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Piedmont to Portofino Walking & Hiking Tour

From Alpine Foothills to the Ligurian Coast

  • Discover the sights, flavors and character of two delightfully distinct regions of Italy
  • Fall in love with the idyllic scenery of Le Langhe, a World Heritage landscape graced with tranquil hamlets, castles and hillsides laced with vineyards
  • Hike Liguria's breathtaking coastline and visit exquisite villages including Camogli and Portofino
  • In the land of the Slow Food Movement, savor wine and truffles, Michelin-starred dinners and outstanding seafood along the Mediterranean
  • Experience unabashed luxury at Portofino's Hotel Splendido, one of Italy's most glamorous getaways

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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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 for two nights  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 the local lifeblood 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  Visit the ancient fort or traverse the rustic countryside to our hotel  Delve into Piedmont's wine culture on our visit to Villa Sparina's private cellar  Tonight, relish another unforgettable dinner.

Day 4 Follow trails lined by ancient 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  Fond of focaccia? You'll love the local variation!  Greet your final morning with a hike to the lighthouse at the tip of the Portofino Peninsula.

Loved this trip so much that we are signed up for another adventure. Can't say enough about the people and the experience. They thought of everything!
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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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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. (pool, 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)

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This was the first Backroads trip I have done, and the first hiking trip I have ever taken. Though the hiking part was a challenge, it was well worth it! I was so impressed with the leaders and the organization of the company. Federica and Massi were fantastic. I always felt taken care of and encouraged when I thought the next hill was a little steep! The group of people on this trip were lovely - and it was so great to see so many people who were not first-timers. Again, very impressed with everything from the routes, the communications, the accommodations to the food. What a nice way to travel! Thank you Backroads for a fantastic experience. Loved the PIedmont to Portofino trip!

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Dates & Prices

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.

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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.

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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 2* 200 4* 500 6 700
2 4* 500 6* 600 7* 700 10* 1600
3 3* 500 5* 600 6* 1500 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 route ratings 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Piedmont and Portofino

We're Flexible in All the Right Ways

Connecting the castles and vineyards of Le Langhe to the elegant villages of the Ligurian coast, our unique itinerary lets you decide how much you want to explore each day, with a mix of easy and challenging options, plus more leaders, local guides and van support than anyone else in active travel. And the hotels, including the all-suite Splendido in Portofino, are the highest-value properties offered by any company in this region – at a highly competitive price.

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 Premiere Inn trip, 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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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,798 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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