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Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Alba
Day 2: Alba – Treiso
Day 3: Treiso – Cravanzana
Day 4: Cravanzana – Bossolasco
Day 5: Bossolasco – Serralunga d`Alba
Day 6: Serralunga d`Alba – Barolo
Day 7: Alba
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

On our Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo itinerary you will explore the varied landscape of the endless line of vineyard-covered rolling hills in the area of Langhe. These are the lands where the world’s finest and most expensive wines are made and there are plenty of opportunities to sample some of them in the numerous wine stores all located in historic buildings along your route.

Culturally, the Piedmont region is just as diverse and has a lot to offer, starting with numerous historic places and the medieval villages situated on small hills between picturesque valleys are especially attractive.

Finally, the culinary side of this region makes it of course a special place: truffles, risotto and cheese topped off by delicious wine and a little piece of Nocciola di Piedmonte – experience a walking bliss in paradise!

Highlights

  • World Cultural Heritage region Langhe
  • Sample Italy’s top wines
  • Pleasant walks amongst vineyards
  • Enchanting medieval towns and villages

Itinerary for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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Day 1: Arrival in Alba

Depending on your time of arrival you will be able to enjoy the town of Alba, known for its truffles, opulent palaces and towers.

Overnight: Hotel Calissano 4*

Day 2: Alba – Treiso

A leisurely walk along the river Tanaro to Barbaresco, the first wine stop of your walking tour. In Barbaresco everything revolves around splendid wine, we suggest that you taste Barolo’s little brother in the Enoteca Regionale located in the converted church San Donato. The route leads you through the typical landscape of the Langhe region along vast vineyards into picturesque Neive. You spend the night in Treiso, situated in the centre of the Langa del Barbaresco.

Walking for the day: approx. 4.5 hours, 16 km, ­ ↑620 m ↓380 m
Overnight: Domus Langhe B&B

Day 3: Treiso – Cravanzana

On your way to the hamlet of Canta you walk along the Rocche di Sette Fratelli, a deep gorge situated between rolling vineyard hills. Then you continue towards San Bovo enjoying marvellous panoramic views and finally reach the village of Castino, located onto a hilltop between the Bormida and Belbo river valleys. In the Middle Ages it was an affluent town with three monasteries and today you can marvel at the first truffle grove in this region. The route leads you along the ridge of a hill in-between chestnut and hazelnut groves to Cravanzana.

Walking for the day: approx 5 hours, 17 km, ­ ↑430 m ↓530 m
Overnight: Ristorante Albergo Da Maurizio

Day 4: Cravanzana – Bossolasco

From the heart of the hazelnut growing region, the route takes you on a slightly hilly terrain through the upper Belbo-river valley, well-known for potato growing, via Feisoglio to Niella Belbo. The architectural style of this medieval village was shaped by Napoleon’s march through it, hence the byname ‚dei francesci’. After a range of hills with marvellous views onto sleepy little villages and old ruins, you reach San Benedetto with the same-named lake. A short transfer takes you to the village of Bossolasco, the Village of the Roses.

Walking for the day: approx. 4.5 hours, 16 km, ­ ↑380 m ↓370 m
Overnight: Hotel Bellavista 3*

Day 5: Bossolasco – Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio

Today the terrain is initially hilly. Passing through hazelnut groves you reach the little village of  Serravalle Langhe. Then onwards through the Bric della Vacca and vineyards to Roddino. After a short rest at the Church of St. Mary your end point is the medieval farming village of Sinio. The path snakes uphill to the village and the medieval castle of Serralunga d’Alba.

Walking for the day: approx. 5.5 hours, 17 km, ­ ↑280 m ↓990 m
Overnight: Agriturismo Le Arcate

Day 6: Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio – Barolo

Today’s route leads you through hazelnut groves and wild forests into the magically situated Monforte d’Alba. The impressive campanile and Scrampi palace can be seen from afar. In medieval Monforte we recommend a stroll through the little alleyways and a snack in the numerous restaurants and wine stores. You continue your tour with enchanting views into the valley until you reach your day finish, the world-famous wine-making village of Barolo, where a marvellous wine-tasting awaits you.

Walking for the day: approx. 4.5 hours, 16 km, ­ ↑590 m ↓640 m
Overnight: Hotel Barolo 3*

Day 7: Barolo – Alba

Walking through the vineyards delivering some of the best wines in the world, you continue your tour to the idyllic village La Morra, known as the balcony of Langhe. One last time enjoy the impressive panorama onto the entire Barolo region, on a clear day you can even see as far as the Alps and Monte Viso. En route back to Alba you pass the castles of Verduno and Roddi.

Walking for the day: approx. 4 hours, 12 km, ­ ↑320 m ↓380 m
Overnight: Hotel Calissano 4*

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or extra days.

Hotels for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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Mid-range hotels and beautiful agritursmi (some featuring a swimming pool) and a 4-star hotel in Alba (2 nights). All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample Hotels*: Hotel Calissano 4*, Hotel Barolo 3*, Agriturismo Le Arcate, Hotel Bellavista 3*, Ristorante Albergo Da Maurizio, Domus Langhe B&B

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

**What is an agriturismo? A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in ItalianIt is a farm-stay, but it’s also much, much more. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes, in a way similar to English or American bed and breakfasts. One of the best parts of staying in a traditional agriturismo? The food. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve guests food that was prepared from raw materials – vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and often wine and olive oil – produced on the farm or from other local merchants.

Meals

Breakfast buffet is included on all days. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.

Travel for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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By Train

There are good train connections from Turin and Milan:

  • From Turin to Alba – 1x change of trains, duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • From Milan to Alba – 2x change of trains, duration approx. 3 hours.

By Plane

Our recommended arrival/departure airports for this holiday are Turin and Milan.

By Car

Hotel parking spaces cost approx. EUR 15 per day. No advance reservation possible.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us. In this case, please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Many people also speak German. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

The terrain is hilly and the route leads through vineyards and forests as tours vary in walking time lasting up to 5 hours. The route leads you along walking paths alternating with mule tracks, gravel paths and in parts along asphalted sections.

Fitness: minimum level of fitness is necessary. You should be able to walk for up to 6 hours a day. Average walking time: 4-5 hours per walking day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from April until October, departures on Saturdays only.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Piedmont Wine Country: Barbaresco to Barolo

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  • 7 overnight stays on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Luggage transfers
  • Wine tasting
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route descriptions
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • GPS-data to use via our smartphone app or on your own GPS device
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request
  • Extra nights in Alba before or after the holiday

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airport
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Hotel tourist taxes

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