Piedmont & the Italian Lakes

Duomo, Milan
8 Days from $1,688 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. Welcome to Italy's fashion, financial and commercial capital, Milan. On arrival meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for an enjoyable Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive where you will see some of the main sights.
    hotel:Starhotels Business Palace
  3. This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan with a Local Specialist. See the Gothic Duomo, one of the world's most impressive Gothic cathedrals, and La Galleria, an ancient arcade shopping gallery before free time to explore on your own. Perhaps stop by the Pirelli Tower to admire 1950s Modernist style, or see the medieval Castello Sforzesco and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica containing Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. Later travel to the Aosta Valley, a dramatic mountainous region that borders France and Switzerland. Visit Fort Bard, built by the House of Savoy in the 19th century. The fortress replaced an even earlier castle which controlled the trade routes between France and Italy. It is now the Museum of the Alps and gives a fascinating insight into the region and its history. This evening check in to your stately hotel located in an 18th century villa for a relaxing four-night stay.
    hotel:Relais Villa Matilde Authentic Accommodations
  4. After a leisurely morning visit Cherasco, a town with medieval and baroque buildings. See the Salmatoris Palace and the impressive colonnades. The town is also famous for Baci de Cherasco, a traditional sweet made from chocolate and hazelnuts. Visit a local winery for an insight into the wine making process and taste the delicious wines of the region including Barolo. Later visit La Morra, a hilltop village with great views across the Piedmont region which is famous for its local chocolate and nougat.
  5. Visit Asti, a town dating back to pre-Roman times, synonymous with sparkling wine and historic palaces and towers. Enjoy an orientation where you will see the magnificent Romanesque Gothic Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. Explore the Piazza San Secondo located in an old market piazza and the narrow cobbled streets and old wall of the medieval city. You'll also see the imposing remnants of what was once called ‘The City of 100 Towers', of which only 12 actually still survive, including Torre Troyana, which is open to visitors. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch with a local family on their wine estate.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  6. Your Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour of the aristocratic and sophisticated city of Turin. Enjoy views of Italy's largest and most famous river, the Po. In Turin see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. Visit 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. Try the local Biscotti and Bicerin, a typical hot drink from Turin. Visit Europe's largest open air food market and sample local produce. During your free time why not visit the fascinating Cinema Museum or the newly refurbished Egyptian Museum, one of the most important ones outside of Cairo. Alternatively stroll along the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi.
  7. Today travel to picturesque and misty Lake Orta, known locally as La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Locals consider the lake to be more scenic and far superior than other lakes in the region. Later at Lake Maggiore enjoy a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of a memorable trip.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  8. This morning say ‘arrivederci' to Italy as your fascinating vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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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

  • Set in the lush Piedmont countryside, Relais Villa Matilde reflects its 18th roots in its period furnishings and marble features

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
Definite Departure
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31 Mar 17 7 Apr 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
14 Apr 17 21 Apr 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
28 Apr 17 5 May 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
12 May 17 19 May 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
26 May 17 2 Jun 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
9 Jun 17 16 Jun 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
23 Jun 17 30 Jun 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
7 Jul 17 14 Jul 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
21 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
4 Aug 17 11 Aug 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
18 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 $1,875$1,688pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,875 $1,688 pp
1 Sep 17 8 Sep 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp
15 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 $1,895$1,706pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$1,895 $1,706 pp


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 $50 per person.

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

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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  • 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 48 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.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Secrets of Italy Vacation
Service rating : Grand European Travel and Trafalgar were effective in the organization of the trip. Travel arrangements were well executed. The tour leader was excellent and Trafalgar allowed her flexibility in organizing the tour.
Product : I had a wonderful time and want to return. There is much more to see and learn about Piedmonte that more than a seven day tour would be necessary to visit the region.

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