Indulge your senses in the wine, cheese, truffles, and dramatic views of the Piedmont region. Uniquely situated on the border of France and Switzerland in northern Italy, the region boasts a burgeoning wine culture with centuries-old vines producing deep and satisfying aromas. Translating to “at the foot of the mountains,” Piedmont has unparalleled aesthetic appeal with the Alps rising ominously in the background of every nook and hamlet we explore throughout the tour. The region was central to the reunification of Italy and continues to be an economic powerhouse of the country, with its capital—Turin—being the third largest economic contributor for the country. It is also home to the white truffle—the most exclusive and expensive culinary treasure in the world. This is a region of contrast, as you will enjoy rolling hills, poplar groves, and iconically quaint Italian villages during your stay. For those looking for amazing experiences that indulge all the senses—this tour is for you!
Trip designed from a min. of 2 pax up to a max. of 6 pax
Dates: from September 15th to September 22nd, 2019
4-star hotel accommodation
Arrival and departure from Turin Airport
Private transfers by car or minivan
Visit iconic Italian destinations and immerse yourself in authentic experiences, including:
Langhe: La Morra, Barolo winery tour, and the Castle of Grinzane Cavour
Wine experience among the Monferrato gentle hills
Private walking tour in Turin with experienced guide
Tastes and beauties of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta
Visit of the Sacra of San Michele with experienced guide
DAY 1 (Sept. 15th, 2019) – Pick-up at Turin airport and drop off in Monferrato Valley
After arriving at the Turin Airport, our expert driver will will transport you to your accommodations for the night (transfer time 1 hour 30 minutes). With the Alps protruding from the distant horizon, this view will be a fantastic welcome to Italy!
From there, you will coast through the Monferrato Valley – one of the most important wine areas in Piedmont and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the place where your 4-star accommodation is located. Your accommodation is an elegant 16th century property that has been given a contemporary makeover and is now a beautiful, comfortable four-star hotel with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a relaxing spa centre and a Michelin star restaurant. Take a breath and enjoy your first day in Italy—you deserve a break before the busy week ahead! Your welcome dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant (drinks not included), the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of your Piedmont tour.
Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Monferrato Valley.
DAY 2 (Sept. 16th, 2019) – La Morra, Barolo Winery Tour and Tasting, Tour of the Castle of Grinzane Cavour
After breakfast at the hotel, your tour will start with a visit to La Morra, also known as the Balcony of Langhe. Here you will have the chance to take pictures from the most beautiful panoramic point of the area! Take your time to admire the surroundings and purchase souvenirs from the small shops in the village. After visiting this stunning locale, your guide will drive you to a traditional winery nestled in heart of the Barolo hills. A local winemaker will give you a private tour of the vineyards— then history, people, cellars, and of course iconic wine of the Estate. Lunch will be on your own. We recommend a unique location standing in one of the most spectacular settings just 5 km from Alba: the Castle of Grinzane Cavour. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Langa valley, the castle offers 360-degree views of the village-speckled landscape and sprawling vineyards. The castle has also been home to the International White Truffle Auction since 1999, one of the most important gastronomic events in Italy. The Al Castello restaurant is the perfect destination for an authentic meal tasting the delicacies of Italian cooking. Whether you want succulent ravioli with a rich homemade sauce (refined by centuries of family traditions) or a perfectly seared chop with pan jus – La Morra will deliver. Enjoy a glass of Barolo wine to top off your meal in opulence. After lunch, you will embark on a tour of the Castle of Grinzane Cavour – the home of the famous Count Camillo Benso of Cavour from 1832 to 1849. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel. The dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Monferrato Valley.
DAY 3 (Sept. 17th, 2019) – Monferrato Wine Experience: Make Your Own Wine
After breakfast at the hotel, an entire morning dedicated to the wine. You will get out of the usual enotouristic routes to find a different method to produce wine. You will visit a rural and historical wine cellar, part of a building in the past used by Vittorio Emanuele King as summer residence and get to know a peculiar young wine maker and his wine that he loves to define “Personal wine”; not only a natural wine, but a personal one. To make this experience even more unique, you will have the opportunity to “be winemaker for few hours” and create your own wine! A sort of laboratory where you will be given all the necessary tools to choose the best mix of 3 different type of wines and, once found the blend that most suits your taste, bottle it, label it manually and take it home with you as a gift for your family or friends. For lunch, we recommend a very nice restaurant in the main square of the nearby town of Moncalvo. After lunch, you will be transferred back to hotel. In the afternoon, we recommend to profit of the SPA center of the hotel, the perfect place for relaxing moments! The dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Monferrato Valley.
DAY 4 (Sept. 18th, 2019) – Transfer to Turin, Turin 3-hour walking tour with private guide
Enjoy breakfast and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to Turin, the original capital of Italy! Check in at the hotel, and enjoy a few hours of relaxation. Blending Renaissance, Baroque, Romanesque, and modern Italian architecture, you’ll be treated to imposing spires, regal columns, and meticulously paved pathways as you explore the city. With perfectly tree-lined streets and modern, artsy cafes, your day will be full of chances to explore and immerse yourself in Turin’s unique culture. Lunch will be on your own. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to discover the beauties of Turin. Turin was Italy’s first capital after the unification and one of the most influencial cities during the Risorgimento period. It is also the place where FIAT (today FCA) started its business and where several gastronomic events are held each year. Turin is a fantastic mix of art, culture, industry, and gastronomy. In fact, UNESCO declared part of the historical city center a Word Heritage Site in 1997. During the leisurely 3 hour walking tour, you will discover part of this heritage: the majestic castle Piazza Castello, the Royale Palace, Piazza San Carlo and the ancient cafeterias, Via Po, and Piazza Vittorio. After the tour, you will reach your next hotel in foot short distance away. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Turin.
