Turin & Piedmont Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £779 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
– Discover a different side to the Piedmont region.
– Cycle along rivers Po, Sesia and Tanaro.
– Sample local cuisine, such as risotto and Asti wine.
– Stay in Turin a lively northern Italian city.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Cycle Route Profile
You mainly cycle on side roads with very little traffic.
Overall very easy terrain with only a few ascents.
Mainly asphalted, only short segments sometimes on gravel paths.
When entering or leaving towns as well as on short connecting sections, heavier traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
Day 1: Arrival in Turin
In the evening welcome meeting and rental bike fitting. This first main town in Italy offers numerous sights and recommend you take a first stroll.
Day 2: Turin – Lake Viverone approx. 65 km
You leave Turin today and continue on the cycle path along the Po riverside. We suggest you have a first stop at Chivasso at the latest. This little town on the river Po perfectly conveys the Italian way of life with its street cafés.
After that you leave the longest river in Italy and soon you encounter your first vines and softly rolling hills. As you continue you always have a nice view onto Lake Viverone until you reach where you will be staying this evening, situated directly at the lakeside. Nice!
Day 3: Lake Viverone – Vercelli approx. 45 km
During the first few kilometres there are a few short ascents to tackle. However marvellous views back onto the lake more than make up for the effort. After that, you return to the lowlands, here the fertile land along the river Elvo is mainly used agriculturally.
You cycle through wheat, corn and sunflower fields along beautiful paths all the way to Vercelli, with its towers visible from afar. In the evening you are spoilt by the well-known hotel restaurant with specialities from the Piedmont region!
Day 4: Vercelli – Casale Monferrato approx. 55 km
Today is all about the famous risotto rice. In spring the region is filled with flooded fields as far as the eye can see and turned into a landscape with countless ‚lakes’. After that the terraced areas create a lush green ‚carpet’.
You cycle on lovely and quiet little roads along the irrigation canals and the river Sesia until Casale Monferrato, a Baroque town situated on the river Po and at the foot of vineyards.
Day 5: Casale Monferrato – Alessandria approx. 40 km
Along the final rice fields on the river Po you leave Casale. After that the soft hills of Monferrato begin and the vines with the same name will accompany you for a bit of the route. Little villages with a medieval feel invite for a break, before you reach the Tanaro river plain.
This river also runs through today’s where you will be staying tonight in Alessandria, where we recommend you enjoy an evening aperitif accompanied by little delicacies on the Piazza della Libertà
Day 6: Alessandria – Asti approx. 50 km
In the Tanaro river plain, a large variety of fruit is grown. Any tasty fruit – apples, pears, peaches,… – you find directly en-route. Hazelnut bushes finally lead to the wine growing area. You cycle on the ’Strada del Vino Astesana’ with marvellous views onto the vineyards.
You spend the night in Asti today, not only well known for the sparkling wine with the same name, but also for the famous Palio-competition, which – just like in Tuscany – is a race for supremacy on horseback.
Day 7: Asti – Turin approx. 45 km + train journey
Remote paths lead along little creeks back to the start of the tour. Along the way you come across sleepy little villages and cycle past vineyards enticing you to a glass of wine.
In Chieri (at the latest) we recommend you drink a toast to your trip, because from here you take the train back to Turin.
Day 8: Departure or extension
You mainly cycle on side roads with very little traffic. Overall very easy terrain with only a few ascents. Overall asphalted, only short segments sometimes on gravel paths. When entering or leaving towns as well as on short connecting sections, heavier traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Turin & Piedmont tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Overnight stays in selected category
– Breakfast buffet or continental breakfast
– Welcome meeting
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed tour information (route maps, route description, tourist attractions, important phone numbers)
– Welcome drink
– 1x sampling set menu in Vercelli
– Train journey Chieri – Turin (bike included)
– GPS-tracks available
– Service hotline
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Turin & Piedmont, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
2018 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Saturdays between 24.03. and 13.10.2018
Season 1: 24.03. – 27.04.2018 | 29.09. – 13.10.2018
Season 2: 28.04. – 25.05.2018 | 08.09. – 28.09.2018
Season 3: 26.05. – 07.09.2018
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £779 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £829 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £879 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £239
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: Selected 4**** hotels, Vercelli 3*** hotel
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: From £779
Single Supplement: £239