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Italy: Piedmont, Langhe & the Italian Riviera

Mountains, vineyards, coastal villages; riveting Riviera rides await you during this spectacular culinary bike tour of Italy. Begin your journey with a lesson in truffle hunting from a local farmer and his dog. Continue across the Tanaro River en route to La Morra, known for its beloved Barolo vineyards, castles, and cascine farmhouses. Cycle an ancient route into Alta Langa, basking in panoramic views of the Alps. Pause for lunch along the banks of the Bormida River and sip vino in the regal wine estate of Fontanafredda. Trace the azure waters of the Ligurian coast, ride into quaint seaside villages, and prepare fresh pesto pasta with locals. Each magnificent day ensures there’s no slice of Northern Italian culture left unseen or untasted.

Tour Highlights

  • Join a farmer and his trusty dog on a hunt for precious truffles during your stay at an authentic agriturismo
  • Enjoy a two-night stay at the historic Tenuta di Fontanafredda, whose winery was founded by a king.
  • Discover hilltop La Morra and the quaint medieval village of Barolo, famous for their eponymous wines.
  • Sip Barolo where it was born when you head into a majestic underground cellar, named one of the 100 most beautiful in the world.
  • Learn to prepare pesto like the locals do during a fun and informative cooking class.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with some moderate hills and is ideal for beginners and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available.

  • Daily Mileage: 7 - 37 miles|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hours|
  • Group Size: 22
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr62º/42º

May70º/50º

Jun77º/57º

Jul82º/61º

Aug80º/60º

Sep74º/55º

Oct63º/45º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr4.1 in

May4.7 in

Jun3.8 in

Jul2.6 in

Aug3.1 in

Sep2.8 in

Oct3.5 in

Air Package

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One night in Turin and one night in Nice (France), in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
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11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

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Itinerary

Sat, May 6 to Mon, May 15 - 2023

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Turin right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located 5-star hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After an included breakfast at the hotel, the morning is yours to explore Turin at your leisure. At 12:30 p.m., meet your VBT trip leaders in the hotel lobby. They will be easy to recognize in their VBT staff garments. Please have lunch before meeting the rest of the group.

All guests will travel to Canale (approximately one hour southeast of Turin), in Piedmont’s lovely Roero/Langhe region. Arrive at your beautiful agriturismo, a country resort and working farm set on an estate of 86 acres (34.8 hectares). After a safety and bike-fitting session, don your bike gear and follow your trip leaders on a short warm-up ride through the hotel’s surroundings.

Your culinary bike tour of Italy begins with truffle hunting. Join an expert farmer, or trifolao, and his dog Willy on the property grounds. Together, you set out in search of the precious underground fungus. During this invigorating outing, you will learn how to choose truffles and how to preserve them. Your hunt will be rewarded with a tasting.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail back at the hotel, sampling local Arneis and Favorita wines and local cheese. Your welcome dinner is at the estate’s restaurant, complemented with wines from their farm. Their delicious array of products fresh from their gardens offer a wonderful introduction to Piedmont’s locally sourced cuisine.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon Warm-up — 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: After an initial downhill from your agriturismo, enjoy an easy ride toward Canale and into the countryside. You may tackle the steep hill on the way back or avoid it by walking a very short distance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning’s hearty breakfast features jams preserved onsite and a selection of homemade cookies prepared by the pastry chef with nocciola gentile del Piemonte, a locally grown hazelnut. Try a Brut e Bon (“ugly and good”), a Langa kiss or Meliga and Code di Gatto cookie—or one of each!

Your route today leads you through some of Piedmont’s stunning farmlands and natural beauty to the ancient Roman city of Pollenzo, today a timeless village whose architecture spans the ages. Though most of the remains of ancient Rome have been destroyed, the shape of the ancient amphitheater is still visible, as you’ll see by walking among the terraced houses built upon the site. In the town piazza, admire the neo-gothic monuments built by the Royal Savoy family, whose King Charles Albert made Pollenzo his favorite holiday resort.

Today Pollenzo is home to the internationally known University of Gastronomic Sciences, established in Corte Albertina in 2004 by the Slow Food Organization. The university embraces the latest models of agriculture and the preservation of biodiversity. At the adjacent Wine Bank, more than 300 winemakers regularly select, store and preserve their best vintages, making the history of Italian wines available for future generations. Discover Pollenzo and its treasures on your own during a short stop.

