8-20

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Experience the winemaking culture of Northern Italy, from its centuries-old history to modern-day techniques. Discover wine varietals indigenous to this hilly, fertile land, and meet third-generation winemakers and families deeply rooted in tradition. Savor regional dishes like stuffed tortellini. View Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, along with medieval cities, ruins, and other breathtaking sites.

Meet

expert winemakers and experience private vineyard and wine cellar tours

Discover

the beautiful city of Verona, uncovering its history and architecture with a local guide

Taste

fresh tortellini pasta after a demonstration in the lovely town of Borghetto

Day 1

Verona 

Land at the Verona Villafranca Airport, and meet your Travel Director. Take a private transfer to the hotel, which is also a wine estate and farm.

Lake Garda

Tour the lush property. Come together to enjoy dinner with wine, featuring specialties from the surrounding three regions of Veneto, Lombardia, and Emilia Romagna.

Dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 2

Desenzano Del Garda

Join Marina at Podere Selva Capuzza for a hands-on pasta workshop. After, enjoy a lovely lunch of our own creation.

San Martino Tower

Enjoy a walk in the country to San Martino Tower. Climb the tower and learn about the part it played in Italy’s fight for independence between 1848–1870. The property’s winemaker, Luca, will join us for dinner and discuss the region’s wine. After, a storyteller will bring to life the battle of Solferino with an engaging musical performance.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 3

Lake Iseo

Visit Lake Iseo, the quiet and charming town just north of Brescia. Explore this fishing village’s cobblestone streets and sleepy cafés. Tour a wine estate in Lake Iseo that specializes in producing a sparkling wine from this area called Franciacorta.

Lake Garda

After a light lunch at your leisure, embark on a walking tour of the city of Brescia. Uncover this often overlooked city, which is actually the second largest in Northern Italy. Discover some of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in Northern Italy. Indulge in a dinner of freshly caught fish from nearby Lake Garda paired with wine at our hotel.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 4

Ronca

Tour a family-run cheesemaking facility that dates back to the 1920s. The family produces artisan cheeses using sheep, cow, and goat milk. Savor a charcuterie tasting and lunch following the private tour.

Verona

Continue to Verona for an expertly guided walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Discover the city’s Roman ruins, Gothic monuments, and storied past. Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening in Verona.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 5

Trentino

Depart early this morning for the province of Trentino — a breathtaking territory with mountains and valleys. Head to Vallagarina Valley where we’ll discover de TARCZAL, a well-established wine estate with a royal history. Devour a lunch of regional dishes at their quaint ristorante.

Malcesine

Unwind in Malcesine — a beautiful town on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Enjoy time to stroll along the lake path or shop downtown. Savor a dinner of regional specialties at the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 6

Sirmione

Start the day in Sirmione, a picturesque peninsula on Lake Garda. Spend the evening amid grottos, castles, Roman ruins, and thermal baths. Take part in one of the optional excursions, such as a boat ride around the lake or a tour of the Grottos of Catullus. Lunch is at your leisure in Sirmione.

Valpolicella

Head to Valpolicella, the famed winemaking commune. Stop at Corte Lonardi to meet winemaker Giuseppe Lonardi. After a tour of the vineyard and estate, enjoy a tasting of select wines. A rustic dinner at Giuseppe’s family trattoria is to follow.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 7

Borghetto

Greet the village of Borghetto. Enjoy a pasta-making demonstration and a delicious lunch. Learn tortellini’s other name, “Nodo d’Amore,” meaning love knot.

Desenzano Del Garda

Spend the afternoon back at our hotel and wine estate. Join together for a memorable farewell dinner accompanied by a lively musical performance.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Borgo San Donino

Day 8

Verona

Indulge in a delicious final breakfast, and check out of the hotel. Take a private transfer to the Verona Villafranca Airport for departures home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Venice

Day 8

Travel to Venice by train with your travel director. Check into your hotel and have lunch on your own before meeting your local guide for an afternoon walking tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See magnificent canals, narrow streets, and beautiful marble buildings. Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 9

Today, enjoy a full-day guided exploration of Venice with your local guide. Take a walking tour of the unseen side of Venice. Get lost in the maze of narrow streets and explore the Jewish Ghetto and other delights with your local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal in true Venetian form. Lunch and dinner are on your own with recommendations from your guide.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 10

Enjoy the city of Venice at your own pace today. Perhaps, take a vaporetto to the glass island of Murano or fine lace island of Burano island. Lunch and dinner are on your own with recommendations from your guide.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 11

Savor your last breakfast in Italy, then take a private transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

Accommodations

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Dates

  • Program: Oct 22 – 29, 2017
    Extension: Oct 29 — Nov 1, 2017
  • Program: Jun 3 – 10, 2018
    Extension: Jun 10 — 13, 2018
  • Program: Oct 21 – 28, 2018
    Extension: Oct 28 — 31, 2018

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum of 20 is based on double occupancy.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

2017 Rates*

Classic: $3,995
Deluxe: $4,295
Single: $4,895

Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.

Extension*

Classic: $2,395
Single: $3,595

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


2018 Rates*

Classic: $4,395
Deluxe: $4,995
Single: $6,195

Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.

Extension

Classic: $2,495
Single: $3,695

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

Travel Terms & Conditions

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