Visiting: Italy

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £577 to £943pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code IT036
Good For Foodies, Solo
Distance 171mi/275km !
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Saturday
Fly to Turin !
Return from Turin !

Overview

What to expect

Eat your way through Italy without putting on a pound, when you ride through a north-western region where food comes first and recipes retain their ancient traditions. 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.

As you pedal through vineyards and villages, you’ll pass farmers tending vines and fly fishermen casting their lines in Italy’s longest river. Each town and village you’ll visit has its own unique flavours and the local specialities of game, meats and river-fish taste even better with a glass of regional wine. The city of 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.

  • Authentic cuisine made using traditional recipes and seasonal fare
  • White truffles, juicy peaches, succulent meats and excellent wines
  • Vine-groomed hills, fish-filled rivers and rich woodland
  • Cycling with hilly sections and rewarding descents

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sat): Arrive in Alessandria

    Make your way to the city of Alessandria on the banks of the River Tanaro. Visit the Piazza della Liberta and the wonderful neoclassical cathedral at Piazza Duomo.

  • Day 2 (Sun): Alessandria - Acqui Terme 31 miles (50 km)

    Cycle along the Strada Franca road, which dates back to 1454. Ride past smooth hills, woods and isolated villages, stopping off to taste local foods and excellent wines. Arrive in the city of Aqui Terme, famous for its spring waters.

  • Day 3 (Mon): Acqui Terme - Alba 34 miles (55 km)

    Discover the famous hills of the Langhe area, an undulating landscape cloaked in vineyards and dotted with small villages. Wind your way to the city of Alba, famous for its white truffles, delicious peaches and excellent Dolcetto d’Alba wines.

  • Day 4 (Tue): Alba - Asti 22 miles (35 km)

    Ride through vineyards and pedal along panoramic paths to reach the city of Asti – capital of the Monferrato wine district. Discover Asti’s historical centre, famous towers, Romantic monuments and Gothic cathedral.

  • Day 5 (Wed): Asti - Torino 22 miles (35 km)

    Cycle across Asti’s surrounding hills and explore the local nature parks. Alternatively, take a train ride to Torino, the first capital of Italy, and experience its splendid monuments, tree lined roads, ancient cafes and delicious chocolates.

  • Day 6 (Thu): Asti - Casale Monferrato 34 miles (55 km)

    Ride to the riverside town of Casale Monferrato to meet the longest river in Italy, taking advantage of the wine cellars and excellent restaurants on route.

  • Day 7 (Fri): Casale Monferrato - Alessandria 28 miles (45 km)

    Ride past green hills and pastures, passing small villages on the right bank of the Po River. Arrive back in Alessandria and reward yourself with a glass of regional wine or big bowl of gelato.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 8 (Sat): Depart from Alessandria

    Check out after breakfast in Alessandria and make your way home or stay on in Italy.

Accommodation

Mainly 4* Hotels with some 3*

We use a pool of mainly 4* hotels with some 3* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • Mainly 4* hotels and some 3* hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in mainly 4 star hotels and some 3 star
  • Board Basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Maps and route descriptions (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Local taxes (approx €10)
  • Train transfer to Torino (approx €9 per person + bike)
  • Helmets

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers. 

Mens Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£65

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

E bike
E Bike hire
£155
Example Helmet
Helmet hire
£17

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Extra nights

Alessandria: Double room (B&B)
£51pp
Alessandria: Single room (B&B)
£69pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Turin or Milan

Take the train (Trenitalia) to Alessandria.

Getting back

Take the train (Trenitalia) from Alessandria.

Fly from Turin or Milan

 

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

News

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Beautiful scenic ride through Piedmont with breath taking views in all directions. The bikes were high quality and well maintained. The accommodation provided was great and luggage transfers seamless. The route was quite challenging in parts with long uphill sections but the views from the top and the downhills afterwards made it all worth it! The food and wine throughout the region were fabulous and the people were so friendly and helpful. I would recommend this tour to foodies who enjoy a reasonably challenging ride!

Cathie Macmillan, Australia, June 2018

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