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

Agnolotti, a traditional Piedmont dish of stuffed pasta. Photo via Flickr:miss_yasmina
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Piedmont Bike Tour

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. Piedmont 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, and 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 £ 612 $ 1,356 720 $ 1085 NOK 6780 kr 6258 $ 814 £ 629 $ 1,394 740 $ 1115 NOK 6968 kr 6432 $ 836
    Season 2 £ 671 $ 1,488 790 $ 1190 NOK 7439 kr 6867 $ 893 £ 688 $ 1,526 810 $ 1220 NOK 7628 kr 7041 $ 915
    Season 3 £ 714 $ 1,582 840 $ 1266 NOK 7910 kr 7302 $ 949 £ 731 $ 1,620 860 $ 1296 NOK 8098 kr 7475 $ 972
    Single supplement £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226 £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

    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: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    Electric bike rental: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Reduction for third person in room: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    Extra nights:
    Alessandria: £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Single room: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    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 distances 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 and maps
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From720 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 
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, the scenic countryside, 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 centrer 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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Tour Reviews

  • Kenneth L. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We toured Barolo wine country. This is a prosperous part of Italy but the young women wore tattered blue jeans. We had great food and wine. The countryside is beautiful. There were some parts of the route that were on roads with big trucks and others on gravel or dirt (in our case muddy with rain) road. There were long uphill climbs with 16% grade, thank goodness for the excellent bicycles. It was a great experience that I recommend. We have done multiple trips with Tripsite and all have been wonderful.

  • Thomas H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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