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  • Location: Italy
  • Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Departing from: Cuneo, 9 a.m. Day 2
  • Tour finishes: Alba train station, morning Day 8
  • Departures 2020: Sept 12
  • Price 2020: Euro €3,150 per person in double occupancy. Single supplement Euro €350. One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people, two guides for 9 or more.
  • Departures 2021: Sept 11
  • Price 2021: Euro €3,150 per person in double occupancy. Single supplement Euro €350. One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people, two guides for 9 or more.

Piedmont is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Home to the famous white truffle and Barolo and Barbaresco wines, Piedmont's cuisine is arguably the best in Italy. You'll also find abundant natural beauty. Verdant vineyards stretch for miles along undulating hills while the snow-capped peaks of the Alps crown the horizon. Up close, charming villages, villas, and wineries dot the landscape. We begin off the beaten track in the historic town of Cuneo and then head for the spectacular Val Maira valley which is nestled amongst the peaks of the Italian Alps. We hike through isolated hamlets and villages to explore this hidden part of Piedmont before heading into wine country for the last three day of the tour. We spend two nights each in quiet country inns and elegant boutique hotels which allow us to unpack and stay a while. Of course, wine tastings, a cooking class, and a truffle hunt punctuate the week as we discover Piedmont's natural and cultural treasures.

Piedmont Walking Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels (1 night Cuneo, and 2 nights each in Camoglieres, Canale, and Monchiero Alto)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 1 picnic lunch, and 6 dinners
  • Luggage: Bags are transferred starting from pick-up at the Cuneo hotel on Day 2 to drop-off at Alba train station on Day 8
  • Special events: Truffle hunting experience with trained hunting dog followed by lunch, visit at traditional cheese producer, wine tastings, cooking lesson, castle visit
  • Transport: Private van transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Active days: 6 days of guided walking
  • Guides: At least 1 bilingual Customwalks guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people; 2 guides accompany departures of 9 or more
  • Max group size: Tours are capped at 14 people

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Piedmont Walking Tour itinerary Request full itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

Independent arrival Cuneo
Make your way to Cuneo and take some time to explore this elegant small city. Although not a mainstream tourist destination, the 12th century historic center reserves many surprises for visitors with its squares, ancient buildings, and churches. Dinner is on your own tonight to allow for a relaxed first night. Overnight at the Hotel Principe di Piemonte (or similar) in Cuneo. Hotel included. Dinner not included.

Day 2 - Sunday

The Lower Maira Valley
Start the day with a 45-minute transfer into the beautiful Maira Valley, which we will explore during our first two days together. The walk starts directly from the mountain inn where Marisa, Gigi and Francesco will host us for 2 nights. Take a quick look at your new home and pick up a packed picnic lunch before starting on your first walk along the scenic Trail of the Cyclamens. The 2.5-hour loop takes you through forests and along mountain slopes, providing a great start through abandoned medieval villages immersed in alpine scenery. After the walk you can relax at the inn and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Camoglieres or else take a trip with your guide to one of the tiny hamlets in the surrounding area. We all meet again this evening for a tasty dinner hosted in the inn’s courtyard. Overnight at the lovely Locanda del Silenzio Camoglieres. Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 - Monday

The Upper Maira Valley
This morning we have a 40-minute drive to the high mountain community of Elva, perched lonely on the mountainside and far from the main roads of the valley. We eventually arrive at 1,940 m (6,400 ft.) for the start of our walk from a hikers’ lodge. The walk is about 4 hours, mostly on wide forest roads surrounded by amazing alpine scenery. You’ll reach the highest point in the morning and then descend to Elva for lunch and a visit to see frescoes by a 15th c. Flemish painter in the parish church. You can also have a look at the curious Hair Museum, which will take you back in time to better understand the local economy up to the 19th century. Enjoy lunch at the local inn then continue your walk back up to the lodge past farmland and more dramatic alpine scenery. On the way back towards home we’ll stop and visit one of the few local producers who still work in the area. Your guides know cheese producers, bee keepers, and families who still produce the local liqueurs made from mountain herbs and they will do their best to organize a visit depending on the season. Another great day will end with dinner back at our inn. Overnight Camoglieres. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 - Tuesday

