Italy's Northwest Gems: Piedmont, Val d'Aosta & Cinque Terre

12 Days/11 Nights

4 to 8 Guests

Preferred dates

From $5,600USD pp

Discover the Road Less Traveled in Northern Italy

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Torino-tour starts on a Monday

DAY 2Discover Torino

DAY 3:  More of royal city of Torino

DAY 4:  Aosta and the Italian Alps

DAY 5:  Day in the Alps

DAY 6:  Vercelli, Italy’s rice growing area

DAY 7:  Palio race in Asti, truffle hunting (fall tours only)

DAY 8:  Gourmet Piedmont

DAY 9:  Wine country of the Langhe

DAY 10Liguria and its quaint UNESCO Cinque Terre

DAY 11:  Beauty of the Cinque Terre

DAY 12:  Departure day.
Not ready for your adventure to end? This itinerary combines really well with an extension to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ascend Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and enjoy awe inspiring views
  • Walk in the footsteps of Hannibal, Augustus and Napoleon, who all marched through the Alps in the Aosta Valley
  • Savor the flavors of one of the most renowned wine regions of Italy (Try Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Spumante, Dolcetto, Barbaresco, White Arneis, Chardonnay and Alpine wines)
  • Enjoy a private Risotto cooking class in Vercelli, the rice region of Italy
  • Meet a truffle hunter “trifulau” who will show you how to find the sought-after ingredient (late fall tours only)
  • Watch the famous horse race, Palio, in Asti, a race that has taken place since the 13th century (September tours only)
  • Visit The elegant historical city of Torino with its sweeping boulevards, elegant hunting lodges and pleasure palaces
  • Tour Fenis castle, one of the most famous medieval castles in the Valley of Aosta
  • Enjoy the picturesque villages in the Langhe (Asti, Alba, Bra, La Morra, Barolo) & the Ligurian villages of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Explore the captivating UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre with its 5 exquisite villages on the Ligurian coast

PRICING: from $5,600USD per person (double occupancy)

The price for a private tour is per-person sharing a double room, and it varies according to the number of guests on the tour, because of minimum fixed costs that need to be covered. With this tiered pricing structure we are generally able to offer slightly lower pricing if there are a higher number of guests on the trip.

Overview

Piedmont, Val d'Aosta, Langhe, Cinque Terre

Arrival airport: Torino / Caselle International Airport  (TRN)
Departure airport: Genova / Sestri Cristoforo Colombo Airport  (GOA)

If you love Italy and have enjoyed seeing famous sites like Rome and Tuscany, but are ready to try something new, then join me and discover Northwest Italy! This upscale tour showcases Italy's fantastic food and wine, as well as the cultural and historical wealth in some of its most beautiful regions. But don’t forget that all of Audrey’s tours are fully customizable to your interests and preferences.

 **FOR PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY**

Your 12-day private tour begins in Torino, land of the Savoy dukes and kings and the first capital of unified Italy. If Italy has a city to rival the broad boulevards, elegant cafés and ubiquitous bookstores of Paris, this is it. We’ll visit the lavish Royal Palace, the Egyptian museum (Italy’s finest!) and the spectacular “Mole”, which started out as a synagogue and ended up as Torino’s remarkable museum of the history of cinema.

Over the next amazing days you can look forward to:

  • immersing yourself deep into the scenery and gastronomy of Italy’s Piedmont region, famous for its antipasti, amaretti and wines
  • taking in the vista of the stunning Aosta Valley
  • exploring the beautiful Cinque Terre and Portofino

The region of Piedmont has Italy’s most prestigious red wine tradition and is home to the noble Nebbiolo grape, which is transformed into complex and age-worthy Barolo, dubbed “the king of wines and the wine of kings”. UNESCO has awarded this area of Piedmont World Heritage Status, specifically for the beautiful Vineyard Landscapes of Monferrato, Langhe and Roero.

You will experience the real dolce vita in Val d’Aosta, Liguria and Piedmont while visiting my favorite foodie locations in these beautiful regions, home of some of the finest produce in Italy including truffles, creamy cheeses, Barolo wine, hazelnuts, chocolates and extra virgin olive oil. This trip is truly a feast for all the senses.

Italy continues to inspire visitors year after year, and this tour has been carefully crafted to include major must-see attractions, while taking you to some of the lesser-known hidden gems of this fascinating country.

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1: TORINO - Tour starts on a Monday

Welcome to Torino, the first capital of Italy! There is a whiff of Paris in Turin’s elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately 'art nouveau' cafes, but make no mistake, this elegant city amid the Alps is utterly self-possessed. The innovative Torinese gave the world its first salable hard chocolate, perpetuated one of its greatest mysteries (the Holy Shroud), and popularized a best-selling car (the Fiat). Turin also gave the world Italy as we now know it: Piedmont with its Torinese president, the Count of Cavour, was the engine room of Italian Unification. Turin also briefly served as Italy’s first capital and donated its monarchy, the venerable House of Savoy, to the newly unified Italian nation in 1861.

