Food & Wine in Italy

    2022 Departure | 7-Nights | Florence to Turin | Offer expires October 29, 2021

    Food & Wine in Italy with Gateways International Tailor-made Tours

    Price: $4,499CAD Per Person

    (Cost of trip is in CAD$, per passenger, based on double occupancy. Airfare not included. 7-Nights accommodation at 4 + 5 Star Hand-picked hotels. Pricing subject to change at any time; services based on availability at time of booking.)

    Departure Date: April 23, 2022

    Photo: Winery in San Gimignano, Italy

    Package Includes:

    • 7-nights accommodation at 4 & 5 star hand-picked hotels
    • Private transfers to and from airports and train stations
    • All private tours as per itinerary including wine tastings
    • Business class train tickets from Bologna - Turin
    • Breakfast daily
    • Service charges
    • Local emergency contacts and support

    Highlights:

    *Enjoy all private touring including:

    FLORENCE:

    Half-Day Private walking tour of Florence with a visit to the Academia with pick-up from your hotel. Full-day Private tour of Chianti with wine tasting and dinner; visit Greve plus enjoy a Tuscan gourmet dinner in picturesque San Gimignano.

    BOLOGNA:

    Half-Day Private walking tour of Bologna with tastings at a chocolate maker or gelato shop; taste delicious mortadella, Parmesano Reggiano and salami accompanied by local wine. Full-day Private tour of Modena, discovering  typical foods, and a visit to the Ferrari museum, perfect for car enthusiasts. 

    TURIN:

    Full-day Private tour of the Langhe Region including tasting of three Barbera wines and a visit to a UNESCO underground wine cellar in Canelli.

    * Private transfers will take you to and from all airports

    * Enjoy a business class train journey from Bologna to Turin

    Photo: Quaint Side Street in Tuscan Village

    Food & Wine in Italy Itinerary:

    Day 1: Florence 

    Welcome to Florence!

    Upon arrival, you'll be privately transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

    Hotel Cellai (4 Stars) - Superior Room

    Day 2: Florence

    Private Half Day Walking Tour of Florence + Academy Museum - 3hrs

    Today, your local guide will meet you at the Hotel and will take you on a relaxed walking tour of this great city to show you its highlights: the Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry, just to name a few! Of course, no visit to Florence is complete without meeting the infamous David by Michelangelo at the Accademia Gallery.

    Hotel Cellai (4 Stars) - Superior Room

    Day 3: Florence

    Private Full Day Chianti Tour + Wine Tasting & Dinner - 8 hrs

    The Region of Tuscany is famous all over the World not only for art, but also for nature, small villages, vineyards and gentle hills. You will be enchanted by the colors, perfumes and stunning views of the Chiantigiana countryside. Meet your private English speaking driving escort at your hotel and begin a fabulous day in the Tuscan countryside. We will visit one of the family run Farms in Greve where the owners will be proud to show you around their property and their vineyards whilst telling you about the way they produce their wines and olive oil in a traditional unsophisticated way. After the visit you will be offered a tasting of 5 of their wines accompanied by cold cuts and tuscan bread. Continue to San Gimignano and stop at an organic farm in the hearth of the countryside. Here you will be served a typical Tuscan dinner (possibility to have a gourmet dinner based on Truffle or Saffron), during which you will taste minimum 4 of their wines and extra-vergin natural and flavoured olive oil. Return to Florence. 

    Hotel Cellai (4 Stars) - Superior Room

    Day 4: Florence - Bologna

    After breakfast, meet our driver for your private transfer to the city of Bologna. After checking in to the hotel, meet your private guide and stroll around discovering why it was given various nicknames: the red one, the learned one and the fat one. This tour is a combination of art and eno-gastronomic traditions.

    During the walking tour you will see some of the most important buildings. You will visit Piazza Maggiore, the city's main gathering place, opened in the 13th century with its famous statue of Neptune, the Basilica of San Petronio, the Medieval market, the Two Towers and the Archiginnasio, the first permanent seat of the University with the Anatomical Theatre. You will then make a stop at Majani's shop, a traditional chocolate maker where solid chocolate was invented. You will not miss the visit at Atti's shop, which is a must in Bologna, where you will hear the history of tortellini and tagliatelle. The tour will end at Tamburini's shop, where, while hearing the history of Mortadella, you will taste some delicious local produce such as Mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano, salami, accompanied by local wine. 

