FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
“I like wine and am interested in learning more about it. Is this tour for wine experts only?”
Do you enjoy wine? Then this tour is for you! All wine lovers are welcome, no matter how much you know or don’t know about the beloved fermented beverage. With wine professionals within your reach the entire trip, take advantage of their expertise and you will be bound to learn something new! (And if wine doesn’t interest you but you consider yourself an appreciator of carefully crafted artisanal goods, this tour will certainly have some elements of intrigue for you.)
“I’m not a big drinker. Is this a heavy-on-the-wine experience?”
While your glass will always be “full” in one sense or another, this is not a tipsy tour of Italy! Although it is custom for Italians to have a glass of wine with dinner and often with lunch, it is always up to you. The tour is lovely and immersive even if your preferred drink is cappuccino or Pellegrino.
“Can you share what the meals will be like?”
Plan to eat well! We will be dining together for most meals enjoying fresh ingredients of the season and of the region. Breakfast will be European-style and typically on the lighter side. Lunch and dinner will be plentiful! Accommodations will be made if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies. Dining in Italy is absolutely delicious for all carnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans!
“Are the accommodations luxurious?”
On the first and last night of the tour we will stay at a very elegant hotel in Turin’s city center. Our other two accommodations are lovely and rustic. While spending time in the serene countryside we will be hosted by a sweet family at their sustainably-run Agriturismo surrounded by their organic vineyards and hazelnut trees. In Cinque Terre we stay at an Agriturismo run by two charming brothers where each room is unique and steps away from sweeping views of the Ligurian Sea. (*please note: because we will be in the heart of the village of Corniglia it is possible you will hear the hourly church bells at night!) In the country and by the sea we will sleep without a/c but fans will be provided if needed. In all rooms there is an ensuite bathroom.
“Will I have to think about plans while I’m on vacation?”
While you may have to choose your own flavor of gelato, from beginning to end you can rest easy knowing that everything has been considered and curated for you.
“Will I feel like a number and rushed to try to follow a strict itinerary?”
Vapiano Tours are all about Slow Travel. The itinerary has been thoughtfully created and has taken into consideration the importance of down time and spaciousness. You will have extended time to go for walks on your own, shop, read on the terrace or write to your friends or family back home. Keeping an easy pace to our days you will hopefully feel comfortably immersed in Italy! The number of travelers will be always be under 14 to keep our experience intimate and relaxing for everyone.
“My family is considering going on a tour and there are 7 of us. Are you able to accommodate?”
Sì, certo! In this instance a Private Wine Tour is recommended which would be personalized for you and your family with any specific needs taken care of. Please get in touch and we’ll get started on your planning!
“Will each tour operate exactly as expected?”
Tours are curated with as much precision as humanly possible – and sometimes we are greeted with surprises. Vapiano tends to attract a savvy and kind traveler who understands that sometimes the best moments are the unexpected! That said, you can expect our travels to be smooth going and sweetly paced.
“Do I need to be vaccinated?”
Currently Italy is no longer requiring an individual to be vaccinated to enter the country. Vapiano Tours also does not require travelers to be vaccinated, however all travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the first day of the tour to ensure a healthy trip for the entire group.
“Does this tour require me to be in ultra-fit physical condition?”
Perhaps the most strenuous activity on the Piedmont + Liguria Tour will be our hike in Cinque Terre which includes some elevation. While your participation is welcome for all activities, you are invited to opt out of any event as you wish and choose quiet time to yourself maybe with a journal, sketch pad or book. Vapiano Tours are about slowing down so please go at your preferred pace!