Cycling routes on well-surfaced country lanes and quiet secondary roads, with a bit more traffic near larger towns.
Start: Alba Finish: Alba
Check in at your hotel and check out the town on an evening stroll through beautiful Alba, the capital of hilly Langhe territory, famous for its prized white truffles, hazelnuts, peaches and first-rate wines. Relish in the historic old town centre of pre-Roman origin and inspect remains of the polygonal Roman city, parts of the ancient fortified gate and ruins in marble and mosaics.
Roll through the Langhe region's gentle hills and delightfully green countryside. Stop for a winery visit and sip some delicious Barolo reds or sample up to 30 varieties at the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo. The WiMu at Barolo Castle makes for another interesting stop but make sure to have just a bit, as there’s still a ways to cycle before you reach Benevello! The final climb will be well worth your effort, when you arrive at tonight’s comfortable, stylish accommodation housed in a renovated historic farmhouse.
Challenge: 48 km, 900 m ascent, 600 m descent
The plan for today includes two options: a route going north into the hills near Cassano Belbo or a longer panoramic ride to Mombarcaro, at nearly 1000m above sea level the highest village in the Langhe region. Clear winter days afford views all the way to the sea. If you prefer to take a break from cycling today, choose a winery to visit or rest and relax at your hotel.
Challenge: 31/68 km, 600/1500 m ascent, 600/1500 m descent
Embark on the route from Benevello to Acqui Terme with a relaxing section along the Bormida River. Have a look around the ancient villages of Cessole and Bubbio and marvel at the medieval monastery and sturdy sonte bridge in Monastero Bormida. Once in Acqui Terme, hit the old town for some Italian-style shopping or relax as you ‘take the waters’ at the spa.
Challenge: 50 km, 800 m ascent, 700 m descent
First off, decide whether to head north or south this morning. The northern loop coincides partially with tomorrow’s route and leads to stunning wine villages like Fontanile, Alice Bel Colle and Strevi. Select a ‘trattoria’ for lunch, sip a bit of wine and crunch on ‘grissini’. The southern loop is slightly tougher and takes you to panoramic Ponzone, where you can stop to replenish your energy with coffee and local delicacies at a village bar. Leave time later to further explore Acqui Terme’s city centre before moving on tomorrow.
Challenge: 34/37 km, 485/700 m ascent, 850/700 m descent
Today you ride to Asti, famous the world over for its sparkling Spumante wines! Heading north you roll through hills carpeted with vineyards. Try to spot Chris Bangle’s 'Big Benches' open-air art installations and stop off in the town of Nizza Monferrato to linger on quiet lanes.
Challenge: 53 km, 850 m ascent, 900 m descent
From Asti to Alba you take the historic Via Francigena cycle route, following it out of town past little villages and imposing castles such as Govone, Guarene and Magliano Alfieri. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castello Govone, like Turin’s Venaria Reale, was the royal residence of the Savoy dynasty. Guarene Castle has been turned into a 5-star hotel.
Challenge: 38 km, 600 m ascent, 700 m ascent
Your self-guided cycling trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra nights can be booked pre- or post-tour.
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.
This is the most recent hotel in Acqui Terme, it was completely renovated recently and it is located in the same place where one of the symbols of the thermal city stood. A hotel where past and present blend perfectly, where the guests will live a historic experience along with the modernity and comfort from our times. Located a few meters from the park of the thermal area of Bagni. A perfect place to relax.
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
(NOTE) Bike rental includes: 1 odometer each 2 bikes, 1 rear bag, 1 repair kit, 1 padlock and bottle holder
Hybrid Giant CRS
Merida Road Bike
Blade Road Bike
GPS tracks are available on request.
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