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Piemonte @ Harvest 2018-09-07T11:58:16+00:00

Piemonte @ Harvest Cycling Tour

The Ultimate Cycling and Gourmet Paradise

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Tour Overview

Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean lies this secret slice of paradise. If you spend your days dreaming of quiet, undiscovered roads and continual rolling hills with a backdrop of awe inspiring mountains, and world class food and wine experiences, then this breathtaking adventure to Piemonte awaits you.

Join us for the cycling adventure of a lifetime and the most incredible celebration of food and wine, as we indulge the senses in Le Langhe UNESCO world heritage wine region, and home of Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera wines, at harvest time – and join in the annual harvest celebration of the prized white truffle of Alba from our home base in hilltop, medieval Neive – recognised as one of the most beautiful old towns in Italy.
We’ll discover the majestic beauty and charm of this region in all its Autumn splendour, and savour time honoured, gastronomic traditions in the home of Slow Food.

For cyclists who are food and wine lovers, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect week.

Piemonte Cycling Tour Ride Itinerary

Welcome to Piemonte and the spectacular Le Langhe wine region

We’ll do a different ride each day and have you cycling through the picturesque and iconic wine region of Le Langhe, taking in the most spectacular areas and towns of Barolo, La Morra, Barbaresco, Neive, Serralunga d’Alba and more.

We always start this week with the Barbaresco loop as it’s the perfect introduction to Piemonte, with it’s rolling hills covered in a patch work of oranges and yellows that stretch as far as the eye can see, and it’s ancient villages and castles perched atop peaks. The few low rolling hills will provide the opportunity to loosen your legs after your travels, and also give you the chance to test your machine and make any micro adjustments to the bike as you need.

Highlight: The winding descent through the autumn leaves of the Barbaresco vineyards
Distance: 44km
Elevation: 980m

It’s time for you to explore the maze of tiny roads that wind their way over the three distinct but steady rolling hills you will have to contend with, continually rolling past cultivated vineyards and natural forests en route to Santo Stefano Belbo and then our hilltop home

Highlight: The anticipation of what is around the corner along the continual winding roads
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 1195m

Today is your longest day. You’ll descend and wind your way around to the ancient Roman-era hill top village of La Morra, where you’ll have panoramic vistas of the snow capped Alps in the background on your way to the next iconic town of Barolo, homw to the king of wines, before our light rollercoaster journey back to Neive.

Highlight: The descent and views from La Morra
Distance: 75km
Elevation: 1500m

Today we again take to the quiet and narrow ribbon of tarmac and transfer along the rolling hills filled with chestnut groves and forests, rich with mushrooms as we pass the towns of Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour and Serralunga d’Alba with its 13th century castle perched on the crest of the hill on our way to our next villa in the town of Monforte d’alba.

Highlight: The superb vista and descent from Diano d’Alba.
Distance: 65km
Elevation: 1530m

Today is a bit of a rest day on the bike, with a traditional coffee shop ride. Expect a climb or two and more of the majestic landscape filled with endless rows of vines, cascading down the rolling hills. There will be plenty of time for on-the-bike conversation as you make your way to Bra, the birthplace of the slow food movement before rolling along quiet farming land and then up the northern side of La Morra and then heading for home.

Highlight: The smell of truffles as you descend through the hazelnut groves.
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 895m

You only have three rolling hills to contend with today as we head south and deep into the bosco and the beautiful hamlet of Bossolasco before taking on two more beautiful ascents and the the reward of spinning along the ridge line back to Monforte d’Alba for lunch.

Highlight: A descent along a tiny, empty twisting road, with a densely covered canopy of trees and forest.
Distance: 53km
Elevation: 1235m

Pricing & Dates

$4995.00 per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2019

11th to 17th October 2019 $1,995 (deposit)
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Start Location & Details

City: Turin, Italy
Pick Up Location: Porta Susa Train Station, Turin
Pick Up Time: 11:00am

Finish Location & Details

City: Turin, Italy
Drop Off Location: Porta Susa Train Station, Turin
Drop Off Time: 11:30am

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation & Meals

  • 6 nights accommodation, twin share with your own private bathroom.
  • Single occupancy available. Talk to us when booking.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a range of our favourite restaurants, osteria’s and home cooked locations, including nightly aperitivo hour and local wines and beers at each dinner.

Ride Support

  • Professional bilingual ride guides with extensive cycling experience, local knowledge and first aid experience, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local and take in many of the undiscovered back roads and rolling hills of this spectacular and diverse region.
  • Unique routes, available on GPS provided as part of the tour.
  • Support van on daily rides, with mechanical support and your safety as our priority.
  • Nutritious energy snacks and hydration are provided

Transfers & Activities

  • All transfers / transportation from pick up to drop off, including baggage and bike transportation.
  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the detailed tour itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to sites, museums and all other non riding activities.

Ride Kit

  • 2 piece, Italian made A’QTO Cycling Kit including jersey and bib shorts.
  • Musette and cap to match your kit.
  • Laundry for your cycling clothing.

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Bike hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Massages.

While airfare, bike hire, travel insurance and massages are not included in the Tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.

Have more questions about our Piemonte Cycling Tour?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

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Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello, Bianchi or Formigli bikes with either Campagnolo or Shimano groupsets.

Gravel Bikes

Going off road as well? Have the best of both worlds with a Bianchi or Cannondale gravel bike with disc brakes.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

Non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences Piemonte has to offer. Whether its guided walks, visits to beautiful castles and hilltop towns, truffle hunting experiences or cooking classes, Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Accommodation

Enjoy our beautiful boutique hotels in hilltop Neive and Monforte d’Alba; housed in 12th century buildings down quiet cobblestoned streets with views across Le Langhe and all the modern amenities to make your group’s stay completely luxurious.

Food & Wine

Piemonte’s gastronomic status needs no introduction and at harvest, there is simply no better place to enjoy high quality food and wine. Vendemmia is alive with the harvest of the nebbiolo grapes for the production of the region’s highly acclaimed Barolo and Barbaresco wines and the prized Alba white truffle is revered and celebrated across the tables of Le Langhe. Festivities abound and the world comes to share in this very special time of year.

Piemonte@Harvest brings together all the very best of the region and you’ll be enjoying every part of it.

Testimonials

THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS ON OUR OWN

One of the things that stands out is that I was riding, hoping Lydia would be having a good enough time, while she was having a great time, feeling sorry for me missing out on the things she was doing. I think that speaks volumes for the programme that Nancy put together, and the way that both riders and non-riders were well catered for. There is no way we could have done this on our own.

Shaun & Lydia
A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE WEEK OF CYCLING, TOURING & EATING

Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable week of cycling, touring, and eating. You guys did a brilliant job scouting out great places to stay, eat and riding routes that achieved everything anyone could dream of.

David & Jenny M
A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE CLIENTS
1. Train. You may think you’re in good shape, but there is no climb in Australia that will let you do 2000m of climbing like Colle Fauniera will. So train.
2. Insure. You are spending a fair bit of cash on a great (GREAT) trip, so as soon as you’ve paid, make sure you’re insured in case you have to cancel.
3. Get there early, especially if you’re taking your own bike. My bike went missing on the return journey. If that happened on the outwards trip, my trip would have been compromised.
Shaun E
Shaun E
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