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Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
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 is how I like to do that.”
Glory on 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 encapsulate Italy.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Marya Valli
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Day by Day
Head into the heart of the Langhe and the village of Montelupo Albese to start on our amazingly quiet ridge walk. Enjoy a cellar tour and taste the fabulous wines over lunch at their trattoria with homemade antipasti and pastas.
Start your walk in the lovely Alta Langa, Piemonte's "wild fringe" of hazelnut groves, forests and fields. En route, meet up with our friend and trifulao (truffle hunter) Beppe and his trusty dog Tina to search for the famous local truffle. After, enjoy a delightful picnic buffet in the hamlet of San Bovo.
Plunge deeper into the heart of the Barolo Langhe today. Stroll the quiet, gentle ridge roads and trails through world-renowned vineyards into Monforte d'Alba, Novello and Barolo. Tonight we savour a gastronomic dinner amid the vines right in our intimate hotel, an evening to write home about. Salute!
Today we head to the sea! Walk among villas to the historic fishing village of Camogli to try their delicious focaccia, then cross the beautiful Monte di Portofino park to our amazing digs. Later, stroll down to Portofino’s picturesque harbour for a bit of history and who’s-who over cocktails before exploring the town’s many dinner options on your own.
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 candlelit dinner of local specialties.
After breakfast together, we will drop you off either at the train station in Genoa (from which trains leave frequently both north and southbound) or at the Genoa airport. Arrivederci!
Get lost in a gourmand’s paradise.
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 »
Arborina Relais, La Morra
Set among sloping vineyards in the heart of the Langhe, this 10 room boutique retreat offers an ideal resting point following a day in the saddle. The intimate spa and contemporary designed green spaces provide a tranquil environment in fitting with its overall atmosphere. Its Osteria and deeply stocked Enoteca is sure to please gastronomes in search of classic Piemontese specialties. 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 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
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— George Butterfield
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 are also several sections with steps in Liguria. The daily distances and long options range from 5 to 15 km (3 to 9 mi.) with good van support for when you’re ready to relax back at the hotel.
“I go on a long walk once a week, and I don’t mind a little sweat.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- 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
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- B&R water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Walking Sticks & Hip Holsters
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.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend time in Cinque Terre
Just southeast of the Italian Riviera lies famed Cinque Terre, which make for an excellent place to extend your vacation and get in more excellent walking. While high-end properties in the five towns of the Cinque Terre proper are almost non-existent, it is easy to “commute” to them from larger nearby towns such as Sestri Levante. Call for details on organizing a post-trip.
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