GPX tracks available in advance to use on your device
- Orientation on day 2 at the bike shop before your first ride
- Transfer from Torino to the bike shop (1.5 hours)
- Pre and post travel services throughout Italy and Europe
- Comprehensive travel documents to prepare you for your trip.
- GPX files for personal device if requested
- Customer incentives & post trip offers


Lodging

Accommodations: Stay in charming 3 & 4-star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:

- Grand Hotel Sitea in Torino
- Hotel Antiche Mura in Saluzzo
- Hotel Corte Gondina in La Morra (2 nights)
- Hotel San Carlo in Cortemilia
- Hotel Acqui in Acqui Terme

Upgraded Hotels included:

- Grand Hotel Sitea in Torino superior category
- San Giovanni Resort in Saluzzo
- Palas Cerequio in La Morra (2 nights)
- Relais San Maurizio near Santo Stefano
- Roma Imperiale in Acqui Terme

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights: -WINE!; chestnuts, chocolate, truffles, and overall the good food. In Piedmont was born SLOW FOOD and EATITALY
- The landscape of the Langhe region is, itself, a great enjoyment for cyclists, especially in the Fall season, with the contrast of the colors of the vineyards and chestnut trees, is the best period to ride Piedmont!

Need to Know:
-Getting to Torino to start is best done by express bus from Milan Malpensa for international arrivals
- Be prepared to ride many hills throughout each day

Options:
- Ride options - this is primarily a 'road' cycling tour, best enjoyed on a lighter frame road bike.
- Wine tastings in every village every day after riding - all on your own; suggestions available
- Torino Guided Walking Tour
- Car rental onward travel - special contract rates available for our guests.
- Navigation by GPS and limited notes in support.

Dates: March 1-November 30.

This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire. Level 3+ out of 5 - Consistently hilly countryside with hilltop villages.

Local Coordinator

 Local Coordinator: You will get your orientation at our bike shop near Saluzzo on the first ride day. The orientation will get you set up your bikes and cover the navigation and routes ahead. We have a team of people supporting this tour and each of our on site experts will provide support throughout your trip. They live in the region and know it so well!

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Bikes Available on This Tour:
Trek Emonda S5 Road Bike:

Road bikes are recommended on this tour to make the rolling hills more easily traversed. The Trek Emonda is a great rental for these rolling and hilly routes of Piedmont. Carbon frame, compact crankset with Shimano 105, the bike is light and responsive. Rental Rate: 210 euros. See the Detailed Road Bike Spec Sheet.

Hybrid bike options are new 2017 Trek FX 3 models : Trek Fx 3: aluminum frame; Shimano components, upright handle bar; road wheels with puncture resistant road tires. The hybrids are equipped with bags and carrying capacity. Womens frame. Hybrid Rental Rate: 155 euros.


Either bike Includes:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer): Wireless odometers.
  • Saddlebag - On Road Bikes only and contains the puncture kit
  • Rear bag or handlebar bag for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • 1 GPS per 2 persons included in trip rate
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.
 
 
 
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Italy - Piedmont Wine Country Cycling Tour

Tour Type: Self guided Level 3
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Distance: 55-60km/day
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Availability: April to November
Cost: Starting at €1246 Euros





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