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Vineyards of Piemonte to the Ligurian Riviera

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Every Saturday from 23rd March to 12th October
  • Location: Alba
Tour Details

Time to enjoy and wonderful hiking experience as you walk from the famous vineyards of Piemonte, such as Barolo to the Mediterranean Sea. First, you start in Piemonte’s Langhe region, frankly the gourmet region in Italy. The Langhe is famous worldwide for its truffles, cheese and most of all the world-famous wine. This stunning region is especially easy to explore along picturesque hiking trails through vineyards and medieval villages situated in an imposing location on top of hills. Then you move into the Liguria region and the Liguria’s mountains.  Over the mountain range, you shall be met with panoramic views,  with glances onto the snow-capped Maritime Alps, the impressive Monte Rosa-massif and soon onto the turquoise-blue coastline. Along colourful paths and accompanied by Mediterranean vegetation you arrive at the Flower Riviera, where you can contemplate your impressive week of hiking in the renowned spa town of San Remo over a glass of wine.

Starting Location

Alba

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4 star Hotels and guest houses (4 star in Alba)
  • Transfers as mentioned in the program
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation
  • 1 x Wine Tasting

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • City Taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Public transport to Albenga around 7€
  • Train Alassio to San Remo 6€
  • In July and August train to San Remo 12€
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

Alba:                           Hotel Calissano

Monteforte:                Hotel Grappolo d’Oro

Bossolasco:               Hotel La Panoramica

Millesimo:                   Hotel La Galetta

Bardineto:                  Hotel Maria Nella

Albenga:                    Hotel Marisa

San Remo:                 Hotel Lolli Palace

Walking Characteristics

During the first few days in the Langhe region, you will walk on undulating terrain including gravel, forest and dirt paths. Some section across the mountains are on stony trails, where surefootedness is required during short sections. Once along the coast, narrow trails await, particularly with great views. With nearly all daily hiking tours there are easier options to choose from.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Alba

During the day arrive at the gourmet town of Alba.  Alba has a lovely pretty old centre with countless bars and restaurants inviting you to sample Piedmont delicacies.

Day 2Alba to Monforte 10 miles 16km, 4.5 hours walking, 600/350m up/down.

Today you will have an enchanting first hike which leads you through the vineyards of the Langhe-region. You will come across amazing views during the walk. Via La Morra, renowned for its numerous wine stores, you continue along beside the grapevines of the famous Barolo wine into the world-renowned little village of Barolo. Here you can take a stroll through the alleyways to the fort and enjoy a glass of this noble wine. You continue along a forest path into the stunningly beautiful hilltop village of Monforte.

Day 3Monforte to Bossolasco/Umgebung 12.5 miles 20km, 5.5 hours walking, 700/450m up/down.

Today firstly your route takes you on undulating terrain through more vineyards, soon however you come across more and more hazelnut groves until you reach the picturesque villages of Roddino and Serravalle, where you enjoy a panoramic view from the so-called Langhe-balcony. You then ascend along a hiking trail to the Alta Langa, where the village of roses Bossolasco awaits you with wonderfully fragrant flowers and an impressive location at the top of a mountain chain.

Day 4Bossolasco/Umgebung to Millesimo 12.5 miles 20km, 5 hours walking, 450/800m up/down.

Today you walk along the mountain ridge, passing grazing herds of sheep towards Murazzano, where some famous cheese is produced. Then you cross some remote farmland and vast cornfields with views onto the snow-capped Maritime Alps until you ascend to the highest peak of the Langhe. Here old stone houses and chapels line the path. In the distance, you will start to see the sea. Lastly, you have a short transfer into the little town of Millesimo, whose old part of town is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful.

Day 5 Millesimo to Bardineto 10.6 miles 17km, 5.5 hours walking, 450/800m up/down.

Firstly, today you have a short transfer up to the Melogno pass, where you continue along a high-altitude path called the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri. Then via a mountain trail, you reach the Monte Carmo summit, from this peak, the sea seems within one’s reach. In the evening you reach the little village of Bardineto, situated amidst wooded mountain peaks.

Day 6 Bardineto to Albenga 10 miles 15km, 5 hours walking, 300/990m up/down.

Today you hike along the Ligurian long-distance path Sentiero Liguria, with spectacular panoramic views onto mountains, coastline and islands as you meander along the mountain ridge towards the sea. The leisurely option leads you into the medieval village of Castelvecchio and downhill to Zuccarello, from where you take the bus to Albenga. Today your overnight stay is located directly at the coast, so enjoy a dip in the waves before you sample the local fish at the beach restaurant.

Day 7Albenga to San Remo 8.8 miles 14km, 4.5 hours walking time, 650m up/down.

Today your final walk is a coastal hike with a great view.  Initially, you walk along the coast, then you ascend to the Alta Via Baia del Sole. This is a truly amazing hiking path along fragrant Macchia-bushes leading you via the peak of the Monte Bignone. Now you walk across terraced fields and fruit groves until you descend into the coastal village of Alassio, where you can get to experience the flair of Italian ice-cream, cafés and neat lidos. Spectacular views onto the turquoise-blue sea at the flower riviera accompany you along your train ride into the famous town of San Remo.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

NOTE: On arrival in July and in August, you will stay 2 nights in San Remo, missing the night in Albenga.

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How to get there

By plane to Turin (around 1.5 hours) or Milan (around 3 hours) and then my train to Alba.

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