The Langhe – Liguria Tour includes a feast of stunning sightseeing activities including visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, unique wine tasting tours, visits to Cinque Terre, ancient castellos, and riding in some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain Italy has to offer (including stages from 2015 & 2016 Giro d’Italia). If you are a lover of the sun, sea and vineyards then this tour is for you… La Dolce Vita!
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of Langhe and Cinque Terre
Ride the epic Pramartino climb leading into Pinerolo, featured in the 2016 Giro
Explore the beautiful Italian Riviera including visiting the amazing Cinque Terre
Ride the famous testing curves and corners of Rapollo to Sestri Levante route
Experience the town of Alba, the premiere wine and truffle region in Italy not only home of wine and truffles, but also the birth place of Nutella and Ferrero Rocher
Ride through the picturesque mountains of Torino
Explore Castle Gavone, known affectionately as the ‘Mini Versailles’
4 Star (minimum) Hotel Accomodation
All Breakfasts, All Lunches and Most Dinners included
Day 1 - Canale
We will collect you from your pre-arranged collection point at Malpensa airport or from a nearby train station and you will be transported to your luxury accommodation, Villa Tibaldi in Canale, with breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Landscape of Langhe. The hotel and our support crew will assist you to settle in and your tour host will give you a run down on the itinerary for the day while the support crew unpack and build your bike to your specifications.
After a post travel spin you will have time to unwind and relax and get yourself ready for an Aperitivo at the hotel. We will update you on tomorrow’s schedule during Aperitivi. Dinner tonight is at the hotel which will give you an opportunity to get to know your new ride and touring acquaintances.
Arrive at your luxury accommodation, Villa Tibaldi in Canale, with breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Landscape of Langhe. Famous for its Barolo and Barbaresco wines and exquisite white truffles, the picturesque vineyards and old oak forests adorning the rolling hills will leave you in awe. Once you have settled into your accommodation, you can simply relax by the pool or take a tranquil walk within the manicured gardens and vineyards that surround the villa.
For those feeling a little more energetic, you can visit the town of Govone, home to the most opulent castle in the region. Gavone Castle, known as ‘a mini Versailles’, is adorned with frescoes, crystal chandeliers, ornate marble statues and opulent salons decorated with rare silk Chinese tapestries. This is a feast for the eyes and a must see if you are a lover of art and culture. On your return to the Villa Tibaldi, a mouth-watering assortment of appetisers and refreshments awaits followed by a delicious Piemontese dinner… perfetto!
Day 2 -Canale to Barolo
Today’s ride winds us through some of the most picturesque countryside that Italy has to offer. This region is often described as Tuscany without the crowds and today you will see why!
Our ride will wind through famous wine towns such as Barbaresco and we will also venture into Bra and Pollenzo, home of the Slow Food movement and University of Gastronomic sciences. We will finish just outside of Barolo for an aperitivi and a traditional meal at one the regions famous restaurants, situated in yet another stunningly beautiful vineyard. An experience that will satisfy all the senses! Of course showers facility is provided and you can even take in some sunshine by the pool if you prefer.
The Advanced Ride Option today will wind through more of the famous wine towns such as Canelli (home of Italian Sparkling wine, Asti) and finish just outside of Barolo. While there are no epic climbs on today’s route the rolling terrain will be sure to test your stamina with plenty of sections that are over 10% gradient. We finish our ride today at one of the regions famous restaurants and you will certainly feel like you have earned the amazing food and wine that they are famed for.
After a sleep-in and an indulgent breakfast, guests will be taken to the famous town of Alba, not only the heart of Italy’s premier wine and truffle region but also the home of Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher. Known as the gourmet capital of Piedmont, Alba is a wonderland for all foodies! For lovers of culture and art, Alba is also known as the city of a hundred medieval towers, beautifully preserved within the old town. Guests are free to spend a few hours exploring the town, taking in the amazing atmosphere and sampling the many gourmet delights.
Then we head off to the famous town of Barolo where you can visit the Barolo wine museum within the 10th century hilltop castle, explore the pretty medieval town and take in the 360 degree views of the rolling vineyards with their majestic villas. We will meet up with the cycling guests for an aperitivi and a traditional meal at one the regions’ famous restaurants, situated in yet another stunningly beautiful vineyard just outside the town of Barolo. An experience that will satisfy all the senses!
Day 3 - Pinerolo to Torino
Today is best described as a taster. A taste of the mountains regularly visited by the Giro dÏtalia, a taste of the famous town of Pinerolo and then a taste of the famous city of Torino with its stunning museums piazza’s and Palazzo’s.
Today’s ride incorporates part of the 2016 edition Giro d’Italia route and if you followed this tour you will no doubt have seen the epic Pramartino climb leading into Pinerolo and then the scramble up the 20% slope of the streets of the old town of Pinerolo. Well both are on the menu for you today. Once we complete the Pramartino, we will wind our way into Torino touching on some of the lower slopes before heading into Torino from the West. It is hard not to be in awe of the majesty of the alps and this route is designed to leave you with a taste for more.
