PIEDMONT SMALL GROUP TOUR
Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the Piedmont region.Immersed in tradition as old as the towns that fostered it,Piedmont’s cuisine is the toast of Italy.It is home to the Slow Food movement, Alba truffles and big-hitting Barolo wines.The rolling hills,valleys and towns of Piedmont are northern Italy’s specialist pantry,weighed down with sweet hazelnuts,rare white truffles, Arborio rice and Nebbiolo grapes that metamorphose into Barolo and Barbaresco wines.This is Piedmont, which boasts one of Italy’s finest winegrowing regions, contains the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Langhe area.Throughout this culinary discovery, partake in a local wine appreciation lesson from a master sommelier; experience the thrill of a truffle hunt; visit an aged cheese producer; partake in a cooking class; visit the region’s capital Turin and picturesque towns of Alba and Barolo; relax in two magnificent rural retreats; and indulge in food, wine, and truffles at wineries.
We have a real passion for Piedmont and look forward to sharing it with you !
- Guaranteed departure small group travel: small, intimate group limited to 12/14 participants only!
- Guided tour of the the maginificent city of TURIN
- Popular UNESCO World heritage sites
- Celebrated Piemontese food and wine
- Learn about local traditions, products, environment, and varieties of truffles in Piedmont
- Try your hand at finding truffles with the help of an experienced hunter and dog
- Step inside the UNESCO-listed Castle of Grinzane Cavour
- Stop at the village of La Morra and soak in panoramic views of the LANGHE REGION
- Local Markets and Cheese Tastings
- BAROLO and BARBARESCO wine tastings
- Experienced local Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
- Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury mercedes car or 20 seater mini-van
- Included hotel city tax
- No hidden extras
- Our regional meals:All breakfasts,4 dinners, 2 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)
- Activity level:Moderate
- Early arrival/Late stay options:The tour will begin with transfers from Turin airport to the center and end with transfers to the airport in Turin at scheduled times.We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour.
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- Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
- Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
PIEDMONT SMALL GROUP TOUR
PIEDMONT TRAVEL ITINERARY
SMALL GROUP TOUR FROM TURIN TO TURIN
DAY 1: WELCOME TO PIEDMONT & TURIN
Welcome to beautiful Turin, the capital of Piedmont.Arrive at Turin airport and travel to the city center for the first three nights stay at the “GRAND HOTEL SITEA” or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.00 pm meet your tour director for a welcome drink in a local bar followed by dinner in a tavern where you will feel like one of the family.Eat like a local! Overnight in TURIN
DAY 2: THE HEART AND SOUL OF TURIN
Mention Turin and most people will think of industry and prosperity. It is certainly an economic powerhouse but it is also a town of grace and charm,with the Alps in the background,rolling hills close to the city centre,the River Po running through it,long tree-lines streets of Baroque architecture,elegant arcades of shops and excellent museums.After breakfast, meet your city guide for a discovery of the extravagant red brick façade of the baroque Palazzo Carignano, Piazza Castello, the elegant Royal Palace, the majestic San Carlo Square, as well as some antique courtyards, real hidden gems of Turin. You will fall in love with the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin and former Jewish synagogue, which now hosts the stunnng Cinema Museum. Here we experience the panoramic lift to a terrace from which you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city.We then end the day with an included lunch at Mercato Centrale, close to Porta Palazzo Market which is the largest open-air food market in Europe and as locals do.The afternoon is free to stroll on your own or to visit one of the great museums,such as the Egyptian Museum, featuring Italy’s most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities.Dinner is on your own at one of the many charming restaurants around.Overnight in TURIN
DAY 3: VENARIA ROYAL PALACE & COOKING CLASS IN TURIN
The day starts with a visit to the striking REGGIA DI VENARIA,one of the most amazing Royal Residencies of Italy. the greatest abode of the Royal Family. This imposing structure inspired the French architects during the project of renovation of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris. Built in the second half of the 1600 by command of the Savoy Duke Charles Emmanuel that gave it as a gift to his wife, the palace presents the main central building as well as the largest park of the regionAfter a guided tour of the palace,we’ll return to Turin for the afternoon on your own.In the evening, we meet in the house of a local for a HANDS-ON-COOKING CLASS where we learn how to prepare both typical Piedmontese and northern Italian dishes.We the sit together for a relaxing dinner and enjoy what has been prepared.Overnight in TURIN