    Hotel Commercianti (4 Stars) - Classic Room

    Day 5: Bologna

    Enjoy a walking tour through the central streets of the town, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco and famous for the red myth of Ferrari and its food excellencies. In fact, Modena is a must of any Italy foodies and this combination of walking and food tour is a great way to experience the best of one of Italy's top food destinations. During the tour, you will visit the famous historical Albinelli Market. Walking through the stalls you will taste some typical food and delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar, "tigelle", typical flatbreads filled cold cuts and paired with Lambrusco wine, as well as some typical desserts. The tour will continue with the visit of Enzo Ferrari Museum, founder of the iconic car and brand. Proceed to the Ferrari Museum for visit before returning to Bologna. 

    Hotel Commercianti (4 Stars) - Classic Room

    Day 6: Bologna - Turin

    Today, you will be privately transferred to the train station. Board the train for your journey to Turin.

    Welcome to Turin! Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred from the train station to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

    Grand Hotel Sitea (5 Stars) - Classic Room

    Day 7: Turin

    Piedmont's wine landscapes constitute an outstanding example of man's interaction with his natural environment. Following a long and slow evolution of winegrowing expertise, the best possible adaptation of grape varieties to land with specific soil and climatic components has been carried out, creating a unique combination enrolled in Unesco World Heritage since 2014. The scenery of the Langhe region is gorgeous, with rolling hills covered in vineyards, medieval hill towns and villages perched atop their peaks, but what really attracts visitors is that here, glorious pages of Italian wine history have been written. Meet your English-speaking driving escort at the hotel and head for San Martino Alfieri, a delightful village named after the Alfieri family, wine producers since 1600, whose mansion house still dominates the surroundings. A tasting of some of their most representative wines will be introduced by a visit to the Orangerie (winter garden) and cellar. After departure, stop in Alba, the capital of Langhe, for a stroll in the center, lined with delis selling all sort of traditional foods and, among them, the white truffle, to which the town is home. Then, head to Barbaresco, whose namesake red wine made from Nebbiolo grapes is amongst the most renowned of Italy. A short drive takes you from Barbaresco to Canelli, the birth place, in 1865, of the first Italian spumante, to visit one of the wineries underneath which are hidden some of the so-called Underground Cathedrals: a network of about 20km of cellars excavated in the tuff hill on which the city is built. Wine was not just aged in these corridors in the past, but the entire winemaking process was carried out here. The remains of this vinification can still be seen today, creating a tangible memory of the past and leading you to a more conscious degustation of sparkling wines. So, at the end of the day, you will certainly agree with Ernest Hemingway that 'wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world'.

    Grand Hotel Sitea (5 Stars) - Classic Room

    Day 8: Turin

    Sadly, your Food and Wine Tour ends today. Check out of your hotel, and private transfer to the Turin Airport to begin your journey home.

    Don't miss the best food and wine in Italy. Offer expires October 29, 2021!

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    Airfare is subject to availability and is only included if indicated in the itinerary summary. All services are subject to availability at time of booking. Airport and departure taxes are subject to change at any time. Once a deposit is received, it is 100% non-refundable. For full terms and conditions, contact your travel advisor. DEPOSITS: A fully non-refundable deposit of $350 CAD/USD (dependent on the currency of the booking) per person is due upon confirmation of a land reservation. Packages including airfare will require full payment at time of tickets being issued. The balance of the land package is due 60 days before departure date. Due to COVID, depending on the date of travel, more flexible booking terms are possible. Other exceptions involving special events, conventions and holidays may require a higher deposit amount and in some cases FULL non-refundable payment will be required at time of booking. Full terms and conditions of your tailor-made package will be advised at time of actual quotation and booking. Terms and conditions outlined in the remarks section of invoicing at time of booking and supersede cancellation terms outlined elsewhere. NOTE ON SIGHTSEEING: Sightseeing is indicated as per the itinerary. We have made every effort to verify the availability of sightseeing stops on the specific days visits are requested. However, due to special seasons, sometimes on short notice, particular estates, sights, museums and gardens may be closed on the day they appear on your itinerary. If travelling with guided arrangements, your guide will advise and adjust the itinerary as necessary. If you are on a self-drive tour, it is recommended that you verify opening times before setting out. PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation - All prices displayed in this brochure are based on standard rooms at the hotel selected unless otherwise noted. All hotel rooms have private facilities. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of similar category without notice. In the event of a downgrade, a proportional rate adjustment will be made. Special requests made by your travel agent on your behalf for particular rooms, room location, bed types etc., other than those published in our brochure are never guaranteed and may be subject to additional charges and are at the discretion of the hotelier or contractor. Airfare - International airfare and domestic airfare is included in packages as noted in specific itineraries. There are some itineraries that do not include any airfare in the package price. All package pricing is exclusive of airport departure taxes which will be calculated separately at time of booking. Transfers - As indicated in the itineraries, passengers will be met by local representatives at each airport upon arrival, and transferred to your hotel by coach, private car or taxi. 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