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TASTY PIEMONT

An 8 days cycling tour: standard, deluxe, leisure version

Piedmont is a real paradise for gourmets. It offers prestigious white wines, delicious chocolate and a gentle landscape of vine-covered hills, with the majestic circle of the Alps in the distance. Piedmont has real elegance and style. The best example is the main town, Turin, the first capital of Italy 150 years ago, where the influence of French style is very evident, giving Turin the nickname of 'little Paris'. Pleasant surprises will also await you in small towns like Pinerolo and Saluzzo with their medieval charm. Nowadays Bra and Alba are very much at the forefront of enogastronomy: don’t miss the pleasure of a delicious dinner and the chance to sample great wines like Barolo or Barbaresco.

In short, discovering Piedmont by bike is a very special experience.

 

Highlights: 

  • Piedmont is a paradise for the lover of good wines and excellent cookery. 

  • medieval villages and small towns like Pinerolo, Saluzzo, Benevagienna, Cherasco...

  • a lot of castles and Royal residences

  • beautiful views on the mountain tops of the Alps

  • relaxed pedalling along cycle paths and quiet country roads

  • Turin and its lively history

  • Parks and river landscapes

  • Cavour and its castle

  • Langhe, Roero and Monferrato

  • Casale and the Po river

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Independent arrival at Turin

The initial capital of Italy and a very smart city, Turin is a former industrial city which has now emerged as centre of culture, particularly after hosting the Winter Olympics in 2006. There are four rivers passing Turin: Stura di Lanzo, Sangone, Po and Dora Riparia. A characteristic of the town are many cycle paths. In Turin there’s a lot to see: the 19th century tower ‘Mole Antonelliana’ (167,5m), symbol of the town, the National Movie Museum, Palazzo Reale (residence of the Dukes and after them the king, who governed the town), the cathedral San Giovanni Battista (15th century), the Egyptian Museum and the impressive Palazzo Madama

 

Day 2

 

 

Turijn – Pinerolo    31,64 miles / km 51
This part of the route is flat. From Turin you bike along cycle paths and minor roads, following the river Po and small tributaries of the Po, to reach the foot of the mountains. Here you will find the hunting lodge of Stupinigi Palace, a royal residence of the Savoy family. The building is a Rococo style masterpiece by the architect Filippo Juvarra. You then continue, park by park, along the rivers to Pinerolo; a very pleasant stretch of cycling. Your overnight stay is in the delicious Pinerolo, which used to be home to one of the most famous horse-riding schools in Italy. The square ‘piazza Vittorio Veneto’ with its surrounding palaces is the beating heart of the town, a meeting point for the Pinerolesi.

Day 3

 

Pinerolo – Cavour - Saluzzo   28,5 miles / km 46 
This part of the route is also flat. Following country roads through orchards and vineyards you get to Cavour with its curious 'Rocca', a morainic hill right in the middle of the flatlands, which is now a protected area. Saluzzo, a medieval town, is situated on a hilltop in the valley of the Po. Inside the town walls this fascinating town has well preserved different architectonical styles. Overnight stay in Saluzzo. 

 

Day 4

Saluzzo – Fossano – Benevagienna - Bra   42,8 miles / km 69
The cycling today is medium/easy, there are some gentle uphill stretches after Fossano. On the way you can visit the handsome castles of Manta (12th –15th century) and Costigliole (13th  – 16th century) and the ancient Roman town. Also worthwhile is it to make a stop at Benevagienna with its archaeological area. You can visit the archaeological museum. After Cherasco, with its seven centuries of history and art, you arrive in Bra, the capital of gourmet and home to the international headquarters of the Slow Food organisation.

 

Day 5

Bra – Pollenzo – Barolo - Alba    24,2 -34 miles / km 39-55  
This is a medium/easy day's cycling in the Langhe area. In Pollenzo, the Roman 'Pollentia', is situated the Food Science University (known as the 'Università del Gusto'). You continue cycling to Alba along the river Tanaro, which is perfectly flat, but along the way there is a detour, with some uphill stretches, to Barolo, where you could taste Barolo in the castle. Your overnight stay is in Alba, the town famous for its white truffles and for its high towers.

 

Day 6

Alba - Asti   28-34 miles / km 45-55
Medium/easy cycling. Today you are in the Roero area. On the way there are the castles of Guarene and Cisterna (it is possible to visit the museum in Cisterna). Your overnight stay is in Asti, the main town of the area. Asti has a very rich history and is famous for its 'spumante' wine and its medieval festival with a horseback race or 'palio' (historical horserace).

 

Day

Asti - Casale  34,7 miles / km 56
Ride of m
edium difficulty. You cycle along the charming hills of the Monferrato, another important gourmet land. From the square of the castle of Moncalvo you will have beautiful views of the vine-covered hills. In the afternoon. You could visit the church of St.Francis (12th century). You continue for Casale, a baroque town at the foot of the hills of Monferrato, along the river Po.     

 

Day 8

End of services after breakfast; return to Turin by train or by private minibus at 9.00 (prices see below; own bike included)

 

 

There is also an easy version with less differences in altitude called the Castles and Parks tour (lev.2):

Day 1 Individual arrival at Turin

Day 2 Turin – Venaria – Avigliana (31 miles/ 50 km)

Day 3 Avigliana –Pinerolo (28 miles / 45 km)

Day 4 Pinerolo-Cavour-Staffarda-Saluzzo (27,9 miles / 45 km)

Day 5 Saluzzo-Savigliano-Bra (40,3 miles / 65 km)

Day 6 Bra-Carmagnola ( 19 miles / 30 km)

Day 7 Carmagnola – Moncalieri – Turin (27,9 miles / 45 km)

Day 8 departure

 

 

 

 

The cycle tour includes:

  • Overnight stays in 3/4 star hotels for the standard version or for the deluxe version **** and a ***** in Turin

  • Buffet breakfast 

  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel  

  • Road book in English, maps, tour information

  • Meeting with local agent at Turin

  • Back up service hotline 

 

Period 

Individual standard tour every Saturday from 18 March till 14 October (with min. 4 pax other starting dates are possible) Individual deluxe tour: every Saturday from 18 March till 22 July and from 26 August till 14 October  Individual 'Castles & Parks tour: every day from March to October (min. 2 people)

Level 2 or 2/3

Tasty Piedmont: Medium/easy; cycle paths and minor roads; some dirt tracks in fairly good condition; flat from Turin to Fossano; some easy hills in the Langhe area to reach Barolo and in the Monferrato area between Alba and Casale. Daily distances between 45 and 60 km. Total kilometres: 306-332 km / 190-206 miles.  Easy Castle & Parks tour: level 2 easy/medium. Easier with less km (total 280 km / 174 miles) and fewer differences in altitude  

Participants  

Individual tour: minimum two persons ( a single person on request)

Prices p.p.  2017

Standard hotels

In double room     € 716,00

In single Room     € 931,00 

Supplement Half Board    € 189,00

Deluxe hotels
In double room sharing     € 865,00

In single Room     € 1.085,00 

Hotels Leisure Castles & Park tour

In double room      € 692,00

In single Room     € 877,00 

Supplement Half Board (6 dinners)   € 145,00

Bike rental

bike rental     € 85,00 (Castles Tour € 80,00)

electric bike   € 160,00

Supplement 'Salone del Libro' (12-16/05) in double room € 25,00 - in single room € 38,00

On request

extra overnight stays are possible

parking place car at the hotel in Turin    € 10,00 per day to be paid on spot)

transfer Casale - Turijn  1-4 persons € 38,00 p.p.  5-8 persons  € 30,00 p.p.

transfer to the airports Milan or Turin