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Guided Piedmont Bike Tour

Guided Piedmont Bike Tour
Piedmont is in Italy's northwest bordering Switzerland and France. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. The region is known for its wine, food, and truffles. Wine is made in the Lange, an area of cultivated hills and vineyards, dotted with hamlets and castles. The Italian royals used to live here so the region is full of royal residences. The white truffle from the picturesque hills near Alba is the most highly esteemed truffle. Chocolate is also a specialty of this region. In addition, over 160 different cheeses are found in here. Not surprisingly Piedmont gave birth to the Slow Food movement. On this tour we cycle down, not up, an Alpine road. We visit castles and wineries. We try chocolate, truffles, local cheeses, and hazelnuts. We even participate in a cooking class at the University of Gastronomic Science, part of the Slow Food organization.
Day 1 Saluzzo   We meet at the Turin train station and shuttle to our hotel in Saluzzo. A short warm-up ride takes us to the Manta Castle where we tour frescoed ballrooms and manicured grounds. We have dinner together at a bustling Piemontese restaurant in the center of Saluzzo.

Day 2 Saluzzo   We shuttle our guests and their bikes to Monviso on the Italian side of the nearby Alps. The road dead ends high on the mountain making for light traffic. A long winding descent leads back to flat land below. Those wanting additional distance can cycle to the Staffarda Abbey, a large medieval monastery. We have scheduled a guided cheese tasting before dinner. Dinner on your own in Saluzzo.

Day 3 Pollenzo   Cycling east we roll through flat countryside. We stop for lunch in Racconigi, a former royal residence. We tour the gardens of the Racconigi Castle by bike. After lunch we cycle through the town of Bra, home of the Slow Food movement. Tonight we stay in a former royal residence that has been transformed by the Slow Food organization into a hotel, gastronomic university, and wine bank. Before dinner we participate in a guided dessert wine and chocolate tasting. Group dinner in the hotel.

Day 4 Pollenzo   Cycling south we enter the spectacular wine making area called the Langhe. This is as good as it gets when it comes to wine country cycling. We ride to the town of Barolo and tour the historic Marchesi di Barolo winery. The village is dominated by an ancient castle. After lunch (included in your tour) you can visit the wine museum housed in the 10th century castle.

Day 5 Sinalunga D'Alba   Our route meanders through the Lange on the way to a modern hotel and spa in the heart of the Langhe. The Boscareto Resort and Spa has a modern style with massive windows that bring inside the landscape and the light. The hotel’s wellness center has pools, saunas, and baths. This is also white truffle country. Before sunset we meet a truffle hunter and his dog and follow them into the woods. With some luck this highly-trained dog will unearth some aromatic white truffles. Even if the dog fails we will try shaved truffles on a pasta dish at our group dinner.

Day 6 Sinalunga D'Alba  Olives don’t grow well here, but hazelnuts do. We ride to a hazelnut farm to see the harvest and processing close up. This family-run business roasts and minces to create hazelnut pastes and creams, including their own version of Nutella. We do a guided hazelnut tasting before a relaxing picnic lunch on a hillside with a view. Tonight we have a 4-course Piemontese feast.

Day 7 Shuttle to Turin  After breakfast we shuttle you back to the train station in Turin.

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Price

US$ 4,195 per person
($695 Single Supplement)

2017 Date
October 5-11

7 Days, 6 Nights
Route Rating
7-34 miles (11-54 km) per day cycling over hilly terrain.

Meet / Finish
Turin / Turin
Highlights
  • Cooking Class at the University of Gastronomic Science
  • Truffle hunt with truffle dog
  • Guided cheese tasting
  • Hazelnut farm visit with tasting
  • Slow Food Wine Bank visit with tasting
  • Barolo winery tour and tasting
  • Spectacular wine country rides

What's Included
  • All lodging (4 and 5 star hotels)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two dinners
  • One cooking class
  • One cheese tasting
  • Truffle hunt with truffle dog
  • Slow Food Wine Bank tour with tasting
  • One winery tour with tasting
  • One castle visit
  • One picnic
  • Private van transfer from Turin on Day 1
  • Private van transfer to Turin on Day 7
  • 5 beautiful rides
  • Use of bike
  • Van support
  • Two guides

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Tour Summary
Map and Distances
Hotels
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Wineries and Castles
Dates don't work?
Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Have a group of four or more?
With a group of four or more we can schedule a guided bike tour when you want.