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Sleight of Hand Cellars

Discovering Piedmont

April 23 - 30, 2022

SOLD OUT

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Join your hosts from Sleight of Hand Cellars as you indulge your senses in the wine, cheese, and spectacular scenery of Italy's Piedmont region. Nestled between the Alps and the Ligurian coastline, this fertile land boasts a burgeoning wine culture with centuries-old vines producing deep and satisfying aromas. Translating to “at the foot of the mountains,” Piedmont has unparalleled natural beauty with the Alps rising dramatically in the background of every corner we visit.

Meet

passionate winemakers, local producers, and knowledgeable guides who will bring the area to life

Explore

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Piedmont capital city of Turin, and the Langhe and Monferrato Valleys

Taste

Barolo - the “king of wines,” Barbaresco, and other wines from prestigious denominations

Day 1

TURIN

Land at Turin-Caselle Airport and take a private group transfer to the hotel in the heart of Turin where we will have time to unwind and settle into our new surroundings. This evening, gather for introductions and a welcome dinner where we will toast the beginning of our Piedmont adventure.

Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Victoria

Day 2

TURIN

This morning, join our expert guide to discover the best of Turin— the capital of the Kingdom of Savoy in the 16th century and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Turin contains a fantastic mix of art, culture, history, industry, and gastronomy. During the leisurely walking tour, we will discover the historical city center, including the majestic castle Piazza Castello, the Royale Palace, Piazza San Carlo, and the ancient cafeterias. Enjoy a vermouth tasting and wine-paired lunch at a local restaurant followed by leisure time in the afternoon to stroll along the big boulevards and take in the city’s elegant boutiques and cafes. Dinner will be on your own.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Victoria

Day 3

BAROLO & LA MORRA

After breakfast, we will set out for the Langhe Valley, one of Italy’s top wine areas. We will start with a visit to a traditional Barolo winery located in Barolo town, stepping back in time in a XIX century cellar and enoteca where history is contained in all 36,000 bottles of Barolo that have been carefully kept here since the end of the 1800s. Lunch will be at a local restaurant near the winery.

This afternoon, visit La Morra, also known as the Balcony of Langhe, where we find one of the most beautiful panoramic points of the area. Take a stroll in the village before returning to Turin, where the evening will be open to relax or enjoy the offerings of the city.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Victoria

Day 4

REGGIA DI VENARIA & CANVANESE WINE AREA

After breakfast, check out from our hotel and head to the Reggia di Venaria, one of the largest royal residences in the world. Built in 1675 as a summer residence and hunting lodge and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the palace or reggia boasts some of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. From here, we will continue on to a winery in the Canvanese wine area, where we will enjoy a relaxed wine-paired lunch followed by a tour of the winery. Our last stop for the day will be our historic accommodations nestled in the heart of Monferrato Valley - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner tonight is in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant or bistro.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Relais Sant’Uffizio

Day 5

LANGHE VALLEY & CANELLI

After breakfast, we will venture to the Langhe Valley to learn the secrets of Italian regional cooking (and put them into practice!) This area has a strong literary tradition backed by an even richer wine history, with vines dating back to 500 BC. After the hands-on cooking experience, enjoy the lunch at the restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will continue to Canelli for a visit to one of the best wineries of the city. In 151 years of winemaking, the winery went from producing Moscato and red and white wine to Spumante Metodo Classico, as well as Vermouth, tonic and syrups. The historic cathedral cellars cover more than 5,000 square meters and are among the finest of their kind. The visit includes a tour of the winery and wine tasting. Dinner tonight is at the property.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Relais Sant’Uffizio

Day 6

THE ABBEY OF LUCEDIO & VERCELLI

This morning, we start the day with a visit to the Fabbrica Botti Gamba for a glimpse of the ancient art of the master cooper, which has been handed down in the Gamba family for seven generations. Our next stop will be the Abbey of Lucedio, founded by the Cistercian Monks in 1123. Making the most of the swampy land, the monks introduced the growing of rice, which played an important role in the prosperity of the region. Lunch at a traditional restaurant will feature the main dish of this area, the risotto!

This afternoon, visit Vercelli, an important center for the cultivation of rice and a city with an incredible ecclesiastic and cultural heritage: during our walking tour we will see the church of St. Andrew, the church of St. Eusebius, Piazza Cavour, and the church of St. Cristopher. After a full day, enjoy a wine-paired dinner tonight at the hotel’s restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Relais Sant’Uffizio

-Day 7

MONFERRATO & FAREWELL DINNER

Enjoy time to relax this morning. In the late afternoon, we venture out to a winery in the heart of the Monferrato Valley whose vineyards include the most prestigious Piedmont denominations and wine-types: Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino d’Asti, Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, and Malvasia di Casorzo. Following a tour of the winery, we will sit down to toast our journey and savor a farewell wine-paired dinner.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Relais Sant’Uffizio

Day 8

Turin

Savor your last breakfast in the Piedmont hills before your transfer to Turin Airport for flights home. Arrivederci! If you want to continue the adventure, join us in Lake Maggiore!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days at Lake Maggiore

Day 8

Stresa

After departing the hotel in Piedmont, we will make our way north to Lake Maggiore, where we will check in to our accommodations in the picturesque lakeside town of Stresa. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with time to relax, unwind, and explore your surroundings. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Breakfast

Overnight at Regina Palace Hotel Stresa

Day 9

Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori

After breakfast, take a short boat ride to the beautiful island of Isola Bella and enjoy a guided visit to the 17th century baroque palace and majestic terraced gardens built by the aristocratic Borromeo family. Continue on to the neighboring Isola dei Pescatori, also known as Isola Superiore, considered to be the most scenic of the Borromean Islands, as well as the only one to be permanently inhabited. Enjoy lunch on your own and time to wander the charming harbor area and small historic village. Return to Stresa for a free evening.

Breakfast

Overnight at Regina Palace Hotel Stresa

Day 10

Arona & Orta San Giulio

This morning we head to Arona where we start the day with a visit to a cheese refiner. Tour ancient caves in use since the 15th century that contain an amazing assortment of cheese from different parts of Italy. Enjoy a light lunch in a private room of the refinery that includes a sampling of cheese and salumi. After lunch, we venture off the beaten path to idyllic Lake Orta, located west of Maggiore. Spend the afternoon exploring the lovely architecture and narrow cobbled streets of the village of Orta San Giulio. Return to Stresa for an open evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Regina Palace Hotel Stresa

Day 11

Milan

After breakfast, a private transfer takes you to Milan Malpensa Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: April 23 - 30, 2022 (SOLD OUT)
Extension: April 30 - May 3, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can recommend an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that can range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners, plus wine pairings with certain meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private group airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates From*

Suite: $7,095 SOLD OUT
Deluxe: $6,595 SOLD OUT
Classic: $5,995 SOLD OUT

Single Occupancy: $6,995 SOLD OUT

Extension Rates From*

Classic: $2,995 SOLD OUT

Single Occupancy: $3,795 SOLD OUT

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. An additional $500 deposit is required per person for extension reservations.

 

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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