Liguria and Piedmont - 2020

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Liguria and Piedmont – 2020

Combining both Liguria and Piedmont provides a gourmet itinerary to experience food, wine, art and incredible scenery combined with the Italian lifestyle.

Milan • Genoa • Sanremo • Porto Venere • Cinque Terre • Rapallo • Portofino • Santa Margherita Ligure • Monferrato Area • Turin • The Langhe • Asti • Turin • Courmayeur • Aosta • Milan

Features

  • Focaccia with cheese tasting
  • barolo wine 
  • truffles cream tasting

High Season

April                27
June                 15
October           12

Tourist Category

Double/Triple       $3290.00AUD per person.
Single                  $3799.00AUD single room. 

1st Category

Double/Triple      $3745.00AUD per person.
Single                 $4672.00AUD single room.

Hotels 

City                       Tourist Category

Genoa                          Best Western Moderno Verdi 4*
Turin                             Starhotels Majestic 4*

City                       1st Category

Genoa                          Grand Hotel Savoia 5*
Turin                             Grand Hotel Sitea 5*

The Tour includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe coach
  • Monolingual tour-escort in English
  • Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
  • Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary

The Tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”

*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended. 

**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

Depart at 8:30 am from Milan to Genoa (it is also possible to commence the tour directly from Genoa, joining the group in the lobby of hotel Best Western Moderno Verdi at 10:30 am). Genoa is a port city, one of the largest of the Southern Europe and the capital of Italy’s Northwest Liguria region. It is famous for its central role in Maritime trade over the centuries. Its historical centre has grown around the dock and is full of narrow, characteristic streets and has a Medieval origin. Visit the modern zone of “Ancient Port”, restored for the 500 year anniversary of Christopher Columbus discovering America. Here we find the Aquarius, the second largest aquarium in Europe. Enjoy some free time for lunch, before checking into your hotel for free evening and an overnight stay.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to Sanremo, which is defined as the city of flowers and sun. Sanremo is known all over the world for the Italian Song Festival. Its economy is based on flower farming and tourism. This little town on the Riviera di Ponente (Western Riviera), offers many possibilities for entertainment, such as beaches and stunning promenades. Its famous Casino is situated on the top of the most elegant street in the town, where you can find fashion boutiques and specialty stores. Enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, return to Genoa along the Riviera di Ponente, passing through typical villages, spend overnight in the hotel.

 

Prior to departure to Porto Venere, enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Porto Venere is a beautiful fishing village, located at the end of the Gulf of La Spezia. After visiting the village, you will take a ferry to Cinque Terre (if weather conditions are suitable for boarding the boat, the tour will be done with a panoramic itinerary in minibus). These 5 fishing villages, symbolise a unique group of villages which are world renowned for their beautiful and distinctive landscape and the Medieval style of their buildings. Enjoy some free time for lunch before heading back to Genoa for dinner and an overnight stay in your hotel.

After breakfast in your hotel, depart for Rapallo. Rapallo is a famous tourist destination, offering one of the most typical examples of Ligurian architecture along its coast. Here, you are invited to try a slice of focaccia, a local style of bread, traditionally only produced in this area – focaccia comes in a huge amount of flavours and varieties. Subsequently, you will take the road to Portofino. There is a little town square where you have gorgeous views of a traditional group of high, coloured and picturesque houses. During peak season, the small port is adorned with expensive yachts and boats from every part of the world. After your visit of Portofino, you will stop in Santa Margherita. This is famous seaside city of the Riviera of Levante (Eastern Riviera) and is located in the Tigullio Gulf. You will enjoy free time for lunch, before transferring to Casale Monferrato, the capital of the ancient Dukedom of Monferrato. The old town includes several beautiful buildings with differing architectural styles, such as the Fortress, the Civic Tower and the Cathedral. In the afternoon, you will travel to Turin, which is the capital of the region. To get to Turin you cross the North of Monferrato with a short stop in Moncalvo. Moncalvo is a lovely village at the top of several vineyards and Crea, where it is possible to visit the local Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage listed building. When you arrive in Turin, you will check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

 

