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introductory to moderate
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 2-4 star hotels and agriturismos
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$1030USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: LBO

Trip highlights


  • Sample incredible local wines, cheeses, sweets and chocolates
  • Try the famous white truffles which this region is renowned for
  • Walk through beautiful vineyards and hazelnut forests
  • Enjoy staying in small, comfortable, family-run accommodation
  • Experience the quiet walking paths of Piedmont

For true connoisseurs of mouth-watering food, truffles and fabulous wines, the Italian region of Piedmont is a foodie's paradise. Situated between the Alps and the Apennine mountains, the Langhe region is naturally blessed with fertile lands that produce the Tuber Magnatum - a prized white truffle - as well as some of Italy's most prestigious red wines: the Barolo and Barbera. This walking trip along the quiet footpaths in Piedmont will allow you to discover a tantalizing array of local specialties including gourmet cheeses, pastries and chocolates that are appreciated the world over. While the food is worth a visit alone, the walking can also be described as mouth-watering. Hike amidst a magnificent landscape of rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers. On a clear day the views of the snow-capped Alps can be enjoyed while walking through the delightful vineyards and hazelnut forests. Each night you'll stay in small rural villages, where the accommodation is charming and welcoming.


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Today you will make your own way to the first hotel in Alba. Alba is the heart of Piedmont wine country. It is a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure trove of flavours and aromas. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and perhaps stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred to Roddi, where you will start your walk. Today you will walk across several hills until you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra. En route there are several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt Monviso that stay snow-capped until the beginning of summer. In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn about the history, tradition and the art of the good wine. You can stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) which has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy, and also a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy. From La Morra you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. Today's walk can be shortened by about 4km by taking a transfer to Verduno instead of Roddi. Depending on hotel availability you will stay overnight in either Vergne or Barolo. This will be confirmed in your hotel list. Walk: 15 or 13km/9.5 or 8 mi, 4 or 3.5hrs. Ascent: 509 or 446m/1670 or 1463ft. Descent: 383 or 409m/1257 or 1341ft.

Meals:  B

On today's walk you'll pass by the old village of Novello with its Middle Ages tower and home of the indigenous Nascetta grape. Soon after you will reach the wine capital of Barolo, where Italy's famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti, and you can stop for lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here the walk continues through vineyards and forests and leads you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village where you will stay overnight. Walk: 12 or 8km/7.5 or 5mi, 4 or 3hrs. Ascent: 447m/1467ft. Descent: 390m/1280ft.

Meals:  B

The landscape today is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind. As you walk you'll climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino, then a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone. Overnight in Cissone. Walk: 17km/10.5mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 680m/2231ft. Descent: 565m/1854ft.

Meals:  B

Today you can choose to relax in the centre of the village and enjoy a glass or two of local wine from a traditional cantina. Or you can choose to take a short circular walk in the surroundings of Cissone. As you walk you can unwind and admire the splendid views from the farms. The scenery is embroidered with vineyards and dotted with towers and castles. Overnight in Cissone. Walk: 8.5km/5mi, 3hrs. Ascent: 307m/1007ft. Descent: 307m/1007ft.

Meals:  B

Today you will walk in the spectacular high Langhe area. The landscape of this area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and oak trees. This is also the area where the most precious of the local treasures can be found - the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’. If you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find these delicious truffles in a local restaurant. Overnight in Cravanzana. Walk: 20 or 13km/12.5 or 8mi. Ascent: 600 or 370m/1969 or 1214ft. Descent: 665 or 550m/2182 or 1804ft.

Meals:  B

Both the landscape and the walk today are varied. En route you will visit the villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo. The walk to these villages is through hazelnut plantations and dense chestnut woods, and you'll walk on broad forest paths, small grassy trails and narrow cobbled streets until you reach the town of Cortemilia. Overnight in Cortemilia. Walk: 13km/8mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 450m/1476ft. Descent: 790ft/2592ft.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Cortemilia. The arrangements conclude after breakfast. We can assist with a private transfer from Cortemilia to Alba station, or to Turin airport on request, please ask for our rates. Note: buses do not operate from Cortemilia on Sundays and a private transfer is required.

Meals:  B

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Today you will make your own way to the first hotel in Alba. Alba is the heart of Piedmont wine country, and is a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure chest of flavours and aromas. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and why not stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette. Treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred to Roddi, where you will start your walk. Today you will walk across several hills until you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra. From there you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. En route you have several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt. Monviso that stay snow-capped until the beginning of summer. In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn about the history, tradition and the art of the good wine. You can stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) which has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy, and also a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy. Today’s walk can be shortened by about 4km by taking a transfer to Verduno instead of Roddi. Depending on hotel availability you will stay overnight in either Vergne or Baroli. This will be confirmed in your hotel list. Walk: 15 or 13km/9.5 or 8 mi, 4 or 3.5hrs. Ascent: 509 or 446m/1670 or 1463ft. Descent: 383 or 409m/1257 or 1341ft.

Meals:  B

On today’s walk to Monforte d’Alba you’ll pass by the old village of Novello, with its Middle Aged tower. Soon after you will reach the wine capital of Barolo, where the famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti. You can stop for lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here on the walk continues through vineyards and forests and leads you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village where you will overnight. Walk: 12 or 8km/7.5 or 5mi, 4 or 3hrs. Ascent: 447m/1467ft. Descent: 390m/1280ft.

Meals:  B

The landscape for today is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind. As you walk you’ll climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino, then a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone. Overnight in Cissone. Walk: 17km/10.5mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 680m/2231ft. Descent: 565m/1854ft.

Meals:  B

Today you will walk in the spectacular high Langhe area. The landscape of this area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and oak trees. This is also the area where the most precious of the local treasures can be found - the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’. If you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find these delicious truffles in a local restaurant. Overnight Cravanzana. Walk: 20 or 13km/12.5 or 8mi. Ascent: 600 or 370m/1969 or 1214ft. Descent: 665 or 550m/2182 or 1804ft.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Cravanzana. The arrangements end after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices
  • 7 nights in 2 to 4 star hotels and Agriturismo on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities - hotel tax extra
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Private transfer on day 2
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency hotline
  • *If you are booked on the 6 day itinerary only 5 nights of accommodation and 5 breakfasts are included. All other inclusions remain the same.

  • Travel to Alba and from Cortemilia or Cravanzana
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily. Allow approx EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5 for a picnic lunch
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
  • Wine tastings
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tourist Tax - allow €1-2 per day - payable directly to each hotel

Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 15 Nov (except August)

* Guaranteed status denotes minimum trip numbers have been met, however the trips operation will be subject to there being no COVID-19 restrictions or other government travel advisories. Please contact us for further information.


Notes

DN1
For a 6 day version of this walk, see trip notes for details.

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Total Priceper person from

$1030USD

Options & Supplements*
  • discount for 6 day trip (pp)USD$-130
  • Single SupplementUSD$310
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$480
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Piedmont: Land of Barolo and Barbera trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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