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Piedmont Biking Gran Giro

From the crystal clear waters of enchanting Lake Maggiore you’ll ride alongside the majestic snow-capped Italian Alps towards Turin, the Olympic city.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Stresa > Acqui Terme
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 14

Service

Ride the rolling hills of the Langhe & Roero, Italy’s gastronomic heart, that are covered with undulating vineyards and hazelnut groves. A trifulao and his dog will take you on a hunt for the priceless white truffles and at night you’ll feast on a dinner of crostini with fresh tomato, tagliatelle with minced wild boar sauce served with velvety Barolo wines and topped off with creamy tiramisu dessert. From here you’ll ride towards the area that is famous for the Spumante d’Asti and finish at the thermal spa’s of Acqui Terme. Tranquil biking amid rolling hills, noble vineyards and storybook medieval villages avaits you, as well as world famous wines, including barolo, barbaresco, spumante d’asti

Included:

  • 7 nights in stylish & comfortable inns
  • All breakfasts & dinners (except for one dinner night on your own)
  • One picnic lunch
  • Snacks and drinks during rides
  • Two wine tastings
  • Guided truffle hunt
  • Welcome drink on arrival day
  • Entrance fees to museums and castles
  • Expert tour leader(s)
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • Van support throughout entire tour
  • All local transfers
  • Transfers from/to Milan airport on day 1 & 8
  • Group size maximum 14 persons

Not included:

  • Lunches (except one picinic lunch)
  • Single supplement € 425
  • Bicycle rental € 150
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares
  • Personal expenses

Itinerary

Day 1 - Stresa (warm up ride 25 km)

Pick up at the Milan airport and transfer (approx. 45 minutes) to our hotel on Lake Maggiore. In the afternoon you’ll make a warm up ride of about 15 miles.The scenery of Lago Maggiore is very picturesque with green hills dotted with antique villa’s, palaces and alpine houses that are surrounded by elegant cypress trees. In the background surging over the water you will be able to see the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa, snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps. A cable car leads up to the of the Mottarone mountain from where you have an incredible panorama that allows to see as far Switzerland, the Costa Azzurra and the seven lakes that are situated in this area.After a welcome cocktail served on the roof terrace of the villa-hotel we walk into the town of Stresa to our “osteria” that will serve us exquisite appetizers, risotto, pasta, fish and meat dishes.

Day 2 - Sanctuary of Oropa (93 km/ long option 103 km)

From Lago Maggiore you’ll bike in a south-western direction past another gorgeous lake, Lago d’Orta over remote tree lined roads winding up and down through the forest and passing by little farm towns. You will reach Biella, a small town, once an important center of the Romans and nowadays famous for its cashmere production, possessing an impressive cathedral and a series of beautiful churches. On its many little squares you’ll find inviting terraces to sit down and relax before tackling the last uphill stretch of the day that leads up to Oropa. A tough option will lead from the town of Borgosesia up the mountain past a ski resort and then down to the sanctuary. You’ll be staying in the suite rooms of the spectacular sanctuary of Oropa which origins date back to the year ‘200. It’s beautiful old Basilica was build in the XVII century and is perched on top of the Sacro Monte (holy hill). This truly magical place that was visited by Pope Giovanni II in 1989.

Day 3 & 4 - San Sebastiano da Po (87 & 43 km)

The next day you’ll ride through the hills of the Prealpi Biellesi and after a pass descend to Po river flats from where you’ll bike along corn and sunflower fields towards Turin, city of the 2006 Winter Olympics. After leaving the flats you’ll enter the Monferrato area, famous for its renowned wines like Barbera, where you’ll be staying for two nights in the town of San Sebastiano da Po. This minute village is perched on top a hill and your hotel is actually located within the village castle that was constructed in the X century. The following day you’ll ride to the abbey Abbazia di Vezzolano, a UNESCO heritage site constructed in the year 1095. For dinner on our first night we walk to a family run “osteria” serving typical food from the area. The second night we eat in a typical “casale” (farm house) and part of the menu will be prepared by you during a cooking lesson!

Day 5 & 6 - Montelupo Albese (91 & 53 km/ long option 82 km)

Biking through the remote hills of the Monferrato you’ll reach the Langhe & Roero, which is synonymous for the gastronomic heart of Italy. This is the place where Barolo and Spumante d’Asti wines come from as well the precious white truffles which we can go search together with a trifulao (truffle hunter) and his dog. The countryside here is lovely with rolling hills covered with vineyards and with medieval towns perched on top. This is a great spot to stop for two nights to do a wine tasting at a Barolo producing estate, visit a castle (with a wine bar) and eat excellent dishes in typical restaurants of great charm. The hotel you’ll be staying at is one of my favourites in Italy and has extremely hospitable owners that really make you feel at home. Their rooms are very comfortable and the view from the hotel is breathtaking looking out over the hills with the Alps forming the background decor. For the hard core bikers there’s an optional ride to the highest town in the area offering great views of surroundings.

Day 7 - Acqui Terme (75 km)

In the morning you’ll ride down to the town of Alba, “city of a hundred towers”, to enjoy a walk through the old center. Next on you’ll ride to a famous wine estate for a visit to their cellars, a walk through the vineyards and of course a tasting of the wines they produce. Along the “Strada dello Spumante d’Asti” you’ll reach the town of Acqui Terme. Founded around 100 BC by the Romans because of the presence of thermal springs this is the ideal place to relax and wash of the fatigue of past riding days. Our villa-hotel constructed in 1870 has a beautiful wellness area with a bio-sauna, swimming pool and they offer all kinds of holistic treatments. Before or after our farewell dinner you can explore the cosy town of Acqui Terme and do some souvenir shopping.

Day 8 - Milan

After breakfast transfer to the Milan airport. Goodbye!

Accommodation

Enjoy a warm welcome at charming family-run hotels and the region’s best restaurant.

Location

Uncover the colorful history and culture of one Italy’s most renowned region, Piedmont.

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