20 - 27 September 2017 (12 PLACES REMAIN)
It will seem as if you are riding through a painting, as we venture along very quiet roads through verdant hills and vineyards, with spectacular views to the Alps that separate Italy from Switzerland and France. This tour is for the cyclist after an experience to delight the heart and tastebuds.
Famous throughout the world for its wine and gastronomic riches, such as the Barolo wine and white truffles of Alba, Piedmont offers superb cycling with easy or challenging climbing through its abundant vineyards and wineries, sweet hills and picturesque towns.
This tour departs from the beautiful town of Alba, passes through the ancient Roman bath city of Acqui Terme and finishes near the birthplace of Italy’s cycling greats, Fausto Coppi and Giradegno, near Novi Ligure.
This is a gastronomic tour de force with cycling thrown in to make sure you’ve worked up an appetite. Buon Appetito!!
This tour has something for everyone including catering for two levels of cyclist, ideal for friends or partners of differing ability. It is also a great tour for non-riding companions who will receive a 10% discount.
The casual rider: We have planned an itinerary that caters for the rider who occasionally dusts off the bike and gets out on weekends. For you, this is about getting enough exercise in to justify the lavish dinners and spectacular wines of the Piedmont Region.
The seasoned rider: Our Tour is in Fausto Coppi’s backyard. You will quickly see where he got his legs from. There’s some serious climbs for the experienced rider, with most of the daily routes being undulating. You’ll have every reason to gorge yourself on Piedmont’s delicacies at the end of the day.
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- Dinners (except 1)
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
- Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
- 1 day pack per guest
- Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet.
Day One – Torino Warm Up Ride
Main Route: 30km / 21mi
Total Ascent: 300m / 9800ft
This is an easy warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into moving again after those long flights, and get a first look at this lovely region. We'll ride in the surrounding hills, where we'll have great views of the city of Torino.
Day Two – Torino to Alba/Bra
Main Route: 70km / 43mi
Total Ascent: 400m / 1,300ft
Today we leave the first capital city of Italy and ride into one of the best wine and food regions in the world - Langhe and Roero hills. After an initial flat start in the agricultural area just out of Torino, we ride through beautiful Barbera and Nebbiolo vineyards and delightful medieval villages. Our destination is the Piedmontese capital of food, the town of Alba (also famous for Nutella!).
Day Three - Alba Loop to Barolo
Main Route: 43km / 27mi
Total Ascent: 700m / 2,300ft
One of the most beautiful rides of the tour, today we ride through the wonderful town of La Morra and Barolo, with views to the Alps all day long. Meet a true truffle hunter who will demonstrate the art of finding this rare delicacy.
Day Four – Alba to Acqui Terme
Main Route: 60km / 38mi
Total Ascent: 750m / 2,500ft
Today we leave the Langhe region and ride to Acqui, famous for the sweet brachetto wines, riding through the rolling vineyard covered hills. A chance to enjoy the thermal baths, a guided tour of town and a fresh pasta demo, Italian style.
Day Five – Acqui Rest Day
A very special rest day! We head into the Barbera area to Nizza Monferrato where we'll have a uniquely wonderful lunch with the Famiglia Chiappone. It will be a very memorable day!
Day Six - Acqui Terme to Gavi
Main Route: 47km / 29mi
Total Ascent: 650m / 2,100ft
A beautiful ride on gentle rolling hills through the towns of Ovada and Novi Ligure, arriving in our final destination, Gavi. Gavi, as legend has it was named after the Saracen word for princess. The town has survived a tumultuous history having been settled in Neolithic time, invaded by Romans, Magyars, Saracens and French-Savoy troops as well as being sold at one point and assigned to the kingdom of Sardinia at another.
Day Seven – Gavi Loop to Castellania
Main Route: 57km / 35mi
Total Ascent: 800m / 2,600ft
This is a ride to the home town of Fausto Coppi where we can taste the Barbera wine made by his nephew. Optional shopping time at one of the most amazing designer outlets in Italy, with all famous brands present. Don’t forget your credit card!
Day Eight – Arrivederci!
Recommended Arrival Airport - Torino or Milan Malpensa
Recommended Departure Airport - Torino or Milan Malpensa
(Airport transfers not included)