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Piedmont Self-Guided Bike Tour

A journey through Barbaresco, Barolo and Barbera

Piedmont is home to the UNESCO World Heritage wine regions of Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera as well as the Slow Food movement and the prized white truffles of Alba. This lesser-known region of Italy is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. On our Piedmont self-guided bike tour, unpack your bags and relax at two historic luxury villas, while the beauty and charm of this region unfold. 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 of the Piedmontese cuisine, indulge in a private tasting of world-renowned wines, and savor the unique flavors of the local truffle dishes. And as the mountains pop through the clouds over a bed of rolling vines, it's hard to imagine a more perfect place to embrace your own schedule as you choose from our incredible itinerary suggestions.Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »
From:
$3299 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Enjoy a private tasting of the famous wines of Barolo and Barbesco, which are counted among the greatest vineyards worldwide
Stay in two indulgently luxurious hotels for the duration of your stay in Piedmont
Ride through the astounding vine-covered hills of the Langhe region
Indulge in the culinary delights of the traditional Piedmontese cuisine featuring the best white truffles in the world
Watch the Experience
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to Piedmont! A 90-minute shuttle whisks you from the chic city of Turin into the heart of Piedmont, to your first luxury hotel, Villa D'Amelia. After checking-in, enjoy lunch with your Trek Travel guide and get familiarized with your itinerary for the week. Following lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will ensure you have the perfect fit to your Trek bike for the week. Then you are off on your first adventure through a rolling land that stretches out from the foothills of the Alps where medieval castle towns sit perched on the tops of escarpments, looking over geometrically aligned terraces where virtually every square meter is planted with vines. At the end of the ride take some time to relax and unwind on the hotel terrace savoring an aperitif overlooking a postcard-like landscape. Tonight enjoy dinner in the elegant setting of the hotel's dining room, discovering the delights of Piedmontese cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chef Damiano Nigro.

Today's Ride:

Today's Ride: Benevello to Tre Cunei Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Relais Villa d'Amelia

Included Meals:

Lunch | Dinner

Don’t forget your camera today! As you 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 wines, this area is also the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. Your lunch destination today is the charming village of Neive. Stop in one of its local osterias located in the narrow, cobbled streets where they serve up some of the best of Italian antipasti alongside Barbaresco wines. Enjoy lunch with panoramic views from this ancient hilltop town, then cruise along the main ridge of the Langhe Hills back to your hotel where you can relax and recover before dinner. Tonight opt to dine at the hotel or rather take a taxi to a nearby restaurant, choosing from the list of our recommended restaurants.

Today's Ride:

Benevello to Neive Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 3,428 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Benevello to Neive Loop with San Ambrogio
Approximately 40 miles with 4,615 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Relais Villa d'Amelia

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After your morning cappuccino, saddle up and enjoy another great day of cycling in this magical land! Your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride through the sloping vineyards of the 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 when pairing with food. Today, if you wish, you'll have the chance to taste it in the medieval village of Dogliani itself while enjoying lunch in a local trattoria. If you feel like adding some climbing, don't miss the avid route through the Langhe hills to explore the tiny village of Marsaglia before stopping for lunch in Dogliani. Afterward, wind your way through the vines to your next hotel Villa Beccaris in Monforte d'Alba. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll or linger over a long meal of your choice in the enchanting ancient village of Monforte d’Alba with our list of recommended bistros.

Today's Ride:

Benevello to Dogliani to Monforte
Approximately 29 miles with 2,448 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Benevello to Dogliani to Monforte with Marsaglia
Approximately 40 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you 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 past the castle of Serralunga d’Alba, one of the most ancient fortified structures of the Langhe region and return to Monforte d’Alba to enjoy lunch at your leisure. This afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel spa or by the pool or alternatively embark on an additional avid loop through the charming village of Perno. Tonight, a private shuttle will take you to a renowned local winery, where you will have the chance to enjoy a wine-tasting of the finest Piedmontese wines followed by a superb dinner where every course is paired with wine.

