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Barolo Walking & Wine

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.5 Read 24 reviews
  • Explore the majestic landscapes of the Barolo wine region in Northern Italy
  • Stay in the wine-making villages of Alba, Barolo, Monforte, Cissone, and Bossolasco
  • Follow trails through a pastoral landscape visiting historic castles and idyllic towns
  • Cross forests, hazelnut groves, and the vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco
  • Sample the aromatic local wine and Piedmont specialties such as white truffles
Discover the Barolo wine region on foot, one of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions in Northern Italy. Set between the high peaks of the Alps and the Apennine mountains, this region is blessed with fertile lands producing prestigious red wine. Enjoy varied walking through tranquil forests and hazelnut plantations with sublime views over vineyards and the surrounding hills. Explore the idyllic wine-producing villages such as Alba, Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, and the ’City of Roses’, Bossolasco. Stay in charming hotels and B&B’s and round off each day sampling world-class wine, paired with locally-sourced food and regional specialities such as truffle pasta, cheese, risotto, hazelnut desserts, and dark chocolate.

What To Expect

This trip is perfect for those who enjoy varied walking in a beautiful and quiet wine region. Piedmont in Northern Italy is renowned for its food, wine, and highly rated gastronomic restaurants. The average walking distance is 12 km (7.5 mi) per day and there are regular elevation gains and losses throughout. During the walks, you visit historic villages that are often perched on a hilltop, which results in a short ascent before being rewarded with great views. This is a hidden paradise for foodies and wine connoisseurs!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...

Inspiration:

  • New
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This trip is rated ‘moderate’ overall with daily distances ranging between 10 - 18 km (6 - 11 miles). There are regular elevation gains and losses, and you should be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour. Most of the route follows either paved paths, vineyards, tractor trails, some short sections on quiet rural roads or trails through the countryside.

Navigation

The route is well-maintained and partially waymarked. At times navigation in the vineyards can be more difficult so you will have to remain vigilant when there are no waymarkers. You will have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. We also provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!

Accommodation Information

7 Nights in 3* hotels and B&B’s are included. The accommodations have been carefully selected representing the region. Some of the accommodations are a little more simple due to their location in the heart of the wine country, although you are always guaranteed an authentic experience and a very good night’s sleep. Due to availability challenges, we can’t always secure our preferred accommodation options, however, we will always book you in accommodation of a similar standard.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is based on double occupancy (two people sharing one room). If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us at the time of booking so we can request this option. This trip is also available to solo walkers.

Meals

Breakfast will be provided by your accommodation each morning and usually consists of a traditional European style breakfast ranging from coffee, tea, yoghurt, granola, cold meats, cheese, and of course, typically for Italy; baked goods such as pastries.

The food and wine of this region are definitely one of the highlights for many visitors. Piedmont has a great gastronomic reputation and we recommend finding cafés or restaurants located in the towns, or along the walking route. For that reason lunch and dinner are not included, so you are free to choose from the available options.

One of the typical things you will find is Italian ‘cantinas’ which are local, often family-run, wine cellars where you can sample the fantastic regional wine with some light snacks (often charcuterie). You can purchase snacks and pick up a picnic lunch at a local supermarket or bakery before setting off for the day. Further details can be found within your information pack and route notes.

Included
  • 7 Nights in hotels and B&B’s
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, maps, and route notes
  • Italian tourist tax
  • Access to the Macs Adventure smartphone app, including GPS tracks
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Alba
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Local public transport (buses, trains)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Additional private transfers

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October. The busiest months of the season are September and October with nice weather and accommodations filling up fast. July and August is the warmest time of year, and unlike many parts of Italy, the temperatures for walking are still pleasant (mid 20’s). In October there are usually various festivals as this is the white truffle season.

Getting to the Start

You can get to Alba by flying into Turin Airport, taking the bus into the city (40 min) and taking a direct train to Alba (1 hr, 20 min). If you prefer to be transferred from the airport to Alba by private transfer we can also organise this for you. Please let us know at the time of booking, additional costs apply. Turin Airport serves many airlines such as Easyjet, KLM, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2. It is also possible to fly into Milan Linate Airport, taking a bus (or a taxi) into the city (25 min) and taking a train to Alba via Turin (2 hr). This airport serves many airlines such as Easyjet, KLM, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, and Jet2.

For more information on the trains in Italy, timetables and fares, please check the Trenitalia website.

Getting from the End

A transfer from your accommodation to Alba train station is included (45 min). From Alba you can take a direct train to Turin, then a local bus ride (or taxi ride) to Turin Airport. Or take a train from Turin to Milan, then a local bus (or taxi ride) to Milan Linate Airport.

For more information on the trains in Italy, timetables and fares, please check the Trenitalia website.

Baggage Transfer

Door-to-door baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. Although most airlines have a standard baggage allowance of 23 kg, we ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum weight of 20 kg per item.

General Information

Please note that the reviews for this walking holiday up until December 2019 are based on our previous itinerary. As of December 2019, minor changes and improvements have been made to enhance your experience.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take with you to Italy. Depending on the time of year this includes both light clothing and warmer gear, comfortable hiking boots, suntan lotion, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Alba & Overnight Day 2 Walk Neive to Alba 7 miles / 11 km Day 3 Walk Roddi to Barolo 8 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk Barolo to Monforte d'Alba 6 miles / 10 km Day 5 Loop Walk from Monforte d'Alba 11 miles / 18 km Day 6 Walk Monforte d'Alba to Cissone 8 miles / 12 km Day 7 Chestnut Loop Walk from Bossolasco 6 miles / 9 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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