Italy - Tastes of Piedmont

Piedmont; a beautiful and unknown region of Italy, noted for its superb gastronomy and wines.
  1. 1 Independent arrival Turin

    Turins was the first capital of Italy, and is now a very smart city, Originally, it was quite industrial, and is now predominantly cultural. With 4 rivers, there are many cycle paths to discover. 

  2. 2 Turin 55 km Pinerolo

    Today's ride is flat. From Turin you cycle along the Po river and affluents of Po, on cycle paths and small roads. At the foot of mountains; you reach the hunting palace of Stupinigi, royal residence of the family Savoia, and a masterpiece by the architect Filippo Juvarra in rococo style. Then, a very pleasant route takes us to beautiful Pinerolo, home to one of the most famous schools of cavalry in Italy.

  3. 3 Pinerolo 50 km Saluzzo

    Another flat day. We follow country roads crossing orchards and vineyards, until we reach Cavour with its curious "Rocca", a morainic hill just in the middle of the plain, and now a protected area. In a small castle, you may be able to taste the typical food of Piemont. Our final destination is Saluzzo.

  4. 4 Saluzzo 65 km Bra

    Today's route is intermediate / easy, with some climbs after Fossano. On the way you can visit the pleasant castles of Manta and Costigliole, the ancient Roman town of Benevagienna and it's archeological remains. After Cherasco, we arrive in the gourmet capital of Bra, home to the "Slow Food" organization.

  5. 5 Bra 35 or 55 km Alba

    An intermediate / easy day in the  Langhe area. In Pollenzo, the Roman Pollentia,  the University of Gastronomic Sciences can be found. You then cycle to Alba along the River Tanaro. Cycling is perfectly flat but in the middle of the route we have some climbs to Barolo, where we can taste the wine in the castle. We spend the night in Alba, the town of the white truffle, and its medieval tojwers. Instead of the normal route it's possible to do the longer and more challenging Langhe tour. 

  6. 6 Alba 40 or 55 km Asti

    An intermediate / easy route. Today we cycle through the Roero area. On the way we can see the castles of Guarene and Cisterna.  Overnight in Asti, a town which is steeped in history, famous for the sparkling white wine spumante and the Palio, the famous running of horses.

  7. 7 Asti 55 km Casale Monferrato

    An intermediate ride. We cycle through the charming hills of the Monferrato, with a strong gastronomic tradition. From Moncalvo there are pleasant views of the vineyard covered hills. In the afternoon we reach Casale Monferrato, a baroque town at the foot of the hills of Monferrato, on the River Po. 

  8. 8 Casale Monferrato Independent departure

    End of services after breakfast ; possibility of return to Turin by train or by private minibus.

  1. Personalise this tour for 4 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. What is included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

    Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points - normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferryports, railway stations, bus stations
    Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
    Luggage transport between hotels
    Partial rider transport wheh the itinerary includes this within a certain day's activities

  3. What are the arrival and departure points for a Green Spain tour?

    IberoCycle will pick up from arrival points in Bilbao or Santander for this tour. This includes hotels, railway stations, ferryports, bus stations and airports. The same is true at the end of the tour. Please contact us if you have an early flight or departure on the last day, so we can let you know if it is possible for us to get you to departure point on time.

    Air - The closest airport is Santander Airport. However, it is a smaller than Bilbao Airport so has fewer connections. It is used as a hub by RyanAir, with connections to both Spanish and European cities.  See the airports that connect directly to Santander here. Further to the east is Bilbao Airport. Here we probably have more flight options, although transfer time to the start point of the cycle tours tends to be around 90 minutes. You may find this map useful for planning itineraries by air. 

    Train - Both Bilbao and Santander are connected to inland Spain by the Inter-City RENFE network. Trains are relatively inexpensive. On arrival, it may be more convenient to leave the train in Torrelavega, just one stop before Santander. There is a train service along the coast from Santander; east to Bilbao and the Basque Country, or west to Oviedo and Asturias. However, this is a narrow-gauge railway run by RENFE FEVE and is rather slow and infrequent. 

    Bus - Santander has good connections by bus to most Spanish cities run by ALSA.  Buses are economical and comfortable. 

    Sea - Santander and Bilbao are connected to the United Kingdom by ferries run by Brittany Ferries. This may be a fun and interesting way to travel if you have the time (the crossing takes around one day), but tends to be more expensive than the many flight options. 

  4. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  5. Vegetarians

    Although vegetarianism in Spain is rare, there is plenty on offer for vegetarians to eat. Restaurants tend to be fairly flexible and in general have no trouble in catering for vegetarians. Please consult for further details.

  6. What is a self-guided tour?

    IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On some stages cyclists are also transferred part of the way to avoid unnecessary climbs (details in individual route descriptions).

    Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated

    Our "IberoCycle On Call" service means we are always available for help or advice.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

    Guests on the Northern Spain tours normally spend two or three nights at the same hotel and thus have one or two free days. The Route Guide provides a selection of Free Day Routes of varying lengths for these days. These are of course merely suggestions, and guests are free to do what they like. 

  7. I'd like to spend some time in Bilbao and/or San Sebastián

    Bilbao

    Many people like to take the option of spending an extra night in Bilbao to visit the city and the Guggenheim Museum (Remember the museum is closed on Monday except during the months of July and August when it is open every day).

    In Bilbao we work with the following hotels:

    Hotel Miró - the Miró is a pleasant 4-star boutique-style hotel located just opposite the Guggenheim Museum
    Hotel Spa Jardines de Albia - a comfortable 4-star hotel with spa facilities and within walking distance of the Old Quarter of Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum
    Hotel Silken Indautxu - fine 4-star hotel in centre of Bilbao.
    Hotel Silken Gran Domine Bilbao - excellent 5-star hotel right by the Guggenheim Museum.
    Prices (including VAT and breakfast) when booked through IberoCycle are as follows:

    Hotel Miró - double room from 143 € per room per night / single room from 133 € per room per night
    Hotel Spa Jardines de Albia - double room 119 € per room per night / single room 102 € per room per night / triple 152 € per room per night
    Hotel Silken Indautxu - double room 109 € / single room 94 €
    Hotel Silken Gran Domine - double room 142 € / single room 136 €

    San Sebastián

    San Sebastián is another option for those who have some extra time on their hands. In San Sebastián we use the modest but comfortable and friendly **Hotel Parma. Contact us if you would like to enquire about prices. The hotel is ideally situated for the Old Quarter with its tapas bars, and is also located on the seafront.

    Transport

    Customers staying extra nights in Bilbao are responsible for their own transfers between the hotel and the airport. The easiest way is by taxi. There is also a bus service with departures every 30 minutes to Bilbao centre.

    There is an hourly bus service from Bilbao Airport to the Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián with Pesanet.
    Check the Bilbao Airport website for more information on transport options.
    There is a regular bus service Santander - Bilbao - San Sebastián run by ALSA.

  8. What is not included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

    Lunch & dinner
    Bicycle hire (see price list)
    Holiday extension - i.e. extra nights at beginning and end of tour. 

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.