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Piedmont, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November
Piemonte is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and it’s also famous for its superb gastronomic specialties such as truffles, cheeses and chocolate. On this tour you will travel through the heart of Piemonte from the enchanting landscapes of the Langhe hills with Barolo and Barbaresco wines to the spectacular vineyards of Monferrato, from the Sparkling wines to the white Truffle in Alba.
You will stay two nights in Torino followed by a stay in a 4 star relais, part of a top wine estate, surrounded by the vineyards in the Langhe area, which also features a renowned gourmet restaurant.
Welcome to a magnificent area of Italy - if you are a foodie, a traveler, a lover of fine wines - this is the choice for you!
Arrival Turin airport with pick up and transfer by private minivan. Your accommodation is at the 4 star hotel in the historic center.
Turin is an elegant city and has been the capital of the Kingdom of Savoy for over 300 years and has been the first capital of the country of Italy since 1800. This regal influence can be seen in the architecture, cuisine and culture, in the stylish piazzas and in the many regal homes of the Savoy family.
Late afternoon you will meet with your guide at the hotel for 2 hour guided tour of the historic cafés: Café Platti, Cafè Mulassano, a stop at Baratti e Milano in San Carlo Square for a bicerin tasting (bicerin is a sort of coffee typical from Turin, made with espresso, chocolate and milk).
Dinner on your own. There many gourmet restaurants within walking distance from your hotel.
TURIN - GUIDED TOUR OF HISTORIC CENTER
Meeting with your guide at the hotel. This morning you will have a guided visit of the historic center of Turin: Royal Savoia Palace, Piazza Castello, Piazza Carlo Felice, and Mole Antonelliana.
Afternoon at leisure.
You can visit the Egypt Museum which houses the world’s second largest collections of Egyptian antiquities after Cairo. Or you can take the public bus and reach the Royal Palace of Venaria just outside Turin. Venaria Reale (Unesco Heritage) was created as hunting lodges and places of pleasure of the Royal Savoy family. The enchanting scenario of the Hall of Diana designed in the 17th c. by Amedeo di Castellamonte, the solemn splendor of the Great Gallery and the Church of St. Hubert, the vastness of the 18th c. Juvarra Stables designed by Filippo Juvarra - is a masterpiece of universal baroque as well as the magnificent gardens.
Dinner on your own.
MONFERRATO WINERIES, ASTI AND THE WINE ESTATE
Pick up from the hotel and travel by private car and English speaking driver to the Monferrato (Asti area) where you will visit two excellent, award winning wineries producing superb sparkling wines.
Time at leisure in Asti for perhaps a walking tour. Then drive to the Relais in the Langhe area. The relais is located in a top wine estate and features a gourmet restaurant, a huge private garden, the historic wine cellars and is surrounded by vineyards.
Dinner on your own at the gourmet restaurant of your resort.
TRUFFLE HUNT AND VISIT TO A CHEESE PRODUCER
Today you will have a truffle hunt experience. We will travel by private minivan and English speaking driver to a small village, in the heart of the Langhe, where you will meet the truffle hunter and his dogs and you will take part in a truffle hunt in a truffle growth field. The truffle hunter will tell you about the truffle, how to find it, along with the technique of a truffle search.
Lunch will be at a local farm close to the truffle growth fields to taste the truffles. Then you will visit an artisanal cheese producer making D.O.P. Mulassano, and Langhe Tuma which are excellent cheeses of the “Alta Langa “, with a cheese and local cold cuts tasting.
Transfer back to your Relais.
In the morning you will have a private cooking class with the chef of the relais. The chef will be glad to teach you how to cook Piemonte style and to help you to get in touch with the local food culture. Lunch will follow.
Afternoon at leisure at the relais. You can take a walk through the vineyards and visit the Estate’s wine cellars, or simply you can rest at the "Nest", a natural luxury for those who love peace and quiet. Located on the top of the small hill behind the Villa, you will find the ”Nest”, a short walk through the rows of Nebbiolo, then 20 steps and there you are. Hammocks and lounges awaits you and allows you to relax in the shade of an elder bush or a hornbeam tree.
Dinner on your own.
POLLENZO UNIVERSITY OF GASTRONOMY AND WINE BANK, WINE ESTATE
Pick up in the morning. We will travel through the Langhe and we will visit “Agenzia di Pollenzo”, the Castle which keeps the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Bank of wine in Pollenzo, where we will have a private guided tour, a workshop and wine tasting. The Guided visit of the Bank of Wine : Located in the historical cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, the Bank of Wine is a center of storage and refinement for the best wines of Italy. At the same time it is also a museum of Italian wine, offering visitors the chance to discover our oenological heritage and to taste the wines from some of the most prestigious wineries.
The Bank of wine hosts a museum of over two thousand square meters where you can transverse the Italian oenological landscape, stopping, region by region, tasting the wines that represent its history and terroir. In the course of the visit, the authorized guide of the Bank of wine will also explain how the University of Gastronomic Sciences works.
Time at leisure for lunch.
In the afternoon you will visit a unique winery, regularly recognized by Wine Spectator. You will learn about the wine making, visit the historic wine cellars and taste superb wines such as Barolo, Nebbiolo and Barbera.
Transfer back to your Relais.
Pick up from the hotel and private transfer to Turin airport
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour in limited to a maximum of 14 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Closest Airport: Turin Airport (20KM/30 minutes)
Closest Train Station: Torino Porta Nuova (only 800 meters from the first hotel). The drive to the second accommodation from Torino takes 1 hour.
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
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*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more persons
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
*Two (2) nights accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Turin, breakfast included
*Four (4) nights accommodation at a 4 star wine resort in the Langhe area, breakfast included
*Private transfers and excursions by car and English speaking driver as per program
*Private Guide on Days 1 (half day) and Day 2 (half day)
*Reservation and tickets for the Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum in Torino
*Half day truffle hunt as per program + lunch in an Agriturismo on Day 4
*Cheese tasting on Day 4
*One (1) private cooking class with lunch on Day 5
*Visits to 2 wineries and wine tasting on Day 3
*Visit to 1 winery and wine tasting on Day 6
Airfare, personal expenses and city taxes are not included
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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Furnished upon request.
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