Piedmont, Wine and Food Lovers Paradise Alessandria, Province of Alessandria, Italy
Price : £559
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 171m/275km
Tour Code : GL013
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Indulge in wonderful cuisine as you eat and drink your way through Italy on this cycling holiday through the north-eastern region of Piedmont. The Italians are passionate when it comes to food and here is no exception. The local recipes retain their ancient traditions and make use of the bountiful local produce. Expect hilly terrain where pushing your bike is sometimes the easiest way up, with rewarding descents that direct you to your next food stop or cellar tour.

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Indulge in wonderful cuisine as you eat and drink your way through Italy on this cycling holiday through the north-eastern region of Piedmont. The Italians are passionate when it comes to food and here is no exception. The local recipes retain their ancient traditions and make use of the bountiful local produce. Expect hilly terrain where pushing your bike is sometimes the easiest way up, with rewarding descents that direct you to your next food stop or cellar tour.

The tour has been designed cleverly ensuring you arrive at the end of each day feeling as though the downhill’s have outweighed the uphill. As you pedal through vineyards and villages, farmers will bump past you on ancient tractors, and fly fishermen can be seen casting their lines in Italy’s longest river.
Each town and village you’ll visit has its own unique nuances and flavours and the local specialities of game, river-fish, cheeses and of course truffle taste even better with a glass of regional wine. The city of Acqui Terme is famed for its hot sulphur springs dating back to Roman times, Asti is home to a neo-gothic Cathedral, Alba is famous for its white truffles and juicy peaches, Torino has great chocolate and the villages and markets you’ll pass on route are perfect places to try salamis, cheeses and nuts.

All in all, if you are passionate about your food and wine, and the idea of freewheeling along quiet country lanes in warm summer sunshine with wild flowers waving from the verges appeals to you, then this cycling holiday in Piedmont, Italy is for you.

  • Authentic traditional cuisine made using local seasonal produce

  • Langhe – The renowned wine-producing region, home of Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto

  • White truffles, wonderful cheeses and excellent wines

  • Vine-groomed hills, winding rivers including the longest in Italy, the River Po, and rich woodland

  • Adventurous cycling with hilly sections and rewarding descents;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme: 50 km

Day 3: Acqui Terme–Alba: 55 km

Day 4: Alba–Asti: 35 km

Day 5: Excursion to Torino or Asti round tour: 35 km

Day 6: Asti–Casale Monferrato 55 km

Day 7: Casale Monferrato–Alessandria: 45 km

Day 8: Alessandria

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Alessandria, a city situated between the Tanaro and the Bormida rivers, about 90 kilometres southeast of Turin. Once you have checked into your hotel we recommend you visit the neoclassical Alessandria Cathedral on the edge of the Piazza Duomo.

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme: 50 km

You will cycle the first few kilometers of your holiday along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You will pass over gentle hills, navigate woods and weave through small isolated villages where you can stop off to taste local produce including excellent wines. The most celebrated wines in this area are Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui among others. Your stop off for the night will be the city of Acqui Terme that is famed for its hot sulphur springs dating back to Roman times. Another site of interest is a small pavilion known as La Bollente, which was built in 1870 and overlooks these springs.

Day 3: Acqui Terme–Alba: 55 km

On day 3 of your cycling holiday in Italy you can again indulge in some incredible local produce. The famous hills of the Langhe are packed with vineyards, cheeses and truffles, as well as the splendid small villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. With a fairly relaxing 55km to cover in the day you will have plenty of time to stop off and indulge. Todays ride 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: 35 km

A route through more vineyards and along panoramic paths which will eventually take you to Asti in the heart of Monferrato. Do visit the historical centre with its famous towers, the Romanic monuments and the splendid Gothic cathedral.

Day 5: Excursion to Torino or Asti round tour: 35 km

Today you have a choice between cycling the 35 km across the picturesque Asti hills and their nature parks, or an hours train ride to Torino. Torino, the first capital of Italy, is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafés, which offer a choice of chocolate-based specialties; and of course wine. Stay overnight in Asti.

Day 6: Asti–Casale Monferrato: 55 km

The riverside town of Casale Monferrato awaits you after your 55km, however en-route you should take a little time to enjoy the many wine cellars and restaurants, which offer an excellent gastronomical choice.

Day 7: Casale Monferrato–Alessandria: 45 km

Cycle over more peaceful green hills and cultivated lands, passing small villages on the right side of the Po River. Arrive back at your starting point in Alessandria and reminisce over a relaxing glass of local wine.

Day 8: Alessandria

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and make your way home, or alternatively there is the choice of staying on in Italy with extra nights?

Route:

Accommodation

Comfort:

Simple:
Simple hotels, pensions, Inns and B&Bs with clean, practical, en-suite guestrooms., typically a mixture of 2 and 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights B&B 3* accommodation (one 2* Hotel in Castiglione del Lago)

  • Luggage transport (No limit to your pieces of luggage)

  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc)

  • Emergency hotline

Price Excludes:

  • Train transfers: Orvieto–Fabro

  • Magione–Perugia (approx. 30 min, €6 per person)

  • Local taxes approximately €10


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra 4* B&B night in Orvieto

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Turin airport get a bus to Torino Porta Nuova, then a train direct to Alessandria (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, you can get a train from London St Pancras via Paris and Torino (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Alessandria get a train direct to Torino Porta Nuova, then a bus to Turin airport. Alternatively, you can get a train to London St Pancras via Torino and Paris (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Price : £559
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 171m/275km
Tour Code : GL013
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Indulge in wonderful cuisine as you eat and drink your way through Italy on this cycling holiday through the north-eastern region of Piedmont. The Italians are passionate when it comes to food and here is no exception. The local recipes retain their ancient traditions and make use of the bountiful local produce. Expect hilly terrain where pushing your bike is sometimes the easiest way up, with rewarding descents that direct you to your next food stop or cellar tour.

