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Retreat through the Italian Alps, Rivieria and Piedmont - Summer 2024

$3,550

Grown-up Retreat through the Italian Alps, Rivieria and Piedmont – July 2024

Escape to the enchanting landscapes of Italy on a 7-night culinary and coastal journey through the Alps, Italian Riviera & Piedmont wine region. This trip is tailor-made for those seeking a perfect blend of relaxation, gourmet delights and breathtaking views. It is scheduled to coincide with our Kids Alpine Summer and is intended for adults who would like a uniquely customized, small group journey while your children make their own unforgettable memories at camp (others travelers are welcome to join too – contact us for options). This trip can also be combined with our family-friendly Puglia (Southern Italy trip).

For those combining this trip with our Puglia family trip, our journey begins near to the drop off for kids summer camp in the Aosta valley where you begin to savor the rich heritage and indulge in delectable local cuisine and charming alpine villages. From Aosta, we will venture to the Italian Riveria of the Ligurian coast, where you will unwind along the sparkling Mediterranean shores. Here you can explore charming seaside towns, sample the freshest seafood and immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere that has attracted travelers for centuries. From Liguria, we will venture to Piedmont, a region renowned for its exceptional wines where you will have the opportunity to visit wineries and enjoy the delights of Piedmonte cuisine, known for its truffles, hazelnuts and other delectable specialties.

This trip can be combined with our Enchanging Puglia Family Trip and/or our Kids Alpine Summer Camp and/or our trips!

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Day 1- Saturday, June 29: Transfer to Aosta (entire family)

Your journey begins this morning with a transfer to the Aosta valley. If you are joining us from the Pulgia family trip, this will be a morning flight from Brindisi to Milan airport. Those not participating in the family trip can meet us at Milan Malpensa airport around 11am. From the Milan airport, we will venture into the Aosta valley and stop along the way to enjoy a delicious group lunch at a family-owned agriturismo in the valley. We will then visit an amazing Roman castle, one of the many fortifications that dot this valley. We will then arrive in Aosta where you will have time on your own to explore this charming and walkable small city. Overnight in Aosta

Day 2 - Sunday, June 30: Camp Drop Off/Family Hike & Mt. Blanc Excursion

This morning we will go with the kids to their summer camp where we will have time to spend with them on a light family hike in the area, followed by a group lunch at the camp hotel. Afterwards, parents will say goodbye to their children. From the camp, we will go to enjoy a breathtaking ride up the Mt. Blanc skyway before returning to Aosta for the evening. Overnight in Aosta

Day 3 - Monday, July 1: Italian Riviera

Today the group (adults only at this point) will transfer from Aosta to the Italian Riveria (Liguria). Our first stop on the coast will be in Recco where we will enjoy a simple but very delicious lunch of cheesy focaccia. After lunch, we will board our two private boats for a fun day of sunshine along the Liguria coast. We stop off to visit a few towns and have time to jump in the water or snorkel right off the boat (be sure to have your swimsuit handy if you would like to jump in the crystal blue waters). We will arrive in the late afternoon to our hotel in Genoa located right on the marina. Overnight in Genoa

Day 4 - Tuesday, July 2: Genoa

Today we will discover the gastronomical delights of Genoa, a port city known for its street food, pesto and fresh seafood. We will start our day with a food tour of the city with tastings, followed by a hands-on pesto demonstration by a champion pesto maker including lunch. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a “secret” places of Genoa walking tour at sunset. You will have the evening on your own for activities such as dining at a world-class restaurant (many near to our hotel) or to enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant city. Overnight in Genoa

Day 5 - Wednesday, July 3: Ligurian Coast

Today will be another fun and exciting day on the Ligurian coast. We will travel west of Genoa to take in the breathtaking views of this part of the coast as we head to Sestri Levante where you can either participate in an amazing coastal hike that ends up right at one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast (and you can immediately jump in the water to cool after your hike) or head straight to the beach for some extra relaxation time. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy lunch at the seaside, relax, swim, shop and/or enjoy an aperitivo. We will return to Genoa in the late afternoon well relaxed to continue our journey the next day. Overnight in Genoa

Day 6 - Thursday, July 4: Gavi Region Wine Tasting & Shopping

Today we will venture towards the Piedmont wine region of Gavi. On the way, we will stop for some time to shop at the luxury outlet malls outside of Gavi. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a tasting of Gavi wines, know for their varietals of white wines while we take in the stunning view of the vineyards. We will then continue north into the region of Cuneo where will be well positioned at our countryside resort to taste some of the red varietals of wines (Barolo and Barbaresco) in the next days. Overnight in countryside near Alba

Day 7 - Friday, July 5: Truffle Hunt, Truffle Lunch & Wine Tastings

We will start the day with a summer truffle hunt (black summer varietal of truffles) with our delightful truffle hunter and his dog, during which we will learn more about truffles, how to find and collect them, and of course how to prepare them to best enjoy their amazing aroma. Our lunch today will focus on truffle-based dishes to complete this truffle-filled day followed by a visit to a family-owned winery. Overnight in countryside near Alba

Day 8 – Saturday, July 6: Return to Camp for PickUp

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Day 9 – Sunday, July 7: Departure

Today the you can take the shuttle from your airport to hotel to return Milan Malpensa airport



INFORMATION



Trip Details:
2 nights in Aosta
3 nights in Genoa
2 nights near Alba
1 night near Milan Malpensa airport
TOTAL: 8 nights, 9 days

Price: $3,550 USD per person (double occupancy), 12 minimum

Flight from Brindisi (Puglia) to Milan: approximately $80 USD per person (price subject to change based on time of booking)

What is included in the price

  • Group transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation in centrally located hotels and charming country inns with breakfast every day
  • Group transportation in a deluxe private bus
  • All breakfasts and one main meal per day, including wine
  • Entrance fees, cooking class and tastings per the itinerary

What is not included

  • International airfare to and from Italy
  • Flight from Brindisi (Puglia) to Milan
  • Personal expenses
  • One meal per day
  • Trip Insurance
  • Tips to tour leader, local guides and drivers
  • Childrens’ lunch and entrances on June 29- pay on the spot
  • Extra hotel room or upgrade to family room in Aosta (if needed) on June 29

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