Cinqueterre & Piedmont Wine Trails, 6 Days
If you’re struggling to decide whether to head to the Italian seaside, or relax with a glass of wine in the exquisite green vineyards and fragrant olive groves, then this experience is the one for you as you won’t have to decide. Your journey will begin with a visit to the Cinque Terre – a string of vivid, coastal villages that have overlooked the Italian Riviera for hundreds of years. Sample the delicious seafood caught fresh by the local fishermen and presented in their rustic trattorias, before travelling inland to uncover the wonders of Piedmont. You will take a break at the glorious Portofino on the way, which is one of the most famous wine-producing areas of Italy. Piedmont literally translates to “at the foot of the mountain” and is located in the shadows of the Alps. The city has an endless string of hamlets along the hilltops, luxury wineries and a bounty of restaurants to eat authentic and local Italian dishes. Whether it’s the sparkling wines of Asti, or the rustic, independent producers that you’ll meet in Langhe and Roero, or even Barolo, the town that gave its name to “The King of Wines”, there is so much for you to see and do on this journey to Piedmont.
Arrive independently at Cinque Terre and stay overnight in Portovenere.
In Portovenere, your tour guide will meet you so that your boat tour of the villages can begin. Cinque Terre is the name for a district that contained five stunning towns, where the small houses are framed by nature in full bloom. Visitors to the area are intrigued by the beauty of these five quaint villages, namely: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. Locals in the area enjoy the pristine waters, but also benefit from its natural environment, as wild nature weaves through the vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards, building a sacred bond between man, tradition and this outstanding stretch of coastline. Stay overnight in Portovenere.
Your driver will transfer you to the Barolo Area via a stop in Portofino and Santa Margherita so that you can explore these two unique jewels of the Riviera independently. Portofino, a gorgeous sea village, has a traditional marine culture that has been beloved by artists, famous people and writers for centuries. Guy de Maupassant wrote, “a small village, Portofino, stretches crescent-shaped along the edge of this calm bay.” He is describing Portofino the miniature sea village on the Riviera that is encompassed by green, lush hills and crystal-clear waters.
The elegant sea resort, Santa Margherita Lingure, is one of the more famous and beautiful towns on the Italian Riviera. It sits east of Portofino Promontory, with a charming cove in the middle, and in the centre part of Tigullio Bay, equal distance between Portofino and Rapallo. Around the town, you will find hills covered in glorious Mediterranean vegetation, with villas and gardens scattered across giving spectacular views over the Costa dei Delfini, which connects Santa Margherita and Portofino. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at your hotel “Piedmont style” before staying overnight in Barolo Region.
Your driver will meet with you and take you into the Barolo region again. The Guardian is quoted as saying, “Even in the midst of summer, the idyllic vineyard landscapes of Piedmont are rarely invaded by crowds of tourists, and the run-up to the grape harvests, beginning in September, can be an ideal time to visit winemakers, who have more time than usual to let visitors taste their vintages. Great wines are made all over the region, but the key area, just an hour’s drive from Turin, is the Langhe and Roero, separated by the winding Tanaro river.”
Enjoy a visit to La Morra, Vergne and the wonderful village of Alba, which is the capital of Barolo region. Relax over a delicious lunch and wine tasting before staying overnight in the Barolo Region again.
Your tour guide will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Milan. Along the way, you will discover the Langhe Region and take breaks in a number of different wineries and villages. Some of the most charming landscapes in the Piedmont region belong to the Langhe and Roero districts. Sit back and enjoy the rolling hills, quaint villages perched on cliffs and the celebrated vineyards and traditional cuisine. Food and wine lovers will be in their element here and can enjoy relaxing amongst nature, art, and excellent food and wine. Finally, you are dropped off in Milan where you will stay overnight.
You will independently transfer back to the airport to return home.
The hotels might be replaced with similar ones due to lack of availability.
• 5 Overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• Daily breakfast
• Guided visit of Cinque Terre by boat and train
• Transfer from Portovenere to Barolo region with an route stop in Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure
• Driver escort to explore Barolo Region: La Morra, Vergne & Alba. • Lunch and wine tasting included
• Transfer from Barolo region to Milan with en route stops in Asti and Langhe Villages. Lunch and wine tasting included. Drop off in Milan
• Gourmet dinner “Piedmont style”
• City Tax to be paid locally
• Drinks on meals
• Arrival & Departure Transfer
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Any Insurance
• Any Item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”
Prices may vary according to dates of travel.
Cinqueterre & Piedmont Wine Trails
Cinqueterre & Piedmont Wine Trails