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Purely Piedmont

Purely
Piedmont

The land of kings. The kingdom of wines.

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Piedmont is majestic and mindful.

It is the kingdom of Italy, home to the noble Savoy family, who filled the region with palaces, castles, and luxurious hunting lodges. It is the cradle of Italy's unification, sparked by conversations in Turin's grand bars in the 1860's. The people of Piedmont live a deeply conscious lifestyle in harmony with good living and wholesome food....and noble wines. Cycle the orchards, vineyards, and hazelnut forests.
Bike Piedmont and see each day unfold with bliss and triumph.
Royal Piedmont
Price
$5620 Details

 

Cycling Ability

 

Itinerary

 

Start/End

 

Duration
9 days/8 nights

 

2020 Dates
May 30
September 19

 

Hotels

 

Airports

 

 

Tour Highlights

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Unique wines

Compare the different varietals at a unique tasting in Barolo
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Ride the green waves

Bike the rolling hills of the Langhe and Roero vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site since June 2014.
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Savoy splendor

Explore several of the Savoy's
palaces and hunting lodges
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I bike. You bike. E-bike.

Choose your ride E-Road Bike
or E-Hybrid Bike
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Meet Willie!

Go on a private truffle
hunt with Willie the
wonder dog.
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Explore Turin!

Walk the covered porticoes,
through the open plazas
framed by palaces,
enjoy a cappuccino at
a sidewalk cafe.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Turin!
Welcome to the royal town of Italy. This was the heart of the Savoy's family kingdom in Italy. Turin is a hub of Europe between London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, even along the eastern route to Jerusalem. Turin also became the birthplace of the unification of Italy, which took place over years in mid-1800's and became final in 1861. We will gather in the afternoon at our hotel for a welcome and a glass of wine (the first of several during our tour). We will enjoy dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants.

0 Miles

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included

 

Day 2
Cycle the land of the Savoys
Today we will be introduced to our bikes with a lovely ride to Venaria Palace, one of the Savoy's palaces near Turin. In the afternoon we will explore Turin on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a walk along the covered porticos (that stretch along 10 miles) and among charming open plazas. Along the way we will stop at one of our favorite cafes for a chance to experience a coffee, pastry, or bicerin (a chocolate coffee concoction of Turin) in one of Turin's grand bars.

26 miles
42km

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 3
Into the Piemonte countryside
We leave Turin for a brief shuttle ride to visit the Savoy family's hunting lodge built in the 1700's. It is like a small Versailles, a beautiful place. From here we bike along fields and forests, through villages and on a nice bike path that was once a railway, and we'll arrive in Villafranca. Relax during lunch in a special place. We will shuttle to our hotel in Saluzzo, a hotel converted from a monastery, beautiful restored and opened in 2010. The town of Saluzzo is charming with cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture…an enchanting stay. Together we will enjoy a dinner at a special restaurant. Bring your appetite!

24 Miles
38 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: Included

 

Day 4
Strafarrda Abbey and Saluzzo
Bike Piemonte's rich countryside carpeted with orchards: apple, pear, and kiwi. We find our way to the lovely Abbey of Stafarrda founded in 1135 where we will explore the grounds and the church. There is an on-site cafe with good food. We will transfer back to the town of Saluzzo where you can enjoy a walk on your own of the village. Together we will enjoy a dinner at a special restaurant. Bring your appetite!

29 Miles
46 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included

 

Day 5
Biking chestnut forests, plus truffles
We say goodbye to Saluzzo and transfer to the forest where we will experience a truffle hunt with our friend Luca and his amazing dogs, Willie or Maya. It is a truly fun experience to watch them together. Then we will begin our bike ride through the forests of Piemonte on the way to our hotel, close to Moncalvo. The bike ride is beautiful with a good amount of up and down terrain. The route takes us through chestnut forests and tiny villages that greet us with the sound of church bells along the way. We will enjoy a picnic lunch.

26 Miles
41 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included picnic
D: Included

 

Day 6
A Medieval Retreat
Today we will cycle a nice bike loop through small medieval villages and enchanting forests. You will pass through Moncalvo which was a favorite retreat of Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II — a small town filled with churches, public squares, good food and wine.

34 Miles
54 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 7
Bike Barolo wine country
This morning we will transfer to Alba and arrive in the land of nebbiolo vineyards that produce the famous Barolo wine. The views are stunning and the wine is fabulous! We will stop in the town of Barolo where we will learn about the nebbiolo grape and the different wines produced. We will also gain an understanding of how the different soils impact the flavor of the wine. A fun way to experience the different wine productions of the area. You will have time to explore this charming village and perhaps taste risotto made with the Barolo wine or the brasato (beef baked in Barolo). We will transfer to our hotel in Monforte d'Alba (or bike ride). Relax at our beautiful hotel.

23 Miles
37 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 8
Vineyards and Hazelnut Groves
Today we will continue to explore this lovely region of Italy biking along vineyards, hazelnut groves, and ending at the Fontanafredda winery where we will enjoy a tour of the facility and possibly have lunch at their Eataly restaurant. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a fantastic restaurant in a beautiful setting near our hotel.

23 Miles
37 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: Included

 

Day 9
End of the tour and goodbyes
After breakfast the tour will end. Grazie and ciao.

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B: Included

 

 

Pricing

Additional options

Included
  • 9 day tour
  • 8 nights lodging in four comfortable hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (D1,D3,D5,D8)
  • 4 lunches (D3, D4, D6, D7)
  • 2 Wine Tasting (D5,D6)
  • Walking tour of Torino (D1)
  • Walking tour of Saluzzo (D4)
  • 1 simulation research of Truffle
  • 1 Visit of nougat’s Factory
  • One English speaking tour leader
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Van support throughout the tour
Not included
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Admission fees not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, etc.
  • Gratuity of Tour Leader(s)

Payment Options: credit card; wire transfer

 

Tour Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour for the "guided" version (please, ask us the hotel list for the "self guided" version which, due to the logistic, may be different).

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

Testimonial
For me, it was a once in a lifetime vacation, and I can't wait to go back to Italy or on another bike tour in the future
Susan
Testimonial
It was my first tour and it exceeded my hopes. I loved the climbs and thrilling descents and views; I loved the planned events and tours; and thought the places we stayed were wonderful. I was very impressed by the way Siciclando designed the tour, and I would love to do their Sicily tour.
Milree
Testimonial
The Siciclando tour through Tuscany was so beautiful, fun biking, great food & wine, wonderful lodging and went beyond my expectations and was worth every penny and more.
Diana