Piemonte and Portofino Tours
Glory Either Side of the Apennines
With towns like Barolo and Barbaresco—not to mention its famous truffles—it’s easy to understand why Piemonte is a gourmand’s paradise. And, as with most places whose livelihood is so closely tied to the land, the people here are down-to-earth (pardon the pun), and the countryside as beautiful as it is bountiful. Across the mountains to the south lies the majestic Ligurian coast, whose crown jewel is Portofino, seaside home to glitterati and the yachting crowd. Together they provide an ideal combination of earthly goodness and unearthly glamour that in many ways encapsulates Italy.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Day by Day
Head into the hills of the Barolo Langhe to begin our first walk along trails and through vineyards into Monforte d’Alba, Novello and Barolo. Later take part in a hands-on cooking lesson before enjoying our own delicious creations in the villa’s dining room.
Walk down to the lively town of Canale and up through peaceful vineyards to the perched town of Cisterna d’Asti. After seeing how nougat-makers and tailors created their hand-made art, head to lunch and possibly the best tajarin pasta you have ever tasted.
Drive to Alta Langa to meet up with our friend and trifulao (truffle hunter) Beppe and his trusty dog Diana to search for the famous local truffle. Tonight, join our local expert to learn about the Nebbiolo grape varietal (and taste it, of course!).
Today we head to the sea! Walk among villas to the historic fishing village of Camogli and on to San Rocco where a local baker shows us how to make focaccia. Later, stroll down to Portofino's picturesque harbour for cocktails before retiring to the hotel.
Enjoy a boat cruise out of the azure Bay of Dolphins to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After a quick visit, traverse back home on pine-shaded trails through Portofino Regional Park. Tonight, celebrate our walking exploration with a farewell aperitivo on the hotel terrace, followed by a candle lit dinner of local specialties.
After breakfast together, we will drop you off at the train station in Rapallo, from which trains leave frequently both north and southbound. Private rides to the airport in nearby Genoa can be facilitated by your guides and the hotel, on request. Arrivederci!
Villa Tiboldi, Canale
This exquisitely restored farmhouse in the heart of the Trinita vineyards blends the feel of centuries past in its décor, with modern comforts and amenities. Charming and elegant, every detail is meticulously noted, from the furniture to the fabrics. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and offer a private terrace from which guests can enjoy the magnificent views. View hotel website »
Relais Villa d’Amelia, Benevello
A superb renovation of an 18th century estate situated in the heart of the Langhe region, Villa d’Amelia offers the perfect balance between Piemontese hospitality and modern elegance. The elegant and warm interior décor and the delicate flowered gardens of the villa, design the charming atmosphere of a private home, in which each guest receives personalized assistance. View hotel website »
Hotel Splendido, Portofino
Formerly a Benedictine monastery, the Hotel Splendido was converted into aluxurious hotel in 1922 and quickly became one of Europe’s hotspots. To this day, it is rated an one of the world’s best hideouts. As splendid as its name suggests, perched above Portofino’s yacht-filled harbour, its saltwater pool, exclusive spa, lovely rooms and terraces overlooking the Mediterranean will make you wish you could stay forever. View hotel website »
Our walking is somewhat hilly with a few steep sections, and a few flat ones. For the most part, we stay on the dirt paths that run through the vineyards and forests, but we occasionally take quiet asphalt roads. There is also a section of gradual steps on the fourth day. The daily distances and long options range from 7.5 to 13 km (4.6 to 8 mi.) with good van support most days for when you’re ready to relax back at the hotel.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Our guides were so helpful and fun to be with! Everything just happened–as if by magic–exactly when it should have, giving one the sense of being extremely well taken care of.”
— Linda Dipaolo Love,
Piemonte Walking 2013
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