The 2006 Winter Olympics shook the city from a deep post-industrial malaise, and sparked an urban revival. Did you know that Monte Viso, the formidable snow-covered mountain (3820 meters) appears at the beginning of all the Paramount Pictures movies?

DAY 2: DISCOVER TORINO

After breakfast, meet your local expert guide for a walking tour along the streets of this historical city and tour the Royal Palace and Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo, home of the Holy Shroud. The baroque palaces and churches, the piazzas and pedestrian shopping are walking distance from your hotel.

Optional lunch:  Turin is known as the city of chocolates, and it is also home to Slow Food’s supermarket, EATALY. This high-end Italian food market houses a variety of restaurants, food stations, bakery and retail items. Enjoy your visit here and be sure to taste test all their goodies… especially the chocolate! (Eataly Incontra, Eataly Café Vergnano, Eataly Torino Lingotto)

Your afternoon is at leisure to discover at your own pace:

Enjoy views of Italy's largest and most famous river, the Po, from the Mole Antonelliana building (take the panoramic lift to the roof terrace for 360-degree views). Or visit Piazza San Carlo with its 17th century facades “drawing room of Turin”, the fascinating Cinema Museum, or the newly refurbished Egyptian Museum, one of the most important outside of Cairo. If you are interested in automobiles, do not miss the Automobiles Museum. From the first old cars to the most modern, the museum is a highlight in the birth of FIAT. For the foodie, Europe's largest open air food market is a great place to sample local produce. Alternatively stroll along the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi. 

OPTIONAL DINNER: Tonight, you will be able to experience this city on your own. Keep in mind that the Torinese tradition of chocolate, 'gianduiotti' and 'gelato' is something any food lover needs to experience. 

DAY 3: DISCOVER MORE OF TORINO

Today start your discoveries by boarding our van for a visit of the Basilica of Superga located on the top of the hill with breath-taking views of the city. The Basilica is visible for miles around and is the final resting place for 50 members of the Savoy family, followed with a visit of the Royal Residence of Venaria Reale, just few kilometers outside the city center. It was the model for Versailles, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, a palace built for King Carlo Emanuele II between 1667 and 1690. It is one of the biggest royal residences in the world. Highlights are the huge Diana Gallery, the park outside, the Baroque church (Cappella di Sant’Uberto), the Juvarra stables and the Orangerie. The beauty of the architecture, the setting in the middle of a huge park, the importance in history and the genius of the main baroque architect, Juvarra from Sicily, have made of this place a must-see.

On your way back to the city, see some highlights of Torino.

DAY 4: AOSTA AND the Italian Alps

Today, travel to the Aosta Valley, one of the most beautiful regions in the Alps. Italy’s smallest and least populous region, it is also one of its most spectacular. The valley is ringed by the icy peaks of Europe’s highest mountains, including the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn) Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. Explore an ancient, hybrid culture, and sample Franco-Provencal food. Vadostan farmers cultivate Alpine wines, and ferment famous Fontina cheese in the pastures.

The Aosta valley is a region where breathtaking nature preserved Roman and medieval monuments, castles, churches, artistic heritage, local traditions and delicious gastronomy. Here, everyone can enjoy life in the open air with infinite opportunities for trekking, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities or go on a cultural exploration of its ancient cities.

Your first stop is the little village of Fenis with its medieval castle, Castello di Fenis, without a doubt one of the most famous in the valley for its architecture and beautiful frescoes.

Continue onto Aosta, where you will enjoy a culinary experience at one of the charming places in town, followed by a nice walk around the town of Aosta, a once-important Roman settlement. Its 2000 year old center still harbors Roman ruins like the Arco di Augusto, the Roman bridge spanning the Buthier River since the 1st century, and the Porta Praetoria, the main gate to the Roman city. Today, Aosta is the capital of the valley and a lively center for trades and handcraft, as well as a shopping delight.

DAY 5: THE ALPS

Time to get to the highest mountain peaks of Western Europe! Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Europe at 4810 meters (15780 feet). The new gondola, called the 8th Wonder of the World, takes you up to Punta Helbronner, where the beauty of the peaks and glaciers are really stunning and will take your breath away (weather permitting).

Walk around stylish, yet old-fashioned Courmayeur, one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, nestled at the base of the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco). Stunning mountain scenery and cool temperatures make it a favorite summer retreat and hiking destination.

After lunch, maybe some shopping in Aosta, or relax at the spa facilities in our hotel!

