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Open today:09:00 - 4:00pm

Monday
15 April
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
16 April
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
17 April
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
18 April
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
19 April
9:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday
20 April
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
21 April
10:00am - 4:00pm
Turin (Torino), panorama from the Cathedral bell tower

The birthplace of hard chocolate, Fiat and vermouth, Italy’s elegant first capital was also the inventor of everyone’s favourite chocolate spread and even the country’s film industry. Join us on a short break to this delicious city for a taste of its fascinating history and mouth-watering food!

Statue of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour in Turin - Italy

Why Go?

  • Take in the grandeur of the sights this city has to offer on a guided tour
  • Treat yourself to a local delicacy in one of the many historic cafes
  • It is the birthplace of the aperitif and nutella!
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Culture and cathedrals

Framed by the Alps, and filled with enough mouth-watering food and drink to warrant a few days of guilt-free indulgence, Turin is bursting at the seams with outstanding beauty and unmistakably Italian experiences. This scenic location of the 1960s film, The Italian Job, is also the capital of the Piedmont region and home of the ‘Slow Food’ movement. Our guided walk of the city amongst the squares, monuments, churches and palaces showcases how the culture and society of Piedmont have been influenced by chocolate over centuries. Some stopping points include the Palazzo Reale, built in the 16th century; Palazzo Madama, the municipal museum of ancient art; and the Palazzo Carignano.

Café Culture

We will also stop for a gourmet break at one of the many historic cafés; these cafés are where the Piedmontese art of pastry was born, earning the city the title of Italian Capital of Chocolate. From this tradition comes the creation Bicerin, a drink made from espresso, bitter chocolate and whipped cream that's been enjoyed by Alexandre Dumas and Ernest Hemingway. We can also sample Gianduitto, the typical local chocolate containing the hazelnut produced in the region.

Vermouth and more Chocolate!

According to sources, the ‘in’ drink in 2017 was the aromatised and fortified wine, Vermouth. ‘Born’ in Turin in the 1700s, this legendary ingredient is found in many cocktails including Martini and her sweeter sister Manhattan. We have the opportunity to make our own as we are guided by Fulvio Piccinino through a fascinating laboratory, tracing the history and hearing stories and curious anecdotes before a tasting. After, we will then be given instructions on how to prepare our own bottle using wine, herbs, sugar and extracts.

Free time to explore

There will be plenty of time to discover the city on our own but remember to visit the historical Café Al Bicerin in Piazza della Consolata or take the panoramic lift to the top of the Mole Antonelliana for 360 degree view of the city and the surrounding alps. Perhaps while away the afternoon and satisfy the senses with a rich velvety hot chocolate people watching as the winter draws in and the smell fills the air!

Best Western Crimea Torino ★★★

Our friendly hotel is located in the quiet residential area of Crimea next to the River Po and just a 20 minute walk or short bus ride into the centre of the city.

Facilities Include

There is a breakfast room and small cocktail lounge and plenty of local restaurants nearby. Bicycles are also available to rent.

Rooms Include

Our rooms all come with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, cable TV, fridge, complimentary WiFi and hairdryer.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours

TEMPERATURE

Jan 11°C, Feb 12°C, Mar 15°C, Apr 18°C, May 22°C, June 26°C, Jul 29°C, Aug 29°C, Sept 26°C, Oct 21°C, Nov 15°C, Dec 12°C

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Turin with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • ½ day chocolate experience guided tour of Turin
  • Vermouth tasting and creation
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily & 1 dinner

What’s extra:

  • City Tax - approximately €2.80 per night payable locally
  • Insurance - see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer from Turin Airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Included Programme
During your stay, two excursions are included:

  • Guided half day tour of the city with 2 tastings included
  • Vermouth experience

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €15.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Apr 13ºC

Dress Code
Comfortable wear with layers during the day. Smart casual wear is recommended for the evenings. Sweaters, coats, warm jackets would be necessary with rainwear in case of showers. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing.

Please note that a Tourist tax of €2.80 per night is payable locally at the end of your stay.

Passports and visas
A full 10-year passport is required valid for at least the duration of your stay. Holders of passports with the inscription “British Citizen” or “European Union” do not require a visa. 
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Italy Foreign Advice

If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.

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What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Turin with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • ½ day chocolate experience guided tour of Turin
  • Vermouth tasting and creation
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily & 1 dinner

What’s extra:

  • City Tax - approximately €2.80 per night payable locally
  • Insurance - see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

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