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Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour

Piemonte's Slow Food & the Ligurian Coast

From $5,198 - $5,898 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,660 to $1,810 for sgl. occ.)

From vineyards, forests and alpine foothills to pebble beaches on the Mediterranean. From white truffles and bold Barolo in the land of Slow Food to heavenly frutti di mare pulled fresh from the sea. Take your time. Soak it all in. And savor the endless joys of Piedmont and Portofino. A perfect pairing.

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Piedmont to Portofino Italy walking map

Highlights

  • Discover the quintessential sights, flavors and character of two delightfully distinct regions of Italy
  • Gaze upon the idyllic scenery of Le Langhe, a World Heritage landscape graced with castles and hillsides laced with vineyards
  • Hike Liguria's breathtaking coastline and visit exquisite villages including Camogli and Portofino
  • Savor wine and truffles, Michelin-starred dinners and outstanding seafood along the Mediterranean
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Start Turin / End Genoa

Piedmont to Portofino Italy walking map

Itinerary

Day 1 Walk on quiet roads and vineyard trails with sweeping vistas of Piedmont's vine-covered hills | Follow a trail used by generations of monks to reach the 17th-century San Maurizio monastery | Today this splendid estate is a luxury hotel—and our abode | Delight in superb regional flavors during our Michelin-starred meal.

Day 2 From Monforte d'Alba, descend to the Tanaro River Valley and into the surrounding forest | Walk down to Barolo, perhaps stopping for a taste of local wine before a vigorous ascent to La Morra | Partake in an exclusive tasting in the subterranean wine cellars of Canelli.

Day 3 Hike across the ridgeline from San Cristoforo down into Gavi | Delve into Piedmont's wine culture on our visit to Villa Sparina's private cellar. 

Day 4 Follow trails lined with age-old stone walls from Santa Margherita Ligure to posh Portofino, where the rich and famous come to play | Hike along the coast to a beach or linger at a café near Portofino's yacht-filled harbor.

Days 5-6 Sip on a caffé macchiato in the charming hamlet of San Rocco | Ramble from Ruta to Camogli along paths that are centuries old | Over lunch near Camogli's postcard-perfect waterfront, discover why Ligurian cuisine is so acclaimed | Hike to the lighthouse at the tip of the Portofino Peninsula. 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,698 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $5,198 - $5,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,660 to $1,810 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Relais San Maurizio
Relais San Maurizio

Santo Stefano Belbo (2 nights)

L'Ostelliere Villa Sparina
L'Ostelliere Villa Sparina

Gavi (1 night)

Hotel Splendido
Belmond Hotel Splendido

Portofino (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Piedmont and Portofino

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Relais San Maurizio

Relais San Maurizio

Santo Stefano Belbo (2 nights)

This former Franciscan monastery is now a luxurious hotel celebrated for its serene hilltop setting and Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

L'Ostelliere Villa Sparina

L'Ostelliere Villa Sparina

Gavi (1 night)

Originally a 17th-century farmhouse, this hidden gem—with a world-class wine cellar—is perched on a hill overlooking vineyards and woodland. (spa)

Hotel Splendido

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Portofino (2 nights)

The ultimate extravagance, adorned with romantic frescoes, this world-renowned villa overlooks Portofino's yacht harbor. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3* 200 4* 500 6 700
2 4* 500 6* 600 7* 700 10* 1600
3 4* 500 5* 800 8 1400
4 1* 500 5 1200 7 1300
5 2* 700 4* 900 6 1400
3 700
6 3 500
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is a mix of rolling forested dirt paths, well-maintained hiking trails and paved in-town walkways.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttles

To bring you to our favorite parts of Piedmont, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. So although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van for an hour or so on most days, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next hike.

Why Travel with Backroads in Piedmont and Portofino

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Piedmont and Portofino trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Piedmont and Portofino has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Piedmont and Portofino trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Best Leaders in Piedmont and Portofino

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Piedmont and Portofino, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Piedmont and Portofino you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Piedmont and Portofino live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

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Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
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Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttles

To bring you to our favorite parts of Piedmont, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. So although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van for an hour or so on most days, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next hike.
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