You will be able to shower ad change in Torino and then you can either sit and enjoy the sights or maybe take in a trip to the museum or wander around the majestic Piazza’s and Palazzo’s. Tonight you are free to explore Torino at your leisure and find the perfect restaurant to match your mood.
Our Advanced Ride is designed to give you an alpine climbing experience. You will climb for over 50km through Val Susa and ascend to an altitude of just over 2,000 metres at Sestriere before following the road around to Cesana Torinese and descending into Torino. After more than 6 hours in the saddle we are sure you will be ready for a rest and so after a shower and change of clothes you will be able to scout Torino for the perfect restaurant to share the adventures of the day. Don’t worry about walking too far as there are restaurants galore in the Torino Centro.
The day’s adventure begins with a drive to Torino, the capitol of Piedmont and the city famous for protecting the Holy Shroud. This is truly a picturesque city, with its tree-lined boulevards, elegant piazzas and stately mansions that resemble Parisian and Viennese vistas. There is so much to see and so much more to do – museums, basilicas, castles, palaces, art galleries, and the list goes on. The shopping, cafes and restaurants rival those of Milan. A city to explore at your heart’s content!
The cycling guests will meet up with the sight-seeing guests in Torino where they can also experience the wonders of this city. Guests are free to discover a scrumptious restaurant where they can dine and relax before we make our way back to the Villa Tibaldi.
Day 4 - Çanale to Canale
After an epic day yesterday it is time to wind the intensity back a bit and enjoy the magnificent scenery. With seemingly a town on top of every hill today’s loop is designed to take in this scenery as we head North from Canale and loop around towards Asti. We have arranged a picnic lunch today with a range of the best local produce. There really is nothing better than local food, eaten outdoors surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Langhe region. After lunch we will head South via the Asti valley and then cross the valley into San Damiano dÁsti and then home to Canale.
We have set the afternoon aside for relaxation. Rest by the pool or enjoy the wonderful activities that the Villa Tiboldi has to offer including wine tasting or cooking classes.
Your perfect day will be capped by a delicious dinner in the magical gardens of the villa where you, for one last night, can take in all the beauty of the surrounds and reflect on your amazing time in the Langhe hills of Italy.
Our Advanced Ride option also takes us North from Canale and returns via Asti, San Damiano dÁsti and home to Canale however the northern part of the loop is longer and more challenging and the route from Asti to San Damiano dÁsti follows the Borbore river line. We will meet up with the other ride group for a picnic lunch with a range of the best local produce. There really is nothing better than local food, eaten outdoors surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Langhe region.
Don’t worry, you will still have time to join the other guests relaxing or exploring the wonderful activities that the Villa Tiboldi has to offer including wine tasting or cooking classes.
Your final day in Langhe begins with a 5km trail walk to the amazing fortified hilltop town of Castellinaldo d’Alba with its impressive 9th century castle and medieval buildings. Take in the views while enjoying morning tea at the local trattoria before you return to the Villa Tibaldi for a well-earned treat…a wine tasting tour with the owners of Villa Tibaldi. They will take you into the Villa’s own wine cellar located beneath the premises and walk you through their vineyards, sampling the various wines made from the differing varieties of grapes. On this entertaining guided-tour you will learn about their family’s wine making traditions and their extraordinary family history.
Your perfect day will be capped by a cooking class with the restaurants’ head chef! You will be shown how to cook traditional Piedmont dishes using local produce and you will sample the fruits of your labour after your class! If you have room for more, a delicious dinner in the magical gardens of the villa will follow, where you can, for one last night, take in all the beauty of the surrounds and reflect on your amazing time in the Langhe hills of Italy. Villa Tibaldi is truly hard to leave and we know that you will (like us) definitely want to go back to this paradise!
Day 5 - Portovenere to Portovenere
We transfer from Langhe to Liguira today so we have planned a post transfer ride to introduce you to this beautiful new terrain. Portovenere is set on the coastal tip of the Italian Riveria and is often described as Cinque Terra without the crowds. Our ride heads inland into the National Park where you will enjoy challenging climbs on quiet roads before looping around past the outskirts of La Spezia and along the La Spezia harbour road back into Portovenere.
Our Advanced Ride travels along the coast through the Cinque Terra National Park with (occasional) stunning views of the Mediterranean. We then ride inland before returning to Portovenere via the Portovenere National Park skirting La Spezia.
We start the day with a drive to our next destination – the Mediterranean coastline of Liguria, known as the Italian Riviera, the quintessential Italian experience!
This part of Liguria is famous for its five colourful fishing villages ‘the Cinque Terre’. We head straight to our accommodation in the hidden gem of this area – the stylish ancient port town of Portovenere which overlooks the “Bay of Poets”, named after Shelly, Byron and Hemmingway who made this part of Italy their home.
