8 days/7 nights - Milan airport (MXP) - Private transfer - Lunch and dinner at gourmet - Hands-on cooking class.
Indulge your senses in the wine, cheese, truffles, and dramatic views of the Piedmont region. Uniquely situated on the border of France and Switzerland in northern Italy, the region boasts a burgeoning wine culture with centuries-old vines producing deep and satisfying aromas. Translating to “at the foot of the mountains,” Piedmont has unparalleled aesthetic appeal with the Alps rising ominously in the background of every nook and hamlet we explore throughout the tour. The region was central to the reunification of Italy and continues to be an economic powerhouse of the country, with its capital Turin being the third largest economic contributor for the country. It is also home to the white truffle the most exclusive and expensive culinary treasure in the world. This is a region of contrast, as you will enjoy rolling hills, sprawling rice fields, poplar groves, and iconically quaint Italian villas during your stay. For those looking for exclusive experiences that indulge all the senses this tour is for you!
“A tavola non s’invecchia.”
“At the table, one does not grow old”
- Italian proverb -
DAY 1 - pick-up at Milan Malpensa airport and drop off in Langhe
After arriving at the Milan Malpensa Airport, our expert driver will transport you to your accommodations for the night (transfer time 2 hours.) Along the drive, you will pass through the gorgeous provinces of Novara and Vercelli, which are famous for their risotto rice paddy fields. With the Alps protruding from the distant horizon, this view will be a fantastic welcome to Italy! From there, you will coast through the Monferrato region, which is famous for its Barbera wine. Be prepared for breath-taking rolling hills and ancient hamlets hidden among noble vineyards. Welcome to Langhe - one of the most beautiful wine areas in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your stay in Langhe will be at an extraordinarily charming accommodation in the heart of the region, giving you quick access to the amazing sights Langhe has to offer. The hotel sits between luscious woods and spectacular hazelnut groves with an extraordinary view of the Alps to boot. After check-in, you will have time to relax in your comfortable and plush rooms. Langhe is a traditional Piedmont town, famous for its wine, cheese, and truffles. The white truffles of Alba are an internationally renowned delicacy which we will enjoy during your stay. White and tan stone architecture tint an awe-inspiring pink during sunset, perfect to relax on the balcony with a glass of wine. Take a breath and enjoy your first day in Italy—you deserve a break before the busy week ahead! Your welcome dinner will be served at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of your Piedmont tour. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in the Langhe area.
DAY 2 - La Morra, Barolo Winery tour and tasting, and the Castle of Grinzane Cavour
After breakfast at the hotel, your tour will start with a visit to La Morra, also known as the Balcony of Langhe. Here you will have the chance to take pictures from the most beautiful panoramic point of the area! Take your time to admire the surroundings and purchase souvenirs from the small shops in the village. After visiting this stunning locale, your guide will drive you to a traditional winery nestled in heart of the Barolo hills. A local winemaker will give you a private tour of the vineyards— then history, people, cellars, and of course iconic wine of the Estate. For lunch, you will have the privilege of dining in a unique location standing in one of the most spectacular settings just 5 km from Alba: the Castle of Grinzane Cavour. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Langa valley, the castle offers 360- degree views of the village-speckled landscape and sprawling vineyards. The castle has also been home to the International White Truffle Auction since 1999, one of the most important gastronomic events in Italy. Enjoy lunch at the Al Castello restaurant, the perfect destination for an authentic meal tasting the delicacies of Italian cooking. Whether you want succulent ravioli with a rich homemade sauce (refined by centuries of family traditions) or a perfectly seared chop with pan jus - La Morra will deliver. Enjoy a glass of Barolo wine or sparkling prosecco to top off your meal in opulence. After lunch, you will embark on a tour of the Castle of Grinzane Cavour - the home of the famous Count Camillo Benso of Cavour from 1832 to 1849. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own at one of the hotel restaurants (with a choice of either a bistro or gourmet meal). Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in the Langhe area.
DAY 3 - Cooking class and Grappa tour
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Monferrato Valley, the perfect place for foodies and gourmets who desire to learn the secrets of Italian regional cooking (and put them into practice!) The Monferrato Valley has a strong literary tradition backed by an even richer wine history, with vines dating back to 500 BCE. After the hands-on cooking experience, you will enjoy the lunch you have just created. Agnolotti is a classic dish of the region—a flattened pasta dough similar to ravioli filled with roasted meats and vegetables. Expect this to be central to your dining throughout the day! In the afternoon, you will visit a charming distillery that specializes in producing the traditional Italian beverage Grappa. Made from grapes in the later stages of winemaking (utilizing the seeds, pulps, seeds, and other remnants from the process), the grappa liquor resembles a brandy in look and taste. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to relax. Dinner will be on your own at one of the hotel’s restaurants (with both bistro or gourmet options). Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in the Langhe area.
