SALT & WIND X BORDER FREE TRAVELS

INVITE YOU ON A CURATED FOOD TOUR & GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN

Turin, Asti, & Alba,
Piedmont,
Italy

CELEBRATE FALL FLAVORS IN NORTHERN ITALY’S RED WINE CAPITAL

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PIEDMONT, ITALY BOUTIQUE GROUP TRAVEL

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Curated Experiences. Hands-On Classes. Insider Access.

Salt & Wind Travel group trips started in Northern Italy because we love the rich food and wine culture in this region. Starting 2019, we’ll be expanding our trips to include a group trip to a spot that’s on the top of every Italian food and wine lover’s bucket list: Piedmont!

Starting in June 2019, we’ll be partnering with Kristen Kellogg of Border Free Travels to host trips to Piedmont from Turin to Asti and Alba.

Join our group trip or have us create a custom Piedmont itinerary for you!

TYPES OF TRAVELERS ON THIS TRIP:

Couples, Siblings, Mother-Daughter, Friends, & Solo Travelers

WAYS TO TRAVEL TO THIS DESTINATION:


 

FROM TURIN TO ASTI AND ALBA

Why Travel To Piedmont?

Ask any foodie for their favorite food region in Italy and one thing’s for sure: Piedmont will be very high up on their list. The region’s largest city — Turin — is known worldwide as the home town of FIAT cars and the legendary Juventus soccer team.

But we love it for its food feats. We’re talking Turin is the home to a slew of delicious things like gianduja (as in the chocolate-hazelnut combo that Nutella made famous), red vermouth, grissini, espresso, and the gourmet food hall that is EATALY.

And we haven’t even gotten into the local produce — chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, truffles — or the red wines — Barolo! Barbaresco! — which are among the most celebrated in the world. So, yes, this will very much be a food trip as we head from city to countryside and sip and taste our way from Turin to Asti and Alba.

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PIEDMONT BOUTIQUE group TRAVEL

Group Trip Hosts

Travel Experts. Hospitality Professionals. Local Hosts.

Aida, a trained chef, author, Food Network personality, and food expert, and Kristen, a travel connoisseur and filmmaker, share a passion for all things creative. Fittingly, the friends met while traveling and spent that trip doing their favorite things: tasting the cuisine, trying local products, and endlessly exploring. 

Our Aida Mollenkamp lived in Italy for a few years and it was on one of her first trips abroad that Kristen first fell for Italy. The ladies have hosted all the Mexico trips together and will start co-hosting trips together in 2019.

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All In The Details

Your Piedmont Trip Includes...

What's included in a Salt & Wind x Border Free Travels group trip :

  • Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi in Turin

  • Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi in Piedmont countryside

  • A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant

  • All meals listed in the itinerary (plus 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)

  • Hands-on cooking class with host and chef, Aida Mollenkamp 

  • Street food tour conducted by the regional food experts 

  • Market tours and indie boutique visits with local creatives

  • A group concierge to help with any extra events you may want to plan

  • A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment

  • Group transportation from the countryside to Turin airport and to/from all events listed 

  • Professionally shot 10 edited group photos daily 

  • Gratuities for all meals, hotels, and drivers

  • A few gifts from some of our favorite food & travel brands

  • A couple surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?)

What's not included in a Salt & Wind group travel experience:

  • Any incidental expenses in Italy not listed above

  • Gratuities for photographer, concierge, and trip host

  • Required travel insurance

  • Any extra excursions or events you plan with our concierge

  • Transportation from your home to/from Turin, Italy

  • Ground transportation from Turin area airport to Turin hotel

  • Alcohol beyond the 1 alcoholic drink included at both lunch and dinner

 

Sample Piedmont Itinerary

Each of group travel experiences is unique so we don't have a set Piedmont itinerary. However, we work with the same partners to guarantee quality across all trips.

Want more info? Email us at travel@saltandwind.com for a full itinerary!

Day 1: Turin

HISTORIC Tour in Turin | FREE TIME | APERITIVO CRAWL | Dinner In Turin | Overnight In Turin

Day 4: Wine Country

Drive To Wine Country | Cooking Class In Wine Country | Dinner at a Slow Food Restaurant | Overnight In Wine Country

Day 7: Head Home

BREAKFAST IN WINE COUNTRY | HEAD TO TURIN

Day 2: Lake Maggiore

Day Trip To Lake Maggiore | Villa Tour | Private Boat Cruise | Dinner In Turin | Overnight In Turin

Day 5: Wine Country

Wine Tasting In Piedmont || Slow Food Tasting || Dinner at a Slow Food Restaurant || Overnight In Wine Country

Day 3: Turin

Artisan Tour of Turin || Free Time To Explore || Aperitivo and Dinner In Turin || Overnight In Turin

Day 6: Wine Country

Wine Tasting In Piedmont || Dinner At A Michelin-Starred Restaurant || Overnight In Wine Country


Italy Boutique Hotels

Turin Boutique Hotel

We start our Piedmont group trips by staying at one of the highest-rated boutique hotels in Turin. Minimal design, great service, and great food are givens. And the fact it’s set in the center of Turin means you can make the most of your free time. 

