Piedmont

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8 Day(s)
Guided

We design your week day-by-day while you’re here

Every week is different and unique—crafted to fit you. We listen and observe, factor in your interests and aspirations each day—together with current local road conditions and where the wind and weather are favorable. Some of the many choices of destinations available to us:

Castles & Palaces — easy
Piemonte has an extensive selection open for public visits. They range from austere, forbidding medieval ones to luxurious Renaissance palaces, elaborately furnished and decorated inside. In particular, in the flatlands north of our home base are 11 to choose from for easy biking destinations, in Busca, Castellar, Costigliole Saluzzo, Fossano, Lagnasco, Manta, Monasterolo di Savigliano, Racconigi and Savigliano. We can tailor the distance to you by using our van.

Langhe wine country — easy to moderate
The Barolo and Barbaresco wine regions of Piemonte surround the town of Alba, about 1 hour to our northeast by car. The Dolcetto region, around the town of Dogliani, is about 40 minutes away. Quiet roads, perfect for bicycling, roll along gentle ridges which look out on gorgeous panoramas of vineyards, orchards and hilltop villages with castles or church spires soaring over them. Wine-tasting is possible, at the many wineries and community wine collectives, some located in old castles. However, wine and cycling don’t mix any better than drinking and driving, so we’d reserve visits for the end of the day: you can taste (and buy a few bottles if you wish), then relax in our van for the trip home.

Monregalesi — easy to challenging
Numerous small hills and valleys surround nearby Mondovì, offering easy to challenging rides. Among the places to visit on these routes are the San Fiorenzo church in Bastia Mondovì: with its 16th century Provençal-style Gothic frescoes; the Sanctuary at Vicoforte Mondovì, capped by the world’s largest elliptical dome, decorated with the largest painting in the world on a single theme (the Virgin Mary, 6032 m², 64,928 sq. ft.), and fronting a spacious, park-like piazza; the grottoes at Bossea with its skeleton of prehistoric bear and caverns laden with stalactites and stalagmites, which you can see by boat.

Near Chiusa di Pesio — moderate to challenging
Certosa di Pesio, a restored Carthusian monastery dating from 1173. Parco Naturale Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro, which has an extensive network of hiking trails. Lurisia Terme, a natural hot springs resort with a spa offering a wide range of services, from basic visits to chocolate massage.

Alpine Valleys & Passes — moderate to challenging
Starting counterclockwise from the northwest: Valle Varaita passes through Sampeyre and Casteldelfino on the way to Colle dell’Agnello at the Franco-Italian border; Valle Maira starts at Dronero, with its Occitan ethnographic museum, and connects to Sampeyre via Colle di Sampeyre; Valle Grana, home of Castelmagno, “the king of cheeses”, and the Castelmagno Sanctuary, peaks near Colle d’Esichie; Valle Stura ends at Colle della Maddalena (Col de Larche) on the Franco-Italian border, connects to Castelmagno via Demonte and Colle Fauniera, and connects to Colle della Lombarda (Col de la Lombarde) on the Franco-Italian border via Vinadio; Valle Gesso ends at the hot springs resort at Terme di Valdieri, and connects to Demonte via Madonna del Colletto; and Valle Vermenagna passes through Vernante and Limone Piemonte on the way to Colle di Tenda (Col de Tende) on the Franco-Italian border. Many of the passes are high enough that colorful Alpine flowers flourish on their slopes even in mid-summer.


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Tour Location

Country:
Italy
Region:
Piedmont Aosta & Liguria
From:
Cuneo
To:
Cuneo

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
8 Days
Terrain:
Quiet roads
More Options:
|Centre-based|Electric Bike
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 2800

Tour Distance & Dates

Riding Days:
5
Month(s):
May|June|July|August|September
Departure:
Saturdays

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: $65/week

Booking Conditions:

Deposit $400

Inclusions

5 full days of guided rides, 1 rest- or self-guided riding day.
Accommodations in a double room, with its own bathroom with shower.
7 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
Transfer on start/end day from/to Cuneo train station.
Admission fees to attractions we visit en route on our rides.

Exclusions

airfare & train fare to/from Cuneo
bicycle, helmet (required! please bring your own or rent with bike)
lunches (on the road, we can suggest places)
water bottles, CO2 cartridges, inner tubes, energy bars/drinks/snacks…
personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, bar drinks, snacks, souvenirs…
gratuities, at your discretion

Options

Inquire about available rentals: carbon or aluminum road bikes, as well as e-bikes

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