The rides follow mostly well asphalted country lanes and secondary roads with little traffic. Inevitably near the larger towns there is more traffic.
After checking in, you might have time to explore the town, capital of the mountainous region of Langhe and famous for its white truffles, hazelnuts, peaches and high-quality wines. We recommend a visit to the old town, with its pre- Roman origins.
The “real cyclists” will enjoy this beautiful and a bit strenuous round tour. Most of the route goes through the area of the Alte Langhe. Here, around old villages like Serravalle and Cissone, best quality hazelnuts are grown, these are used as the base for the famous Gianduia chocolate and in some of the delicious deserts for which the ‘Cucina Piemontese’ is well-known. Turning back in a northerly direction you will follow nice, winding back roads along steep Nebbiolo and Barbera vineyards and, when the skies are clear, you can have spectacular views of the Alps.
Challenge: 23-32 km
Today´s cycling route leads you from Benevello to Acqui Terme, a nice route that summarizes of all the beautiful things that the Piemonte wine hills feature. Enjoy this relaxed riding day as most of it is along the Bormida River, have a look around in the old villages of Cessole and Bubbio and the wonderful bridge at Monastero Bormida. Once you have arrived in Acqui Terme take your time to do some Italian shopping, because this town is very well assorted.
Challenge: 52 km
You will cycle to Gavi through a delightful countryside of green, rolling hills. This is the region of the delicious white ‘Gavi di Gavi’ wine and the homeland of the legendary Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi. You will overnight in a splendid wine estate-countryside hotel, with a fine and well-known restaurant.
Challenge: 59 km
Today you will pedal from Gavi to Vignale Monferrato. In the morning you descend to the lower and flat lands along the Tanaro river, a tributary of the river Po. After lunch you will continue your cycle route through an easier part, that will lead you along some small villages and old, massive castles. A lot of them were built using the red bricks which are characteristic of the region. At the end of the day you arrive in the wine capital of the area, Vignale Monferrato, where you will stay for two nights in a charming wine estate.
Challenge: 69 km
Today you will take a nice and relaxed ride to the capital of the province: Asti. Before you get there, you will cycle through rolling Barbera wine hills passing picturesque villages like Fubine, Montemagno and Portacomaro. In the town of Asti, whose history goes back to the Neolithic age, you will overnight in a right in the historic centre. You can discover this so-called city of 100 towers right from the front door; stroll along the Tower dei Comentini (13th century), the octagonal Torre de Regibus and Torre Troyana (13th century), or the ancient Rossa di San Secondo, built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Besides those towers, Asti has a lot more to see!.
Challenge: 50 km
The tour from Asti to Alba brings you right into the heart of one of the most prestigious wine regions of Italy: the beautiful land of Barolo. Once you get to Alba, you will still have some time to visit the old fortified Roman city, which had a polygonal form, you can still see parts of fortified gates and remains of some buildings with marbles and mosaics.
Challenge: 41 km
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked another trip or service with us.
Selected 3 and 4* hotels in larger towns, while in the villages and countryside we use cozy, friendly ‘agriturismo’ (farmhouses) and inns, some quite renowned for their cuisine. All the rooms have private bathrooms, TV, mini-bar and hair drier. A good continental breakfast is served each morning. Throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste both the outstanding local cuisine and a wide array of prestigious regional wines.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
The new Hotel Calissano is located near the Piazza M. Ferrero, one of the most beautiful squares of Piemonte, known as "Alba´s living room" since it is a meeting point for locals and visitors. This hotel, recently renovated, has 90 rooms that are completely equipped.
In an oasis of charm, few kilometers far from Alba, Relais Montemarino was crafted out of the painstaking renovation of an old nineteenth-century farmhouse. It is surrounded by Langhe's hills and it offers rooms with rustic style. All of these are well-finished, clean and welcoming with free Wi-Fi, TV, telephone, private bathroom, heating and minibar. Breakfast is rich and various.
Hotel Roma Imperiale is in Acquiterme and was born from a renovated 19th century villa. The structure offers services such as an outdoor pool, a wellness center, a bar and restaurant, a garden and a sun terrace, and a lift to reach the rooms on the upper floors. Rooms are furnished in an elegant classic style and feature air conditioning, safe, TV, free Wi-Fi and marble floors. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff very kind and helpful.
Hotel l'Ostelliere is set among vineyards and woods on the hills of Monterotondo di Gavi, a 45-minute drive from Genoa Airport. The structure has obtained its rooms from a farmhouse of the '700 and has a swimming pool, a large garden with picnic area, spa with Turkish bath, bar, restaurant and lift to reach the rooms on the upper floors. Rooms are furnished in a style that combines the elegant and the modern, and are equipped with TV, private bathroom, countryside views, air conditioning, safe, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff very kind and helpful.
The Cascina Alberta farmhouse is located 2km from Vignale Monferrato, in the Monferrato hills. The property is surrounded by countryside and has a common garden among the apartments, the possibility to buy and taste local wines, free Wi-Fi in public areas and a restaurant. Rooms are furnished in typical style with antique furniture and are equipped with private bathroom, TV, heating. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff friendly and helpful
Hotel Palio is in the historic center of Asti, 150m from the train station. The property features a bar, free Wi-Fi and an ATM. Rooms are furnished in a classic style and have a private bathroom, heating and a view of the village. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff is friendly and helpful.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.
From Genoa: you can take either a bus or a train, check the website www.airport.genova.it
From Turin Airport: there is a bus service to and from downtown. It has several stops en-route including Porta Nuova, via Borgaro and Caselle city centre. For information and timetable confirmation visit www.sadem.it or call the number 0039.011.227.20.22.
When you get in Torino Porta Nuova you buy a ticket to Alba Depending on the train you take, you either change in Alessandria or Asti. The travelling time can be from 1 h 40 minutes to 2 h 50 minutes approx. Check www.ferroviedellostato.it for the updated times of departure.
From Milan Malpensa and Linate airports: you can visit www.milanomalpensa-airport.com and the www.milanairports.com websites for up to date detailed info about travelling from the airport to downtown Milan where you catch the train to Alba.
From Malpensa airport there is also a train connection with Milan every 30 minutes and the journey lasts about 40 minutes. Check www.malpensaexpress.it
GPS tracks are available on request.
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