After breakfast in your hotel, you have a full day to tour Turin. Of Roman origin, Turin was first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Not only is it the main centre of the Fiat car factory, it is also the cultural and university centre, and is nowadays the fourth biggest town of the country for inhabitants and the third for industrial development. Initially, you will visit the famous Savoy Route, including the Royal Palace in Venaria. This imposing structure inspired the French architects during renovation of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris. It was built in the second half of the 1600 by command of the Savoy Duke Charles Emmanuel, who gave it as a gift to his wife. The palace presents the main central building as well as the largest park of the region. Then, you will continue to Superga, the second hill of the region. Here you will visit the Basilica, built in the beginning of the 1700. This was by command of the King of Sardinia, Victor Amadeus II, as a dedication to the Virgin, in order to celebrate the victory of the Piedmont Army versus France and Spain. Unique masterpieces of the Popes pictures, painted on cloth, are conserved inside. Enjoy free time for lunch, before coming back to the city centre. After lunch you will head downtown to visit Piazza Castello, with Palazzo Madama, the old Roman gate, the residence of the Royal Family and finally the Art Museum and the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is also known as the Mole Antonelliana, and is a major landmark of the city, built by the architect Alessandro Antonelli in 1873 and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II. It houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and the National Museum of Film. Additionally, within the palace is the Cathedral which hedges in the Shroud which is a linen cloth that bears the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatized in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Possibly Jesus, according to the catholic tradition. You will also some Piazza San Carlo, with its galleries in typical Piedmont style; and walk through Via Roma and Garibaldi with free time to enjoy the everyday life of this amazing city. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to La Morra, a small village of the Middle Ages. It is a major wine growing region and the richness of the soil is also known as “Red gold”, the Barolo. You will visit a traditional winery and cellar to taste some of the best wines of the region.

You will continue to Castle Grinzane Cavour, which houses some of the main wine bars of the area. During the 15th century, the castle and the surrounding areas were owned by the marquis of Busca, whose heraldic symbols have been found in some rooms, under later plasterings. It was later, under several lords, the most famous of which was, in the mid-19th century, Camillo Benso, Conte di Cavour, who resided in the castle from 1830. Cavour restored the construction and improved the vine cultivations in the area.

You tour continues amongst picturesque hills and vineyards, until you arrive in Alba. Alba is considered the capital of the Langhe District, which is made up of hilly wine country and is a large region of wine production. Alba is also known as the regional leader for truffle production. Furthermore, chocolate is a significant attraction with the multinational factory of Ferrero, which produces tea, chocolate and biscuits all over the world.

Founded in the pre-Roman ages, Alba had an important role in the Middle Ages. You will visit the Cathedral, the old town centre, the main central business district, Vittorio Emanuele and Cavour and the City Hall Palace. Enjoy some free time for lunch. You will be able to visit a shop to taste the cream of white truffle, the most precious truffle available. Then, en route to reach Asti.

Asti represents both Roman and Baroque style and has traces of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. It is world renowned for its wine production – the most popular being Asti Spumante. You will visit the town centre, the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, Piazza Roma with the monument to Italy, the Red Tower – of the Roman ages, the Baroque palaces and the Middle Age towers. You will travel back to Turin for an overnight stay in your hotel.

After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Fenis to look up to the castle, built in the XII century, located in the highest valley of the region. Built by command of the Challant family for prestigious reasons, it now represents one of the most charming masterpieces of that age in all Northern Italy.

Subsequently you will travel to Courmayeur, which is a small village located at the bottom of the Mont Blanc, the last Italian place before the frontier with France. It’s known for the SkyWay Monte Bianco cable car, offering views of peaks like the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden has medicinal and high-altitude plants, plus a swath of Alpine pasture. In town, the Duca degli Abruzzi Alpine Museum documents the history of mountain guides with photos and climbing equipment. You will have some free time in the beautiful old town. Continue on to Aosta, the capital of the autonomous region of Aosta Valley, the smallest region of Italy. Aosta is located in the middle of the highest mountains of the Alps. The old town, was founded before Christ and partially built by the Romans according to the typical style of a Roman camp (core and parallel streets). Still today, Roman tracks are extremely evident: Arch of Augustus, the Praetorian gates, the old entrances of the city and the modern district with the modern works, as the Cathedral and Piazza Chanoux with the City Hall. Enjoy free time for lunch prior to making your way back to Milan. End of our services.

 

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