4D/3N - 2019 Piedmont Tour - SMALL GROUP TOUR

4D/3N - 2019 Piedmont Tour - SMALL GROUP TOUR

    Piedmont Tour                Small group tour

    Milan-Monferrato-Turin-The Langhe-Asti-Aosta-Courmayeur-Milan

    4days/3nights, Milan/Milan

    2019 depart: May 02, Jun 20, Oct 17
    Cost  from: $1300 pp twin share (s/supp $270)

    Option to start & finish the tour in Rome on request

day 01 Milan-Monferrato area-Turin

Depart at 08:30 am from Milan. Departure to the hilly area of Monferrato, in the south-east of the region Piedmont. Arrival to Acqui Terme, an old city founded by the Romans famous for its original aqueduct. In the old town, you can admire “La Bollente”, a beautiful white stone structure built to protect the amazing hot spring with water at 75 degrees. After a short walk in the old town, departure to Casale Monferrato, the capital of the ancient Dukedom of Monferrato. The old town includes several beautiful buildings with different architectural styles, such as the Fortress, the Civic Tower and the Cathedral. Free time for lunch and departure in the afternoon to Turin, capital of the region, crossing the North of Monferrato with short stops in Moncalvo, a nice village at the top of several vineyards and Crea, where it is possible to visit the local Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage. Arrival to Turin for overnight.

day 02 Turin

Spend the day exploring the city of Turin of Roman origin and first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Headquarters for the manufacturing of the FIAT, with a highly cultural and university centre, it is the fourth biggest city in the country in population and the third for industrial Development. We visit the famous Savoy Route, including the Royal Palace, in Venaria, the greatest abode of the Royal Family. This imposing structure inspired the French architects during the project of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris and built in the second half of the 1600 by command of the Savoy Duke Charles Emmanuel, who gave it as a gift to his wife. The palace presents the main central building as well as the largest park of the region. Continue to the Superga on the second hill where we visit the Basilica, built at the beginning of the 1700 by command of the King of Sardinia, Victor Amadeus II as the dedication to the Virgin in order to celebrate the win of the Piedmont Army against the French and the Spanish forces. It also holds most graves of the Royal family and unique paintings on cloth masterpiece depicting the Popes. Time is at leisure. Return to the city centre, and visit the downtown area, including Piazza Castello, with Palazzo Madama, the Old Roman Gate the residence of the Royal Family, Art Museum, the Royal Palace and the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark of the city, built by the architect Alessandro Antonelli in 1873 and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II. It hosts the National Museum of Film, then on to the Cathedral and Piazza San Carlo, with its galleries in typically Piedmont style. Walk through Via Roma and Via Garibaldi, the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the everyday life of this amazing city.

day 03 Turin-The Langhe-Asti-Turin

Depart to La Morra, a small medieval village. The rich soil produces what is referred to as “red gold”, the Barolo Wines. Visit of a typical wine cellar and taste the best wines of the region. Then, continue to Grinzane Cavour, with the homonym Castle and some of the main wine bars of the area. There, the first Italian Prime Minister, Camillo Cavour created the myth of the Barolo. In an amazing trip among hills and vineyards, arrive at Alba, a town considered as the capital of the Langhe. A district of hills and strong production of wines, known also as the regional leader of buying and selling of truffles and chocolates, including Ferrero, the multinational factory in the production of tea, chocolate, biscuits worldwide. Founded in the pre-Roman age, Alba had an important role in the middle Ages. Visit the Cathedral, the old town centre with the road of business, Via Vittorio Emmanuelle and Via Cavour and the City Hall Palace. Time is at leisure. Continue to Asti, this city presents an architectural combination, Roman, Baroque, Medieval and Renaissance. Asti is known for its top production of wines, including Asti Spumante. Visit the downtown area, Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, Piazza Roma with the monument to Italy, the Red Tower, of the Roman age, the baroque palaces and the medieval towers. Return to Turin for overnight.

day 04 Turin- Courmayeur-Aosta-Milan

Breakfast at the hotel; departure to Fenis to look up to the castle, built in the XII century, located in the highest valley of the region. Built by command of the family Challant because of a reason of prestige, now it represents one of the most charming masterpieces of that age in all Northern Italy. Then, departure to Courmayeur, a small village located at the bottom of the Mont Blanc, the last Italian place before the frontier with France. Entererd in the collective imaginary due to its 11km long tunnel between Italy and France under the Mont Blanc, it represents a unique and wonderful landscape among the best and most fascinating peaks of the Western Alps. Free time in the beautiful old town. Continuation to Aosta, capital of the autonomous region of Aosta Valley, the smallest region in our country, located in the middle of the highest mountains of the Alps. Old town, founded before Christ and partially built by the Romans according to the typical style of a Roman camp (core and parallel streets). Still today Roman tracks are extremely evident: Arch of Augustus, the Praetorian gates, the old entrances of the city and the modern district with the modern works, as the Cathedral and Piazza Chanoux with the City Hall. Free time for lunch and then we drive back to Milan where our services come to an end.

Inclusions: twin share in 4* hotel, breakfast daily, small group tour, twin share, deluxe coach, with English-speaking driver from 1 to 8 participants, English-speaking tour escort from 9 participants, Barolo wine and truffle cream tasting, services and taxes.

Hotels: Turin – Starhotel Majestic (or similar)

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