Food & Wine: Turin Chocolate Festival & Northern Italy

12 days Food & Wine, Special Event
Begin your tour in Turin, home of the CioccolaTÒ chocolate festival. Then, expand your palate with the unique flavors of Northern Italy, from truffles in the Langhe and wine on the Riviera to Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma and fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Turin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin and get settled in. Later, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin & CioccolaTò festival

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

• Pass through Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano

• Step inside the Royal Church of San Lorenzo

This afternoon, visit the expansive Piazza Vittorio Veneto to sample sweets from chocolatiers from all over the world at the CioccolaTÒ festival.

Day 4: Free day in Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Turin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Palace of Venaria & Gardens $89pp* Details

Travel to Turin to discover the beautifully restored Palace of Venaria, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former royal residence of the House of Savoy that’s sometimes referred to as “the Italian Versailles.” You’ll stroll through the striking Grand Gallery and see the tromp-l’oeil frescoes of the Church of St. Hubert, then enjoy wine and refreshments at the elegant palace cafe. The rest of the morning is yours to explore the stunning grounds and gardens, take a carriage ride or view exhibitions in the galleries before returning to Turin. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from March to December.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Italian Riviera via La Morra & Barolo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Stop at the village of La Morra for a panoramic view of the Langhe, the hilly Piedmont region famous for its cheeses, truffles and wines. Then, visit Barolo, a small town with one of most well-known names in Northern Italian wine.

• Enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour

• Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties

• Stop at a winery to walk through the vineyards and sample local Barolo vintages before continuing on to the Italian Riviera

Day 6: Free day in the Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cinque Terre Villages & Wine Tasting $99pp* Details

Meaning “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre is a UNESCO-recognized collection of unique villages that hug the rugged Italian coastline. Travel by boat to the beachy village of Monterosso for free time to explore. Then, continue your boat ride to Vernazza for a tasting of local wines accompanied by signature Ligurian foods like pesto and focaccia. Please note: Boat ride is weather dependent. In inclement weather, villages will be visited by train

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Bologna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights.

• Stop at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting

• Visit a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

• Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university

• Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and explore Piazza Maggiore

Spend a free afternoon in Bologna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dozza Village & Castle Wine Tasting $69pp* Details

Travel to the medieval village of Dozza. Though off the beaten path, Dozza is known for the brilliantly colored, contemporary frescoes painted on homes throughout the village. Wine novices and experts alike will savor a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, located within a 13th-century fortress. A professional sommelier will lead you on a tour of the enoteca, which displays a seemingly infinite number of regional wines from some of Italy's finest wineries in Emilia Romagna. You’ll be invited to taste three types of wine accompanied by a light snack.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 9: Free day in Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cooking lesson

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Verona via Valpolicella

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your guide on a tour of the “city of love.” 

• Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Romeo & Juliet, including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony 

• Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona  Arena (a Roman amphitheater), Piazza della Erbe and Lamberti’s Tower

Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the city of Venice.

Add Venice Starting from $499 pp

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tastings

Transfer to Venice, stopping in the Province of Treviso along the way.

• Tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production

• Enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of 3 different Proseccos, white wines that are comparable to Champagne

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide.

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• Explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.  * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable handling your own luggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Florence. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear.  
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance. 

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. 
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.

Electricity

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET) in the United States. When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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