PIEDMONT TO ITALIAN RIVIERA

8 Days / 7 Nights 

Private Package

*Possibility to extend the stay 

10% discount for bookings now – October 31st 2020.  Travel window from now until December 31, 2021.

Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive Italy: Arrive at Turin airport and enjoy a private transfer to a fabulous country resort in the Langhe area, check in and accommodation. Free time in the afternoon to freshen up and relax, then you will be delighted by a special Welcome Dinner accurately prepared by the resort’s master chef. Overnight.

DAY 2: Turin – Crown of Delights of the House of Savoy: Breakfast at the resort. This morning you will meet your local guide and have a half day city tour of Turin; capital of Piedmont, Turin is a town of grace and charm, with superb baroque architecture and excellent museums, set against the dramatic scenery of the foothills of the Alps. You will see the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, Piazza San Carlo with its famous cafés. Turin is home to a number of castles and royal palaces of remarkable historical and artistic value, which are part of an architectural and urban design plan intended to create an ideal frame around the city. They are known collectively as the Crown of Delights of the House of Savoy.  This afternoon your local guide will lead you through some of these majestic palaces, part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites; the most grandiose and famous is the La Venaria Reale (the “Versailles” of Turin), a monumental complex dating back to the mid-17th century. The estate consists of an 80,000 sq.m. Palace, 60 hectares of gardens, 3,000 hectares of fenced and protected parkland (the Park of La Mandria) and the adjoining Old Town. Together they make up a single architectural and environmental continuum that offers a shiny example of european baroque. You will go next to the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (Stupinigi Hunting Lodge), a sumptuous building dating 1729; it is a place of leisure and hunting, this was the favorite spot of the Savoy family for spectacular parties and solemn marriages, as well as being the residence of Napoleon in the early 19th century. Return to the resort, tonight’s dinner will be in a typical restaurant in the surroundings.  Overnight at the resort.

DAY 3: The Langhe: After breakfast at the resort, leave to a full day excursion of the Langhe and Roero district: ancient towers and castles, dating back to various ages, dominate the succession of vineyard covered hills. In this area, the grape farmers’ wine cellars produce and age some of the world’s most unique wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis and Moscato, just to mention those among the most important.  This excursion will take you on the Barolo trails to Monforte d’Alba through the vines that give life to the most precious “cru”. Arrival in Monforte d’Alba and tour visit of the center of the village called “Saracca”, historical center that gave hospitality during the middle-age to the “Catari” community. Lunch will be independent, at a local restaurant, where you can taste the typical local cuisine. The excursion continues to the village of Novello and Barolo, visiting the historical center. At the end of the tour you must be quite thirsty and anxious to taste some of these wonderful wines, so we planned a Barolo wine tasting at a family-owned winery. With more than 80 wineries, each with its own unique wine style, setting and history, Barolo offers special adventures for everyone. The flavor of this unforgettable wine along with stunning landscape views and behind the scenes tours of wine cellars and caves, will let you live a unique experience. Return to the resort, dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Alba – Truffle Hunting: Breakfast at the resort. This morning you will visit the annual International White Truffle Fair of Alba, the town’s centro storico fills with the world’s greatest chefs and food enthusiasts; the event includes a truffle auction (by invitation only), a truffle market and a truffle fair. The market, with white truffles and a whole host of truffle-related produce, takes place at weekends, the fair, on the other hand, serves as a showcase for Piedmontese specialty foods. After breakfast at the resort, board your minivan and go for a half day guided tour of one of the oldest of the Savoy residences, the Castle of Moncalieri, located just a short way from Torino, it rises in all its restrained monumentality to guard the River Po. Built in the medieval period for defense purposes, it was transformed by the Savoy into a “place of delight” by extensive enlarging and embellishing. Much loved by the women in the House of Savoy, such as Queen Marie Adelaïde and the princesses Clotilde and Laetitia, the castle was a place for holidays, where the education of the young princes was imparted and also the setting for ludic events: fragments of history and reminders of the family still linger in the royal apartments, connected to the huge park that extends over the hill. Independent lunch, and in the afternoon, you will go for a truffle hunting experience: To the uninitiated, truffles may just be foul tubers.  But to the gourmand, it represents the ultimate in culinary delights, with some epicureans declaring that they have the fragrance of the gods.  Although found in France, northern Spain, and other parts of Italy, the region around Alba is considered the quintessential truffle capital. Your half-day truffle hunt with your local expert truffle guide begins at the doorway of one of the region’s finest wineries.  After a brief walk through the vineyards to enjoy the scenic views, you’ll be off in the woods exploring with your truffle expert and his trained dog. You will learn how to analyze truffles from a technical and sensory point of view, as professional truffle tasters do. Then, you’re full-immersion into the world of truffles will continue with a terrific truffle dinner, accompanied by the best wines from the Langhe. Return to the resort, overnight.

DAY 5: Cinque Terre: After breakfast at the resort, you will leave Piedmont heading to Liguria, the last region in north western Italy, before entering France; it features impressive mountains and lovely rolling hills, colored by the green Mediterranean turf and overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The two are divided by a high, indented coastline. This morning you will have the chance to visit the famous Cinque Terre: a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera, which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water.  You will board the ferry and make stops in the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit these beautiful villages.  The Cinque Terre is noted for its beauty. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces to cultivate grapes and olives on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Each town has a distinct character, but all share a similar aesthetic: narrow, tower-like pastel-colored houses cluster atop one another in an appealingly hodge-podge pattern, and steep streets are interrupted by staircases cutting through the towns’ historic centers. The scenery in Cinque Terre is simply breathtaking. The Cinque Terre, recognized in 1997 by the UNESCO Mankind’s World Heritage, are today a national park and protected marine area with the aim of protecting this great cultural heritage and natural environment. Independent lunch in a typical “osteria”, and in the afternoon you will visit a family-owned farm and winery in Riomaggiore; during the tour you will walk through the sea-view steep slopes  and explore the dynamic vineyards, continue then to the cellar and enjoy some quality wine tasting, from the known Schiacchetrà to the classic local white wines, but also surprising reds and rosés. You will listen a local wine expert, owner of the farm, proudly explaining the production of his wines, safeguarding local products that do not have famous name. Apart from the vineyards, the farm is also involved in beekeeping and the production of integral honey; also, they have a small plantation of lemon trees used for limoncello and jams. At the end of the day, come back to the mainland and reach your small luxury boutique hotel in the Riviera Ligure, after checking in relax some time before dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Ovenight.

