Cycling Piedmont

 


 

This trip is typical of cycling in Italy, you will cycle through tranquil hamlets, castles and hillside vineyards while eating and drinking wonderful local produce. Occupying a large area that borders France and Switzerland, Piedmont is the ancient dominion of the Savoys, the ill-fated royal family who ruled Italy from the unification in 1861 until abdication in 1946. Piedmont is also knows for it's great local food, with a host of specialities in an area which boasts centuries’ old culinary traditions and outstanding top quality local produce. Piedmont’s is famous for hazelnuts, cheese, truffles and excellent wines, such as Barolo or Barbera.

Dates

Saturday departures between 14/04 - 29/09/2018

Price - £720

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £200

Single Traveller Supplement - £250

Bike hire - £95

E-Bike Hire - £190

Helmet - £15

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

in Alessandria - from £75/£55

 

Trip Code

 

GIROB05

Rob's Highlights

  • The historic city of Alessandria

  • The Strada Franca

  • Villages such as Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli

  • Picturesque Asti

  • The plentiful wine cellars and restaurants en-route

  • The Po river

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Alessandria

The city is divided by the river Tanaro. Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo with its wonderful neoclassical cathedral are worth a visit as you prepare to cycle round Piedmont. 

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme (50 km)

You cycle for a few Kilometers along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. Pedalling on, you will cycle through woods and small isolated villages, where you will be able to taste local products and excellent local wines. After a leisurely cycle, you will arrive at Acqui Terme: famous for its spring waters, like the “Bollente” situated in the historical centre.

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alba (55 km)

Leaving Acqui Terme you come across the famous Langhe hills and countryside, covered in vineyards. You pedal through the beautiful small villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli and the stage ends in Alba, home of the most precious of the truffles, the Tartufo Bianco, and of the famous wine “Dolcetto d’Alba”.

Day 4: Alba roundtour (50 km)

This stage brings you to the very famous wine region of Barolo. The most widely planted and productive region of Barolo is La Morra, responsible for nearly a third of all wine labelled as Barolo. Near Bra the Castle of Pollenzo is worth a visit: it was one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy.

Day 5: Alba–Asti (35 km)

You cycle along this route, through vineyards and along panoramic paths, to Asti in the heart of Monferrato. Spend some time visiting the historical centre with its famous towers, the Romanesque monuments, and the splendid Gothic cathedral.

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato (55 km)

While you cycle to Casale Monferrato, take advantage of the hospitality of the wine cellars and restaurants along the way, which offer a huge range of gastronomic choices. In Monferrato you will eventually meet the river Po, the longest river in Italy.

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Alessandria (45 km)

Cycling across green hills and cultivated lands, you will pass through small villages as you cycle the Po river back to Alessandria where the tour ends.

Day 8: Alessandria

Departure after breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet in English

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

 

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Ferries and admissions to museums

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet in English

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Ferries and admissions to museums

Testimonial 

Thank you for organising our cycling holiday and providing us with a wealth of memories, we will recommend this tour to our friends. - Rachel

 

 

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