Piedmont: Barolo and Truffles

A gourmand’s bicycle tour of Italy’s greatest wine region.

Savor all the beauty and pleasures of the Piedmont, considered Italy’s greatest single wine region, on this unforgettable seven-day bicycle tour, completely updated for 2015. Our route traverses the region’s most important and distinct vineyard centers of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, and lower Monferrato. We’ll be fortified on our journey by sumptuous meals pairing great wines with delightfully complementary Piemontese cuisine, a blend of northern Italian and French influences, with truffles and mushrooms as seasonal key players. In the fall, the cycling tour may coincide with the “Fiere del Tartufo,” the International Truffle Fair, which attracts gourmands and top chefs to the fairytale towns of Alba, Moncalvo and Acqui Terme. Here we savor the delicacies produced by local culinary artisans and experience the enchantment of the Tartufo Bianco, the revered white truffle!

See the sights and sate the senses on this enchanting Italian bike tour.

Exemplifying the best of European biking tours, we’ll cycle lesser-traveled country roads through the emerald valleys and vineyard-laden hillsides of Barolo and Monforte, framed by majestic views of the Alps, and of Dolcetto, Cortese and Moscato. We’ll stop to discover both world-famous local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, shared by vineyard owners and sommeliers. The castles of Monferrato, each guarding a unique medieval village, the famed thermal waters of Acqui, and the hypnotic geometry of the Nizza hills are among the many highlights on our glorious route. We’ll join a local truffle hunter and his dog for a demonstration, enjoy five-star meals at the famous restaurants Enoclub in Alba and La Schiavia in Acqui Terme, and conclude our Piedmont bike trip at the elegant and romantic Relais il Borgo da Beppe. No bicycle tour brings you closer to the spirit, the people, and the treasures of the Italy’s famed Piedmont!

Highlights

  • Less-traveled, gorgeous country roads
  • Sumptuous dinners at Enoclub in Alba and Schiavia in Acqui Terme
  • Introduction to world-famous local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera with our local hosts and sommeliers
  • Meet with a truffle hunter & his dog for a lecture on truffles
  • Emerald valleys and vineyard-laden hillsides
  • Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera
  • Private wine tastings by our local hosts and sommeliers

Trip Details

Price
$5,195
Single Supplement
$800
Length
8 days / 7 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
241 miles
Daily Average
34 miles
Terrain
Rolling
Start/End Locations
Gavi/Penango
Trip Dates
05/25/18 - 06/01/18
06/08/18 - 06/15/18
07/27/18 - 08/03/18
08/10/18 - 08/17/18
08/24/18 - 08/31/18
09/10/18 - 09/17/18
09/21/18 - 09/28/18
10/05/18 - 10/12/18

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Itinerary

Monterotondo di Gavi

We meet in the hotel lobby at 12:30 pm for lunch, introductions and an orientation to the trip. After a bike fitting, we take a short warm-up ride in the hills behind our lovely villa to “Museo dei Campionissimi,” an awesome exhibit of cycling memorabilia, pictures, and movies. In the evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the hotel restaurant which allows us to savor the local yummy delicacies: buon appetito!

Gavi to Acqui Terme

Today we pedal from Gavi to Acqui, passing some of the castles of Monferrato, a hilly area where each village is protected by a castle. The vineyards of Dolcetto, Cortese, and Moscato are the landmarks of this ride. We stop along the way for a nice lunch of focaccia, an enological talk, and then arrive in the town of Acqui Terme. Before dinner, a local guide will lead us through town to discover the most important monuments of Acqui.

Acqui Terme

Our ride brings us to the area of Nizza, which is famous for its Barbera wine. On our first visit to a local winery, we taste wines and eat a picnic lunch with the owner and oenologist, Daniele. The area features hills covered with vineyards and spectacular views of tiny villages.

Acqui to Alba

This morning we pedal to Alba crossing the Alte Langhe, the highest and wilder portion of this territory where Cortemilia is the main town, famous for its hazelnuts and Nutella. A majestic view of the Alps will be on our side for almost the entire ride.

Loop to Barolo

Today we pedal through the vineyards of Barolo and Monforte, passing by La Morra, famous for its belvedere from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Langhe area. Along the way, we’ll stop at the Barolo’s castle for a special wine tasting. After lunch, a local truffle hunter will give us a special demonstration with his loyal dog.

Cioccaro di Penango

Today’s ride takes us nearby Barbaresco, home of the other great red of Piedmont. As we descend, the landscape offers a patchwork series of vineyards as well as fruit and nut tree farms. We continue north, entering the round hills area of Monferrato, and finally soothe our tired legs at the pool of our hotel in the countryside.

Loop to Vignale Monferrato

Today we visit the Monferrato area. By lunchtime, we arrive in Vignale where we stop and enjoy the local wines called Barbera, Grignolino and Ruchè. There is very little traffic along these roads, providing great cycling. In the afternoon, we arrive at Montemagno with great views of the surrounding countryside.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast around 9 am, we provide one shuttle to Vercelli train station (40-minute ride), where the group can catch trains to all other destinations in Italy. We are happy to assist you with your travel plans!



What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike, equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle at the end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Guided walking tour of Acqui Terme
  • Truffle hunting demonstration
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 3 cycling clinics

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Meet the Guides