With our staff as your guide, you'll experience two regions: Piemonte and Liguria, from the vineyards to the Italian Riviera. Our days will be spent riding from the rolling vine-covered landscapes, and stopping for a sample of local Barbaresco, Barolo or Moscato and Spumante wines to the Mediterranean. Scents and colors, the Appennini passes and the beauty of the mountainous hinterland. 80-90km/day with 1000mt.-1700mt/day fully supported with guide and private van.
DAY 1 - Meeting in Pralormo, bike fitting, short ride and welcome aperitivo with guide presentation and tour briefing . Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 - From Pralormo to Asti (90km + 1000mt). Warm up in the quiet roads of the Roero hills, fun ups and downs will bring us up to Barbaresco one of the wine capitals but also the start line of a 2014 Giro d'Italia TT stage . Asti is the expected arrival point in the afternoon, a walk at the time of aperitivo in the elegant streets of the historic center is not to be missed.
DAY 3 - From Asti to Acqui Terme (70km + 1150mt). We leave Langhe to discover Monferrato through small villages on wine hills. In Canelli, a town with a strong wine-growing vocation, we will visit the unique Cantine Contratto where the Italian Spumante sparkling wine was born. The day continues in the Moscato wine region in the direction of Nizza Monferrato to end in Acqui Terme, famous for its hot thermal waters.
DAY 4 - From Acqui Terme to Varazze (80km + 1250mt.). A challenging day awaits us along the merchant route that once left to reach the coast of Liguria, a path that is at times wild and unspoiled through the Ligurian mountains. In Sassello we will recover our strength by tasting the amaretto, the typical almond biscuit with eggs and sugar. We end the day finally reaching the Riviera coast. A dip in the sea? Why not.
DAY 5 - Free day to spend quietly on the beach or enjoying the typical dishes of the Ligurian cuisine. We recommend a visit to the nearby city of Genoa easily accessible by train.
DAY 6 - From Varazze to Bossolasco (80km + 1750mt.). Today we will need good legs, the hardest day of the tour will take us from the Riviera back to Piemonte through the Ligurian Apennines. A mountain setting on scenic roads accompanied by the sea breeze up to the Belbo and Bormida valleys. The beauty of the Alta Langa will leave us breathless up to Bossolasco, a pretty village once populated by painters and now known as the village of roses.
DAY 7 - From Bossolasco to Pralormo (85km + 1000m.). Easy beginning of the day to reach Barolo, the famous village in the heart of the Langhe where everything revolves around Castello Falletti, home of the Enoteca Regionale and Collisioni, the music festival that hosted Sting, Patty Smith and Bob Dylan. A look at the top of La Morra before visiting the center of Alba, the capital of Langhe with its tastes and aromas of wine and truffles. We conclude the week with a tasting and traditional dinner in the Marsaglia family winery in Castellinaldo, in the heart of Roero.
DAY 8 - Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport / station and end of the Piedmont + Liguria tour
• Accomodation in 3*** hotels
• Breakfast and dinner
• Guided daily group rides with a local Guide with van transfer assistance included
• Daily laundry service for cycling clothes
• Pocket lunch on the rides: banana, water and sandwiches
• 1 visit in a local cheese farm
• 1 visit at Cantine Contratto in Canelli
• 1 tasting dinner in the Marsaglia family cellar with 6 typical wines of Roero and 5 courses
• Piedmont Bike Hotel cycling jersey by Santini
Services avaliable on request: airport or railway station transfer, Pinarello or e-bikes bikehire.