Food & Wines Of Northern Italy - A Gourmet Tour
5 nights. April 2020 - September 2020. From £809.00.
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This very special small-group tour to beautiful Lake Garda is guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Enjoy a holiday with a difference in the splendid surroundings of Riva del Garda, on Lake Garda’s mountain-backed northern shores. You’ll be joining a small group of like-minded people for a few days of rest and relaxation, punctuated by opportunities to indulge in some wonderful food prepared by celebrated and highly skilled chefs and accompanied by some fine regional wines. You’ll also head off the tourist trail to some wonderful places on this very special break to Italy.
What's IncludedFive nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Rivamia, Riva del Garda
Two special lunches and a gourmet dinner
Return flights to Italy
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsEnjoy five nights in elegant Riva del Garda
Cook with a professional chef and enjoy a gourmet dinner with paired wines
Learn the art of tortellini-making
Visit the famous Liviero Estate Valpolicella vineyard and olive oil producer to enjoy tastings and lunch
Spend a day savouring the delights of Riva and its surroundings
Visit ancient, riverside Borghetto sul Mincio and sit down to a special lunch
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to Riva del Garda and your newly refurbished 26 bedroomed hotel in the delightful old town of this stylish and elegant lakeside resort. Rest and relax after the journey and, depending on the time you arrive, enjoy a first dinner, either at the hotel or in one of a host of restaurants and trattorie throughout the town.
Day 2Spend the morning getting to know your surroundings. Riva, the most northerly of the Lake Garda’s resorts, is a stylish and elegant town that served as an important port and link between the Alpine north and Mediterranean south for centuries. In addition to the delightful restaurants, bars and cafes clustered around the harbour, the town boasts a fascinating civic museum inside a shore-side moated castle. After the chance for a light lunch overlooking the harbour, this afternoon you’ll board a coach for the short journey up to the small village of Arco. Here, in a traditional local restaurant the cooking demonstration is presided over by well-known local chef Marcello Franceschi, whose reputation is for combining the flavours of Trentino cooking into beautifully presented modern dishes. Enjoy a welcome drink, before donning your apron to cook alongside Chef Marcello, who will reveal the secrets behind regional speciality, Carne Salada, finely sliced beef that has been cured with herbs and spices. You’ll also join in the preparation of regional breads and pasta, as well as a signature dessert. Then, taste buds awakened, you'll sit down for a fine meal, accompanied with paired wines and finished with coffee. You’ll return, no doubt happily well fed, to Riva this evening.
Day 3A second day of gourmet exploration sees you journey into the heart of the rolling Valpolicella wine-growing area north of Verona. Close to the beautiful village of Fumane and its famous prehistoric cave, the agriturismo farm of Costa degli Ulivi sits in an elevated position surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Learn how the estate produces its high-quality wines and olive oil using natural methods. Over a delicious three-course lunch of regional specialities, you’ll also sample three of the celebrated Valpolicello wines – Classico, Ripasso and most famously Amarone – all of which have raised the standards of grape-growing in the area. After an opportunity to buy some wine to take home, as well as some of the farm’s home-made jams, marmalades and honey, we'll return to Riva for the evening.
Day 4Today you're free to rest and relax in Riva and its surroundings. Board a tourist train for a relaxed tour, or climb the town’s 13th-century clock tower for a much more energetic view of things. The lakeside promenade winds its way around the shore to Torbole, three kilometres away, with the sight of the windsurfers providing a colourful backdrop on the water. Riva’s busy port is the place to board several lake steamers, not only to visit the nearby resorts of Limone, Torbole and Malcesine, but also, aboard a fast hydrofoil, to explore the distant southern reaches of the lake. No doubt a long lunch or enjoyable evening meal - or both - will form part of the day’s pleasures.
Day 5Your final included 'foodie' excursion sees you head beyond the lake’s southern shores to the village of Borghetto sul Mincio. This heart-stoppingly beautiful village lies with its equally enchanting neighbour, Valeggio, on the banks of the Mincio River, which divides the Veneto from Lombardy. Dotted with ancient watermills and colourful, flower-decked houses, Borghetto is not only celebrated as one of the prettiest villages in Italy, but is also famed in culinary circles as the birthplace of the Love Knot tortellini. At the well-known I Giardini di Borghetto restaurant, you’ll learn the legend behind the pasta shape, and be shown how to make them by celebrated local tortellini chef Ivana. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a lunch of – of course – tortellini and Sbrisolona, an almond and hazelnut cake made to an historic Lombardian recipe, accompanied by a glass of local Bardolino wine. After a chance to wander the pretty streets of Borghetto and Valeggio, re-board the coach to journey back to Riva for a last evening.
Day 6Bid "arrivederci" to your hosts and transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home, at the end of a marvellous tour crammed with culinary experiences. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Verona, two hours from Bergamo and three hours from Venice.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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