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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Slow Food and Cycling in Piedmont | Self Guided

Piedmont is one of the hidden gems of Italy with rolling landscapes, vineyards and rustic villages situated between the alps and the coast and certainly on an equal footing the more famous regions of Tuscany and Umbria. The Langhe is the gastronomic heartland of the region and once, Turin nobility would travel to its capital Alba for ‘wine therapy.’ The area is also home to the ‘Slow Food Movement’ and exploring this delightful area by bike is the best way to meet the friendly locals, sample the sensational cuisine and admire the beauty of the area.

What not to miss

  • The King and Queen of wines, Barolo and Barbaresco 
  • Enjoying the ‘slow food’ specialities of white truffles and chocolate
  • Alpine views said to have inspired the Paramount Pictures logo

What’s included

  • 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Touring bike with handlebar bags and puncture repair kit
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Support from a local representative
  • Welcome meeting
  • Helmets

Extras

  • Electric bikes on request
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Slow Food and Cycling in Piedmont | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Turin

Transfer to our base hotel in Alba where you will be met by your local representative for your bike fitting and welcome briefing. Alba is in the heart of the Langhe and known as the gastronomic centre of Piedmont, famous for white truffles, chocolate and wine. Enjoy a pre-dinner stroll around this beautifully preserved town and admire its medieval towers and piazzas before sampling the delicious local cuisine.

Day 2 | Cycle Alba to Barolo | Distance 16 miles (25km)

Cycling south today, the route passes through the breath-taking UNESCO protected Langhe and famed vineyards to the hilltop village of Barolo. Barolo is one of the finest wine producing regions in Italy due to the combination of alpine air and Mediterranean climate. On arrival, explore the ancient streets and admire the stunning views of the alps including Monviso, which it is said is the view that Paramount Pictures based their logo on. Of course, make sure you finish the day with a glass of the local aromatic wine!

Day 3 | Round Tour Barolo | Distance 18 miles (28km)

Today’s cycle is a round trip taking in the characterful local villages of Novello, Dogliani and Monforte. On route, we suggest visiting the remarkable neo-Gothic 19th Century Castello di Novello and admire the views from the old town of Monforte d ’Alba as well as the 10th Century bell tower. Also recommended is buying some of the local Branda di Novello and Dolcetto wine before returning to Barolo for the evening.

Day 4 | Cycle Barolo to Montelupo Albese | Distance 16 miles (25km)

Moving on today from Barolo, you’ll ride east through beautiful landscapes and vine covered hills to the small village of Montelupo Albese with breath-taking views abound. Montelupo Albese is popular with walkers and cyclists and loosely translated means ‘Wolf Hill’ a nod to the animals which once roamed this part of the Langhe. Stroll through the streets and see the 28 murals painted on the local buildings depicting fairy-tales featuring the wolf before relaxing in your hotel before dinner.

Day 5 | Round Tour Montelupo Albese | Distance 19 miles (30 km)

The round trip cycle from Montelupo is a little more challenging today but the 360-degree panoramic views from Lequio Berra are a fantastic reward for your cycle and will make your aperitivo at the end of the day even more delicious! You’ll pass through the charming villages of Cerretto Langhe and Pedaggera before reaching Lequio Berra with spectacular views of the Apennine Range and then return to Montelupo Albese.

Day 6 | Cycle Montelupo Albese to Alba | Distance 10 miles (15 km)

After a lazy breakfast, there is a lovely gentle cruise down back to Alba, which allows time to admire the views or perhaps take part in one of the many wine tours available. Alternatively, you can choose to take a longer route (16 miles/25km) through the beautiful towns of Benevello and Treiso and the vineyards of Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto.

Day 7 | Free Day Alba

The day is yours to explore this gastronomic centre by bike or on foot. The ‘Slow Food’ movement started here so there’s no need to rush and plenty of opportunity to visit the 14th Century towers, the old roman gate and the Duomo di Alba. If you are lucky enough to be in Alba in October, then you can also take part in the annual truffle festival and celebrations.

Day 8 | Departure

We say “arrivederci” before transferring you back to Turin.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Slow Food and Cycling in Piedmont | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Slow Food and Cycling in Piedmont | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Ca del Lupo, Montelupo Albese

4-star

Overlooking the Piedmont countryside, this hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and beautiful rooms with a balcony. The restaurant here serves delicious traditional food such as the local wine and truffles. 

Hotel Calissano, Alba

4-star

This fantastic four-star hotel boasts elegant rooms, furnished with classic wooden antiques. The restaurant's hotel offers fantastic local food.

Hotel Le Torri, Barolo

3-star

This beautiful family-run hotel is located in the stunning Langhe countryside. It boasts a fantastic view, an outdoor hot tub and modern rooms with a balcony.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Slow Food and Cycling in Piedmont | Self Guided

2019 Departure Dates & Prices

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

 Departure Dates

Occupancy  Nights  Board Basis  Adult Prices 
July and August 2 Sharing  7 Bed & Breakfast £1425
April, May, June, September and October 2 Sharing  7 Bed & Breakfast £1545
July and August 2 Sharing  7 Half Board £1595
April, May, June, September and October  2 Sharing 7 Half Board  £1685
July August  2 Sharing  7 Full Board £1695
April, May, June, September and October  2 Sharing  7 Full Board £1829

Tour Only Prices

 Departure Dates

 Occupancy   Nights  Board Basis  Adult Prices 
July and August 2 Sharing 7 Bed & Breakfast £1085
April, May, June, September and October 2 Sharing 7 Bed & Breakfast £1215

July and August 

2 Sharing  7 Half Board  £1269
April, May, June, September and October 2 Sharing  7 Half Board  £1395
July and August 

2 Sharing 

7 Full Board  £1425

April, May, June, September and October 

2 Sharing  7 Full Board  £1545

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for childs prices and single supplement prices.

Supplements

  • Single Room Supplement: On Request
  • E-Bike supplement: £215 per person

Please note that the bed and breakfast option includes breakfast and 2 evening meals. The full board option includes breakfast, 6 evening meals and 5 packed lunches.

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