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ITINERARY

Day 1: The Land of Barolo
10:00 AM Meet the guide at Alba’s train station (train arrives from Turin at 9:53)
Short panoramic tour and walk in the town of Barolo
11:45 AM Visit a Barolo winery. Lunch at the winery restaurant (3 courses) paired with a tasting of 5 premium wines
2:15 PM Explore the town of La Morra
3:30 PM Visit a second Barolo winery. Tasting of 4 premium wines
5:45 PM Drop-off at the hotel

Day 2
Meals included: lunch
9:30 AM Pick-up at the hotel located in Alba or within 10 km (5 miles) and drive to the truffle hunting location
9:45 AM Truffle hunt in the wood with the dog
11:30 AM Transfer to the town centre of Alba. Walking tour
1:00 PM Lunch (3 courses + 2 glasses of wine) in Alba in a traditional restaurant.
2:30 PM Transfer to Barbaresco
3:00 PM Visit a Barbaresco winery. Tasting of 4 premium wines
5:30 PM Drop-off at the hotel

Day 3
Meals included: lunch
10:00 AM Pick-up at the hotel with a professional driver (no guide today) and drive to the cooking class location
10:30 AM Home-cooking class in a local farm with an English-speaking local lady
12:45 PM Lunch (4 courses + 2 glasses of wine)
2:45 PM Drop-off at Alba’s train station

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Milano

  • Pick-up Location:

    Alba train station

  • Pick-up time:

    10:00 am

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Milano

  • Drop off location:

    Alba train station

  • Drop off time:

    2:45 pm

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Tour guide services for 2 days
  • Transportation on day 1 and 2: on the guide’s car up to 3 pax and with a professional driver from 4 to 6 pax;
  • pick-up and drop-off from/to hotel
  • 1 lunch in a Barolo winery (3 courses + tasting of 5 wines);
  • 1 Barolo winery and tasting of 4 wines
  • 1 lunch in a traditional restaurant (3 courses + 2 glasses of wine);
  • 1 Barbaresco winery and tasting of 4 wines;
  • Truffle hunting;
  • Home-cooking and lunch (4 courses + 2 glasses of wine)

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

Your home for your stay in piedmont is a restored stone farmhouse, set on 10 acres of hills, vineyards and orchards. The rooms built based on principles of ecological design, each with its own color scheme, natural furnishings and individual details, all offering different panoramic views. There is free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a restaurant and a seasonal, heated outdoor pool. A rustic spa with stone walls features a fitness room and a mini indoor pool

DATES & PRICES

Available year-round based on availability.

2021

Price per person in a double room based on 2 people

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

FLIGHTS

Your best option would be flying in and out of Milan.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us.

PRE AND POST IDEAS

It might be a good idea to combine  a visit in Piedmont with a tour to Lake Como or if you are planing to take

combine it with a cruise or a river cruise.

TOUR PACE

Walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

We try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

MORE INFO

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

 

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

 

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.


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