Wine and Food Tour of Piedmont

Barbaresco wine tasting in the Langhe of Piedmont

Wine and Food Tour of Piedmont

8 Days/7 Nights

6 Guests

Oct. 18 to 25, 2023

From $4,035USD pp (double occupancy)

Discover Italy's culinary and wine delights without the crowds

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival day

DAY 2: Royal city of Turin

DAY 3: Vercelli rice experience

DAY 4: Alba and truffle fair

DAY 5: Truffle hunting

DAY 6: Asti, Barbaresco, Roero wine tastings

DAY 7: Barolo

DAY 8: Departure Day

Planning to spend more time in Italy before or after the tour? Audrey will be happy to help you plan a pre or post tour extension to other regions of Italy like Val d'Aosta, or the Italian lakes (Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como). For pricing on the extensions contact Audrey.

**AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED**

Love this itinerary, but these dates don't work for you? Want to book this itinerary for your own private group? Audrey can help!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sample local wines on a visit to Barolo, Asti & Barbaresco wine producers
  • Risotto cooking class in the famed rice region of Vercelli
  • International truffle fair in Alba
  • Enjoy the pleasures of eating the rare and delicate white truffle
  • Truffle hunt experience followed by lunch
  • Learn about the secrets of chocolate with a tasting of the famous "bicerin"
  • Traditional meals with a variety of local recipes and wines including one Michelin-rated experience
  • Charming villages and alluring beauty of panoramic Piedmont
  • Intimate group size of 6 travelers. We need a minimum of 4 for a tour to run.

NEXT CHANCE TO GO: October 18 to 25, 2023

PRICING: From $4,035USD pp (double occupancy), not including airfare.

Overview

Arrival and departure airport:  Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
8 days/7 nights (7 nights in the Langhe, Piedmont)

Are you looking to discover the culinary and wine delights of northern Italy, without the crowds? If you are, then this is the small group tour for you! 

Discover one of Italy's magical wine regions, Piedmont, which Italians call Piemonte. Although more and more people are hearing about Piedmont and coming to visit, the region remains quite undiscovered. In Piemonte, the rhythms of Italian life, uninterrupted by tourists, can be found everywhere: from the corner bar where the locals grab their daily café to the local festivals that almost always revolve around food and wine.

Piedmont is often referred to as ‘Tuscany without the tourists’. Piedmont’s undulating hills striped with vineyards bear more than a passing resemblance to its famous southern counterpart. Allow yourself to become enthralled by this picturesque region of dramatic hills wrapped with vineyards, orchards, hazelnut orchards that boast the finest quality of nuts in the world, medieval fortresses, and charming villages with terracotta rooftops. Delight in white truffles and wine tastings at premier winemakers. This area also produces most of the rice used throughout Europe and the Piemontesi claim to have taught the Swiss how to process chocolate into a tantalizing experience. Meet authentic local people, hard workers, very proud of their land and visit Torino (Turin) the aristocratic first capital of Italy and unexpectedly gorgeous city. Come discover the magic of Piedmont for yourself!

Day to day itinerary

DAY 1: October 18, Wednesday - ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive in the afternoon after an included transfer from Milan Malpensa (MXP), and check-in at your hotel in Turin where you will spend your first days in the region. Once you have had the time to freshen up, enjoy some time to get acquainted with the city on an orientation walk with your tour manager and local host. This evening your included dinner will be at a well-known ristorante, considered to be one of the best in the city. During dinner you can sip on a selection of local wines and get to know your fellow travelers.

Welcome to Torino, the first capital of Italy!

The regional capital of Turin (Torino) is magical and considered one of the most elegant and beautiful in Europe. It is Italy’s fourth-largest city and has an illustrious past, resulting in elegant squares, world-class museums and historic cafés, flanked by some 18km of colonnaded walkways. Turin also gave the world Italy as we now know it: Piedmont with its Torinese president, the Count of Cavour, was the engine room to the Risorgimento (Resurgence, referring to the 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. Monte Viso, the formidable snow-covered Alp Mountain (3820meters), you might recognize it, is the one that Paramount Pictures uses as the opening scene in all its movies.