DAY 4: THE UNESCO LANGHE VALLEY,ASTI & THE BAROLO WINE REGION
This morning we depart for the Piedmont countryside, Italy’s picturesque region of mountains and valleys, vineyards, castles and incredible cuisine.Our countryside discovery starts with the Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo and in the province of Asti in Piedmont.In the medieval wine-country town of ASTI, we meet our local guide who introduces us to the charming cobblestoned streets.Renowned for its spumante,Asti is a noble city of medieval towers and elegant churches. The verdant area just south of Turin is one of Italy’s most famous wine-producing regions, rivalled only by Tuscany. It’s best known for its full-bodied reds like Barolo and Barbaresco.We’ll go wine-tasting and tour the cantinas at one of the area’s most elegant wine venues, where you will understand why BAROLO wine is one of Italy’s most distinguished.After an included lunch in the winery,we continue to the tiny village of BAROLO, dominated by the Castello Falletti,once owned by the powerful Falletti banking family.Today it houses the MUSEO DEL VINO where multimedia displays tell the story of wine through history, art, music, films and literature.Spend the next three nights in a boutiwue hotel located in the LA MORRA area,with breakfast included.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in THE LANGHE
DAY 5: BACKROAD NEIVE,BEAUTIFUL ALBA & THE MORRA HILLS
Our day starts with a drive to ALBA, the city of the 100 towers.En route, we stop for a stroll in the medieval hamlet of NEIVE, rich of history and beauty. This tiny village boasts well-preserved structures from the Middle Ages, including several notable churches. But Neive is mostly famous for its local wines: Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba, and Moscato d’Asti.Upon arrival in ALBA, our wonderful local guide will take us on a guided tour through the town narrow streets to taste some of the gourmet specialties that have put this region on the map: truffles, cheeses, chocolates and so on. Alba is a pleasant agricultural centre, famous for its wine, hazelnuts and white truffles. As with so many Roman towns, Alba is built over Roman ruins; we will be stopping along the way to see some of the them.Later in the day we reach the village of LA MORRA from where one enjoys breathtaking views over vineyards dotted with medieval castles, the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Langhe Hills.Dinner is included this evening in a local tavern. Overnight in THE LANGHE
DAY 6: TRUFFLE HUNTING, FAIRY-TALE CASTLES & BARBARESCO WINERY
After breakfast this morning, we embark on an unforgettably experience, TRUFFLE HUNTING! You’ll be guided along a scenic wooded trail by a professional Trifulau (truffle hunter) and his trusty dog. Along the way, you’ll learn about the local history and traditions, as well as the many unique products that this area has to offer. The highlight of this adventure is undoubtedly discovering the world-famous, prized white truffles of Alba. And of course, no truffle hunt is complete without a tasting! Free time to explore and have lunch.Later on, we explore the CASTLE GRINZANE CAVOUR, a fairytale castle, nestled amongst the vines, which was constructed during the 11th century.The views of the surrounding countryside bursting with season colors are jaw dropping.BARBARESCO is a small and charming town in Lange, famous for precious wine – Barbaresco. From its picturesque location, surrounded by vineyards, to the winding roads and 11th century tower that watches over it all, this village is rich in history and character. At its heart is the production of Barbaresco wine – It is hard to believe these famous big and bold reds come from such a tiny hamlet. We’ll visit Barbaresco and ascend its tower to take in the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, with vineyards as far as the eye can see.We’ll cap of the day with a visit to another family-run, boutique winery passionate about their wines and wine making process.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in THE LANGHE
DAY 7: IN LOVE WITH VALLE D’AOSTA
Today’s visit take you to discover the small region of VALLE D’AOSTA and AOSTA, a beautiful city founded by the Romans in 25 B.C.Many traces of that time are still visible, such as the Arch of Augustus,the Porta Praetoria, the Roman theater, and the town walls. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the center and visit its striking Roman remains.After free time for lunch, we visit the medieval CASTLE OF FENIS.We then sample the delicious Alpine cheese made with milk from unique cows from the Aosta Valley—the Italian Pezzata Rossa and the Pezzata Nera cows. Of course the cheese goes best with a good glass of wine.In the evening celebrate your small group tour to Piedmont with an “Arrivederci dinner” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends.Overnight stay in AOSTA
DAY 8: ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA
Group Transfer after breakfast to Turin airport,train station, or hotel.Flights home must be booked no earlier than 12noon.
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