Piedmonte e Cinque Terre-A Taste of Italy 8 Days
Discover the most authentic Italian regions with their great local products and stunning landscapes. Stay in charming accommodations in the Unesco hills of Langhe Monferrato Roero & Linguria’s seaside. Visit Portofino, Unesco sites, castles, burgs of Cinque Terre & Langhe hills, Alba & Barolo. Experience the most characteristic taverns and inns. Learn how to cook a traditional Piedmonte menu and how to make the typical Ligurian pesto sauce. Taste the prestigious Barolo & Cinque Terre wines right where they are produced. Savour local cheeses & the best haselnuts in the world! Meet the locals and experience life the “Italian Way”.
Day 1 – Arrival to the Unesco hills:
Pick-up at Malpensa airport or Milan train station and transfer to the Unesco World Heritage Langhe Monferrato Roero hills. Check-in at the selected charming accommodation facility and relax. Transfer for dinner in a characteristic restaurant to taste a local menu and overnight stay.
Day 2 – Amazing tastes:
cheese, hazelnuts and special cooking class: Breakfast buffet. Meeting with the driver and the English-speaking guide and departure to discover the area of Alta
Langa, where the landscape becomes wilder thanks to woods and hazelnut groves. Guided visit to a small cheese producer with tasting. Lunch in a local osteria and then visit to a small farm producing hazelnuts: from the grove to the laboratory with final tasting. Back to the accommodation and relax. Cookery lesson on ‘the cuisine of the Langhe’ to learn how to prepare a complete traditional menu based on local recipes: the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at dinner, paired with local wines. Overnight stay.
Day 3 – Barolo Wine area:
Breakfast buffet. Meeting with the driver and the English-speaking guide and departure to discover the growing area of Barolo, one of the most highly-prized wines in the world, starting from Barolo, the town from which the King of Wines and Wine of Kings gets its name for a stroll in the centre.Time to explore the charming villages of the area, visiting a prestigious Barolo wine cellar with tasting. Lunch free and visit of Grinzane Cavour Castle, its Country Life Museum, and the Regional Enoteca with traditional wines carefully selected by the masters of the ‘Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines’. Back to the accommodation – The driver and the guide leave. Transfer for dinner in a characteristic restaurant and overnight stay.
Day 4 – Transfer to Ligurian Cinque Terre:
After the breakfast buffet and check-out, transfer to Liguria with private driver (about 2 hours). Check-in at the selected accommodation in the charming atmosphere of Genoa medieval center. Relax after your long trip. In the evening, dinner in a selected Italian restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 5 – Walking Tour of Genoa historical center and food shops:
After breakfast, meeting with a local private tour guide at the accommodation. Amazing walking tour of the historical center of Genoa, discovering the most famous monuments of the town and its ancient food shops! Wandering through the “Carrugi” alleys is a unique experience to find the “real” Genoa essence. It is the largest medieval old town in Europe, with medieval alleyways and renaissance streets. The noble Rolli Palaces built by local aristocracy in the XV century is protected by UNESCO. The food shops of the historical center are ultra-centenarian: the old “friggitorie” serving friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata, fried fresh seafood eaten at the counter or to take away, the prestigious old pastry cafè where the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi loved to spend his time tasting the pastries and then, the “Pietro Romanengo fu Stefano” old shop. Possibility to taste some typical street food in Genoa old shops and to relax in an ancient Café. Dinner free in a suggested local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 6 – Cinque Terre Tour and Wine:
After breakfast, meeting with a local private tour guide and departure via train to the famous Cinque Terre. Visit of the two iconic villages of Cinque Terre: Manarola and Vernazza, wandering among the tiny squares and side alleys of the villages, the famous terraced vineyards of Manarola, and reaching the picturesque Vernazza with a romantic walk till the capuchin cloister. End of the guided tour and free time for lunch. In the afternoon, easy walk to reach a local producer cultivating amazing vineyards protected by Unesco. After the visit, tasting of typical Cinque Terre wines, paired with some local traditional recipes (as salted anchovies, vegetable cake, focaccia, pesto sauce). The tasting takes place directly in the beautiful terraced garden of a local producer in Monterosso. Dinner free in a suggested local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 7 – Tastes of Portofino: Pesto :
After breakfast, meeting with a local private tour guide and departure via train to reach Portofino for a tour of the picturesque villages in the heart of Portofino Natural Park: Santa Margherita and Portofino. The tour starts in the picturesque village of Santa Margherita Ligure, once called the “salotto” of the entire Gulf with its troump d’oeil painted palaces. Experience “la dolce vita” walking among charming villas surrounded by elegant gardens and parks. From Santa Margherita you will reach Portofino with a panoramic trip by public boat (weather and sea conditions permitting; otherwise by bus). Portofino is a small fishing village, which is now the center of élite tourism: it’s a tiny village with its spectacular castle, the church perched on the cliff and the luxury boutiques. Free time for lunch. The tour continues with an exclusive experience in Portofino, reaching a private terraced garden just above the village (10 minutes’ walk), from which an amazing view of the village and its bay can be admired. Meeting with a local skillful woman who will teach you to prepare the famous presto sauce with mortar and pestle. At the end, you will taste the pesto and some traditional local specialties such as focaccia, paired with a glass of wine from Portofino. Dinner free in a suggested local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 8 – Arrivederci!
After breakfast, check-out. Free time and departure – Arrivederci!
Dates & Prices:
- Code: PCTVIN15
- Dates: 2015 On Request
- From: $4937.00 CAD p.p. based on double
- Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
- 3 nights in a selected charming accommodation in the Unesco hills of Piedmont, double room, with breakfast
- 4 nights in a charming accommodation in Genoa historical center, double room, with breakfast
- 1 lunch in a characteristic restaurant, tasting menu & house wine
- 2 dinners in selected Piedmont characteristic restaurants, tasting menus with paired wines
- 1 dinner in Genoa, tasting menu with house wine
- 1 local cooking lesson in a warm setting with professional chef, prepare a complete traditional set menu with apron, recipes, participation certificate, followed by dinner of the dishes you’ve prepared, beverages included
- 1 visit to a well-known wine cellar in Barolo area with tasting
- 1 visit to a small cheese producer with tasting
- 1 visit to a small farm producing Nocciola Piemonte P.G.I. hazelnuts, with tasting
- 1 visit with audio-guide to the great Grinzane Cavour Castle, Unesco Site
- 1 guided walking tour in Genoa historical centre with tasting
- Private guided tours in Cinque Terre and Portofino
- Visit to Cinque Terre local wine producer and tasting
- Pesto demonstration in Portofino with tasting
- Cinque Terre card tickets
- Genoa-Portofino round trip train tickets
- Professional English-speaking guide as per program
- Private transfers as per program
- Assistance during the whole stay
- transfers beyond those mentioned above
- travel insurance
- meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
- personal spending money
- room upgrades and extras.
Price per person in CAD Dollars. Price indicative of Euro Exchange, CAD price subject to change.
Minimum 2 passengers. Rates & hotel availability subject to change.
High season surcharges may apply.