13 Day Piemonte Tour

A Culinary & Walking Adventure
TOURCODE: XPM

Duration:
13 Days

Activity Level:
3

When To Go:
May, Sep

Countries Visited:
1

Arrive In / Depart From:
/

Max Group Size:
16

Tour Style:
Active

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  Overnight in: Torino, Asti, Barolo, Cuneo

Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • All-inclusive with top-rated restaurants and hotels.
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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active

We're very excited to once again offer a more active tour in Italy, the Piemonte Panorama Tour.

Years ago we did a hiking tour in Tuscany and Liguria with great success, but the area eventually became too popular -- farmers and private property owners began banning access to ancient walking routes, sites became annoyingly crowded, and prices rose out of reach.

But after two of our senior head office staff travelled to Piemonte -- one on a research work trip and the other on a family vacation -- our attention turned to this oft-overlooked, but up-and-coming region with all of the charm, history, culture, and yummy food as more famous places, but without the crowds and lofty costs.

There is no Colosseum, Leaning Tower, Michelangelo, or Spanish Steps here, but that's exactly the attraction!

This trip showcases all that makes this gorgeous corner of Italy so special.

 


 

Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices

 

Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

 

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Due to the exclusive nature of some of our accommodation choices which do not allow us to hold space without deposit, we require a $1000 per person deposit at time of reservation.

Optional Single Supplement: $770 USD (number of singles limited).

 


 

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Day 1 Arrival in Torino/Turin
Welcome to Piemonte!

Today the group arrives at Torino (Turin) Airport (TRN).

Italy's second-largest region is arguably its most elegant: a purveyor of Slow Food and fine wine, regal palazzi, and an atmosphere that is superficially more Français than Italiano. But dig deeper and you'll discover that Piemonte (aka Piedmont) has 'Made in Italy' stamped all over it. Emerging from the chaos of the Austrian wars, the unification movement first exploded here in the 1850s, when the noble House of Savoy provided the nascent nation with its first prime minister and its dynastic royal family. Today, most conflicts are disagreements over favourite wines and who has the best recipes, in a charming laid back region not unlike nearby Tuscany in look and atmosphere, but without the crowds and high prices!

Overnight in Torino.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Torino: Town Tour - Transfer to Asti Area
This morning we enjoy a tour of Torino with a local guide.

The industrial grey and polluted "car city", as Torino was known until the end of the 1990s, has nowadays given way to an elegant, vibrant, and cosmopolitan metropolis that will pleasantly surprise even the most well-travelled visitor. With two thousand years of history, Torino developed from a Roman military settlement to the capital of the kingdom of the House of Savoy, and in 1861 became the first capital of the newly-unified Italian nation. As a result, the urban grid spread with large tree-lined boulevard, baroque facades, and art-nouveau covered shopping galleries can remind of some corner of Paris even though a unique local character is predominant. In more recent times, Torino hosted the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, an event that changed the face of the city. Among many attractions, we mention the Holy Shroud – an important (and controversial) relic for Christianity – which is displayed periodically and the second largest Egyptian museum in the world. Today Torino is a technology and design centre, as well as a university campus with students from all over the country.

Our walking tour gravitates around the central Piazza Castello with a look at the magnificent Church of Saint Lawrence, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. From the Royal theatre, down to Piazza Carignano and to the XVIII century Piazza San Carlo, our guide reveals hidden private courtyards and leads discussion on the social changes that Torino has faced throughout history.

After a break for lunch and some free time, we'll transfer to our Agriturismo surrounded by vineyards in the Asti Region near Torino (+/- 90 minute drive). For four nights we are based at a 4-star 'agriturismo' south of Asti proper. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially — although usually only partially — for accommodation purposes. That means that, 90 percent of the time, you can expect that the owners of your "hotel" are, primarily, farmers (or people who have someone else farm for them). It's a relaxing and intimate way to experience rural Italy and, since many of Italy’s best food traditions aren’t found in swanky restaurants, but in nonna's house in the countryside, there's often no better dining than at an agriturismo.

