Tantalise your taste buds and awaken your senses to the delightful scenery and revered gastronomy of the Italian Piedmont region.
Tantalise your taste buds and awaken your senses to the delightful scenery and revered gastronomy of the Italian Piedmont region. We take in the delights of attractive Cuneo, marvel at the delicacies and verdant vistas of the Langhe region and experience all the class and architectural aplomb of tremendous Turin.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First rail travel as described (Standard Premier on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
- 7 nights' hotel accommodation
- 13 meals including, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 4 dinners
- Guided tour of Lyon
- Excursion to Le Langhe
- Two wine tastings
- Guided visit to Saluzzo
- Cuneo Market including coffee at Café Gallo
- City tour of Turin including tastings of Gianduiotto and bicerin
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated departure office in St Pancras
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Day 1 - London to Lyon
Our holiday begins this morning as we meet in our dedicated departure office in St Pancras International station and take the Eurostar in Standard Premier Class direct to Lyon. We arrive in the afternoon and after time to settle in to our hotel we head out into the city for a walking tour. Lyon is seen by many to be the gastronomic capital of France. The city is renowned for its variety of traditional French food options, with multitudes of establishments offering Haute, nouvelle and bouchon cuisine. Our guided tour takes us through the delightfully charming streets of the city's Old Town district, complete with its Renaissance painted houses. This quarter of Lyon is brimming with small corner cafés, and quaint restaurants line the cobbled streets. After taking in the city's main sights we enjoy an evening meal at a 'bouchon', a Lyonnaise restaurant serving traditional, local food. (D)
Day 2 - To Cuneo
This morning we travel to Turin on the high-speed TGV in First Class. On arrival in Turin we transfer by coach to Cuneo, arriving mid-afternoon. We have time before dinner to explore the town, which is nestled amongst a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Alps. Cuneo is the regional capital of its namesake province, and like many of the small towns and villages of the area, its devotion to high-quality food and drink is renowned. Cheese and wine are some of the staples of Cuneo's culinary exports, though with its scenic setting, many gourmets choose to visit themselves, and experience Cuneo's delicious offerings surrounded by the full context of the town's history and beauty. Whilst here you may like to stroll through the picturesque Via Roma, in the city's Old Quarter. Perhaps you could stop at the famous Café Arione. The traditional café, first established in 1923, is the creator of the delicious Cuneesi al Rhum; a regional famous chocolate treat stuffed with a rum filling. Author Ernest Hemingway is said to have held the café amongst his favourites and was a regular visitor here- look out for his photograph in the window as proof of his patronage. As well as these delightful alcoholic chocolates, Cuneo is known for its rich history, which has led to a variety of architectural and culinary styles mingling in the area. We return to the hotel this afternoon,where you have a little free time to settle in, before heading out this evening to enjoy a traditional Italian dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 3 - Wines of the Langhe Region
Today we enjoy an excursion to the village of Barolo, situated deep amongst the vineyards of Piedmont. We travel into the rolling hills of Le Langhe, a sub-region of Piedmont revered for its fantastic wine and truffles. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is brimming with verdant vineyards, quaint walled towns and farmhouses. Here we enjoy a tasting of acclaimed barolo, a hearty red wine that is produced locally. Created with nebbiolo grapes, which are often used in vintages produced in the Piedmont region, barolo is one of Italy's best-loved wines. We then continue to La Morra, known as the 'Balcony of Le Langhe', the incredibly poised town affords spectacular views over the undulating green landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see. Here we enjoy a light lunch, paired with delicious local wines, at Adriano Vini, a family-run wine estate which has produced a broad selection of fantastic wines for almost three decades. Later, we continue to Grinzane Cavour, where we visit the small village's imposing medieval castle. Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, the castle is thought to originate back as far as the 13th century. We make our way around the fort's very own museum, which houses exhibits recounting life in the local area through the ages. Many of the rooms are still furnished in the fashions of previous centuries the castle has witnessed. (B, L)
Day 4 - Undiscovered Piedmont
Today we travel by coach to the pretty town of Saluzzo. Situated atop a hill, the picturesque town offers fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. We enjoy a guided tour, strolling through the historic streets, discovering the main sights, including the 15th century Cathedral, which boasts vivid rose-tinted windows and a magnificent Baroque altar. The Casa Cavassa, now a museum, once was home to the royal marquis' of Saluzzo and is still decorated in beautiful Renaissance style. We then enjoy lunch in a local Saluzzo restaurant before continuing on to a wine tasting at a local vineyard, sampling the delicious Pelavega grape. (B, L)
Day 5 - Cuneo Market
Today we enjoy the many wonderful sights and sounds of Cuneo's bustling market. We take a guided tour through the hub of the market stalls before continuing through the narrow streets of the city, discovering, imposing churches and traditional Italian architecture. We stop for a coffee at a local café, where you may like to try some of the delicious chocolate and cakes on offer. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring Cuneo before we dine together this evening in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 - A Guided Tour of Turin
We leave Cuneo today and head for Turin by coach. On arrival we check into the NH Piazza Carlina for a two-night stay. We enjoy a guided tour of the many sights this beautiful and charming location has to offer. Our walking tour takes in the Mole Antonelliana. This incredible structure challenges the sky with its ivory tinged dome and spire and dominates the city's skyline. Originally designed as a synagogue it was eventually re-designed as a monument to the unification of Italy. We continue to the Piazza Castello, or Castle Square, this attractive and expansive square is a popular meeting place for locals. The highlight of any tour of Turin is the Duomo, our next stop. This magnificent cathedral is one of the biggest draws in Turin. During our tour we enjoy a couple of local specialties. We sample a Gianduiotto, a Piedmontese chocolate shaped like an upturned boat, and the famous bicerin drink. A traditional drink in Turin, it is made from espresso, drinking chocolate and whole milk and served layered in a small rounded glass. The word bicerin itself is Piedmontese for 'small glass'. (B)
Days 7 & 8 - A Leisure in Turin
Today you have a full-day to enjoy the charms of Turin under your own steam. One of the city's most famous features is the Turin Shroud, which was also a major reason for the city's growth. Believed to be an imprint of Christ's face after being crucified, the shroud has been displayed at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, in Turin, since 1578 - and the city became a popular pilgrimage site from that time. The collection of busy piazzas and iconic Baroque buildings are a delight to discover: be sure to visit one of Turin's famous coffee shops and watch the crowds go by before we dine in a local restaurant for the evening. On Day 8 we leave Turin, bound for London via Paris on the Eurostar. (Day 7 - B, D, Day 8 - B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Principe, Cueno
The 4-Star Hotel Principe in Cuneo is located close to the town's historic centre, within walking distance of the cathedral and close to a delightful array of shops, restaurants and cafés on the Piazza Galimberti, Cuneo's best-known square. Housed in a former palace dating back to the 1800s, the hotel has been completely restored, and has welcomed guests for more than 75 years. Featuring contemporary décor throughout, the guest rooms come equipped with a satellite television, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
NH Collection Piazza Carlina, Turin
The 4-Star NH Piazza Carlina, set in a 17th century building close to the city's historic centre, embracing the true charm of Italy and Turin. With classy interiors, elegant furnishings and well-maintained facilities, this is an excellent base in one of Italy's best cities. All the rooms feature modern amenities including en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, a television, a coffee machine and an electric kettle.
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