A glorious week of food and wine in Venice and the Veneto Wine Country. This is a perfect vacation for food and wine lovers, as the Veneto region produces some of Italy’s most important and well-known wines and has some of the most interesting and diverse cuisine in Italy. Enjoy three nights in a luxury Venetian palazzo and then five nights surrounded by vineyards at a luxury villa in the Valpolicella wine region. This is a gourmet 8-day vacation that combines food, wine, and culture. The group size is limited to only 10 guests to ensure you are pampered and get individual attention throughout the vacation.
You’ll be surrounded by vineyards and sample some of the best wines in Italy, tasting the well-known wines of the area – Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco – and also learn about lesser-known local treasures, like Lugana, Serprino, Manzoni Bianco and more. Experience the cuisine during three cooking classes, a visit to the Rialto Market and a cicchetti food tour along with authentic dining experiences all week long. In addition to the food and wine, you’ll also savor the sights and culture with visits to magnificent villas and castles of the Veneto region. Spend a day relaxing along Lake Garda and explore the historic cities of Venice, Verona and Padova.
2017 Vacation Dates:
Maximum Group size: 10 people
MAKE THIS A PRIVATE-GROUP VACATION: If you have a group of 4 – 10 people that would like to book this vacation during a different week than those posted above, we can work with you to make this a private vacation just for your group. Simply complete the vacation information request form with your request.
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN YOUR VACATION:
Airfare, transportation to Venice (if flying in from elsewhere in Italy/Europe), food at times other than meals or those specified above, travel insurance and expenses of a personal nature (souvenirs and other personal items), are not included in the vacation package price.
THE COOKING CLASSES
We’ll have two full-meal Venetian cooking classes, one with me and another two with local chefs. In each class you’ll create typical local dishes and receive a recipe booklet at the end of your vacation that includes recipes for all dishes you made during the trip.
SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
The week will include unforgettable activities immersing you in the food, wine and culture of Venice and the Veneto. We’ll purchase ingredients at the Rialto Market in Venice for one of our cooking classes together. Visit wineries in the Soave and Valpolicella wine regions with guided wine tours, tastings and a wine-pairing lunch. Take a private boat tour along the Grand Canal. We’ll also explore a historical Venetian villa and have guided walking tours of Venice, Verona, and Padova with local guides. Finally, you’ll end your amazing vacation with a relaxing afternoon on Lake Garda.
CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:
Day 1: VENICE – Arrival Day and Welcome Prosecco Reception – Cicchetti and Wine Tour
Benvenuti a Venezia! We’ll meet you at the Venice airport and take you to our luxury accommodations in the center of Venice. We’ll have a Prosecco reception and lunch at the palazzo. You’ll receive your Food Lover’s Venice gift bag and I’ll give you a short orientation to the city.
You’ll have time to relax in your room or wander the canals of this most serene floating city until dinner. We’ll meet back together in the evening for a cicchetti tour and wine tasting walk.
Day 2 VENICE – Private Boat Tour – Lunch with a View – Wine Tasting Dinner at the Palace
We’ll have a late morning private boat tour down the Grand Canal and through the smaller canals of Venice. Lunch will be with a beautiful view of the city. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Venice on your own. We’ll sample some of the best wines of the Veneto during our relaxing wine-tasting dinner at the palazzo.
Day 3: VENICE – Rialto Market Tour – Spritz Party and Venetian Cooking Class
In the morning we’ll visit the Rialto market and purchase ingredients for our evening cooking class. You’ll have time to wander the market on your own before lunch at a favorite local trattoria. After lunch you’ll have the afternoon free in Venice. In the early evening, we’ll meet back up for our cooking class and dinner together at the palazzo. Before our meal we’ll celebrate our time in Venice with THE local aperitivo – the Spritz.
Day 4: PADOVA and the Veneto Countryside
We’ll leave from Venice in the morning to spend the day in Padova before arriving at our luxury accommodations in the Veneto countryside. Enjoy a walking tour of Padova with a local guide. Our walk will include visits to St. Anthony’s Basilica and the Scrovegni chapel. We’ll have lunch in Padova and then you’ll have time on your own to explore.
From Padova, it’s on to our vineyard accommodations, you’ll have the rest of the late afternoon to settle into your room and relax or explore before our dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Valpolicella countryside and its wines
Today is all about the Valpolicella countryside and its wines. We’ll visit two wineries during the day, one in a most beautiful 18th century wine estate and learn about the Valpolicella, Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso and Recioto wines of the region. We’ll enjoy a typical Veneto lunch in the estate’s picturesque garden and enjoy wines paired with each course. We’ll also explore some of the natural sights of the area.
Day 6: Veneto Cooking Class – Soave Castle and wine tasting
We’ll have a late-morning full-meal cooking class of typical local dishes with a local chef. Lunch will be what we cooked. After lunch we’ll visit the Soave Castle and the village of Soave. You’ll enjoy a guided wine tasting of this area’s wine.
In the evening, we’ll return back to our villa before having a light dinner together at a nearby trattoria.
Day 7: Day in Verona – Lunch in Verona – Dinner at the Hotel
Today is all about Verona, and we’ll explore it with a guided walking tour with a local guide and learn about this beautiful city that sits upon the Adige River. We’ll have lunch together at a locals’ favorite. You’ll have the afternoon to explore and/or shop on your own.
In the evening we’ll head back to our Veneto home for a light dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Full Day Enjoying Lake Garda – Lunch with a lake view – Farewell Dinner together surrounded by vineyards
Enjoy a relaxing day on Lake Garda. We’ll have a local guide with us during the day as we discover the beauty of the biggest lake in Italy. We’ll explore the lake both by boat and by car with our private driver and our guide, visiting some of the prettiest villages along its shores. We’ll have a delicious lunch together with a lakeside view.
You’ll have the evening free to relax and enjoy our countryside accommodations. Our final dinner together will be at a top restaurant in the Veneto countryside.
Day 9: ARRIVERDERCI VENETO
After an early breakfast, our driver will pick us up at 8:30am for your transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport.
**Sequence of classes, activities and excursions may vary. The final itinerary will be given to each guest on the first day of the vacation.