Rail holiday travelling to Piemonte and the Barolo vineyards by train
Relax and enjoy stunning scenery as you journey through Europe by train to Piemonte in northern Italy. This is a region of alpine peaks in the north, flat river valleys further south, rolling vineyards with attractive villages and forested hills dotted with mediaeval castles. The city of Turin is known as a great industrial centre but is in fact, outstandingly rich in architectural gems. A rail holiday to the Piemonte region, home to the magnificent Barolo vineyards, typically appeals to lovers of wine and food, art and architecture and dramatic, natural but also gloriously cultivated landscapes.Leave London just before 8am, change in Paris then continue on to Turin where you arrive just after 6pm before continuing to La Locanda del Sant'Uffizio. An excellent alternative to the suggested rail holiday is to take a later Eurostar from London and stay overnight in Paris, allowing you to take an early morning train which arrives into Turin just after lunch. Another option is to return through the stunning scenery of Switzerland, staying overnight in Lausanne or Geneva before returning to London via Paris.Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay oneBegin your rail holiday by leaving the UK at about 8am, travelling on the Eurostar to Paris Nord. Change stations and board a high-speed train to Turin. Watch the scenery change as you travel south, passing through Lyon and Chambery before climbing into the Alps and crossing the border to Italy. You arrive in Turin just after 6pm, and collect a hire-car to drive to the Locanda del Sant'Uffizio where you stay for seven nights. Days two to sevenExplore Piemonte at leisure from your base in the tiny village of Cioccaro di Penango. Piemonte beckons lovers of wine and food, art and architecture and dramatic, natural landscapes. Spend your time here enjoying the sights, food and wine that this beautiful region has to offer.RETURN OPTION 1 - DIRECTDay eightCheck out of your hotel and return to Turin at about 10am, where you catch a train to Paris before changing to a Eurostar to London. Arrive back in the UK just before 8pm. RETURN OPTION 2: VIA LAUSANNEDay eightCheck out of your hotel and return to Turin for your train that leaves around 4pm. Change at Milan’s Rho Fiera station and continue your journey to Lausanne. This part of the journey takes you along the shore of Lake Maggiore before travelling through the spectacular Simplon pass and following the course of the Rhone to Lake Geneva. Arrive in Lausanne just after 8.30pm. Stay overnight at the Hotel Angleterre et Residence.Day nineLeave Lausanne around midday on the high speed TGV train to Paris. Change stations here and board the Eurostar to London, where you finish your rail holiday around 7.30pm.PRICES From £1,370 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,230 per person for second class rail travel. Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included?First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarAt the hotels:7 nights' bed and breakfast in a Garden Room at La Locanda del Sant’Uffizio in PiemonteCategory A car-hire for the duration of your stay in PiemonteWhat’s not included?Meals other than breakfastEarly check in or late check outs at hotels – though we can arrange this on request.Supplements for alternative route optionsAny services not mentioned aboveDatesThis rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week. Please note that for travel on some days of the week it is necessary to stop over in Paris.For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view our train guide.
Below is some information regarding each of the hotels featured in this touring itinerary. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations - please contact us for full details.La Locanda del Sant’Uffizio – Cioccaro di Penango – 4 starLocanda del Sant'Uffizio is a wonderfully peaceful hotel which was originally a 16th century Benedictine Monastery, located near a tiny village nestled in the hills of Monferrato. Surrounded by the vineyards of Monferrato and extensive parkland, its large windows overlook the enchanting scenery of the Piemonte region. La Locanda’s 40 rooms are decorated in period style with tasteful antique furniture and soft warm colours. The hotel is known throughout the region for its restaurant which serves the very best of local cuisine, complimented by fine regional wines.See more on La Locanda del Sant'UffizioOption: Hotel Angleterre et Residence – Lausanne – 4 starOn the shores of Lake Geneva with stunning views of the Alps, this hotel comprises of five different buildings surrounding the main Reception. The hotel offers contemporary style in a historic setting with parts of the buildings dating back to the 18th century. The 75 bedrooms and Junior Suites are scattered between four buildings, each with their own distinct styles, but all guests will benefit from the same high standards of care from the friendly, professional staff.
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CapitalRome AirportThere is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.30) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps National holidays in Italy Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days: 1 January 6 January (Epiphany) Easter Monday 25 April (Liberation Day) 1 May (Labour Day) 15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 1 November (All Saints) 8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Christmas Day Boxing Day There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.
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