A Wonderful Mix of Cycling, Food and Wine!
What could be better than cycling, delicious food and great wine? The Piedmont region of Northern Italy is known for its villas, castles, vineyards and delicious, French-influenced cuisine. Piedmont, which translates to “foot of the mountains,” is nestled between the French and Swiss Alps. This area is a lot less touristy than Tuscany and Umbria, making it a great region for cyclists. Our tour takes place during the grape harvest, so it’s a perfect time to visit the wineries and taste some of Italy’s best red wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Asti Spumante, a sweet, sparkling white wine.
- Celebrate the grape harvest and truffle festival in Alba.
- Sample Italy’s best red wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Asti Spumante.
- Enjoy Piemont’s famous cuisine.
- Visit abbeys, castles and ride along quiet roads without all the tourists of Tuscany.
- Optional Climbs of Colle dell’Agnello (2009/2011 Tour de France), Pian del Rey and Mottarone which are classic “hors categorie climbs” in the region.
You’ll stay in some of the area’s most beautiful villages. Enjoy three two-night stays so you’ll have plenty of time for wine tasting and exploring the area. Visit weekly markets, abbeys, wineries and choose from a wide variety of loop rides with plenty of options for climbing. Optional Climbs of Colle dell’Agnello (2009/2011 Tour de France), Pian del Rey and Mottarone.
Click here to view a detailed itinerary of our Cycling the Piedmont Wine Region tour
Airport Arrival/Departure City:
Average Daily Mileage and Terrain
Ride an average of 40 miles over rolling hills with vineyards and fruit orchards. For those who want a challenge, there are some great climbs in this area — including an optional 6,000-foot climb into the Alps. As with all our trips, you decide how much or how little to ride each day.
- Lodging in quaint, welcoming inns and hotels.
- Hearty, cyclist-friendly breakfasts every day.
- Most dinners (four-course, including wine).
- Full van support, snacks and drinks on the ride each day.
- Experienced tour guides, daily detailed maps and route notes.
- Transportation and luggage transfers during the tour.
- for transfers, hotels and restaurants.
- Custom ATG bike jersey and souvenir map with tour route.
What’s Not Included
- Airfare and travel insurance.
- Lunches are on your own, so you have maximum flexibility in your day.
- Non-group dinners on the free evenings. This gives you a chance to try the restaurants of your choice.
- Bikes are not included, but are available for an additional fee.
- Personal services, including laundry, telephone, hotel minibar charges, etc., are not included.
What Our Guests Are Saying
“With Gary and Lise’s lifetime experience of traveling and cycling on several continents, you can count on the most scenic routes, on perfectly timed and picturesque rest stops, on the most exquisite tucked-away authentic inns, as you know they have thought through every planning detail before you even dreamed of it yourself. I love to travel, and as the planner in my family, I particularly enjoy Gary and Lise’s tours because their planning is masterful. If you want a thigh-buster of a day, Gary will deliver. If you want a more leisurely pace and enjoy the sights with your new friends, that works too. In the end, Gary and Lise make everyone feel a part of something very special, and friendships are sealed through sweat, laughter, great food, wine and… Grappa. Now– THAT’s my idea of a real vacation!”
Cecilia Dunoyer, State College, PA
“This was the perfect holiday! Touring through picturesque villages, rolling vineyards and viewing stunning vistas, made exceptionally rewarding as we had climbed the hills to reach the viewpoint. Gary and Lise pay such close attention to detail. Every accommodation was carefully selected for the different flavor it presented to the overall tour. Private tours, winetasting events and suggestions for walking excursions ensured that we had every opportunity to take advantage of our location that particular day. Thank goodness we biked for many hours a day as the remaining time was spent eating fresh pasta, sun ripened tomatoes and continuing our search for the world’s best gelato. Lise and Gary have built special relationships with restaurant owners and inn keepers over the years and we reaped the benefits. What a fantastic group of traveling companions we had the privilege of meeting. We are quite in awe of all the athleticism in this group and very appreciative of the kind welcome and acceptance of our limited biking experience. We have wonderful memories and incredible pictures. Thank you so much Lise and Gary, for making this, a trip of a lifetime!” Mike and Mike and Beth Hom, Bellvue, WA
“Gary and Lise, thank you for a terrific tour of the Piedmont ! You two did a great job pulling together diverse groups of old friends and new folks from all over the country. Your fun traditions from the daily Winner of the Green Jersey to the intimate dinners in small Trattorias and wine tasting with the locals helped us all come together as a big happy family in just a few days. The wine, the food, the views and the biking were all fabulous! Thanks for some wonderful memories.”
Suzanne & Rick Calhoun, Denver
“I had a great idea to convince my cycling friends to do a European bike trip, after a few group meetings where much wine was consumed, but not much was decided, I knew I wanted someone else to handle the details of the trip. Lucky for me, I found ATG and Gary & Lise. My wife and I took a “test” trip with them to Quebec and they were great! They took us to places we would have never found on our own all the while taking care of the needs of a diverse group of riders. Upon our return from Quebec, we hosted our friends to an Italian wine dinner and by the evenings end they were all aboard for signing up with ATG for their Piedmont Wine Region bike tour. We all had the time of our lives! You cannot imagine how helpful and accommodating Gary & Lise are, when part of our group wanted to ride mountain passes and the rest wanted to go a bit easier it was no problem. When one bike needed a part, they drove to the another town to get it, they were amazing! And the trip? It was great, I had been to Italy before, but this time we experienced Italy on another level. Gary & Lise have friends everywhere they go and this allows you to get behind the “tourist” wall. We experienced the Italian culture, food, wines and countryside in a way that you never could on your own. My wife and I are looking forward to another ATG trip this fall in Spain. Thank you, Gary & Lise!”
Mark & Karen Spreitler, St. Louis, MO
“A typical day bicycling with Gary and Lise in the Piedmont during autumn: You wake to a bell ringing outside your room in the piazza across the street. It’s 7:30 a.m. and breakfast is being served downstairs, and Bruno is making a cappuccino for you. It’s his grandmother’s house and it has been renovated into a classically decorated hotel.
“After the morning briefing with details of stops along the way, you head out. Half the group decides to stay behind to explore the monthly market that takes place in the piazza. Gary leads the more ambitious group out early — they have a different route in mind. They’ll do a 4,000-foot climb to the source of the Po River in the Alps. While there, they’ll stop at a restaurant owned by an acquaintance of Gary’s (he and Lise must know just about everyone in Italy), have a little lunch, vino and Genepy, a concoction made with local herbs.
“The ambitious group will wind their way back down to meet the other half of the group, who are concluding a scenic, hilly loop ride at a 12th century abbey and touring the grounds.
“The next morning, we’ll wake up and do it all over again, only completely different. I can’t wait to get back, and I’m not going without Gary and Lise!”
Catherine Havener, Seattle, WA