Afterward, shuttle across the River Tanaro, the natural northern border of the Langhe, birthplace of the great wine Barolo. The breathtaking hilly landscapes you’ll traverse, or langa, are famous for wines, cheeses and truffles. Here, the winemaking culture, traditions and terrains are among Europe’s finest examples of man’s harmonious relationship with nature and are considered an aesthetic archetype of European vineyards, earning this entire area a place as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive in La Morra and enjoy lunch on your own. It is truly a privilege to cycle here.

Continue cycling these gorgeously landscaped routes, mostly downhill. As you coast through the valley, you’ll savor spectacular views of the hilltop villages of Verduno and Roddi, each crowned by stately castles. Your destination is the majestic Tenuta di Fontanafredda. Spread over 296 acres (120 hectares) of vineyard-cloaked land, this sprawling estate, and wine village incorporates several historical buildings, wine cellars, a beautiful park with rare plants and trees, a lovely pristine lake, and meditation zones.

This evening browse through the hotel’s unique library or stroll the trails of its vast park, the Wood of Thoughts. Later enjoy dinner at the Disguido restaurant, set on the beautiful hotel grounds. The chef is the same as the Michelin-starred restaurant Guido, also hosted on the estate, a gracious Italian kitchen committed to using the finest Piedmont ingredients.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Canale to Pollenzo — 30 km (19 miles)

Afternoon La Morra to Hotel Vigna Magica — 14 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: Departing from the hotel, you’ll ride into the Roero forested region on an undulating route with little car traffic, arriving in Pollenzo before lunch. In Pollenzo, we offer an 8-km (5-mile) shuttle to avoid traffic and the long uphill into La Morra, your lunch stop. The afternoon ride is mostly downhill and flat, with only one rolling hill, on paved country roads. On the final stretch you will cycle through a village with some car traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14 – 44 km (9 – 28 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, ride or shuttle to the hilltop town of La Morra to begin an invigorating ride along an easy route, tracing a crest that offers beautiful sweeping views of manicured vineyards and farms. You pass by the region’s rectangular cascine farmhouses, unique to Piedmont. The longer sides of these buildings face the sun for warmth in winter and are embellished with an arcaded terrace, stone floors, and iron railings overflowing with colorful flowers.

Before lunch, pedal into Barolo and admire its impressive castle. This quaint medieval village gave the world-famous, light-colored red wine its name. You will have time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own at a local café. Perhaps you’ll sample wine at one of the many cantinas or stroll the cozy streets, full of little quaint shops and cafés. You may also visit the interesting WIMU, the wine museum located in the castle of Barolo.

Later, cycle downhill back to your hotel or add miles for a scenic ride to Sinio in the Talloria Valley.

During today’s culinary bike tour of Italy, follow our expert guide Monica through the underground historic wine cellars of Tenuta di Fontanafredda, among the 100 finest cellars in the world. The king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, bought the estate in 1858 and 12 years later decided to cut most of the forest to plant the first vineyards. His son, Prince Emanuele Alberto, later transformed the estate into a formidable wine business by partnering with the Marques Falletti and Count Cavour to create the now-famous Barolo wine.

Tonight you will shuttle to Alba, the capital of white truffles, for a stroll, some shopping, and dinner on your own. You must try the delicious ravioli del plin or tajarin pasta!

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning La Morra to Barolo — 12 km (7.5 miles) | Fontanafredda to La Morra (Challenging) — 9.5 km (6 miles)

Afternoon Barolo to Hotel — 6 km (4 miles) | Barolo to Sinio and Hote — 26 km (16 miles)

Cumulative Distance Range: 6 – 38 km (4 – 23.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today your ride follows a high route into Alta Langa, a stunning patchwork of hazelnut trees, towering oaks, and wide-open views of the Alps. You cycle an ancient road that Napolean traveled during his first war campaign in the region. Later, you descend into a valley that follows the ancient Roman trade route linking France and Italy. Coastal Ligurians traded wine, cheese, honey and especially salt in Piedmont and France. Pause for lunch in one of the most beautiful villages of Italy: sleepy Millesimo, reclining on the banks of the Bormida River. Its ancient bridge dates to the 12th century, sure to be one of the best photo ops of your vacation.

Continue your ride on an easy winding route along the Bormida into the Italian region of Liguria. At ride’s end, join a shuttle to our next hotel, built on the sandy beach of San Lorenzo al Mare on the Italian Riviera. Enjoy a welcome aperitivo and settle in, stroll on the beach, or swim in the azure waters of the Ligurian Sea. In 2020, the Foundation for Environmental Education awarded this stretch of sea with the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater and its sustainable tourism.

