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.
Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 2: Explore the history of Turin
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.
Breakfast included today.
Day 3: Into the Piemonte countryside (30 miles/48 km)
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 onto a privately owned castle where we will enjoy a tour and a cheese tasting of the toma cheese made on site. We will also have a well-earned lunch made by our hostess Gabriella. Then a shuttle to our hotel in Saluzzo. The hotel is a converted monastery, beautiful restored and opened in 2010. The town of Saluzzo is charming with cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture…an enchanting stay.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day 4: Bike loop of the countryside around Saluzzo (28 miles/45 km)
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! Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5: Bike through Barolo wine country (20 miles/32 km)
Here we begin biking in a new landscape – beautiful rolling hills that take us through acres 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. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a fantastic restaurant in a beautiful setting near our hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included today.
Day 6: Monforte loop ride (25 miles/41 km)
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, dinner is on your own to give you a chance to explore this beautiful village at your own pace. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day 7: Truffle hunt and bike ride to our castle (22 miles/35 km)
We say goodbye to Monforte d’Alba 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, a converted castle near Costigliole. 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. Breakfast and picnic lunch are included today.
Day 8: Mombaruzzo loop (28 miles/45 km)
A beautiful bike ride to the town of Aqui Terme, known for its thermal waters and quaint shops. The center of town is a pedestrian area with several cafe options to choose from for lunch. Tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner at a fantastic brasserie featuring fresh ingredients from the region, grilled meats, and handmade pastas. A last chance to enjoy the wonderful cuisine of Piemonte. Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 9: End of the tour and goodbyes
After breakfast the tour will end. Grazie and ciao. Breakfast is included.