WALKING IN THE LANGHE: WINE, HISTORY & TRUFFLES  

An 8 days / 7 nights self-guided walking holiday

 

The best of Piedmont is certainly the hilly region the Langhe, set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains. Hills covered with vineyards as far as you can see, because this is the region of the famous Barolo wines. Walking during the day in this stunning landscape of vineyard, hazelnut and oak forests, visiting small characteristic villages and large castles. In the evening enjoying a good glass of wine combined with the Langhe cheeses. vineyards of the Nebbiolo grapes. On top of the hills you pass small villages and impressive castles. The last part of the tour brings you to the wildest part of the Langhe where the finest hazelnuts in Europe grow. The landscape is varied: forests, deep valleys and hazelnut cultivations. The ends in Cortemilia

 

Highlights

- Piemonte is a paradise for lovers of a good cuisine
- Castles and characteristic villages

- Walking in a unforgettable landscape of vineyards and hazelnuts

- Alba the town of Truffles

- Barolo wines

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Alba; overnight stay in 4 star hotel

Alba, capital of the Langhe, is famous for its white truffles, chocolate and for its impressive high towers (14th and 15th century) Alba is very much at the forefront of eno-gastronomy: don’t miss the pleasure of a delicious dinner and the chance to sample the great wines of this area like Barolo, Barberesco or Barbera.

 

Day 2

Alba - Grinzane - Barolo

After breakfast you have a transfer by taxi to the starting point of the walk, the Grinzane Fortress, which houses the "Cavour" Regional Enoteca, a prestigious showcase for the very best Piedmontese wines and grappas. You cross Gallo d'Alba and walking through the vineyards of La Morra you will reach Barolo with not one castle but two castles, the Castello Falletti and the Castello della Volta.

Distance: 13 km; walking time about 3 ½ hrs or 14 km about 4 hrs.

 

Day 3

Barolo-Novello-Monforte

Today you're walking mostly amongst the vineyards of nebbiolo grapes, from which excellent wines are made; you reach Novello with its impressive castle. You continue you're walk till Monforte, where you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the lively square meeting point of the inhabitants and tourist.

Distance: 9 km; walking time about 2,5 hrs

 

Day 4

 

 

Monforte - Cissone

The route will lead you to small picturesque villages of this area, like Serrallunga, Sinio, Roddino and last but not least Cissone. Of course also today the vineyards make part of your walk, but also you will see the first nut trees and some woodland. It is certainly worthwhile to make a stop in Serralunga to visit the castle and to taste some ...again excellent wine.

Distance: 16 km; walking time about 4½ hrs

 

Day 5

Cissone

Today you can have a day of rest and enjoy some relax or make a short ring walk in the surrounding hills of this enchanting small town.

Distance:7 km; walking time about 2 hrs 

 

Day 6 Cissone-Cravanzana

You are in the area of the High Langa, famous for its hazelnuts and the landscape is dominated by the hazelnut forests. You will cross the valley of Belbo and can make a stop to visit the church of Cerretto Langhe. The walk ends in Cravanzana.

Distance: 17 km; walking time: 5 hrs

 

Day 7 Gravenzana - Cortemilia

From Cravanzana a nice downhill walk will bring you to the tower Torre Bormida, where you will cross the river bearing the same name. A steep climb will bring you to Bergolo, one of the smallest characteristic municipalities of this area. Crossing the woods you will reach Cortemilia, from Roman origins.

Distance 12 km; walking time 3½ hrs

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

Included in this walking tour:

  • overnight stays in ***  hotels, farmhouse B&B and Inns 

  • breakfast

  • luggage transportation

  • Tour information

  • Transfer on day 2 from Alba to Grinzane

  • road book in English with maps

  • assistance hotline

 

Period self guided tour

Daily from march to October 

Level 2

Moderate: In general the walks are easy to moderate with some more demanding sections, where a moderate  - good physical condition is required. The walks are along uneven footpaths, mule tracks, small gravel and quiet asphalted roads.

Participants

Minimum two persons (travelling alone on request)

Price  p.p. 2017

In double / twin room     € 595,00

In single room € 789,00

high season supplement  (September and October)  € 30,00

discount for tour without luggage transportation  - € 60,00

upgrade to hotel with pool in Barolo  € 40,00 p.p.

On request

extra overnight stays, transfer from Cortemilia to Alba, transfer from and to airports of Milan and Turin