View from the wine museum in Barolo, Piedmont, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Megan Cole

Shopping in the Piedmont, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Megan Cole
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Piedmont

Italy Bike Tours

An Italy bike tour for the Wine and Food Lover!

  • This bike tour in Italy runs along the border of France and Switzerland in the Piedmont region. This area is the ancient dominion of the Savoys, the ill-fated royal family who ruled Italy from the Unification in 1870 until abdication in 1946. Italy bike tours and Piedmont, specifically, is an area where food comes first, with a host of specialties resplendent with centuries’ old culinary traditions and outstanding, top quality local produce appreciated throughout the world.

    You will bike Novara, Alessandria, Asti, & Cuneo, the 4 provinces within the regions of Langhe (= hills in the Piedmont dialect) and Monferrato. The gorgeous landscape will amaze you day after day. Cycling tours in Italy certainly do not come finer (or tastier!) than this!

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  • 2019 Prices

     Variation 1Variation 2
    Season 1 £ 575 $ 986 720 NOK 6900 kr 6369 $ 828 £ 591 $ 1,013 740 NOK 7092 kr 6546 $ 851
    Season 2 £ 631 $ 1,082 790 NOK 7571 kr 6988 $ 909 £ 647 $ 1,109 810 NOK 7763 kr 7165 $ 932
    Season 3 £ 671 $ 1,150 840 NOK 8050 kr 7431 $ 966 £ 687 $ 1,177 860 NOK 8242 kr 7608 $ 989
    Single supplement £ 160 $ 274 200 NOK 1917 kr 1769 $ 230 £ 160 $ 274 200 NOK 1917 kr 1769 $ 230

    Season 1: April 6 - April 26 & Sept 28 - Oct 12, 2019

    Season 2: April 27 - June 14 & Sept 7 - Sept 27, 2019

    Season 3: June 15 - Sept 6, 2019

     

    extra options

    Helmet rental: £ 12 $ 21 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17

    Electric bike rental: £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127

    Reduction for third person in room: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    Extra nights:
    Alessandria: £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63

    Single room: £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Milan. Train from Milan to Alessandria takes ± 1½ hr.

    Local Travel

    A short walk or taxi ride to your hotel.

    Climate

    Average high temp in °F for the area is 61 in Apr, 69 May, 76 June, 82 July, 80 Aug, 74 Sep & 63 Oct.


Skill Level

This Italy bike tour is self-guided and can be described as moderate to difficult depending on your cycling ability. The distance cycled per day range from 21 to 34 miles. The terrain includes rolling hills and some steep inclines. For variation 1, the highest elevation gap is on days 3 and 6 and for variation 2, the highest elevation gap is on days 2 and 4. Overnight stays are connected by train on days 2, 6, and 7. On day 7, it is possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train. The total vertical distance is 3,100 meters.

Where You’ll Stay

3/4-star hotels, very comfortable and usually in city centers.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates
Every Saturday from April 6 to October 12, 2019
*Special departure dates can be organized for groups of at least 5.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Piedmont Map

VARIATION 1: 

DAY 1: Arrival in Alessandria
DAY 2:  Alessandria – Acqui Terme, 32 mi. (50 km)
DAY 3:  Acqui Terme – Alba, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 4:  Alba – Asti, 22mi. (35 km)
DAY 5:  Excursion to Torino or round tour of Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
DAY 6:  Asti – Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 7:  Casale Monferrato – Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km)
DAY 8:  Departure from Alessandria

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Alessandria
Arrival in Alessandria, a city divided by the Tanaro River. Worth a visit are the Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo with its wonderful neoclassical cathedral.

DAY 2: Alessandria - Acqui Terme, 32 mi. (50 km)
Today, you’ll cycle for a few kilometers along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You will pass across smooth hills, woods and small isolated villages where you’ll be able to taste local produce and excellent local wines (Barbera and Dolcetto d’Aqui among others). Aqui Terme: famous for its spring waters, like the “Bollente” situated in the historical center.

DAY 3: Acqui Terme - Alba, 34 mi. (55 km)
You will come across the famous hills of the Langhe on this route as well as the scenic countryside and the vineyards along with the splendid little villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. Cycling today ends in Alba, home of the most precious of the truffles, the Tartufo Bianco, and of the famous “Dolcetto d’Alba”.

DAY 4: Alba - Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
A route through vineyards and panoramic paths takes you to the heart of Monferrato. Do visit the historical centre with its famous towers.

DAY 5: Excursion to Torino or round tour of Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you have a choice between cycling across the Asti hills and their natural parks or of taking a trip to Torino. You can reach Torino, the first capital of Italy, by train with your bicycle. It is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafés, which offer a delectable choice of chocolates and pastries.

DAY 6: Asti - Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km)
Take advantage of the hospitality of the wine cellars and restaurants along the way, which offer an excellent eco-gastromomical choice. In Monferrato, you will eventually join with the Po River, the longest river in Italy.

DAY 7: Casale Monferrato - Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km)
More quintessential Italy cycling across green hills and cultivated lands on day 7, you’ll come across several small villages. On the right side of the Po River, you will bike in Alessandria where the tour ends.

DAY 8:  Departure from Alessandria
Departure following breakfast.

VARIATION 2: 

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 labeled 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, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6:  Asti - Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km).
Day 7: Casale Monferrato - Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km).
Day 8: Alessandria

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Customer Feedback

  • Thomas H. 3 months ago

    Overall the trip thru Italy's Piedmont was very well handled, breathtaking scenery, (lots of hills), friendly people nice hotels very well done. One item I would caution others of is the description of the hills as moderate. Some are but 4-5 kilometers of 11 percent grade is more than moderate the 16 percent grade on some short stretches started me thinking of Hors catégorie type climbs. A description of the grades and distances could help others decide to get ebikes or do more training. I did enjoy the ride it was difficult but doable even if a lot of whining did happen.

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