Piedmont – One Hotel Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | 7 days | 6 nights | From £669 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Stay in a wonderful hotel in the Canavese region
• See natural lakes and find historic castles
• Sample fine wines situated on the ‘Strada Reale dei Vini’
• A relatively unexplored part of Italy
Cycle Route: A secret part of Italy
The daytrips include flat and hilly stages. Every day there are one or two shorter climbs to be cycled. During the whole tour you will only come across one longer climb of approx. 4 km. You will cycle mostly on side and service roads, partly on cycle paths, but predominantly on asphalted roads. In cities and on short connecting roads, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day:Arrival in Romano Canavese
The hotel staff will provide you with tour information and rental bikes. Afterwards, you still have enough time for a walk through the charming town.
2nd day: Lake Candia approx. 40 km
Your first bike tour will lead you on attractive trails along the river Dora Baltea to the south. Soon you will have reached the beautifully situated lake Candia. The lake invites you to jump into its clear water. After a longer climb (4 km) you will reach the top of the moraine hills from which you will have a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Along the royal wine route you will get back to your hotel.
3rd day: Ivrea and its Lakes approx. 50 km
Through meadows and fields, today’s stage leads you to Ivrea. The river Dora Baltea has dug a deep riverbed, offering spectacular views. After a short rest in the medieval city centre, you will continue your tour to two mountain lakes nearby. Romantically, they invite you to swim for some time. Later, you will return to your hotel, cycling along the old Franciscan Road, which was an important pilgrimage route for the monks to Rome.
4th day: Turin and the River Po approx. 60 km
In the morning, you will take the train to the capital city of Turin. Here, not only the great Piazza Vittorio Veneto will impress you. There is a lot to be discovered in this lively city. A nice bike path along the river Po leads back to the north. In Chiavasso, you should stop for some time. In the small town on the river Po, with its little sidewalk cafes, real Italian lifestyle is lived. The road back to your hotel leads past the castle Castello Mazze, from which the valley had been guarded for centuries.
5th day: Lake Viverone approx. 40 km
Very athletic cyclists may visit the impressive castle Castello di Masino at the beginning of the tour (very steep rise for approx. 2 km). If you prefer a more relaxed daytrip, you can follow the route over gently rolling hills and through small towns with historical churches and small castles. You will also get nice opportunities for swimming and sunbathing at the lake promenade in Viverone. Later, you will continue your tour through an agricultural landscape. Kiwis, peaches, and grapes are grown right along the bike course.
6th day: The Moraine Hills approx. 35 km
Through corn fields, today’s tour leads you to Castello Pavone. After a short climb, you will reach the top of the moraine hills. Nice views of the valley will compensate for the climbs you had to conquer. Small castles can be seen cycling along the royal wine route. After an exhilarating downhill ride, you will again reach your wellness hotel.
7th day: Departure or Extension of Trip
The daytrips include flat and hilly stages. Every day there are one or two shorter climbs to be cycled. During the whole tour you will only come across one longer climb of approx. 4 km.
You will cycle mostly on side and service roads, partly on cycle paths, but predominantly on asphalted roads. In cities and on short connecting roads, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Piedmont – One Hotel tour stays at the 4**** Hotel Relais Villa Matilde is located in the centre of the medieval village Romano Canavese near Turin. The Villa, surrounded with its own park, was built in the 18th century. You can adjourn to numerous places, where you can find silence and relaxation. Only 7 years ago the Villa was changed in a hotel by the owning family.
All rooms are equipped stylish and with big bathrooms. Also the lounge of the hotel is charming and luxury with the original furniture of former times. The old horse stable is now an excellent Restaurant offering a light and typical cuisine of Piedmont.
To make your stay more variety, you can use the pool, sauna, stream bath and also the tennis court of the hotel. In combination with a friendly and attentive staff you will have a successful stay.
- 6 x overnight stays in Hotel Relais Villa Matilde****
– 6 x breakfast buffet
– If half board is booked: 3 x or 6 × 4-course dinner
– Wellness and spa area (The pool is open from 01.06.)
– Train journey Strambino – Turin, incl. bike
– Hotel parking spaces free of charge
– Excellently planned routes
– Briefing in German and/or English
– Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– Service hotline for the duration of the tour
– Route signposting
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
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle 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. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.
Piedmont – One Hotel, 7 days, 6 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Every day between April and October
Season 1: April – April | September. – October
Season 2: April – May | September – September
Season 3: May – September
Superior Room: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £669 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £729 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £749 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £159
Half Board (3 x) Supplement: From £109
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £99
Deluxe Room: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £759 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £819 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £849 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £359
Half Board (3 x) Supplement: From £109
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £99
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Hotel: Hotel Relais Villa Matilde 4**** in Romano Canavese
Holiday Price: From £669
Single Supplement: From £159