Delve into the world-famous cuisines of Italy and France on a journey to Piedmont’s beautiful wine country and the culinary capitals of Turin and Lyon.

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Flavors of Italy and France: A Tailor-Made Culinary Experience

9 days from $9,995

Delve into the world-famous cuisines of Italy and France on a journey to Piedmont’s beautiful wine country and the culinary capitals of Turin and Lyon.

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or call 855-215-8690

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Grand Hotel Sitea

Turin, Italy

The family-owned Sitea was built in the mid-1900s near the Piazza Castello in Turin’s city center, and has been declared a historic site of Italy. The 120 rooms are individually furnished with classic elegance and offer marble-clad bathrooms, modern amenities, and ample space in which to unwind. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed indoors or outside in the garden, and the hotel’s bar serves cocktails in a classically Italian setting.  An onsite bistro serves light regionally inspired fare, but the hotel’s pièce de resistance is the intimate Carignano, a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant.

Number of nights: 2

Villa Beccaris

Monforte D’Alba, Italy

Located on top of a hill in Monforte D’Alba, the 18th-century Villa Beccaris offers views of the Alps, the Barolo hills, and undulating vineyards from most of its guest rooms. Mature trees and gardens offer shady nooks and the terracotta-tiled roofs and ochre walls are classically Italian.

The villa resembles an elegantly appointed private residence, with a relaxing lounge, bar, and enoteca, and beautifully styled rooms featuring period furniture and artwork as well as modern conveniences. The highlight of the property is the Limonaia, a wrought-iron, window-wrapped pavillion with gorgeous views where breakfast and cocktails are served in season. The hotel features a swimming pool and parklands, and dining options are just a five-minute walk away.

Number of nights: 2

Collège Hotel

Lyon, France

Set in an art deco building in the heart of Vieux Lyon, the Collège Hotel is a boutique hotel with character. A playful and contemporary school theme stretches from the front desk through to the rooms, with antique school chairs, vintage desks, and lockers serving instead of typical hotel furnishings. Rooms are small but bright and stylish, with lovely views of the old quarter. Other amenities include a school-style cantine where a generaous breakfast buffet is served, a library, and large, inviting terrace with sweeping city views.

Number of nights: 4

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.