Your Travels with Audrey tour starts at 3:00PM in the hotel lobby for a walk around the hotel area: Our hotel lobby is where the tour begins and where we all meet for an included Orientation walk around the hotel area and an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers.

DAY 2: October 19, Thursday - DISCOVER TORINO

This morning, after breakfast, meet your local expert guide for a walking tour taking you along the streets of this historical. The first capital of Italy, known as an industrial city, has become a cultural destination for the discerning visitor. The baroque palaces and churches, the piazzas and pedestrian shopping are walking distance from your hotel.

We'll venture into the old Roman Quadrilateral, an ancient enclave where the original city walls and gate can be seen, and stroll through Piazza Castello, home to Turin Cathedral and the Palazzo Reale for an unparalleled glimpse into royal life during the Savoy Dynasty. The last stop on our tour will be at the impressive Porta Palazzo open-air market, the largest-open air market in Europe where you can snack on salumi and gourmet cheeses or sit down for lunch at one of the artisan eateries.

During the tour, we will stop at one of the historic coffee shops of Turin for a tasting of the local chocolate and coffee drink, called "bicerin" and sample some local pralines. On tour, we will also ride on the glass elevator to the top of the iconic "Mole Antonelliana" where with a reserved entrance, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and the Alps.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to visit other wonderful sites in the city, including:

  • the Cinema Museum for a peek into Italian motion picture history
  • the Egyptian Museum, considered the second-best collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world (after the Egyptian Museum in Cairo)
  • a stroll along the Po River through the scenic Parco del Valentino
  • Alternatively stroll along the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi. 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. It was founded here in 1899.

OPTIONAL DINNER: Tonight, you will be able to experience this city on your own; its tradition of chocolate, gianduiotti and gelato is something any food lover needs to experience. But first dinner, mind you, who says one cannot have dessert before dinner…there are so many restaurants to choose from. Be sure to try a specialty from this area.

DAY 3: October 20, Friday – VERCELLI, A Risotto Tradition

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

Following your visit of the risaia in the middle of the rice fields it's time to put your cooking apron on for your risotto cooking class! Your chef will supervise and teach you how to transform the best rice in a superb Risotto! Lunch will feature your risotto. 

After lunch, 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. 

DAY 4: October 21, Saturday - Alba, truffle fair (Alba fair on a Saturday or Sunday)

Depart for the town of Alba to visit this beautiful town and visit the world-renowned International Truffle Fair, where top chefs from across the globe mingle with passionate food enthusiasts. There will be free time for shopping and lunch at your leisure.

Alba: 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, Dolcetto d’Alba and Nutella. Alba absolutely deserves its reputation as the jewel of the Langhe and as one of the world's finest food-and-wine hotspots.

The International White Truffle Fair in Alba is one of the main Langhe events held in Autumn that draw many people interested in unique culinary experiences. Worth seeing are the Alba Cathedral, which is dedicated to Saint Lawrence, and the Church of St. Dominic, one of the few examples of Primitive Gothic architecture in Piedmont and just recently restored. Alba itself 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.

DAY 5: October 22, Sunday - TRUFFLE HUNT

This morning follow our truffle hunter in the fields and hills for truffle hunting. Interesting to see how the dogs work and how the men will dig in the ground to pick up the precious mushroom. Piemonte is not the only area in Italy or Europe where you can find truffles, but in some places you find just the black one that can also be cooked, in other places you find white truffles which are eaten raw only. White truffles are excellent served with simple local dishes such as tajarin (local pasta), fried eggs or grated on a risotto.

Following your tuffle hunt, enjoy wine tasting and special tasting menu for lunch!

DAY 6: October 23, Monday - LANGHE WINE COUNTRY & BAROLO TASTING

Aaaah!! A great day to just BE! We'll take a leisurely drive through the heart of the Langhe hills, where Barolo wine is produced and patiently aged. Drive by and stop at some of the fairy-tale-like medieval villages such as La Morra, Barolo, Serralunga d'Alba and its castle. 

