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Barbaresco, Barolo and Barbera

Piedmont is home to the UNESCO world heritage wine regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, the Slow Food movement and the prized white truffles of Alba.

This lesser-known region of Italy is a secret best kept. Unpack your bags and relax at our 5-star, 17th Century villa while the beauty and charm of this region unfolds. Ride through the rolling vine-covered landscapes and at each turn embrace a new panorama spotted with charming villages, each with its own dramatic castle perched on the hillsides. Discover the secrets of time-honored, gastronomic traditions at a cooking class in the 1,000 year-old village of La Morra, spend an afternoon searching for the treasured white truffle and indulge in private tastings of world-renowned wines. And as the mountains pop through the clouds over a bed of rolling vines, it's hard to imagine a more perfect week.
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Day
1

Today's Ride:

Monticello d’Alba to Monforte d’Alba
Approximately 20 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to Piedmont! A 90 minute shuttle whisks you from the chic city of Turin into the heart of the Piedmont, where you'll enjoy a tour of Castello di Monticello, a castle still owned by a modern-day count and his family. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the castle 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 Roche del Roero, a protected forest skirting the famous wine village of Barolo, before a final climb from the adjacent village of Monforte d'Alba to 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 Saracen asparagus, which is cultivated between vine rows in the spring, or a roasted shank of pork cooked in local vino bianco (white wine).

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Dogliani Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Monforte to Dogliano
Approximately 25 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monforte to Marsaglia to Dogliani Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

Description:

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 many opportunities to stop by one of the area’s wineries and try a glass for yourself, 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 then take the shuttle back to relax at the hotel pool, or wind your way back through the vines to Monforte d'Alba. Tonight we'll visit a local cantina for a tour of their ancient cellars and wine-tasting followed by a spectacular dinner paired with your favorite vintage.

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Neive
Approximately 24 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Monforte to Montemarino
Approximately 13 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monforte to Neive Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Description:

Dont 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 up to Neive, one of the most beautiful and authentic hilltop villages of the Barbaresco region. We'll stop to enjoy the panoramic views and enjoy lunch at a local osteria hidden in the narrow, cobbled streets. Here Trek Travel's friend Daniela serves up some of the best of Italian antipasti alongside his Barbaresco wines. After lunch, continue your ride through the fragrant air of hazelnut groves and chestnut forests, past Barbaresco, a little village with a big name thanks to its world-class wine, and the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. Pedal on through the vine covered slopes and along the main ridge of the Langhe Hills back to our hotel where you can relax, recover and prepare for dinner. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll or linger over a long meal of your choice in Monforte d'Alba.

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Barolo Loop
Approximately 23 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Monforte to Barolo
Approximately 19 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity

Piedmontese cooking school experience

Description:

This morning we depart for a stunning ride and scenic, winding climb up to the 1,000-year-old village of La Morra, a recently recognized World Heritage site with panoramic vistas of sloping vineyards extending as far as the eye can see. Explore the Barolo museum in this ancient village and drop into the enoteca next door for a taste of the town's famous wines. Once back in the saddle you'll cruise past some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards and climb up to the village of Barolo itself. Stop in this charming town to explore its impressive 10th-century castle and find a bistro for lunch featuring some local Barolo, of course. It's not every day you get to taste world-class wine at its source. This afternoon choose to shuttle or ride back to Monforte d'Alba and our hotel to prepare for an evening exploring the tastes of Piedmont in a family home, and an intimate cooking class with a wine paired dinner.

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Roddi Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Monforte to Roddi
Approximately 19 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monforte to Benevello to Roddi Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we set off along the ridge leading from town with the Barolo valley unfolding below us, 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 Roddi. Flanked by an impressive 11-century castle: Castello di Roddi, this village is also interestingly home to the only truffle dog university in the world. You can't leave Roddi without paying tribute to the truffle, so here you'll have the opportunity to set off on a hunt of your own, aided by Giovanni, a third 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. After a truffle themed lunch, choose to add some extra miles and climbing or head straight back home and enjoy one last afternoon at the villa. Tonight you'll gather for your final dinner together on a terrace overlooking the terraces of Monforte, savoring good food and great wine. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary treats and newfound friends.

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Novello Loop
Approximately 11 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Though this morning’s ride is short, 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. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Villa Beccaris, Monforte d'Alba.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2017


Aug
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Aug
27th -
Sep
1st
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Limited Availability

2018


Sep
2nd - 7th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
9th - 14th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
30th -
Oct
5th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $900 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Villa Beccaris on our Piedmont Bike Tour

Villa Beccaris

Monforte d'Alba

This 17-century villa is our home for the duration of the trip. It's nestled in between the medieval village of Monforte d'Alba, and gently-sloping vineyards. Every room in this immaculately-restored hotel has its own unique charm and the hotel comes complete with an infinity pool and rooftop patio.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • As a part of our One Collection, you'll be treated to one conveniently-located, luxurious hotel for the duration of the trip, adjacent to the medieval village of Monforte d'Alba.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Piedmont trip, the cuisine is characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style. Lunch offers bountiful selections of local specialties. Dinners are enjoyed at local trattorias and feature hand-made pastas and fresh truffles among other favorites, all highlighting the very best of the region and season. On other occasions, you’ll be free to choose your own restaurants to discover your own personal favorites!
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 24
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,200 ft.

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. Piedmont is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. This is hilly country, with a few long climbs through the Andean steppe as we ascend the spine of the Andes. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Wine cellar tour and tasting
  • Cooking school
  • Truffle hunt

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.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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

Turin Palace Hotel | Turin, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Turin Palace Hotel (Via Paolo Sacchi, 8) at 10:30 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 1st taste of Piedmontiese 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.

Villa Beccaris | Monforte d'Alba, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Villa Beccaris, Monforte d'alba, 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 2:00 PM. 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.

Before & After: Turin, Italy

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:

TownHouse 70

Just few steps from the major attractions of the city such as Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Reale, and 1km from the Porto Nouvo train station, TownHouse 70 is a sophisticated boutique hotel offering all the comforts of home along with state of the art technology. It is a refined retreat for the seasoned global traveller, setting itself apart from other luxury hotels in Torino.

Via XX Settembre, 70, 10122, Torino | Tel +39 011 19700003 | 70.townhousehotels.com/ | ~$300 euros

Principi di Piedmonte

The Principi di Piemonte in Turin is an elegant 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city, in Via Piero Gobetti, facing the renowned street, via Roma. The Health Center at the hotel joins elegance and class with traditional and the newest wellness and beauty treatments.

Via Piero Gobetti, 15 - 10123 Torino | Tel +39.011.55151 | www.atahotels.it/en/principi-di-piemonte | ~$350 euros

Turin Palace Hotel

Perfectly located in a prestigious building dating back 1850 and directly across from Porta Nuova train station, this luxury 4 star hotel offers a stay that is rich in history but with the most modern amenities. It also boasts a gourmet restaurant, rooftop terrace, and full service spa.

Via Paolo Sacchi 8,10128 Turin | Tel +39-011-0825321| http://www.turinpalacehotel.com | ~$200 euros


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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