You dine at the hotel restaurant tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Bossolasco to Millesimo — 35 km (22 miles)

Afternoon Millesimo to Calizzano — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Your ride is particularly scenic this morning as you cycle an easy rolling panoramic route in Alta Langa, at an altitude of about 2,000 feet. There’ll be little traffic, with the exception of some motorbikes. After about 28 km (17 miles), you descend into the Bormida River valley and stop for lunch. The afternoon ride is almost flat or very gradually ascending as it follows the river upstream. You are picked up at the end of the ride to shuttle to your next hotel. Routes are well paved, with little car traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 59 km (15 – 37 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, cycle from your hotel on an easy scenic bike path, built on former railway tracks that trace the breathtaking Ligurian coast. The path is paved and well maintained, enjoyable for fast riders, beginners, and locals. This leisurely and utterly pleasant ride offers a feast for the eyes as you pass Mediterranean shrub, vibrant flowers, palms, little villages, high belfries and of course the blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. You later coast into pretty, seaside San Remo. This resort town has hosted emperors and empresses and was the site of the San Remo Conference after World War I. If you wish, stop here to visit the synagogue and stroll the shop-lined pedestrian zone.

Continue your journey to the fishing village of Ospedaletti, known as the pearl of this colorful “Coast of Flowers.” You arrive here by riding through a tunnel that doubles as a gallery of portraits from the famous Milano-San Remo Spring classic cycling race. This sprinters classic—a one-day, 185.2-mile competition—held its inaugural in 1907 and today is one of the five prestigious “Monuments” of the bike racing circuit. En route back to your hotel, explore the quaint coastal villages of Riva Ligure and Santo Stefano al Mare at leisure. You might stop to stroll the maze of caruggi, the characteristic narrow medieval streets, or perhaps pick a café for lunch on your own. And nothing goes with an Italian bicycle ride like a delicious gelato.

Dinner is on your own this evening in San Lorenzo al Mare. You have many eateries to choose from and a lovely seaside setting for an after-dinner stroll.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning San Lorenzo to Ospedaletti — 24 km (15 miles)

Afternoon Ospedaletti to Riva Ligure and to Hotel — 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy a relaxing flat ride, on a dedicated well-paved bike path. There are four well-lit tunnels along the 24 km (15 mile) route. You retrace much of the same route on the way back to the hotel, with the exception of a few miles along the coastal road that passes through two villages.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 50 km (15 – 31 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your culinary bike tour of Italy leads you into the Argentina River valley on your last day, where you’ll follow an easy bike path that leads to Taggia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, local guide and food expert Roberta introduces you to the Mediterranean culture and diet. During a visit to an old olive oil mill still in operation, you’ll taste fragrant Canestrelli bread and borage grissini with extra virgin olive oil and olive tapenade. Then enjoy a special treat as you head into the heart of an authentic medieval village—complete with fortified portals and coats of arms identifying past noble families. Here, with the help of Roberta and other local cooks, you prepare the region’s renowned pesto sauce, using local basil and other fresh ingredients, a marble mortar, and a wooden pestle. Then, learn to prepare fresh handmade parpaiui, butterfly pasta that perfectly matches the sauce. Then it’s lunchtime as you savor the meal you’ve helped prepare. Later, Roberta leads us on a short walk on the cobbled street of Taggia.

After, you retrace your route back to the hotel to relax. A longer route takes you up the San Lorenzo River to Torre Paponi. Avid cyclists can test their abilities on their own on the famous Cipressa and Costarainera uphill roads of the Milano-San Remo, right behind our hotel.

This evening, celebrate your Piedmont cycling discoveries during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Taggia — 14.5 km (9 miles)

Afternoon Taggia to Hotel — 14.5 km (9 miles) | Taggia to Torre Paponi to Hotel — 25 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route is on an easy bike path. The afternoon longer option includes a very gradual ascent of about 5 km (3 miles) and is moderate. All roads and bike paths are well paved and far from traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14.5 – 29 km (9- 18 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city and use VBT city information for tips.

 

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Nice airport will be provided (an approximately 20 to 30 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Your tour starts at 12:30 p.m. at our Turin hotel. Your trip leaders will be in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments.

All guests will travel to Canale (approximately one hour southeast of Turin), in Piedmont’s lovely Roero/Langhe region. Arrive at your beautiful agriturismo, a country resort and working farm set on an estate of 86 acres (34.8 hectares). After a safety and bike-fitting session, don your bike gear and follow your trip leaders on a short warm-up ride through the hotel’s surroundings.