Start your day by visiting Serralunga d'Alba. Visit the castle, slender and majestic, the Castle of Serralunga d'Alba overshadows one of the most beautiful and historically intact villages of the Langhe, surrounded by the rolling hills of Barolo vineyards. Considered to be one of the best-conserved examples of 14th century noble castles in Piedmont, this castle represents a unique piece of history in Italy with an architectural structure of a French donjon. The castle's construction was carried out between 1340 – the year in which the Falletti family received its estate as recompense for military involvement – and continued until 1357. This information is gleaned from documents that register a sale carried out in one of the castle rooms.

After Serralunga d'Alba it is time to visit the famed town of Barolo. Barolo is a scenic small town surrounded by spectacular countryside, known mainly for its wine. It is part of the largest Nebbiolo grape-growing region in Langhe, the grapes from the region are used to make Barolo wine. It is the namesake city for the “king of wines and the wine of kings.” One of its main sites is the Falletti castle, which houses a wine museum and an enoteca. You may also wish to visit the Corkscrew Museum, stroll through the streets and shop in the local stores. 

For lunch, relax at an on-site restaurant at a famed Barolo winery overlooking the vineyards. Partake in a lunch with traditional dishes paired with five wines (including Barolo).

In the afternoon it is time to visit the small village of La Morra, perched on a hill at the height of 513 m above sea level, is one of the most striking observation’s points of Langhe landscape. From the central Piazza Castello, in fad, you can see an overlook extended across the Langhe and the Alps that offers a unique show on the hills, characterized by villages, castles and towers emerging from the vineyards.

Let’s take a downhill walk (or we can drive down) and reach the small church called the Barolo Chapel. Nestled in the vineyard, it was built by the local farmers and rediscovered in the last part of 20th century and completely remodelled, thanks to the Ceretto family, by famous artists 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 colour of the walls and the peaceful interior invites you to stop and take in the beauty of the surrounding views.

DAY 7: Tuesday, October 24 - ROERO, CANNELLI AND BARBARESCO

Travel to Canelli, the home of Spumante wine.  Canelli, a town settled among vineyards, is a UNESCO World Heritage and truly remarkable for its “underground cathedrals”, which extend for 8 miles below the city and are dug out from several levels in the hills, creating a striking masterpiece of engineering and architecture. The Asti area is a wine producer par excellence and the home of Asti Spumante DOCG (sparkling wine), renowned and exported all around the world.

Then we have another wonderful wine tasting to conclude the day in Barbaresco.

For our final dinner we'll enjoy dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant. 

DAY 8, Wednesday October 25, DEPARTURE DAY

Departure day or continuation by adding Milan or the lakes.

Transfer to Milan Malpensa airport (MXP) included for today for your return flight (Flights should not be booked before 10:30AM).

Planning to spend more time in Italy before or after the tour?  Audrey will be happy to help you plan a pre or post tour extension to other regions of Italy like Val d'Aosta, or the Italian lakes (Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como).

Itinerary specifics subject to change

What's Included

Your Tour Price Includes

  • Unwind for 7 nights in charming, hand-picked boutique style accommodations that offer Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (standard rooms, including daily breakfast)
  • Relax in the care of your local host, Audrey, who is fluent in Italian and English 
  • Private transportation throughout the itinerary
  • Rest assured that we will never guide you into a tourist trap shopping experience or surprise you with hidden fees
  • Private transfers to and from Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Local expert guides for private walking tour in Torino including entrance to the Royal Palace and Alba
  • Hand-picked experiences and insider access to the Italian way of life:
    • Risotto cooking class in Vercelli 
    • Light lunch "merenda sinoira" on local regional specialties and wine
    • Truffle hunt with a truffle hunter and his dog, known as a "trifolau" followed by an included lunch
    • Wine tours and tastings in Canelli, Roero, Barolo, Barbaresco
    • Cheese farm visit and tasting
    • 2 dinners (Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner)
  • Information packet before departure
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, city tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees

Audrey's Gold Standard

I've personally tried, tasted and tested every single experience, ensuring quality and authenticity.  If it doesn’t meet my personal Stamp of Approval, it won’t be on your tour! 

