Piedmont Cycling Holiday

  • 4.9
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Alessandria / Alessandria
  • Distance

    180 miles/290 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-109CIT
Price From £609

Overview

Our Piedmont Cycling Holiday leads you through the most scenic and beautiful parts of this celebrated wine region. Rolling hills covered in vineyards stretch to the horizon, interrupted only by charming little medieval villages that are a joy to explore on foot. The slow food movement has its roots in this region and the local food and wine are world class.

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Your tour starts and finishes with a night in the old town of Alessandria located on the banks of the Rover Tanaro, roughly two hours by train from Turin or Genoa. For the next 6 days you’ll be covering around 50kms per day through some of Piedmont’s most beautiful countryside. You’ll need to be in reasonable shape and a regular cyclist as the hills are a constant feature of this undulating, delightful corner of Italy. For the less accomplished cyclist an e-bike is a great option.

The video above was shot in September 2018 and shows some sights and scenes from the route.

Each night you’ll stay in historic towns with gorgeous, medieval centres and a wide choice of good quality restaurants and convivial bars to choose from. The food in Piedmont is sensational and its cuisine is revered throughout Italy – praise indeed from a country where food is so important. Carlo Petrini, the founder of the slow food movement, lives in the region and on sampling the delicious yet simply prepared local dishes you’ll sympathise with his determination to hold back the fast-food invasion.

Highlights of this tour include the ancient spa town of Acqui Terme, the iconic rolling hills and vineyards of the Langhe and Monferato regions, the village of Barolo and its wines and the historic towns of Alba, Asti and Casale Monferrato.

You’ll be cycling on quite lanes and roads with regular climbs (you’ll climb a total of 3100 meters during this cycling holiday). There are a few kilomteres of busier roads as you leave towns and there are some short sections on unmade tracks but the vast majority is on asphalt. An e-bike is a great option.

Itinerary & Map

You’ll be cycling on quiet lanes and roads with regular climbs (you’ll climb a total of 3100 meters during this cycling holiday). Some short sections are on unmade tracks but the vast majority is on asphalt and there are only a few busier sections as you leave towns.

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Day 1: Arrive Alessandria

Alessandria cheese

Piedmontese cheese

On arrival in Alessandria check into your hotel where your route notes and documentation will be waiting for you at reception. Take a stroll around the narrow streets of this pleasant old town on the banks of the River Tanaro. If you are in Piedmont for the gorgeous food and wine as much as the cycling then why not try one of the local specialities such as fresh gnoccchi with spinach and cheese and a fine glass of Barolo. Our local representative will meet you the following morning to hand over your bikes and answer any questions you may have before you set off.

Day 2: Alessandria – Acqui Terme, 31 miles/50 kms

Piedmont countryside near Alba

Piedmont countryside

Your first day’s ride leads you along an ancient road, the Strada Franca, which crosses gently rolling hills, through woods and small isolated villages. We recommend stopping at one of these little places to sample the local wines, such as Barbera and/or Dolcetto d’Acqui, with a spot of lunch. In the afternoon you arrive in the town of Aqui Terme, famous for its thermal spas. Take a stroll through the beautiful old town. You’re spoilt for choice here for great value little restaurants serving up fresh and tasty local specialities that will satisfy the hunger you’ve worked up during the ride.

 

Day 3: Acqui Terme – Alba, 35 miles/55 kms

Langhe countryside - Piedmont - Italy*

Langhe countryside

You’re in for a treat today as the route leads you through the gorgeous scenery of the Langhe hills. Stunning vistas punctuated by charming little villages and vineyeards are the order of the day and you’ll no doubt be tempted to stop and explore magical little places such as Montabone, Roccheta Palafea and Canelli. The day’s ride ends in Alba, a beautiful medieval town with a maze of narrow streets. It’s also a bright star in Piedmont’s gastronomic constellation, so consider pushing the boat out tonight and sampling some truly delicious local specialities which should include white truffles, dark chocolate desserts and Barolo wine.

Day 4: Alba – Barolo – Bra – Alba roundtrip, 31 miles/50 kms

Cycling Holidays in Italy

Barolo region – Piedmont

This circular route leads you deep into Piedmont’s most famous and some say most scenic wine region. You’ll cycle through a sea of undulating Barolo vineyards to the beautiful little village of Barolo itself. Stop for a break and possibly a tasting session before riding on through more gorgeous Piedmontese scenery and sleepy villages to the town of Bra. Here you can visit the impressive Pollenzo Castle before following the Tanaro River back to Alba for a second night in this charming town.

