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Piedmont and the Italian Lakes

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

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      • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      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 with local wine

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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
          with local wine

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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


       

      Piedmont and the Italian Lakes

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Milan

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

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      Day 3

      Cherasco Wine Tasting – La Morra Excursion

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      Asti Excursion

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      Turin Excursion

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      Day 6

      Cherasco (Piedmont) – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore)

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      Day 7

      Baveno (Lake Maggiore) – transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport

      Day 1

      Arrive Milan Day 1 - Arrive Milan

      Settle into the sophistication and elegance of Italy's fashion capital, our launch pad for a Hidden Journey through Northern Italy. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see the refined cityscape of Milan.

      Hotel

      Starhotels Business Palace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Starhotels Business Palace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Milan Sightseeing – Aosta Valley Scenic Drive – Cherasco (Piedmont) (4 Nights) Day 2 - Milan Sightseeing – Aosta Valley Scenic Drive – Cherasco (Piedmont) (4 Nights)

      This morning, we delve into the history of this modern economic powerhouse in the company of a Local Specialist who will share some of its most impressive sights including the Duomo, an incredibly ornate and impressive Gothic cathedral, and La Galleria, one of the world's oldest shopping galleries. The rest of the morning is free to explore the verve of this hard-working city. Witness the extraordinary talents of da Vinci and Michelangelo first-hand, relax at a pavement café in trendy Navigli or climb the steps of the Duomo for panoramic views of the city. We leave Milan this afternoon, travelling through the dramatic frontier-land bordering France and Switzerland before arriving at the 19th century Fort Bard, built by the House of Savoy, and today the home of the Museum of the Alps, which shares fascinating insight into the region and its history. For the next four nights, we stay in an intimate 17th century monastery in the quaint town of Cherasco.

      Hotel

      Somaschi Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Somaschi 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 Wine Tasting – La Morra Excursion Day 3 - Cherasco Wine Tasting – La Morra Excursion

      This morning we explore the picturesque town of Cherasco, once described by Napoleon as the most beautiful spot in Italy and the home of delicious chocolate and hazelnut flavours embodied in its traditional Baci de Cherasco. Ambling through its hidden streets, we view the 17th century Palazzo Salmatoris and the impressive array of medieval and baroque buildings that stand to this day. We'll visit a local winery and pop the cork on the region's delicious viticulture heritage, indulging in some of the delicious vintages that have made this region famous, before visiting La Morra, a hilltop village offering spectacular views across the Piedmont region.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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

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      Day 4

      Asti Excursion Day 4 - Asti Excursion

      Renowned globally for its outstanding sparkling wine, the centuries-old town of Asti is ours to explore today - from its magnificent Romanesque Gothic Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, to the old market Piazza San Secondo and quaint cobblestone streets set within the old wall of a medieval city that was once one of the most powerful independent cities in western Italy. See the imposing remnants of 'The City of 100 Towers' up close, of which only 12 actually still survive, including Torre Troyana. We celebrate the gourmet heritage of the area during an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch with a local family on their wine estate.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 4

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      Turin Excursion Day 5 - Turin Excursion

      Wander along the grand boulevards of Turin today in the company of a Local Specialist who will share the sophistication and elegance of a city that remains the home of Italy's former royal family. Italy's largest and most famous river, the Po, snakes its way through this aristocratic city, whose Antonelliana building and Piazza San Carlo we will have an opportunity to see during our orientation tour. We stop at the picturesque 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, before indulging in the rich flavours of the local Biscotti and steamy Bicerin. An intimate encounter with Turin's gourmet scene sees us visit Europe's largest open-air food market to sample local produce, after which enjoy free time to explore the city. Visit the fascinating Cinema Museum located in the Mole Antonelliana, a fascinating monument and the symbol of the city of Turin. Gain insight into Egyptian archaeology and anthropology at the Egyptian Museum. Or stroll down the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi exuding Torinese sophistication.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      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

      Cherasco (Piedmont) – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore) Day 6 - Cherasco (Piedmont) – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore)

      Today we go off the beaten track and journey to the enchanting Lake Orta, known by locals as La Cenerentola (Cinderella) because it is far-less visited than the lakes of Como and Maggiore, but widely regarded as more beautiful. We venture to Lake Maggiore this evening to enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner celebrating Italian culture, food and heritage.

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      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

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Baveno (Lake Maggiore) – transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport Day 7 - Baveno (Lake Maggiore) – transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport

      This morning, we say a sad arrivederci to Italy and new-found friends as your unforgettable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Stay in a beautifully restored 17th century monastery, the Monastero Cherasco Somaschi Hotel offers beautiful mountain views and delicious Piedmontese cuisine

      • 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 Treasure
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Milan and Turin

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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
          with local wine

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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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