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Food & Wines Of Northern Italy - A Gourmet Tour

Europe
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99833

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

5 nights. September 2019 - September 2020. From £799.00.

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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.

What's Included

Five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Rivamia, Riva del Garda
Two special lunches and a gourmet dinner
Cooking demonstrations
Return flights
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Holiday Highlights

Enjoy five nights in elegant Riva del Garda
Cook with a celebrity chef and enjoy a gourmet dinner
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
PRICE FROM ? £799 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to Riva del Garda, to 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, dependent on your arrival time, enjoy a first dinner, either at the hotel or in one of a host of restaurants and trattorie throughout the town.

Day 2

Spend the morning getting to know your surroundings. Riva, the most northerly of the Lake Garda’s resorts, is a stylish and elegant town, which served as an important port and link between the Alpine north and Mediterranean south for centuries. In addition to its delightful restaurants, bars and cafes, clustered around the harbour, the town boasts a fascinating civic museum within 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 celebrity 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, a pressing of beef infused with herbs and spices. You’ll also join in the preparation of regional breads and pasta, as well as a signature dessert before, taste buds awakened, you 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 3

A 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 high quality wines and olive oil using natural methods. Over a delicious three-course lunch of regional specialities, you’ll 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, return once again to Riva for the evening.

Day 4

Today is free to spend at leisure in Riva. You can 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 - might form part of the day’s pleasures.

Day 5

The 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 famed in culinary circles as the birthplace of the Love Knot tortellini. At the well-known I Giardini di Borghetto restaurant, you’ll learn about the legend behind the pasta shape, and see a demonstration from 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 6

Bid “arrivederci” to your hosts and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a marvellous tour crammed with culinary experiences. Back to top

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The 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 transfers

We 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 requirements

If 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 access

The 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 changes

Occasionally, 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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Terms and conditions

OFFER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes ocean cruises, river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding insurance if selected) at the time of booking. Your chosen gift will be dispatched within two weeks of your holiday return date. If you cancel your holiday, your free gift will not be dispatched. Only one free gift will be sent per booking. No cash equivalent can be given. Free gifts are not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. Virgin wines gift option available to over 18s only. These offers cannot be used in conjunction with Late Availability pricing, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. WINE TERMS: Offer applies to new bookings on air holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. All information provided on this page has been approved by Virgin Wines (www.virginwines.co.uk). If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This offer is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. This offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. One Case of Wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Virgin Wines and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Virgin Wines after you have received your free gift. You can contact Virgin Wines regarding your case of wine by emailing corporate@virginwines.co.uk. HAMPER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 4th and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises holidays made between 2nd and 24th July 2019 (inclusive) only. Offer excludes river cruises, Wimbledon packages and Andre Rieu concert breaks. All information provided on this page has been approved by Whisk Hampers. If this free gift is chosen, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Whisk Hampers for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Whisk Hampers will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. This is subject to availability, and can be withdrawn at any time. One Hamper per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Whisk Hampers and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Whisk Hampers after your account has been activated. Back to top