Turin Chocolate Festival & Northern Italy with Queen's University featuring Dr. Donato Santeramo

with Venice extension
Nov 25-Dec 6, 2018 / 12 DAYS

When eating your way through Italy, why not start with dessert?

Begin your tour in Turin, home of the CioccolaTÒ chocolate festival. Then, expand your palate with the unique flavors of Northern Italy, from truffle…

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Indulging in the finest confections from Italy’s premier chocolatiers, Experiential learning about the history of chocolate in Europe at Turin’s histo…

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Nov 25: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin / 3 NIGHTS

Nov 26: Arrival in Turin

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin to settle in. Later, meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Nov 27: Sightseeing tour of Turin & CioccolaTò festival

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s Royal Family, the House of Savoy. • Pass through Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano • Step inside the Royal Church of San Lorenzo This afternoon, visit the expansive Piazza Vittorio Veneto to sample sweets from chocolatiers from all over the world at the CioccolaTò festival.

Nov 28: Palace of Venaria & Gardens

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the beautifully restored Palace of Venaria, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former royal residence sometimes referred to as “the Italian Versailles.” • Stroll through the striking Grand Gallery and glimpse the tromp-l’oeil frescoes • Enjoy wine and refreshments at the elegant palace cafe • Spend free time exploring the grounds and gardens, taking a carriage ride or viewing exhibitions in the galleries

Italian Riviera / 2 NIGHTS

Nov 29: Italian Riviera via Barolo

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Stop at the village of La Morra for a panoramic view of the Langhe, the hilly Piedmont region famous for its cheese, truffles and wines. Then, continue on to visit Barolo, a small town surrounded by vineyards that’s distinguished as one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine. • Enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour • Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties • Stop at a winery to walk through the vineyards and sample local Barolo vintages before continuing on to the Italian Riviera

Nov 30: Cinque Terre

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to colourful Cinque Terre, a UNESCO-recognized collection of unique villages that hug the rugged Italian coastline. • Travel by boat to the beachy village of Monterosso for free time to explore • Continue your boat ride to Vernazza for a wine tasting accompanied by signature Ligurian foods, like pesto and focaccia

Bologna / 3 NIGHTS

Dec 01: Transfer to Bologna

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights. • Stop at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting • Visit a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Dec 02: Sightseeing tour of Bologna & Dozza Castle wine tasting

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide. • Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university • Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore Afterward, travel to the mediaeval village of Dozza. There, pay a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, where a professional sommelier will lead you on a tasting tour of regional wines.

Dec 03: Free day in Bologna

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta-making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona / 2 NIGHTS

Dec 04: Verona via Valpolicella

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Today, you’ll transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona.

Dec 05: Sightseeing tour of Verona

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your guide on a tour of the “city of love.” • Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Romeo & Juliet, including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony • Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona Arena (a Roman amphitheater), Piazza della Erbe and Lamberti’s Tower Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Dec 06: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the city of Venice.

Extension / Starting from $639 pp

Venice / 2 NIGHTS

Dec 06: Venice

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Transfer to Venice, stopping in the Province of Treviso along the way. • Tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production • Enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of 3 different Proseccos, white wines that are comparable to Champagne

Dec 07: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide. • Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica • Explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands • View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340 • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Dec 08: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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