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
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Your international and domestic airfare
  • Porterage: Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone
Extend your trip

Are you planning to spend more time in Italy before or after the tour? Italy has so many beautiful cities and regions to explore. Audrey can help you to extend your stay with pre & post tour options, tailored to your preferences. Contact Audrey for pricing on pre and post tour options. Here are some of Audrey's suggestions:

Spend a few extra days in the city of Turin

The Royal City of Turin (or Torino) is considered one of the most elegant and beautiful in Europe. It is compact yet bustling modern city with impressive historic buildings, excellent restaurants and stunning views of the Alps. There is so much to do in this city! World-class museums like the Museo dell’Automobile, which is a must-see for any car fanatic—will enthrall you. Or, visit the UNESCO-listed Reggia di Venaria Reale, a lovingly restored 17th-century hunting lodge that was once the expansive residence of the Savoy royal family. Hike up to the 10th-century Sacra di San Michele, a striking abbey crowning the mountain of Monte Pirchiriano. On your way back to town, swing past Birrificio San Michele, a brewery at the foot of the mountain, for a platter of salumi and a flight of their craft beers.

THE LAKES: Add 3 wonderful days/2 nights visiting Lake Orta & Lake Maggiore designed as a post tour extensionOrta san giulo on lake orta

The enduring charm and beauty of the Italian Lakes has lured everyone from Roman emperors and Hollywood celebrities to the cream of European society. Lying in the foothills of the Alps near the Swiss border, romantic Lago di Orta (Lake Orta), the most beautiful lake in Northern Italy, is nestled among a dark green forest and rocky hills. One of the smallest and lesser known of the northern lakes of Italy, its shimmering waters, the nearby ancient town of Orta San Giulio and its fascinating history will steal your heart. 

On Lake Maggiore, idyllic islands play host to grand palaces and picturesque fishing villages as well as superb gardens that nurture plants from all over the world. It's a beguiling region, littered with Michelin-starred restaurants and fine hotels, making a trip here a feast for both the eyes and the senses.

DAY 1: Most beautiful Italian lake, Lake Orta

Today we head northward to Lake Orta and the town of Orta San Giulio. The village is a maze of picturesque streets and narrow cobbled lanes, flanked by old stone walls, craft boutiques, antique shops and lively cafés. 

Optional activities:

  • Walk uphill to the Sacred Mountain, a unique religious site with 25 chapels dedicated to the life of St. Francis where pilgrims used to come and pray. As you walk uphill enjoy stunning views over the lake.
  • Take a short boat ride to Isola San Giulio and walk around the tiny island home of a convent of nouns. Take in views and the mystic atmosphere walking around the path of silence.

After lunch, we drive to Stresa (25minutes) and check in to your hotel just a 10 minute walk along the lake to the town center. 

Dinner at your leisure: your tour manager can make recommendations of her favorite places

DAY 2: Lake Maggiore

Bella (beautiful), Pescatore (fisherman) and Madre (mother). These three islands on Lake Maggiore were named after the aristocratic Borromean family—art and garden lovers—who bought the land in the 16th century and transformed two of them into luxury residences.

Today, we'll travel by ferry. We'll begin our day at Isola Bella with a visit to the Baroque Palazzo Borromeo to tour the opulent rooms filled with 15th-century art, intricate tile work and beautiful frescoes. We'll finish in the gardens before we hop the ferry to Isola Pescatori, also known as Isola Superiore, the northernmost island of the three. It’s a beautiful little fishing village where we'll have lunch. (not included) Those naturalists among us can continue on to Isola Madre, and tour the English-style Giardini Botanici dell’Isola Madre: seven terraces include cypress trees, camellias, rhododendrons, plus a wild community of peacocks, pheasants and parrots. 

DAY 3: Transfers to Milan Malpensa Airport for flights out or join us for and extra day in Milan.

