Piedmont with Mark Estee
November 21 - 27, 2022 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Savor the Slow Life
Join chef Mark Estee for a culinary adventure in the birthplace of Slow Food
November 21 - 27, 2022
One departure only—reserve your spot today
7 days, 6 nights
Heart of Piedmont from Turin to Bra, Gavi, Langhe and Asti
The flavors linger in your mouth. You’ve tasted a perfectly crafted glass of Barolo in its birthplace, and tasted rare regional cheese made the old-fashioned way, with hard work and a passion for tradition. Now, you step onto a terrace and look out at the expanse of vineyards, noting the shades of green that paint the hillsides and Alps in the distance. You’ve met local producers and tasted sparkling wines harvested from nearby vineyards, truffles sniffed out by dogs as you cheered them on. Despite the endless array of food and incredible company, this trip has been a lesson in slowing down. For as much as the Piedmont way is to preserve the local ecosystem, flavor and tradition it also keeps the memories alive.
With you on this seven-day Piedmont adventure is chef Mark Estee. He’s the Food Network star of “Undercover Chef,” and the local-food pioneer transforming Nevada’s food scene with award-winning restaurants that showcase what’s fresh from local farmers and ranchers. It is Mark’s nod to his own Italian heritage—he travels frequently to Italy—and to the simple pleasure of his grandmother’s cooking.
If you crave good food, beautiful scenery and a fresh take on food culture, this trip is for you. We’ll go deep in the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. We’ll meet the producers keeping centuries-old traditions alive and, at every turn, savoring Piedmont’s unforgettable flavors.
The ethos of Slow Food in its birthplace, the centuries of care for producers and the land working in harmony
The flavors of Piedmont: white truffles, agnolotti pasta and aged Gorgonzola, rich Barolos and crisp Cortese di Gavi
Your eyes on northern Italy’s rolling hills and ancient vineyards, as much a fixture of the region as the mighty Alps
With Mark and his unwavering commitment to local food and producers, alongside a group of like-minded travelers
3 Reasons to Travel with Mark Estee
With a larger-than-life personality, it’s only fitting that Mark Estee is celebrity chef to “The Biggest Little City in the World,” as well as the newest Food Network star. A staple of Nevada's culinary scene, Mark is also a passionate pioneer in the local food movement: “Our job is to buy great products and not eff them up!” He sources ingredients for his award-winning restaurants from area farmers, ranchers, butchers and vendors. Fresh. Local. Simple. And the perfect companion to explore Piedmont and the birthplace of Slow Food.
Italia, La Mia Patria
Mark has started a handful of successful Italian restaurants. He's a frequent visitor to Italy, and he can't wait to share it. “It's an adventure, you know, we're going on an adventure together.”
In the Family
Mark was born and raised Italian-Greek just outside Boston, and he perfected his red sauce at an early age. From cooking Sunday dinner with his dad to simmering huge batches of sauce for his high school football team, Italian food is in his blood.
Local Food Pioneer
Mark is one of the first chefs in Nevada to source his ingredients from local farmers and ranchers. “I used to call and say 'I'd like 10 pounds of green asparagus and 10 pounds of white asparagus and 10 pounds of purple asparagus.' Now I call and say, 'What do you have? And they send me what they have.”
Turin Palace HotelTurin
Wide windows and spacious balconies make it easy to enjoy Turin from afar. Light-filled rooms and all the modern comforts make it the perfect base to explore the city.
Set near lush woods and the sprawling vineyards of Monterotondo, our boutique villa hotel is the perfect nature-meets-luxury experience, set in a beautifully restored 18th-century farmhouse manor with all the modern comforts. It's also a working vineyard, producing acclaimed Gavi and Barbera wines stored on the grounds in historic cellars you can visit in between visits to the spa or simply wandering the expansive grounds.
Once upon a time, parts of what is now Relais Sant’Uffizio operated as a monastery used for producing wine. Today, the luxurious Sant’Uffizio is surrounded by peaceful green vineyards and is the ideal place to unwind after a day exploring the region’s wineries.
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What does the price include?
Six nights at four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare to Italy; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the Turin Palace Hotel in Turin, Italy. The closest airport is the Torino International Airport (TRN). We recommend arriving one day early in Turin to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends in the small town of Cioccaro, Italy. The closest airport is Torino International Airport (TRN), about 75 minutes away. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later from TRN.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is an $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel before July 24, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 25, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 22, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).