DAY 6: VERCELLI-LANGHE

You are in for some fun today! We are driving down to the largest rice growing area of Europe, Vercelli with a stop at a traditional rice farm for lunch and a visit of its ancient “risaia” where some of the highest quality of rice varietals are grown to be made into the tastiest risotto from northern Italy (Arborio, Carnaroli, Vialone, Nano).

Following your visit of a Tenuta in the middle of the rice fields, it's time for an exclusive risotto cooking class! The chef will teach you how to transform the best rice in a superb risotto!

Transfer to the surprising small town of Vercelli to see the monumental complex of churches before continuing to the Langhe area, a magical valley where time seems to have stopped and traditions still are carried out in the most authentic way.

Spend the night at a wonderful Hazelnut farm property perched on a hill with stunning views of the mountains.

DAY 7:  PALIO RACE IN ASTI (Truffle day on all other tours in the fall)

This morning you will venture into the fields and hills for white truffle hunting. It is interesting to see how the dogs work and how the truffle hunters will dig in the ground to pick up the precious mushroom. White truffles are excellent served with simple local dishes such as 'tajarin' (local pasta), fried eggs or grated on a risotto.

This afternoon, you will visit the towns of Alba and Bra, walk around and check out all the wonderful stores, especially those that sell local products, like anything made with truffles and local cheeses.

Full of interesting palaces and churches, Bra is the birth city of the Slow Food Movement and of the most important cheese fair in the world.

There are few more enticing destinations for gourmet travelers than Alba, a picturesque town in the heart of Piedmont that's renowned world-wide for its succulent white truffles, velvety red Barolo and Barbaresco wines and wonderful fruit. The town may have only 30,000 residents, but here you can find some of northern Italy's best restaurants. Alba absolutely deserves its reputation as the jewel of the Langhe and as one of the world's finest food-and-wine hot spots. With a history stretching back to pre-Roman times, Alba today is a lovely town with castles, medieval palaces and towers, and many churches. Stroll alongside the Tanaro River, which slices through town, or along the Via Vittorio Emanuele, known for its delicatessen shops.

PALIO DAY (third Sunday in September):

Spend the morning relaxing before you leave for Asti for the Palio Horse Race. Asti and Alba were fierce medieval rivals ruled over by feuding royal families. Asti’s rivalry with Alba is still recalled in the annual Palio d’Asti, a bareback horserace, on the third Sunday of September that commemorates a victorious battle. This is the most important day of the year for the old city, with, pageantry, flag wavers, parades of people dressed in medieval costumes, farmers with their oxen, and traditional food everywhere! You will see the race from your reserved seats in the Piazza del Palio.

DAY 8: GOURMET PIEDMONT-ASTI AND CANELLI

“Tuscany of the North”. Immersed in tradition as old as the towns that fostered them, Piedmont’s cuisine is the toast of Italy. It is also home to the Slow Food Movement, Alba truffles and famous Barolo Wines. The rolling hills, valleys and towns of Piedmont are home to sweet hazelnuts, rare white truffles, Arborio rice and Nebbiolo grapes that produce Barolo and Barbaresco wines.

Today visit Asti, a town synonymous with sparkling wine and enjoy an orientation where you will see the magnificent Romanesque Gothic Cathedral, walk around the old center, visit the Cioccolato Barbero and see how chocolate candies and nougat are made in the traditional way. Enjoy a wonderful wine tasting in Canelli, the home of the Spumante wine, visiting the Contratto Winery and see the huge cellars called the Underground Cathedrals. (Torronificio Barbero  nougat private collection for chocolate and nougat tasting).

Asti also celebrates the 10 day Douja d’Or (a douja being a terracotta wine jug unique to Asti) in the first or second week in September, complemented by the Delle Sagre food festival on the second Sunday in September.

Wine lovers rejoice! In the afternoon, let’s drive to Barolo and visit the Wine Museum housed in the Castle of Barolo, once the home of the noble family of the Falletti di Barolo, a powerful banking family.

DAY 9: LANGHE

The vine-covered hills, proud old towns and culinary pleasures of Le Langhe, are in many ways reminiscent of Tuscany but for now at least, this quiet little corner of Italy is a well-kept secret.

After breakfast, take a leisurely drive through fairy-tale like medieval villages like Dana d’Alba, and Monforte d’Alba, followed by a wine tasting at one of the most renowned wineries in the area. Visit the cellars and taste the local wines before continuing onto the highest peak of the area.

From La Morra, you can view all the vineyards, the villages and the castle around the Langhe. Let’s take a downhill walk and reach the small church called the Barolo Chapel. Nestled in the vineyard, it was built by the local farmers, rediscovered in the last part of 20th century,  remodeled by a famous artist called in from the United States. The artist did not want to be paid, he simply asked for one bottle of wine for each day of his life!

