(2 reviews)
Self-guided  Original tour
Cycling

Italy

Piedmont

The ‘Slow Food region’ through Barolo vineyards

from 660 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Web code IT164

  • Info

    Tour type

    Self-guided

     

    Departures

    SA from 04.04 to 10.10.2020
    Special departures for at least 5 people

     

    Seasons
    Season 1: 4.04 - 24.04 and 26.09 - 10.10.2020
    Season 2: 25.04 - 12.06 and 5.09 - 25.09.2020
    Season 3: 13.06 - 4.09.2020

    Price per person
    660 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

    Included

    • 7 overnights
    • 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
    80 € season 2
    120 € season 3

    Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
    55/75 € in Alessandria

    Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
    85 € Touring bike
    195 € E-bike

    Additional bike accessories on demand:
    15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

    Reductions
    100 € 3rd person in room

     

  • Day by Day

    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: 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 roundtour (50 km)
    This stage brings you to the very famous wine region of Barolo. The most widely planted and productive region of Barolo is La Morra, responsible for nearly a third of all wine labelled as Barolo. Near Bra the Castle of Pollenzo is worth a visit: it was one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy.

    5. 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.
     
    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 your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 290 km
    Total vertical up: 3,400 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

    Tour of an average difficulty mainly running on paved roads with low traffic. A bit more traffic is to be faced when approaching Alessandria and Asti. The highest elevation gap is on day 3 and 4.

     

    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: 120 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 3/4* 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 sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
    - Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano

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

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    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 cm. 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 attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival

    Girolibero Green booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
    Plus: local events, fun facts, 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 will visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

     

    In Alessandria you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (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.

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - 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
    • Erich

      Departure 07-14 September 2019

      Online from 04 November 2019

      Positiv:
      - Landschaftlich und kulturell tolle Tour mit sehr schöner
      Streckenführung
      - gute Lage der Hotels
      - Zurverfügungstellung GPX-Daten

      Negativ:
      - Streckenkennzeichnung durch die Pfeile ist
      verbesserungswürdig
    • Lucia

      Departure 18-25 August 2018

      Online from 25 September 2018

      Vacanza molto bella che consiglio sicuramente a chi ama stare nella natura e ama la buona tavola. Comporta fatica sui pedali ma ricompensa!
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