Tour description

The Piedmont region in northern Italy is a culinary delight, featuring high-class Barolo wine and divine ingredients like truffle, hazelnut, and Arborio rice. This region has a unique culture all its own, shaped by it’s deep ancient history and modern culture. Along with its distinctive cuisine and culture, the rolling hills and classy architecture of this distinctive wine region will surely blow you away. Scenic views stretch across the Northwest of Italy to the borders of France and Switzerland. This picturesque region features snow capped peaks, terraced vineyards and classic terracotta coloured homes Italy is known for. A trip to the Piedmont region of Italy will quickly become the vacation of a lifetime.

The best way to explore this unique region of Italy is with a small group tour to allow a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience. On this tour, we’ll dive deep into this magnificent region of Italy, get hands-on experiences, and create a memorable experience of Italy!

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HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Turin
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites like Venaria Royal Palace and Castle of Grinzane Cavour
  • 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
  • Hands-on cooking class and Bicerin tasting in Turin
  • Visit La Morra and soak in panoramic views of the Langhe Region
  • Local markets and cheese tastings
  • Barolo and Barbaresco wine tastings

Included

  • Small group tour of 12-14 participants
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking tour director
  • Entrance fees for all sites
  • Tour transportation in a private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Local guides in the outlined cities and towns
  • Hotel city and service taxes at all accommodations and restaurants are included
  • Transfers to Turin Airport at scheduled times
  • Baggage transfers and porters are included
  • All breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners are covered. Main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso, or tea
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & Conditions/single supplement and FAQ.

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and visa fees/Trip Interruption & Cancellation Insurance.
  • Any charges for extras not listed in the itinerary
  • Room services, telephone charges, laundry fees
  • Gratuities for the tour director and local driver
  • Single room supplement
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: WELCOME TO PIEDMONT & TURIN

Welcome to beautiful Turin, the capital of Piedmont. Arrivals are arranged from the Turin airport or train station, and your first three-night stay will be at the Grand Hotel Sitea, very close to the city’s architectural treasures. We’ll meet this evening for a welcome and celebratory drink and dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included

Accommodation: Overnight in Turin

Day 2: THE HEART AND SOUL OF TURIN

When you mention TURIN, most people think of industrial pursuits and prosperity, and while it is an economic powerhouse, it is also a town of grace and charm. With the Alps in the background, rolling hills and rushing rivers, Baroque architecture, and elegant shops and museums, there are endless activities and things to explore in this vibrant city. In the morning, meet your city guide to discover the sights and sounds of Turin with a walking tour. We’ll visit the extravagant red brick facade of the baroque Palazzo Carignano, Piazza Castello, the elegant Palazzo Reale, the majestic San Carlo Square, some antique courtyards, and real hidden gems of this fascinating city. You will fall in love with the Mole Antonelliana, a symbol of Turin and a former Jewish synagogue. After tasting local life in Turin with typical BICERIN, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy and explore at your own pace, visiting the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM (including an entrance ticket), featuring Italy’s most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities. 

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Turin

Day 3: COOK LIKE A LOCAL & VISIT THE VENARIA ROYAL PALACE

Today, we’ll experience a hands-on cooking class to learn how to cook traditional Piedmontese and Northern Italian dishes. Learn about different ingredients and methods as we prepare a delicious lunch for ourselves! Afterward, we’ll drive to the striking REGIA DI VENARIA, one of the most amazing Royal palaces in Italy. This imposing structure was inspired by the French architects during the renovation of the Palace of Versailles. It was built in the second half of the 1600s by command of the Savoy Duke Charles Emmanuel who gave it as a gift to his wife. The palace includes the main building as well as the largest park, which we are welcome to wander and enjoy. You’ll have the evening to enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of Turin. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Turin