 

Boutique Countryside Resort

During our time in the Piedmontese countryside, we’ll stay at an historic property in the countryside. With recently remodeled rooms and restaurants on site, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy your free time.

 
 

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS...

Northern Italy Group Travel FAQs

So, you have a few questions? Well, we've got answers!


WHY PIEDMONT?

Why do you travel to Piedmont?

Ask any foodie for their favorite food region in Italy and one thing’s for sure: Piedmont will be very high up on their list. The region’s largest city — Turin — is known worldwide as the home town of FIAT cars and the legendary Juventus soccer team. But we love it for its food feats. We’re talking Turin is the home to a slew of delicious things like gianduja (as in the chocolate-hazelnut combo that Nutella made famous), red vermouth, grissini, espresso, and the gourmet food hall that is EATALY.

And we haven’t even gotten into the local produce — chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, truffles — or the red wines — Barolo! Barbaresco! — which are among the most celebrated in the world. So, yes, this will very much be a food trip as we head from city to countryside and sip and taste our way from Turin to Asti and Alba.

ITALY GROUP TRIP ATTENDEES

What sort of traveler would enjoy the Italy group trip?

Our Piedmont group trip is curated for the easy going food lover who enjoys the cross-section of high and low tourism. We’ll be mixing the two often to create an authentically Italian experience for our travelers, meaning one day will be lunching on a pizza in the streets of Turin and the next will be doing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The days are packed with oodles of activities, and some surprises are in store, so high energy, get-up-and-go attitudes are encouraged. An open-minded traveler who is sympathetic to the changing environment of a foreign country will have the best time.

How many guests are there total? Who else is going on this trip?

We cap our group travel experiences at 12 guests and then there are 3 to 5 staff with us at any given time (that's counting the driver, the photographer, concierge, tour guides, and our founder/host, Aida Mollenkamp). This makes for a big enough group to keep it lively but small enough you don't feel like you're actually part of a group.

We encourage you to bring a friend, significant other, or family member, because we price our trips for double occupancy rooms and we think it's always more fun to have a roomie you know. That said we love adventures solo travelers and welcome them with open arms!

TRIP DETAILS

How much driving is involved?. 

The entire itinerary takes place within the region of Piedmont (about 100 mile radius) so there’s never too much car time. And, we do our best to break it up so you never have to be in the car for more than 2 hours at one time. Of course, unforeseen circumstances or traffic could cause delays but we’ll do our best to keep it under control. 

How much walking is involved?

To us, the best way to get to know a city is by walking it. That said, while we're in Turin, we'll plan on walking anywhere from 1 to e miles daily, weather permitting. We go at a leisurely pace and it's all flat so it's never too overwhelming; however, we can always call a cab or Uber if you're tired! When we're in the countryside, the best way to get around is by car so you'll only be walking to get around wineries or around the town where we're staying. 

Can I bring a friend or significant other with me?

Please do! Rooms for the Piedmont trip are priced for double occupancy to make it super simple. Just indicate when you book that you would like to room together so we can arrange it for you!

Are food and drinks covered?

For the most part, yes! All wine tastings and meals listed in the Italy itinerary are included (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner). Our seated meals will be served either family-style, as a fixed menu, or as tasting menus, which allows our restaurant partners to service our large group in a consistent manner. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

What kind of food and drink will there be? 

Regional Italian Food

When it comes to Italian food: there is no "one" Italian food but rather tens of regional styles that come together as the food we call "Italian." Over the course of our Italy trip you'll get to know the food from Lombardy as we visit markets, do street food tours, shop at gourmet stores, and dine at various Italian restaurants. 

Will I need extra spending money? Should it be Euros?

If you would like to shop for yourself, there will be a few opportunities to do so. Anything you shop for is to be paid by you, separately. We will make various ATM stops so you can pull out some euros. Oh, and be sure to your bank know your leaving the country.

I don’t speak Italian, is this a problem?

Absolutely not! All of our partners speak Italian and our host, Aida, is a highly proficient at Italian.

There’s a lot here — how busy will I be?

We want you to really get to know the areas we’re traveling; however, we know that you’re on vacation and will want downtime. That said most days will have a few hours of activities, but, to keep it doable, we don’t usually start until around 10 AM and we try to pepper in a fair amount of free time in the afternoon. All activities are optional though there are no refunds for activities you opt to not attend. 

What is the weather like? What should I pack?

Northern Italy's weather is similar to the East Coast of the United States. We head there in the Spring and Fall when the temperatures ranges from the high 40s at night to the low 70s during the day and it does rain every so often. We recommend packing lots of layers, some rain gear, and a few scarves and hats.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have partnered with hotels that meet the Salt & Wind standards of service. 

Room Options

Double Occupancy

Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you're a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you'll each pay the double occupancy rate. Please indicate if you want two separate beds or one bed so we can plan accordingly.

Single Occupancy

Need some alone time? We hear you. That's why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself. 

Roommates

If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy and have the room all to yourself. Please contact us at travel@saltandwind.com to discuss further. 

How many Americans will I run into? 

The fact that Turin and Piedmont is a lesser-visited corner of Italy by Americans? That means it’s not (yet) as touristy as better known towns like Venice, Rome, and Florence. Of course, in the summertime there will be more tourists overall than in the colder months. 

LOGISTICS

What is the best airport to fly into?

The main airports that service Piedmont are Turin though you could even fly into Malpensa, Linate, or Bergamo. Here's a little more info on each airport:

Turin

This is the main airport in Piedmont and it serves most of Northwest Italy. You can fly into here from a few East Coast cities while people from the West Coast will have to connect somewhere else in Europe.

Malpensa

This is the major airport serving Northern Italy and has the most direct flight options from the United States. Keep in mind that most direct flights from the US into Malpensa are from the East Coast. So, if you're flying from the somewhere else in the US (like us), you're going to likely have to layover to get to Malpensa. That's when we'd recommend you then compare flight options into Linate since you'll land just minutes from central Milan. 

Linate

More of a business traveler and commuter airport, this is a smaller airport that we find to be the most manageable of all the area airports.  We always try to fly in and out of Linate airport because it is just about 20 minutes from central Milan. However, when flying from the United States you will always need to layover somewhere in order to fly to Linate. 

Bergamo

You can usually find really good flight deals into Bergamo. The big disadvantage is that it takes more time (by train, rental car, or taxi) and money to get to Milan from Bergamo. We recommend this option if you are extending your trip beyond the Salt & Wind dates and want to rent a car to then explore the Italian Alps. 

Have more questions or need more help? Reach out to us at travel@saltandwind.com and we can answer your questions or put you in touch with our travel agent to help you with bookings. 

Do I have to get to and from the airport by myself?

Upon arrival in Italy, you are responsible to get FROM the airport to Turin; however, included in your trip fee is car service back to the airport or Turin on the last day. If you decide to extend your trip or fly out of an airport that is not in the Turin area, that is not included in the trip price.

Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com once you have your flights and we can help arrange car service on the front end of the trip if you so desire.

I don’t live close by. Can you book my flight?

The trip price does not cover airfare from your hometown to Turin, Italy, but we can help! Just ask and we'll connect you with our Salt & Wind travel agent who can assist you with flight and other travel details.

I need more time off! Can I add additional days on to the trip?

Great! We plan to add on day trips or trip extensions to the trips in the near future. For now, you can use our concierge (for an additional fee) to arrange additional tours, restaurants, or hotel nights. And, if you want to stay longer in Italy or Europe, we can help you get preferred rates with our hotel partners.

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

I gotta ask...is it safe?

Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit.  We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe, but we urge you to check the U.S. State Department website to make your own determinations. You can also enroll in the STEP program for travel warnings and updates.

As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes.

Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?

This area of Italy has a long history of U.S. tourists so the quality of care is excellent. You can also look into buying a MedeVac such as AirMed if you want to be taken somewhere else for medical care.

Do you recommend trip insurance?

Yes, we actually require travel insurance for each and every traveler. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm. 

Does Global Entry help with expediting customs?

If you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the CBP Global Entry program, which allow you to have expedited customs experience. Global Entry is used anytime travelers return to the U.S. from an international trip and it help expedite customs and border patrol, so you'll be able to use it above and beyond the Salt & Wind trip too! Also, FYI, Global Entry enrollment includes TSA Pre Check so you'll get both when you apply.

PRICING & PAYMENT

For a specific trip's pricing please visit the "Reserve" section of the site.

For more specifics on payment, head to our general FAQs and be sure to take a look at our Booking Terms and Conditions for the fine print.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Have additional questions? Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com