Arrive independently at the beautiful destination of Stresa in Lake Maggiore, and stay overnight in one of the boutique hotels that line its shores.
After a delicious breakfast, start the day by meeting your personal guide at the Stresa Pier beside the lake, and enjoy a boat trip to the scenic islands of Isola Pescatori and Isola Bella. Part of the Borromean islands, these two stunning locations feature sweeping views of Lake Maggiore’s shores and the incredible forests that cover the hills down to the water. You can spot the popular resort towns that surround the lake from the islands as well, including Verbania, Cannero Riviera, Cannobio, Stresa and Baveno.
The Borromean islands themselves are situated right in the middle of Lake Maggiore, home to a magical mix of natural beauty and art. Isola Bella features a stunning Baroque palace and huge, elaborate garden, whilst Isola Pescatori has a rustic village made up of colourful buildings that carry a particular rural charm. The journey to both of these islands will offer a perfect chance to appreciate the unique shoreline of Lake Maggiore from the water, and take in its historic buildings and gorgeous landscape.
You will return to your hotel in the evening and spend another night in Lake Maggiore.
After breakfast in your hotel, a private driver will meet you for a transfer from Stresa to Alba. This journey includes a stop in the Monferrato villages for independent exploration of the area, taking in the incredible surrounding countryside and ancient castles and houses. The architecture and vineyards are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their history and contribution to Italian wine-making across the country.
Your next stop will be the town of Asti, known for the famous Palio horse racing event that has been running since the 13th century. This charming location is full of sightseeing spots, including the gothic Cathedral di Asti Santa Maria, historic palaces and quaint churches and towers.
Before reaching your final destination of Alba you will be treated to your first wine-tasting experience of this trip at an established estate, featuring a detailed introduction to the history and flavour of Monferrato’s wine. You will reach Alba by the evening and spend the night in the town.
The fourth day of this trip is spent with a private driver transporting you from the village of Vergne to the medieval town of La Morra and then to the village of Barolo, home to a number of world-famous vineyards. This route takes you through the beautiful Langhe and Roero region, and you can admire the hills, cliffside villages and sprawling vineyards that cover the landscape as you travel.
The real highlight of today is the incredible variety of food and wine that you will be able to sample wherever you visit. The area is home to an incredibly high standard of cuisine that you can enjoy whilst surrounded by stunning scenery; the ultimate experience of fine Italian dining.
Your second wine-tasting of the trip takes place when you return to Alba, and will be another personalised experience with an expert who will guide you through the tasting process and answer any question you may have about the region and its vineyards.
Depart from Alba independently to either continue your travels or make your way home.