Enjoy a Culinary Experience in Italy with Gateways International

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Enjoy an Italian Culinary Experience

 

ALL IN PRICE: FROM $3,365 PER PERSON 

Total of 7 Nights Accommodation:

- 3 nights in Florence at Hotel Cellai , Classic Room ★★★★

- 2 nights in Bologna at Art Hotel Commercianti, Classic Room ★★★★

- 2 nights in Turin at Grand Hotel Sitea, Classic Room ★★★★★

- Private transfers as per itinerary

- First-Class Train tickets: Florence - Bologna - Turin

- Small-group & private tours as per itinerary

- Hotel taxes and service charges*

HURRY! OFFER ENDS ON DEC 8, 2019!

Pricing as indicated valid December 8, 2019, based on two passengers travelling together. Subject to availability at time of booking.Blackout periods apply. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are fully customizable. **Airport and departure taxes are included, subject to change at any time. Optional tours and activities not included.  For terms and conditions, click here. Ongoing monitoring of the Zika virus continues around the world including Central, South America and the Caribbean. Itinerary subject to change, as it varies depending on the vessel, weather, etc. . Please evaluate your risks before travelling.

Itinerary

Day 1: FLORENCE

Welcome to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Transfer to your hotel. Take some time to wander the oldest streets in the city, perhaps visiting one of the incredible museums this city has to offer before starting your food journey tomorrow.

Hotel Cellai, Classic Room ★★★★

Day 2: FLORENCE FOOD TOUR

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your food guide who will take you where the locals go, sipping a caffè acommpanied by a homemade, mouth-watering pastry to balance the strength of the caffeine. Visit Mercato Centrale, the imposing 19th-century building where butchers, fishmongers and grocers display their colourful goods. Stop for a fritto toscano, delicious battered and deep-fried fish and vegetable morsels. In the heart of the city’s lively and tiny streets, taste a fragrant schiacciata with truffles, one of Tuscany’s unique bakery treats, similar to foccacia; taste a creamy gelato, considered to be the best in the world. Continue on to Oltrarno, on the other side of the Arno River to visit one of the finest winehouses in Florence for a cheese and cold-cut board served with a goblet of Chianti wine. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore. Later this afternoon, you may choose to take an optional cooking class, not included.

Hotel Cellai, Classic Room ★★★★

(Photo: Cheese board) 

Day 3: CHIANTI & WINE TASTING

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to start your trip towards Chianti, a special place in Tuscany, blessed with a timeless landscape, excellent wine and lavish food. Your pleasant drive through gently rolling hills brings you to Greve, a delightful borough known as the Gate of Chianti, where you will stop to explore their relaxed rhythm of life. Head to a local farmhouse where you will be shown around grapevines and cellars, followed by a tasting of delicious wines accompanied by local specialties. Continue on to Montefioralle, a charming town adorned by stone walls and climbing roses; enjoy a peaceful stroll along its windy, cobbled streets. Stop at Badia a Passignano, home to an historic Benedictine abbey, for beautiful views of Florence.

Hotel Cellai, Classic Room ★★★★

 

Day 4: FLORENCE – BOLOGNA

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to board your First-Class train to Bologna. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Explore the city on your own, or choose to add-on an optional private walking tour including the beautiful Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio.

Art Hotel Commercianti, Classic Room ★★★★

Day 5: BOLOGNA FOOD VALLEY

After breakfast, make your way to your meeting point to begin your small-group gourmet food tour to the Italian Food Valley, where the most famous and delicious Italian products are produced. Learn the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP and prosciutto DOP production with tastings. Experience authentic and delicious Reggio-Emilia black gold balsamic vinegar, born centuries ago as medicine used exclusively by kings and emperors, now a product of excellence in Italian cuisine. At a private vineyard, learn about how grapes are picked, crushed, blended and bottled; walk through this beautiful property with the winery’s sommelier and taste the finished product. End your tour with a delicious six-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in a family-run restaurant in the hills. 

Art Hotel Commercianti, Classic Room ★★★★

(Photo: Charcuterie board prep)

Day 6: BOLOGNA – TURIN

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This morning, transfer to the train station to board your First-Class train to Turin. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, begin a walking tour of the capital city of Piedmont, known for its refined architecture, historical buildings and cuisine including chocolate and coffee shops. Walk through a variety of elegant Piazzas, while enjoying three ‘sweet’ tastings.

Grand Hotel Sitea, Classic Room ★★★★★

Day 7: LANGHE DEL BAROLO

  Breakfast. Begin your small-group halfday tour of the Langhe del Barolo region. Visit the region of La Morra, home to one of the most prestigious Barolo production and ageing cellars, to sample Barolo wine accompanied by carefully selected local products to enhance your tasting experience; enjoy a three-course lunch. Sit on the giant benches scattered among the vineyards and choose which wines to taste in one of the regional wine shops. Your return journey to Turin will be pleasantly inebriated. 

Grand Hotel Sitea, Classic Room ★★★★★

Day 8: TURIN — MILAN — HOME  

After your buffet breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to Milan Malpensa airport for your departure home.

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