XPM 13 Day Piemonte Tour
A Culinary & Walking Adventure
Vineyard hikes, mountain walks, wine tasting, cooking class, cheese tasting, charming accommodation, gastronomic experiences, undiscovered corner of ItalyINQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP
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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 the entries under the blue box below.
Select a date below to reserve your spot:
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 10 Sep 2021||Wed 22 Sep 2021||$4120 USD|
|Fri 06 May 2022||Wed 18 May 2022||$4120 USD|
|Fri 09 Sep 2022||Wed 21 Sep 2022||$4120 USD|
|Fri 05 May 2023||Wed 17 May 2023||$4240 USD|
|Fri 08 Sep 2023||Wed 20 Sep 2023||$4240 USD|
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: $688 USD (number of singles limited).
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.
+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.
+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.
+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.
*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.
A 3-minute walk from Torino Porta Nuova train station, this conservative hotel lies 1.3 km from both Turin Cathedral and ... Royal Palace of Turin. Plush rooms and suites with soundproof windows provide flat-screen TVs and minibars.
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Agriturismo Tenuta La Romana
Tenuta La Romana is perched on the hills of the Langhe and Monferrato in Piedmont . Originally, in the eighteenth ... it was a farmstead for breeding thoroughbred. The name “La Romana” comes from L’Arman-na, given by the previous owners, the Calamandrana counts, in memory of Rome, which was so dear to them. Carefully restored with respect to the original architecture, the construction of two floors opens to the outside with huge arched windows from the floor to the ceiling on one side to a pergola and pool.
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Hotel Brezza Barolo
The Brezza private estate lies next to the small town of Barolo, immersed in the vineyards, as is the nearby ... Barolo and Restaurant Brezza, also property of the Brezza family. The estate extends over twenty-two hectars, of which sixteen and a half are vineyards, some dating back to 1885.
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Royal Superga Cuneo
Set in a townhouse dating from 1887, this conservative hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Galimberti House Museum, a ... walk from Cuneo train station. Cozy rooms with sleek decor provide flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add soundproof windows, and tea and coffee making facilities.
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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).
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!).
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.
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.
Maximum 16 (plus Tour Leader)
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