VENICE & TUSCANY
COOKING TOUR 2016
8-days  2 departures
September 25 – October 2
and October 2 – October 9


ITINERARY

 

Day 1   Your morning arrival in Venice will be met by Steve. We will water taxi to our Venice hotel. This afternoon at leisure to allow you to relax from your journey. Welcome drinks and dinner at our hotel this evening.

Day 2   Morning cooking in our Venice restaurant kitchen. This famous restaurant will introduce you to all original venetian dishes. Lunch is at the restaurant (eat what you cooked). Later in the afternoon we have a guided tour of St. Marco area and lagoon with a local epicurean.

Day 3   Morning boat ride to the lagoon islands of Murano and Borano (with a lunch time visit to a famous winery. Afternoon cooking at our restaurant with evening dinner and wine tasting. After dinner Gondola ride on the Grand Canal.

Day 4   A day visiting the famous vineyards of the Prosecco region. The region is famous for both its Palladian Villas and rolling hills covered by vineyards. We visit two wine makers, dine in a fabulous small trattoria in the village of Conegliano plus visit Treviso, now made famous by John Grisham in his book ‘the Broker’.

Day 5  
Morning departure for Tuscany by train. Noon arrival in Florence. At leisure in Florence. Late afternoon arrival in Greve in Chianti. Dinner is in the ancient village of Lamole.

Day 6  This morning we are cooking in the kitchen of Rosella. Her family have cooked here for fifty years. Both Rosells’s daughters work in the kitchen and also her mother still comes in to make her specialties. This is a real Italian family restaurant. From chopping the vegetables, preparing the meats to making the desserts, this will be a ‘hands on’ experience. This afternoon is at leisure to relax in the village. You might like to join Steve on a picturesque walk across the local vineyards.

Day 7 Today is market day in Greve. The village center will be covered by traders selling anything from clothing to foods to household wares to live ducklings. This is a photographers dream but also a great time to buy some ‘do-dads’ to take home (please, not the ducklings). By the afternoon the market has packed up and gone and we will start out final cooking session. This evening we will dine overlooking the square from Rosella’s restaurant balcony. It’s always fun giving out the recipe’s and awards and you may enjoy joining Rosella’s husband on a horse drawn carriage ride around the town.

Day 8 This morning we depart Florence by rail for Milan.

Arrival/Departure: We meet you at either the arrival International Airport or the Railway Station. Most International arrivals will arrive in the morning. If you are coming in from another European country it is more likely the arrival will be in the afternoon. Whatever your schedule, we will be there to greet you. On your return, we leave for Milan by rail out of Florence. Steve will be travelling with you and will make sure you get to whatever departure point you need to be. When making travel arrangements you need to be in Venice preferably around Noon and depart out of Milan (Malpensa or Linate) no earlier than 1:00pm.

Vehicle and travelling. Our travel during the program will be a mixture of rail and private bus. Our Rail transportation will be in First Class Non Smoking rail cars, likewise our peivate coaches will be Non-Smoking.

Guide Services: Steve will be with you throughout the program and on specific visits we will be joined by local specialized guides.

Accommodations: In Venice we are in a first class, four star hotel in the heart of the San Marco area. In Greve we are in a first class medieval Villa.

Tour Price: $3,340 per person, twin occupancy. Single Supplement $1,175
Included in tour price: Accommodations; all Dinners or Lunches; all full breakfasts; wine with dinners; four cooking classes; included private tours as per itinerary; rail, coach and buggy travel; all tips and taxes. No hidden surprises!

Booking: Please call us or go to our booking page on line.