DAY 5 (Sept. 19th, 2019) – Tastes and beauties of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by car or minivan to Lake Maggiore in north Piedmont (transfer time in 1 hour 30 minutes). Separating Italy from Switzerland, Lake Maggiore will stun you with small inhabited islands and crystalline waters. Nearby Botanical Gardens give horticulturists an opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of the region. We will first venture to the caves of a very important cheese refiner located near Lake Maggiore. These ancient caves, in use since the 15th century, contain an amazing assortment of cheese from different parts of Italy! After the tour, we will provide a light lunch in a private room of the refinery, which will include an array of cheese, salumi, and a main course. After lunch, we will drive across Stresa town—one of the main highlights of the lake. This city’s lively culture values music and conversation, with period hotels overlooking the lake and offering guests the chance to explore the charming area like a local in peace – and from there to another enchanting place located on the opposite side Stresa. Have you ever heard of Lake Orta? The Guardian used to define this place as the Italian lake tourists haven’t discovered. It is astonishing how few people – even Italians – know about the place, and it is telling that the Milanese call it La Cenerentola (Cinderella) because they have long considered it the secretly superior sibling to the larger, money-blighted lakes of Como and Maggiore. Lake Orta deserve to be visited and we will stop to one of the most enchanting borghi of this area, Orta San Giulio. The small town of Orta San Giulio is a one of the top destinations for tourists visiting the Verbano Cusio Ossola province. A favourite place for romantic souls, the village is a maze of picturesque streets and narrow cobbled lanes, flanked by old stone walls with doorways topped with triangular architraves. The little squares, reminiscent of the campielli of Venice, are enlivened by the presence of craft boutiques, antique shops and lively cafés. Orta Sna Giulio is a magical place in Italy that cannot be missed! After the visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Turin.
DAY 6 (Sept. 20th, 2019) – The famous Sacra di San Michele on the rocky spur
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred the Sacra of San Michele, symbol monument of the Piedmont region. Founded on the rocky spur of Mount Pirchiriano in the Val di Susa (Susa Valley) between 983 and 987, the Sacra, also known as the Abbazia della Chiusa, is one of the sacred sites dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Mysteriously, the three most important medieval monasteries venerating Saint Michael in Europe are all located on the same axis, one straight pilgrimage route, known as Via Sancti Michaelis, going from the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy (France) to Monte Sant’Angelo (Monte Gargano) in Puglia (Italy). The Sacra di San Michele is located exactly at the midpoint of this 2000km long pilgrimage route and is shrouded in legend, mystery and macabre details that will all be revealed by our expert guide, who will bring you to the discover this striking architectural highlights of the province of Turin. After the visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Lunch will be on your own. Leisure time in the afternoon. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Turin.
DAY 7 (Sept. 21st, 2019) – Day at leisure in Turin
Breakfast at the hotel . You will spend your final day in Italy at your leisure. As an alternative, you can choose among the following opportunities in the area: The Reggia di Venaria Palace, the Sacred Mount of Oropa and the Ricetto fortress of Candelo, or the Milan walking tour. Whether you are a foodie, history buff or love exploring the city, we have an opportunity for you to make the most of your last day in Piedmont. Lunch and dinner will be on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel accommodation in Turin.
DAY 8 (Sept. 22nd, 2019) – Transfer to Turin Airport
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. After breakfast, according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Milan Malpensa Airport. Before you leave, don’t forget …
Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life – Arrivederci!
Pick-up at Turin Airport and drop off at 4-star hotel in Monferrato Valley by private car or minivan (day 1);
3 nights at 4-star hotel Relais Sant’Uffizio in Monferrato Valley, double prestige room (double occupancy), half-board service – 3 course dinner, drinks not included – 2 dinners at the Michelin star restaurant and 1 dinner at the Bistrot restaurant of the hotel (days 1-4);
Private transfer, full-day English-speaking guide, La Morra village walking tour + Barolo winery tour and tasting, ticket entrance and tour of the Castle of Grinzane Cavour (day 2);
Private transfer, wine tasting and wine lab (day 3);
Private transfer to Turin (day 4);
4 nights at 4-star Turin Palace hotel in Turin, superior double room (double occupancy), bed and breakfast service (days 4-8);
Turin 3-hour walking tour with private guide (day 4);
Private transfer, full-day English-speaking guide, cheese refiner’s caves tour, light lunch with salumi & cheese, one-of-a-kind scenic drive along the Lake Maggiore eastern shoreline (from Arona to Feriolo), visit of Orta San Giulio (day 5);
Private transfer, the Sacra of San Michele tour with private guide (day 6);
Pick-up at the hotel and drop off to Turin Airport (day 8);
Basic medical insurance.
Services not included
City tourist taxes;
Drinks during lunch and dinners included in the program;
Entrance ticket to the Sacra of St.Michele: € 8,00 per person. Payment in cash on site;
Optional tours: available on request;
Tips and everything not mentioned in the section “Services included”.
Trip designed for a min. of 2 pax up to a max. of 6 pax;
Hotels: Relais Sant’Uffizio (Sept.15-18th, 2019) and Turin Palace Hotel (Sept.18-22nd, 2019);
Single and triple rooms available on request;
Pick-up and drop off from/to other airports available on request and with supplement;
Private transfers by car or minivan;
The travel agency is not responsible for extra costs due to flights delays/cancellation/ strikes;
If some of the attractions/suppliers mentioned above are not available, they will be replaced by others of the same quality;
If lunch or dinner is not included, we suggest you to book the restaurants in advance;
Booking advance booking is highly recommended;
Cancellation Policies please see our Terms and Conditions
Price per person in double room (double occupancy): € 2.855,00. To made a reservation, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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