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Walking the Wine Villages of Piedmont

Walking the Wine Villages of Piedmont

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    8 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $2549per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 21 Aug '19 to 12 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, vegetarian meals, couples


For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

Italy: Piedmont

Walking the Wine Villages of Piedmont

  • Superb walking in truly undiscovered, yet highly sophisticated Italy
  • Imposing Savoy castles, tiny frescoed chapels, sun-drenched hamlets
  • Atmospheric wine villages and boundless vineyards
  • Luxury hotels; 4 out of 8 nights, with panoramic swimming pools
  • Excellent cuisine, prized white truffles, hazelnuts and chocolate!
  • Based on our popular 8 night, Gastronomic Barolo Walk

On this self-guided walking holiday you'll explore the beautifully tranquil Langhe region of Piedmont, a gastronomic gem quietly tucked into Italy's north-western corner.

Recently recognised by UNESCO, the countryside is a glorious mix of gently rippling, wave-shaped hills cloaked by layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests, crowned with honey-hued hamlets and majestic Savoy castles.

Your route starts and ends in Benevello, nestling in the hazelnut-clad Alta Langa hills, from where you follow the limpid Tanaro River before climbing through a string of hamlets to Grinzane Cavour where you'll enjoy gorgeous balcony views from the hotel terrace! It's then on to Castiglione Falletto, dominated by its distinctive 11th century castle. As you approach beautiful Monforte d'Alba, whose ochre-coloured houses seem to cling enchantingly to the hillside, you visit Barolo, home of the revered eponymous wine. Distances are reasonably short, leaving plenty of time to try the many regional specialities en route. This rich and fertile land produces some of Italy's finest food and wine, from robust Barolo and sweet Moscato to aromatic white truffles (exclusive to Alba), crunchy hazelnuts and tangy cheeses.

Your week in the Piedmont Hills is complemented by our carefully picked hotels, often with pools, and full of character and contrasts, from Serena's friendly, family-run hotel in the centre of Castiglione Falletto, to a beautifully restored 19th century family villa, complete with its own converted chapel and Michelin starred restaurant in Benevello.

All breakfasts are included on this trip, but we have left evening meals to you, so you are free to dine out at local restaurants and enjoy the delicious cuisine.



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Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

The walks are mainly through vineyards on earthen paths, forest trails and some asphalt sections. Walking boots are essential and poles are recommended for the ascents and descents through the vineyards which may be uneven underfoot.




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Day 1: Arrive at Benevello

Arrive at your hotel and perhaps enjoy a swim before heading out for dinner. Or you could book a table at the hotel restaurant - the Michelin-starred chef here trained under Marco Pierre White!
You stay at Villa d'Amelia (breakfast included)

Day 2: Benevello to Grinzane Cavour 10km/6.5mi/4hr

After a short transfer you follow a gentle path alongside the clear waters of the Tanaro River, next to which pheasants and partridges rustle in the oak forest. It's on to Roddi (the castle here used to house the University of Truffle Dogs!) and Grinzane Cavour with its wonderful megalithic castle with amazing views. At your stunning hotel in the village centre you can enjoy a drink on the terrace at your stunning hotel.
You stay at the Casa Pavesi (breakfast included)

Day 3: At Grinzane Cavour

Grinzane Cavour is an atmospheric wine village with wine-tasting on offer in its UNESCO-recognised castle. Gastronomic capital, Alba, is easily reached from here (you may wish to take a taxi there, then walk back); explore the cobbled crimson squares and bustling porticoed streets.
You stay at the Casa Pavesi (breakfast included)

Day 4: Grinzane Cavour to Castiglione Falletto 12km/7.5mi/4hr

After a short transfer to panoramic hilltop Diano d'Alba you follow lush paths with hawks cruising overhead as you cross the Talloria River. Then it's a gentle climb through holm oak to reach Serralunga d'Alba, whose 13th century castle seems to surge towards the sky - you still need to cross the drawbridge to visit it. A last gentle ascent through vines takes you to the centre of Castiglione Falletto and your welcoming village hotel.
You stay at the Hotel Le Torri (breakfast included)

