Day 1 : Arrival, Welcome tasting, Dinner
The group meets at Milan airport. (MXP) 10:00 am -12 pm.
On the way to the hotel, we’ll stop for a ‘Food & wine tasting’ at a
winery overlooking the piedmont region.
The winery produces Moscato and sparkling wines which makes it a
perfect ’Welcome to Piedmont’ toast.
Upon arrival to the hotel check in and settle in your room.
Welcome dinner at a restaurant.
Day 2: Wine villages, Barolo tasting, Cooking experiences
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. Our first visit will be a boutique Barolo winery and enjoy a tasting of five premium wines and comparing different types of Barolos.
After the tasting you will have some time on your own for lunch in the village of La Morra or the village of Barolo.
After lunch you will visit a second Barolo winery of the day and enjoy a tasting of four wines including two unique Barolo single-vineyards.
Your 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: Cheeses, Asti, Barbera
After a morning at leisure, depart to 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 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. Enjoy a tasting of 12-types of cheese with local jams and honey.
Next, We will drive to Asti for a guided tour and some free time on your own for lunch.
In the early evening we will drive to Nizza Monferrato where the Barbera wine is aged in oak and obtains the DOCG appellation called “Nizza”. You will meet a local family who produces local wines including the Nizza appellation and take part in a traditional farmer’s dinner with homemade soup, frittata, and other recipes
Day 4: Turin is like a box of chocolate
Today we’ll have a day trip to Turin. Turin is Italy’s regal city. The grandeur of its royal past can be witnessed in its stunning palaces, majestic boulevards, and arcaded shopping streets. Turin is also famous for having many elegant historic cafes, as it was a literary center for many centuries for people like Puccini, Nietzsche, Dumas, and Cavour.
Turin is a chocolate heaven. It has been the chocolate heart of Europe since the 17th century. After the discovery of the “New World,” the history of chocolate is strictly connected to Turin and Piedmont, where the very first hot chocolate, chocolate houses, and chocolate spread were invented.
Upon arrival we will have a walking tour in Turin. We will stop along the way in one of the historic cafes to sample Bicerin, a traditional drink made from espresso, chocolate, and cream layered in a small glass.
You’ll have time for lunch on your own, shopping, and exploring.
You may choose to visit some of the interesting museums of Turin or the glass elevator on the iconic Mole Antonelliana.
In the late afternoon we will drive back to the hotel for evening at leisure.
Day5: Truffle hunting, Alba
This morning we will drive to the woods to join a truffle hunter and his dog for a truffle hunting.
Next, we will drive to Alba. After a short orientation you will have a free time for lunch and for exploring.
After lunch we will drive to Barbaresco for a winery visit and for a tasting of premium wines with cheese and salami.
In the afternoon we will drive back to the hotel for some down time before heading out for a dinner in a restaurant.
Day 6: Departure
Group transfer to Milan airport or train station.
or continue to Lake Como
The program includes:
- 5 nights accommodation
- All breakfast
- 4 Dinners
- Hands -on cooking class
3 wineries (2 in Barolo and 1 in Barbaresco) and premium wine tastings of 4-5 wines each.
- Cheese 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.
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 historic villa, situated among vineyards and the magical hills of Langhe and Monferrato.
All rooms are furnished with quality, design furnishing and en-suite bathroom.
Room amenities include air condition, free wi-fi, TV, minibar, safe deposit box and a hairdryer.
Facilities include an Enoteca (wine bar) and a seasonal, outdoor swimming pool.
DATES & PRICES
Available year-round based on availability. A minimum of 6 people is required.
Sept 8 – Sept 13
- $ 3100.00
- 2 spots
Sept 9 – Sept 14
- $ 3100.00
Single supplement: $500.00.
Prices are in USD.
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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