Northern Italy featuring Piedmont
Cruise the scenic Lago Maggiore past the Borromean Islands, villas and historic palaces
Discover the techniques used in gathering truffles with a truffle hunter and their hunting dog
Visit a winery and tour the ‘underground cathedral’ wine cellars, before sampling their wines
Visit one of the nine sacred mountains in Italy – the UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte di Serralunga di Crea
Framed by the towering Alps, serene lakes, and gorgeous national parks, the region of Northern Italy demands to be seen. Discover the best of this vineyard laden paradise with this 9-day cultural and gastronomic tour featuring the vineyard covered landscape of Piedmont. Spend your holiday visiting the rice-producing province of Vercelli, Bra - the birthplace of Slow Food Movement, the impeccable UNESCO vineyards of Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area, and the regal city of Turin, Italy’s first capital city. Delight your senses with a scenic cruise on Lago Maggiore, passing by the beautiful Borromean Islands, grand villas and historic palaces. Discover the UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte di Serralunga di Crea, one of the nine sacred mountains in Italy, and venture into the woods to uncover the thrill of truffle hunting with a trifolao and their dog.
This is an English-only tour with maximum of 16 people.
Set out on a tour of the fascinating Piedmont region. Dazzle your senses in a land of prestigious wines – Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. This is where the “slow food” movement began in 1986 and is the home of the world-famous Nutella! Your tour opens on the tranquil shores of breathtaking Lago Maggiore, straddling the border between Italy and Switzerland. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Today, dinner will be included.
Hotel: Zacchera Hotels*, Lago Maggiore.
*Zacchera Hotels is a hotel group in Lago Maggiore. The exact hotel to be used will be available 15 days prior to the tour departure date.
Cruise on the scenic Lago Maggiore past the Borromean Islands, villas, and historic palaces. Stop along the way for a guided tour of the colourful lakeside town of Pallanza. Perched on the edge of the pristine waters, take a stroll down the promenade featuring buildings adorned with charming terraces and balconies. The town centre is a latticework of ancient streets lined with ornate historic buildings. This afternoon, visit a local shop for a tasting and a sampling of some local delicacies. Today, breakfast will be included.
Travel to the province of Vercelli, an area that is one of Europe's leading rice producers. Pass spectacular panoramas of rice paddies before making a stop at a traditional rice farm. Learn about the production process and the history of this unique place. Then, try some of the creamy home-cooked risotto at lunch. Continue to Sacro Monte di Serralunga di Crea, one of the nine Sacred Mountains in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage site where 23 chapels adorn the forest. Next, it’s on to Langhe-Roero & Monferrato, recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage site list. This area’s enchanting rolling hills are home to many of Italy’s hidden treasures and are strewn with castles and vineyards. It is best known for its wine making heritage, which can be traced as far back as the 5th century B.C. Today, breakfast and lunch will be included.
Hotel: Hotel Cantine Ascheri, Bra
Begin exploring the Langhe area with a stop in the small hilltop village of La Morra. Take in the breathtaking panoramas of the valley — and the vineyards famous for producing Barolo wine — with the Alps on the horizon. Have some time to discover its medieval streets before joining your guide for a walk** through vineyards and country roads (UNESCO). Along the way, see the small but striking Cappella del Barolo (chapel) painted with an array of bright colours in geometric shapes. Then it’s off to the quaint village of Barolo who gave its name to the wine it produces. Savour some leisure time for lunch or to indulge in a wine tasting at one of the many wineries. Later, venture down Piedmont’s “hazelnut road” to learn about Tonda Gentile, Northern Italy's prized hazelnut that is hailed as the world’s best. Spend time at a family-run hazelnut farm and take a stroll through the hazelnut grove. Learn about the process of shelling and roasting and see how they transform the nut into decadent sweets before indulging in a tasting. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
**The La Morra walking tour is weather permitting. This easy downhill stroll takes approximately 40 minutes.
Discover the world’s most celebrated underground mushroom – the truffle. Venture into the woods to meet a “trifolao” (truffle hunter) and their hunting dog. Get to know the techniques used in gathering truffles during a hunting demonstration. Then, have the opportunity to sample this rare delicacy. Next, travel to Alba to independently explore this culinary mecca renowned for white truffles and chocolates. Afterward, continue on to the town of Canelli, known as Italy’s largest producer of sparkling white wines. These wines are stored in elaborate cellars known as “underground cathedrals” (UNESCO) that possess the perfect environment to age wine. Visit a winery and tour one of these unique masterpieces of architecture before sampling their wines. Today, breakfast will be included.
This morning, take a step back in time at the Castle of Monticello, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the region and surprisingly still lived in. Stand in awe of its romantic English-style gardens with tree-lined pathways and serene ponds. Continue to a family run “agriturismo” (small farm) for a delightful home-hosted lunch. Then it’s on to Barbaresco, a small picturesque village frozen in time. Here you’ll sample the delicious Barbaresco wine, recognised as one of the world’s finest. Today, breakfast and lunch will be included.
Set out for the foothills of the Alps and arrive in the regal city of Turin, Italy’s first capital city. Join a local guide who will lead you on an exploration featuring the many treasures of this elegant city. Along the way, you will be enchanted by the beauty of its tree-lined avenues and cobblestone streets. Get a glimpse of the grand lifestyle of the House of Savoy at the impressive Royal Palace. As you stroll through the exquisite, gilded rooms you are sure to be awed by the opulence. Then, delight in an exclusive private tour of the Royal Kitchens. Learn about the foods that were on the tables of kings and queens and see the equipment they used to create the regal cuisine. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Today, breakfast will be included.
Hotel: Turin Palace Hotel, Turin
Relish a full day at leisure to wander the city and find your own adventure. You may choose to visit the Cinema Museum or the Egyptian Museum — the best of its kind outside Egypt — or relax at one of Turin’s historic cafes. Perhaps, you will join an optional tour to the magnificent 18th century hunting lodge at Stupinigi, the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (UNESCO); this extravagant building is designed with a towering centre with two immense wings that encircle an intricately manicured courtyard, and has an interior that will take your breath away. Tonight, gather with your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
Your tour comes to a close today. You are sure to depart with wonderful memories of this captivating region and its culinary treasures. Today, breakfast will be included.
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- This is an Entire Travel Group exclusive bespoke small group itinerary lead by Collette.
- Alternate hotels may be used.
- Zacchera Hotels is a hotel group in Lago Maggiore. The exact hotel to be used will be available 15 days prior to the tour departure date.
- The La Morra walking tour is weather permitting. This easy downhill stroll takes approximately 40 minutes.
- Smaller buses, which may not be lavatory equipped, may be used on this program. In this case, frequent stops are made during travel periods.
- Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
- When reserving single accommodations, be advised that single rooms in Italy are often smaller in size.
- In order to fully experience the destination, some of the hotels on these programs are located in smaller towns or on country roads where access is limited to large coaches. In these cases, you will be dropped off as close as possible and there will be a short walk to access the hotel from the drop-off area.
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