Day 4: TRUFFLE, GRINZANE CASTLE & THE BEAUTIFUL LANGHE REGION

This morning, we will leave Turin for the Piedmont countryside, one of Italy’s most picturesque regions. Towering mountains, valleys, vineyards, and castles fill the scenery as we head toward our first exciting activity of the day, learning on the truffle. Along with an expert Ttrifula (truffle hunter) and his dog, we will be led along a scenic wooded trail to hunt for truffles. 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. Afterward, we will bring our treasures back for a tasting of fresh truffle with pasta and wine. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the fairytale GRINZANE CASTLE, nestled among the vines, which was constructed during the 11th century. The views of the surrounding countryside that burst with the season’s colors are jaw-dropping. Afterward, we’ll drive to the Relais Villa d’Amelia, or similar, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. You’ll have the evening on your own to explore the town. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in the Langhe Region

Day 5: ROMANTIC ALBA & THE BARBARESCO WINE REGION

Our day begins with a drive to the charming town of ALBA, where our local guide will take us on a tour through the narrow streets to taste some of the gourmet specialties that put this region on the map, like fresh truffles, cheeses, and decadent chocolates. Alba is a pleasant agricultural center famous for its wine, hazelnuts, and white truffles. Like many towns in Italy, Alba is built over Roman ruins, which we’ll stop and explore along the way. In the afternoon, we will reach the small town of BARBARESCO, famous for one of Italy’s most treasured wines.  The town itself is postcard-worthy with its picturesque location, surrounded by vineyards, winding roads, and an 11th-century tower that watches over it all. 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 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 off the day with a visit to a family-run boutique winery passionate about their wines and wine-making process. We will enjoy dinner together tonight at a local Michelin star restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in the Langhe Region

Day 6: ENCHANTING ASTI & THE BAROLO WINE REGION 

Today’s trip begins with a visit to the mediaeval town of ASTI. Here, our local guide will introduce us to the charming cobblestone streets and ornate architecture of the city. Asti is renowned for its spumante, a carbonated wine in this region. 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.  Afterward, we’ll continue for a scenic stop by La Morra Village, where we will enjoy breathtaking views over the vineyards and mediaeval castles that scatter across the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Langhe Hills. We’ll take a wine-tasting tour of the cantinas and elegant wine venues, where you’ll learn all about BAROLO wine and why it is one of Italy’s most distinguished wines through a tour and lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll head to AOSTA for our last two nights. You’ll be staying at the Hotel Duca D’Aosta (or similar), with breakfast included.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Aosta

Day 7: DISCOVERING ROMAN HISTORY & ARTISANAL CHEESE

Today, you’ll discover the small region of Valle D’Aosta and AOSTA, a beautiful city founded by Romans in 25 BC. You can still see many traces of that era today in the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Praetoria, the Roman theatre, and the town walls, all covered in our morning walking tour. After our tour, we’ll sample a delicious Alpine cheese made with milk from cows that are native to the Aosta Valley—the Italian Pezzata Rossa and the Pezzata Nera cows. You’ll find this semi-firm, cooked, and pressed cheese to have a rich and nutty flavor reminiscent of truffles. You’ll enjoy a nice wine pairing along with the cheese to round off the experience. The afternoon is at your leisure today to soak in the beauty of Aosta. In the evening, we will gather again to enjoy a celebratory dinner in a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Aosta

Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA

Today, we’ll provide group transfers to the Turin airport, train station, or other hotels. If you’d like to continue your Italian vacation, consider other destinations in Northern Italy

TOUR PRICING

2024 Tour Price: € 3,800      Single Supplement: € 500  currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy

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Amazing Puglia Tour April 2024

17/05/2024

This is a thank you message for Aldo, Karin, Paola and Manuela. We have just returned from amazing Puglia and our guide Paola. The trip was so perfect and the coordination of hotels, restaurants and sights was always well done. Bill and I thank you all for giving us a really relaxing trip with nothing to worry about at any time. From the beginning with Manuela to the ending with Paola it was an impressive and well run tour. We are already thinking about Portugal next year. Best to you all. Bill and Laurie Minch

