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Piedmont Barolo Wine Hills cycling
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Piedmont Barolo Wine Hills cycling

Piedmont Barolo Wine Hills cycling

  • Stay in a great accommodation, well known spa town and ancient wine producing estates
  • Many occasions for tasting the best Italian wines and champagnes
  • Gourmet food a plenty
  • Rolling vineyards, and great views of the hills and Alps
  • Authentic country towns and villages: Alba, Acqui Terme, Casale Monferrato, Asti
  • Friendly people and quiet roads
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Route

The rides follow mostly well asphalted country lanes and secondary roads with little traffic. Inevitably near the larger towns there is more traffic.

Start: Alba                 Finish: Alba

Day 1: Arrival in Alba
Day 2: Ride Alba to Benevello via Barolo (48 km)
Day 3: Ride Benevello loop via Cossano Belbo (31 or 68 km)
Day 4: Ride Benevello to Acqui Terme (50 km)
Day 5: Ride Acqui Terme loop South Via Ponzone (34 or 37 km)
Day 6: Ride from Acqui Terme to Asti (53 km)
Day 7: From Asti to Alba (38 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Alba!

Day 1:    Arrival in Alba

After your arrival and check-in in the hotel there may be some time left to make a stroll through this beautiful old town. Alba is the capital of the hilly area of the Langhe famous for his white truffles, hazelnuts, peaches and top-class wines. Take your time to visit the old centre, with pre-Roman origins. From the Roman city, which had a polygonal form, you can still see parts of fortified gate and remains of some edifices with marbles and mosaics.

Day 2:    Ride Alba to Benevello via Barolo (48 km)

You will cycle in the famous Langhe region through a delightful countryside of green, rolling hills. This is the region of the delicious Barolo wine and there are countless winery to stop by, but if you want to sample most of them stop by the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo, where they have more than 30 on taste; The WiMu is also another interesting stop in the castle of Barolo, but remember not to drink too much since there is still some way to cycle between here and Benevello. The last climb is worth the effort as here you will stay in a very comfortable and stylish accommodation, a historic farmhouse, which has been recently completely restored.

Challenge: 48 km, 900 m ascent, 600 m descent

Day 3:    Ride Benevello loop via Cossano Belbo (31 or 68 km)

Today you have two options: a north cycle route to explore the hills surrounding Cassano Belbo or a longer but very panoramic ride to the highest village of the Langhe region, Mombarcaro, at nearly 1000m above sea level, where on clear winter day you may see the sea…or you can choose to visit a winery and relax at the accommodation

 OPTION 1; Challenge: 31 km, 600 m ascent, 600 m descent

 OPTION 2 (Loop via Mombarcaro); 68 km, 1500 m ascent, 1500 m descent

Day 4:    Ride Benevello to Acqui Terme (50 km)

Today’s cycling route leads you from Benevello to Acqui Terme. 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 in the nice old town or relax at the SPA.

Challenge: 50 km, 800 m ascent, 700 m descent

Day 5:    Ride Acqui Terme loop South Via Ponzone (34 or 37 km)

Today you can choose between two options, a northern loop and a southern one: the 1st one partially overcome tomorrow’s route and leads you to the stunning wine villages of Fontanile, Alice Bel Colle and Strevi. Have lunch in one of the Trattorie in the villages, sipping some fresh wine and grissini. The southern loop  (a little harder) leads to Ponzone, a very panoramic village where it’s worth a stop at the local bar for some delicacies and coffee. Leave some time to visit the city center of Acqui Terme if you didn’t yesterday.

OPTION 1; Challenge: 34 km, 485 m ascent, 850 m descent

OPTION 2 ; Challenge: 37 km, 700 m ascent, 700 m descent

Day 6:    Ride from Acqui Terme to Asti (53 km)

The ride today takes you to Asti, famous for its Spumante sparkling wines! Heading north you cycle along rolling panoramic hills all cultivated with vineyards. Try to spot the open air art installations by Chris Bangle called “Big Benches”. The biggest town along the way is Nizza Monferrato, worth a stroll through the quiet alleys.

Challenge: 53 km, 850 m ascent, 900 km descent

Day 7:    From Asti to Alba (38 km)

From Asti to Alba you initially follow the Francigena cycle route to get out of town, then you pass by various villages and at least 3 imposing castles that dominates the surroundings: Govone, Guarene and Magliano Alfieri castels. The Govone castle is a UNESCO site, like the Venaria Reale in Torino, residence of the Savoia family, the former kings of Italy. Guarene castle is now a 5-star hotel.

Challenge: 38 km, 600 m ascent, 700m ascent

Day 8:    Arrivederci Alba!

The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked another trip or service with us.

'standard' hotels

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.

Hotel Calissano (Alba)
Hotel Calissano (Alba)

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.

www.hotelcalissano.com

Relais Montemarino (Borgomale)
Relais Montemarino (Borgomale)

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. 

www.relaismontemarino.it

Hotel Valentino (Acqui Terme)
Hotel Valentino (Acqui Terme)

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.  

www.hotel-valentino.com/hotel/

Hotel Palio (Asti (AT)
Hotel Palio (Asti (AT)

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.

www.hotelpalio.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

There are a lot of airports you can flight in to reach the beginning of this trip: Turin (TRN), Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN), Genoa (GOA).

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

RENTAL BIKES

(NOTE) Bike rental includes: 1 odometer each 2 bikes, 1 rear bag, 1 repair kit, 1 padlock and bottle holder

Hybrid Giant CRS

  • Gears: Deore 8 speed
  • Frame size: male: M, L, XL - female: S, M
  • Suspension: No
  • Brakes: Shimano V-Brake

 

Merida Road Bike

  • Gears: Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Frame size: S, M
  • Frame: aluminium 

 

Blade Road Bike

  • Gears: Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Frame size. L
  • Frame: aluminium 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to Alba and collection from Alba
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps 
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Travel to/from Alba
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Alba
  • Transfer from Alba to airport
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