Day 5: At Castiglione Falletto

Perhaps follow a circular route today (route directions provided), first visiting tiny Annunziata with its frescoed chapel (and an excellent farmhouse trattoria). Then it's on through sun-dappled hamlets and delicate swaying vines to reach La Morra, the 'Balcony of the Langhe', with plenty of wine-tasting opportunities in the bustling centre - even Julius Caesar stopped here to try some!
You stay at the Hotel Le Torri (breakfast included)

Day 6: Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba 8km/5mi/2hr or 11km/7mi/4hr

Descending gently to the Talloria Valley, you follow the stream's poplar-shaded path towards the ochre-hued 16th century castle of Barolo, which stands guard over the village's world-famous vineyards. Maybe visit panoramic Novello, a belvedere town built as a summer retreat for the residents of Alba, before continuing through fields ablaze with colourful wild flowers to reach your elegant villa hotel at Monforte d'Alba.
You stay at Villa Beccaris (breakfast included)

Day 7: At Monforte d'Alba

Situated in its own scented garden with views across mediaeval Monforte and beyond (even Mont Blanc on a clear day), Villa Beccaris offers a tempting swimming pool and a sun-trap courtyard. Alternatively, explore this pretty town with twisting streets clinging to the hillside. There are also plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting.
You stay at Villa Beccaris (breakfast included)

Day 8: Monforte d'Alba to Benevello 13km/8mi/5hr

Take a lift to lovely Serravalle Langhe, from where you join the Sentiero della Valle Tanaro. First, shaded by hazelnut, oak and poplar trees, you reach Albaretto della Torre dominated by its 13th century Duecentesca tower. After lunch the panorama opens out with spectacular views back to Alba and the Tanaro Valley as you descend gently towards Benevello. There's time for one last swim before deciding where to head for dinner.
You stay at Villa d'Amelia (breakfast included)

Day 9: Leave Benevello


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Relais Villa d'Amelia, Benevello

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The Relais Villa d'Amelia is a luxuriously restored 19th century family villa (and a member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'), just outside the Alta Langa village of Benevello.

The Villa d'Amelia has 37 ensuite rooms including three suites (one of which is located within the old chapel!) decorated in a modern style with neutral paints and dark leather and beech furnishings.

The hotel also boasts a central courtyard with sofas and chairs for relaxing outside, and a stunning lounge area complete with a grand piano!

Facilities at the hotel include a sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, and lovely outdoor swimming pool.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room, Junior Suite or Suite.
Deluxe rooms - offer views onto the surrounding hills; some (not all) of the deluxe rooms have a 4 poster bed and are a little larger. Junior Suites - much larger than the other room types. You will also benefit from a sitting area, with sofa, dressing gowns and larger bathrooms. There are just 2 junior suites - one overlooking the courtyard and the overlooking the hills. Please note that as these rooms have 4 poster beds, only double rooms are available.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Casa Pavesi, Grinzane Cavour

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Casa Pavesi is located in the heart of the hamlet of Grinzane Cavour - located just 5km away from Alba - and directly opposite the village's elegant 11th century castle.

The hotel is a stylishly restored town house with 12 ensuite, individually decorated rooms, which are quite large and opulent.

There are two cosy public rooms with comfy sofas as well as a small bar in the same area. There is a lovely terrace to the rear of the hotel, affording gorgeous views of the Langhe countryside.


Room upgrades: Superior Room, Suite 32, Suite 25 or Suite 11.
Please note: The suites are only available as double bedded rooms. Superior rooms have a view of the Langhe countryside. Suite 11 is larger with Jacuzzi bath, view of the Langhe countryside, a 4 poster bed and a small balcony (with chairs only). Suite 25 is larger, with a view of the Langhe countryside and large balcony with sun loungers . Suite 32 is larger with a 4 poster bed


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Hotel Le Torri, Castiglione Falletto

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We are delighted to have found the charming Hotel Le Torri, situated in the heart of the village of Castiglione Falletto and run by the affable Marco and Serena. The hotel has been in Marco's family for nearly 20 years - back then, Marco's mum was in charge, and assisted by a very young Marco! In 2011 the hotel was given a major refurbishment, to become the modern and stylish accommodation it is today. It even has a small enoteca, where you can buy some of the local wines!