Read More

Indulge in wonderful cuisine as you eat and drink your way through Italy on this cycling holiday through the north-eastern region of Piedmont. The Italians are passionate when it comes to food and here is no exception. The local recipes retain their ancient traditions and make use of the bountiful local produce. Expect hilly terrain where pushing your bike is sometimes the easiest way up, with rewarding descents that direct you to your next food stop or cellar tour.

The tour has been designed cleverly ensuring you arrive at the end of each day feeling as though the downhill’s have outweighed the uphill. As you pedal through vineyards and villages, farmers will bump past you on ancient tractors, and fly fishermen can be seen casting their lines in Italy’s longest river.
Each town and village you’ll visit has its own unique nuances and flavours and the local specialities of game, river-fish, cheeses and of course truffle taste even better with a glass of regional wine. The city of Acqui Terme is famed for its hot sulphur springs dating back to Roman times, Asti is home to a neo-gothic Cathedral, Alba is famous for its white truffles and juicy peaches, Torino has great chocolate and the villages and markets you’ll pass on route are perfect places to try salamis, cheeses and nuts.

All in all, if you are passionate about your food and wine, and the idea of freewheeling along quiet country lanes in warm summer sunshine with wild flowers waving from the verges appeals to you, then this cycling holiday in Piedmont, Italy is for you.

  • Authentic traditional cuisine made using local seasonal produce

  • Langhe – The renowned wine-producing region, home of Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto

  • White truffles, wonderful cheeses and excellent wines

  • Vine-groomed hills, winding rivers including the longest in Italy, the River Po, and rich woodland

  • Adventurous cycling with hilly sections and rewarding descents;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme: 50 km

Day 3: Acqui Terme–Alba: 55 km

Day 4: Alba–Asti: 35 km

Day 5: Excursion to Torino or Asti round tour: 35 km

Day 6: Asti–Casale Monferrato 55 km

Day 7: Casale Monferrato–Alessandria: 45 km

Day 8: Alessandria

Day 1: Arrival in Alessandria

Alessandria, a city situated between the Tanaro and the Bormida rivers, about 90 kilometres southeast of Turin. Once you have checked into your hotel we recommend you visit the neoclassical Alessandria Cathedral on the edge of the Piazza Duomo.

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme: 50 km

You will cycle the first few kilometers of your holiday along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You will pass over gentle hills, navigate woods and weave through small isolated villages where you can stop off to taste local produce including excellent wines. The most celebrated wines in this area are Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui among others. Your stop off for the night will be the city of Acqui Terme that is famed for its hot sulphur springs dating back to Roman times. Another site of interest is a small pavilion known as La Bollente, which was built in 1870 and overlooks these springs.

Day 3: Acqui Terme–Alba: 55 km

On day 3 of your cycling holiday in Italy you can again indulge in some incredible local produce. The famous hills of the Langhe are packed with vineyards, cheeses and truffles, as well as the splendid small villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. With a fairly relaxing 55km to cover in the day you will have plenty of time to stop off and indulge. Todays ride 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: 35 km

A route through more vineyards and along panoramic paths which will eventually take you to Asti in the heart of Monferrato. Do visit the historical centre with its famous towers, the Romanic monuments and the splendid Gothic cathedral.

Day 5: Excursion to Torino or Asti round tour: 35 km

Today you have a choice between cycling the 35 km across the picturesque Asti hills and their nature parks, or an hours train ride to Torino. Torino, the first capital of Italy, is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafés, which offer a choice of chocolate-based specialties; and of course wine. Stay overnight in Asti.

Day 6: Asti–Casale Monferrato: 55 km

The riverside town of Casale Monferrato awaits you after your 55km, however en-route you should take a little time to enjoy the many wine cellars and restaurants, which offer an excellent gastronomical choice.

Day 7: Casale Monferrato–Alessandria: 45 km

Cycle over more peaceful green hills and cultivated lands, passing small villages on the right side of the Po River. Arrive back at your starting point in Alessandria and reminisce over a relaxing glass of local wine.

Day 8: Alessandria

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and make your way home, or alternatively there is the choice of staying on in Italy with extra nights?

Route:

Accommodation

Comfort:

Simple:
Simple hotels, pensions, Inns and B&Bs with clean, practical, en-suite guestrooms., typically a mixture of 2 and 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights B&B 3* accommodation (one 2* Hotel in Castiglione del Lago)

  • Luggage transport (No limit to your pieces of luggage)

  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc)

  • Emergency hotline

Price Excludes:

  • Train transfers: Orvieto–Fabro

  • Magione–Perugia (approx. 30 min, €6 per person)

  • Local taxes approximately €10


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra 4* B&B night in Orvieto

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Turin airport get a bus to Torino Porta Nuova, then a train direct to Alessandria (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, you can get a train from London St Pancras via Paris and Torino (approx 10 1/2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Turin

From Alessandria get a train direct to Torino Porta Nuova, then a bus to Turin airport. Alternatively, you can get a train to London St Pancras via Torino and Paris (approx 10 1/2 hours).

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