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Tour Description

  • 9 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

On this self-guided bike tour, run by Headwater in conjunction with Citalia, you’ll glide through the foodie-friendly castle towns and vineyards between Barolo, Bra and Alba. The hotels are gastronomic gems, too – some come with Michelin restaurants, while others deal out wine terraces with mountain vistas.

Dates of Operation: Every 2 days from 11 May - 14 Oct 18.

Difficulty Rating: 2. Varied cycling terrain which will appeal to the fair-weather cyclist or to more active riders looking for a relaxed trip.

Whats Included: 

•    All buffet breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals included.
•    Managed locally by Headwater representative
•    Headwater wine carrying service
•    Route notes and maps
•    Bikes provided
•    Optional electric bikes (extra cost)
•    Luggage transfers between hotels

 

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At a glance

•    Pedal through Piedmont’s vineyards, from Barolo to Dolcetto
•    Explore the pretty hilltop town of Neive
•    Visit Alba, the white truffle capital
•    Stay in historic villa hotels – including a Relais & Châteaux property

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Benevello

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Map of Day 1: Benevello

Before you get on your bike, you’ll spend a night at the Relais Villa d’Amelia (or similar). This 19th-century hotel comes with a pretty courtyard and alpine views. Book a table at the Michelin-starred restaurant to taste Piedmontese specialities by Chef Damiano Nigro, who cherry-picks his ingredients from local farms and vineyards.

Day 2: Mango, San Stefano Belbo and Neive

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Map of Day 2: Mango

Head out along the country road from Relais Villa d’Amelia. This is the Langhe region, where the ruffled hills hide some of Italy’s most sought-after treats – white truffles and Moscato wine.
Travel via Mango, with its 13th-century castle, and Santo Stefano Belbo, where the Italian writer Cesare Pavese was born. The restaurants here are top-notch, helmed by owners who turn pairing wines and dishes into an art form.
Keep your camera ready on the approach to Neive. This hilltop comune is one of the prettiest towns in Italy, thanks to the 10th-century centre and 360-degree countryside views. You’ll stay in the Art Nouveau Hotel Villa Lauri.

 

Day 3: Neive

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Map of Day 3: Neive

This whole day is dedicated to Neive – a little hilltop town with a tight spiral of cobbled streets, terracotta-roofed bell towers, 16th-century villas and honeyed churches. When you’re done wandering, explore the country-view osterias or the cantina that sits on top of 500-year-old wine cellars.
The village of Barbaresco is just an hour’s walk – or 10-minute drive – away, too. Its riverside wineries all have tasting rooms (and with Headwater’s wine collection service, any bottles you want to buy will be collected and taken to your final hotel).

 

Day 4: Alba and Grinzane Cavour

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Map of Day 4: Alba and Grinzane Cavour

Today’s route takes you along the riverbank of the Tanaro – but not before trundling through the village vineyards of Castagnole Lanze. 
The riverside path delivers you to Alba. This is the grandest city on the tour, offering a Neo-Gothic cathedral and Michelin-starred restaurants. Raid the gourmet markets for chocolate, hazelnut and white truffle souvenirs.
Once you’ve had your fill, turn inland to Grinzane Cavour. You can’t miss it – the vineyard-blanketed comune is topped with a hulking medieval castle. Your home for the night is right next door, the stylish and elegant Hotel Casa Pavesi (or similar).

 

Day 5: Grinzane Cavour

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Map of Day 5: Grinzane Cavour

Enjoy a whole day in Grinzane Cavour. You could take things easy and stick close to the hotel by touring UNESCO-listed Grinzane Castle. Alternatively, head out to nearby Bra, birthplace of the farmer-friendly Slow Food movement, or cycle to La Morra, where wide-angle views have earned it the nickname ‘the Balcony of the Langhe’.

Day 6: Roddi, Barolo and Monforte d’Alba

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Map of Day 6: Roddi

Put Grinzane’s castle at your back and wheel through the sunflower fields on the way to Roddi. This is white truffle country, with restaurant menus to match. Pedal through to Barolo – the medieval castle town that coined one of Italy’s most famous wine regions.
Monforte d’Alba is your last stop for today. This impossibly pretty fortified hilltop town lines up tight-knit streets and must-try restaurants and bars. You’ll bed down just outside the town in the 18th-century Hotel Villa Beccaris (or similar).

 

Day 7: Monforte d’Alba

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Map of Day 7: Monforte d’Alba

You could spend today relaxing in the gardens and pool of the Hotel Villa Beccaris (or similar) or head back into Monforte d’Alba. This medieval town is a gourmand’s dream, thanks to the top-shelf wine and farm shops.
If you’ve got energy to burn, cycle south to nearby Dogliani – the famous (and postcard-perfect) producer of fruity Dolcetto di Dogliani.

 

Day 8: Serravalle Langhe and Benevello

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Map of Day 8: Serravalle Langhe and Benevello

This last day is the home run back to Benevello. Coast along the olive-green Rea Valley, climb up to panoramic viewpoints, and freewheel past wildflower fields. The cosy trattorias of Serravalle Langhe make a great lunch stop.
From here, it’s a winding route past chestnut forests back to the luxurious Relais Villa d’Amelia in Benevello.

 

**Cycling helmets**

In countries where cycling helmets are not a legal requirement, including Italy, we strongly recommend that all customers wear helmets whilst on one of our cycling tours. You are expected to bring your own helmet as we cannot guarantee the availability of helmets for hire or purchase at your destination. If you do decide to hire or purchase a helmet at your destination the choice of helmet and its suitability are at your discretion and Headwater will not be responsible for any issues or problems with helmets or other protective headwear. If you choose to ignore our advice to wear a helmet or other protective headwear you understand that you do so at your own risk and that such action may affect the validity of your travel insurance.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Extend Your Stay

Take in more of the destination or relax in a spa at the end of your trip by adding few extra nights stay in one of these hand picked hotels.

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Flight Information

To visit Piedmont, we recommend flying to Turin or Milan. Direct flights to Turin-Caselle airport (TRN) are available from Bristol, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Direct flights to Milan Malpensa (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours. Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.