Arrival in Turin
In the evening you will have your welcome briefing and you will receive your bikes. Explore Italy’s original capital with its royal squares and and splendid boulevards.
Leaving Turin you follow the River Po for a bit before the bike path leads you to the impressive Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi. This Roccoco work of art will catch your eye but so will the magnificent mountain panorama. You cycle along the flat towards Pinerolo whilst you can see the snow-capped Alpine peaks towering ahead of you. You reach your accomodation far too fast. This is where one of Italy’s most well-known cavalry schools was run. Without horses or bikes, you take a stroll through Pinerolo’s histrorical centre.
With the prominent Mount Mon Viso (“my view”) always in front of you, you cycle past orchards and vineyards on great paths to Cavour with its curious “Rocca” fortress built on a moraine hill in the middle of flat land. You should take a break by the former Staffarda Cistercian abbey. They serve excellent ice cream dishes in the bar. Afterwards you rejoin the river Po for one last time. It is a lot smaller now than it was in Turin. Lastly you ride into medieval Saluzzo where you will notice its Italian flair.
Today’s stage is agriculturally rich. On the edge of the cycle path there are kiwis, apples and beans, which grow particularly well here. You cross several streams and the river Stura and then the scenery changes drastically. The last 10km to Mondovi are through lush green hills. Where you stay after today’s cycle knows how to impress with its wonderful Piazza Maggiore located in the upper town. You can get there by taking the “Funiculare” (costs you € 1.20 per journey). Up at the top, dinner and wine are prepared for you - enjoy the evening sun and the magnificent view from the terrace.
There are a few ascents for you to tackle in the first part of today’s route. This is because you leave the Tanaro river valley and make your way up a breathtaking high road into one of the most well-known vineyards within Piedmont. Enjoy the views over the Langhe hills. Grapevines, decidous trees and hazelnut bushes line your way to Liguria and Millesimo. The old town centre is considered to be one of the “Borghi piu belli d`Italia“, which means it is one of the nicest within Italy.
The time has finally come! You are crossing the Alps! However the ascent is so gentle that you will hardly even notice it. It goes through the Bormida valley until you get to the top of the pass called Colle Scravaion. During a 30km long descent you will look down across the surrounding mountains and out to the sea. The first olive trees are lining the edge of your path. Maybe you fancy trying the particularly good smelling ligurian oil in the pituresque mountain village of Castelvecchio. One thing is certain - you will have an exhilarating descent towards the coast and before you know it you will be in Albenga. What is less well known by tourists is that Albenga has the second most significant old town in Liguria after Genoa. It sure will charm you with all of its restaurants in the narrow streets.
Your last day’s cycle starts with a transfer to San Lorenzo al Mare. This is the starting point of one of Italy’s best cycle paths! Spectacular views of the turquoise blue sea along the Riviera of the Flowers are an absolutly cracking way to end your cycle tour. Enjoy a freshly squeezed fruit cocktail on the terrace of a bar before you get to San Remo. You should however keep cycling along the bike path. The 1.7km long bike tunnel running along part of the famous Milan to San Remo bike race is definitely worth seeing.
Characteristics of the route
You predominantly cycle along quiet side roads. All in all a very easy route. On the fourth day there are 3 ascents with lengths between 1.5 and 3km each. On the 5th day you have to climb a total of 400m over a total of 30km. Most of the route is on tarmac. Only short sections are on gravel paths. When arriving and leaving the towns there are short connecting sections where you should be expecting more traffic.
Category: 3*** hotels, Turin 4**** hotel
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- EUROBIKE developed route
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Transfer from Albenga to San Lorenzo al Mare incl. your bike
- Welcome drink
- 1x degustation meal in Mondovi incl. fine wine
- 1x freshly pressed fruit cocktail by the Riviera of the Flowers
- EUROBIKE signposting
- GPS-data available
- Rental bike insurance
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Turin train station
- Turin and Milano Malpensa airport
- Return transfer by minibus to Turin every Saturday morning, costs € 80 per person incl. your bike, to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary
- Mulit-storey car park costs approx. € 15 per day
Where visitor’s tax is due, it is not included in the tour price!
This tour has 4 more variants
Hotel La Gaietta
Hotel La Gaietta – Millesimo
This very familiar hotel is situated in the heart of the village Millesimo.
The rooms are equipped with air condition, balcony, bathroom and a flat-screen TV.
Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or have dinner in the restaurant