The bright color of the walls and the peaceful interior invites you to stop and take in the beauty of the surrounding views.

DAY 10: LIGURIA AND CINQUE TERRE

After breakfast, we travel down to the Italian Riviera, which includes the five captivating villages that make up Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site. The first stop of the day will be in Santa Margherita Ligure, a beautiful old resort town favored by well-to-do-Italians, which has everything a Riviera playground should have, plenty of palm trees and attractive hotels, cafes and a marina packed with yachts. Some of the older buildings here are still decorated on the outside with the 'trompe l’oeil' frescoes typical of this part of the Riviera.

All of this is followed by an afternoon visit to Portofino, a picturesque seaside village with brightly colored houses lining the shore of the harbor, known as the resort of the rich and famous since the 1950’s. Portofino ranks among the world’s most famous fishing villages.  You will have a chance to visit the Church of San Giorgio, Brown Castle built in the 15th century, and even take the ferry (weather permitting). 

DAY 11: CINQUE TERRE

 Be swept up in the romance and beauty of the Cinque Terre!  The ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline inset with five small picturesque fishing villages perched along the Italian Riviera are often on the top places to visit lists of most travel magazines. Along this beautifully isolated six mile stretch of the most seductive corner of the northern Italian coast, lies Cinque Terre, five small towns gently and steadily carving a life out of a difficult terrain. Each village fills a ravine and, has traffic-free charm, a result of their natural isolation. Just sun, sea, wine and pure unadulterated Italy! Today, spend the day with your tour manager exploring these wonderful villages, discovering the secrets of this stunning UNESCO world heritage site.

DAY 12: DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to Genoa for your flight back home taking away fond memories of your unique experiences to reflect back on with a smile.

This itinerary combines really well with an extension to Tuscany or a pre/post-tour to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta.  

What's Included

What's Included

  • Unwind for 12 nights in hand-picked charming, locally owned accommodations that offer Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (Breakfast included):
    • 3 nights in Turin
    • 2 nights in Aosta
    • 4 nights in the Langhe (wine area of Piedmont)
    • 2 nights in Cinque Terre
  • Relax in the care of your dedicated tour leader, Audrey, who is fluent in Italian and English 
  • Private transportation for the duration of the tour & train/ferry tickets in Cinque Terre
  • Private transfers to and from the airports
  • Enjoy a perfect balance of sightseeing and time at leisure, moving beyond Italy’s signature cities and stay in the picturesque regions off the main tourist trail
  • Private walking tour with local expert English speaking tour guide in Turin
  • Orientations walks in La Morra, Asti, Alba, Bra, Aosta, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Sant Margherita Ligure
  • Palio tickets in Asti & truffle hunting experience in the Langhe (fall time only)
  • Entrance Fees:
    • Royal Palace in Turin
    • Basilica di Superga
    • Venaria Reale (Royal country residence)
    • Castello  Fenis
    • Gondola ride up to Helbronner
    • Tenuta Colombara
  • Savor wine tastings and regional cuisine for included meals at hand selected authentic trattorias and restaurants
  • Taste the region of Piedmont’s famous confections (visits a nougat and a chocolate producer), mushrooms, truffles and  rich French-influenced cuisine; the delicate pesto, focaccia and fresh seafood from Liguria; famous cheeses like Fontina from Aosta, wine tastings (Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Spumante, Alpine wines), risotto cooking class
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees (does not include new accommodation tax imposed by local municipalities - to be paid in cash by guest directly to hotel).
  • Gratuities for drivers and restaurant staff at included meals

NOTE: In the grand European traditions, I believe that dinner is a celebration of good food and wine, a celebration of culture and a celebration of family and friendship. Hosting this celebration is one of the joys of being a tour manager.  I guide you to your favorite dish … or help you choose something you’ve never tried before. I choose the perfect wines and throw in some local delicacies to broaden your palate and surprise you a bit. When we are at a cooking lesson or a wine tasting, rest assured that you'll go home with new knowledge that will increase your appetite for more. On every tour, I have included dinners as a group as well as nights on your own. Of course, you are always invited to join me at my favorite places or as I explore new and interesting restaurant finds. I also have a lot of recommendations and would be happy to make reservations for you.

What's Not Included

  • Passport fees, visa fees, immunization costs, entry clearing fees (when applicable)
  • Optional enhancements like room upgrades
  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary
  • Early check-in or late check-out from hotels
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Your international airfare
  • Porterage: Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone.
Important Notes

HOW DO WE PRICE YOUR CUSTOM PRIVATE TOUR PACKAGE?

