Piedmont and Aosta Valley Escorted Tour
4 Days/3 Nights
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Milan, Monferrato hill country, Acqui Terme, Casale Monferrato, Moncalvo, Crea monastery, Turin, Venaria Royal Palace, Langhe region, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour, Alba, Asti, Turin, Fenis Castle, Aosta, Courmayer
DAY 1: MILAN, MONFERRATO HILL COUNTRY, ACQUI TERME, CASALE MONFERRATO, MONCALVO, CREA MONASTERY, TURIN
We'll pick you up early morning in the center of Milan and head to the Piedmont region driving through the Monferrato Hill country and stopping for a short visit in Acqui Terme, an ancient roman small town famous for its original aqueduct. Next stop will be in Casale Monferrato to visit the historical center with its famous fortress, Cathedral and Civic Tower. After lunch (not included), we will continue towards Turin enjoying a brief stop in the lovely small town of Moncalvo overlooking the Monferrato vineyards and in Crea, where you will be able to visit the local Monastery, included in the Unesco World Heritage.
We will eventually arrive at our hotel in Turin where we will spend the overnight.
DAY 2: TURIN, VENARIA REALE ROYAL PALACE, SUPERGA BASILICA, TURIN
After breakfast, you'll spend a full day dedicated to the city of Turin. It was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy and nowadays headquarters of the Italian car factory FIAT. In the 2006 with the region mountain resorts, it hosted the Winter Olympic Games and it experienced a new cultural and tourist revival.
In the morning enjoy a visit of the main monuments built by the Savoy Royal family: the Reggia of Venaria Reale and the Basilica od Superga. The Reggia of Venaria Reale is one of the most beautiful and big Savoy Royal Palace in the countryside outside Turin. It is a majestic palace with beautiful gardens commissioned on 17th century by the Duke Charles Emmanuel as a gift to his wife and later inspiration for the French Versailles royal palace. The tour will bring you also to the Basilica of Superga on the hills dominating Turin and dedicated to the Virgin to celebrate the victory over French and Spain in the early 18th century.
After lunch (not included), the tour will continue in the historical center of Turin with visits to the Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama, the Art Museum, the Royal Palace and the Mole Antonelliana. The Mole Antonelliana is one of the most famous landmarks of the city and it houses the National Museum of Cinema. We will visit also the Cathedral where is kept the Holy Shroud (a linen cloth believed by the Catholics to have been the burial shroud in which Jesus was wrapped after he was taken down from the cross; not exhibited to the public). After the city sightseeing you'll enjoy some free time to walk the city streets and perhaps enjoy a hot chocolate before returning to the hotel for the night
DAY 3: TURIN, LANGHE REGION, LA MORRA, GRINZANE CAVOUR, ALBA, ASTI, TURIN
You'll enjoy breakfast in the hotel, before start a beautiful day in the famous Langhe region. First we will head to La Morra, a lovely medieval village and visit to a wine cellar to taste the famous Barolo red wine. The tour will continue to Grinzane Cavour to visit its castle and traverse winding roads to stop in Alba, considered the capital of the Langhe region and home of truffles, chocolates and fine cheese and of course wines. You'll visit the Cathedral and the old town center, before stopping for some free time and lunch (not included) in the “slow food” movement cradle. You'll then visit Asti, home of the famous Asti Spumante, the sparkling white wine well known worldwide and tour the historical center. The day will conclude by returning to Turin for a good night's sleep.
DAY 4: TURIN, FENIS CASTLE, AOSTA, COURMAYEUR, MILAN
We'll depart the hotel after breakfast to head north to the Val D’Aosta region. Stop at the 12th century castle of Fenis, symbol of the majesty and power of the Challant family. From there we continue to the town of Aosta, founded millennia ago and built in the Roman style, with plenty of historical reminders of that time period, including the Arch of Augustus and the Praetorian Gates. The next stop on the tour is Courmayeur, a lovely ski resort at the feet of the Mont Blanc and close to the French borders, where you'll have free time to enjoy lunch (not included) a stroll in this alpine town. The tour will then return to Milan, where it, and our services, will end.