This four day escorted tour package begins in the city of Milan and takes you through the Piedmont region's gorgeous Monferrato Hill Country with a stop in the Ancient Roman town of Acqui Terme and the fortress of Casale Monferatto. Then spend an entire day in Turin for tours of Savoy royal family monuments as well as several royal palaces and a fabulous cinema museum located in the iconic Mole Antonelliana. Venture into the Langhe region for a tour of the medieval village of La Morra and also enjoy stops in Grinzane Cavour, Alba, and Asti for amazing food and wine offerings. Finally, a trip through the Val D'Aosta region showcases spectacular examples of Ancient Roman history and architecture all set in breathtaking Alpine landscapes. If you are looking to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations in northern Italy while admiring stunning natural beauty, this escorted tour will not disappoint.
From Milan to Milan
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 in the 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 town famous for its aqueduct. The next stop will be in Casale Monferrato to visit the historical center with its famous fortress as well as its 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 followed by a stop in Crea, where you will be able to visit the local Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening arrival at our hotel in Turin where we will spend the night.
DAY 2: TURIN, VENARIA REALE ROYAL PALACE, SUPERGA BASILICA, TURIN
After breakfast, you'll spend a full day exploring the city of Turin, which was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy and nowadays is the headquarters of Italian automobile manufacturer FIAT. In the morning, enjoy a visit to the main monuments built by the Savoy Royal family: the Reggia of Venaria Reale and the Basilica of Superga. The Reggia of Venaria Reale, situated in the countryside outside of Turin, is one of the most beautiful and largest Savoy Royal Palaces. It is a majestic palace with beautiful gardens commissioned in the 17th century by the Duke Charles Emmanuel as a gift to his wife which later became inspiration for the French Royal Palace in Versailles. The tour will also bring you to the Basilica of Superga on the hills surrounding Turin, which contains many tombs of the House of Savoy. After lunch (not included), the tour will continue in the historical center of Turin with visits to Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama, the Royal Palace and the Mole Antonelliana, an iconic landmark that houses the National Museum of Cinema. We will also visit the Cathedral where the Holy Shroud of Turin is held (a linen cloth believed by the Catholics to have been the burial shroud in which Jesus was wrapped after the crucifixion; Please note that the Shroud is not on public display). After the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to walk the city streets and perhaps try a bicerin, a local beverage made with espresso and 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 at the hotel, before spending the day exploring the famous Langhe region. First we will head to La Morra, a lovely medieval village, and visit 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 next in Alba, considered to be the capital of the Langhe region and home of truffles, chocolates, fine cheese and, of course, wine. 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 final stop on the tour is Courmayeur, a lovely ski resort at the feet of the Mont Blanc close to the French border, where you'll have free time to enjoy lunch (not included) and a stroll in this alpine town. We will then return to Milan, where the tour, and our services, will end.
Thank you once again Tommaso for helping my clients have the best experience possible in Italy! Susie B. Town & Country Travel Carroll,
Ciao, ti ringrazio molto per un tempo cos grande che abbiamo avuto a Courmayeur. Tutto era grande, l'Italia, la gente, meteo, Sci, grappa, g
PACKAGE START AT $1,096.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach or minivan as per itinerary;
- Accommodation in 4 Star Hotel in double/twin rooms with private facilities;
- Daily breakfast;
- Multilingual Tour-Escort (with minimum 9 participants);
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary;
- Vat Taxes and service Charges.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
- Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
- Porterage Service.
- Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
Multi language escorted group tour with minimum 9 participants.
If less than 9 participants only private minivan with multilingual speaking Driver.
All departures are Guaranteed.
Due to technical and logistic reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).