Custom itineraries are developed as a tour package and we charge a planning fee. We handle all the logistics for your land arrangements to make your vacation run flawlessly from arrival to departure. Pricing is determined by the number of people in your private group, choice of accommodations, meals, planned activities, expert local guides, local ground transportation, length of stay and additional options chosen.

Tour dates are booked on a first come, first served basis. Space is not held until a signed Liability Waiver and Release, Guest Registration Form and initial deposit are received. Audrey works with multiple clients at any given time, so you might be in the running for dates already selected by another private group.

Please note: 

  • It takes time to create quality. Ideally, we’d begin planning your trip six months in advance, or three months if you’re not travelling during high season.
  • In a world of constant changes, please note that our quoted costs are merely informative, as all services have to be confirmed at the time of the booking. Quotes are valid up to 15 days from the date they are sent and they may require modifications.
  • Hotel availability and prices cannot be guaranteed until they are booked and may not be fully protected at the time of the quote. Some hotel rates fluctuate almost every day.
  • While pricing across custom itineraries can vary, our bespoke trips typically start at $350 per person per day, inclusive of accommodations, private excursions, transfers and our dedicated planning services.
  • Our custom vacation plans will not be itemized, and we only accept full-service planning when hotel reservations are part of the itinerary. If you are unable to stand/walk for 3 consecutive hours, cannot carry your own luggage, cannot walk for extended periods of time, have trouble walking up and down hills, or require a special diet, this trip may not be for you. Please contact Audrey if you have any questions.

Prepare for Your Trip

European travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US. Most of our tours include city walking tours, visits to hilltop towns and villages, and meandering through cobbled streets. Keeping active and incorporating long walks into your busy schedule in the weeks before your departure will make your vacation much more rewarding.

  • Don’t Overpack: A challenge even for some experienced travelers! Wash or dry clean some clothes during your travel. Some hotels and villas we choose offer laundry and dry cleaning services and towns and cities have laundry mats. Most also provide hair dryers. Toiletries and cosmetics can also be purchased at your destinations. Please contact us if you need some assistance.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Europe, please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. 

The first day on tour is your arrival day into the city in which we meet. So you would be flying the day before from the United States or Canada if you are not taking the option of spending a few days on location prior to start of your tour. When making flight arrangements, please allow sufficient time to claim luggage and clear customs in order to join the tour on time. 

General Information

  • Air Conditioning: Hotels and mini-buses/vans used are air-conditioned for your comfort. European air conditioning should be considered as a climate-control system; most have three settings for the fan, plus a "cool" setting. Very few of the European systems actually have a temperature setting. In general, the amount of cool air that is produced from a European air conditioning system may be less than what you may have in your own home. Some hotels in Europe do not operate their air conditioning systems on a year round basis, but only during certain months of the year.
  • Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. You must be able to walk up and down hills, on uneven surfaces and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Itinerary Changes and Price Flexibility: We pledge to make every effort to operate all pre-designed tours as advertised. We reserve the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or transportation as deemed necessary.
  • A note on accommodations: There is frequent confusion over the terminology used for hotel rooms. A “double” room is recognized as meaning a room with a double bed, which may be two single beds pushed together. A “twin” room is a room with two single beds. A “single” room tends to be smaller than double or twin rooms. Triples are usually two-bedded rooms plus a roll-away cot and not recommended for comfort. Some properties offer 1 double and 1 single bed, or 1 double and 1 pull out sofa
  • Holiday and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many state, religious and civic holidays locally observed.
  • NO SMOKING: Sorry but there will be no-smoking allowed in the vehicle or during guided tours. Italy, France and Spain have banned smoking in all public buildings, including hotels and restaurants (enclosed spaces only, with the exception of sitting outdoors while eating). Some hotels may be able to provide smoking rooms if necessary. You will need to let us know ahead of time.
  • Currency and Exchange Rates: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. Currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaus and at most of the hotels listed on your itinerary, though you will get a better exchange rate at the banks. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Travelers’ checks are less accepted, especially by local merchants; expect to pay a fee for using travelers’ checks. Foreign currency is not accepted.
  • Your Credit and Other Bank Cards Abroad: Before your departure, we recommend you contact your bank before departing on your vacation to inform them of your travel plans to ensure that your ATM, credit and debit cards will work and continue to work while you are abroad. The banks have automated security measures in place that flag transactions outside your normal spending patterns. Failure to do so may result in a temporary freeze being placed on your account.
  • VAT: Many countries levy Value Added Taxes (VAT) on consumer goods and services. (The tax rate may be higher for luxury items and lower for basic goods.) As a rule, if you are not a resident of the country (or of the country’s intergovernmental economic community, e.g., the European Union) in which the purchase is made, you may be entitled to a VAT refund and should inquire about the refund policy where you shop.
  • Electrical Current: The electrical current in France, Italy and Spain is 220 V, 50 Hz, AC. If your electrical devices do not conform to this standard, you may need to bring the appropriate converters and adapters.
  • Even though tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is suggested that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your trip (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion).

