Italian Journey: Turin, Piedmont and Lake Regions
Ideal Length:8 Days
Best Time To Go:April - May, September - October
Flight Time:LAX 14 Hours 35 Minutes , CHI 11 Hours 55 Minutes , NYC-All Airports 11 Hours 20 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$8,000
An Italy travel specialist can arrange a tour to visit Turin's popular landmarks, including its elegant squares and palaces, contemporary art, architecture and to taste its innovative food.
Don't miss planning your Italy vacation in time to catch Turin's annual Chocolate Festival, also known as Cioccolatò. Taste decadent chocolates like these sweet confections made in the shape of women's shoes.
Experience a Barolo-producing winery firsthand in one of 11 villages – such as Barolo La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba or Castiglione Falletto.
Visit Alba, once called the “One Hundred Towers Town” and famous for the annual International White Truffle Fair usually held in October.
Enjoy an early morning hot-air balloon ride with a certified pilot and experienced guide to enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of the Langhe hills.
Take a guided kayak tour south passing San Giovanni, Villa Gerli, Villa Trotti, Villa Placida, and Cappelletta di San Giovani. End your trek with a sunset toast with a glass of Prosecco.
For your final day of this trip or for an extended stay in Milan, you should consider visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the largest shopping mall in Europe.
Turin Day 1
Go beyond this industrious city’s claim to fame. Although it’s home to fine chocolate and Italy’s most iconic car, the Fiat; you can’t leave Turin without exploring its elegant squares and palaces, contemporary art, architecture, innovative food and immersive culture.
Private Luxury TransferShare This Activity
Upon your arrival to the airport in Turin, a porter will collect your luggage and you will be escorted by a personal assistant to your driver and luxury vehicle for transportation to Turin Palace Hotel. Full luggage assistance provided.
Stay at the Elegant Turin Palace HotelShare This Activity
Located in Turin’s City Center, this historically remodeled building provides guests with a relaxing ambience with a Wellness Area & Spa and refined gastronomical creations at the restaurant Les Petites Madeleines.
Visit Piazza San CarloShare This Activity
Your English-speaking guide will take you on a guided tour of Turin starting at Piazza San Carlo. This is one of the most famous piazzas in Turin and known for its cafes, shopping, architecture and twin churches that guard its entrance.
Explore Piazza CarignanoShare This Activity
Explore Piazza Carignano, which includes the Carignano Palace, the Carignano Theater (with the Cambio Restaurant, the Farmacia del Cambio Bistrot, the Pepino Ice Cream Parlor) and an Egyptian Museum.
Go Shopping in Galleria SubalpinaShare This Activity
This is considered one of the first shopping malls. With your guide, visitors can shop in this gallery that connects Piazza Castello and Via Cesare Battisti at the heart of the city.
Discover Turin’s and Italy’s HistoryShare This Activity
After exploring Piazza Castello, one of the city’s biggest squares, visit Palazzo Madame, once home to the Italian Parliament when Turin was the capital of Italy. Wrap up the guided tour with visits to San Lorenzo’s Church and the Mole Antonelliana, home to the National Museum of Cinema.
Santo Stefano Belbo Day 2-4
After a one-hour drive southeast from Turin to Santo Stefano Belbo via a private luxury transfer, guests will arrive at the luxurious Relais San Maurizio and your first stop in the heart of Piedmont’s wine-producing Langhe-Roero region.
Stay at the Relais San MaurizioShare This Activity
Once the location of a 17th-century monastery, this hotel offers a Michelin-starred restaurant, cigar room, state-of-the-art wellness center, spa, swimming pool, gym and a garden that features a 900-year-old oak tree.
Hot-Air Balloon Ride at SunriseShare This Activity
Enjoy an early morning hot-air balloon ride with a certified pilot and experienced guide. During your one-hour flight, get a bird’s-eye-view of the Langhe hills, vineyards and cypress trees from more than 19,000 feet. Once you’ve landed, celebrate your exciting ride with a memorable breakfast.
Roddi Truffle Hunting & TastingShare This Activity
Spend three hours on a private guided truffle hunting tour that features a visit to the University of Truffle Dogs in Roddi; go hunting with an experienced truffle hunter; and taste truffle products, including parmesan cheese with truffle honey, truffle tuma cheese, truffle salami and local wine.
Lunch and Shopping in AlbaShare This Activity
Eat a traditional Italian lunch at Enoclub Caffe Umberto in Alba, once called the “One Hundred Towers Town” and famous for the annual International White Truffle Fair in October. Use your free time after lunch to visit the town’s historical center and shops that specialize in truffle products.
Experience Barolo Wine ProductionShare This Activity
Go sightseeing in Barolo, the town where the “king of wines” was first produced, and where you can visit the Falletti Castle, home of the French Marquise Juliette Colbert – the creator of Barolo wine. Experience a Barolo-producing winery firsthand in one of 11 villages – such as Barolo La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba or Castiglione Falletto. Visit the cellars and enjoy a wine-tasting.
Visit a Barbaresco WineryShare This Activity
After your lunch in Alba, visit the village of Barbaresco to see 11th-century tower built to protect the town from foreign invaders; stop at the Regional Enoteca of Barbaresco located in the deconsecrated Church of San Donato; and visit a Barbaresco-producing winery in Babaresco, Neive or Teiso for a wine tasting.
Lake Como Day 5-7
Travel approximately 3 hours north to Lake Como via a private luxury sedan, and stop midway to have lunch a Michelin-starred Villa Crespi, located on Lake Orta. Continue your journey to Grand Hotel Tremezzo in the heart of Lake Como and with views of Bellagio and the stunning Grigne mountains.
Stay at the Iconic Grand Hotel TremezzoShare This Activity
More than 100 years old, this art nouveau landmark, located next to Villa Carlotta’s gardens, is a true 5-star hotel that includes a swimming pool with a great view of the Bellagio, and a floating pool – a sparkling oasis resting on the lake’s surface.
Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake ComoShare This Activity
Enjoy a relaxing cruise and discover the secrets of the most beautiful villas, gardens, lakeside villages and breath-taking alpine scenery that make Lake Como unique. Learn the history of the area and visit Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello – a popular movie location for “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale.”
Lake Como Cooking ClassShare This Activity
A personal driver can take you to the lakeside Ristorante Momi in Brevi, where under the guidance of Chef Momi, you will learn how to cook a traditional lunch like a local.
‘Follow the Sunset’ Kayak TourShare This Activity
From Loppia, a pro guide will navigate adventurous kayakers south passing San Giovanni, Villa Gerli, Villa Trotti, Villa Placida, and Cappelletta di San Giovani, where you’ll stop to watch the sunset and have a Prosecco toast from your kayak before heading back.
Milan Day 8
Make the 2-hour journey from Lake Como via a private transfer to spend an extra day in Milan, a major fashion city, or head directly to the Milan Malpensa Airport for your flight back home.
Extra Time to Explore MilanShare This Activity
An Italy travel specialist can arrange help you extend your stay to explore this world-renowned fashion city. See popular tourist attractions, including the Il Duomo, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (largest shopping mall in Europe), Opera at Teatro alla Scala, Naviglio and Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna.