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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Our little secret in Italy
Piemonte feels like our little secret. Good thing, because if word got out, we’d have to share it. Out here, charming inns act like mile markers along spectacular bike routes through rolling hills of vines, hazelnut groves and secluded villages. As the home of Barolo, Barbaresco, great pasta (which we’ll learn to make with an expert chef), the region tastes as good as it looks. Then, it’s off to an unforgettable afternoon with a real trifulao (truffle hunter) in search of the prized white truffle of Alba.
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Day by Day
Bike among orchards and forests in the Roero hills before heading to the hotel for cocktails and a panoramic view from the hotel this evening.
Head straight to Barolo this morning for some museum time or to chase hilltop views on a bracing uphill ride to La Morra. This evening, take part in a fun comparative Nebbiolo tasting with a local winemaker.
Start the day with a truffle hunt led by our local friend Beppe in the hazelnut groves. The afternoon ride is short indeed, bringing us down into the regional hub of Alba, a lively town which we’ll call home for tonight.
Ride your way to stunning view this morning on en route to the charming village of Neive. Then, continue on to the unknown but UNESCO-protected Monferrato village. Tonight, learn to make fresh pasta from a true master.
Loop through winding roads in the Monferrato, the even-lesser-known part of Piemonte, and stop for lunch in a local trattoria.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in the peaceful hills, then arrivederci in Turin.
Become an honorary trifulao for the day.
Arborina Relais, La Morra
Set among sloping vineyards in the heart of the Langhe, this 10 room boutique retreat offers an ideal resting point following a day in the saddle. The intimate spa and contemporary designed green spaces provide a tranquil environment in fitting with its overall atmosphere. Its Osteria and deeply stocked Enoteca is sure to please gastronomes in search of classic Piemontese specialties. View hotel website »
Palazzo Finati, Alba
An elegantly remodeled noble home from the early 1800s in the centre of charming Alba, this intimate family-run property balances modern comforts with respect for the original architecture in their 9 rooms. Add the best local artists on exhibition, a warm welcome and a special attention to detail and you have a one-of-a-kind, welcoming little gem.
La Villa Hotel, Mombaruzzo
La Villa hotel is a hidden gem surrounded by vineyards in the rolling Piemontese countryside, and framed by the Alps. Built in 1600, La Villa has been transformed into a stylish retreat with a unique atmosphere. Guests are invited to relax in the elegant, creatively decorated suites, in the welcoming bar, or around the tranquil pool before enjoying a divinely fresh and local dinner. View hotel website »
B&R travel is seamless. The pre-trip informational packet was amazing, the guides were awesome, the food was delicious, the wine was flowing and our fellow riders were great! We loved our experience and would definitely return to ride skinny tires with your company again.— Julianne Major
The outfitters’ six-day biking or walking excursion through the birthplace of the Slow Food movement features visits to nougat-makers, beekeepers, vintners and three or four Michelin-starred restaurants. First-time biker? Stick to the walking tour. Even with just a glass (or two) of Barolo on board, the hills are a challenge.Departures
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The riding varies, with all varieties of uphill and down (and even occasionally flat). Roads are delightfully quiet, although with the occasional short rough patch. Both hybrid and road bikes are perfectly suitable for this trip’s terrain and roads.
“I bike about once a week at home.”
Gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle. Check out our bikes
Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
Slow Down to Taste the World: A Brief Sampling of Slow Food
Vini Rossi Favolosi: 3 of Our Favourite Italian Wine Producers
Truffle Hunting in Piemonte
Rave Reviews: Piemonte
Barolo: The King of Wines
Immersion Kit: Piemonte
Cuisine 101: An Introduction to Piemonte Cuisine
Vines 101: An Brief Primer on Piemonte Wine
During Piemonte’s Harvest, Sticky Fingers & Fat Bunches
At Piemonte’s Villa Tiboldi, A Home Away From Home
Turin: The Jewel of Northern Italy
In Deep: Bellagio
In Deep: Puglia Off The Beaten Track
Sicily: Land of Myths, Maidens and Monsters
In Deep: The Island of Capri
A Florentine Staycation: Exploring Florence’s Oltrarno Neighbourhood
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