DAY 4 - Turin
Enjoy breakfast and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to Turin, the original capital of Italy! Check in at the hotel, and enjoy a few hours of relaxation. Blending Renaissance, Baroque, Romanesque, and modern Italian architecture, you’ll be treated to imposing spires, regal columns, and meticulously paved pathways as you explore the city. With perfectly tree-lined streets and modern, artsy cafes, your day will be full of chances to explore and immerse yourself in Turin’s unique culture. Lunch will be on your own. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to discover the beauties of Turin. Turin was Italy’s first capital after the unification and one of the most influential cities during the Risorgimento period. It is also the place where FIAT (today FCA) started its business and where several gastronomic events are held each year. Turin is a fantastic mix of art, culture, industry, and gastronomy. In fact, UNESCO declared part of the historical city center a Word Heritage Site in 1997. During the leisurely 3 hour walking tour, you will discover part of this heritage: the majestic castle Piazza Castello, the Royale Palace, Piazza San Carlo and the ancient cafeterias, Via Po, and Piazza Vittorio. After the tour, you will reach your next hotel in foot short distance away. Dinner will be on your own (we recommend the restaurant inside the hotel). Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Turin.
DAY 5 - Vercelli and the Abbey of Lucedio
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Vercelli, the capital of the Vercellese Plain and the most important region for rice production. Surrounded by ride paddy fields, this region was founded around 600 BCE and is one of the oldest cities in north Italy. Vercelli is a small city of artists with an incredible cultural heritage: during the 2.5 hour walking tour, you will visit the church of St. Andrew, the church of St. Eusebius, Piazza Cavour and the church of St. Cristopher. With its ideal architecture and rich history of literature and philosophy, your stay in Vercelli will challenge and engage your mind. Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant with an exclusive tasting of this area’s main dish: risotto! In the afternoon, you will visit the Abbey of Lucedio. The Abbey was founded in 1123 by the Cistercian Monks and soon became a prosperous center of economic and political power. Several noble Italian families fought for possession of the abbey until it was annexed by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century. Later on, the Abbey became the property of Marquis Giovanni Gozani di San Giorgio, the ancestor of the present owner, Countess Rosetta Clara Cavalli d’Olivola Salvadori di Wiesenhoff. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Turin. Dinner will be on your own. We recommend a nice trattoria specialized in Piedmontese dishes located about 500 meters from the hotel. The guide can give you more information if you are interested. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Turin.
DAY 6 - Cheese caves visit with light lunch and the Isola Bella (Lake Maggiore)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by car or minivan to Lake Maggiore in north Piedmont (transfer time in 1 hour 45 minutes). Separating Italy from Switzerland, Lake Maggiore will stun you with small inhabited islands and crystalline waters. Nearby Botanical Gardens give horticulturists an opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of the region. We will first venture to the caves of a very important cheese refiner located near Lake Maggiore. These ancient caves, in use since the 15th century, contain an amazing assortment of cheese from different parts of Italy! After the tour, we will provide a light lunch in a private room of the refinery, which will include an array of cheese, salumi, and a main course. After lunch, we will drive across Stresa town—one of the main highlights of the lake. This city’s lively culture values music and conversation, with period hotels overlooking the lake and offering guests the chance to explore the charming area like a local in peace. From Stresa, we will take a scenic boat ride to the Isola Bella, the best of the Borromean Islands. Your guide will meet you as soon as you arrive and give you a 1-hour tour of the famous Palace and Gardens, which many say rival the beauty of Versailles. We will transfer you to Stresa by boat and then transfer back to Turin. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Turin.
DAY 7 - Day at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will spend your final day in Italy at your leisure. As an alternative, you can choose among the following opportunities in the area: The Reggia di Venaria Palace, St.Michael’s Abbey tour, The Sacred Mount of Oropa and the Ricetto fortress of Candelo, or the Milan walking tour. Whether you are a foodie, history buff, or love exploring the city, we have an opportunity for you to make the most of your last day in Piedmont. For your farewell dinner, we chose a fine restaurant nearby with a seafood- based menu (beverages not included). Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Turin.
DAY 8 - Drop off to Milan Malpensa Airport.
Breakfast. After breakfast, according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Milan Malpensa Airport. Before you leave, don’t forget ...“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life”. Arrivederci and we hope to see you again!
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