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.
2016 Price: €1550/pp Euros /double occupancy
Single Supplement: €250
International flights, Hybrid bike rental: €145 euros, Road bike rentals: €190, lunches and 4 dinners and beverages.
* This tour is also available as a guided tour.
* If you prefer a longer tour, we have wonderful loop rides from Monforte d’Alba, Acqui Terme and Gavi. If you would prefer a shorter tour, we can end the tour in Acqui Terme or Gavi. If you change the tour length, we will adjust the trip cost.
This is a hilly region and we offer this tour with a daily distance of 45 – 60 km or a daily distance of 80 – 100 km. Just let us know in advance which you prefer. 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.
You 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! Your nightly accommodations are a wonderful mix of old-world style inns and country houses to give you a good feel for the history and charm of this unique area.
The Piedmont is the Undiscovered Cyclist’s Paradise!
Our Piedmont partner will meet you in Montforte d’Alba at 3 pm for a tour orientation and bike fitting. NOTE: Alba is the closest train station to Montforte 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.
You ride through so many beautiful little wine producing villages in the Langhe district to your destination for the night, a wonderful historic agriturismo/farmhouse in Torre Bormida. Dinner is included.
You continue riding across the Monferrato district and descend into the Pianura Padana or Upper Po River Valley. Your ride ends in the thermal spa town Acqui Terme.
You 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 you will spend tonight in a fantastic villa. Dinner included.
Continuing through the Apennines, you enter the Liguria region and ride the Valle Vobbia, a magical valley that passes through a narrow canyon of sculpted rock. Hotel in Savignone.
Your final ride to the sea is stunning, and you finish in Camogli on Paradise Bay with the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean as your reward – spectacular!
After breakfast, there is a train station in Camogli. 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.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada 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 if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
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 bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage and flat pedals without toe clips and straps. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. Road bike rentals are also available upon request. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.
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, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and 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.
This trip begins in Monteforte d’Alba and ends in Camogli.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
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