3 days by Minibus, Special Tour to the International White Truffle Fair of Alba

Wine, “tonda gentile” hazelnut, the spectacle of foliage, local gastronomy and the International Fair of the White Truffle in Alba

During this time of the year, Langhe and Monferrato are the ideal places for a holiday.

Nature is beautiful and has amazing colors: the yellows, greens, and reds mix and make everything more impressive. The grapes have already been harvested, and it is time to taste the wines from previous years, matching them with cheese, mushrooms, vegetables, Piedmontese meat, hazelnut cakes or fragrant nougat.

And then there is the International Fair of the White Truffle in Alba with all the associated initiatives, tastings, historical reenactments and the world market of truffles.

The only issue is that among many proposals, and many people who converge in these hills, traveling alone can be challenging and time consuming: find parking, finding the right place to eat, the producer who organizes the best tasting, the most authentic places. For this we invite you to sit comfortably on our minibus and let yourself be carried, in a calm rhythm of landscapes and tastes, to enjoy a 100% vacation that we are sure you will want to redo every year!

 3 days truffle fair Alba

Day 1

The journey begins in the Monferrato, with a visit to the splendid Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano.

Then we will have to don an apron to learn how to make pasta by hand in the charming village of Cocconato, and enjoy a lunch all together (included in the price of the tour) to start getting into the atmosphere of this trip. We will descend towards the Barbaresco region: Neive, Barbaresco and Barolo

 

Day2

Today will be dedicated to the “International fair of the White Truffle of Alba, World Truffle Market”

We will spend the day in the city of a hundred towers, and we will get an opportunity to taste, the hazelnut cake, nougat, cheeses, as well as to see the King, the sumptuous white truffle.

So you will be able to do some shopping and take home with you some of the flavors of this wonderful land.

In the afternoon we will move to the Barolo region: Grinzane Cavour, La Morra and the characteristic village of Barolo which gives its name to the extraordinary local red wine, famous all over the world.

 

Day3

Today we will visit one of the wonders of this area of Piedmont: the Canelli Wine Cathedrals, cellars carved into the rock that tell the story of these spectacular wines.

We will continue to Moasca, where we will visit the farm of our friend Marco who produces his delicious goatcheeses.

We will then visit Acqui Terme, an ancient spa town with its extraordinary hot water fountain in the center, the 'Bollente', before returning to Turin.

 

Ale face
Alessandro

Alessandro is a sportsman and a team player: soccer, tennis, beach volley, baseball, basketball, even poker, if there is a game you'll find him there. Self-made guitarist, fearless snowboarder, his manners are sweet and his humour will charm you. The last to go to sleep, the first to wake up in the morning to take his dog for a walk and get ready, perfectly groomed. He drives smoothly and knows every road in our beautiful Piemonte.

Never without: a ball to play with

Favourite quote: "I can draw horses very well"

We want you to be comfortable during the trip while we explore hills and mountains, lakes and villages. So, we looked for something sturdy but elegant, flexible and spacious. For the Minibus tours we use a Fiat Ducato, with room up to 8 travellers plus Alessandro driving. It features:

  • free wifi
  • internal audio system
  • air conditioned (personalized cool and warm air distribution)
  • single seats adjustable backrest angle, padded armrests and 3-point seatbelts
  • modular and flexible configuration
  • high roof so you can stand inside
  • overhead luggage compartments

We also have a smaller and more agile Ford Tourneo, with 9 roomy seats, brand new and with all the same comforts.

We guarantee you will like our minibuses!

Minibus

Do you know how to make pasta from scratch? In this cooking lesson you will learn all the secrets of this traditional Italian recipe in a very special place, and you will surprise friends and family with your new skill of making homemade pasta with just two simple ingredients.

In a small house in the characteristic Monferrato village of Cocconato, Chef Sergio and our Granma Cleri will guide you in this cooking activity.

Sergio is a fine cook, and a real host, and he will spoil you with an authentic Italian lunch that you will not forget, and you will of course also taste pasta you made yourself.

Vegans will make pasta without eggs and meat eaters will taste traditional salami, a great speciality of the house.

The price of this 3 days by Minibus, Special Tour to the International White Truffle Fair of Alba, which is only 449 euros, includes:

  • Transportation for 3 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus
  • Assistance by Alessandro, who will drive you, help you, tell you fairy tales. You'll speak English with him, or learn Italian if you like.
  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 50 euros for the whole trip, if required)
  • 3 lunches (including a lunch with cooking lesson, a tasting of goat cheese on a farm)
  • visit to the Abbey of Vezzolano
  • visit to the “Wine Cathedrals” with tasting
  • Visit to Acqui Terme
  • Sightseeing tour by minibus of the main points of interest of the Langhe
  • A day at the “International fair of the White Truffle of Alba, World Truffle Market”

And then there will be other surprises, tastings, visits, but we don't want to spoil the surprise!

We want you to savour the best of Italian hospitality, and we are not talking about fake-luxury hotels that all look the same. We will take you to places with character, authentic little B&Bs where you will sleep well and you will taste home made pies for breakfast, mountain lodges with stunning views, or particularly interesting hotels with a story to tell.

All rooms will have private bathrooms, and breakfast is always included.

We will choose for every departure the best solution considering the season and our guests' needs, and we'll send you the complete information via email before the start of the tour.

For example, one of our favourite places is La Ida Bed & Breakfast in Villareggia, our hometown, where our friend Sara, an architect and a painter, welcomes her guests with authentic kindness. 

La Ida

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

Italian food fits all stomachs. So if you you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or you simply prefer not eat meat, there are plenty of possibilities.

Cereals and vegetables are the basis of the Mediterranean diet, and Piemonte is no exception.

We are the risotto experts (and it's gluten free), our most traditional dish has no meat ("bagna caoda", a delicious garlic and anchovies sauce, served hot with any kind of vegetable),we have dozens of typical kinds of cheese, and pasta with a simple tomato sauce, with crunchy breadcrumbs instead of Parmigiano is a vegan must-try.

Adatto vegetariani e vegani

This tour starts in Turin at 8.00 am.

Our idea is to meet in a special, centrally located and easy to get to place, get to know each other while we have coffee and croissants before we leave for our 3 days of adventure! Read our blog for ideas on what to do in Turin.

If you prefer, we can book for you a room in our small village on the hills, Villareggia, and Alessandro will meet you there in the morning. For larger groups we can also arrange a different meeting place.

For more information or free help to organize your trip before and after our tour, write to Paola at [email protected], or call her or send a whatsapp message to the number +39 370 3506333 or connect with her directly in the chat of this page by clicking here

In any case, we will send you the details about the meeting point before tour departure.

This tour will allow you to meet new people and to experience food, places and authentic stories about this part of Italy that you would not get to by simply renting a car by yourself. 

This is our land, we know where to take you, just like you would do if a friend was visiting you.

There are no age limits nor particular physical requirements, even if there will be a bit of walking to reach the best panoramic spots.

If you are ready for discovery, to taste new experiences, wines and food, this tour is for you!

Viaggio adatto a me

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:

3) RESERVATIONS

Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.

4) PAYMENT

Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.

5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT

The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.

6) WITHDRAWAL

In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

What's included

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (including a lunch with cooking lesson and a goat cheese tasting)

Transport

  • Transportation for 3 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus
  • Assistance by Alessandro, who will drive you, help you, tell you fairy tales. You'll speak English with him, or learn a bit of Italian if you like.

Accommodation

  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 50 euros for the whole trip, if required)

Activities

  • Cooking lesson
  • visit to the “Santa Maria di Vezzolano” abbey
  • visit to the “Wine Cathedrals” with tasting
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm
  • Visit to the hot spring fountain in Acqui Terme
  • Sightseeing tour by minibus of the main points of interest of the Langhe
  • A day at the “International fair of the White Truffle of Alba, World Truffle Market”

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

For this special tour we are planning one departure only: Friday November 1st 2019.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

Reviews

Pina P.
5

I traveled 4 days with Giroola in the Langhe and I could appreciate the great availability and attention towards us travelers combined with a true professionalism. And where do we put the sympathy of Alexander who has also been able to unite even a small group? So thanks to Giroola and I hope to see you soon! (automatic translation by Google)
Paola S.
0

I participated in the November 1 bridge tour. It was an amazing experience. Pleasant the group, Alessandro is available and friendly the group leader and then the Piedmont with its mists and its vineyards. The food, the wine. I will definitely be back! (automatic translation by Google)
Filomena G.
0

Emotions are at home with Giroola to try and believe (automatic translation by Google)
Antonio F.
0

the tour in the Langhe was beautiful, accomplice, in addition to the wonderful scenery, the friendliness, the friendliness and the impeccable professionalism of our guide Alessandro and all the staff! Highly recommended !! (automatic translation by Google)