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Culinary tour of Italy

16 days from CAD13,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore the vineyards of Tuscany on a private wine tasting tour with your own driver.

  • Enjoy private cooking classes with expert local chefs both in Tuscany and Sorrento.

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at Sorrentine local life and cheese farming by e-bike.

  • Hunt for truffles with an expert guide and his truffle dog.

  • Learn how Italy’s famous limoncello is made on a sampling tour.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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  • Upon arrival in Venice you will travel by private water taxi across the lagoon; enjoy wonderful views of this magical city as you head through the canals to your hotel in the heart of the city. After settling in, a private guide will walk you through the maze of smaller canals and alleyways on an evening food stroll around the city's traditional bacaros (wine bars), famous for their tasty appetizer known as cicchetti.

  • Today you have a private half day tour of Murano and Burano Islands. Your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to your water taxi. Murano is famous for its glass production and Burano for its lace craft. In Murano you will have an opportunity to see a master glassblower work on one of his creations. Once in Burano you will be able to explore the charming, brightly painted streets and see women making lace by hand.

  • This morning you will be transferred by private water taxi to Santa Lucia Station for your premium class train ride to Florence. The journey will take just over two hours. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, your private guide will take you on a tour of the Piazza del Duomo to see some of Florence's most iconic buildings and give you an orientation of the city.

  • Heading out of the city today by private car you'll journey into the hills of Tuscany to learn about the art of truffle hunting. Truffles are one of the region's culinary delights and today you'll accompany a local expert and his truffle dog through the woods as they search for these hidden treasures. Afterwards, you'll be treated to a wonderful truffle tasting lunch where you will be able to sample these delicacies in a huge variety of forms.

  • Today you'll gain insight into the local artisanal traditions of Florence on a walking tour of the city. You'll visit a number of artisan workshops which may include chocolate makers, wine producers, tile mosaic craftsmen, leather workers, or cantucci bakers. Each artisan upholds the historic traditions of local Florentine production.

  • Leaving Florence this morning, your private driver will transfer you into the heart of Tuscany. Your hotel, Badia a Coltibuono, is a former monastery that dates back to the 11th century. The hotel's historic wine cellars are a particular highlight along with the beautiful kitchen gardens.

  • Today you'll experience traditional Italian cooking with a cooking class at Il Falconiere. Departing with your private driver, you'll travel south through the countryside to just outside the hill town of Cortona. Together with a Tuscan chef, you'll prepare delicious local cuisine in a hands-on setting. At the end of the class, you'll sit down to enjoy your meal paired with wines produced in Il Falconiere's own vineyards.

  • Enjoy a wine tasting tour of Tuscany today. Departing with your private driver, the first stop is Felsina Winery where you'll embark on a jeep tour around the vineyards before tasting a selection of their award-winning wines. From here you'll head to the beautiful Villa Vignamaggio where you'll enjoy a tour of the stunning gardens and historic cellars before indulging in a lazy lunch paired with wines from the estate.

  • Today you'll head back to the Florence train station for an hour and a half journey in premium class to Rome. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and settle into your hotel before embarking on a private walking tour of the city's central highlights, including the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.

  • Today you'll have a walking tour of the Campo de Fiori and the Jewish district of the city with your guide focusing on the food culture of Rome including pizza, Roman artichokes, and of course, coffee. In the afternoon, explore the secrets of Ancient Rome on a privately guided visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

  • This morning you will be dropped off at Rome's train station for your premium class train journey to Naples, which will take just over an hour. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel to settle in. In the afternoon, a private guide will meet you to begin an orientation tour of the city that will focus on the excellent local street food found around the city.

  • Today you will be driven by private driver to Sorrento and have some free time to explore the town or relax by the pool at your leisure.

  • After a morning of relaxing and exploring Sorrento, you'll spend the afternoon enjoying an e-bike and food tour of Sorrento. You'll see traditional churches and local life before experiencing a cheese farm behind-the-scenes where you'll have a tour with a tasting of cheeses and other local products. After the tour, you'll be driven back to your hotel.

  • Today you will enjoy a cooking class with local chef Laura, in her family home. She will help you prepare a traditional southern Italian meal from scratch, explaining the different ingredients and techniques typical to the area. At the end of the class enjoy the delicious meal you've prepared for lunch.

  • Departing for the Amalfi Coast today with your private driver you'll witness some stunning scenery. After checking in you'll head straight to a nearby limoncello distillery. A local guide will take you up into the hills, in a vintage jeep, to see the lemon groves before heading back down to the distillery. At the end of the tour there is a tasting session and lunch. The afternoon will be free to spend relaxing at your hotel.

  • This morning you'll say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast as you are transferred to Naples airport for your flight home.

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When to go

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Venice
 
Florence
 
Rome
 
Naples
 
Sorrento
 
The Amalfi Coast
 

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