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Headwater – Cycling the Wine Villages of Piedmont, Self-Guided

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Scenic self-guided cycling in the UNESCO vineyards of Piedmont

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All about the Headwater – Cycling the Wine Villages of Piedmont, Self-Guided.

Tucked away in northern Italy, Piedmont is a region brimming with vineyard covered, softly rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets, world-class wines and incredible hotels. Following quiet, traffic-free country roads, the route starts in the lush hazelnut hills, winding through terraces of swaying vines, verdant pine forests and rippling rivers to discover pretty hilltop hamlets and ancient castles. The region boasts an incredible array of fine wine towns, including Barbaresco and Barolo, both ideal lunch stops. Gastronomic menus feature everywhere, either at the hotel, or at a specially selected restaurant close by. https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original… alt=”” class=”media-element file-default” data-delta=”1″ data-fid=”151876″ data-media-element=”1″ width=”275″ height=”87″>/RidePlus is available on this tour, meaning that on most days you have the option to do a more challenging RidePlus route. Each option comes with GPS navigation and route maps to ensure you get to your destination easily, and you’ll stay at the same hotel regardless of which route you take, although RidePlus cyclists will be provided with an upgraded lightweight road bike. If you’re travelling as a group you can split up for the day to ride independently – so everyone has their perfect day. Find out more about /https://www.exodus.co.uk/rideplus”target=”_blank”>RidePlus here/ and more about the routes for this holiday in the Itinerary section./ 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* Luggage transfers
* Route notes and maps
* Local bike hire
* Arrival & departure transfers

  1. Day 1 Start Benevello.

    Start at the stunning 4-star hotel at Benevello. The Relais Villa d’Amelia is a luxuriously restored 19th century family villa, equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and a lovely outdoor swimming pool. The chef here was trained under Marco Pierre White, so you’re in for a treat tonight.*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Gentle ride through the breathtaking Langhe countryside to Neive.

    */Option: 1/*You’ll start today with a gentle ride along an open road, with hawks soaring high above the breathtaking Langhe countryside. You visit lovely Mango, with its beautiful castle rich in WW2 history. Then onto San Stefano Belbo, the birthplace of one Italy’s greatest writers, Cesare Pavese; the pretty old town makes for a lovely lunch stop. Then it is on to Neive, where your cycle ride will take you past the famous moscato vineyards before arriving at your 3-star hotel, which boasts wonderful views over the verdant hills with vineyards cascading down.*Comfortable Hotel* */Option: 2/*/https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original… alt=”” class=”media-element file-default panopoly-image-original” data-delta=”1″ height=”38″ width=”127″>//*Distance – 76km, elevation: +1603m / -1935m*/Leaving the hotel behind, you cross the Belbo Valley following tiny roads with stunning views. After another climb you drop down to the town of Canelli then cross the river at Santo Stefano Belbo. Beautiful roads then lead you to Castiglione Tinella and onto Castagnole delle Lanze before following the river to the famous wine town of Barberesco, just 5 km from your hotel. Maybe take time for a well deserved glass of wine before heading to your hotel in Neive for the next two nights.

  3. Day 3 Free time to explore Neive, officially one of Italy's prettiest villages.

    Neive is a great place to explore. Officially one of Italy’s prettiest villages and home of Romano Levi, a renowned grappa maker, you can wander its cobbled streets which are lined with brightly coloured flower boxes, or after a morning by the panoramic pool, cycle or take a local bus to nearby Barbaresco for lunch and cheese-tasting in the piazza. Enjoy some wine in the enoteca, housed in a C19 church built by the locals in thanks for a good grape harvest! Or head across to the spumante capital of Asti, with its quaint cobbled centre. Each September the main piazza is home to a crazy palio horse race to rival Siena’s!*Comfortable Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Cycle through the vineyards to Castagnole Lanze; continue to Grinzane Cavour.

