Langhe - GranGiro Bike Tours
Stretches of rolling hills, as far as the eye can see, ancient villages and perched castles, a repetition of gentle slopes covered in vineyards whose rows draw rigorous geometries: these are the magnificent views of Langhe and Roero, that have become a World Heritage site.
Duration 7 days / 6 nights
Tour Typology Self
Stretches of rolling hills, as far as the eye can see, ancient villages and perched castles, a repetition of gentle slopes covered in vineyards whose rows draw rigorous geometries: these are the magnificent views of Langhe and Roero, that have become a World Heritage site. These are the wonderful wine producing areas of Piedmont. It is the breathtaking views and the genuine foods offered by this rich territory that we propose in our fabulous and eponymous tour.
- Supply of GPS tracks and map for the itinerary
- Reservation of step accommodation in B&B and local “agriturismo”
- Inns with half board
- Step by step luggage transport
- Rent classic bike & e-bike
- Rent GPS navigator
Arrival in Alba
Individual arrival of the participants in Alba. Late afternoon meeting in the hotel with our representative for a welcome and a short briefing. Free night out for dinner and overnight stay in hotel in the Alba area.
Hills and Castles
Initially a flat ride out of the town will help you stretch your legs and warm up, just in time for the first short climb to the surrounding hills. From here you’ll have a first taste of the marvels this territory has to offer: stretches of hills, dotted by quality vines, and castles, fortresses and steeples sitting on their tops. From here you’ll move along the crest of the hills, on mixed routes, as we go through the main villages and castles. We will be able to stop at the charming Grinzane di Cavour Castle where you will find the first established Langhe regional wine shop and Museum.
Once again on the crest of the hills head toward Monforte d'Alba, one of the most interesting historical centres of the Langhe: it ends up in the Piazza of the ancient church that has a prominent view of the Superior Langhe and its endless hills. This territory is a wonderful mix and combination of the agricultural richness of the land, especially with its vineyards, blended with the local artisan culture and the hospitality that you will find in the people hosting you in restaurants, wineries and hotels, as you go through.
The gentle round of the Langhe
Today's route's theme will be the breath taking view that goes from the Lower Langa (the wine territory from where you first departed) all the way to the Higher Langa which is dominated by woods and by the cultivations of a fine hazelnut variety called "the gentle round of the Langhe", bordering the Liguria region. You are on the top of the Langhe at an altitude of 700m, which will allow us to get a 360° view of this amazing corner of Piedmont.
Take it easy today! This leg is short and without considerable climbs. As you ride, the scenery alternates the gentle hill contours to the East with the steeper and wilder ones to the West, towards the Belbo valley. You will cross Benevello. Located at an altitude of 671m above sea level, this is the first village to belong to the Higher Langa Mountain Community. From the little church of the Madonna di Langa you will have a unique view point of Southern Piedmont, all the way to the Alpine group of mountains, with the “stone-King” Monviso.
This is the last day of the tour. You can either enjoy the surroundings of Neive strolling in famous Barbaresco town and tasting this incredible wine or if you want to ride longer head north to Guarene castle and the Roero zone. You can reach with a longer detour the “Rocche del Roero”, a particular territorial rock stratification with orges and canyons. If you prefere to visit Alba you can get there with a downhill shortcut.
Good morning. Have a nice breakfast and enjoy Alba. This is the end of our tour in this wonderful territory. Arrivederci!
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Helge Høifødt