Castles, truffles and wines…Sounds idyllic, right?
The Piedmont region offers it all – from romantic hills to stunning vineyards and historic castles. Known as the ‘Burgundy of Italy’, this region is rich and popular for its variety of red wines that are certified for their excellence. Our exclusive 9 Nights/10 Days Piedmont Tour starts in Turin with your arrival, and a full day private guided tour next day, taking you to the historic places like Superga, the Royal Palace and the iconic Duomo in Turin.
The medieval experience then continues in Asti and Monferrato, cities close to Turin that date back to ancient times, with preserved squares, old towers and churches. The Baroque ambiance combined with the best foods and wine continues in Langhe where you will get to taste the best truffles in local restaurants and share your experiences with passionate food enthusiasts.
Piedmont Castles, Truffles and Wine | 9 Nights/10 Days
Day 01: Turin Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Turin airport please proceed to collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Turin.
Day 02: Turin Full Day Private Guided Tour | 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: Saint Michael’s Abbey and Susa Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver and local Professional Guide in the lobby. This morning, visit the Abbazia Sacra di St. Michele (St. Michael’s Abbey), the symbol of Piedmont Regional Authority, a large, picturesque building perched on the top of Monte Pirchiriano 960 m. above sea level. To enter the church, you have to climb the Scalone Dei Morti and go through the beautiful Portale Dello Zodiaco (Zodiac Door, 1120-30) built by the architect-sculptor Nicolao. Inside the church, we can find notable 16th-century paintings as well as an oddity – the rocky peak of Monte Pirchiriano coming up through the floor. Lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the village of Susa, the ancient Segusio, converge the streets that bare respectively to the Monginevro and Moncenisio, and secondarily to Colle Delle Finestre. The point of reference for the territory Valsusino, the village has ancient origins for the presence of Celtic tribes, of which Donno and then his son Cozio were the representatives. Its story began when Augustus shook a pact of alliance with the local population, whose witness today is still visible in the decorations of the pediment of the Arch of Augustus built in 8 B.C. To the testimony of the Romanization of Susa numerous and vital monuments: the rocks Coppellate Celtic, witness of history Segusina oldest; the aqueduct of Graziano (IV sec. d.C.); the Castrum (IV century d.C.), the arena Steve (2nd-century d.c.), the Porta Savoia (III – IV sec. d.C.), which was resting in the XII century, the Cathedral of San Giusto; the traces of the ancient walls still preserved along Via Dei Fossali. The restoration works of the central Piazza Savoia have also brought to light some fundamental structures that archaeologists identify as the remains of Urban Temple, placed at the center of the hole. Afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Turin.
Day 04: 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 capitols, etc.). After the Tour continue to your Hotel Relays del Santo Uffizio, 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 at the Relays in Asti Monferrato.
Day 05: Asti & Nizza Monferrato Full Day Private Guided Tour: Meet your Driver and Guide at the Hotel lobby. Guided tour of Asti’s old town 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.). Lunch in a typical-style restaurant in the city centre, wines included. In the afternoon, together with your Guide visit Mombaruzzo is just one of the so-called “area Nizza” districts, a vast hillside swathe of territory with many localities devoted to wine production in the orbit of the main town, Nizza Monferrato, which can be found about ten kilometres away. Nizza is a lively town and a great commercial centre for wine whose name has become synonymous with great Barbera. It is also interesting for its historic monuments. See the remains of Mediaeval palazzi in the historic centre, including the merlon-crenellated tower of the town hall and some aristocratic residences. Late afternoon you will return your Hotel. Overnight at the Relays in Asti Monferrato.
Day 06: Monferrato – Langhe | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver/Guide in the lobby. This morning you will transfer to your Hotel in Langhe, en route you will stop at 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 Langhe. Today, Grinzane Cavour is home to a vital wine museum. Then continue to Barolo village with its imposing Castle. The town of Barolo is in the historical region of the Langhe, in Piedmont. Set on a small plateau, in the shape of a spur, is protected by the surrounding mountains. After the visit, continue to the Wine Estate The Marchesi di Barolo for Lunch, Visit and Wine Tasting. Marchesi di Barolo has received numerous awards for its wines and has been frequently recognized in the press and media. Today the Abbona Family continues the work that began more than two centuries ago. It produces high-quality wines meant to enrich, year after year, the history of this vital cellar where modernity and tradition meet and where a great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations. The Wine Estate controls about 200 hectares of vineyards, making wine from the main native vines of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. You will then continue to the village of La Morra, with its enchanting panoramic view on the 11 communities producing Barolo wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a fabulous family-owned: Vietti Wine Estate for a Visit and Wine Tasting. Vietti wines come from Castiglione Falletto vineyards, in the heart of the Barolo zone. After your visit, continue to your Hotel. Overnight in Langhe.
