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Piedmont Bike Tour
Piedmont Bike Tour

Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. The benchmark for Italian vintages. And the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. You’re in Piedmont. It’s a place of richness. The wines. The flavors. The truffles. The backdrops. Every turn a new view. Every meal a delight. Every stay, decadent. You may have never thought to come to Piedmont with all that Italy has to show you. But when you’re this close to the Alps, your experience can’t get much higher.

Days 1-2 Discover the gourmet paradise of the Langhe, known for its cheeses, hazelnuts, truffles and wines  Pedal through agricultural lands into vineyards, where the world-famous Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco wines get their start  The roller-coaster ridgeline offers fantastic views - and a fair amount of climbing   Discover the delectable flavors of the Langhe with a wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Spin through Barolo, a pretty town crowned by an imposing 10th-century castle  It won't take you long to realize that Barolo lives and breathes wine!  Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, a recently recognized World Heritage site with splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape  Think you've got a nose for truffles? Find out when an expert and his canine assistant join us to sniff out the delicacy  Linger over dinner in the cobbled village of Monforte d'Alba.

Day 4 Bike amid gently tapered hills and endless stretches of grapevines to reach the famous viticulture town of Barbaresco, which tempts us with its regional enoteca - why not pull over for a pour?  Or choose to shuttle to Relais San Maurizio for an afternoon of pampering at the spa.

Days 5-6 Superb Michelin-starred Piedmontese cuisine at Relais San Maurizio Ride to San Martino Alfieri's privately owned 17th-century castle for a wine tasting and cantina tour Pedal along the Tanaro River on a tranquil undulating route serving up more classic Piedmont scenery - rolling hills, apple orchards, hazelnut groves and, of course, vineyards.


Trip Highlights
  • Discover a culinary landscape famous for hazelnuts, cheeses, truffles and wine
  • Tranquil hamlets, castles and hillside vineyards make for idyllic scenery along our route
  • Welcoming enoteche (wineshops) invite you to pull over for a sip; give in to temptation!
  • Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, a premiere Barolo-producing town
  • Experience the historic charm and five-star luxury of Relais San Maurizio
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Premiere Inns

Palazzo Righini (1 night): A beautifully restored noble residence in the center of the medieval town of Fossano. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.

Il Boscareto Resort & Spa (2 nights): This fashionable hideaway in the Langhe hills is surrounded by vineyards, medieval castles and hilltop villages. (pool, spa)

Relais San Maurizio (2 nights): This former Franciscan monastery is now a luxurious hotel celebrated for its serene hilltop setting and Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 25 200
2 23* 500 37* 1100 44 2000
3 15* 1000 33 2300 39 3300
4 20* 1100 33 2100 45 4500
26* 1400
5 16* 1000 24* 1000 31 2100 43 2700
6 10 700
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle

Crank it down While this trip is best for ratings 2-4, you'll find that you can still have a great time on this trip even if you're looking for an easier ride and fewer miles than your traveling companions. For instance, you might want to shuttle to a point closer to the next hotel, or even take the day off on a layover day. Please understand that your room may not be ready for your early arrival, but you can always use the spa or pool facilities.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/10-15 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/17-22 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/24-29 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/14-19 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/8-13 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/15-20 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/22-27 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/29-10/4 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

This was the best trip I've had so far. Piedmont is an amazing place with fantastic riding. Lots of lovely long hills and great downhill rewards. It is a wonderful place where nature greets the rider in all her splendor every day and the surprises come thick and fast.
Bronwyn Darlington - Sydney, Australia

This was a fantastic trip. The region was breathtaking and I could tell that tremendous care and planning went into making it all that it could be. The leaders had such passion and excitement about the trip and that made our experience so much richer.
Marsha Mercant - Montclair, NJ

The trip was perfect in every way. The hotels were great and got better as we went along. I loved the restaurants. The trip had a perfect balance of biking, eating and cultural experiences. Every day we did a fun cultural outing like grappa tasting, wine tasting, looking at a remote Sol Lewitt chapel, special picnics with Italian countesses and more. Each experience made me feel like I was an insider and not just an ordinary tourist. I loved these extra experiences and they made the biking day feel very special. I learned a lot about the region from the Backroads leaders.
Micki Turner - Berkeley, CA

Piedmont is really an unbelievable region to explore - from the famous vineyards to the beautiful, medieval hill towns replete with castles and palazzos. And quite honestly, going by bike is the best way to experience the area.
Edmund Wick - Lancaster, NY

Just returned from our trip to Piedmont. This is our fifth trip with Backroads and, as always, it was outstanding! Totally loved the wine and food - and the great riding and beautiful setting. On this trip, it also felt like there was time just to hang out, if desired, with a glass of wine or at the pool. Really nice to build in some space among the activity. Backroads, you really know how to do it. You take all the stress out of travel - total decompression - we don't worry about one thing - and we come back completely rejuvenated. We're already talking about where to go next.
Maryclaire Genova- Denver, CO

The Piedmont Backroads trip really exceeded my expectations in all aspects. The place was great, food much more, hotels we stayed wonderful and the leaders were incredible!
Maria Luiza - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Backroads has really figured out what its clientele wants - there are so many different trips to choose from, each with several route options to accommodate couples and friends with varying cycling and fitness levels. I appreciate the Premiere offerings, which make a trip truly special.
Ann Frick - Denver, CO