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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival, Dinner

There will be a group transfer from Verona train station to the villa. ( 4pm)

We will drive to the villa in the countryside. You’ll have time to unpack.

Later, We will visit  the hotel’s very own wine cellar, followed by a dinner paired with the estate's wines.

 Day 2: Breakfast, Valpolicella Classico, Lunch and Dinner

Our day begins with breakfast after which we will depart for an experience-filled day. Valpolicella Classico is the name given to the viticultural zone where grapes that go into the Valpolicella DOC wine are grown. 

There are some outstanding and world-renowned wines from this viticultural zone. Amarone is perhaps the most widely known of the Valpolicella wines, but Ripasso and the sweet red Recioto are other well-known Valpolicella wines.

The Valpolicella area is located between Lake Garda and the Adriatic Sea. The sea breezes and crisp lake air make the Valpolicella Classico zone simply lovely. You can see the beauty of this area in the three privately owned wineries we visit today where we will sample the exquisite wines while there and enjoy lunch at a winery along the way. 

During our visits we’ll have an opportunity to learn all the steps involved in wine production, from fermentation to bottling. More importantly we’ll experience a wine tasting of different vintages of the famed Amarone. 

In the afternoon we’ll visit a winery where we’ll have the special opportunity to learn about the indigenous grapes and varieties grown in the Valpolicella viticulture region from the winemakers who grow them.

This evening we’ll dine at a local restaurant and experience the regional cuisine of the Valpolicella area.

Day 3: Breakfast, Lugana Day on The Lake, Magical Towns

We’ll leave after breakfast and arrive at our destination, Sirmione, for a walking tour. Sirmione is a classic resort town on the southern bank of Lake Garda. This beautiful town is recognized for its famed thermal baths and the medieval castle, Rocca Scaligera, which overlooks stunning Lake Garda. There’s much to see in Sirmione including ancient olive trees, an archeological site of a Roman villa and rugged rocky beaches. 

After our brief tour we’ll board a boat and see the sights from Lake Garda as we meander along the Sirmione Peninsula to the Isola del Garda and back. You'll have some free time to enjoy the shops in Sirmione and for lunch.

Next it's on to the very charming and magical town of Borghetto. You’ll enjoy wandering this quaint tiny village and seeing all the delightfully unique sites. Make sure to stop in some of Borghetto’s artisan shops for a special memento to take home with you.

We’ll head back to the hotel for a dinner at the hotel's wine bar/ bistro. 

Day 4: Breakfast, Soave, Prosecco & Light Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel and then we’re off for more adventures. We begin our day today with a visit to Soave Castle. This castle is a classic representation of a military artifact from the Middle Ages. It’s said to be the very best example of castle architecture in all of Veneto. 

Next, we’ll make our way to a wonderful family-owned vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting atop a hill that overlooks the lush vineyards and the castle.

The area throughout Soave is known for its unique terrain. The fossil-rich marl stone soil is ideal for creating some very nice white wines. The passion of our winemakers here is evident in their attention to every detail. From cultivation to harvest, this winemaker believes each and every step should bring the sheer beauty of the grapes to each bottle. 

The terrain is so unique given the soil formed by ancient sea and volcanic ash, that only a specific part of the Colli Berici is eligible for DOC designation.

We will visit a Prosecco producer in the region, where we will have lunch accompanied by some delicious sparklers while there.

Evening at leisure.  

Day 5: Breakfast, Verona, Cooking class.

 This morning we will travel to Verona, the City of Love, where we will take part in a walking tour. We’ll see the balcony of Juliet’s house where she and Romeo pledged their love. We’ll stop along the way and browse some of the shops and sample a few of the tasty foods. after the tour, you will have time for exploring and shopping.

In the afternoon, we will have a hands-on cooking class in Verona.

Day 6:  Early morning departure, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar in Modena

Today is a day filled with the sampling of some of the most iconic ingredients in Italian cooking.

We'll head out at 6:30 am to visit a unique workshop where they make Parmigiano Reggiano.

Next it’s on to Modena the home of the world’s finest balsamic vinegars. We’ll be greeted by the proud owner himself and take a tour of the vineyards and be shown the different stages of the creation of this delicious Italian delight. 

Best of all we’ll get to sample the vinegar in many iterations. We’ll even sample some that are very old, by vinegar standards, and aged more than 50 years!

And what goes better with excellent quality balsamic than some delicious olive oil. The family makes that too! We’ll taste some of their exquisite oils before we have lunch. 

We’ll then enjoy a fabulous lunch on the terrace overlooking the valley below. Our lunch is built around some of their award winning regional dishes such as mortadella, Parma ham with vegetables, ravioli Ricotta and the very famous Gnocco fritto of Modena. Our magnificent lunch is paired with a glass of Lambrusco wine also produced on site. 

We’ll have a special regional treat of ice cream topped with a special aged balsamic vinegar. The perfect end to a perfect meal. 

You’ll have a free evening back at the hotel to relax and pack.

Day 7:  It’s time to say Arrivederci!

A group transfer from the villa to Verona train station around 09:15 am.

Pre Tour add on: A walking tour in Venice: 

Discover the captivating beauty of Venice in a 3 hours walking tour.

You will have an opportunity to Indulge in the flavors of Venetian cuisine:

Bacari are traditional Venetian wine bars, where locals gather to enjoy small bites and a glass of wine. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, you will visit carefully selected bacari, sampling a variety of cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and local wines. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of these charming establishments, immersing yourself in the local culinary traditions.

At the end of the tour, we will take the train from Venice to Verona to start the tour in Veneto.

Price per person: $120.00.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Verona/ Venice/ Milan

  • Pick-up Location:

    Verona Porta Nuova train station

  • Pick-up time:

    4:00 pm.

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Verona/Milan/Venice

  • Drop off location:

    Verona Porta Nuova train station

  • Drop off time:

    10:00 am.

The program includes:

  • Group Transfer from/to Verona Train station 
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 4 dinners including wine
  • 1 cooking class
  • 3 lunches including wine
  • Personal tour guide
  •  Wine tasting
  • Transportation for day trips
  • Welcome gift
  • Tour book

The program does not include

  • Travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour. Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Deposit

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable.

Balance

90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable. 

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

The hotel/villa is located in the heart of Valpolicella, high atop a hill in a medieval village. You'll enjoy the splendid views of the valley below and the vineyards.

Each room has a different decor. Room amenities include Wifi, AC, Minibar, Coffee machine, Safe, toiletries and hairdryer.

 

DATES & PRICES

2024

  • Sept 9 – Sept 15
  • $ 3600.00
  • On Request

Single supplement: $600.00.

Prices are in USD.

This tour is available year-round for private groups. (Ask for a quote)

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

FLIGHTS

The closest airport is Verona. 

For nonstop flights from the US, check flights to Venice or Milan.

 If you plan on visiting other parts of Italy you might fly to one city and return from a different one. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us.

PRE AND POST IDEAS

Verona is positioned well: 

It is between Milan and Venice.

It is close to Emilia Romagna region. 

1 hour ride from Bologna.

It is 1.5 hour train ride from Florence.

Idea: Combine a tour to Slovenia. Slovenia is about 3 hours drive from Venice.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us about logistics and ideas.

TOUR PACE

Walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

We try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

MORE INFO

 What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring comfortable shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. 

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.


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