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Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards

Hazelnut groves & the Barolo vineyards
 
Explore enchanting landscapes and timeless medieval villages on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday on which your luggage is transported. Other pleasures include the rich regional gastronomy and the first-rate wines, with opportunities for wine-tasting.
Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards . 7 nights
Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards . 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Piedmont

Piedmont’s full-bodied, velvety Barolo wines deservedly rejoice in fame, but less well-known are the eleven idyllic medieval villages where they are produced, the unusual landscape of wave-shaped hills that surround the villages, and the outstanding regional gastronomy based on delicious white truffles, hazelnuts and flavoursome cheeses. With all this, you needn’t be a wine connoisseur to choose Piedmont for a walking holiday. Indeed, our enchanting, very gastronomic holiday here will introduce you to one of Italy’s most alluring landscapes – all the more special because it is so little-known – leading through lush green scenery framed by the majestic peaks of the Alps and guarded by fortresses.
The routes are challenging in places but reasonably short, leaving you plenty of time to admire the timeless villages and crumbling castles which you pass and, of course, to call in at wine-producers for tastings if you so wish. Spring, when the vines burst into life, is a delight, while in September, the vines hang heavy with grapes and villagers prepare for the harvest, which is duly followed by lively celebrations.
 
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Itinerary

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  • Arrival in Cortemilia
    Night 1: at Hotel San Carlo (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk around Cortemilia: 13km, 4hrs
    We suggest a good introductory circuit that rises above Cortemilia through chestnut woods and cultivated terraces to Bergolo, a beautiful medieval village built almost entirely of stone. You return along an ancient trail through the Bormida Valley and can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the hotel’s outdoor pool. Alternatively, if you want to spend the day wine tasting, you can ask your hotelier to arrange a visit to a local vineyard for you.
    Circular walk around Cortemilia: 13km
    The village of Bergolo nestling in the hills on the Cortemilia circuit
  • Cortemilia to Cravanzana: 12km, 3.5hrs
    From Cortemilia you follow a quiet country lane gently uphill, enjoying sweeping views of the Langhe Hills. The second part of the walk leads through woodland (in which numerous species of orchid can be found in spring) and alongside hazelnut groves, passing several small chapels and shrines to reach Cravanzana, whose houses cluster around the 17th-century castle. You stay in the Albergo da Maurizio.
    Cortemilia to Cravanzana: 12km
    Walking through hazelnut groves on the route from Cortemilia to Cravanzana
  • Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto via Grinzane Cavour: 14km, 4.5hrs
    The day starts with a short taxi transfer to the 12th-century castle of Grinzane Cavour that houses a small museum and enoteca. There is time to visit this (pay locally) before setting off along tracks and lanes past farmland, vineyards, poplar woods and hazelnut groves. You pass the estates of several wine producers, including one of the oldest in the region, as well as the historic village of Serralunga d’Alba, where you can pause to visit the 14th-century castle. Your destination is Castiglione Falletto, where you spend two nights at Albergo le Torri.
    Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto via Grinzane Cavour: 14km
    The historic village of Serralunga d'Alba, on the route from Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto
  • Circular walk around Castiglione Falletto: 19km, 6-7.5hrs
    This circular route leads gently uphill through vineyards to the church of Annunziata, well worth a visit to see its frescoes. As you continue through more vineyards and hazelnut groves to the village of La Morra, you pass an excellent viewpoint which offers panoramas of many of the villages you have visited. At La Morra, take time to admire the views over the Langhe (on a clear day you can even see as far as the Alps) and to sample some wines at the cantina before returning via several small hamlets.
    Circular walk around Castiglione Falletto: 19km
    Route through the vineyards, from Castiglione Falletto to La Morra
  • Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba: 9km, 3hrs
    Today’s walk leads past more vineyards and chapels and through woodland in which red squirrels are commonly seen. Towards the end of the day you follow a very panoramic track which offers views into the two neighbouring valleys. You spend your last two nights in Monforte d'Alba, at the elegant Villa Beccaris.
    Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba: 9km
    Montforte d'Alba
  • Circular walk around Monforte d'Alba: 10km, 3hrs
    We recommend that you follow scenic tracks overlooking Novello’s two castles to Barolo, where we include a visit to the Marchesi di Barolo wine cellar followed by a tasting. On your return to Monforte d'Alba, explore the village with its mansion, several Baroque chapels, 13th-century bell tower, and sundials.
    Circular walk around Monforte d'Alba: 10km
    The town of Barolo, where we include a tasting
 

Accommodation

You stay in a mixture of three and four-star hotels, all located in medieval villages.
Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 April - 29 June 2019 & 18 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day except Sunday or Monday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 April - 23 May £985 £345
    24 May - 22 June £1025 £355
    18 - 30 August £1025 £355
    31 August - 30 September £1075 £405
    1 - 24 October £1045 £405
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £45

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 13 April - 29 June 2019 & 18 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day except Sunday or Monday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 April - 23 May £1430 £345
    24 May - 22 June £1475 £355
    18 - 30 August £1475 £355
    31 August - 30 September £1525 £405
    1 - 24 October £1495 £405
    3rd & 4th person discount -£150
    Single traveller supplement £150

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Turin (TGV), approx. duration 9h55 plus 1h45 taxi transfer. Home, Turin–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar) 10h30 plus 1h45 taxi transfer.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Albergo le Torri
    Suite deluxe: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £20
    Suite deluxe: 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £20
    Superior with view: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £14
    Superior with view: 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £14
    Hotel Villa Beccaris
    Deluxe: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £35
    Deluxe: 18 Aug - 05 Sep 2019 £35
    Deluxe: 06 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £45
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Genoa, Turin, Milan

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan Malpensa. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Birmingham - Turin (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Turin (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Linate Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Genova (Genoa) British Airways 
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Gatwick - Turin British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Luton - Turin Blue Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Genova (Genoa) Ryanair 
    Stansted - Milan Malpensa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Turin Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Manchester - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Flybe,  Flybe 
    Manchester - Turin jet2 
    Manchester - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Turin (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan Malpensa. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Turin

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Turin Porta Nuova to Asti (0h40), taxi Asti to Cortemilia (1hr) £59 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Turin airport (1h30) £89 flexible
    taxi hotel to Mondovi (0h45), rail Mondovi to Turin Porta Nuova (1h-1h15) £49 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Genoa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Genoa Piazza Principe to Acqui Terme (1h15), taxi Acqui Terme to Cortemilia (0h45) £42 1500
    direct taxi Genoa airport to hotel (1h30) £72 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Acqui Terme (1h30), rail to Acqui Terme to Genoa Piazza Principe (1h30) £88 1400
    direct taxi hotel to Genoa airport (2h15) £124 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan (Malpensa or Linate)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milan Centrale to Asti (2h-2h30), taxi Asti to Cortemilia (1h) £90 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Mondovi (0h45), rail Mondovi to Milan Centrale (2h20-3h) £84 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 3
  • wine tasting in Barolo
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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