     */Option: 1/*Leaving Neive behind, you undulate through the vineyards to Castagnole Lanze before heading downhill to the River Tanaro and a lovely gentle ride along the river to Alba. There’s time to explore the cobbled streets and bustling piazze of chocolate-perfumed Alba (the home of Ferrero Rocher). Then it’s on to Grinzane Cavour where and the elegant Casa Pavesi.*Comfortable Hotel* */Option: 2/*/https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original… alt=”” class=”media-element file-default panopoly-image-original” data-delta=”1″ width=”127″ height=”38″>//*Distance – 76.3km, elevation: +1145m / -1146m*/ From Neive, you soon cross the Tanaro river before heading to the undulating Roero hills, passing a series of pretty villages. Baldissero, with its beautiful castle and Medieval centre, is worth a stop. Cross the river once more and, after a challenging climb, you come to the pretty wine village of La Morra, another ideal wine stop before a long downhill to your hotel in Grinzane Cavour.

  5. Day 5 Explore Grinzane Cavour's castle, visit nearby gastronimic Bra, or walk or cycle to La Morra.

    Explore the UNESCO-recognised castle and indulge in a spot of wine tasting today. Then perhaps visit nearby Bra, a gastronomic town where the Slow Food movement was initiated – there’s plenty of choice for a long, lazy lunch. There’s lots to explore in the town too, including the 18th century Rococo church and the strange octagonal Zizzola, where local witches held their meetings. For the best views in the region, walk or cycle to La Morra, ‘Balcony of the Langhe’, spread out along a panoramic ridge above the vineyards.*Comfortable Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Cycle through sunflower fields to Roddi, then on to Barolo; continue through Langhe countryside to Monforte d'Alba.

     */Option: 1/*Today’s cycle takes you through sunflower fields to Roddi, then on to Barolo, an ochre-hued village perched above its world-famous vineyards. The tangle of mediaeval streets are dominated by the Marchesi Falletti’s 11th century castle. Pedal on through archetypal Langhe countryside to Monforte d’Alba, whose lovely honey-coloured old town clings enchantingly to the hillside. Your hotel here is special too.*Comfortable Hotel* */Option: 2/*/https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original… alt=”” class=”media-element file-default panopoly-image-original” data-delta=”1″ width=”127″ height=”38″>//*Distance – 78.2km, elevation: +1386m / -1118m*/After leaving the hotel, you are immediately cycling through vineyards as far as the eye can see. Pass the Castiglione Falloetto and then into world famous Barolo. The small roads lead you through a series of small towns and as you arrive at Fossano, home of the best beef in Piemonte, continue passing hazelnut groves with great views all around. Stop off in Bene Vagienna for its impressive castle. The road now passes a series of wine towns arriving at Dogliani before climbing up through the vines to your hotel in Monforte d’Alba for the next two nights.

  7. Day 7 Explore Monforte d'Alba or relax at the hotel's swimming pool.

    Either relax at the gorgeous 18th century villa hotel with private swimming pool, or explore mediaeval Monforte. It’s a lovely town with attractive buildings grouped around an atmospheric cobbled piazza. Maybe strike out a little further to Dogliani, dominated by its beautiful onion-domed church and famous for being at the heart of Dolcetto wine production.*Comfortable Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Cycle along the Rea Valley with a steady climb to a panoramic ridge; continue to Serravalle Langhe, then on to Benevello.

    */Option: 1/*The final cycling day starts with a gentle coast along the Rea valley before a steady climb takes you to a stunning panoramic ridge. Weave through fields of wildflowers and sleepy hamlets to Serravalle Langhe, a great lunch spot with belvedere views. Pedal onwards alongside chestnut-carpeted hills with delightful vistas to reach the beautiful country hotel at Benevello. There’s time to enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi before dinner.*Comfortable Hotel* */Option: 2/*/https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original… alt=”” class=”media-element file-default panopoly-image-original” data-delta=”1″ width=”127″ height=”38″>//*Distance – 65.6km, elevation +1370m / -1300m*/Your last day takes you on stunning small roads passing up and over the Langhe hills, passing through a mix of vineyards and hazelnut groves. Ride through a series of small towns, but today is all about the winding roads and views as you head back to Benevello. Maybe stopping at the big green bench to admire the views before your last night at Villa d’Amelia!

  9. Day 9 End Benevello.

    The trip ends in Benevello. A transfer is included to Turin Airport (approx. 1 hour 50 minutes).

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