Discover Piedmont Tour
Make memories that will last a lifetime
Bike and e-Bike rental
Wine Making and Tasting
PRICE: $3,700 per person based on double occupancy ($800 supplement for single room occupancy)
DEPARTURE DATES: Choose your date from April 1st to October 15th, 2020
DURATION: 5 Nights / 6 Days
LEVEL: Beginner (road bike) – Easy (e-bike)
Lower Piedmont is known as the land of wine with amazing landscapes characterized by rolling hills that lead all the way to the Appennino (lower Alps). It’s difficult to find hills that are not covered by well manicured vineyards that look like a perfect geometric composition. There is no better way to explore this territory other than on a bicycle or even better with an e-bike. The slow speed and the silence of a bike allows you fully appreciate the spectacular views every time you come on top of a hill or go around a curve. The scent of blooming trees in the spring or mature grapes in the summer fills the air during your rides.
On this bike tour, you will be immersed in beautiful sceneries, enjoy wonderful authentic Italian food and taste exceptional wines from this region. It’s only after you experience all of this, that you will truly understand the Italian lifestyle. These unique experiences and emotions that will stay with you forever.
This tour will allow you to discover the beauty of Piedmont and all this region has to offer with its food and wines. We will be riding at your own pace through the beautiful hills of Gavi and Tortona with frequent stops to admire the landscape. You will have the opportunity to visit the best wineries in the region and learn how wine is made directly by the winemakers. Massimo, the owner of the family owned hotel were you will be staying, is also a well known chef that will teach you the secret of some of his signature dishes and he will prepare one amazing dinner directly with you. This area is also known for its famous chocolates and sweets, this is why we will be visiting a local artisan chocolate maker.
This is a unique opportunity for everybody (doesn’t matter your biking skill level) to explore Piedmont on two wheels pedaling between lush vineyards, or through little towns with small bakeries and cafes.
You will be staying in a cozy family owned hotel located in the spectacular Borbera Valley for the entire duration of the tour. The hotel owned by Massimo and Emanuela is the perfect expression of the Italian simplicity and dolce vita life style. Enjoy yourself next to the pool or relax in the quite surrounding by reading your favorite book after a good bike ride. Here, everything contributes to make your stay a unique and unforgettable experience.
Transfer to and from the airport
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ARRIVAL AND HOTEL CHECK-INOur shuttle or private car service will pick you up at the Milan Malpensa (MXP), Linate (LIN) or Genoa (GOA) airport and take you to the hotel. After checking-in and a little rest to recover from you trip, we will get together to assign your bike and make the proper adjustments. We will give you your Bike ‘n Wine cycling uniform and a goody bag… We will then have a short safety briefing to explain how to navigate the Italian roads. After all the formalities, we will go for a nice aperitivo (happy hour) and a delicious dinner.
COPPI’S MEMORIAL AND COLLI TORTONESILeave the hotel and head to Castellania where Fausto Coppi’s memorial is located. Leave Castellania to go to Garbagna a small charming town rated one of the prettiest little town of Italy. We will have the opportunity to ride through the Colli Tortonesi the home of Timorasso and Barbera wine. Stop briefly for a coffee and a little break in the beautiful town of Garbagna. From here, we climb a small hill and descend to the Borbera Valley and we head back towards the hotel. Afternoon activity (Optional)
ALTO MONFERRATO AND GAVI HILLSLeave the hotel and head to Novi Ligure home of Novi Chocolate. A short climb will take us to the hills of Gavi where we will have the opportunity to see some perfectly preserved castles. From here, we will climb the rolling hills of the Alto Moferrato. We will pass few little typical towns on our way to Rocca Grimalda a historic town from the XI century. After a little rest, we will head to Gavi to admire the “Fort of Gavi” that dominates the town. Afternoon activity (Optional)
Elevation: 871 mt. – 2,857 ft
THE CASTAGNOLA PASS AND VOLTAGGIOWe will ride the roads where Coppi used to train himself. Leave the hotel and head to Ronco Scrivia. This is a slight uphill that will challenge our legs for the climb of the day. Right pass Ronco Scrivia, we will start climbing the Castagnola pass. This is a 6 km steady climb with amazing views. Now it is time to descend to Voltaggio, a little town that is still home to an ancient Roman Bridge. From here we will head to Gavi and this time we will go back to the hotel. Afternoon activity (Optional)
Elevation: 1,116 mt. – 3,361 ft
COLLI TORTONESI AND UNESCO ROADS
Leaving from the hotel, we will go to Tortona to start the first climb of the day to Sarezzano. We will ride on one of the three UNESCO roads of the Colli Tornonesi. A short descent will lead us to the road that goes to Garbagna, but today we will head up to Casaco and the local observatory. A nice descent will take us to Garbagna where we can rest and get ready to climb again to Sorli and the surrounding hills where most of the local truffles grow. From here we will go back to the hotel for a very well deserved rest.
Afternoon activity (Optional)