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Piedmont and the Italian Lakes

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Duomo, Milan
Tour Style: First Class
8 Days from $1,896 per person

The distinctive flavors of white truffle and fruity red wine will infuse your gastronomic adventure through Piedmont's dramatic Alpine landscape, historical walled cities and pristinely beautiful northern lakes. This one's a feast for all senses – indulge in Baci de Cherasco, nougat from La Morra and a bite or two of Biscotti washed down with Turin's decadent Bicerin hot chocolate.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Settle into the sophistication and elegance of Italy's fashion capital, our launch pad for a Hidden Journey through Northern Italy. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see the refined cityscape of Milan.

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  3. This morning, we delve into the history of this modern economic powerhouse in the company of a Local Specialist who will share some of its most impressive sights including the Duomo, an incredibly ornate and impressive Gothic cathedral, and La Galleria, one of the world's oldest shopping galleries. The rest of the morning is free to explore the verve of this hard-working city. Witness the extraordinary talents of da Vinci and Michelangelo first-hand, relax at a sidewalk café in trendy Navigli or climb the steps of the Duomo for panoramic views of the city. We leave Milan this afternoon, traveling through the dramatic frontier-land bordering France and Switzerland for a four night stay at an intimate 17th century monastery in the quaint town of Cherasco.

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  4. Renowned globally for its outstanding sparkling wine, the centuries-old town of Asti is ours to explore today – from its magnificent Romanesque Gothic Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, to the old market Piazza San Secondo and quaint cobblestone streets set within the old wall of a medieval city that was once one of the most powerful independent cities in western Italy. See the imposing remnants of ‘The City of 100 Towers' up close, of which only 12 actually still survive, including Torre Troyana. We celebrate the gourmet heritage of the area during an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch with a local family on their wine estate.
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  5. This morning we explore the picturesque town of Cherasco, once described by Napoleon as the most beautiful spot in Italy and the home of delicious chocolate and hazelnut flavors embodied in its traditional Baci de Cherasco. Ambling through its hidden streets, we view the 17th century Palazzo Salmatoris and the impressive array of medieval and baroque buildings that stand to this day. We'll visit a local winery and pop the cork on the region's delicious viticulture heritage, indulging in some of the delicious vintages that have made this region famous, before visiting La Morra, a hilltop village offering spectacular views across the Piedmont region.
  6. Wander along the grand boulevards of Turin today in the company of a Local Specialist who will share the sophistication and elegance of a city that remains the home of Italy's former royal family. Italy's largest and most famous river, the Po, snakes its way through this aristocratic city, whose Antonelliana building and Piazza San Carlo we will have an opportunity to see during our orientation tour. We stop at the picturesque Piazza San Carlo with its 17th century façades and the Church of San Lorenzo where a full-scale picture of the famous Shroud of Turin is on display, before indulging in the rich flavors of the local Biscotti and steamy Bicerin. An intimate encounter with Turin's gourmet scene sees us visit Europe's largest open-air food market to sample local produce, after which enjoy free time to explore the city. Perhaps visit the fascinating Cinema Museum located in the Mole Antonelliana, which is the symbol of the city of Turin. Gain insight into Egyptian archaeology and anthropology at the Egyptian Museum. Or stroll down the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi exuding Torinese sophistication.

  7. Today we go off the beaten track and journey to the enchanting Lake Orta, known by locals as La Cenerentola (Cinderella) because it is far-less visited than the lakes of Como and Maggiore, but widely regarded as more beautiful. We venture to Lake Maggiore this evening to enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner celebrating Italian culture, food and heritage.
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  8. This morning, we say a sad arrivederci to Italy and new-found friends as your unforgettable vacation comes to an end. Return transfers on the last travel day will operate from Baveno and arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am.


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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $320 p.p.

Triple Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.

Airport transfer: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will operate from Baveno and arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7:30 am and 10:30 am.

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Meal Summary

6 nights, 6 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy traditional Piedmont hospitality and delicious Asti Spumante with the Nicola family at their vineyard with views of the rolling green countryside that stretch for miles

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay in a beautifully restored 17th century monastery, the Monastero Cherasco Somaschi Hotel offers beautiful mountain views and delicious Piedmontese cuisine

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Milan and Turin

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Turin
  • Orientation of Aosta Valley, Cherasco, La Morra, Asti, Barolo
  • Visit Bard Fortress, Cherasco, a winery for a wine tasting, the food markets of Turin, spectacular Lake Orta
  • View the Cathedral and La Scala in Milan, the stunning scenery of the Aosta Valley, Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello in Turin
  • See the Gothic Duomo and La Galleria in Milan, the Salmatoris Palace in Cherasco, Romanesque Gothic Cathedral in Asti, Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo in Turin


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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Mini Cruise On Lake Orta

A mini cruise around Lake Orta, the most beautiful part of the lake, undoubtedly Italy’s best-kept secret. Appropriately, you’ll also enjoy an aperitivo at one of the lake’s scenic spots.


Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.


Piemontese Gourmet Dinner

You will enjoy a typical meal in the region of Piemonte, where you will learn the secrets of the food regarded by many as Italy’s finest. Your dinner will be accompanied by a selection of regional wines.

A Visit to Alba

Enjoy a scenic drive with your Local Specialist through the Langhe Valley, a magnificent UNESCO protected site, to medieval Alba - the heart of this stunning area. Alba is the Truffle capital of the world and also home to Ferrero chocolate, where Nutella was invented. Enjoy time at leisure to sample the town's unspoiled atmosphere.


The Highlights of Turin

Join us on a guided visit of the National Cinema Museum, one of the most important of its kind. You'll experience an exciting elevator ride up the Mole Antonelliana, the emblematic building that houses the museum. Then, the sixteenth-century Monte dei Capuccini will be a further highlight.

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