Room upgrades: Superior room or Suite Deluxe.
Superior room - larger room with balcony and Langhe countryside view.


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Villa Beccaris, Monforte d'Alba

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Hotel Villa Beccaris is a gorgeous 18th century villa overlooking the beautiful town of Monforte d'Alba.

The Villa has 23 rooms, which are divided into categories; Headwater guests will be allocated classic rooms. All rooms, however, are beautifully furnished in an individual, traditional style often with antique furniture but with modern touches.

The Villa is located within beautiful gardens and has a panoramic swimming pool which overlooks the honey-coloured town, surrounding countryside and mountains beyond.

The hotel also boasts several elegant sitting rooms, its own enoteca and a very charming bar.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room or Suite Room.
Deluxe rooms - have a ceiling decorated with frescoes and original floor and are located in the most ancient part of the house. The Deluxe rooms have some extras like: fresh fruits; room service is offered; 'pillow menu', so that you can choose the pillow you prefer; cotton slippers; tea making facilities

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Andreola Central Hotel, Milan

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The Andreola Hotel in Milan is ideally located for a stopover hotel. It is only 300m from the central station, from where shuttle buses run to Malpensa and Linate airports. The building is in the financial district - it is around a 20 minute walk into the renowned cathedral. The early 1900s building is more impressive inside than out - the marble columns, floors and gilt furniture in the lobby makes the interior very plush and elegant, and the 84 bedrooms are decorated with rich fabrics, paintings and marble en suite bathrooms.

Please contact us for prices.


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Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin

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Boasting a prime location in Turin's stunning centro storico, just a short walk from Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea certainly lives up to its name, with its elegant entrance hall and opulent yet traditional sitting rooms. Bedrooms are similarly stylish, with marble ensuite bathrooms and all the comforts you'd expect from a 4 star hotel.

The Hotel Sitea has been accommodating travellers for over 90 years and perfectly blends the modern with the traditional. Previous guests at the hotel include the musician, Louis Armstrong.

Unusually for a city centre hotel, the Sitea also benefits from a quiet garden - perfect for a relaxing drink after a day's sightseeing.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Andreola Central Hotel, Milan

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The Andreola Hotel in Milan is ideally located for a stopover hotel. It is only 300m from the central station, from where shuttle buses run to Malpensa and Linate airports. The building is in the financial district - it is around a 20 minute walk into the renowned cathedral. The early 1900s building is more impressive inside than out - the marble columns, floors and gilt furniture in the lobby makes the interior very plush and elegant, and the 84 bedrooms are decorated with rich fabrics, paintings and marble en suite bathrooms.

Please contact us for prices.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin

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Boasting a prime location in Turin's stunning centro storico, just a short walk from Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea certainly lives up to its name, with its elegant entrance hall and opulent yet traditional sitting rooms. Bedrooms are similarly stylish, with marble ensuite bathrooms and all the comforts you'd expect from a 4 star hotel.

The Hotel Sitea has been accommodating travellers for over 90 years and perfectly blends the modern with the traditional. Previous guests at the hotel include the musician, Louis Armstrong.

Unusually for a city centre hotel, the Sitea also benefits from a quiet garden - perfect for a relaxing drink after a day's sightseeing.

Travel

Transfers included from Turin airport 16:15 Mon-Thurs & Sun, 13:50 Fri & Sat, and back to Turin airport at 13:00 Mon-Fri, 10:25 Sat & Sun.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 8 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts

Services of your local Headwater Representative

Headwater Wine Collection Service

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 21st Aug 2019 to 12th Oct 2019, for 8 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers included from Turin airport 16:15 Mon-Thurs & Sun, 13:50 Fri & Sat, and back to Turin airport at 13:00 Mon-Fri, 10:25 Sat & Sun.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.



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