Day 07: Langhe Full Day Private Tour 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. 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 cheeses and succulent salamis, paired with good local wine. Late afternoon transfer to your Hotel in Langhe.
Day 08: Langhe Full day Guided Tour |Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Driver/Guide in the lobby. This morning your first visit Cherasco, a quadrilateral planned town with a fascinating historical 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. Continue to delightful Barbaresco, which is surrounded by vineyards and characterized by its 30m-high, 11th-century tower, visible from miles around. There are more than 40 wineries in the area. You will visit Tenuta Martinega at The Marchesi di Gresy for a Cellar tour and a tasting of five wines, including two Barbaresco. Marchesi di Gresy has received numerous awards for its wines. The ideal southern exposure, the richness of the soil – a mixture of limestone and blue marl – and the diligent work, Martinenga’s grape growers produce wines of extraordinary class, breeding, and finesse, even in difficult vintages. The terroir in Martinenga is extraordinarily complex, and the Nebbiolo grape is a master in reading the soil, able to translate the slightest nuance of the microclimate into the bottle. Varieties are grown here: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. After Lunch and wine tasting in a typical local restaurant, you will visit Cantina Montaribaldi. Upon your arrival, you will be accompanied to the external courtyard and panoramic terrace, from which you will admire a unique and exceptional landscape. In this fabulous setting, you will be introduced to the origin of the family company and their philosophy. Guided tour of the cellar, during which you will be first guided in the vinification room, where they keep the stainless steel and vitrified concrete tanks, then you will descend in the aging and storage rooms. After the tour, the tasting of a final selection of their wines will follow; it will be paired with some bites of local products. In the end, you will be offered the possibility to taste their Grappa. During the whole experience, a member of the staff will take care of you. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Langhe.
Day 09: Cuneo and Saluzzo Full Day Private Guided Tour: Meet your Driver and Guide at the Hotel lobby. This morning travel to Cuneo, a destination often overlooked by travelers. It’s an honor to offer you a visit to this city because in recent years has been the subject of restoration work that made it very nice indeed. The spacious and elegant Piazza Galimberti shows the Maritime Alps. You will explore the little medieval streets and the most beautiful churches of the city: San Francesco dating back to the late Middle Ages; San Sebastiano a beautiful example of the Baroque style. Both are part of museums. Walking through the city, we will show you where Ernest Hemingway was tasting the local sweets; where is the historic Borsalino hat shop and where you can enjoy a tea with typical pastries or a Piedmontese vermouth. If you wish, you can also eat in the restaurant that singers Sting or Bono, the leader of U2, prefer. After lunch, you will travel to Saluzzo, the capital of a region known as the Marquisate of Saluzzo for five centuries. Hated enemies of the Savoy family, the Marquesses of Saluzzo were knights, patrons and writers. Their presence in the city has left many traces. Walking through the streets and along the picturesque stairways, you live late Gothic atmosphere that is hard to find elsewhere.We will take you to discover the oldest part of the village, closed around the castle. We will go down along the city through major urban areas as the Salita al Castello, discover the old churches of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria, palaces and small squares, short and dark arcades and new busiest pedestrian areas. We will not forget to talk to the writers Boccaccio and Petrarch nor the Marquis Thomas III and Silvio Pellico. Late afternoon you will return your Hotel.
Day 10: Langhe – Turin Airport | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer from Langhe to Turin Airport.
- 3 Nights Turin
- 2 Nights Monferrato
- 4 Nights Langhe
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Ital
Private Package Tours Rates
Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 400 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 800 per person/per day.
Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 500 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 900 + Euro per person/per day.
High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 + Euro per person/per day.
Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget