3 Days Minibus tour in the Langhe and Monferrato

The spectacular landscapes of the Unesco heritage vineyards, the food, the wine, castles, a journey in a small group to feel like among friends in this exceptional land

€ 449

Welcome to a real holiday full of pleasure for the eyes and the palate: here the vineyards are shining with their colors throughout the year, here the Slow Food movement was born and the cheeses, the wine, the truffle are the absolute protagonist in a culinary tradition which is refined and down to earth at the same time.

The Monferrato will enchant us with the harmonious stillness of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano, and with the flavors of the home cooking lesson, when everyone will don the apron to prepare our lunch together.

We will discover together the Langhe of Barolo and Barbaresco, the Underground Cathedrals of Canelli, taste the goat cheeses and explore remote villages, visit castles and admire the towers that protected against invasion.

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landscape of the Piedmontese vineyards is surely unforgettable, but it is only the beginning. These are real places, not tourist postcards, and here you will find the people, the food, the traditions of a region that can offer more and more to the traveler.

We are at home here, and we will make you feel at home as well.

3 giorni sud minibus

Day 1 - Monferrato and home cooking

Our trip’s first stop is a masterpiece of piedmontese romanic style: Santa Maria of Vezzolano, immersed in the Monferrato countryside. We will then continue to Cocconato, where Chef Sergio and granma Cleri will be waiting us for a cooking lesson that will end in a typical lunch. In the afternoon we will leave for the Langhe region, towards Barbaresco, to plunge into the atmosphere of the Unesco Heritage vineyards.

Day 2 - The wine cathedrals, cheese and Acqui Terme

Today we will visit the beautiful cathedrals of wine in Canelli, historic cellars dug into the hill, and we will indulge in a tasting of Barbera, Moscato and Metodo Classico sparkling. We will then stop at a goat cheese producer in Moasca, to taste their products and visit the farm and meet the animals. We will then continue to Acqui Terme where we will visit the “Bollente”, the thermal fountain from which water flows at 74.5 degrees centigrade, in the very center of town.

Day 3 - The Langhe of Barolo

The third day of the trip will be dedicated to the beauty of the iconic landscapes of the Langhe and the characteristic villages, with names often famous in the world but still endowed with an authentic and 'Piedmontese' soul: Barolo, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour. In the late afternoon we will return to Turin, with eyes full of beauty, and happy for these 3 days spent in the Langhe area!

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"

The price of our tour, 3 Days Minibus tour in the Langhe and Monferrato, of 449 euros per person, 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 surcharge: 50 euros total)
  • Visit of the Santa Maria di Vezzolano abbey
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Visit to the hot spring fountain in Acqui Terme
  • Visit to the “Wine Cathedrals” in Canelli with wine tasting
  • Visit to the Barolo Chapel
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm
  • Visit by minibus to the most iconic villages in the Langhe region Barolo, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour...

Our rule is simple: if an activity is planned in the tour, it's included in the price. For example, this tour includes a cooking lesson, with a lunch all together afterwards, which is included.

Dinners and other lunches are not included, because we want our travelers to be free to eat and drink what they feel like, without the constraints of a set menu or set price. Often, during our minibus travel days our travelers prefer to stay light because the tastings included in the price of the trip have satisfied them. Our guide will organize the dinner for the group listening to their opinions and tastes, and will be with the group for the evening.

The departure time for this trip is at 8 am on the first day. The time may vary slightly, between 8 and 9 am, depending on group composition, to allow everyone to join if traveling by train. About a week before departure we will confirm the exact time of the appointment. 

The meeting point is in front of Torino Porta Nuova Station, in Piazza Carlo Felice Square under the arcades in front of the Decathlon store (click here for the Google Maps coordinates).

If you travel by train or plane, you can take the opportunity to arrive the day before and visit the city, we are at your disposal to add one or more nights to your trip.

If you arrive by car, we can recommend an alternative destination for the night before, and agree on a different meeting point.

The return to Turin, at the same point of departure, is scheduled for around 6 pm on the last day. Our advice, if you don't want to spend an extra night in Turin and leave the next day, is to book your return train from 6.30pm onwards. 

For help organising the evening before the start of the trip, o the evening afterwads and for any questions or tips our Paola is happy to help you on the phone or WhatsApp ( +39 370 3506333 ), via email ([email protected]) or directly by chat by clicking here.

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.

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

For our minibus tours we have chosen a Fiat Ducato, the most spacious in its category: it accommodates up to 8 passengers on individual seats (plus the driver) and guarantees to each traveler their personal space even at full load. We gave him a name, Megamind, and with Alessandro at the helm he will be a perfect traveling companion!

It features:

  • wifi available for travelers
  • a great sound system
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • adjustable rear single seats, padded armrests and 3-point seat belts
  • modular and flexible configuration
  • high roof so you can stand up inside

We also have a more agile and small Ford Tourneo (this is called Sciapaiar), it has 9 seats as well, spacious, brand new and with all the comforts of the Ducato.

In any case you will like our minibuses, guaranteed by Giroola.

Minibus

In generale i nostri viaggiatori in solitaria che partecipano ai viaggi in minibus amano la comodità e la privacy della camera singola. Noi diamo però di solito la possibilità di condividere la stanza con altri, per chi lo desidera. In questo momento, date le norme sanitarie dell'emergenza Covid, non ci è possibile abbinare noi viaggiatori che non si conoscono, che non viaggiano già insieme. 

Per chi viaggia da solo sarà quindi obbligatorio purtroppo il supplemento camera singola, che già noi proponiamo a prezzo non ricaricato essendo molto richiesto dai nostri viaggiatori.

Before each trip we always ask our travelers about any allergies, intolerances or special food needs, and we prepare in advance with restaurants and hotels to make everyone's experience the best possible.

We also pay attention to the needs of vegetarians and vegans, ensuring that suitable alternatives are always provided. 

Adatto vegetariani e vegani

We love dogs (in the photo Thai and Brenda, which you can come to visit in our Cascina Amorosa), but on Minibus tours we cannot take them with us. Even in the case of small dogs, our tours always include activities and visits where they are not allowed.

We must also consider those who love our four-legged friends less than we do, and for those who are allergic or afraid, taking a trip by minibus with a dog can be a non-positive experience.

On our hiking trips though, we gladly accept small dogs, one for each trip, because outdoor activities and the appropriate choice of dog friendly hotels and restaurants allow us to welcome them without ruining the holiday for those who love them less than we do.

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.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 
  • HEALTH and ASSISTANCE

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

What's included

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm

Transport

  • Transportation for 3 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus

Accommodation

  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included

Activities

  • Visit of the Santa Maria di Vezzolano abbey
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Visit to the hot spring fountain in Acqui Terme
  • Visit to the “Wine Cathedrals” in Canelli with wine tasting
  • Visit to the Barolo Chapel
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm
  • Visit by minibus to the most iconic villages in the Langhe region

Book this tour

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 season schedule has undergone major changes. For all information about departures you can chat with us now, or call Paola at +39.370.350.63.33

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

Reviews

Daniela
5

By minibus

Monferrato, Langhe and Roero, plumbed and savored intensely. Our tour guide Marco, with his deep knowledge of the area, has shuttled us through streets, lanes and country lanes, in a continuous discovery of villages, cellars, abbeys and medieval towers and vineyards! What a show of vineyards! Pampered, yes it is the right word, pampered! Ate in fine restaurants and slept in beautiful locations. The cooking class is also very interesting; ravioli del plin and tagliatelle have no more secrets ;-) An experience above our expectations, thanks Marco and thanks Giroola. (automatic translation by Google)
Margherita P.
5

Easter tour Langhe, Roero, Monferrato

Our second tour with Giroola and with new pleasant travel companions, up and down hills among hazel groves and vineyards, castles and small villages with towers and terraces from which to let your gaze wander over quiet and relaxing landscapes. Interesting tastings, the cheerful welcome of grandma Cleri and Sergio, the knowledge of young lovers of their land and its products that seek there to build the future, the accurate organization of the itinerary and the reassuring and discreet presence of Alessandro: we are very satisfied and highly recommend it. (automatic translation by Google)