The purchase of TRAVEL INSURANCE is strongly recommended to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

To discuss the details and customization options, click below to schedule a call with Audrey!

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Jean and Alan

Denver, CO

We highly recommend Audrey and here’s why: she planned the vacation exactly the way we wanted it. Every detail was planned out, up to personal drivers and personal tour guides. We didn’t have to worry about anything. She provided additional info for places to eat and things to see and she was always there if we had a problem or question while on our trip. The Personal Guides were outstanding-very friendly and knowledgeable and the tickets to bypass the lines were exceptional. Hotels were centrally located for easy walking and all very clean and friendly. We really enjoyed Audrey taking us to the Venice that most tourist don’t get to see, especially our “Venetian Bar Crawl with wine and Cicchetti”. We were fortunately very lucky to have Audrey as our driver-guide from Rome to San Marino and eventually to Venice. She was a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area we were driving through. It was such a pleasure to work with Audrey: our trip was OUTSTANDING because of the care and personal attention she gave to us from our initial planning to our final itinerary.
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Kelly and Dave

Brampton, ON, Canada

My husband and I just completed a tour of Italy arranged with Travels with Audrey. Everything was perfect, I mean, really perfect! I’m sure Audrey even arranged the weather!! The hotel recommendations were impeccable, as were the restaurants, and each of our guides along the way was extremely knowledgeable, personable and such a pleasure to spend time with. It was a trip completed at our pace, acknowledging our wishes, but with some gentle (and much needed) guidance. We feel we’ve not only gained a real knowledge and understanding of the sights we’ve seen, but a real appreciation for the rich history of Italy and the lives of its inhabitants today. Some olive oil and a few pieces of ceramic have been picked up along our travels, as well as about 2,500 photos, but more than that, our lives have been enriched by our experience, and we’ve gained a new friend. From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you Audrey! 
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Jay C and family

Littleton, CO

My family and I recently traveled to Italy with Audrey. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all agreed that Audrey enhanced our trip way beyond anything we could have organized ourselves. Audrey is well networked with local hotels, guides and transportation services. What that meant for us, is that we got the best rooms in the hotels with views, we travelled in Luxury Mercedes vans and mini-buses with friendly, knowledgeable drivers. Our Guides to the many venues enriched our tours with their vast amount knowledge and enthusiasm. And they could get us in to venues skipping lines that were blocks long. Amazing! All of Audrey’s contacts respect and adore her and make sure her clients get the best service. We went to many of the most well-known sights and places, such as Florence, Rome, the Vatican and Tuscany. However, we also went to many off the beaten track places that Audrey knew that were wonderful, such as lunch and wine tasting at the Chianti winery, a private dinner prepared by our own chef in Rome and to some Greek ruins that were incredible in southern Italy to mention a few. I highly recommend Audrey. She is a warm gracious woman who works very hard for you and keeps your group organized. She saves you hours of logistics time, because she knows the regions and people well. Paying the money up front in the beginning was scary, but we had heard about her and took the risk. She really took care of us. Our family all agreed that our small group tour was far more satisfying than a larger tour could have ever been for not much more money.
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Dallas, TX / Tulsa, OK

We just took a tailored two week trip with our best friends.  Audrey developed our travel plan to Edinburgh, London, Normandy and the Loire valley.  It was a DREAM TRIP.  The hotels were all very good and the food was superb.  The best thing about the trip was the personal guides that Audrey set up for us; they were extremely knowledgeable, personable and entertaining.  Audrey drove us around in France and was our guide in the Loire.  A great trip! 
View Bill, Gail, Tom & Lil's private tour package details and what they consider to be most valuable about my service
(Private Customized Tour to Edinburgh, London and France. In France with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Marti and family

Ann Arbor, MI

I would like to thank you for making our family vacation so special. Everything went without a hitch, from the tour guides, to the dinners you planned. We LOVED everything! The special personal chef night was fantastic, just perfect! I know traveling with toddlers is not always easy but you made it seamless. I really appreciated you giving them places to go that the girls would enjoy, and the hotel with the pool, great choice. You know that I chose to book with you because you were our guide five years ago and we really enjoyed ourselves then. I’m so happy we found you again. Booking with you was easy and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends and family.
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(Private Customized Tour to Italy with Audrey as tour manager)

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Kathy and Rich

Ann Arbor, MI

We had a family adventure with 13 of us, ages 1 to 67 years old, related as brothers, sisters, in-laws, cousins, and grandchildren.  Audrey spent two weeks with the whole gang as our Tour Manager and then my husband Rich and I stayed on another week with Audrey to see sites in Northern Italy with her as our driver-guide. The whole trip was AWESOME.  We made marvelous memories together.  Audrey was terrific at meeting the needs of this diverse group.  She took us to special spots that we had visited with her 5 years before.  That is one of the reasons we selected her to help guide us and she far exceeded our expectations.  She also added many new treasures to enjoy and share with each other.  Audrey is organized, knowledgeable, fun, flexible, curious, thoughtful, energetic, discreet, adventurous, and sentimental. We enjoyed Audrey’s tour and her company as she shared her favorite spots with us along the way.  We ate things that surprised us  and went to places that we would never have found on our own. Audrey was our constant guide and friend.  Tomorrow night I am meeting with the family to begin planning a trip with Audrey to France in the fall!
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Italy and Audrey as tour manager, followed by 7 days of a Private Customized Guided tour of Northern Italy with Audrey as driver-guide)

Italy off the beaten path

Janet and Tim

Seattle, WA

After some research online we found and liked Audrey’s website and decided she would be a good fit for the kind of tour we had in mind, which entailed the availability of Audrey as our driver-guide who confidently drove us around well-known and lesser-known regions of Italy allowing us to discover little known locations and enjoy wonderful food and delicious wines along the way. The best part of it was the complete ability to let the trip just happen, without having to worry about anything. From driving itineraries to hotels, private guided tours in Rome and the Vatican to wine tastings and suggestions for places to eat, Audrey took care of it all for us. I would absolutely recommend Travels with Audrey, especially if you are looking for a private tour and do not want the hassle of planning or driving in a foreign country.  Audrey introduced us to parts of Italy we did not know existed! Our understanding and appreciation for Italy are now so much deeper that we would like to go back and re-visit some of those areas. By far the most notable experiences included observing the truffle hunting dogs at work in Umbria.
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(Private Customized Tour to Italy with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Angela and family

TX, USA

My family just got back from a 10 day trip to Spain with Audrey and it was AWESOME!!!! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to travel again without her! Audrey took care of everything…hotels, transportation, obtaining tickets to sites, shows, etc., which left us to just enjoy our trip! We had told her in advance which activities and cities we were interested in and she made it happen. She was even able to squeeze in some extra activities (like wine tasting!) while we were there. Audrey is so nice, and easy to talk with. We really enjoyed her company and her love for the country. If you want to have a great vacation without any worries, you have to use Audrey!
(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Beth and family

Dallas, TX

WARNING! You may never be able to travel without Audrey again. We have used Audrey’s services twice in the past, once to Italy and once to Spain. Our most recent trip was to Spain. This trip exceeded our expectations in many ways. First of all, individual travelers are different and have different needs. Audrey takes this into account and tailors the trip to the specific personality of the group. For example, our group had a mixture of adults, young adults and teenagers. Audrey arranged the transportation so that we were never rushed in the morning, had ample time to eat breakfast and set off to a day of sightseeing feeling rested and excited about the day. We visited all the typical tourist spots, but also had intimate “one of a kind” trips to a vineyard, sherry bodega, cooking class and olive oil factory. The longer drives were broken up by timely stops in unique towns. All this adds up to a one of a kind experience that really allows you to feel the culture of the country. We left the hotel planning up to Audrey and each hotel was centrally located, unique and clean. Audrey has extensive knowledge about the countries that she offers and a love for travel and the people. You cannot go wrong with a trip with Audrey. Try her once, and like us, you will be back for more. 
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(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Laurian & Gerald

Grand Junction, CO

We had a lovely time on this trip, thank you for your expertise in organizing it! Initially we were unsure about using a tour organizer without a personal recommendation and had the usual concerns about cost and quality.  We have had reasonable experiences in the past using the web to find tour organizers and, in this respect, the testimonials on your site were very helpful. We didn’t have to worry about the many specifics of doing what we wanted to do, in consideration of the fact that we had a very specific and peculiar itinerary: it was wonderful to have someone personalize our tour. Two things were very useful.  First, the identification of good quality yet small hotels that were well-located.  It would have been difficult to do this ourselves based on web searches.  Second, your arranging the tours and specific activities for us so we didn’t have to search for those.  In most cases, these activities were also located near our hotels, so the whole experience was very low hassle! Our best experiences were in Granada with Antonio as guide to the Alhambra and with the flamenco show there, which was excellent, though designed for tourists. The winery in Portugal was a great find! Everything was very high quality. In closing, we would absolutely recommend your services to others.
Thanks again!

