Day 1 : Meet, walking tour, Lunch, dinner
Meet your guide at Turin train station at 10:00 am. You will have an interesting walking tour around Turin featuring historical doorways, historical shops and the former Jewish ghetto. We will stop for lunch at a cozy local restaurant. After lunch you will have some free time to continue discovering Turin before transferring to your hotel in the countryside, in the heart of Piedmont.
Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Wine villages, Barolo tasting, Cooking class
Depart for a scenic drive along the route of the Barolo wine area learning about some of the most famous single vineyards in the area.
We’ll visit the snail-shaped town of Serralunga d’Alba and its fortress. Next, We will drive to the Langhe area to visit a boutique Barolo winery and enjoy a tasting of five premium wines, comparing different types of Barolo and accompanied by Small food bites to enhance the tasting experience.
After the tasting you will have some time on your own for lunch and/or to explore the tiny village of Barolo.
In the afternoon we will visit a second Barolo winery and enjoy a tasting of four wines including two unique Barolo single-vineyards.
You next experience today will be cooking your dinner…. with a local family who invites you to their kitchen and share secrets and best practices of the Piedmontese cuisine.
Day 3: Asti, Cheese & Wine tasting, Underground Wine Cathedrals
Depart for a guided tour in the town of Asti. We will visit a cheese- crafter for a cheese & wine tasting. A cheese refiner is one who mastered the art of refining cheese, by adding an ingredient that will make that cheese special, personalizing it with a unique and unmistakable taste. The relationship with the cheese producer is essential to know the product that the refiner will handle in order to respect its original taste. To refine a cheese, it’s possible to use nutmeg, ash, wine marcs, tomato, even inside barrels and with many other ingredients. We will then drive to Canelli, which is famous for its underground “Cathedrals of wine” as UNESCO World heritage sites. The underground cantinas are true cathedrals, extending below the city and composed of several levels in the tuffaceous hills, creating a striking environment. We will have a tasting in one of these cellars.
After this ‘Happy hour’ you will get back to the hotel for some down time before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Truffle hunting, Alba, Barbaresco
This morning we’ll drive to the Roero district to a Tartufaia, a place when one finds Truffles. We’ll join the truffle hunter and his canines for truffle hunting in the forest. Next, we will be heading to Alba where you will have free time for lunch, shopping or exploring. In the afternoon we will visit a Barbaresco winery and enjoy a tasting of four premium wines with cheese and salami. After the tasting we will go back to the hotel for some down time before heading out for dinner.
Day 5: Departure
Group transfer to Turin train station. (09:00 am)
or continue with us to Lake Como
we could organize a private transfer to Milan airport. (Extra charge)
The program includes:
- 4 days of touring
- 4 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 4 Dinners
- 1 hands -on cooking class
- Wine tastings
- Chees tasting
- Tour guide
- Group transfer
- Transportation according to the itinerary
The program does not include
- 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.
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.
*** Deposit: We have adjusted our policies due to covid-19. - In the event of a travel ban or such extraordinary event where travel is not possible - You will receive a credit voucher that you can use for booking any Food N' Wine Vacations trip till 12/31/2022.
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.
**** We have adjusted our policies due to covid-19. In the event of a travel ban or such extraordinary event where travel is not possible - You will receive a credit voucher that you can use for booking any Food N' Wine Vacations trip till 12/31/2022.
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 Relais. The former monastery dating back to the 16th-century, has been given a contemporary makeover and is now a beautiful, comfortable four-star hotel with a relaxing spa centre and a gourmet restaurant.
Refined rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and mini fridges. Other amenities include tennis courts and an outdoor pool, plus a spa with an indoor pool, an ice waterfall, a steam room and saunas.
DATES & PRICES
Available year-round based on availability.
Sept 4 – Sept 8
- $ 2950.00
Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round
We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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