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Barolo to La Morra Loop
Approximately 24 miles with 2,295 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monforte to Barolo to La Morra w/ Perno Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Wine-tasting followed by dinner paired with wine (with shuttle from and to the hotel)

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Pedal along the ridge leading from town with the Barolo valley unfolding below you, and if you are lucky, a clear view of the grandiose Alps in the distance. You’ll wind your way through the cultivated vineyards and natural forests en route to the charming village of Roddi. Flanked by an impressive 11th-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 enjoy lunch punctuated with the best truffles of the region in one of the restaurants in Roddi. The activity of truffle-hunting is one of the long-standing traditions of Piedmontese culture and with great economic value! After a truffle themed lunch, choose to add some extra miles and climbing on the avid ride option or head straight back home to enjoy one last afternoon at the villa. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll in town and find a restaurant of your choice in the vibrant Monforte d’Alba to savor one last delicious meal. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible self-guided bike tour, where breathtaking landscapes, culinary treats, and exceptional wine will make for an unforgettable experience!

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Roddi Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monforte to Roddi with La Morra Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Villa Beccaris

Included Meals:

Breakfast

End your Piedmont self-guided bike tour with a final spin through the countryside this morning. 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. A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you board on a private shuttle to Turin.

Today's Ride:

Monforte to Monchiero Loop
Approximately 10 miles with 1,150 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Relais Villa D'Amelia

Benevello, Italy

A historic villa surrounded by rich forests and spectacular hazelnut groves. Enjoy a glass of the local vintage from the hotel gardens while inhaling breathtaking views of the Alps. With luxuriously decorated rooms, an indulgent spa, and an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, the Villa D'Amelia's mix of modern luxury and rich history is sure to enchant you.
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Villa Beccaris

Monforte d'Alba, Italy

This 18-century villa is nestled 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

For us, the details matter most

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.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • One Lunch
  • Two Dinners
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • Transfers by private shuttle on the first and last day of the trip
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A carrying case complete with a bike lock, flat kit, frame pump, all necessary accessories and chargers, spare parts, and tools
  • Nutrition bars and electrolyte tablets
  • Personal bike fit by a certified guide
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to access your daily routes and get all the information you need to travel unsupported
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Recommended restaurant options in each town
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on his/her 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
  • While we provide daily breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
23 miles
TOTAL MILES:
140 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,343 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
14,060 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain throughout Piedmont is hilly with long, rolling hills through vineyards and farmland. Some days the hills are short and rolling, while others include sustained climbing. Piedmont is surrounded by the Alps to the north and west, the Apennines to the south, and by plains to the east. Piedmont is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Riders, who who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Wine cellar tour and tasting
  • Visit the corkscrew museum in Barolo
  • Explore ancient towns like La Morra and Neive
  • Enjoy the spa at hotel Villa d’Amelia or the pool at Villa Beccaris.

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.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Turin-Caselle Airport (TRN)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Turin Palace Hotel, Turin, Italy

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Turin-Caselle Airport (TRN)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:30 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Porta Nuova Train Station, Turin, Italy

Arriving

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.

A private shuttle will pick you up at the Turin Palace Hotel (Via Paolo Sacchi, 8) at 11:00 AM on the first day of your Piedmont self-guided bike tour. You will then shuttle about 90 minutes to your first trip hotel, Villa D'Amelia, where you will be welcomed by a Trek Travel guide. Check-in and enjoy lunch with your guide as you get a brief orientation of the week ahead. Following lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will give you a personalized bike fitting to ensure your comfort on your bike for the week. After a safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride at your own pace through the roads of Piedmont.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with his or her name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Relais Villa D'Amelia (+39 0173 529225), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel Villa Beccaris at 11:00 AM to take your bike and equipment. You’ll depart by private shuttle for Porta Nuova train station in 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

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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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:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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