Alternatively, this can be run as a private guided tour, in which case you choose your own dates, as well as the levels of hotels and number of meals included. Ask us for a quote!
From the cliffs of the Cinque Terre through the amazing vineyards of Piedmont to the Mont Blanc and the spectacular Aosta Valley, a journey of discovery!
6 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Genoa, Milan, Portovenere and Cinque Terre, Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, Sacred Mounts of Piedmont and Lombardy, Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
from the 28th of July to the 8th of August 2021
A sumptuous tour amid the Savoia family palaces with their enchanting gardens, the delightful Langhe and Roero (first rural Unesco World Heritage Site) vineyard hills, some exhilarating stretches on the highest mountains, the extraordinary spectacle of mountain sides plummeting to the sea and the many colorful little harbors all along the enchanting seaside.
|Start / end place||Duration||Riding days||Hotels||Included meals|
|10||4 stars||11 breakfasts|
|Rest day||Total distance||Min-max /day||Tour /day||Route grading|
|6: Turin||1600 km|
|6 – 8 hours||intermediate/expert|
Tour program details
Day 1: Meeting in Milan (Milano)
We meet up in the afternoon at our hotel in Milan and pick up the rental bikes. We all meet up before dinner and get to know each other through a welcome aperitif and a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Milan; included meals: D.
Day 2: 220 km
We set off for Liguria, stopping first in Pavia to look around its famous Charterhouse. Then, like the good bikers we are, we take the least direct and most scenic route to a splendid mountain pass in the Apennines, through a national park and on to the historic seaside town of Rapallo. That will be our base for two nights, just down the coast from picturesque Portofino, a destination beloved of the Italian and international jet set.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rapallo; included meals: B, D.
Day 3: 200 km
We spend all day roaming the fabulous Cinque Terre National Park. With its five colorful villages cascading down to the water’s edge in a riot of pastels, the Cinque Terre well deserves its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We focus on the southern part of this enchanting area, along with Porto Venere, taking in the unmissable seafront walk known as the Via dell’Amore (if it reopens in time). Lunch by the sea is included, and you’re free to find your own place later for dinner.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rapallo ; included meals: B, L.
Day 4: 140 km
We press on to Genoa and its historic city centre, visiting Palazzo Rosso before heading for the hills on the road into Piedmont. We emerge in the Langhe and Roero, the first rural area to attain UNESCO World Heritage status, with its marvelous vineyards and castles. Despite being one of Italy’s most beautiful and interesting areas, it is still relatively undiscovered – so enjoy it while you can. This land of the Savoy, Italy’s last ruling royal house, includes the bulk of Piedmont’s renaissance castles and larger border fortresses. And there’s no better place to savor the finest food and wine, for this is home to Italy’s most prestigious wines, from Barolo and Nebbiolo to Barbaresco and Barbera d’Asti. Piedmont is a joy not just for the eyes but also for the palate, with an endless variety of gourmet delicacies and slow-food delights ready to seduce your senses.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Acqui Terme; included meals: B, D.
Day 5: 160 km
Today is all about exploring the beauty and history of the Langhe and Roero, with visits to the area’s most important centres, in Barolo, La Morra and Grinzane Cavour. Tasty lunch in some delightful wine village included, whereas you are free to explore the excellent Piedmont cuisine for dinner in the Italian white truffle capital, Alba.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Alba; included meals: B, L.
Day 6: 165 km
After a last look at the Langhe, we focus on another delightful slice of Piedmont: the Turin area. It is brimming with heritage from its prestigious past as the seat of the Italian royal family, the house of Savoy, and the first capital of Italy, which has been a unified country for jut little more than 150 years. It would be remiss not to explore some of the many fine castles, so we’ll be visiting Stupinigi and the Royal Basilica of Superga.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Turin; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 7: 0 – …. km
Today the bikes get a well-earned rest. And so do we. It’s time to slow down and savor the delights of Piedmont, with its fine food, wonderful wines and plenty more. Here are some ideas for what to do:
- Visit Turin and its important Egyptian museum (second only to Cairo’s). The magnificent Parco del Valentino and its castle is also a lovely spot, while the National Automobile Museum, the Mole Antonelliana and the elegant city centre are also not to be missed.
- Take a chauffeur-driven minibus tour of the wineries to taste the wines, cheese, charcuterie, hazelnuts and chocolate, to name just a few of Piedmont’s superb slow-food products.
- Ease your way into a gourmet lunch in a Michelin-starred restaurant … or take a half-day cooking course where you get to eat your own work.
- Since we’re in Italy’s finest white-truffle area, grab the chance to go on a guided truffle hunt in the woods near Alba, in a quest for the most sublimely fragrant underground delicacy that nature has to offer.
Our team is on hand to organize your day. NB: many of the proposed activities need advance booking.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Turin; included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.
Day 8: 240 kmYou needed a day’s rest to be ready for this. For today has the “wow” factor in spades, as we attempt the high Alps on the border between France and Italy. We climb the Piedmont uplands and speed into French Savoie with its lakes and mountain passes, including the perfect Little San Bernardo Pass. And then the cherry on the top: the highest peak in Europe, the majestic Mont Blanc passes by as we head for the popular ski resort of Courmayeur in Val d’Aosta.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Courmayeur; included meals: B, D.
Day 9: 150 km
After the magnificent landscapes rolling and swaying with vineyards, the enchanting little old towns with their castles, regal Turin and all the Savoy palaces, and the imposing high mountains (as much a joy in summer as in winter), you might think that’s all the North-West has to offer. But no. For there are plenty more gems, like Fort Bard, Fenis Castle, and Aosta, a delightful border town founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Our forays for the day conclude near Biella, where we stop for the night.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Biella; included meals: B, D.
Day 10: 150 km
The deliciously sinuous roads of the Biella area bring us in good spirits to the Sacred Mountain of Varallo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), before we roll down into town for lunch. A local specialty awaits: a mouthwatering Milanese cutlet, wiener schnitzel or, as they call it here, an “elephant’s ear” (that gives you an idea of the size.). We then meander up hill and down dale amid the breathtaking views of Lakes Orta and Maggiore. Finally, we wind onto the banks of Lake Maggiore, to rest for the night. Dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Maggiore; included meals: B, L.
Day 11: 180 km
After passing Lake Orta and crossing Lake Maggiore, we have one last mouthful of bendy roads to get our teeth into. We hop into Switzerland, to Lake Lugano, then return to Italy and splendid Lake Como, whirring past its amazing array of Belle Epoque lakeside villas. Finally, we motor on for another 60 km to reach Milan and check in to our original hotel. After taking the hire bikes back a lavish dinner provides a fitting end to our adventure together.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Milan; included meals: B, D.
Day 12: Farewells in Milan
We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. There are plenty of opportunities to continue your trip that we can help you planning!
Included meals: B.
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