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Package 42 - Food & Wine - Central & Northern Italy

9 Nights / 10 Days

Local Tours

Price starts from6000,00
Package 42 - Food & Wine - Central & Northern Italy

HIGHLIGHTS

Food & Wine - Central & Northern Italy  - 9 Nights / 10 Days
  • 10 day tour with 3 Nights in Venice, 6 Nights in Florence
  • Guided tour of Venice, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Florence
  • Gondola ride along the Grand Canal
  • Authentic "cicchetti" experience
  • Famous "Parmigiano Reggiano" demonstration and tasting
  • Tour of a balsamic vinegar factory with tasting
  • World famous Italian “Prosciutto” tour, followed by cured ham tasting
  • Private guided food tour in Florence
  • Wine tasting and light lunch in the Bolgheri area
  • Day tour exploring the medieval town San Gimignano
  • Cooking class adventure followed by a full course meal in San Gimignano
  • Day tour of Pienza and Montalcino
  • Guided tour of the renown Tuscan wine cellars with tasting and gourmet lunch
  • Visit the most famour choccolate factory with demonstation and tasting
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodations with breakfasts included 

our safety measures

  • English speaking driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs per day
  • New luxury mercedes minivan
  • Vehicle sanitized prior to pick up of guests 
  • The vehicle will be used exclusively for you for the duration of the vacation/tour 
  • Driver will undergo regular covid testing with ultimate covid test 48 hours prior to your arrival
  • The driver and vehicle is exclusive the same from the start till the end of the vacation.
  • Our tours frequent off the beaten path locations, less frequented by tourists with a greater authentic feel.
  • No hidden costs: guides and tickets are always included in our packages
  • Company representative available by phone 24 hrs per day
  • Flexible, risk free bookings and penalty changes*
  • Changes to land portion of tours up to 30 days prior to the travel date without penalty*

Why choose our tours vs big groups

  • Customize your days and timing at sites directly with your driver
  • Private, comfortable luxury vehicle exclusively for your party for the duration of your tour
  • Our private vehicles (which can hold a maximum of 8 guests) can arrive directly in the main center of the 
    cities, while taking a bus involves a considerable amount of walking which is a significant amount of lost touring time.
  • No need to wait around for group members to arrive and designated meeting times 
  • More time to spend actually visiting sites 
  • Air conditioning (temperature control) and Wi-Fi on board
  • Water, snacks and refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera, provided everyday.
  • Friendly, local, english speaking driver/guides who engage with guests and share information to optimize your  touring experience 
  • 24/7 assistance and support from our ground operational office in Italy
  • Private small groups of  3, 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
  • For groups more than 8 guests, we’ll use 2 minivans and the service provided will be the same
  • For custom made tours we work with any reasonable budget

When
All year
Price From
6000.00
Level
Very Easy

What’s included

  • 9 Nights in 4 or 5 star hotel
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Vehicle and driver at your disposal for 12 hrs a day
  • Water - snacks - refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera
  • Local licensed guides
  • Entrance Tickets to sites as indicated

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Air fare
  • City Taxes

Food & Wine - Central & Southern Italy  - 9 Nights / 10 Days

Day  1

Arrival at Venice Airport.
One of our representative will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim.
Boat transfer from the airport to your 4 or 5 star accommodation in Venice for a three night stay.
Remainder of the day/evening at your leisure. 

Day 2
Discover the magnificent architecture, art and history of Venice during a private 2 hour guided walking tour with a professionally licensed, English speaking guide, followed by a 30 minute gondola ride along the Grand Canal. 
Enjoy an unforgettable cooking adventure and discover one of the most famous Venetian dishes: the "Cicchetti".
Cicchetti are usually served as side dishes in the traditional "bacari" (wine bars), and they can be of various types.
Of course you will have the honor of indulging in your freshly prepared cicchetti that will be served with an all time favorite: Prosecco wine!
Day 3

Together with your guide, you will explore Murano and visit one of oldest glass blowing factories where you will remain in awe as you watch the incredible craftmanship of the glass-blowers creating a myriad of incredible yet fragile objects.
You will stop in Mazzorbo, a small town close to Burano where you can easily enjoy a more authentic Venice away from the crowds in a winery during a wine tasting and a light lunch.
Stop in Burano, a picture-perfect island famous for its colorful houses and super tasty cookies known as the "Buranei".

Day 4
Check out of your hotel in Venice.
Private water taxi transfer you from your accommodation to main land and continue onto Florence. 
Your private driver will transfer you between these two cities with a few tasty stops en route.
Enjoy a visit at a balsamic vinegar farm with light lunch and tasting included.
Stop in a local cheese factory and discover the art of Parmigiano making along with some tasting.
Discover the history and tradition behind the world famous Italian “Prosciutto” followed by cured ham tasting and more.
Upon arrival in Florence, check in to your 4 or 5 star accommodation, for a two night stay. 
Day 5
Experience a guided street food walking tour of Florence is mandatory to catch the real soul of this beautiful eternal city. 
You will explore the Sant’Ambrogio area, a great destination for foodies who want to try some challenging specialty, such as the crostino nero or veal stew meatballs, but also a heavenly spot for cheese and cold cut lovers!
Day 6

Check out of Florence and stop for wine tasting and light lunch en route.
You will admire excellent vineyards and take pleasure in tasting various typical wines accompanied by a light lunch in the Bolgheri area, which now holds a place of honor among Tuscany's most dynamic wine zone. 
Check in to a 4 or 5-star accommodation in the Tuscan countryside for a four night stay.

Day 7

Today you will have time to explore San Gimignano, a beautiful example of an Italian medieval town. In the Middle Ages, building a tower taller than their neighbor’s was a popular way for prominent families to show their power. You will see that this typical skyline still exists today in San Gimignano. Do not forget to taste the Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, a typical wine from the Chianti region.
Launch yourself in a fantastic cooking experience during which you will have the chance to cook and savor your own creations.

Day 8
Meet your driver and head on to the Val D’Orcia.
Visit Montepulciano, a very quiet and characteristic uncontaminated medieval village.
Time to visit Pienza, within the walls of this village, wonderful Renaissance buildings alternate with shops specializing in the sale of local cheese.
Next stop, Montalcino, which has remained almost intact since the 16th century. The city has become rich and famous thanks to Brunello, one of the best Italian wines and one of the most popular in the world.
At the end of the tour you will visit one of the historic wine cellars of the Tuscan countryside. You will have the chance to sip the wine varieties during the guided tasting, and bring the full flavor of the wines to life with a light gourmet Tuscan lunch.
Day 9
Explore Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and the Basilica where you will find frescos of Giotto, Cimabue, and many others. Be sure not to miss the other beautiful places this almost untouched medieval town, built in pretty pink stone, has to offer.
You will have time in Perugia, a hilltop town located in the centre of the Umbria region, which is a perfect blend of natural and historic attractions. Or fill your stomach with regional specialties, especially the tasty hazelnut-filled chocolate produced here.
Get your chocolate bearings with a tour of the Perugina factory, on the outskirts of the city, where these treats are still made today. Here at the “Casa del Cioccolato”, you will start with a tour of the museum, learning how a cocoa bean is transformed into rich chocolate, and also about the early days of Italy’s most famous chocolatier. 
Day 10
Enjoy your breakfast and meet your driver.
Private transfer from your accommodation in Tuscany to Florence or Rome FCO Airport.
Departure from Italy 😔 .

 
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