Overnight and dinner near Asti.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 Monferrato Hill District: Vineyard Hike & Wine Tasting
This morning we depart the hotel for some leisurely hiking* through the vineyards with a local guide. Our route takes us over the hills where the very last reaches of the Monferrato District meet the Langhe Hills, and where Barbera grapes give way to Moscato and crops of hazelnuts.

Here the hills are covered in vineyards, with medieval hill towns and ancient castles perched atop their peaks. The scenery is gorgeous, but what really attracts visitors is the outstanding wine and food—Barolo reds, white truffles, handmade pasta, and many more delicacies. Along with Monferrato and Roero, the Langhe was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 for its cultural landscapes and wine making traditions that go back hundreds of years.

Our day includes a visit to a rustic family-run winery focused Barbera wine. Here the family prepares a lunch of appetizers with seasonal vegetables, a hot pasta course, and a nice selection of salami and cheese. We then hike back to our hotel (2 hours) and enjoy some free time before dinner. Our 4-course dinner this evening will be at a neighbouring agriturismo (15 min drive).

Our Hikes: Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in.

*Today's hike is the most ambitious of the trip, with three hills to cross on a well-trodden/maintained trail. Our one-way distance is about 6 km (4 mi); a return journey by bus to our hotel is also available (talk to your leader on tour).

Overnight near Asti.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 4 Asti Area Touring
We will begin our day by driving to Castiglione Tinella, a small town within the province of Cuneo that overlooks the Langhe hills and the Moscato wine region. It is here that we will begin today's hike.* Following a naturalistic trail, our hike will take us through rolling countryside covered in Moscato vineyards, our destination being one of the local wineries.

This afternoon we will then transfer to Canelli where we will have a small break, before continuing to the underground cellars of Canelli. Here we will embark on an interactive tour that will teach us all about the production of sparkling wine.

Transfer back to our hotel for some leisure time before regrouping for dinner.

*There will also be an option to do an additional hike this afternoon for those that would like to (please discuss this with your tour leader).

Overnight near Asti.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Cooking Class & Acqui Terme Touring
This morning we travel to a farmhouse set in the hills that surround the town of Canelli. We get to enjoy a full hands-on cooking class focused on traditional recipes that will be taught by the Chef and owner of the farmhouse's restaurant. The group will be divided into smaller teams and everyone will have the chance to experience all recipes. Our resulting lunch will then be paired with a glass of wine.

After lunch we proceed to a tour of Acqui Terme with a local guide.

Acquae Statiellae, founded in the second century AD by the Romans, enjoyed an economic and social bloom in its day, many vestiges of which are still visible in the ruins of the thermal spas and aqueduct. The elegant city center blends the modern section with the medieval area called "Pisterna", where the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption and the Castle of the Paleolithic Dynasty are located. Piazza della Bollente is home to the eclectic temple where visitors can drink the sulphur water naturally emerging from the bowels of the earth at a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius.

You'll have some free time for exploring, shopping and dinner (on your own this evening) after which we return to our hotel.

Overnight near Asti.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 6 Asti - Rice Mill Tour - Barolo
Today we check-out of our agriturismo and travel by road to Asti. On arrival we will get the chance to explore the food market as well as the main squares of this beautiful Italian town.

We then continue to the Plains of the Po River (an area renowned for the production of Italian rice). Here we will make a stop at a traditional trattoria for lunch, before then embarking on a short transfer to a historic Rice Mill named Mulino San Giovanni. It is here we will get the opportunity to learn all about the history and evolution of rice production from a local guide. Stories of the harsh life of yesterday's farmers and employees are combined with the tour of the modern production.

We continue by road to the Barolo area. For a break from the group dynamic (and due to the hearty nature of our lunch today), dinner will be on your own in this charming town.

Overnight in Barolo OR nearby Cherasco.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 7 Hiking in the Barolo Wine Region
This morning we meet our local guide and begin our hike in the area of production of the Barolo wine, over the Langhe Hills. Our trek begins from the main square of the town of Barolo, where the precious wine was first produced. Our route takes us through vineyards and quiet countryside roads off-the-beaten-track, all the way to a different municipality for a total of about 10km/6 mi round-trip.