The Roero Region and its Clay Gorges
Transfer northwest this morning, out of the alpine valley and into the lower central part of the region. A 1.5-hour drive will take you to the hilltop town of Monteu, in the heart of the Rocche, a specific area of Roero where the clay terrain strongly influenced local agriculture, especially wine production. Our walk today is a short loop into the clay gorges between the medieval hilltop villages and along the Roero vineyards. Back in Monteu, visit the small winery Bajaj, where our friend Adriano will help us understand more about the winemaking in this region and tell us about his experimental productions. His mother, Mirella, will prepare a fabulous lunch with their homegrown organic produce. After lunch, visit the fascinating Castello di Monteu, whose history starts in 1041. History has of course left its trace on the castle, and amazingly it was a private residence until the 1950s. The area is also honeycombed with tunnels that were excavated by the locals, both for storage and as hideaways in times of banditry and war. Following the visit, a short transfer takes you to our hotel for the next two nights, a magnificent 18th century villa that offers sweeping views over the rolling vineyards. The villa was accompanied by a barn and a farm manager's house, all of which was purchased by the neighboring Malvira winery and transformed into a chic boutique hotel with multiple terraces and a swimming pool. It is the perfect place to soak up the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Overnight at the Villa Tiboldi, near Canale. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 - Wednesday

The Vineyard-Clad Hills of the Roero
A short transfer this morning takes you to the neighboring territory of Vezza d’Alba, one of the many hilltop towns of the Roero. Our walk starts in the low part of the valley along a forest track which goes up and down the hills of Vezza and along its slopes which have been transformed through the centuries into carefully maintained vineyards. Our morning 3-hour walk ends with a final steep push up the hill to the historical center of Vezza, where we will enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local Osteria. After lunch you have just over an hour of easy terrain through stunning landscapes to get back to the van. Return to the warm embrace of the Villa Tiboldi this afternoon to enjoy a visit and tasting in their cellars before a fancy gourmet dinner at the villa’s restaurant. Overnight Villa Tiboldi. Hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6 - Thursday

Barolo & La Morra
Say good-bye to the Roero this morning and head into the heart of the Langhe region. Feast your eyes and your senses as you walk through the vineyards surrounding the world-famous town of Barolo. Our trail takes you above the town for spectacular views onto its brightly painted medieval castle and colorful houses. After skirting the valleys around the castle, we gradually walk down into the village to tuck into a delicious lunch paired with (of course!) a glass of Barolo wine. Afterwards, continue south to our elegant historical hotel in Monchiero, which offers a magical atmosphere and commanding views over the countryside beyond. After a bit of downtime, embark on another culinary adventure as we have a fabulous cooking class at a nearby winery. Overnight at the Hotel Antico Borgo Monchiero Alto. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 - Friday

Truffle hunt!
A ten-minute drive takes us to the beautiful medieval town of Monforte, where we will have time for a short visit of its historical centre before starting our walk past vineyards and farmhouses to meet today’s special guest, a friendly truffle-hunting dog who will show us the secrets of finding this rare culinary treasure. Prized since ancient times, these underground "tubers" live in symbiosis with the roots of the local trees and develop a heady aroma and flavor that evoke the richness of the earth itself. The precious white truffle is so rare (it can't be cultivated) that it sells for around $5,000 per pound! So of course a friendly canine with a sensitive snout is necessary for locating them under the layers of leaves and moss, and we'll accompany our four-legged friend as she roams the woods in search of treasure. After the walk, settle in for a home-cooked meal featuring Piedmont's signature dish, homemade egg tagliatelle with shavings of truffle. Hopefully the truffle will be from today's hunt. In the afternoon you can choose to relax at the hotel’s pool or head back out with your guide for a final drive along the roads of the Langhe, maybe to visit some new hilltop gems like La Morra or to have more time in Barolo. Enjoy a final dinner at the fascinating restaurant of our hotel. Overnight Monchiero Alto. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 - Saturday

Day 8 – Saturday: Departures to the Alba train station
Morning goodbyes and shuttle to the Alba train station, about an hour by train from Turin (Torino) and Genoa. Breakfast and one group transfer included.