When we arrive in Milan, we'll drop our bags at the hotel and meet our guide for our tour, including reserved timed admissions to the Scala Opera House and the Last Supper. Discover how business and history blend together in Milan. We'll begin our tour at the Piazza del Duomo, including a skip the line ticket to the roof. Just across the square is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most beautiful covered gallerias in the world. Begun in 1865, it was the first to make use of an iron glass structure. We’ll then visit La Scala opera house, the most famous theatre hall in the world. After lunch (not included), we're off to see Leonardo’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, painted in the refectory of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church. The church and adjoining refectory were badly damaged in World War II, and during the repair work, old sgraffito paintings in the dome were brought to light. 

Milan is Europe’s fashion capital, with many chic shops and boutiques! Visit vintage shops, view street art, explore Milan’s canal district, and sample this city’s delicious cuisine. If you want to see l’ultima moda (the latest fashion), and the beautiful Duomo di Milano Gothic Cathedral, add a couple of extra days to your journey.

Overnight in Milan

DAY 5 - Departure day from Milan Malpensa Airport 

From Milan, by train, you can easily reach Bologna, Florence, Rome or Venice. 

Important Notes

Travels with Audrey RECOMMENDS YOU BOOK EARLY as hotel availability may occasionally be an issue due to popularity, capacity of unique accommodations. A supplemental fee may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city is not available. Hotels are booked based on availability at time of booking. If a specific hotel is not available, a similar quality or location will be chosen. Your hotels will be finalized about 90 days prior to the tour (after receipt of full payment) and will be available in your pre-tour documents mailed to you within 30 days prior to your tour.

Accommodation information

We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. We choose truly special and unique locations, that reflect authentic local charm.

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

Please note that the hotel staff assigns rooms to guests. Some rooms may include stairs. A specific view is not guaranteed. As we work mainly with luxury historic inns and small upscale boutique hotels, rooms differ in size and layout. In general, Italian bedrooms and bathrooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and basic toiletry set. Please contact us if you have specific requests/needs.

Please note: Many cities in Italy have implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).

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! Plan to 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 laundromats. 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 no later than the day before from the United States or Canada. It is your responsibility to get to the city and hotel where and when the tour begins. When making flight arrangements, please allow sufficient time to claim luggage and clear customs in order to join the included transfer on time. For all pre-designed tour packages, we meet for our first orientation walk of the tour at 3:00PM (15:00) on tour start date in the hotel lobby. The tour ends when you check out of the hotel on your last day on tour.

Note: Please make note or inquire with us as to the meeting time on that first day on tour. This should be done prior to you making any flight or train bookings so that it is clearly understood that the arrangements will fit in with our times. Your train or flight should arrive between 09:00AM and 12:00PM-noon (no later) on Day 1 of the tour to allow you enough time to check in to your hotel, freshen up and meet for the orientation walk with our other group guests.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination.

Pricing

  • All prices are subject to change until the tour deposit has been paid. Please bear in mind that each hand-crafted pre-packaged itinerary showcased on the website represents a typical itinerary, and the actual details may vary due to season and special events. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances may arise. Itinerary changes are also made to improve the tour and your experience. Prices are subject to change with global exchange rates. Please be aware that equivalent dollar costs are based on exchange rates and are contingent upon a fluctuating currency market.
  • All quoted prices are subject to changes based on Euro dollar/US dollar exchange rate, until balance is paid. Once the deposit has been received, the price is locked, regardless of exchange fluctuations prior to the tour . Variations in price will be made only if Euro value increases 5% or more from the time of reservation to the time that balance is due. Any variations in price, which may or may not increase your balance, will be communicated by email.

General Information

  • Meals: All breakfasts are included. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.
  • 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 our tours as advertised. We reserve the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or transportation as deemed necessary.

Please note: while we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the tour leader (local host) due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.

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.

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Dan and Martha from Tulsa OK

Martha and I are three-time travelers with Audrey. We have found a way to travel that suits how we want to see new places! It is so stress free to have someone who has taken care of all of the travel arrangements, ticket purchases, and dinner reservations ahead of time. You can just relax and enjoy. While we want to see the main attractions, we also want to get a more personal feel for the places where we visit. With Audrey's connections and small groups, we get to see and experience things that most tourists don't even know exist. Our recent trip was excellent and if you're thinking about travel, I would highly recommend Travels with Audrey!