Your culinary bike tour of Italy begins with truffle hunting. Join an expert farmer, or trifolao, and his dog Willy on the property grounds. Together, you set out in search of the precious underground fungus. During this invigorating outing, you will learn how to choose truffles and how to preserve them. Your hunt will be rewarded with a tasting.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail back at the hotel, sampling local Arneis and Favorita wines and local cheese. Your welcome dinner is at the estate’s restaurant, complemented with wines from their farm. Their delicious array of products fresh from their gardens offer a wonderful introduction to Piedmont’s locally sourced cuisine.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon Warm-up — 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: After an initial downhill from your agriturismo, enjoy an easy ride toward Canale and into the countryside. You may tackle the steep hill on the way back or avoid it by walking a very short distance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)

Included Meals: Dinner

This morning’s hearty breakfast features jams preserved onsite and a selection of homemade cookies prepared by the pastry chef with nocciola gentile del Piemonte, a locally grown hazelnut. Try a Brut e Bon (“ugly and good”), a Langa kiss or Meliga and Code di Gatto cookie—or one of each!

Your route today leads you through some of Piedmont’s stunning farmlands and natural beauty to the ancient Roman city of Pollenzo, today a timeless village whose architecture spans the ages. Though most of the remains of ancient Rome have been destroyed, the shape of the ancient amphitheater is still visible, as you’ll see by walking among the terraced houses built upon the site. In the town piazza, admire the neo-gothic monuments built by the Royal Savoy family, whose King Charles Albert made Pollenzo his favorite holiday resort.

Today Pollenzo is home to the internationally known University of Gastronomic Sciences, established in Corte Albertina in 2004 by the Slow Food Organization. The university embraces the latest models of agriculture and the preservation of biodiversity. At the adjacent Wine Bank, more than 300 winemakers regularly select, store and preserve their best vintages, making the history of Italian wines available for future generations. Discover Pollenzo and its treasures on your own during a short stop.

Afterward, shuttle across the River Tanaro, the natural northern border of the Langhe, birthplace of the great wine Barolo. The breathtaking hilly landscapes you’ll traverse, or langa, are famous for wines, cheeses and truffles. Here, the winemaking culture, traditions and terrains are among Europe’s finest examples of man’s harmonious relationship with nature and are considered an aesthetic archetype of European vineyards, earning this entire area a place as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive in La Morra and enjoy lunch on your own. It is truly a privilege to cycle here.

Continue cycling these gorgeously landscaped routes, mostly downhill. As you coast through the valley, you’ll savor spectacular views of the hilltop villages of Verduno and Roddi, each crowned by stately castles. Your destination is the majestic Tenuta di Fontanafredda. Spread over 296 acres (120 hectares) of vineyard-cloaked land, this sprawling estate, and wine village incorporates several historical buildings, wine cellars, a beautiful park with rare plants and trees, a lovely pristine lake, and meditation zones.

This evening browse through the hotel’s unique library or stroll the trails of its vast park, the Wood of Thoughts. Later enjoy dinner at the Disguido restaurant, set on the beautiful hotel grounds. The chef is the same as the Michelin-starred restaurant Guido, also hosted on the estate, a gracious Italian kitchen committed to using the finest Piedmont ingredients.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Canale to Pollenzo — 30 km (19 miles)

Afternoon La Morra to Hotel Vigna Magica — 14 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: Departing from the hotel, you’ll ride into the Roero forested region on an undulating route with little car traffic, arriving in Pollenzo before lunch. In Pollenzo, we offer an 8-km (5-mile) shuttle to avoid traffic and the long uphill into La Morra, your lunch stop. The afternoon ride is mostly downhill and flat, with only one rolling hill, on paved country roads. On the final stretch you will cycle through a village with some car traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14 – 44 km (9 – 28 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, ride or shuttle to the hilltop town of La Morra to begin an invigorating ride along an easy route, tracing a crest that offers beautiful sweeping views of manicured vineyards and farms. You pass by the region’s rectangular cascine farmhouses, unique to Piedmont. The longer sides of these buildings face the sun for warmth in winter and are embellished with an arcaded terrace, stone floors, and iron railings overflowing with colorful flowers.

