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Piedmont and the Italian Lakes

7 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

The distinctive flavours of white truffle and fruity red wine will infuse your gastronomic adventure through Alpine landscape.

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The distinctive flavours of white truffle and fruity red wine will infuse your gastronomic adventure through Piedmont's dramatic Alpine landscape, historical walled cities and pristinely beautiful northern lakes. This one's a feast for all senses - indulge in Baci de Cherasco, nougat from La Morra and a bite or two of biscotti washed down with Turin's decadent Bicerin hot chocolate.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: ISML

6 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Piedmont and the Italian Lakes

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Milan

Day 2

Milan Sightseeing – Aosta Valley Scenic Drive – Romano Canavese (Piedmont) (4 Nights)

Day 3

Cherasco and Wine Tasting – La Morra Excursion

Day 4

Asti Excursion

Day 5

Turin Excursion

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day 6

Romano Canavese (Piedmont) – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore)

Day 7

Baveno (Lake Maggiore) – transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport

Day 1

Arrive Milan

Welcome to Italy's fashion, financial and economic powerhouse, Milan. On arrival meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for an enjoyable Welcome Reception and an orientation drive where you will see some of the main sights.

Hotel

Starhotels Business Palace

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Milan Sightseeing – Aosta Valley Scenic Drive – Romano Canavese (Piedmont) (4 Nights)

This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan with a Local Specialist. See the Gothic Duomo, one of the world's most impressive Gothic cathedrals, and La Galleria, an elegant arcade shopping gallery before free time to explore on your own. Perhaps stop by the Pirelli Tower to admire 1950s Modernist style, or see the medieval Castello Sforzesco. Later travel to the Aosta Valley, a dramatic mountainous region that borders France and Switzerland. Visit Fort Bard, built by the House of Savoy in the 19th century. The fortress replaced an even earlier castle which controlled the trade routes between France and Italy. It is now the Museum of the Alps and gives a fascinating insight into the region and its history. This evening check in to your stately hotel located in an 18th century villa for a relaxing four-night stay.

Hotel

Relais Villa Matilde Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

Adult Price: €45.00

Piemontese Gourmet Dinner

You will enjoy a typical meal in the region of Piemonte, where you will learn the secrets of the food regarded by many as Italy’s finest. Your dinner will be accompanied by a selection of regional wines.

Adult Price: €91.00

Day 2

Day 3

Cherasco and Wine Tasting – La Morra Excursion

After a leisurely morning visit Cherasco, a town with medieval and baroque buildings. See the Salmatoris Palace and the impressive colonnades. The town is also famous for Baci de Cherasco, a traditional sweet made from chocolate and hazelnuts. Visit a local winery for an insight into the wine making process and taste the delicious wines of the region including Barolo. Later visit La Morra, a hilltop village with great views across the Piedmont region which is famous for its local chocolate and nougat.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Asti Excursion

Visit Asti, a town dating back to pre-Roman times, synonymous with sparkling wine and historic palaces and towers. Enjoy an orientation where you will see the magnificent Romanesque Gothic Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. Explore the Piazza San Secondo located in an old market piazza and the narrow cobbled streets and old wall of the medieval city. You'll also see the imposing remnants of what was once called 'The City of 100 Towers', of which only 12 actually still survive, including Torre Troyana, which is open to visitors. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch with a local family on their wine estate.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

Turin Excursion

Your Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour of the aristocratic and sophisticated city of Turin. Enjoy views of Italy's largest and most famous river, the Po. In Turin see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. Visit Piazza San Carlo with its 17th century façades and the Church of San Lorenzo where a full scale picture of the famous Shroud of Turin is on display. Try the local Biscotti and Bicerin, a typical hot drink from Turin. Visit Europe's largest open air food market and sample local produce. During your free time why not visit the fascinating Cinema Museum or the newly refurbished Egyptian Museum, one of the most important ones outside of Cairo. Alternatively stroll along the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

The Highlights of Turin

Join us on a guided visit of the National Cinema Museum, one of the most important of its kind. You'll experience an exciting elevator ride up the Mole Antonelliana, the emblematic building that houses the museum. Then, the sixteenth-century Monte dei Capuccini will be a further highlight.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 5

Day 6

Romano Canavese (Piedmont) – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore)

Today travel to picturesque and misty Lake Orta, known locally as La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Locals consider the lake to be more scenic and far superior than other lakes in the region. Later at Lake Maggiore enjoy a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of a memorable trip.

Hotel

Simplon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Adult Price: €41.00

Mini Cruise On Lake Orta

A mini cruise around Lake Orta, the most beautiful part of the lake, undoubtedly Italy’s best-kept secret. Appropriately, you’ll also enjoy an aperitivo at one of the lake’s scenic spots.

Adult Price: €46.00

A Visit to Alba

Enjoy a scenic drive with your Local Specialist through the Langhe Valley, a magnificent UNESCO protected site, to medieval Alba - the heart of this stunning area. Alba is the Truffle capital of the world and also home to Ferrero chocolate, where Nutella was invented. Enjoy time at leisure to sample the town's unspoilt atmosphere.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 6

Day 7

Baveno (Lake Maggiore) – transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport

This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Set in the lush Piedmont countryside, Relais Villa Matilde reflects its 18th roots in its period furnishings and marble features

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy traditional Piedmont hospitality and delicious Asti Spumante with the Nicola family at their vineyard with views of the rolling green countryside that stretch for miles

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Milan and Turin

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Milan and Turin

    • Orientation of Aosta Valley, Cherasco, La Morra, Asti and Barolo

    • See the Gothic Duomo and La Galleria in Milan, the Salmatoris Palace in Cherasco, Romanesque Gothic Cathedral in Asti, Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo in Turin

    • View the Cathedral and La Scala in Milan, the stunning scenery of the Aosta Valley, Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello in Turin

    • Visit Bard Fortress, Cherasco which is famous for Baci de Cherasco, a winery for a wine tasting, the food markets of Turin and spectacular Lake Orta


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 2 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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