After settling into your accommodation you are free to explore the town at your leisure. Wander through the 1,000 year old alleyways, explore the churches, fortress and castle, swim in the pristine waters of Byron’s secret Grotto (sea cave), go shopping for local specialities and mementoes and enjoy Aperitivi in the trendy bar perched on the tip of the promontory with panoramic views across the bay. Complete the day with dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants….. just magic!
Day 6 -Rapallo to Sestri Levante
This is the biggest ride of the tour but don’t worry, we will get you through it. The Rapallo to Sestri Levante route was raced in the 2015 Giro dïtalia and was won by Orica-Bike Exchange rider Michael Matthews. We have reduced your route slightly to make the day manageable but we can assure you that the day is still memorable! Although it is an epic day the climbing is done in the first half of the route and then you can enjoy a 40km decent into the coast with the last 5km along the beach into Sestri Levante. You will be tired for sure but that feeling of achievement will stay with you for years to come.
The day is not over yet though. After your shower in Sestri Levante you are off to the train station to catch the local train to Vernazza for Aperitivo with the other guests and then catch the Ferry back to Porotvenere where you will have a free evening to explore the many ristorantes of the town.
The Advanced Ride covers the complete 2015 Giro dÍtalia route with every climb, descent, twist and turn. It will be fun to compare your time with that of the pros as we anticipate the route will take 5:40 and in 2015 Michael Matthews from Orica-BikeExchange crossed the line in 3:33; a full 2 hours ahead of our schedule! While this may not be the longest day in the saddle for this tour it is certainly the most metres climbed and don’t forget the 40km descent at the end of the route.
Cinque Terra here we come! From Portovenere Cinque Terre is easily accessible by boat and ferry. You can hop on and off the ferry to visit these breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites or simply relax on the boat as you cruise from one town to the next, taking in the striking scenery and coastline. If you are feeling energetic, you can get off at one of the towns and walk to the next, winding your way through the surrounding National Park. The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is somewhat difficult as you climb up and down the windy path, but it is worth it for the wonderful views as you come down into Manorola…..it is a treat for the eyes as you catch sight of the town below and the bay all the way to the horizon.
The cyclists will join the non-riders in Vernazza where they can enjoy a leisurely afternoon, have refreshments overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and immerse themselves in the charm of this unique part of the Italian Riviera. The ferry ride back to Portvenere along the rugged picturesque coastline is a delight!
Once back in Portovenere you will have a free evening to explore the many ristorantes of the town.
Day 7 - Lerici to Lerici
Continuing with Australian stage winners, Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won Stage 6 of the 2010 edition of the Giro dÍtlaia which was raced between Fidenza and Marina di Carrara and along some of the same roads you will ride today.
We will bus around from Portovenere to Lerici to avoid this busy metropolitan area and commence and finish our ride in Lerici. We will immediately start to climb out of Lerici and then across the Magra towards Sazana and then around to Castelpoggio and Carrara before descending into the Marina returning to Lerici along the river Magra.
Lerici is a beautiful little seaside town with sandy beaches, umbrella’s and deck chairs. Our team will already have reserved your deckchair ready for you to lunch, swim, bask in the Lugurian sunshine and just soak up the atmosphere.
Once the sun gets low you will be able to shower and change ready for your last Aperitivo of the tour and then on to dinner. Tonight’s restaurant is famous for seafood and the view across to the other side of the Port is enchanting with the twinkling lights and floodlight Castello di San Terenzo. It is surely a memorable last evening in a tour designed to create memories for you for many years to come.
The day’s adventure begins with a ferry ride to Lerici, with its 12th century castle, built to help control the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia, and its museum of palaeontology with an amazing collection of dinosaurs. Sadly, Lerici is also the place where the poet Shelley drowned.
The views from the Castello are certainly worthy of the steep walk up many stairs (though you can cheat and take the elevator up). The castle enjoys a magnificent position jutting out towards the water and overlooking the beautiful Tuscan terraces, the pretty marina with countless small boats and the sandy beaches trimmed with rows of beach umbrellas and deck chairs. You can simply enjoy a tranquil picnic lunch at the base of the Castello or dine in one of the town’s typical Italian Osteria.
For those just wanting to immerse themselves in the warm clear waters of the Mediterranean, then Lerici is the perfect location, especially if you do it the way Italians do it! We can reserve your spot in the private beach area which comes with a comfy reclining deck chair and beach umbrella, a beach closet and access to changing cabins, hot showers, cafe and restaurant, gelato and more…. La Dolce Vita!
The cyclists will join the non-cyclists in Lerici for a relaxing afternoon and memorable evening.
Today is about getting ready for your journey on to your next adventure. Hopefully you will be heading on to other beautiful European destinations but if you have to head home we are certain that you will be leaving with beautiful memories of an outstanding adventure with new found friends from this beautiful corner of Italy.
Our team will pack your bike bags and assist you get underway with transfers to Malpensa airport or train stations.
Booking: € 1,000 deposit
90 days prior to the tour departure date: balance due
You may also pay in full at the time of booking