Before lunch, pedal into Barolo and admire its impressive castle. This quaint medieval village gave the world-famous, light-colored red wine its name. You will have time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own at a local café. Perhaps you’ll sample wine at one of the many cantinas or stroll the cozy streets, full of little quaint shops and cafés. You may also visit the interesting WIMU, the wine museum located in the castle of Barolo.

Later, cycle downhill back to your hotel or add miles for a scenic ride to Sinio in the Talloria Valley.

During today’s culinary bike tour of Italy, follow our expert guide Monica through the underground historic wine cellars of Tenuta di Fontanafredda, among the 100 finest cellars in the world. The king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, bought the estate in 1858 and 12 years later decided to cut most of the forest to plant the first vineyards. His son, Prince Emanuele Alberto, later transformed the estate into a formidable wine business by partnering with the Marques Falletti and Count Cavour to create the now-famous Barolo wine.

Tonight you will shuttle to Alba, the capital of white truffles, for a stroll, some shopping, and dinner on your own. You must try the delicious ravioli del plin or tajarin pasta!

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning La Morra to Barolo — 12 km (7.5 miles) | Fontanafredda to La Morra (Challenging) — 9.5 km (6 miles)

Afternoon Barolo to Hotel — 6 km (4 miles) | Barolo to Sinio and Hote — 26 km (16 miles)

Cumulative Distance Range: 6 – 38 km (4 – 23.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today your ride follows a high route into Alta Langa, a stunning patchwork of hazelnut trees, towering oaks, and wide-open views of the Alps. You cycle an ancient road that Napolean traveled during his first war campaign in the region. Later, you descend into a valley that follows the ancient Roman trade route linking France and Italy. Coastal Ligurians traded wine, cheese, honey and especially salt in Piedmont and France. Pause for lunch in one of the most beautiful villages of Italy: sleepy Millesimo, reclining on the banks of the Bormida River. Its ancient bridge dates to the 12th century, sure to be one of the best photo ops of your vacation.

Continue your ride on an easy winding route along the Bormida into the Italian region of Liguria. At ride’s end, join a shuttle to our next hotel, built on the sandy beach of San Lorenzo al Mare on the Italian Riviera. Enjoy a welcome aperitivo and settle in, stroll on the beach, or swim in the azure waters of the Ligurian Sea. In 2020, the Foundation for Environmental Education awarded this stretch of sea with the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater and its sustainable tourism.

You dine at the hotel restaurant tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Bossolasco to Millesimo — 35 km (22 miles)

Afternoon Millesimo to Calizzano — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Your ride is particularly scenic this morning as you cycle an easy rolling panoramic route in Alta Langa, at an altitude of about 2,000 feet. There’ll be little traffic, with the exception of some motorbikes. After about 28 km (17 miles), you descend into the Bormida River valley and stop for lunch. The afternoon ride is almost flat or very gradually ascending as it follows the river upstream. You are picked up at the end of the ride to shuttle to your next hotel. Routes are well paved, with little car traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 59 km (15 – 37 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, cycle from your hotel on an easy scenic bike path, built on former railway tracks that trace the breathtaking Ligurian coast. The path is paved and well maintained, enjoyable for fast riders, beginners, and locals. This leisurely and utterly pleasant ride offers a feast for the eyes as you pass Mediterranean shrub, vibrant flowers, palms, little villages, high belfries and of course the blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. You later coast into pretty, seaside San Remo. This resort town has hosted emperors and empresses and was the site of the San Remo Conference after World War I. If you wish, stop here to visit the synagogue and stroll the shop-lined pedestrian zone.

Continue your journey to the fishing village of Ospedaletti, known as the pearl of this colorful “Coast of Flowers.” You arrive here by riding through a tunnel that doubles as a gallery of portraits from the famous Milano-San Remo Spring classic cycling race. This sprinters classic—a one-day, 185.2-mile competition—held its inaugural in 1907 and today is one of the five prestigious “Monuments” of the bike racing circuit. En route back to your hotel, explore the quaint coastal villages of Riva Ligure and Santo Stefano al Mare at leisure. You might stop to stroll the maze of caruggi, the characteristic narrow medieval streets, or perhaps pick a café for lunch on your own. And nothing goes with an Italian bicycle ride like a delicious gelato.