During the day we will make a stop in the small village of Monforte before then hiking back to our hotel. There will be some leisure time this evening before dinner.

Overnight in Barolo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting
This morning we go on a truffle hunt with a local guide and local dog.

Regardless of the type of truffles (black or white) available in the season when the hunt takes place, the aim of this activity is to show how truffles are found and taken out from the ground. Truffle hunting can be considered a "guided tour" in the woods, where you get a complete presentation on the environment needed for truffles to grow, trees involved, soil characteristics and bits of the hunter's family-story. All aspects of truffles are explained, including the sensory and technical analysis -- essential to understand the quality of the product -- and how truffles are best-preserved and eaten.

We will continue by bus to the town of Alba where we will have some to explore and also take a break for lunch.

This afternoon we will then visit a traditional wine cellar and relax with a tasting of 4 wines.

Overnight in Barolo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Barolo - Mondovi - Walk to Santuario di Vicoforte - Cuneo
Today we check-out of our Barolo hotel and transfer to Mondovi where we have a tour with a local guide.

From the lower part of the modern city built along the Ellero stream, we'll climb via modern funicular to Mondovi Piazza, founded in 1198 by the populations of the villages of Vico, Vasco, and Carassone who rebelled against the bishop of Asti and took refuge in Monteregale. The central square on two levels is embellished with fresco-ed façades of houses, palaces, and churches, among which the “Mission” stands out as a high example of Jesuit architecture where Andrea Pozzo practiced his prospective art.

After a break for lunch we'll walk on a secondary countryside road to Vicoforte (+/- 8km/5 mi, 1.5-2 hours). This road is known for a number of chapels representing the stations of the Cross and is a panoramic route. We'll then have a guided tour of Santuario di Vicoforte, featuring the world's second largest elliptical cupola. The dome was built by architect Francesco Gallo on a structure designed about two centuries earlier by Vitozzi on commission of Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy.

We continue by road (40 minutes) to the town of Cuneo for dinner and overnight. Sitting on a promontory of land between two rivers, Cuneo provides excellent alpine views framed by the high pyramid-shaped peak of Monte Viso in the Cottian Alps. There is a raft of reasons why one should visit stately Cuneo, not least being the food, the hiking possibilities nearby, and, last but certainly not least, the city's signature rum-filled chocolates.

Overnight in Cuneo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Hike from Monterosso Grana - Pradleves
This morning we drive to the lower part of Valle Grana. Here we will meet our mountain guide and set off on our hike that takes us from Monterosso Grana to Pradleves. This walk is around 5km in length and will take us through chestnut woods and past countryside chapels.

Later in the morning we then continue to a cheese farm where the famous local Castelmagno cheese is aged in natural grottoes. Castelmagno cheese has ancient origins. It is said it was first produced in the eleventh century, although the first documents referring to it date back to the thirteenth century. Since then, the local cheese factories have been producing it following the ancient traditions, despite a period of low production due to the World Wars. After learning the production process, we enjoy lunch with a cheese selection (5 types), a plate of potato gnocchi with cheese fondue and a glass of wine.

We then drive to the upper part of Valle Grana. True to the meaning of its name ('foot of the mountain'), Piemonte is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. This afternoon we will complete an easy hike with our local guide to admire the magnificent views of the Alps.

Overnight in Cuneo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 11 The Italian Riviera
This morning we shift gears a bit with a visit to the Italian Riviera. Once we leave behind the Ligurian Alps, you'll be amazed by the quick change of atmosphere, surrounded by lavish Mediterranean vegetation, palm trees, and colourful small towns once fishing villages, built along the coast.

