Bikes’n Wines in the hills
of Emilia Romagna
Bologna: “the learned one” (la dotta), “the red one” (la rossa) and “the fat one” (la grassa). Come and explore its beautiful architecture – the elegant and extensive arcades – and its rich culinary tradition – the red and white DOC (Controlled designation of origin). Enjoy the unspoilt nature, the history of the region and let yourself be seduced by the finest food tradition of these ancient burgs. Taste the delicious “mountain bread” and the chestnut flour products and don’t miss the chance to learn the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano and of the famous traditional balsamic vinegar.
Arrive in Bologna’s airport and a private transfer will take you to the hotel in the centre of Bologna. Free time, typical dinner and a small briefing of the tour.
Bologna / Ponte Rivabella.
Distance: 20 km (13 miles) – Altitude: (85, – 0) – Travel time: 2h 30min
The day will start with a short guided tour of Bologna in the morning and the visit of the ancient medieval markets, where you will have the chance to buy your lunch; in the afternoon bicycles will be delivered and the trip will start with a cycle tour along the historical Reno canal, then riding on across Zola Predosa vineyards, where you will taste 3 quality DOC wines. Then you will head to Ponte Rivabella, where you will reach the hotel and have dinner.
Ponte Rivabella / Tolè
Distance: 26 km (16 miles) – Altitude: (720, – 150) – Travel time: 4h
After breakfast you will start your tour to the mountains of Emilia Romagna. Here you will have a beautiful view on te Apennins and on Monte Cimone, wich is the highest peack of the Northern Apennins (2165 metres). In hotel you will have a cooking class to learn how to make homemade pasta, that you will eat for dinner.
Tolè / Montese
Distance: 29.5 km (18.3 miles) – Altitude: (786, – 661) – Travel time: 3h 30min
Luxuriant chestnuts will shade your way to Santa Lucia, where you will learn the secrets of Parmigiano Reggiano, of ricotta cheese and of prosciutto (italian cured ham). As you cycle to Castel d’Aiano and Villa d’Aiano take in the beauty of the Roffeno Romanesque parish church. Then cycle along the stream that flows here, feel the breeze, enjoy the fresh water and… just have fun! Once arrived in Montese you can choose either to relax indulging in an exclusive visit of the town centre and of the Historical Museum of Montese situated in its fortress, or to go for an extra ride. You will then reach the hotel and have dinner.
Montese / Zocca
Distance: 38 km (26 miles) – Altitude: (517, – 557) – Travel time: 4h 30min
The itinerary winds its way along the highest peaks of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, offering a breathtaking scenery and a look back at the historical events of 1944-1945; cycle on to the ancient Ospitale di San Giacomo and visit the adjacent Ethnographic Museum, where you will taste the “borlenghi” ( thin and crunchy stuffed pancakes) and other delicious chestnut flour products. The final destination of this journey is Zocca, where you can either relax or go for a longer ride (Trappola – Montalto – Semelano – Rosola) or else decide to spend the afternoon in an adventure park for an extra charge. In the evening you will have dinner in the hotel.
Zocca / Modena
Distance: 54.5 km (34 miles) – Altitude: (- 737, 50) – Travel time: 6h
Typical lunch and visit of the fortresses of Vignola and Guiglia; balsamic vinegar tasting. In the morning the tour begins at the Sassi di Roccamalatina Natural Park, where you will admire the beauty of these rocks. Then following the natural course of the river Panaro you will cycle up to Vignola, where you will stop for a lunch break and a visit of the castle. The tour will continue in the afternoon on the bikebath which runs along the river Panaro leading you to Modena. Here you will have the unique opportunity to see a traditional balsamic vinegar producer at work, as well as to do some tasting. You will arrive at the hotel and have a closing dinner at the hotel/restaurant.
Guided tour of Modena and transfer to Bologna’s airport.
7 days / 6 nights
The price includes:
- 6 nights in double room with 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners in 3* or 4* hotel or farm holidays
- 6 packet lunches
- 1 visit in typical winery with tasting
- 1 visit in typical Parmiggiano Reggiano Factory with tasting
- 1 cooking class
- 1 guided visit in castle of Montese
- 1 guided visit in the castle of Vignola
- 1 guided tour in the city of Bologna
- 1 guided tour in the city of Modena
- private transfer from/ to Bologna airport
- staff monitoring daily
- support van for luggage transfer and for water, minerals, cereals bars, sandwiches and fruits
- support for small repairs
- professional cycling guide for 5 days
- daily 24h English assistance
The price does not include:
- air flights
- bike rental (upon request)
- beverages during meals
- hotel room taxes
- anything not quoted above in (see included)
Net price Tour Operator for person in double room:
€ 700 minimum 20 people
€ 680 minimum 30 people
€ 630 minimum 40 people
€ 150 single room supplement
€ 120 bike rental