Day 5: Alba – Asti, 22 miles/35 kms

Barbaresco - Tanero Valley

Barbaresco – Tanaro Valley

Today’s ride leads you north along the fertile Tanaro Valley to Asti. Leaving Alba can be be a little busy. There are less hills today so you can relax and enjoy the patchwork quilt of vineyards, interspersed with quaint little towns and villages that populate the valley. Asti is a beautiful old town renowned for producing top quality wines with grapes from its surrounding vineyards. Wander the narrow, paved streets of the medieval old town, perhaps taking time to visit the town’s impressive Gothic cathedral, before finding a convivial bar or enoteca to sample some of the local wine.

Day 6: Asti – Casale Monferrato, 34 miles/55 kms

The rolling Monferrato countryside in Piedmont .

Monferrato countryside

Today’s route leads you north into the renowned Monferrato wine region. The scenery is of course sublime but this is complemented by a succession of hard-to-resist opportunities to stop and taste the superb wine and food of this region in small, inviting restaurants and enotecas dotted along the route. Eventually you arrive in Casale Monferrato where you will spend the night.  The Medieval charming centre is great to to explore on foot.

 

Day 7: Casale Monferrato – Alessandria, 28 miles, 45 kms

Piedmont countryside

Piedmont

Today you complete the circle with an easy and enjoyable ride across gently rolling hills back to Alessandria. For a while you’ll be following the mighty Po River, Italy’s longest river that traverses northern Italy before emptying into the Adriatic near Venice. After more cycling on quiet lanes through rural countryside you arrive back in Alessandria where you spend the night. The town has a wealth of great restaurants to celebrate completion of your Piedmont cycling holiday.

 

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 06 April to 27 September

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2019 Prices

January Sale: £50 off per person prices below.

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15 payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Alessandria, double/twin, superior (£52)
Extra night Alessandria, single, superior (£71)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£68)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£160)
Helmet (£16)

Practical Information

Bikes

Mens bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear city bikes with comfortable gel saddle and upright riding position.
The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, odometer and lock plus one repair kit per room.

Electric bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Alessandria: Hotel Londra
Acqui Terme: Hotel Roma Imperiale
Alba: Hotel Langhe
Asti: Hotel Lis
Casale Monferrato: Hotel Candiani

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Turin or Genoa Airport and then take a train to Alessandria. The train journey from Turin Airport takes about 2 hours 30 minutes and from Genoa its about 2hrs 10 minutes.

Research flights from the UK here.
Research trains in Italy here.

Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.9
  • Date - 08/10/2018
  • Name - Dan Carton
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - The booking process was easy and straight forward and the pre trip document was detailed.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - I recently took this trip and decided on an e-bike - a great decision! While I did get a good work each day, I appreciated the assistance given on the many hills. I was able to have time to explore even more hillside towns and villages and the stunning views at a leisurely pace and still be in time to meet with my ’new found cycling friends’ for an aperitif before dinner!
    The choice of food and wine each evening is great. The hotels were great - offered spacious rooms and super breakfasts.
    If you are at all worried about doing this trip as you think it may be too tough then take the e-bike and discover an amazing region.
  • Date - 25/09/2017
  • Name - Steve Groves
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - As always, Ally and Andy listened to our needs and found the perfect cycling holiday.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Cycling in Piedmont was perfect. No traffic, no crowds, just vineyards, views, rolling hills. Stopping for lunch with the locals, drinking "everyday wine"
    Starting and stopping in Alessandria meant easy transfers from Turin, and the Alba - Alba loop day was the best!
    Happily do the trip again in the future.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Steve. We really appreciate the review - especially from such a cycling holiday aficionado!

  • Date - 29/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Well organised. Helpful and available telephone advice. Good hotels. Lovely region to visit. Many thanks!
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Well organised. Helpful and available telephone advice. Good hotels. Lovely region to visit. Many thanks!
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the lovely review.
  • Date - 24/07/2017
  • Name - Alastair Voke
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - They were very efficient, helpful, informative and funny.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The whole week was very well organised, with no problems at all.
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you enjoyed it Alistair and that we made you laugh!