We'll stop in the walled town of Finalborgo, where we can explore the quaint medieval town built in the valley overlooking the sea, boasting monasteries and century-old architecture. We then take a short transfer to a small family-run olive oil mill and sample some bruschetta and olive spread.
Then, we will continue to the town of Noli where we will stop for a traditional lunch in a beachfront restaurant. After lunch there will be some time for us to explore Noli before then transferring to Varigotti for a waterfront walk of around 5km.

Return to Cuneo with dinner on your own this evening.

Overnight in Cuneo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 12 Cuneo - Abbey of Saint Michael - Torino
Today we travel by road to Torino with a stop at the Abbey of Saint Michael en route.

An iconic monument of the Piemonte region, the Abbey of San Michele is undoubtedly one of the most striking architectural highlights of the province of Torino, and is shrouded in legend, mystery, and macabre details. Founded on the rocky spur of Mount Pirchiriano in the Val di Susa (Susa Valley) between 983 and 987, the Sacra is one of the sites dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Intriguingly, the Sacra di San Michele lies in perfect geographic alignment with three other Saint Michael monasteries, on a straight line from Skellig Michael (Ireland), over Saint Michael's Mount (Cornwall, England), to the Monastery of Saint Michael (Symi island, Greece), before coming to an end in Jerusalem at Mount Carmel.

We continue to Torino and our centrally-located hotel with some time at leisure to enjoy Torino before our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Torino.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Departure
Departure from Torino.

ARRIVIDERCI!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Breakfast daily, most dinners, some lunches (as per tour itinrary). All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us. Please note that transfers are provided from Torino Airport only (ie, not from Milan).

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Most lunches, some dinners. Tour Leader gratuities, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), insurance, international air taxes (if applicable), and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Seasonality and Weather
We've timed our September departure to coincide with harvest season, during which grapes are ripe and pretty on the vine, local fruit and vegetables feature prominently on local menus, and weather is warm and agreeable.

Our May/June departure features green landscapes, lots of flowers, early season crops (berries, asparagus, greens) and mild temperatures.

The climate here is relatively mild, though we'll have some warm-hot days, with cool mornings and overnights. Showers are possible at any time in this area, but both of our dates are outside of the main rainy period which generally runs November-March.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Most transport is by private air-conditioned vehicle, +/- 24 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Due to the winding roads and lack of accessibility on narrow streets in small towns and villages, we will avoid the large motor-coaches more typical of large group touring. One of the delights of exploring this compact region is the lack of long road journeys, allowing us to maximize our time doing, seeing, smelling, tasting, experiencing, and soaking it all in.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our walks/hikes that go beyond town/city walking tours on pavement or cobblestones, to hiking on "natural" surfaces (ie gravel) and pathways that feature some elevation gain/loss as opposed to reasonably flat terrain. Such hikes are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way. This activity does not occur every day, but as per our tour itinerary, even when not on a "hike," we will be on foot quite a lot, with town walking tours, winery visits, with plenty of places with uneven surfaces and stairs (we're in the hills!).

OUR HIKES
Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for rest and refreshment. Please note that some surfaces feature loose material (ie stones, gravel, sand etc) which can be slippery. Good footwear/tread and walking poles will help to steady you and support your knees.

Participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in some remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip.

This is a hotel-based tour with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.

For daily summary of our hiking activities, please refer to the tour itinerary.

This program also has a strong gastronomic element, well-suited to "foodies," expert or novice, and those who enjoy savouring and lingering over a meal and sampling new things. While vegetarians are well catered for, we regret that very specific or extremely limited dietary restrictions/preferences will present a considerable challenge on this trip.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation
Three nights on this trip are accommodated at an 'agriturismo', an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes. That means that 90% of the time, you can expect that the owners of your "hotel" are, primarily, farmers (or people who have someone else farm for them). It's a relaxing, intimate, and highly-personalized way of experiencing rural Italy.

Elsewhere, our hotels are well-located, modern 4-star properties. Porter service is available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. As is the norm in Europe, single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout & local guides for town/city touring and for our hikes on which local knowledge and insight are of value and appropriate.