Dinner is on your own this evening in San Lorenzo al Mare. You have many eateries to choose from and a lovely seaside setting for an after-dinner stroll.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning San Lorenzo to Ospedaletti — 24 km (15 miles)

Afternoon Ospedaletti to Riva Ligure and to Hotel — 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy a relaxing flat ride, on a dedicated well-paved bike path. There are four well-lit tunnels along the 24 km (15 mile) route. You retrace much of the same route on the way back to the hotel, with the exception of a few miles along the coastal road that passes through two villages.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 50 km (15 – 31 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your culinary bike tour of Italy leads you into the Argentina River valley on your last day, where you’ll follow an easy bike path that leads to Taggia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, local guide and food expert Roberta introduces you to the Mediterranean culture and diet. During a visit to an old olive oil mill still in operation, you’ll taste fragrant Canestrelli bread and borage grissini with extra virgin olive oil and olive tapenade. Then enjoy a special treat as you head into the heart of an authentic medieval village—complete with fortified portals and coats of arms identifying past noble families. Here, with the help of Roberta and other local cooks, you prepare the region’s renowned pesto sauce, using local basil and other fresh ingredients, a marble mortar, and a wooden pestle. Then, learn to prepare fresh handmade parpaiui, butterfly pasta that perfectly matches the sauce. Then it’s lunchtime as you savor the meal you’ve helped prepare. Later, Roberta leads us on a short walk on the cobbled street of Taggia.

After, you retrace your route back to the hotel to relax. A longer route takes you up the San Lorenzo River to Torre Paponi. Avid cyclists can test their abilities on their own on the famous Cipressa and Costarainera uphill roads of the Milano-San Remo, right behind our hotel.

This evening, celebrate your Piedmont cycling discoveries during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Taggia — 14.5 km (9 miles)

Afternoon Taggia to Hotel — 14.5 km (9 miles) | Taggia to Torre Paponi to Hotel — 25 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route is on an easy bike path. The afternoon longer option includes a very gradual ascent of about 5 km (3 miles) and is moderate. All roads and bike paths are well paved and far from traffic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14.5 – 29 km (9- 18 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, transportation is provided to the nearby railway station of Arma di Taggia. Your tour ends here; frequent train connections can take you to Genova, Milan, or back to Turin’s Porta Nuova station.
If you would like to travel to Nice, France, let your tour leaders know in advance, and you are welcome to board our coach to our Nice hotel for Air Guests, and there make your connections on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Turin right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Start your day with a delicious included breakfast at your hotel. This morning meet our local VBT representative at 10:00 a.m. at the hotel. The representative will answer your questions and offer an orientation walk in the neighborhood. This unconventional two-hour guided tour will highlight Turin’s unknown attractions including a visit to an open market to discover local specialties, a stop in a very special coffee shop, plus other hidden treasures. Our representative will also propose an optional guided tour for the afternoon or next day.

You have the rest of the day free to relax or to explore, using VBT’s city information as your guide.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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2023 2022

2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Turin

2 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $245

  • 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Sitea
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Hospitality desk
  • City orientation tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Turin right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Start your day with a delicious included breakfast at your hotel. This morning meet our local VBT representative at 10:00 a.m. at the hotel. She will answer your questions and offer an orientation walk in the neighborhood. This unconventional two-hour guided tour will highlight Turin’s unknown attractions including a visit to an open market to discover local specialties, a stop in a very special coffee shop, plus other hidden treasures. Our representative will also propose an optional guided tour for the afternoon or next day.

You have the rest of the day free to relax or to explore, using VBT’s city information as your guide.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2023 2022

2023 Post-Trip Extension - Nice

2 Nights From $245 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at the La Malmaison Nice or Hotel Massena
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Nice airport will be provided (an approximately 20 to 30 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2023 2022

2022 Post-Trip Extension - Nice

2 Nights From $245 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at the La Malmaison Nice
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Nice airport will be provided (an approximately 20 to 30 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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4.9 out of 5 stars.
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I have waited many years before finally deciding on taking the Piedmont trip with VBT!! And, what a wonderful time I had!! The tour guides were superb, the wine country was awesome, offering some great rides with beautiful vistas. In addition, each of the villas we stayed at were cheerfully staffed with very beautiful accommodations. I have already booked another trip next year - it's going to be hard to wait that long!!!

Jim P, Saint Augustine, FL, USA

Cycling Piedmont: Into Italy’s Slow Food Farmland

This was my 6th VBT tour. The best by far. The cycling was the perfect amount of challenging to justify indulging in the amazing food and wine. Claudio and Christian were so knowledgeable and fun. The group, fantastic. And the lodging was the nicest of any place we've stayed in Europe. The views were never ending. I would do this trip again and again and again.

Joanie G, Albuquerque, M

Cycling Piedmont: Into Italy’s Slow Food Farmland

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7 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

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