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Welcome to Piedmont! A 90-minute shuttle whisks you from the chic city of Turin into the heart of Piedmont and to Cherasco, a riverside town, considered to be a crossroad between medieval and baroque Italy. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a selected restaurant and your Trek Travel guides will ensure you have the perfect fit to your Trek Domane bike for the week. This afternoon, you’ll ride through quaint farmland of Monchiero, before a final climb to our home for the week, Monforte d'Alba and our luxury villa hotel. Tonight, you'll savor an aperitif while your guides introduce you to the adventures of the week to come before a short stroll into the village where we'll first discover the joy of Piedmontese cuisine. Try some delicious ravioli bursting with herbs and seirass cheese, or a roasted shank of pork cooked in local vino bianco (white wine).
Today's Ride: Chersaco to Monforte d’Alba
Approximately 21 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
After your morning cappuccino, we head south, deep into the heart of the Cuneo Province. Weave your way up and down through sloping vineyards of Dolcetto grapes, which thrive in this area’s clay and limestone soil. For five centuries, grape growers of the Langa Doglianese region have continued to select and cultivate their vines with pride. The resulting Dolcetto di Dogliani wine is famous for its full flavor and remarkable versatility of pairing with food. You’ll have the chance to leisurely pedal through the hills and enjoy a cappuccino or choose to enjoy some extra climbing through the Langhe hills and explore the tiny village of Marsaglia. Continue onto the medieval core of Dogliani village itself to find a local trattoria for lunch. Afterward, take the shuttle back to relax at the hotel pool, or wind your way back through the vines to Monforte d'Alba. Tonight, prepare for an evening exploring the tastes of Piedmont in a family home, and an intimate cooking class with a wine paired dinner.
Monforte to Dogliani Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing
Monforte to Dogliani
Approximately 25 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Monforte to Marsaglia to Dogliani Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch
Today we depart for a stunning ride through some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards and to the village of Barolo itself. Stop and explore the Barolo Museo de Cavatappi, or Corkscrew Museum, in this ancient village and drop into the enoteca next door for a taste of the town's famous wines. It's not every day you get to taste world-class wine at its source. Once back in the saddle, climb up into Monforte d’Alba past the castle of Serralunga d’Alba, one of the most ancient fortified structures of the Langue region and return to Monforte d’Alba to enjoy lunch at your leisure. This afternoon, relax at the hotel spa or by the pool, alternatively embark on an additional avid loop through the charming village of Perno. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll or linger over a long meal of your choice in Monforte d’Alba.
Monforte to Barolo Loop
Approximately 24 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Monforte to castello di Serralunga d’Alba with shuttle to hotel
Approximately 17 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Monforte to Barolo to Perno Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Don’t forget your camera today! As we start today's ride, the mountains pop through the clouds over a bed of rolling vines, it's hard to imagine anything more stunning as you climb through some of the most beautiful and authentic hilltop villages of the Barbaresco region. With a big name thanks to its world-class wine, this area is also the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. We’ll stop for lunch in Neive, a charming village inhabited since the Neolithic era, around 5000 years ago. Enjoy the panoramic views of this ancient hill top town and lunch at a local osteria hidden in the narrow, cobbled streets, where they serve up some of the best of Italian antipasti alongside Barbaresco wines. After lunch, it’s a short ride through country lanes and hazelnuts groves to our home for the next two nights, Relais San Maurizio. Unwind and enjoy this 5-star hotel, lovingly restored from a 17th-century monastery, it boasts a beautiful spa, organic vegetable gardens and a wine cellar that dates back to 1700, it is sure to delight all your senses. Tonight, you'll dine at the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant - Restaurant Guido da Costigliole. It's sure to be unforgettable.
Monforte to Neive to Santo Stefano Belbo
Approximately 32 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Monforte to Neive with shuttle to hotel
Approximately 24 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Benevello to Tre Stelle to Neive to Santo Stefano Bellbo
Approximately 40 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Relais San Maurizio
Breakfast | Dinner
Today we set off through woodlands, and if we're lucky, a clear view of the grandiose Alps in the distance before winding our way through the cultivated vineyards and natural forests en route to the charming village of Costigliole d'Asti, where we’ll pay tribute to the famous truffle. You'll have the opportunity to set off on a hunt of your own, aided by Natale, a fifth generation “trifolao” and his local canine professionals who will, of course, sniff out the delicacy. Truffle-hunting is one of the long-standing traditions of Piedmontese culture and you can learn about the truffle's cultural and economic importance in this area. Afterward, surrender your taste buds as our friend and local chef Pepe makes fresh mozzarella by hand for lunch. Watch as he stirs and stretches these delicious curds ready for a delicious, farm to table, truffle-themed lunch. If you still have the legs, jump back on your bike and climb to Valdivilla or shuttle straight back home and enjoy one last afternoon at the hotel. This evening, we’ll take a short shuttle to the UNESCO world heritage wine cellar, Coppo. We’ll tour their historical underground cellars, learn about the history of one of the oldest family-run wineries in all of Italy and taste their famous Asti Supmante wines. Afterward a short stroll takes us to Ristorante San Marco for our final Piedmontese feast. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary treats, newfound friends and great wine!
Santo Stefano Belbo to Costigliole D'Asti Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Santo Stefano Belbo with Valdivilla climb
Approximately 35 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Truffle hunt with fresh mozzarella and truffle-themed lunch
Relais San Maurizio
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Though this morning’s ride is short but with a stiff climb, it’s a great last spin through the countryside. If you’d rather, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous views from the breakfast patio. Before you bid your farewells, stroll through the grounds of the hotel one last time and savor the picturesque, peaceful Piedmontese landscape.
Santo Stefano Belbo to Camo Loop
Approximately 10 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride/Avid Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Turin-Caselle Airport (TRN). The Turin airport is about 15 miles from the city center. You can take a taxi (~40 euros) directly to the Turin Porta Nuova station, or a bus which departs every 15 minutes See www.sadem.it for airport shuttle bus information.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Turin Palace Hotel (Via Paolo Sacchi, 8) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. We will then shuttle 90 mins to the Castello di Monticello where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the castle before our first taste of Piedmontese cuisine with lunch in the castle restaurant.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Villa Beccaris (+39 0173 78158), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Relais San Maurizio, Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy. You’ll depart by private shuttle for Porta Nuova train station, Turin, where trains connect to many European cities, arriving close to 12:30 PM. Please do not book seats before 1:30 PM, allowing adequate connection time for any ongoing travel or possible traffic delays. The airport in Turin (TRN) is 15 miles from the city. You can reach it by SADEM bus service which runs every 15 minutes, please do not schedule a flight prior to 4:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information and www.sadem.it for airport shuttle bus information.View our post hotel recommendations
Summer in Piedmont is usually clear and sunny, with warm daytime temperatures (80F-90F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List
Turin is set in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean sea. It's famous for being the home of Italy's royal family and the world famous football team Juventus. It has a fine, aristocratic atmosphere, with sophisticated shops, art nouveau cafes, grand boulevards and palaces, art galleries and more. Stroll along the Via Roma to witness many of the must-see sights or take a seat in the Piazza Castello at a pavement cafe to enjoy an espresso and watch the world go by. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:
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