Group Size
Maximum 16 (plus Tour Leader)

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Italy


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Starhotels Majestic
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Torino
Country: Italy
Located in a beautiful 19th century building near the Porta Nuova station in the heart of Turin, the Starhotels Majestic combines Art Nouveau charm and contemporary style.

Its 161 elegant rooms
... suites, all recently refurbished, offer comfort, refined style and prestigious furnishings. The Le Regine restaurant prepares the finest dishes from Piedmont cuisine. Le Regine bar is the perfect place for a relaxing drink. 7 meeting rooms are all equipped with latest-generation technical facilities and can host up to 484 people, providing the perfect venue for business and private events in Turin.
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Tenuta La Romana
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Asti
Country: Italy
Surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the Monferrato countryside, in the heart of the beautiful Langhe-Monferrato area, recognized as a UNESCO heritage site, you will live a relaxing and regenerating experience. ... the estate stands in a panoramic position between the harmonious hills of Monferrato and the Langhe and is immersed in the greenery of more than 40 hectares: fine vineyards to which is added our lake surrounded by newly planted small groves rich in truffle plants and poplar groves, one ideal glimpse to enjoy the sounds and scents of nature and an excellent starting point for relaxing walks or mountain bike rides in the nature reserve that surrounds us, among hares, squirrels, pheasants and roe deer.
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Hotel Barolo
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Barolo
Country: Italy
The Brezza family has been working in the hotel and restaurant-sector for three generations, turning an authentic vocation of their land into a family business.

An oasis of relaxation immersed in
... Langhe hills, here you will rediscover the simple pleasures of tradition and the warm authentic family hospitality.
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Best Western Plus Hotel Royal Superga Cuneo
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Cuneo
Country: Italy
The Best Western Plus Hotel Royal Superga is a hotel situated in the centre of Cuneo, adjacent to piazza Galimberti.

Since 1887 the Royal Superga Hotel is an example of Cuneo's
... with different families alternating for its management. Its name was an homage to the "Royal Family", guests in transit to the hot springs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

What People are Saying
Brenda M.
Mount Forest, ON - CA
Guided walks through vineyards were excellent. Rice farm trip was excellent. Cooking class was great as was the food we produced. The local guides were excellent. Enjoyable holiday - good group of people to spend time with. Good tour leader. A lot of new experiences.
William S.
Winnipeg, MB - CA
I enjoyed any walk in the country such as vineyards and mountain road at Sant. di S. Magno. Even the Sanctuary of Crea was a nice little walk. The rice farm visit was really interesting. The truffle hunting was great. All the local guides were excellent. The ability to stay in one place for multiple nights made the overall trip more enjoyable. All accommodations were clean and well maintained. Excellent, thank you. A great new adventure that we are sure will be popular.
Kenneth S.
Toronto, ON - CA
I liked the hiking in the vineyards with Guiseppe; the truffle hunting, the wine tastings, and really liked the cooking class and the people involved with it. The local guides were outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, listening, watching how it was going: all the things you would want! Obviously, a lot of work had gone into choosing the hotels to provide a good variety of experiences. The meals were excellent. The food was of high quality, and delicious. Our tour leader was a pleasure to be with. She cared about each of us, and as a group. I was delighted with this tour, the tour leader, the local guides, and the accommodation.
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Countries Visited: 1

Italy.
Activity Level: 3

These tours are considerably more strenuous than our Level 1 & 2 "cultural" tours and feature walks/hikes on undulating and uneven pathways for 3-7 hours at a leisurely pace. We don't hike every day, but participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. Altitude may also be a factor on some tours, though none of our hiking tours currently occur above 3000m/10,000 ft. These are hotel-based tours with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.
Tour Style: Active

This small series of itineraries are more physical than our Cultural Journeys, as all feature hiking/walking excursions that are an integral part of the overall experience. As with our cultural tours, all of these tours feature three- and four-star hotels (no camping), and all hikes are designed such that you need only carry your day pack—your luggage either stays at our hotel base or is transported ahead for us. Our active days are well-spaced time set aside for either travel or more leisurely cultural activities and sightseeing.
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