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Indulge your senses in the wine, food, and picture-postcard views of the spectacular Piedmont region. Nestled between the Alps and the Ligurian coastline of Italy, this fertile land is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and home to acclaimed vineyards, centuries-old winemaking traditions, and the "King of Wine"— Barolo. Visit the ancient city of Turin, which became the first capital of unified Italy in 1861, take part in a hands-on cooking class, tour a winery housed in an 18th-century castle, and stroll through medieval villages as you immerse yourself in this important wine-growing region.
passionate winemakers, local producers, and knowledgeable guides who will share their stories of the area
UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Turin, and the Langhe and Monferrato Valleys
Barolo - the “king of wines,” Barbaresco, and other wines from prestigious denominations
Welcome to Piedmont! Our driver will greet you in the Turin-Caselle Airport and transport you south to our accommodations in an 18th-century villa overlooking the lush Barolo hills. Take some time to relax and get settled in your new surroundings before gathering this evening for introductions and an aperitif followed by a Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant.
ROERO & POLLENZO
This morning we make our way to the small baroque town of Bra, birthplace of the Slow Food movement— a philosophy focused on preserving local food cultures and traditions and producing food that is “good, clean, and fair.” Take part in a cooking class and sit down to enjoy our meal featuring the ingredients and products of the Langhe and Roero districts.
After lunch, we'll visit the Banca del Vino— the wine bank of Italy. Historically the aging cellars of the Savoy royal family, this facility hosts cru and grand cru wines from all over the peninsula. We'll tour its rich library and enjoy a further introduction to Piedmontese wines during a guided tasting workshop. After, we’ll have some free time in the ancient town of Pollenzo before returning to the village of Monforte d’Alba for an open evening. Our Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.
Today, we'll explore the world of Barbaresco— one of the most popular wines produced from the native Nebbiolo grape. We'll start with a visit to the historical Castello di Neive— a family-run winery housed in a castle built in 1753 for the Bongiovanni counts. After an educational tasting, we’ll dine at a quaint restaurant and have free time to stroll in the medieval village of Neive before continuing on to another local winery for a tour and tasting. Return to the property in the late afternoon and have the remainder of the day and evening to relax and enjoy the area.
Barbera and Moscato d’Asti
After breakfast, we’ll head to the picturesque town of Alba in the heart of the Langhe region, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its wine-growing landscapes and also known for its truffles and chocolate. (Alba is the hometown of Nutella!) Enjoy a walking tour with an expert local guide showcasing the town’s ancient history, medieval streets, and baroque architecture.
After the tour, have free time for lunch before continuing on to a nearby winery in the heart of the Nizza DOCG appellation for a tour and tasting of the local Barbera and Moscato d’Asti wines. We’ll return to the property with some time to relax before meeting for dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Today, we explore the venerated Barolo, produced from Nebbiolo grapes and known as the “king of wines.” Our first stop is the iconic Renato Ratti Cellar, overlooking the surrounding hills, for a guided tour and tasting. We’ll have lunch at a nearby restaurant featuring specialties from the Langhe region and enjoy some free time in the hilltop medieval village of La Morra. Continuing on toward the village of Barolo, we’ll stop at another winery for a tour and tasting followed by free time in Barolo to explore and find a spot for dinner. Our Travel Director is happy to provide you with recommendations.
Lingotto & turin
Say farewell to the countryside as we make our way north to Turin, stopping outside the city to visit the old Fiat factory in Lingotto, where many of the most famous Fiats were built. The industrial production facility has since been converted into a modern exhibition area, hotels, shopping, and a spectacular rooftop. We’ll take a guided tour followed by a gourmet lunch at Ristorante La Pista, located in the middle of the legendary Fiat test track. Afterward, we’ll continue into Turin, check in to our accommodations, and have the remainder of the day to explore and enjoy our new surroundings.
This morning, meet a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour of Turin. Stroll the luxury avenues of the city, taking in the grand architecture that brings Paris to mind. Visit Palazzo Reale— once the Palace of the Savoy Royal Family— and stop into a special historic coffee house for traditional pastries and a bicerin, a coffee served with chocolate. We’ll continue on to Piazza Castello, the grand central square of Turin, and the elegant Piazza San Carlo. After the tour, enjoy some free time to wander. We'll gather in the early evening to toast our journey with a special vermouth tasting and festive farewell dinner.
After breakfast, depart for Turin-Caselle Airport for flights home or continue your travels on the Extension. Arrivderci!
After checking out from the hotel, we will make our way north to Lake Maggiore, stopping at a local winery along the way for a lunch and tasting before checking in to our accommodations in the picturesque lakeside town of Stresa. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with time to relax, unwind, and explore your surroundings. Dinner is on your own.
Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
After breakfast, take a short boat ride to the beautiful island of Isola Bella for 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 picturesque 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 an evening at leisure.
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, 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 evening at leisure.
After breakfast, a private transfer takes you to Milan Malpensa Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!
Located in a restored 18th-century villa overlooking the hillside village of Monforte d'Alba in the heart of the Langhe region, Hotel Villa Beccaris is an ideal base for exploring the food and wine of Piedmont. This small boutique hotel features a pool, bar, gardens, and free WiFi. Rooms offer air conditioning, minibar, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries, and hair dryer.
Turin Palace Hotel
An elegant hotel adjacent to Turin’s historical center, the Turin Palace features stylish contemporary decor, a spa, gym, spacious rooftop terrace, free WiFi, restaurant, bar, and a central location for seeing the sights. Rooms feature air conditioning, minibar, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries, and hair dryer.
HOTEL REGINA PALACE (Lake Maggiore Extension)
Ideally situated just across from the park-like lakeside promenade and adjacent to the charming town of Stresa, the Regina looks like the quintessential grand European hotel, complete with a magnificent lobby and extensive gardens. The property features a freeform outdoor pool and indoor pool in a grotto, tennis courts, sauna, fitness center, restaurant, bar, free WiFi, and spa. Rooms are decorated in elegant period style and feature air conditioning, toiletries, and hairdryer.
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that 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. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at email@example.com.
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/agreement.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 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 airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- 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
Single Occupancy: TBD
Single Occupancy: TBD
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.