Activity Level 2 = Easy to Moderate
In general: This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers.
Terrain: Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes.
Actual walking time: Between 2 - 4 hours per day, mostly in the morning but sometimes also in the afternoon
Distances: Usually 7 - 10 km (4.5 - 6 mi). Max distance is 13.5 km (8 mi).
Surfaces: Trails consist mainly of compact earth and/or gravel and sometimes gravel roads
Footing: Easy/good. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles and good treads are required. Running shoes or tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: Most of the walks are on good trails, but there are a few parts on rocky stretches and a few steep climbs, so be expecting a few challenges but mostly easy walking. Flat to rolling terrain, with daily activity between 2.5 - 4 hours. We also spend time walking in the beautiful villages that we visit, so you'll get plenty of excercise. 
Hiking Poles: Not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful
Compared to the Cinque Terre: This tour is significantly easier than the hikes in the Cinque Terre
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit, first-time “hikers” who enjoy walking
Easy to Moderate Tours: Puglia & Basilicata, Piedmont Walk. All of our boat–based tours in Turkey, Croatia, and Greece Dodecanese Islands would be “easy to moderate” IF you decide to skip the one or two of the more challenging hikes. Your guides of course can advise you of the difficulty level and the terrain and footing of each walk. 

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Getting to the start of the trip: The most convenient airport to the beginning of the trip is Torino (Turin in English), but Milan is a good option if you’re flying directly from overseas. Both of these airports have regular flights to and from other European gateway airports such as London, Frankfurt and Paris, and Milan is 2.5-3 hrs from Cuneo by train.

Getting away at the end of the trip: we provide one group transfer to the Alba train station for connections to Torino or Milan, timed for 10 a.m. departures.

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Average ratings
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Quality of itinerary
4.5
Food quality & variety
4.3
Value for money
4.3
Right amount of activity
4.8
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Reviews
4.8
by Judy L
Posted Oct 11, 2019

Piedmont is a beautiful area, and the encounters with the cheese-maker and his sheep as well as the truffle hunter were wonderful experiences. The guides, Francesca and Dennis, were outstanding. Food was great and accommodations generally very good. I found one day of hiking more challenging than I would have liked, but the more experienced hikers on our trip were not fazed!

4.6
by C and R Rose
Posted Oct 05, 2019

This trip gave an insight into life in Piedmont, where we met local people who enthusiastically shared their passions; whether for bio-organic wine-making, sheep cheeses (and we met the sheep!), truffle hunting, or the family castle. The walking was enjoyable, not too demanding, with vineyard and mountain scenery. Our guides Francesca and Denis were friendly, enthusiastic, and fun, and nothing was too much trouble.

4.3
by J and D Mowery
Posted Oct 03, 2019

Piemonte looks just like every picture-postcard you've ever seen, with vineyards and castles as far as the eye can see. The hiking is not as varied as on other CW trips, and the scenery isn't as dramatic, but if you're looking for pretty walks and an excellent introduction to the local food and wine, this is your trip. Highlights included the Casa Wallace agriturismo (accommodations, wine tour with Claudio on the premises, pizza party) and truffle hunting and eating(!) in Monforte d'Alba. Francesca and Dennis are knowledgeable and generous guides, as well as delightful people!

4.3
by Jeff C
Posted Oct 02, 2019

A fun trip with great views and insights into local wines, cheese, truffles, pizza and al the other good things in life.



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Piedmont is a beautiful area, and the encounters with the cheese-maker and his sheep as well as the truffle hunter were wonderful experiences. The guides, Francesca and Dennis, were outstanding. Food was great and accommodations generally very good. I found one day of hiking more challenging than I would have liked, but the more experienced hikers on our trip were not fazed!
by Judy L


This trip gave an insight into life in Piedmont, where we met local people who enthusiastically shared their passions; whether for bio-organic wine-making, sheep cheeses (and we met the sheep!), truffle hunting, or the family castle. The walking was enjoyable, not too demanding, with vineyard and mountain scenery. Our guides Francesca and Denis were friendly, enthusiastic, and fun, and nothing was too much trouble.
by C and R Rose


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