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Alba & Le Langhe Hills Walk

Alba & Le Langhe Hills Walk

8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$1,850 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7863
  • Operating Days
    Daily
8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$1,850 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7863
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 7-night accommodationInclusionInclusion Daily transfers of baggage between hotelsInclusionInclusion Maps & detailed walking instructionsMealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Self-guided walking tour of Alba & the Langhe regionTransferTransfer Transfer to/from Turin

Summary

Venture off the beaten track to the sweet rolling hills of Le Langhe, an UNESCO World Heritage Site known for cultural landscapes and winemaking traditions. Follow well-marked trails leading to expansive vineyards, orchards, and picturesque villages with old castles and churches. Explore the gorgeous town of Alba, admiring centuries-old structures, and then head southwest for the Ferrero chocolate factory and a hilltop village with a school for truffle dogs. Walk through the heart of Barolo to discover where Italy’s finest wines are produced and continue into the Alta Langhe, a higher part of Langhe where vineyards start receding as hazelnuts start growing. The journey resumes above the Belbo River, passing a number of lovely villages, and then through vineyards dedicated to Barbaresco, an Italian wine milder than Barolo. Take your final trek in Alba, along a trail dedicated to the Italian writer Beppe Fenoglio, and return to Turin to complete the trip.

This tour departs from Turin.

Highlights

  • Alba and the Ferrero chocolate factory
  • Walking through beautiful vineyards and landscapes
  • Fine wine and cuisine of the Alba & Langhe Region

Itinerary

Day 1, Turin – Alba
You will be taken by private transfer from Turin to beautiful Alba, 95-kilometre south. The plan of the historic centre of Alba reflects its Roman origins (an orderly grid tucked behind defensive walls) while its narrow streets are decidedly medieval, complete with five-brick tower-houses dating from the 13th century. Your accommodation is in a traditional hotel (opened in 1866) in the historic centre of the town.

Day 2, Langhe Region (4 hrs 14 kms)
Leave Alba heading south-west, passing the Ferrero chocolate factory (home of Nutella), and then follow an easy path along the left bank of the Tanaro River before turning south and climbing up to a small hilltop village that is famous for its truffles and the ‘universita dei cani’: a school for truffle dogs that has been running since 1880 (a private truffle hunt and/or degustation of local products can be arranged) – a good place for lunch. The second half of the walk takes you through vineyards to another lovely hilltop town, with a ruined castle from where you have a breathtaking view south over all the Langhe hills. Your accommodation is in a grand home in the centre of the village that was once owned by the king of Italy. (B)

Day 3, Langhe Region (3.5 hrs 13 kms)
Today’s walk takes you through the heart of Barolo country, following lanes that cut through the middle of the some of the finest and most famous vineyards in Italy, such as ‘Cannubi’ and ‘Sori’, passing through the town of Barolo itself (where you can have lunch and visit one of the cantine and/or its Oenological Museum). After passing through more vineyards, you arrive at another charming hilltop town, which has also Roman origins but has retained a medieval aspect, with a maze of narrow lanes climbing the hill to the ruins of another castle. Your accommodation is in a welcoming, family-run 3-star hotel on the main piazza. (B)

Day 4, Langhe Region (4.5 hrs 17 kms - this walk can be shortened)
Today’s walk takes you out of the wine growing area and into the Alta Langhe, the slightly ‘wilder’ (relatively!) part of the district which is characterised by steeper hills, hazelnut and fruit orchards and tracts of chestnut forests. On the way, you will pass several small towns including one of which has one of the best preserved and most beautiful castles in the Langhe: built in the 13th century, with a series of 14th century frescos. The village that is squeezed around the castle also has an excellent ‘Bottega del Vino’ where local produce can be tasted and bought. The walk finishes in another small hilltop village overlooking the Belbo River valley. Accommodation is in a small, family-run bed and breakfast, which has an excellent trattoria attached. (B)

Day 5, Langhe Region (4 hrs 14 kms)
The walk today takes heads north following a ridge above the Belbo River, passing though long tracts of forest and orchards with extensive views south over the Alta Langhe. It passes through a number of small villages where you can break for lunch. Your accommodation tonight is in a 4-star hotel in a restored 18th century estate with a swimming pool, generous grounds and a Michelin-starred restaurant. (B)

Day 6, Langhe Region (5.5 hrs 18.5 kms - this walk can be shortened)
Leaving your accommodation, follow the trail further along the ridge through forests and orchards, passing close to Santo Stefano Belbo, the home of one of the Langhe’s favourite sons: Cesare Pavese (1908 to 1950). A poet, novelist, critic and translator who is considered one of Italy’s major 20th century writers, his novels (such as The Moon and the Bonfires) and poetry speak lovingly of the area that you are walking through. The second part of today’s walk takes you back into the sweet rolling hills of the wine country, through vineyards dedicated to Barbaresco, a light version of Barolo, to one of the prettiest and best-preserved villages in the area, staying at a lovely small hotel in the heart of the village, with a famous restaurant. (B)

Day 7, Alba (3 hrs 11.5 kms)
The last walk of your visit takes you back to Alba. It loops around through more vineyards, passing a number of settlements, including the town of Barbaresco itself, before entering forest and following the banks of the Tanaro River along a trail that is dedicated to Beppe Fenoglio (1922 to 1963), another beloved local writer who fought the German occupation during World War II, immortalising his experiences in the posthumously published book Johnny the Partisan. Your last night is spent in Alba. (B)

Day 8, Alba – Turin
After breakfast, you will be taken by a private vehicle back to Turin, a 95-kilometre drive north.

Inclusions

  • 7-night accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • Transfer to/from Turin

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