Humbled in the shadows of the Alps. Eased by the slow pace of the Po River. Intrigued by the French influence. Grounded in its regal past. 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 land into vineyards, where the world-famous Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco wines get their start Cap the day with a wine tasting and Michelin-starred dinner at Il Boscareto, whose celebrated chef blends tradition with innovation.
Day 3 Spin through Barolo, a pretty town crowned by an imposing 10th-century castle Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, with splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape 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 grape vines to reach the famous viticulture town of Barbaresco, which tempts us with a regional enoteca (wine tavern) - 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, cornfields and, of course, vineyards.
- 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 premier Barolo-producing town
- Experience the historic charm and five-star luxury of Relais San Maurizio
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. (spa)
Il Boscareto Resort & Spa (2 nights): With a Michelin-starred restaurant, 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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/11-16 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/18-23 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/25-30 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/1-6 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/8-13 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/6-11 Price: $5098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-12 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/14-19 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-26 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/28-10/3 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1350 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
- 2 - 3 guests $6,698 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $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.- 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.- 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. Everyday 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.- 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.- Lancaster, NY
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!- 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.- Denver, CO