DURATION | 8 DAYS / 6 CYCLING DAYS
TOTAL DISTANCE | 477KM / 295MI
TOTAL ELEVATION | 6239M / 20476FT
DATES | 12-19 OCTOBER 2024
PRICE | € 2450
ACQUA E VINO
Join us on one of our favourite tours that evolve in three stages and offers a perfect combination of scenic cycling followed by an enogastronomic experience in two of the most elegant regions of Italy Lombardy and Piedmont.
For the first two days we will be staying right in the heart of the beautiful lake Como and ride legendary Ghisallo, part of the famous Giro di Lombardy professional race. Then we pedal to discover another nothern lake, Magiore, for two days. The third part of the tour will be around Monferrato in Piedmont, an important wine production area in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014. Pedalling there will require some power bursts along peaceful secondary roads covered with endless vineyards and will be rewarded with breathtaking views on snow-capped Mount Blanc and Mount Rose.
On a clear day they appear closer than they really are. Strolling through the cobbled streets and sipping a glass of local Barolo in piazzas bursting with cafes and wine bars is a great way to end a day on the bike. You’ll see how connected the local people are to the land, and how they take pride in everything they produce.
Day 1 | Saturday: Airport transfer to hotel il Perlo Panorama, rental bikes delivery
Day 2 | Ghisallo Loop 60KM/ 37MI 1810M/5940FT
Day 3 | Monday: Nothern lakes, from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore 96KM/60MI 1710M/5610FT
Day 4 | Tuesday: Lake Maggiore loop 81KM/50MI 685M/2250FT
Day 5 | Wednesday: Lake Maggiore to Monferrato (Piedmont) 97KM/60MI 485M/1590FT
Day 6 | Thursday: Monferrato Loop 87KM/54MI 446M/1466FT
Day 7 | Friday: Land of Barolo loop 56KM/34MI 1103M / 3620FT
Day 8 | Saturday: Departure Group airport transfer to Milan Malpensa
7 nights luxe accommodation (twin share) | breakfasts | lunches | dinners | full guide and vehicle support | on-road snacks and supplements | daily pack | kit laundry service | one-time group airport transfer on arrival and departure and in between destinations.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights | insurances | bike hire | alcoholic beverages | coffee stops | personal hotel expenses.
Arrival | Milan Malpensa
Departure | Milan Malpensa
DAY 1 | SATURDAY | ARRIVAL AND AIRPORT TRANSFER
Welcome to Italy. We will meet you at Milan Malpensa airport and transfer as a group to the Perlo Panorama cycling hotel in Belaggio. Transfer time is around 1h 30min, and in the afternoon, after we tune up our bikes, we can make a visit to the city centre before dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2 | SUNDAY | GHISALLO LOOP
The two iconic climbs of Il Lombardia, Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano, await those who want to challenge their legs and hearts like the professionals do every autumn. The mileage is not long, but the awe is provided by the challenging ascent of these two legendary climbs. The Ghisallo is only 8.6 km, but it consists of two challenging climbs that rarely dip below 10% and hit with a maximum of 14%.
After a photo at the Madonna del Ghisallo cycling church and a fast descent from the pass, we begin a gentle 5 km climb to the base of the Muro di Sormano. Take it easy as you will need your legs to conquer the feared Muro. This is the steepest cycle path in Italy which measures 1.9 km with an average gradient of 16% . There will be of course an option to take a bypass, with two guides by your side you choose your way. When we reach the summit there will be a coffee break and a chance to rest at the rifugio to regain your strength before the 13 km of breathtaking panoramic descend to the lake and return to the hotel.
60KM | 37MI 1810M | 5940FT
DAY 3 | MONDAY | 4 NOTHERN LAKES. FROM LAKE COMO TO LAKE MAGGIORE
After breakfast we depart on our bikes from Belagio, cyclng on rolling panoramic roads with lake Como on our right, passing briefly in to Switzerland towards lake Lugano. We ride along its splendid shores towards Lake Varese, leaving only another 15km to our next destination, Ranco in Lake Maggiore.
We settle into our steady pedalling rhythm to arrive to the hotel Belvedere in the afternoon, making regular stops for lunch and coffee along the way. Our minivan will follow us with the luggage for any support.
After the check in and a little rest, in the late afternoon we can discover what the area has to offer.
96KM | 60MI 1710M | 5610FT
DAY 4 | TUESDAY | LAKE MAGGIORE LOOP
Today we ride an awesome panoramic route that will highlight the beauty of Lake Maggiore from every point of view. During the tour we will pass from Lombardy to Piedmont, crossing a bridge on the river Ticino, in Sesto Calende.
Then heading to Verbania, about 10 km after Arona, we will turn left to face a 6 km ascent that brings us to a magnificent view of the lake. From Verbania, we take the 10 minutes ferry crossing back to the Lombardy side and the last 20km pedal along the lake to ariive back to Hotel Belvedere.
81KM | 50MI 685M | 2250FT
DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY | LAKE MAGGIORE TO MONFERRATO (PIEDMONT)
Third and final transition stage of our cycling adventure as we ride from Lake Maggiore to Monferrato in Piedmont. Along the route we will pedal through the cities of art of Novara and Vercelli. Our route will pass throught the rice cultivation camps and along secondary peaceful roads, with the support minivan always behind. We stop for a coffee and lunch and aim to arrive for check in at our hotel in Camino Monferratoin the early afternoon. Ca' San Sebastiano is a rural and authentic agriturismo hotel and vineyard, nestled in the green fields of one of the most famous wine regions of Italy, Piedmont.
97KM | 60MI 485M | 1590FT
DAY 6 | THURSDAY | WHITE TRUFFLE LOOP
Today we will ride the central Piedmont roads, winding among the 'cantone' stone houses. Cantone is the traditional local rock created more than 3 million years ago, when the central part of the Piedmontese territory was bathed by the sea that covered the 'protopadana' plain, between the Langhe hills and the Alpine system, The valleys are also famous for their white truffles.
We will discover the area surrounding Casale Monferrato, the capital of Monferrato and famous, among other things, for its religious architecture, including the brick narthex of the Cathedral of Sant'Evasio which dates from 1108 and the Synagogue, whose external facade is plain to escape the religious intolerances of the time in contrast to the richly decorated interior with its paintings and gilded stucco.
87KM | 54MI 446M | 1466FT
DAY 7 | FRIDAY | LAND OF BAROLO LOOP
A tour of Monferrato starting from the hills overlooking the river Po. We ride through Val Cerrina, a fairytale land with its particular morphology of the morainic hills formed by the retreat of glaciers in glacial times. We stop for a coffee in Moncalvo, the smallest town in Italy and home of the beautiful Rosin, first the lover and later the morganatic wife of the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele, who granted her the minor noble titles of Countess of Mirafiori (territory south of Turin) and of Fontanafredda (territory of Serralunga d'Alba). We continue towards the Sanctuary of Crea, a UNESCO heritage site and Regional Park located on one of the highest hills of Monferrato.
Our tour would not be completed without tasting the famous Barolo in one of the vineyards and return to the hotel for the Gala dinner.
56KM | 34MI 1103M | 3620FT
DAY 8| SATURDAY | DEPARTURE,
GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER
Time to say A Presto, until next tour! We check-out after breakfast and depart as a group for Milan Malpensa airport. Transfer time is usualy 1 hour and 15 min, so you are there in plenty of time to catch an afternoon flight taking nice memories back home with you.