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Tom and Dom (father and son)

Denver, CO

Dominic and I came back from our two week trip to Portugal and southern Spain.  It was a great father & son trip and we had a great time!  From Lisbon, to Evora to Seville to Cordoba to Granada and finally Madrid, we had a great time.  I would highly recommend the private car with driver and local guides that Audrey arranged for us.  It was the best way of seeing the sites without any crowds, exactly the way Audrey envisions and offers in her tours. What a great way to see more of the country.  The food recommendations Audrey provided us with in the various towns came in very handy and were very accurate.  The accommodations she chose far exceeded our expectations. The prepaid tickets arranged by Audrey for the Bullet train and the Prado saved us a lot of time. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to booking any future trip that will measure up to this one and highly recommend Travels with Audrey.
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(Customized Itinerary Package, father and son vacation to Portugal and Spain)

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Mike and Ellen

Indianapolis, IN

Our trip to Scotland was magical. With the help of Travels with Audrey we were able to enjoy a stress free trip in a country that prides itself on being laid back. The visit was centered in the Highlands, we had certain requests that were not only met but exceeded. The driver assigned was fabulous. An Irish chap who was the friendliest and most accommodating chap you can imagine. He was familiar with the territory and found the most interesting little spots to stop for a “lovely picture and maybe a cup of tea or coffee before we get on our way”.The variety of Hotels, Castles, Guest Houses and B & B’s made for an exciting time. The Distillery tours (2) were fun and informative and tasty. The scenery of the Highlands and the roads ventured to make the most of the tour made for a great journey. We had only one variation where a ferry could not be guaranteed to run, the driver was able to modify that on the run and found us an alternative town, Oban, that was one of the highlights of the entire trip. All in all from Edinburgh and St Andrews to the Isle of Skye to Oban and Sterling it was a couple of weeks that will live in our fondest memories.
(Customized Itinerary Package to Scotland and London, England)

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Gregg & Maureen / Coleen & Don

IL & NJ

Just want to say thank you once again for a most fabulous tour. The fact that you designed it to suit our very specific interests was phenomenal. Everything went very smoothly. You knew just what arrangements were necessary to accomplish everything in the time we had available. We were very pleased with the transportation, restaurants, sites, guides, etc. The whole trip could not have gone better.  Our tour realized the dream my wife and sister in law wanted to fulfill: following the footsteps of their father as a paratrooper during the 2nd World War. We met many great people and have wonderful memories. I will always cherish the “down” times when Maureen and I had a sandwich and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Paris and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!
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(Private Customized Guided Tour with Audrey as tour manager, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany). 

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Tony, Dan and family

Atlanta, GA

We were fortunate enough to have had Audrey De Monte serve as Tour Manager for our 10 day family trip to Europe. The tour was a 10-day multi generational family tour (grandparents to teen age grandchildren) of the cities of Paris, Venice and Rome. Audrey was extremely well organized and always provided multiple suggestions to make sure that everyone was having a great time. She knew the cities well which enabled us to get access to great reasonably priced restaurants that served authentic local food which was not an easy task for such a large group. She kept our group on time and always offered suggestions for other activities when we had free time. She made this family trip a very precious memory for all and for that we are grateful. Thank you Audrey!
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Paris, Venice and Rome, with Audrey as tour manager)

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Terry and Bill

Toronto, ON, Canada

We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Travels with Audrey for organizing our personalized tour of Paris, France – from the pick up at the dock in Lyon to the train station – to the pickup in Paris to drop off at our hotel – we felt very special for the efficiency and courtesy provided by Audrey’s personnel.We enjoyed our excursions to Versailles; the Louvre and Notre Dame – instructions provided were well illustrated and we had no difficulty is locating the meeting centers. Our hotel was quaint and close to the downtown core – we were able to walk around visiting various sites with ease and comfort.Would highly recommend Travels with Audrey to friends and family who may consider visiting France.
Many thanks!

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Eleni, Anne and family

Toronto, Canada

My family and I just returned from a vacation to Italy, planned by Audrey. I had never been to Italy before, and I didn’t know where to begin planning. Audrey’s knowledge of Italy is incredible. We gave her some ideas, and our budget, and she planned the most amazing trip for us! Each step was perfect. The hotels were beautiful, and we loved private tours of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Florence. The cooking class she set up in Sorrento was one of the highlights! We kept raving about how flawless and easy each part of the trip was! And Stresa, a place we never even knew about, was breathtaking! If it wasn’t for Audrey, we would have never gone there! She planned every detail, right down to the train tickets. Audrey, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You made our trip perfect and memorable. We will definitely be booking with you again!
(Customized Itinerary Package for a family vacation to Italy)

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Audrey De Monte

+1.720.339.2364 (USA)
+1.805.430.8112 (Fax)
+39.331.416.4316 (Italy)

9249 S Broadway
UNIT 200 #209
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129