This tour combines four different destinations known as the pillars of the Italian history but also developed regions with a modern culinary and arts scene. It all begins in Turin, the museums and palaces in it and continues in the small villages of Asti and Monferrato where you will once again be a victim of the charm of the old squares, baroque buildings and narrow streets.
Monferrato and Alba are the destinations next on the list, where Monferrato is known as the land of rolling hills covered with vineyards and the region with a special wine accented by nature. Alba complements the castle-like ambience as well, but also lets you comfortably shop for souvenirs before heading to the truffle hunting experience at Langhe.
Day 01: Turin or Milan Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in Turin. The rest of the day is at leisure on. Overnight in Turin.
Day 02: Turin| Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet you driver and guide in the Hotel lobby for a Full day Turin Private Guided Tour with the following visits: Valentino Park and medieval centre (it is a reproduction of a typical medieval village surrounded by fortified walls and a rock), Basilica of Superga (an impressive church built on the Superga hill, an ideal view point to admire all the beauty of the city and a renowned pilgrimage destination), the Royal Palace (a majestic building of XVII century, former residence of the kings of Italy that preserves the marks left by the many famous architects and artists who worked in Turin), Turin’s Duomo (this cathedral is the only example of Renaissance architecture in town). Overnight in Turin.
Day 03: Turin - Asti - Monferrato | Breakfast at the Hotel. Depart with your private driver to Monferrato area. On the way you will stop in Asti where together with your local guide you will discover medieval towers, churches, baroque buildings and old squares during your walking tour. Visit also the collegiate Church of San Secondo and the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria; have a walk along Corso Alfieri, the main street, where you may also stop and visit the Crypt of Sant'Anastasio (collection of some Roman ruins, a VIII-X century graveyard area, Romanesque capitels, etc.). After the Tour continue to your Hotel. This ancient house in the heart of Monferrato, is surrounded by vineyards and pretty red brick villages, tucked away in the green hills all around. Overnight in Asti Monferrato.
Day 04: Monferrato | After breakfast at the Hotel meet in the lobby with your Driver/Guide. Today you will visit Casale Monferrato area. This land of rolling hills covered with vineyards and dotted with castles is a region happily unexplored by conventional tourists. Your route today will take you through small villages crowned with ancient castles. Travel through the villages of Moncalvo, Grazzano Badoglio, Ottiglio, Sala Monferrato and Stevani to reach the 13th century Castello di Uviglie. After a tour of the Castle grounds and The Wine Estate for a fantastic Wine Tasting, continue to Cella Monte for lunch in a local characteristic Cantina. After lunch continue to Casale Monforrato where you will meet your Professional Local Guide for a Private Guided Tour of the historic center. With the Cathedral of Sant' Evasio and the Synagogue, built in Baroque style in the sixteenth century and restored in 1969. The Cathedral is the oldest monument of Casale Monferrato, and is one of the largest cathedrals in the Lombard Romanesque style of Piedmont. Among other beautiful churches of Casale stand one dedicated to St. Dominic, founded in 1472, and the 18th century Church of Santa Caterina. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Asti Monferrato.
Day 05: Monferrato - Alba | After breakfast meet with your driver at the lobby. This morning on route to your Hotel in the Langhe, stop along the way at leisure. The drive is only about 1 hour; you could comfortably stop at leisure along the way for you to arrive in Alba. Lunch based on Truffle in a characteristic local restaurant. (Only during Truffle Fair in October) In the afternoon you will visit the world-renowned International Truffle Fair, which combines top chefs from across the globe with passionate food enthusiasts. The Truffle Market is the place to come to find out everything there is to know about the truffle, immersing you in a unique and headily scented atmosphere. Every truffle on sale at the market has been checked by a special commission before the market opens to the public, and this group of experts will also be available for consultation at the Consumer Help Desk inside the pavilions. The Truffle Market offers visitors the chance to see, touch and smell many, many truffles, sold directly by trustworthy local truffle hunters. Late afternoon transfer to your Hotel in Langhe.
Day 06: Langhe with White Truffle Hunt | Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Driver in the lobby. This morning your first visit Cherasco, a quadrilateral planned town with a very interesting historic centre. Take a stroll along the orthogonal streets opened with porticos and embellished by civic and religious buildings that go from the Medieval to the Baroque. After a 2 hours visit continue on to Serralunga to visit the slender and majestic Castle of Serralunga d'Alba. The Castle overshadows one of the most beautiful and historically intact villages of the Langhe, surrounded by the hills of Barolo vineyards. Considered to be one of the best-conserved examples of 14th century noble castles in Piedmont, this castle represents a unique piece of history in Italy with an architectural structure of a French donjon. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will learn all about one of this region's most famous specialties, the truffle. "What Is a Truffle? How Is a Truffle Found? What Techniques Does a Truffle Expert Use?" After this short introduction, you will venture into the woods with the trifolau (truffle hunter) and his dog, to put your newfound knowledge to the test and find your own little nugget of white gold! Next you will visit a local farm and taste some of their products, which include delectable cheeses and succulent salamis, paired with good local wine. Late afternoon transfer to your Hotel in Langhe.
Day 07: Langhe | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver and Professional local Guide in the lobby. Your day in the Langhe starts with a wonderful visit to The Castle of Grinzane Cavour. The Castle became a symbol of the Langa del Barolo after Count Benso, the mayor of the town for some 17 years running, transformed it into a production base for the great wines of Langa. Today, Grinzane Cavour is home to an important wine museum and an ethnographic museum which illustrates the local farming traditions. Then continue to Barolo village with its imposing Castle. The Barolo Castle has a centuries-long history and an international museum dedicated to the world of wine. There is perhaps no better place to have a Wine Museum - than in the land where Barolo is made. Lunch in a local characteristic restaurant. In the afternoon visit The Marchesi di Barolo wine cellar, with wine tasting. Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has been frequently recognized in the press and media. We will end the visit of this beautiful area by visiting the village of La Morra, with its enchanting panoramic view on the 11 villages producing Barolo wine. Return to your Hotel. Overnight in Langhe.
Day 08: Turin or Milan Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Unfortunately it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience we will transfer you the airport. Ciao!
- 2 nights Turin
- 2 nights Monferrato
- 3 nights Langhe
- Assistance & Porterage at Airports and Hotels
- Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English speaking driver as per program
- Professional Local Guides: Door to Door service
- All Breakfast and most Lunches included
- 24/7 Assistance & Support
- Details up on request
Prices in Euro
March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy
4* Boutique Hotels
€4,785 per person
5* Luxury Hotels
€6,385 per person