Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT005

Italy / Piedmont

The ‘Slow Food region’ and its capital: Turin

Occupying a large area that borders on France and Switzerland, Piedmont is the ancient dominion of the Savoys, the ill-fated royal family who ruled Italy from the Unification in 1861 until abdication in 1946. Piedmont is also the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement, with a host of specialities in an area which boasts centuries’ old culinary traditions and outstanding, top quality local produce appreciated throughout the world. Cycling through tranquil hamlets, castles and hillside vineyards, you’ll be delighted by Piedmont’s culinary landscape, famous for hazelnuts, cheese, truffles and excellent wines, such as Barolo or Barbera among others.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Arrival in Alessandria
    The city is divided by the river Tanaro. Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo with its wonderful neoclassical cathedral are worth a visit.
     
    2. Alessandria – Acqui Terme (50 km)
    You cycle for a few kilometers along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You will pass across smooth hills, woods and small isolated villages where you will be able to taste local products and excellent local wines (Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui among others). Acqui Terme is famous for its spring waters, like the “Bollente” situated in the historical centre.
     
    3. Acqui Terme – Alba (55 km)
    You come across the famous Langhe hills, the countryside and the vineyards as well as the splendid small villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. The stage ends in Alba, home of the most precious of the truffles, the Tartufo Bianco, and of the famous wine “Dolcetto d’Alba”.

     

    4. Alba–Asti (35 km)
    A route through vineyards and along panoramic paths which will eventually take you to Asti in the heart of Monferrato. Do visit the historical centre with its famous towers, the Romanesque monuments and the splendid Gothic cathedral.

     

    5. Excursion to Torino or Asti round tour (35 km)
    Today you can choose between cycling across the Asti hills and their nature parks and a trip by train to Torino, which can be reached in about one hour. Torino, the first capital of Italy, is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafés, which offer a choice of chocolate-based specialities.
     
    6. Asti – Casale Monferrato (55 km)
    Take advantage of the hospitality of the wine cellars and restaurants along the way, which offer an excellent enogastronomical choice. In Monferrato you will eventually meet the river Po, the longest river in Italy.
     
    7. Casale Monferrato – Alessandria (45 km)
    Further cycling across green hills and cultivated lands. Passing through the small villages on the right side of the Po river you will return to Alessandria where the tour ends.
     
    8. Alessandria
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued  by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

     

    2019, The Year of Leonardo

     

     

    The Galleria Sabauda dei Musei Reali in Turin will be celebrating Leonardo’s birthday (15 April 2019), with an exhibition of drawings. Besides his own, there are works by contemporary artists and – holding pride of place – the celebrated Self-Portrait, a notoriously difficult work to view.

    From 9 February, Palazzo Cavour will be hosting “Leonardo da Vinci, the Hidden Treasures”, focusing on the master’s followers.

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    Turin Leonardo da Vinci exhibition site

     


     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 240/275 km
    • Total vertical up: 2.550 m
    • Terrain: 91% tarmac, 9% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2, 6 and 7
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO

    This tour presents an average difficulty mainly running on paved roads with low traffic.


    The highest elevation gap is on the stages Acqui Terme–Alba and Asti–Casale Monferrato. A bit more traffic is to be faced when approaching the towns of Alessandria and Asti.

     

    Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a few physical condition.


     

  • How to get there

    Alessandria is connected with the following airports:
    Torino: 120 Km, Milan: 110 Km, Bergamo: 150 Km, Genova: 80 Km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

     

    You will be accommodated in 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    - hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing
    In Alessandria you will meet our representative who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 2 Client reviews
    • Theresia, Deutschland

      Departure 2017

      Online from 13 July 2017

      Die Mischung aus sportlicher Aktivität/Herausforderung und Entspannung am Nachmittag und Abend mit kulturellen Entdeckungen und kulinarischen Genussmomenten war perfekt! Alles war bestens organisiert und geplant, die Routenführung bis ins kleinste ausgearbeitet und geschildert, wirklich toll! Die Hotels übertrafen unsere Erwartungen und die Angestellten waren zuvorkommend und auf und Radfahrer vorbereitet und eingestellt, wir haben uns überall wohl gefühlt.

      Es gibt keinen Kritikpunkt!

      Als Anregung finden wir, könnte man, um der im Reisenamen angepriesenen Feinschmecker- Kulinarik noch spezifischer nachzuhelfen in der täglichen Routenbeschreibung konkret Hinweise auf gute Restaurants mit einheimischer Küche oder Weinproben oder Käsereien die besichtigt werden könnten etc. geben.

      Als Vorschlag/Empfehlung hätten wir da zum Beispiel die Eisdiele "Mara dei Boschi" in Alba mit herausragenden Speiseeis (und wir können das beurteilen... :D ) und das Restaurant/ Geschäft mit lokalen Spezialitäten und hervorragender Weinberatung Corina 1764 -antica drogheria in Castelo Monferrato. Auch eine Übernachtung direkt auf einem Weingut könnte der Tour in dieser Hinsicht noch mehr Spielraum geben.

      Ich werde definitiv eine weitere Radreise machen, wirklich ideal, um die Landschaft intensiv zu erkunden und kleine zauberhafte Ortschaften zu entdecken, ganz im eigenen Tempo. Danke für den tollen Urlaub!
    • Martin J. - SCHWEIZ

      Departure 2009

      Online from 03 March 2010

      Hallo Giulio und Nicola Hier ist eine Rückmeldungen über die Reise. Reiseleitung und Busbegleitung durch Davide und Alberto: Sehr gut Wir waren sehr zufrieden mit dem Girolibero Team! Sie waren sehr hilfsreich, Alberto bot jeweils eine Mitfahrgelegenheit an und sehr geschätzt wurde auch, dass uns auch abends noch etwas geboten wurde, und ausgezeichnete Restaurants empfohlen wurden. Strecke: Gut. Angeblich war der erste Tag streng, aber das wusste man im Voraus und wir hatten ja die Option eine Teilstrecke im Bus zu fahren. Hotels: Roma Imperiale: Gut - sehr gut Londra: befriedigend - gut Principe: genügend Reiseunterlagen: Sehr gut Abwicklung: Sehr gut Freundliche Grüsse Martin J.

Tour details

 

from 620 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA from 06.04 to 12.10.2019
Special departures for at least 5 people

 

Seasons
Season 1: 6.04 - 26.04 and 28.09 - 12.10.2019
Season 2: 27.04 - 14.6 and 7.09 - 27.09.2019
Season 3: 15.06 - 6.09.2019

 

Price per person
620 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
200 € single room
70 € season 2
120 € season 3
80 € Girolibero bike
190 € E-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
55/75 € in Alessandria

 

Reductions
100 € 3rd person in room

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