Piedmont Bike Tours begin in the quiet little town of Montforte d’Alba, a perfect place for a warm up ride and to sample the great wine from the region. Nestled between France, Switzerland and the Mediterranean, the Piedmont is a rich agricultural province most famous for its exceptional cuisine and superb wines, but the hidden gem is the remarkable bicycling. We will be riding on quiet roads that wind through vineyard-covered hillsides dotted with quaint medieval villages and regal castles. The visuals are truly astounding. Our days will be spent cycling uncrowded roads through an undulating countryside that provides a constantly varying landscape. Daily, the stunning panoramas will make you glad you are riding a bike!
Price:Call for Prices Euros /double occupancy
Single Supplement: €250
International flights, road bike rental: €200 euros, hybrid bike rental: €120 euros (you may choose to bring your own bike), lunches, beverages.
* We don’t have a scheduled guided tour this year, but this tour is available for charter. Prices will depend on number of participants.
* This tour is also available as a self guided tour. You can begin any day April – October. We can shorten or lengthen the tour itinerary and you can choose distances of 50 – 60 km/day or 80- 100/km day. Tour price will depend on the number of days and amenities that you choose. Call us or email us to arrange a self guided tour for you.
The Piedmont is hilly country and each day you can expect 40 to 60 km of riding. Additional distance can easily be arranged for riders who want an extra challenge.
Many Italians think the Piedmont has the best food and wine in all of Italy! During our ride, we pass through a number of important wine producing areas and will taste Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Gavi and Italy’s most famous sparkling white, Asti Spumante. A distinguishing feature of the wines from this region is that most production is done on small family estates that are nestled in the picturesque rolling hills.
Our nightly accommodations are a wonderful mix of old-world style inns and delightful agritourismos to give you a good feel for the history and charm of this unique area. An agriturismo is a rural country house, similar to a B&B, which produces most of the food it serves right on the property. This style of accommodation is very popular in Italy and we know you will enjoy your stay.
This is a moderately hilly trip that fit riders of all abilities will enjoy. Our routes follow winding secondary roads and average 30 – 60 kilometers per day, and more riding is always available for the hearty. Each day you can choose to ride with the group or travel independently at your own pace. All riders will have their own map with route directions, and your baggage will be transferred to your lodging so you only carry what you need for the day on your bike. Chuck and Judy Nichols will accompany this tour and be there to handle bike maintenance and logistics.
If you have ever said to yourself, “I wish I had seen it before it got discovered,” well, this is your chance!
Meet in Monforte d’Alba in the early afternoon for tour orientation, bike fitting and welcome dinner. NOTE: Alba is the closest train station to Monforte d’Alba and you will need a taxi. We can also organize a Milan Airport transfer at the start and end of the tour for an additional cost.
Today you will ride a loop through the Langhe, an area of the Piedmont renown for its amphitheater-like valleys layered with countless rows of grapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. The hilltops of the Langhe are punctuated with small villages and the valley floor has hazelnut orchards. You will return to Montforte d’Alba and overnight in the same hotel.
We ride through so many beautiful little wine producing villages in the Langhe district to our destination for the night, a wonderful historic agriturismo/farmhouse in Calamandrana.
We continue riding across the Monferrato district and have lunch in Cassine. Then we descend into the Pianura Padana or Upper Po River Valley. Our ride ends in the thermal spa town Acqui Terme.
We ride into the Apennines to Gavi, a little paradise set amid rolling hills and castles. Gavi’s white wine is a must to taste, and we will spend tonight in a fantastic villa.
Continuing through the Apennines, we enter the Liguria region and ride the Valle Vobbia, a magical valley that passes through a narrow canyon of sculpted rock. Our night’s lodging is in Savignone in a beautifully restored 16th century noble house.
Our final ride to the sea is stunning, and we finish in Camogli on Paradise Bay with the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean as our reward – spectacular!
After breakfast we say our goodbyes and depart for home or other destinations. Please let us know if you would like additional lodging in Camogli. You can explore the magnificent coast on a great hiking trail from Camogli to Portofino and then return by boat.
You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
This region has earned its reputation of having the best cuisine and wine in all of Italy. You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve gourmet meals with enough variety to please everyone. As per the itinerary, breakfasts and 7 dinners are included and lunches are on your own. Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice.
Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.
We rent good quality hybrid & road bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage, helmet and flat pedals without toe clips and straps. You are welcome to bring your own helmet, pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
You do not need to be able to speak Italian, but it can be lots of fun, and our Italian guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, meals before and after the tour, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Italian guide. We suggest starting with a minimum of $250US (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
On the tour: we suggest $125 per guest to cover our local guide and various service people at the lodges during the tour. On your own: most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you in Monforte d'Alba at the start of the tour and/or in Camogli (a lovely little beach town with hiking and kayaking opportunities at the end of the tour.
This trip begins in Monforte d’Alba and ends in Camogli.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, pronounced [pjeˈmonte]; Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont; French: Piémont) is one of the 20 regions of Italy. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres (9,808 sq mi) and a population of about 4.6 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin.
The name Piedmont comes from medieval Latin Pedemontium or Pedemontis, i.e., ad pedem montium, meaning “at the foot of the mountains” (attested in documents of the end of the 12th century). ~ Wikipedia