8 Day Sicily Private Tour

Marie and Frank from Marion MA

Thank you Audrey for planning an amazing, life-changing trip to Sicily for us. It truly was a dream come true, and you and your in-country associates made it so memorable for us. We packed a lot into a one-week itinerary, and it was the perfect balance of seeing ancient ruins, countryside, food tours, baroque architecture, the Mediterranean Sea and strolling town centers and main streets. And of course shopping and food! 

The company hired to drive us around all week was incredible, and our guides at the ruins were very, very knowledgeable. Your pamphlets and vouchers helped us to feel more informed and organized before leaving home too. I discovered my ancestral neighborhood on this trip, and it is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My only regret is that I can't get on a plane tomorrow and go right back! This trip was a long time in the making, and I thank you for your flexibility, for answering so many questions, and for staying in touch with us while we were in Sicily. Many thanks, Grazie mille!

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Amy from Minneapolis MN

Three friends and I joined Audrey on this trip and had a wonderful time. The trip was incredibly well organized, fun, and stress-free. Compared to other group tours I've been on, this one was top notch in every way. We were consistently impressed with the quality of hotels, guides, activities, restaurants, and food/wine recommendations. One of the best aspects of the trip was just spending time with Audrey. Always a font of knowledge, upbeat, smiling and a joy to be around! Highly recommend Travels With Audrey. If you have an opportunity to take a trip with her, or to have her arrange your trip, just do it!

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Lesia and Kenneth from Grand Rapids MI

Our small group of eight saw Paris and Provence in 10 days with each day full of adventure and new experiences to our senses. This was our second trip using Audrey as our traveling guide. Our first trip was to Italy and with our 12 year old son. We did not hesitate to sign up for Audrey's small group tour to France when we received the information. Audrey is not just a guide, but becomes a friend who advocates for her guests. 

Audrey speaks 5 languages and has much knowledge about the places she takes her guests. When you travel with Audrey ALL logistics are taken care of. She is very detailed oriented and ensures that each guest is comfortable. Her trips are smooth and seamless. Tickets for museums and other events are purchased in advance and Audrey's group is ushered in; not waiting in long lines. Audrey hires expert tour guides for museums and villages who enrich your experience and bring history back to life. In France, we visited some main attractions, but then dove deep off the beaten path to feel the pulse of daily life in quaint villages. I liked it that in Provence we stayed in one Inn as our base camp and then drove to different villages from there. It was a comfort to have such a beautiful Inn to call our home for seven days while in Provence, where each guest had their own veranda. We enjoyed ancient Roman ruins, places where Van Gogh lived, open air markets, medieval castles, and a day on the Mediterranean in a boat swimming and exploring the Calanques. We learned about French wines and olive oils. We visited a beautiful lavender store where we learned about the different lavenders. Audrey knows how to put a trip together and is tuned into each guest to make sure everyone is comfortable. We are looking forward to doing more trips with Audrey.

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Tara and Mark from Leawood KS

This was our second trip with Audrey and once again, the service she provides is top-notch. Her itineraries are a blend of must-see attractions and unique, off-the-beaten path experiences, with unplanned time for you to explore on your own. Audrey takes care of every detail so you can focus on enjoying your time abroad. She chooses hotels, restaurants, and experiences that are charming, upscale and authentic. Fluent in multiple languages, she has solid cultural knowledge of many European countries, and chooses excellent local guides who provide deeper context and history. We love traveling with Audrey, and can’t wait for our next trip with her!

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Mariah and Joseph from Pasadena CA

We are thrilled to have used Travels with Audrey. Our trip to France was a lifetime experience and it couldn’t have happened without Audrey’s expertise with the country and the culture. One thing we loved about our trip was Audrey’s knowledge of each region we went to and her connecting our group with locals who guided us through each region’s specialties. If we had been with a generic tour guide, we would have missed so much of the local culture and the highlights we had with each person that guided us. This also included the accommodations that Audrey set up - our hotels were all locally owned and the personal touch at each place was wonderful. I can’t imagine if we didn’t have Audrey to guide us, how much we would have missed.
 
