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PIEDMONT TRUFFLE TIME
CULINARY & WINE
DISCOVERY 
TOUR

PIEDMONT TRUFFLE TIME
CULINARY & WINE TOUR

International Alba White Truffle Fair

Cooking Classe & Wine Tasting Sessions

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6 Days / 5 Nights

October 28 - November 2, 2024

From $6,350

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Harvest Time in Piedmont

Luxury Boutique Hotel Accommodations

3 “B”s of Piedmont Wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera.

A "flavors of fall" dream trip for all food lovers... visit to the Piedmont Region of Northern Italy during the height of the truffle season and attend the world-famous International Alba White Truffle Fair!

And special for garden lovers... we'll experience a remarkable day being the special guests to have a private tour of the gardens at Villa Silvio Pellicodesigned by renowned British landscape/garden architect Russell Page, followed by lunch at the villa.

We'll meet in Turin, Piedmont's capital city with its baroque architecture, grand boulevards and public squares, where we'll stay our first night in a luxury city hotel located in the city centre... followed by four nights in Piedmont's beautiful and historic Langhe-Roero Region -- a foodie's paradise!

Piedmont's deeply rooted, traditional and wholesome autumn cuisine... white truffles... slow food cooking with local fresh ingredients... game, meat & poultry... garlic... crisp vegetables... tajarin and plin pasta... rice/risotto... world-class cheeses, Gorgonzola and Castelmagno... antipasti and desserts... hazelnut chocolate... Piedmont's three "B"s of pedigreed wines - Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera... all Piedmont specialties we'll enjoy on this extraordinary culinary trip.

 

​With our Barolo hills born local food & wine guide, we'll tour through the majestic vineyard landscape of Piedmont's Langhe-Roero and Monferrato regions, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learning about the history, culture and gastronomic significance of different villages.

 

We'll immerse ourselves in the Piedmont authentic gastronomic history and wine-making traditions. We'll have two days of private cooking classes, visits to two historic winemakers to taste vintage wines, attend the International Alba White Truffle Fair, and go on an authentic truffle hunt.

This is a Piedmont adventure you'll never forget!

Itinerary Summary:

  • Mon - Welcome Reception with Piedmont Wines & Antipasti

  • Tue - "Barolo Secrets" & Cooking Class Day

  • Wed - Piedmont Gardens Day - Villa Silvio Pellico

  • Thu - "Barbaresco Secrets"  Day

  • Fri -  Truffle Hunt  Alba Truffle Fair

  • Sat - Say Our Goodbyes... Travel Home or to Onward Destinations

 

"Barolo Secrets" & Cooking Class Day

For this Barolo-focused day, we will depart our hotel at 9:00am and make our way to an appointment with a passionate professional Piedmont chef, meeting in his restaurant hidden in the less touristic part of the Langhe Hills. Here a hands-on cooking class will disclose us the secrets of the traditional Piedmontese cuisine. We’ll prepare a real Piedmont Sunday lunch, four delicious courses, including homemade local “grandma” pasta. During the lesson we will take a short break to enjoy a tasty aperitif. After the cooking class, we will delight our palates by tasting what we have prepared, accompanied by fine local wine.

 

After the relaxing lunch we will travel to a small charming hamlet to enjoy a private cellar visit and comprehensive wine tasting with a premium Barolo producer in the most well-bodied, structured and well-known Barolo area.

Turin & Villa Silvio Pellico Garden Day

Piedmont is home of extraordinary Italian gardens and villas. We'll spend the day visiting one of Italy's most famous private gardens, Villa Silvio Pellico, where we'll be the special guests of the owner. The garden was designed by world-famous landscape architect Russell Page. The garden has been described in the book “The Gardens of Russell Page” as - "No other classical garden made by Page in Europe better illustrates his extraordinary ability to interpret the nature of a site than the Villa Silvio Pellico." and "The Villa Silvio Pellico was the pleasurable proof of Page’s understanding of the classical Italian garden”.

 

This will be a memorable day garden lovers will relish!

 

After our tour we'll enjoy lunch at the villa hosted by the owner.

