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Italy: Walking & Wine in the Southern Alps

Group Tour

7 Days From A$3,876

Overview

Surrounded on three sides by the towering presence of the Alps, Italy’s Piedmont region provides us with a wonderful mix of the scenic and the sensuous. Blessed with some of the country’s finest grapes and some of its most spectacular mountain views, the home of ‘Slow Food’ and Barolo wines offers us a distinctly French flavour to this Italian walking adventure. 

Beginning amongst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Langhe region, we’ll first have an opportunity to enjoy the gastronomic ...
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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

6 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
6 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibus

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights x Superior

ACCOMMODATION

Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will be in two very welcoming and authentic Italian locally owned hotels. In the Val Maira, our accommodation will be in the form of a traditional Albergo Diffuso or “widespread guesthouse” meaning that some of the group may be spread throughout the village in cosy apartments and will come together for meals in the main central location. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Italy: Walking & Wine in the Southern Alps
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DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN TURIN; TRANSFER TO THE LANGHE

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN TURIN; TRANSFER TO THE LANGHE

Our journey begins this morning at Turin Airport, gateway to the cultural capital of Piedmont. From here we take a transfer south, towards the heart of the beautiful Langhe region and the graceful city of Alba, which we’ll explore later this afternoon. Considered the gourmet centre of Piedmont and famed for its renowned truffle fair and its medieval towers, the famed vineyards and rolling hills around Alba will be our base for the first two nights of the tour. Our first stop today however will be to Canelli, birthplace of Italian ‘champagne’. Here we’ll visit its famed underground cathedrals and have a ‘champagne’ tasting in a local winery to learn about the country’s Metodo Classico process.

Cà San Ponzio or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: EXPLORE BAROLO AND AROUND

DAY 2: EXPLORE BAROLO AND AROUND

Our panoramic circular walk today takes us through the iconic UNESCO World Heritage landscapes of the Langhe. We head for Barolo, whose cobbled streets and imposing castle can lay claim to one of the finest wines anywhere in Italy. Home to an international wine museum, the castle also provides us with an opportunity to sample some of the famous Barolo vintages under the guidance of local experts. In the afternoon we’ll return to our accommodation for some time to rest before heading out for dinner nearby.

Total walking distance approx. 10kms/ 4hours. 250m ascent/250m descent

Cà San Ponzio or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: DRIVE TO VAL MAIRA AND WALK THE PONTE MAIRA RING

DAY 3: DRIVE TO VAL MAIRA AND WALK THE PONTE MAIRA RING

This morning we head on to the second part of our journey in the more remote and mountainous landscapes of the beautifully secluded valley of Val Maira, near the French border. Embracing the wilderness of the western Alps and the timeless traditions of the Occitan heritage, on arrival here we'll find ourselves walking amongst the meadows and mountain lakes that line the Frassati Path; home to karst hills, underground bunkers, fragrant forests and, if local legend is to be believed, stealthy gnomes. 

Total walking distance approx. 10.5kms/4 hours. 490m ascent/490m descent


La Tano Di Grich or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: WALK AMONGST THE PROVENZALE MOUNTAINS; AFTERNOON CHEESE-MAKING

DAY 4: WALK AMONGST THE PROVENZALE MOUNTAINS; AFTERNOON CHEESE-MAKING

A short transfer this morning brings us to the charming hilltop village of Chiappera, whose refreshingly unspoilt character owes much to 40 years of planning restrictions and a recent sympathetic renovation. The village sits some 1620 metres above sea level and from its lofty vantage point our relatively short, but wonderfully scenic walk offers us views across the eastern part of the Provençal mountains. Transferring back to our accommodation, this afternoon sees us learning more about local cheese making traditions.

Total walking distance approx. 8kms/3 hours. 420m ascent/420m descent

La Tano Di Grich or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: WALK THE LAGO NERO LOOP; AFTERNOON VISIT TO ECO MUSEUM

DAY 5: WALK THE LAGO NERO LOOP; AFTERNOON VISIT TO ECO MUSEUM

This morning’s walk provides us with an enchanting loop that takes in the classic backdrop of the Val Maira’s striking panoramas and includes the hidden gem of the ‘Black Lake’, whose clear waters lie in the shadow of the towering Dolomite peak of Rocca le Meja. Later we’ll head to the town of San Michele, near Cuneo, where we will visit a remarkable ‘Eco Museum’ dedicated to the role of the women of the Val Maira region.

Total walking distance approx. 10kms/4 hours. 660m ascent/740m descent

La Tano Di Grich or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: WALK THROUGH THE SAN MICHELE VALLEY; AFTERNOON HONEY TASTING

DAY 6: WALK THROUGH THE SAN MICHELE VALLEY; AFTERNOON HONEY TASTING

Our final day sees us enjoying a walk through the San Michele Valley, following a stretch of the Lou Viol Dal Genesté along the fragrant “Trail of Blooms”. Taking in an abundance of forests, grasslands and spectacular rock walls, we’ll hike through countryside that is home to chamois, roe deer and golden eagles. Later, a visit to the Agriturismo Chersogno provides an opportunity to learn about the honey-making process and taste some of the region’s best honey, produced by the charming Lucia and her family.

Total walking distance approx. 10kms/4 hours. 560m ascent/590m descent

La Tano Di Grich or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO TURIN AIRPORT WHERE THE TOUR ENDS

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO TURIN AIRPORT WHERE THE TOUR ENDS

This morning we take a morning transfer back to Turin airport where the tour ends.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Staying local

On this trip we eschew larger hotels in favour of small locally owned accommodation. They may be quirky and may not have all the creature comforts of a standard hotel, but they are incredibly welcoming and our support for local businesses is not entirely altruistic as they offer a truly rewarding  insight into what local rural life in Piedmont is really like.

Getting There

Unfortunately we are unable to book these flights on your behalf as Ryan Air is an online, low cost, airline so you will need to book these yourself. However, we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. Please note that before making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

If travelling to/from the start/finish of the tour from another European country you might also want to consider reducing your carbon footprint by travelling there by train. We are unfortunately not (yet) in a position to help with you with the actual booking of the train tickets but lots of good information can be found here - www.seat61.com

Flight Code Departing Arriving
FR 464 London Stansted (STN) 06:45 Turin (TRN) 09:35
FR 465 Turin (TRN) 12:55 London Stansted (STN) 13:50

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Italy.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and although we don’t offer full tailor-made itineraries in Italy, we can usually arrange additional accommodation and transfers.

Below is a suggestion of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Turin

Turin is often overlooked but is a fascinating gem of a city that could easily occupy and entertain you for a day or two with it superb food, elegant architecture and world-class museums. 
Allow 1-2 days

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

The Piedmont region of Italy may be in Southern Europe, but it is also Northern Italy, meaning that summer temperatures are not as intense as they can be further south. Best visited from spring to autumn, the Langhe region will tend to be a few degrees warmer than in the Val Maira. Summer highs can reach 30C but 18-25C is more typical of the range experienced in spring and autumn.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Although none of the walks on this tour are overly long in duration, many of them do include some steep ascents or descents so you should be suitably fit and comfortable with hill-walking at the least.  While all walks can be opted out of, but we cannot promise to provide alternative activities in such instances and you’ll miss some of the best aspects of the trip!

Please also note that local conditions may dictate that some of the envisaged visits may need to be undertaken on alternative days or substituted for alternatives.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 1144 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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