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Treasures of Piedmont

10-day escorted tour with Collette

Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Set out on a tour of the fascinating Piedmont region. Dazzle your senses in a land of prestigious wines – Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. This is where the “slow food” movement began in 1986 and is the home of the world-famous Nutella!
 
Day 2 Lago Maggiore, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens on the tranquil shores of breathtaking Lago Maggiore which lies across the border between Italy and Switzerland. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (Dinner)
 
Day 3 Lago Maggiore - Borromean Islands - Lago Maggiore
Cruise on scenic Lago Maggiore past the Borromean Islands, villas, and historic palaces. Stop along the way for a guided tour of the colorful lakeside town of Pallanza. Perched on the edge of the pristine waters, take a stroll down the promenade featuring buildings adorned with charming terraces and balconies. The town center is a latticework of ancient streets lined with ornate historic buildings. This afternoon, visit a local shop for a tasting and a sampling of some local delicacies. (Breakfast)
 
Day 4 Lago Maggiore - Vercelli - Serralunga di Crea - Bra
Travel to the province of Vercelli, an area that is one of Europe's leading rice producers. Pass spectacular panoramas of rice paddies before making a stop at a traditional rice producer. Learn about the production process and the history of this unique place. Then, try some of the creamy home-cooked risotto at lunch. Continue to Sacro Monte di Serralunga di Crea, one of the nine Sacred Mountains in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, it’s on to Langhe-Roero & Monferrato, recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage site list. This area is strewn with vineyards and for centuries has been famous for its winemaking. Its wine making roots can be traced as far back as the 5th century B.C. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
 
Day 5 Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area
Begin exploring the Langhe-Roero & Monferrato area with a stop in the small hilltop village of La Morra which offers a breathtaking panorama of the valley below. Then, spend time exploring one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the region that is surprisingly still lived in today. Continue to a family run “agriturismo” (small farm) for a delightful home-cooked lunch. Afterwards, meet a local “wine teller” who introduces you to the renowned wines of the region. Then it’s on to Barbaresco to sample the delicious Barbaresco wine. (Breakfast & Lunch)
 
Day 6 Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area
Discover the world’s most celebrated underground mushroom – the truffle. You will meet a “trifolao” (truffle hunter) and their hunting dog. Get to know the techniques used in gathering truffles during a hunting demonstration. Then, have the opportunity to sample this rare delicacy. Next, travel to the charming village of Barolo, the birthplace of the famed Barolo wine. Enjoy time on your own to explore its peaceful narrow streets. Continue on to the town of Canelli, known as Italy’s largest producer of sparkling white wines. These wines are stored in elaborate cellars known as “underground cathedrals” (UNESCO). Visit a winery and tour one of these unique masterpieces of architecture before sampling their wines. (Breakfast)
 
Day 7 Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area
Venture down Piedmont’s hazelnut road to learn about Tonda Gentile, Northern Italy's prized hazelnut. Spend time at a family-run hazelnut farm and take a stroll through the hazelnut grove. Learn about the process of shelling and roasting and see how they transform the nut into decadent sweets before indulging in a tasting. Next, it is on to one of the most famous Piedmont wineries. Learn about its history, visit the cellars and get a taste of the “slow food” tradition at lunch featuring local ingredients paired with regional wines. The remainder of your day is free to spend as you choose. (Breakfast & Lunch)
 
Day 8 Langhe-Roero & Monferrato Area - Turin
Set out for the regal city of Turin where you will join a local guide to explore the city. You will be surrounded in grandeur at its Royal Palace and be enchanted by the beauty of its tree lined avenues and cobblestone streets. Stop in a local café to savor a “merenda reale” (royal snack) and a delicious drink (bicerin) made with espresso, chocolate and milk. (Breakfast)
 
Day 9 Turin
This morning you’ll have time at leisure to explore Turin on your own. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to the magnificent hunting lodge at Stupinigi – the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (UNESCO) – this extravagant building is designed with a towering center with two immense wings that encircle an intricately manicured courtyard. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 10 Turin - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Spend 4 nights in the breathtaking Langhe-Roero and Monferrato region (UNESCO).
  • Explore the regal city of Turin with a local guide.
  • Discover the magnificent 'underground cathedrals' of Canelli (UNESCO).
  • Taste some of the best wines in Italy.
All This Included
Immerse yourself in the local food, world-renowned wine and breathtaking sights of the Piedmont region of Italy. Venture by boat to the stunning Borromean Islands pausing at the enchanting town of Pallanza to explore its colorful streets. Travel to the Vercelli, making a stop at a traditional rice producer. Spend time exploring the Langhe-Roero & Monferrato area, strewn with vineyards and famous for its winemaking. Meet a local “wine teller” who introduces you to the area’s renowned wines. A truffle hunter and their dog demonstrate gathering techniques. In Canelli, explore an elaborate wine cellar known as an “underground cathedral.” Spend time at a hazelnut farm and take a guided tour of the grove. Discover the regal city of Turin with a local guide. Your true taste of Northern Italy awaits!
  • Accommodations for 8 nights.
  • 13 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. 
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
Accommodations on this Tour
Lake Maggiore: Zacchera Hotels
Bra: Hotel Cantine Ascheri
Turin: Starhotels Majestic Turin
Notes
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.


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