Slow Foods - From Piedmont to the Italian Riviera

Alba, Langhe Region, Genoa, Santa Margherita, Cinque Terre, Portofino

8 Days / 7 Nights - Fully Escorted
Up to 12 passengers
Tour Language: English

Tour Features

A trip created for those who are searching for the real local culinary traditions, meeting local people and producers, having fun and discovering the best of the Italian Riviera and Piedmont. Be ready to meet local producers, taste the traditional Italian cuisine, experiencing untouched places listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list! This is a special gourmet trip that starts from the Langhe and in the famous Barolo wine area till reaching Portofino and the picturesque Cinque Terre villages in the Italian Riviera.

2017 Guaranteed Departures

  • Sunday, September 3
  • Per person (Double Occupancy): €3600

Current Exchange Rates

Ciao Tours will guarantee the exchange rate at the time of full payment or 45 days prior to departure.

What's Included

  • 3 nights in a boutique hotel in Piedmont double room with breakfast and welcome aperitif
  • 4 nights in a boutique hotel in Genoa double room with breakfast
  • transfers with private driver as per itinerary
  • train tickets to travel between Cinque Terre villages
  • English speaking tour leader throughout trip
  • experienced and knowledgeable private local tour guide as per itinerary
  • 1 visit to cheese producer with tastings, 1 visit to a hazelnut producer with tastings
  • 1 cooking lesson in Piedmont with following dinner
  • 1 wine tasting in a prestigious cellar in Piedmont
  • 1 pesto lesson in Genoa followed by lunch
  • 1 wine tasting in Cinque Terre followed by lunch
  • 1 cooking class in Portofino followed by lunch
  • 2 special dinners in Piedmont and 1 typical dinner in Genoa
  • City tax

What's Not Included

Air flights, travel insurance, tips, and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.

Highlights

  • Private local experienced and knowledgeable tour guide as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader throughout trip
  • Boutique and selected accommodations in Liguria and Piedmont
  • Cooking lesson with professional chefs
  • Visit wine cellar in Barolo
  • Visit vineyards and meeting local wine producer in Cinque Terre
  • Meeting cheese producer in Piedmont
  • Visit a helzenut producing farm
  • Pesto lesson with a local culinary expert
Portofino Liguria

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Milan

Pick-up at Malpensa airport or Milan train station and private transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Langhe Monferrato Roero hills.  Check-in at the selected charming villa, your greeter will welcome you to this special part of Italy- Welcome aperitif and relax.  Dinner in an elegant restaurant to taste a local menu and overnight stay.

Meal Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Barolo Wine Area

Meeting with the driver and your local tour guide and departure to discover the growing area of Barolo, one of the most highly-prized wines in the world, starting from Barolo, the town from which the King of Wines and Wine of Kings gets its name for a stroll in the centre.  Guided visit to the WiMu – Wine Museum hosted in the stunning Castel of Barolo: a trip in the history of wine production, with scenography effects and interactive installations.  Short transfer to visit a well-known wine cellar with tasting. Picnic lunch surrounded by vineyards growing Barolo wine: a sample of the specialities of Langhe-style cuisine, to savour while seated comfortably.  Transfer to Alba, the capital of Langhe hills, for a stroll in the elegant town centre among boutiques, historical cafes and typical products: free time for shopping.  Dinner in a characteristic restaurant and overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Amazing Tastes: Cheeses, Hazelnut & Special Cooking Class

After breakfast, meeting with the driver, your local tour guide and departure to discover the area of Alta Langa, where the landscape becomes wilder thanks to woods and hazelnut groves.  Visit to a small farm producing hazelnuts: from the grove to the laboratory with final tasting.  The panoramic tour continues for a guided visit to a niche cheese producer with tasting lunch.  Time to relax and enjoy the pure air and the bucolic surroundings.  Back to the accommodation and relax.  Exciting cookery lesson on ‘the cuisine of the Langhe’, a “hands on” experience to learn how to prepare a complete traditional menu based on local recipes: the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at dinner, in the special atmosphere of candle-lit wine barrels. Overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Transfer to Liguria & Pesto Lesson

After your breakfast buffet and checkout, transfer to the Italian Riviera with private driver (about 2 hours).  Check-in at your boutique accommodation in the charming atmosphere of Genoa historical center. Your private local tour guide will welcome you and together you’ll reach a small food market where a ligurian expert will welcome you to teach you how to make the famous green sauce with mortar and pestle, as the tradition wants. After the demonstration you’ll have lunch with fresh local ingredients.  Free dinner in the evening & overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Genoa historical center Tour & special aperitif

After breakfast, you’ll meet your private tour guide for a walking tour of the historical center of Genoa, discovering its monuments, narrow alleys and ancient food shops! Wandering through the “Carrugi” alleys is a unique experience and we believe that by just walking through these maze of historical streets, you’ll find the “real” Genoa essence. You’ll discover the largest medieval old town in Europe, walk along its authentic medieval alleyways, stop in the squares and in the renaissance streets of the historical town.  During your tour you’ll discover the ultra-centenarian food shops of the historical center and you will taste some of the most typical local products!  Free lunch and free afternoon.  In the late afternoon you’ll have an aperitif tasting local specialties in a special noble palace under the frescoes.  Free dinner in the evening & overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Tasting

Day 6 - Cinque Terre Tour & Wine Tasting

After breakfast, meeting with your local private tour guide and departure via private transfer for Cinque Terre.  Today you will visit the two iconic villages of Cinque Terre: Manarola and Vernazza. You’ll wander among the tiny squares and side alleys of the villages, you’ll walk among the famous terraced vineyards of Manarola, and reach the picturesque Vernazza with a romantic walk till the capuchin cloister.  In the afternoon you’ll be welcome by a localwine grover  for a special wine tasting followed by a light lunch with fresh local ingredients. Tasting the Cinque Terre wine is something not to be missed. We think the wine in this area speaks about The Cinque Terre, the local people who hardly work this land from centuries with passion and fondness.  Your private driver will take you back to your accommodation.  Free dinner in the evening. Overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 - Tastes of Portofino: Cooking Lesson

After breakfast, meeting with your local private tour guide and departure via private driver to reach Portofino small village.  Portofino is now the center of élite tourism. You will visit the tiny village with its spectacular castle, the church perched on the cliff and the luxury boutiques.  In the late morning your tour continues with an exclusive experience in Portofino, reaching a private terraced garden just above the village, from which an amazing view of the village and its bay can be admired. Among olive and lemon trees, herbs and vines, you will meet a local chef and have a cooking lesson followed by lunch.  Back to Santa Margherita Ligure by public boat and private driver to your accommodation.  Farewell aperitif in the evening. Overnight stay.

Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Aperitive

Day 8 - Arrivederci!

After breakfast, free time. Conclusion of tour.

Meal Included: Buffet Breakfast