DAY 6: Portogino – San Fruttuoso – Santa Margherita Ligure: Breakfast in hotel, today will be dedicated to an excursion in the Riviera Ligure, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities of the area, among which: Portofino, San Fruttuoso e Santa Margerita Ligure. Portofino is a famous tourist resort located in the province of Genoa, the city is considered as the hub of tourism always visited by celebrities. It welcomes the tourist with its beautiful shops, its natural park, the beach with its clear water and the charming beauty of nature surroundings have helped the enormous growth of the tourist place. Also, you will visit San Fruttuoso Bay and see the two powerful attractions of this indentation along a mountainous coastline. One is an ancient Benedictine monastery and the other the Christ of the Abyss. The monastery is a lovely stone building with a small dome, which straddles the beach. The Christ of the Abyss is an above-life-size bronze statue a little way offshore and over 15m. (50 feet) under the sea. You can see a replica in the church next to the monastery. Next stop will be Santa Margherita Ligure, a fair-sized town, large enough to receive the huge number of tourists that come there; visit Antiochi’s Church and Villa Durazzo Centurione, which is a monument to the faded glory of the Riviera. The garden terraces are a public park and a pleasant place to sit. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: Cooking Class in Genoa: Breakfast in hotel, this morning you will leave for Genoa, the capital of Liguria, where you will have a fun, creative, cultural and interesting 360-degree cooking class ! You will cook an entire Italian Riviera menu. The class, in a cozy elegant kitchen in the historic center of the city, is 100% hands-on, your cook will guide you through all the ingredients and the cooking techniques and you will learn how to cook like an Italian (or better like a Genoese!). During the course you will chat on Genoese and Italian cuisine and you will be told stories behind each local product you will use and each traditional dish we will prepare. It will be a full immersion in the Italian Riviera food culture!You will learn how to make pesto sauce in the mortar as tradition rules will prepare handmade traditional pasta, a savory pie learning how to stretch dough thin like a bride veil and you will cook an Italian dessert. During the class you will enjoy an aperitivo where you will taste local wines jointly with samples of local cheese and charcuterie. The class will end you will eat all together what you prepared, all wrapped up with a digestive as the Italians do. It will be as a lunch with friends. In the afternoon you will have a digestive walking tour of this interesting city. Genoa, on the northwest coast of Italy, is Italy’s principal seaport. Genoa was 2004 European Culture Capital; money flowed into the port city made famous by Columbus and now it’s a better place than ever to visit. It has a fascinating aquarium, an interesting port area, and a historic center said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe, with a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. Your local guide will show you the most beautiful spots of the city: Via Garibaldi, heart of the UNESCO World Heritage sites with the richness of its “Palazzi”, their frescoes and gilded decorations, Piazza De Ferrari, elegant architecture of the 20th C.; Columbus’s house, the imposing Palazzo Ducale, and the stories of the ancient republic; the Cathedral and its treasures, Palazzo San Giorgio, the story and glory of the ancient Marine Republic, creating the bases of our modern economy.  At the end of the tour check in at your hotel and relax some time before enjoying a delicious seafood Farewell Dinner in one of the beautiful restaurants in the seaside.

DAY 8: Arrivederci Italia: Breakfast in hotel and then transfer by private minivan Milan Malpensa international airport.

Rate includes: 

  • 2 nights in HB (dinner-no beverages) at a 4star hotel in Langhe area occupying standard rooms 
  • 2 nights in BB at a 4star hotel in Langhe area occupying standard rooms 
  • 2 nights in BB at a 3star hotel in Cinque Terre area occupying standard rooms 
  • 1 night in BB at a 4star hotel in Genoa occupying standard rooms 
  • 1 dinner at local restaurant in Langhe area 
  • 1 dinner at local restaurant in Alba area—truffle 
  • 2 dinners at local restaurant in Cinque Terre area 
  • 1 dinner at local restaurant in Genoa
  • 1 wine tasting at Barolo wine area
  • 1 wine tasting at Cinque Terre area
  • 1 cooking class in Genoa 
  • 1 truffle hunting experience in Alba area
  • Boat and entrance fee to San Fruttuoso Abbey
  • Cinque Terre card (allows access to the Cinque Terre villages) by train or boat (accordingly to the meteorological conditions)
  • Private English-speaking driver and car (1-2 pax), minivan (3-6 pax), minibus (7-12 pax) or coach (13-24 pax) at disposal as per indicated program
  • Driver’s meals and accommodation if necessary
  • Compulsory parking
  • Professional English-speaking tour escort at disposal as per indicated program
  • Tour escort’s meals and accommodation if necessary
  • Compulsory English-speaking local guides for visit to the following:
  • Turin (max 05 hours) – Genoa (max 03 hours) 
  • Vat

Rate doesn’t include: 

  • City taxes (to be paid on the spot)
  • Entrance fees
  • Other local guides 
  • Tips and personal extras
  • Anything which is not clearly specified in “rate includes”

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*Package descriptions and pricing are subject to change without notice.