In addition, we had specific needs for our family while we were there that were difficult to accommodate. Audrey takes such a personal approach that our need for space and some privacy were provided beautifully and by the end of our trip, Audrey felt like our own family and that is just an intangible benefit of her personality and service. We are happy to give Travels with Audrey a 5 star review and highly recommend her services as a tour specialist! Thanks! 
 
 
 

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Kelly from Mission Hills KS

My family of 4 greatly enjoyed Paris, Provence, Lyon, Burgundy and Normandy. Audrey is an outstanding travel facilitator. Her personal attention to details and adjusting itineraries to meet our needs was really helpful. From planning to leading us throughout the trip we had just the right amount of activity, relaxing time, group time, and alone time. Her lifetime of experience and in-depth knowledge of the area was such a bonus. Can't recommend highly enough the value she provides. Looking forward to traveling with Audrey again!

8 Day Private Guided Tour of Provence

Janet from Arvada CO

In June, Audrey led our group of 8 artist friends through the lovely towns of Provence, France.  I asked her to help create a relaxing pace through the beautiful villages where artists historically came to paint and see the summer light of the Mediterranean towns.  She helped choose the places to visit, chose a charming boutique hotel on the edge of St Remy, drove us, translated for us, and basically guided us through our experience at a relaxed pace.  It was just perfect and Audrey is a charming and knowledgeable host. We took her recommendations for which towns to stay longer, where to eat (Audrey is a foodie!) and where the best shopping was. I highly recommend Audrey to put together your group vacation, just the way you want it!  Merci beaucoup, Audrey! Should I mention that Audrey and I met as tour managers and have been friends for almost 10 years? I know her planning and attention to detail is impeccable.

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Michelle from Litchfield ME

Traveling with Audrey is no ordinary kind of guided travel. Although it can be “interesting” to see the sights that all tourists “should see” (according to tour companies and travel books), I look for more than that. I want to experience what living around those sights is all about – the land, the people, the history and the connection between these that results in different cuisines, traditions, and cultural ways. And that’s what makes Audrey a one-of-a-kind tour manager for me. Because that’s just what she delivered. If you’ve ever visited family/friends in another country who have shown you around, taken you to their favourite places and given you some background into what you were seeing (and did all the driving and talking to locals!), then you know what I mean. It’s a kind of deep immersion into more of the life a local person experiences.

For example, we were in a shop in Italy where all kinds of pasta and sauces were sold. The shop owner clearly was passionate about the products she was selling, as evident by the dialogue between her and Audrey (who btw, is also an enthusiastic foodie!). I tried asking about the pasta, but the shop owner’s English was very limited, and I have no Italian. She struggled to find even a few words to explain which pastas went with what sauces. Audrey came over and with her help translating, I was able to learn so much from the shop owner. Afterwards, she even remarked to Audrey how nice it was for her to be able to explain in greater detail what I was looking at. And that is something that would not have happened had I been on my own or travelling with a tour company on a preset itinerary.  Her amazing ability to flip between several languages, her extensive and personal knowledge of the areas, its history, her ability to connect with locals and let's not forget her incredible driving skills in the mountains and narrow city streets have made this a trip of a lifetime! No stress, no hassles, less crowds. Travels With Audrey has my highest recommendation!

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Jean and Alan from Denver CO

We highly recommend Audrey and here’s why: During the planning phase of our trip we emailed back & forth a lot.  We changed our entire itinerary from what we started with when we first met with Audrey to our final trip.  Audrey was so accommodating with all of our “changing our minds” on where we wanted to go and things we wanted to see.  She found new things to do when we went a new direction.  Audrey 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.

customized private tour of italy including the amalfi coast

Kelly and Dave from Brampton ON

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! 

