Discover Piedmont in Italy's north-west, a region with a rich culture and complex history dating back to pre-Roman times. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Savoy and then of Italy, the region's capital Torino/Turin sits at the heart of the region and has a wealth of palaces, Royal Residences, art galleries and museums, set amongst baroque piazzas and arcades. The region's small villages and towns have a wealth of little known history and architecture that provide a fascinating backdrop to the beautiful lands of Langhe and Roero with their leading red wines, Barolo and Barbera, together with stunning truffles and cheeses. This is a tour of real contrasts: a city filled with baroque palaces, hilltop villages boasting baroque churches, castles and piazzas and a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and vineyards.



Holiday details

Price

Luxury

from £1,680 per person
Some hotels may also require you to pay a local city tax

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Transfer to and from Turin/Torino airport.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

7 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily April to November 2018 and is circular from Turin/Torino

Hotels

Luxury

Specifically chosen for their elegance and opportunity to relax and taste delicious food

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle cycling (2) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

5 days of cycling of between 6 and 15 miles per day with an optional 25 miles on Day Two

Terrain

Flat with rolling hills on two days

Traffic-free

A mixture of cycle paths and smaller roads



Itinerary day-by-day


Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    Torino

    Arrive in Torino/Turin and transfer to Hotel Victoria in the historic centre of the city. Walk through elegant baroque piazzas and arcades, the Piazza San Carlo and Via Po, to visit the fifteenth century Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist home to the famous Turin shroud with its image of Christ before admiring the Palazzo Reale and its taste for power, the Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carigano or the Galleria Sabauda's excellent art collection (Lippi, Mantegna, Van Dyck amongst other Old Masters) brought together by the House of Savoy, once rulers of Italy.

  2. 2. Day two

    Torino circular ride

    Today discover Torino by bicycle, cycling through the city, admiring its historic palazzi and churches, and stopping off for a coffee with a gianduiotto (Turin's famous hazelnut chocolate shaped like the hull of a boat) named after Gianduja, the traditional mask of Piedmont. Enter the city park of Valentino and ride along the river Po where Torinesi love to take a boat out from one of the many boat clubs. Admire the art nouveau statues, the Castello del Valentino and stop off for lunch on one of the many terraces before continuing to explore the city or cycle to the Reggia di Venaria Reale, the royal seventeenth century residence with its famous museum and gardens. Filippo Juvarra, the architect responsible for many of Turin's baroque churches and palaces, had a hand in its design and construction.

    12 or 24 miles (20 or 40 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Torino to Cherasco

    After breakfast a short transfer will bring you to Racconigi, once a silk-making centre, with its Castle and beautiful park. Dating from the eleventh century the castle became one of the House of Savoy's Royal Residences in the eighteenth century. The last King of Italy was born here. The park designed by André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect responsible for the park of the Palace of Versailles, is one of Italy's finest. Leaving the castle and park cycle towards Cherasco through small villages, enjoying the views of the Alpine ridges and hills. Continue in the direction of Bra, a centre of Piedmontese baroque, entering the Langhe and Roero wine country. A short climb leads you to the beautiful village of Cherasco, the 'Italian capital of snails', and well known for its delicious snail delicacies!

    16 miles (25 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Cherasco and Surroundings

    Cycle to Pollenzo to one of the House of Savoy's former Royal Palaces today home to the University of Gastronomical Sciences (in collaboration with the Slow Food movement) and the Wine Bank, a museum where you can taste wines donated from over three hundred Piedmontese and Italian wine estates. Cycle on to the city of Bra to spend an afternoon strolling along the arcaded Corso Garibaldi through Baroque streets full of pretty shops and historic buildings, including the seventeenth and eighteenth century churches of Sant'Andea and Santa Chiara. Overnight in Cherasco.

    12 miles (20km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Cherasco to La Morra

    Cycle over rolling hills past ancient villages with beautiful castles, gentle slopes draped in abundant vineyards that produce Barolo and Barbaresco wines, among the world's finest reds. If there is a particular wine estate or enoteche that you would like to visit, please let us know and we can organise a tour for you. On reaching La Morra, a picturesque village on top of a hill, the 'belevedere of Le Langhe', enjoy stunning views over the Langhe hills. Overnight in La Morra.

    6 miles (10 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    La Morra

    Relax by the pool or indulge in the spa. Visit La Morra to explore one of its many wine cellars and restaurants, climbing to the top of the Torre Campanaria di La Morra to admire breathtaking views of La Morra's red tiled rooftops, its hills draped in vineyards. You can also head to the Agricola Gian Piero Marrone which produces a wonderful range of wines with intense fragrances and flavours, all of which you can sample. Don't miss La Cappella del Barolo, a brightly coloured chapel located in the heart of the vineyards. Overnight in La Morra.

  7. 7. Day seven

    La Morra to Torino

    Departing La Morra after breakfast cycle downhill through hills and vineyards to Alba, the 'capital city' of the Langhe hills. Visit the city centre to admire its medieval architecture and narrow streets, and enjoy its many cheeses (including crutin made from cow's milk and black truffles), wines (Barbera d'Alba, Barbaresco, Barolo, Langhe among many others), hazelnuts and white truffles. After lunch, a private transfer will take you to Torino for a last night at Hotel Victoria.

    10 miles (16 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Torino

    Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and depart.