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Italy - Tasty Piedmont

Italy - Tasty Piedmont

Degree of difficulty - B

Piedmont is a real paradise for gourmets. Prestigious white wines, delicious chocolate and a sweet landscape of hills covered by regular rows of vineyards; in the distance the majestic circle of the alps. Piedmont is elegance and style.

Although renowned for its superb food and some of the best wines in Italy, Piedmont is a true paradise for gourmets, this region also displays a truly magnificent landscape of gentle green hills and lovely valleys with picturesque villages tucked away and waiting to be exlored!

Our safari starts in Turin, a city with a prestigious past evident in the breathtaking Baroque city center, filled with ornate palaces and churches. The tour meanders along river Po to the foothills of the mountains towards the small medieval towns Pinerolo and Saluzzo. We also stay in Bra, "the capital of gourmet", and sample fine wines in the city of Alba, famed for its white truffle. We cycle through a landscape composed of roundish hills and Apennine spurs, sights of forests, vines and meadows until we reach our final destination Casale Monferrato, a beautiful city situated on the bank of river Po.

This is the perfect way to get away from the stress of everyday life, enjoy plenty of fresh air, breath-taking scenery and well earned italian dinners - Magnifico!

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Day 1 Individual arrival Turin
You spend the first night in the vibrant city of Turin. The rich history and culture of Turin is evident in the breathtaking Baroque architecture, ornate palaces and churches.

Day 2 Turin - Pinerolo 55 km
Today we cycle on flat roads along the river Po. We ride on cycle paths or small roads to the foot of the mountains. A highlight of today’s cycle is the spectacular hunting palace at Stupinigi, a masterpiece by the architect Fillippo Juvarra and royal residence of the Savoy Family built in rococo style.. A cycle through lovely parkland along the river brings us to our overnight stop - Pinerolo.

Day 3 Pinerolo – Cavour – Saluzzo 50 km
Today’s cycle brings us along flat country roads through orchards and vineyards to Cavour with its curious “Rocca”, a morainic hill rising from the centre of this otherwise flat region. Today we will visit a small castle where we taste some typical regional food. We spend the night in the small medieval town of Saluzzo.

Day 4 Saluzzo – Fossano – Benevagienna – Bra 65 km
Today we cycle towards Fossano with some uphill stages along the way. There are a lot of historic sights along the way – from the 15th Century frescoes in the castle at Manta to the ancient Roman town of Benevagienna . Our evening meal is bound to be treat as Bra is know as “the gourmet capital” of the region!

Day 5 Bra – Pollenzo – Barolo – Alba 35 – 55 km
We are now in the Langhe wine-growing region, characterized by rolling hills, vineyards and winding roads. We stop in Pollentia on the bank of the river Tanaro and pedal on flat roads beside the river with some up hills to Barolo. As a reward for the climb we enjoy some fine wine tasting in Barolo Castle (included in the tour package). We spend the night in Alba, home of the white truffle. Medium/easy way.

Day 6 Alba – Asti 40 – 55 km
A magnificent route through vineyards and along panoramic paths takes us to Asti, in the heart of Monferrato. You have the opportunity to visit the historical centre with its famous towers, the romantic monuments and the splendid gothic cathedral. Medium/easy way.

Day 7 Asti – Casale 55 km
We cycle on the charming hills of the Monferrato, another part of the gourmet system. From Moncalvo you can have a very pleasant view on the surrounding vineyards. In the afternoon, after a last taste in a “agriturismo”, you reach Casale, barock town at the foot of the hills of Monferrato, along the river Po. Medium difficulty.

Day 8 Homeward Bound
Tour ends after breakfast.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

2017SELF GUIDED TOUR
€800 per person sharing
€1015 for single occupancy
€190 half board supplement (optional - 6 dinners)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights in 3-4* hotels
- All breakfasts
- 21 speed tour bike / pannier bag
- Luggage transfers
- Route details & maps
- Service hotline
- Personal welcome meeting

- €75 E-bike supplement 
  on request, limited availability

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tour is available every Saturday from March 18 to October 14 (minimum 2 people).

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels. 
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

TORINO

Torino Hotel Royal Torino Hotel Royal1 Torino Hotel Royal3

Day 1: Hotel Royal ***


PINEROLO

Pinerola Hotel Regina Pinerola Hotel Regina1

Day 2: Hotel Regina ***

SALUZZO

Saluzzo Hotel Perpoin Saluzzo Hotel Perpoin1

Day 3: Hotel Perpoin***


BRA

Bra Ascheri Hotel Bra Ascheri Hotel1 Bra Ascheri Hotel3

Day 4: Hotel Ascheri **** 

ALBA

Alba Hotel Savona Alba Hotel Savona1 Alba Hotel Savona2

Day 5: Hotel Savona**** 


ASTI

Asti Hotel Rainero Asti Hotel Rainero2 Asti Hotel Rainero3

Day 6: Hotel Rainero ***


CASALE MONFERRATO

Casale Monferrato Hotel Candiani Casale Monferrato Hotel Candiani1 Casale Monferrato Hotel Candiani2

Day 7: Hotel Candiani ****

How to get to the start point in Torino: 

You can fly to Turin airport which is most convenient. (Milan airports are also possible, approx 1hr30mins to Torino from Milan Malpensa)

From Turin airport take the metro line 36 (SFM Railway) as far as Madonna di Campagna (approx 15 mins). Then change and take line 9 (Torino Transport)  towards Torino Esposizioni Capolinea (6 stops, approx 15 mins) getting off at MARTINETTO and the hotel is about a 3 minute walk once you exit the station. 

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

The route was beautiful! We traveled on back roads and farm lanes through fields of pears, apples and kiwi espaliered vertically. Our climbs to villages were lined with grapes ripening on the vines!
The hotels were great, the food was more than enough!

Julie Barnas, (Tasty Piedmont 2015)

The guides were fabulous. The bikes were in excellent condition. The accommodations were fine. Our tours/stops were great – cheese cellar, two wine tours/tastings, candy factory tour/tasting – nice variety and great presentations/atmosphere.

Barbara Hartfield (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2013)

I really enjoyed my holiday, thank you. 
I was very happy with all the arrangements and the food was very good. 

Elaine Marsden (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2013)

My cycling trip to Piedmont was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole week.  I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.

Bernie McCullagh (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2013)

Overall it was a very good tour, food, wine, bikes and the guides were all very good.
Accommodation was generally good and in the case of the winery hotel, excellent.

Richard Persse (Tasty Piedmont group 2012)

Our favourite was the hotel, wine tour and dinner at the winery/hotel.
Great weather, biking and views the latter part of the week.
Overall, a fabulous trip as usual!!!

Barbara Hartfield (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2013)

The trip was wonderful! The hotels were very good and the food was always good and the bikes ran great.
I was most impressed with the feature of including visits to two wineries and one chocolate factory. 

Gene & Fran O’Neill (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2012)

The Tasty Piedmont Tour was superb, tasty, beautiful…
It really was perhaps the best bike trip we've ever had.

Mike & Jane Smeglin (Tasty Piedmont group tour 2012)

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