Customized Itinerary for a Family Vacation to Italy

Barbara from Grand Junction 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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Bill, Gail, Tom and Lil from Dallas TX and 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 and what they consider to be most valuable about Audrey's service

Italy off the beaten path

Janet and Timothy from 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. We then had the opportunity to watch fresh pasta being made from scratch followed by a hearty lunch, accompanied by good local wines. All of this at their private home as if we part of their family. Wild boar home smoked “salame”, fresh pasta with a delicious truffle sauce…all of it conspired to creating lots of very fond memories! 

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Marti and Bob from 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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Beth and Jay from Dallas TX

 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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Angela and Juan from Desoto TX

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!

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Gregg, Maureen, Coleen and Donald

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 café in Paris and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!

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Tom from 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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Eleni from Toronto ON

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! 

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Laurian from 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 choice 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. 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! Laurian and Gerald

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Tony and Dan from 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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Audrey and Gerald

We just got back from our Italian "adventure" last night and I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing with you some of my thoughts about this trip. Most importantly, our local host and tour manager, Audrey, made this a most memorable time with her knowledge, patience, sweetness and fun personality.  This could have been a very grueling time with the extreme heat, non-stop walking and lack of sleep but Audrey made it extremely enjoyable.  We couldn't have asked for anyone better and we feel blessed that we were lucky enough to have her as our guide.  The itinerary was fabulous and we especially loved the side trips to San Gimignano, Assisi, Cortona and the winery tour with lunch. I also wanted to mention that our culinary experience in Tuscany was an evening we will never forget. I highly recommend Travels with Audrey for your vacation to Italy. 

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Shirley and Allyson Hanna from Wyandotte MI

Allyson and I were very impressed with our tour to Italy! We wouldn't have changed a thing!!! We loved our hotels from the staff to the hotels and fabulous breakfast buffets. Our views from each of them were wonderful...especially the one in Rome. The nearby restaurants were superb. We both loved the first meal together with the taste-testing of drinks. It was a great way to meet each other and an excellent indication of what was ahead of us!!! Audrey's enthusiasm, attention to details and sweet surprises made each day very special: the musicians on the gondola ride, the wine and appetizers on the balcony, the chocolate candy on the bus and the rooftop wine tasting (what a view). Audrey was really a fantastic tour manager. We appreciated how much she knew about Italy and that she spoke Italian. She flawlessly made all the arrangements, so that we didn't have to think about anything besides enjoying our trip. She was also an easy person to travel with! We can't recommend her highly enough!

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Maureen and Peter

Thank you for your incredible leadership! As I scribbled on a post card to you on our last day in Sorrento, we truly appreciated your intelligent, enthusiastic, warm, witty and often personalized guidance throughout our wonderful trip to Italy. Your personal imprint was upon each of us who shared in this incredible adventure, and I know I speak for everyone when I say a sincere thank-you for making it so very special for each and every one of us! As our daughter, expressed it, you have the best career in the world! I know that we just witnessed the frosting on the cake, and that your expertise made everything seem so flawless, but that was all because of the hard work that you did behind the scenes. As Captain Jean Luc Picard would say, "make it so!" You are very special! 

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Paul and Tammy

Audrey, just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed sharing a little part of Italy with you and our other travel companions. The people, the food and wine, the culture, and the experiences will linger as vivid memories. You made it all happen as it should. Thank you for your professionalism, but most of all for your personal involvement and caring that made everything seem to happy naturally. More than a one-time tour manager, I hope to count you as a new friend. Thanks again and we hope to share new travel experiences with you again in more exciting places in the future. God bless you.

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Anna and Doug

We just wanted to thank you for making our honeymoon simply unforgettable. We think we were so very fortunate to have had you as our tour manager. You are amazing. Everything about you fits what you do perfectly. We appreciated your being so knowledgeable about the places we visited, so well prepared and we loved your personality. We find ourselves reminiscing of so many lovely times we had. We would definitely travel with you again! You will be glad to know the bottles of wine made it just fine. And speaking of wine, dining with you at you own personally chosen restaurants was a unique, wonderful experience as well! 

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