Bill and Laurie Minch, USA

Unique Sicily April 29,2024

17/05/2024

Dear Aldo, Katrin and Manuela,

Thank you so much for the excellent tour. Right from the start, we knew we were in good hands. All our questions regarding the tour were answered promptly and comprehensively. Booking was smoothly handled. Rosaria was a fantastic tour leader. She was so calm, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humour. She tolerated all our questions and foibles with composure. Our driver Francesco was an excellent driver and we always felt in good hands and very safe. The local guides were all passionate about their culture and we learned a lot about Sicilian culture and art from them and Rosaria. The cultural experiences were very varied and made it very interesting. Accommodation was uniformly good, often luxurious, many places with stunning views. We loved being in the very centre of such beautiful towns and cities. We appreciated the fact that we got to stay for 3 or 4 days in each place. It made it both more relaxing and afforded the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere better. The food experiences were all delicious. In particular we loved the more personal ones such as the organic winery near Agrigento and the family dinner with Susanna and her mother at their colourful and cheerful home. The cooking school the final night was such fun in the history-filled villa. It was the perfect ending to our wonderful tour. We are so happy to have and shared these experiences with a fantastic group of people, with whom we hope to continue to share our lives. We will fondly remember this tour with appreciation for Sicily, its people and culture.

Karen and Shoshanna, USA

Sicily - Spring 2024

15/05/2024

Dear Aldo,

Our tour was wonderful! Our accommodations, sites visited, special excursions, visits to dine with charming and interesting Sicilians, our driver Francisco, and most of all Rosaria were terrific!

Rosy was bright, extremely knowledgeable, and fun! Rosy was especially kind to me when I experienced a sudden ‘fear of heights’ while touring an amphitheater. She had me sit down in the shade and made sure I was helped down to a comfortable tier. All this was quietly taken care of. She was so quick to find a good answer to a ‘bump in the road’!

I enjoyed her great sense of humor and her charming way. She exhibited a good rapport with each and every one of us. We all enjoyed being with her and will never forget our wonderful travels through Sicily!

Ciao!

Ann (Andy) Dougherty

Ann Andy Dougherty

Fabulous Puglia tour!

27/01/2024

Dear Aldo, Katrin and your staff,

I did not think anything could be better than visiting my roots in Sicily but, Puglia was just fantastic. It was perfect from the first moment we met Paola in Bari until we hugged goodbye in Trani. The hotels were excellent and so perfectly located in each town. The sites defied description. How do you describe the sites of Matera and sleeping in a beautiful cave hotel! Walking around the most quaint towns of Puglia, seeing the men slap the fish, repair fishing nets by hand and sell their olives dolce from their houses just made it all so real. All the hands on experiences and tastings were fabulous. I just can’t say enough about this tour. We knew all but two people on our bus. We met the two additions and they were a treasure ….as we made new friends.Paola, of course is a national treasure! She was proud to show us all with wit and kindness.We look forward to traveling again with Secret Italia.

Denise and Bruce Jaeger

Denise Jaeger

The Mystery of Sardinia and Corsica

17/12/2023

Dear Aldo,

Feel free to select any comments below if you want to include them anywhere. But please don’t change the wording!!We had a great time in Sardinia and Corsica. Some highlights were: Strolling round Santa Cristina, an amazing archaeological park in the countryside, with both prehistoric and early medieval buildings.Visiting a family farm and enjoying a home-cooked meal with local cheeses and wine.Meeting winemakers – one woman in her early twenties, and one man of about 90.Staying in some amazing hotels. In the Hotel Regina d’Arborea in Oristano, the four muses danced on the domed ceiling in a beautiful painting. (see enclosed photo) Learning the history of these strategically placed islands that have changed hands so often over the centuries.Discovering what experts look for in the perfect olive oil. And best of all – swimming in the clear salt water of the Gulf of Oristano near Tharros. It was also great to have you with us – your energy, intelligence, good humor, local knowledge and friendliness made everything flow so easily. See photo.

Penny Nelson from Australia May 2023