This newly developed tour is a real treat for cyclists! Staying in a wonderful historic hotel, you can discover a new highlight of the “Canavese” region every day. On your way, you will find historic castles, small villages and natural lakes, providing a welcome refreshment during an active day of cycling. Fine wines are produced in the vineyards, along the “Strada Reale dei Vini” – the royal wine route. Let yourself be tempted by one or two glasses of great Italian wine and follow the traces of the Franciscans on their way to Rome. There is a lot of variety in this region still largely undiscovered by tourists.
Day to Day Itinerary
The hotel staff will provide you with tour information and rental bikes. Afterwards, you still have enough time for a walk through the charming town.
Your first bike tour will lead you on attractive trails along the river Dora Baltea to the south. Soon you will have reached the beautifully situated lake Candia. The lake invites you to jump into its clear water. After a longer climb (4 km) you will reach the top of the moraine hills from which you will have a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Along the royal wine route you will get back to your hotel.
Through meadows and fields, today’s stage leads you to Ivrea. The river Dora Baltea has dug a deep riverbed, offering spectacular views. After a short rest in the medieval city centre, you will continue your tour to two mountain lakes nearby. Romantically, they invite you to swim for some time. Later, you will return to your hotel, cycling along the old Franciscan Road, which was an important pilgrimage route for the monks to Rome.
In the morning, you will take the train to the capital city of Turin. Here, not only the great Piazza Vittorio Veneto will impress you. There is a lot to be discovered in this lively city. A nice bike path along the river Po leads back to the north. In Chiavasso, you should stop for some time. In the small town on the river Po, with its little sidewalk cafes, real Italian lifestyle is lived. The road back to your hotel leads past the castle Castello Mazze, from which the valley had been guarded for centuries.
Very athletic cyclists may visit the impressive castle Castello di Masino at the beginning of the tour (very steep rise for approx. 2 km). If you prefer a more relaxed day trip, you can follow the route over gently rolling hills and through small towns with historical churches and small castles. You will also get nice opportunities for swimming and sunbathing at the lake promenade in Viverone. Later, you will continue your tour through an agricultural landscape. Kiwis, peaches, and grapes are grown right along the bike course.
Through corn fields, today’s tour leads you to Castello Pavone. After a short climb, you will reach the top of the moraine hills. Nice views of the valley will compensate for the climbs you had to conquer. Small castles can be seen cycling along the royal wine route. After an exhilarating downhill ride, you will again reach your wellness hotel.
After breakfast your cycle holiday has come to an end and you start your trip home, or perhaps extend your stay in Italy.
YOUR HOTEL: 4**** Hotel Villa Matilde
This classic hotel is located in the centre of the medieval village of Romano Canavese, north of Turin. The villa, surrounded with its own park, was built in the 18th century. You can adjourn to numerous rooms where you can find silence and relaxation. Only 7 years ago the Villa was changed to a hotel by the owning family. All rooms are equipped stylish and big bathrooms. Also the lounge of the hotel is charming and luxury with the original furniture of former times. The old horse stable is now an excellent Restaurant offering a light and typical cuisine of Piedmont, included in your package, along with wines of the region with every dinner. To add to your stay, you can use the pool, sauna, stream bath and also a tennis court. In combination with a friendly and attentive staff you will have a successful stay!
The day trips include both flat and hilly stages. Every day there are one or two shorter climbs to be cycled so a reasonable level of fitness is required, along with being comfortable riding with some traffic. You will cycle mostly on side and service roads, partly on cycle paths, but predominantly on asphalted roads. In cities and on short connecting roads, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
The nearest airport is Turin. There are regular trains to Strambino, near your hotel.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Tours start daily from April through early October.
Season 1: 06.04. – 26.04. | 28.09. – 12.10.
Season 2: 27.04. – 24.05. | 07.09. – 27.09.
Season 3: 25.05. – 06.09.
|Price per person, double occ. in Superior rooms||CAD||$1295|
|Single room surcharge||$280|
|Season 2 surcharge||$100|
|Season 3 surcharge||$150|
|Optional Electro Bike||$160|
|Upgrade to Deluxe rooms||$170|
This tour includes:
• 6 nights accommodation at the 4 star Relais Villa Matilde, all rooms with private facilities
• Buffet breakfasts PLUS three 3-course dinners with wine
• Welcome briefing
• Hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, insurance and pannier
• Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
• Access to the outdoor pool, spa and wellness area (pool is open from early June onwards)
• Well planned routes with sign-posting
• Train journey Strambino – Turin, incl. bike
• GPS tracks available
• 7 day service helpline
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment