the flavors of italy

a culinary exploration in italy

Just as there is a special art to preparing Italian dishes, there is also an art to serving and consuming this world-class cuisine. Unlike faster paced societies of the world, meal time in Italy is a time to kick back and relax. When traveling through Italy on this culinary & culture tour, indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as you discover their passion for food and wine, learning both the art of preparation and the art of consumption.

HIGHLIGHTS: Rome * Florence * Venice * Bologna

PRICE: $2,375 USD | Deposit: $500 P/P (nonrefundable)

DATE(S): TBA (9 Day)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Tour packages are priced with two people sharing a room, with the cost of the lodging being divided by two people. If only one person occupies the room, then the entire cost of the lodging is absorbed by one person. Rather than double the price of the tour, we add a single supplement to address the lodging costs. We do our best to keep single supplement costs as low as possible to accommodate single travelers requiring a private room. Please contact us before booking if you plan on traveling alone or have further questions about single supplement cost.

  • Click on the “BOOK NOW”  button.
  • Fill out the online reservation form (one per person)
  • Pay your deposit (your spot is now solidified)
  • Pay Final payment 4 months before departure.
  • Confirmation for all payments sent within 24 hours.
  • Predeparture packet sent 1 month before departure.

Day 1 (Arrival): Enjoy airport transfer from Fiumicino International Airport to your hotel. The Colosseum –  Here, you’ll have an opportunity to explore inside this once home of gruesome Roman entertainment with your guide.  Enjoy hearing the epic tales of Gladiators battles, and violent fights to the death of “Men versus Beast. (Dinner)

Day 2 (The Vatican Tour): Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante. We’ll step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Food Tour – We’ll take you off the beaten tourist path to the historic Roman neighborhood, which is an ideal place to get a real taste of Rome. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food traditions alive. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 (Cooking Class): No matter what your level of skill in the kitchen, this Rome cooking class is an entertaining and educational experience that allows you to gain insight into a very important piece of Italian culture. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4 (Travel to Florence): Sit back, relax, and allow the stunning Tuscan scenery pass you by during this short train ride departing Rome and arriving at the city of Renaissance art, Florence.  The approximate travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes. The Accademia Gallery – Home to Michelangelo’s David sculpture. See world-famous masterpieces of Renaissance art. The gallery highlights focusing on the works of Michelangelo. See the iconic ‘David’ sculpture and other awe-inspiring pieces by the native Florentine. (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Day 5 (Tuscany Tour): Your first stop for the day is gothic Siena, famous for its medieval streets. Enjoy a stroll among Chianti vineyards, olive groves and wine cellars before indulging in a traditional Tuscan lunch. Next, San Gimignano where you can roam the maze of cobbled streets and small squares, grab a gelato and walk between San Gimignano’s famous 14 towers. Your final stop is Pisa, where you can take an up-close inspection of The Leaning Tower. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6 (Venice Tour): Admire the Tuscan scenery as it passes you by during this train ride traveling from Florence to the city on stilts, Venice. The approximate travel time for this journey is 2 hours. (Breakfast)

Day 7 (Cooking Class): Learn your way around an Italian kitchen with this full-day experience, including a market visit and cooking class, topped off with a 4-course lunch. Search for fresh ingredients at a Florentine market before venturing to the kitchen. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8 (Food Tour): Visit boutique producers of prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and wine, and savor four different samples of food and wine along the way. After you’ve worked up an appetite at each producer’s grounds, head over to a family-run restaurant for a 6-course Italian lunch, including house-made pasta and local wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 (Departure): There are no activities planned for today. Return home to the USA or extend your trip. (Breakfast)(END OF 9 DAY T

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up
  • Accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Selected Meals (See Itinerary)
  • Walking Tours & Day trips
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation (City-City)
  • English speaking guides
  • Wynton’s World Tour Captain

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare
  • Visa (If applicable)
  • Travel Insurance (Health, Cancellation, etc.)
  • One or two meal per day
  • Baggage fees, spending money, tips, leisure, tourist tax, City Tax, departure tax

Nerva Boutique Hotel –  Occupying a vintage building, this downtown boutique hotel is an 11-minute walk from both the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. The upscale, stylish rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. They also have marble bathrooms and designer fixtures. 

Hotel Rapallo – This polished hotel in a classic stone building is 1.1 km from the Duomo di Firenze cathedral, 1.3 km from Santa Maria Novella train station and 1.8 km from the Uffizi Gallery. The bright rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and coffeemakers. Some upgraded rooms have balconies or terraces.

Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. If you live in North America, our Wynton’s World specialists would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations. Our tours are conducted in English and attract travelers from around the world.

What are the age restrictions on your tours?

To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no age limits on our tours however travelers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire. Children a minimum of 12 years old can travel accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on any of our tours.

I’m a solo traveler; will I be charged a single supplement?

Most of our trips do not have a mandatory single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another Wynton’s World traveler of the same sex. Some independent extensions do require a single supplement.

I’m a solo traveler and I’d like my own room, is that possible?

All Wynton’s World group tours provide a single supplement optional service allowing solo travelers the option to request their own private room while on tour. The cost and details vary by trip.

Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Contact one of our specialists for price information.

Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

Starting and ending hotels are listed on your travel voucher and in the Trip Details document. We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels will be provided on Day 1 of your tour. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them contact us.

Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

It can be difficult to join a tour after it has begun and we don’t advise it. It is possible to leave a tour early; however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult a Discovery Adventures specialist before you book your adventure.

Are airport transfers included?

Arrival transfers are included on most Wynton’s World group tours. Please check the trip details for arrival information, specific to your tour. By booking your airfare with us we can ensure someone meets you at the airport before your tour. If you book your own airfare, you must provide your flight number, arrival date and arrival time to us. Departure transfers can be locally arranged at additional cost from the finishing point hotel.

What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

Trip specific information on transportation can be found on the trip summary page; however in most cases we use a mix of public and private transportation.

What type of accommodation is used on your tours?

The accommodation level for most Wynton’s World tours are comfortable, in mid-range hotels, motels, lodges or guest houses. You’ll often enjoy air-conditioned rooms, complete with en suite bathrooms and some amenities. Accommodations can vary by country and region so please consider that standards can be different from what you are used to in your home country. Some trips may include camping, permanent tented camps or more rustic lodges, depending on the remoteness of where you are visiting. Please see your “Trip Details Document” for more detailed information, specific to your tour. Porterage is not included, but can be arranged directly at most hotels.

What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

We strongly recommend bringing a soft, medium sized suitcase or duffel bag on wheels. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains, as well as up and down hotel staircases.

What clothing should I pack for my adventure?

We always recommend packing as light as possible; however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our “Trip Details document” includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual trip summary page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

Can you help arrange my travel visas?

Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf we have provided a link on our “Trip Planning” page that will help you determine if visas are required. If you do require a visa you can arrange them yourself or use the services of a visa processing company.

What vaccinations are recommended for my adventure?

It’s important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a travel health clinic.

Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. Our “Trip Details” documentation includes suggested tipping amounts and these can be downloaded from each individual trip summary page.

How do you send out travel documentation?

All documentation is sent electronically by email. Shortly after we receive your payment we will send you your initial documents including a summary of purchase and detailed trip notes. Final documentation including vouchers will be sent by email no later than two weeks prior to the departure.

Can I pay in full at the time I book?

Yes. Please let your Wynton’s World specialist know at time of booking or indicate this in the comments box when making your online booking.

Will you let me know if my tour is guaranteed sooner than the 60-day mark?

Yes, an email will automatically be sent to you advising to go ahead and book your international airfare with us as your tour is guaranteed to depart.

Can my documents be mailed out to me?

As a sustainable company, we try to limit the amount of paper that we consume; therefore, all documents are electronically sent directly to your email account. Please consult a Wynton’s World specialist if this is not possible.

“In short, the trip was amazing in every respect! Chef Wynton was perfect… exceedingly knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. The food was spectacular, the venues fascinating, and the itinerary varied and full without being overwhelming.”
Monte Palmer
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