The culinary experiences offered by Piedmont aren't to be underestimated. Pairing the finest Barolo and Barbaresco wines with truffle infused cuisine will serve up the perfect compliment to a backdrop of rolling mountains and alps.
Experience the crystal-clear waters of glacial lakes framed by green mountains and snow-capped peaks that have lured the elite over the last millennia. This unique small group journey covers 6 panoramic lakes and their villages, from Italy’s Lake Como, Lake Orta and Lake Iseo; Switzerland’s Lake St Moritz and Lake Lugano; and beautiful Lake Maggiore from the shores of both Italy and Switzerland.
With deluxe transport including a train journey on the iconic Bernina Express on the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rhaetian Railway and staying in the finest 5 star lakeside hotels, a relaxing experience is assured.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Experience local activities in Piedmont.
- 6 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D).
- Truffle hunt with hunting dog.
- Local wine appreciation lesson with sommelier.
- Aged cheese tasting, paired with local Asti wine.
- Dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant with wine pairing.
- Lunch and tasting at a Barolo winery.
- Tasting at a Barbaresco winery.
- Degustation dinner with wine pairing.
- Guided sightseeing tour of Alba.
- Cooking class and lunch with visit to a local market.
- Deluxe transport.
- Airport transfers on first day and transfer direct to Conference.
Details of our private small group tour through Italy
Day 1: Milan
Welcome to Milan for the upcoming regional discovery of nearby Piedmont. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure in readiness for tomorrow’s departure. Overnight: Town House Galleria 5 star or similar
Day 2: Milan
Costiglione d’Asti – Benevello retreat (B, L, D) After breakfast, depart for Piedmont, Italy’s picturesque region of mountains and valleys, overrun with vineyards, castles and incredible cuisine. Our regional discovery begins with a thrilling truffle hunt with hunting dog on a family property that has been passed down through generations. Unlock the mystery and allure of the truffle and enjoy the find with a light lunch, paired with local sparkling Asti wine. Afterward, continue through Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area to check into an amazing rural retreat. Freshen up and relax before embarking on a late afternoon wine appreciation masterclass and tasting with a sommelier. Once the seat of the Savoy Empire, Piedmont is known for Barolo and Barbaresco, the wine of kings and queens made from the Nebbiolo grape, that are among the most coveted wines in the world. Afterward, enjoy a magnificent 3-course dinner and pairing in Chef Damiano Nigro’s one star Michelin restaurant. Overnight: Relais Villa d’Amelia 4 star or similar
Day 3: Benevello retreat – Bra – Barolo – Benevello retreat (B, L)
Visit a family cheese business established in Bra in the 1920’s and learn the secret of aging to reflect the tradition of the territory. Enjoy a cheese sampling before venturing into Barolo for a tasting and lunch on a winery overlooking the vines. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore the town of Barolo, the namesake city for the ‘king of wines and the wine of kings’, before returning to the hotel for an evening to relax at this rural paradise. Overnight: Relais Villa d’Amelia or similar
Day 4: Benevello retreat – Alba – Barbaresco – Gavi retreat (B, L, D)
Enjoy a guided tour of Alba, considered the capital of Langhe and formerly known as the city with a hundred towers. The town features the Romanesque Alba Cathedral, dating to the 12th century, and is home to the world-renowned Ferrero confectionery company. Afterward, enjoy time for self-discovery and independent lunch which may include the famed 3 star Michelin restaurant, Piazza Duomo. In the afternoon, venture to a Barbaresco winery for a tasting and an incredible view of the Barbaresco Cru hills, before continuing to Gavi to check into another amazing retreat. In the evening, visit the properties impressive cellar before enjoying a degustation dinner in its fantastic restaurant. Overnight: Villa Sparina 4 star or similar
Day 5: Gavi retreat (B, L)
Visit the market to source your fresh ingredients for a special cooking class and learn the culinary secrets of select local dishes. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a celebratory closing tour lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or perhaps walk or cycle to nearby wineries. Overnight: Villa Sparina or similar DAY 6 Gavi retreat – Santa Margherita (B) After breakfast, enjoy a late start before heading south to Liguria’s Santa Margherita to check into your conference hotel. Enjoy some time for an independent lunch before regrouping In the late afternoon for a special closing tour surprise. Overnight: Continental Margherita Hotel 4 star or similar DAY 7 Santa Margherita (B) After breakfast, enjoy the commencement of the conference.