"Barbaresco Secrets" Day

We'll visit a traditional premium Barbaresco cellars in the southern part of the Langhe Hills where the soil is sandier and wines more approachable. After the cellar visits we’ll enjoy a comprehensive tasting sessions, including both traditional local wines and Barbaresco.

Truffle Hunt & Alba Truffle Fair Day

 

In the morning we will take part on an authentic "Truffle Hunt.” This is an adventure you'll want to tell your friends back home about! We’ll follow our local guide's good friend, Giovanni, a professional “trifolao” (truffle hunter,) in his search for the highly sought-after tuber magnatum, white truffle, with his trusty dog. A two-hour experience in the world of truffle hunting which will take us in the woods. It’s the real deal! What truly makes the experience all the more worthwhile is discovering all the tips and tricks about dog training and night hunting.

 

In the afternoon, with our local guide, we'll attend the world-famous Alba Truffle Fair. While truffle fairs are held in many northern and central regions of Italy, and truffles can also be found in other counties (ie: France, Croatia & Slovenia)... yet Italian white truffles found in the Piedmont region are the most valuable on the market... and the International Alba White Truffle Fair is the world's best truffle fair.

We'll stay in one of Piedmont's loveliest luxury country boutique hotels. Each evening on-your-own group dinners will be arranged at hotel's restaurant or at a nearby trattoria to enjoy delicious and relaxing local cuisine meals.

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.

Bravissimo... this is a not to miss trip for all lovers of Italian food and wine!

The Piedmont Culinary, Wine & Garden Tour Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous vacation experience exploring Piedmont villages and viewing the majestic vineyard countryside...  discovering the region's history, culture, architecture, natural beauty, cuisine and wine.

  • Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.

  • Many activities -- visiting historic Piedmont hamlets with a local culinary & wine guide... learning about Piedmont  cuisine and enjoying delicious gastronomic meals... hands-on cooking classes with a local chef... visiting  winemakers and having tasting sessions... attending the world-famous International Alba White Truffle Fair... touring beautiful Piedmont gardens... and much more!

  • Free personal time for individual sightseeing... relaxing... shopping.

  • Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.

  • Recommended restaurants to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join local-cuisine group meals.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a fun and WORRY-FREE vacation!​ 

 

What's Included:

  • An authentic Piedmont experience - touring with a local Piedmont culinary & wine guide, visiting small hamlets in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, seeing the majestic vineyard landscapes of the Piedmont's Langhe-Roero and Monferrato districts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Visit to International Alba White Truffle Fair

  • Five nights in premier/luxury hotels -- elegant environments to relax and enjoy your Piedmont visit. 

  • Five daily Piedmont breakfasts at the hotel.

  • Welcome reception/dinner with Piedmont antipasti and wines.

  • Two lunches include:

    • ​Traditional Piedmontese Cuisine Cooking Class with Lunch - hands-on class learning the secrets of traditional Piedmont cuisine with a local chef, preparing a Piedmont four-course lunch, including homemade pasta; followed by an aperitif, lunch & wine.​​

    • Private lunch hosted by owners of Villa Silvio Pellico.

  • Farewell Gala Dinner with traditional Piedmontese cuisine and local wines.

  • Piedmont Traditional Winery Visits:

    • Visit to a historic premium Barolo wine cellar & wine tasting session.

    • Visit to a historic premium Barbaresco wine cellar & wine tasting session.

  • Truffle hunt with a professional “trifolao” and his dog.

  • Day trip for private tour the garden at Villa Silvio Pellico.

  • Morning pleasure walks - optional before breakfast group walks.

  • Ground transportation for all group activities and day trips.

  • Concierge service & support.

 

Arrival & Departure Cities:

Arrival City: Turin, Italy

Departure City: Manera, Italy

Nearest Major Airports:

Turin/Torino (TRN) 

Milan/Milano (MXP or LIN)

Trip Cost:

Premiere/Luxury Hotels:

  • $6,350 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,725

Space Is Limited -- Recommend to Reserve Early!

Limited to 15 persons.

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Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person minimum participation.

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