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Discovering Turin & Piedmont Self Drive 2015

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing: Turin – Venaria Reale – Turin – Asti – Langa Astigiana – Pollenzo – Racconigi – Pollenzo – Grinzane Cavour – Alba – Pollenzo – Serralunga – Barolo – Turin

 

Includes

• 7 nights in selected hotels or similar
• Breakfast daily (B)
• Rent a car Fiat Grande Punto or similar (8 days)
(different car types available on request)
• Turin & Piedmont card (valid for 2 days)
• Map of Turin

Entrance Fees

• Eqyptian Museum in Turin
• Royal Palace & Palazzo Madama
• National Museum of Cinema
• Venaria Royal Palace (included personal audioguides)

Note 
All museums are closed on Monday
(you can swap itinerary if you will arrive in Turin on a Monday)

Accommodation (or similar)

Standard Hotels

• Turin – Hotel Genio (3*)
• Pollenzo – La Corte Albertina (3*)

Superior Hotels

• Turin – NH Ligure (4*)
• Pollenzo – Albergo dell’Agenzia (4*)

2015 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Self Drive Code: 2015-AC
Departures Between
STANDARD HOTELS
Twin Share
01 Jan - 05 May
21 Jun - 15 Sep
21 Nov - 31 Dec
1,057
06 May - 20 Jun
16 Sep - 20 Nov
1,208
2015 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Self Drive Code: 2015-AC
Departures Between
SUPERIOR HOTELS
Twin Share
01 Jan - 05 May
21 Jun - 15 Sep
21 Nov - 31 Dec
1,294
06 May - 20 Jun
16 Sep - 20 Nov
1,445

SELF DRIVE ITINERARY

Day 1: Turin

Arrive at Turin airport and collect your rental car. Drive to hotel and overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Turin

Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit of Turin. In the morning we suggest the following itinerary. Begin with a walking tour discovering the historical centre who’s buildings range from Roman style, to baroque style to futuristic architecture. Afterwards explore the Egyptian museum which holds the second largest collection of Egyptian relics after the Cairo museum. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to further explore the city.
Some suggestions on how to spend your afternoon are:
• Take a tour on the open top bus (10% discount with Turin + Piedmont card).
• Royal Palace & Palazzo Madama (free admission with Turin + Piedmont card).
• National Museum of Cinema (free admission with Turin + Piedmont card). The only museum of cinema in Italy and the most important in the world. Overnight in hotel. (B)

Day 3: Turin – Venaria Reale – Turin

Breakfast in the hotel followed by a drive to Venaria Reale. There you will visit Baroque Reggia di Veneria (a personal headset with commentary is provided) which is one of the most significant examples of architecture and art in the 17th And 18th centuries. After the visit you will return to your hotel in Turin for a free afternoon. During this free time we suggest a visit to Eataly, the biggest food store in Italy. Here you can taste handmade pasta, the finest Italian wines, oils, ham and salami, cheese, meat or fish in one of the many restaurants inside. Overnight in hotel. (B)

Day 4: Turin – Asti – Langa Astigiana – Pollenzo

Breakfast in hotel and depart for Asti. Have a quick tour of the city of Palio. Afterwards we suggest some wine tasting in the area famous for it’s sparkling wines Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asta and red wines Barbera d’Asti, Dolcetto d’Asti and Brachetto d’Asti. In the afternoon depart for Langa Astigiana where you can admire the beautiful hills and it’s vineyards. Continue to Pollenzo where you will stay for the night. (B)

Day 5: Pollenzo – Racconigi –Pollenzo

Breakfast in hotel and then travel to Racconigi. Visit the castle, (admission fee not included) which is one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy, as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon return to Pollenzo where you can visit the Bank of Wine. An enchanting showcase of the most famous wines in the Langa region. The visit begins with an explanation on how the historical buildings are ideal to refine the finest wines produced at international. (B)

Day 6: Pollenzo – Grinzane Cavour – Alba – Pollenzo

After breakfast travel to the Langhe region, famous for Barolo and Barbaresco wines. In the morning visit Grinzane Cavour with its’ medieval manor house (entrance not included) which looks over the village below and holds the Regional Wine Exhibition Centre, a well known attraction. Continue onto Alba which is often known as the city with one hundred towers. Alba is the capital of the region and is known worldwide for its wines and prestigious white truffles. In the afternoon depart for Barbaresco famous for Gaja, known for being possibly the best Barbaresco wine available. You could also visit Barbaresco Wine Exhibition and Promotion Centre. The are many exhibitions including a label and winery presentation, education and history of Barberesco, technical, economical and tourist information and some free tasting. After the visit you can drive to the town of Nieve for a visit to it’s wonderful baroque centre. Return to Pollenzo and overnight in hotel. (B)

Day 7: Pollenzo – Serralunga – Barolo – Turin

After breakfast check out of hotel and depart for Serralunga where you can visit the castle (entrance fees not included) complete with it’s stunning fortified gothic architecture. In the afternoon travel to Barolo to visit the Marchesi di Barolo wine cellar where you can enjoy some wine tasting. The wine cellar has received numerous awards for it’s wines and appears regularly in the press and media. The visit of the area ends at La Morra with it’s stunning panoramic view of the 11 villages which produce Barolo wine. Depart to Torino and overnight in the hotel. (B)

Day 8: Turin

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and depart for the airport to return your rental car and depart on your flight. (B)

 

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