Abruzzo Cooking, Wine & Walking Tour

7 days guided small group tour

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Abruzzo Cooking, Wine & Walking Tour,

7 days guided small group tour

Join this small group on a 7-day Italian cookery tour in Abruzzo. You will be part of a small group of people and will be able to develop your cooking skills, expand your wine knowledge and discover the region’s off-the-beaten-track secrets. The highlight of this tour is the chance to have light and easy walks along the amazing Abruzzo mountains, ancient hermitages and coastline between national parks and unique trabocchi fishing houses

Itinerary

Day 1 Airport pick up and welcome to Abruzzo dinner! (D)
Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 pm and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes. After checking at charming and family run Hotel San Marco (or a similar accommodation) in the historical downtown, get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day Italian cookery holiday and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.

Day 2 A visit to market, cooking pasta with Mamma, exploring Vasto’s historic center (B, C, L)
After a visit to Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products, we’ll have an exclusive cooking class with a housewife in her house and we’ll learn how easy fresh pasta is to make and be introduced to her favorite seasonal sauces. An example menu includes Bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) – naturally this depends on seasonal availability.  Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning
In the afternoon we’ll explore Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Before free time, we’ll meet some local artisans.  Tonight you may experience dinner or on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto

Day 3 Walks to amazing Abruzzo mountains and ancient hermitages (B, L, D)
After breakfast we’ll drive to the marvelous Abruzzo mountains and national parks to have a light and scenic walk* to discover solitary and remote hermitages set in the rocky mountainside and to admire quite unique landscapes. We’ll enjoy a traditional picnic with local products
Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto

Day 4 Walks to Abruzzo coastline, trabocchi fishing houses and free afternoon (B, L)
After breakfast we’ll drive to the fascinating Abruzzo coastline to have a light and picturesque walk* in a marine reserve to discover the landmark symbols of the area, the trabocchi.  We’ll have a special fish lunch on a trabocco
Rinaldo, our host, will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms
Free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: to go to one of the many beaches, biking, take part to some extra activities/excursions or whatever you prefer. Dinner at your leisure

Day 5 Learning to make cheese at a small local artisan farm with its own creamery and Roccascalegna Medieval Castle (B, C, T, L)
After breakfast we’ll make our way to the farm where Pina and Berardino will reveal the secrets of sheep and cows farming to us and guide those that would like to learn how to milk a sheep or a cow. After a snack of cheese, we’ll learn how to prepare ricotta cheese in their creamery.
A delicious traditional lunch will be prepared and served. This will be the time to savor just made warm ricotta cheese. We’ll explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in Roccascalegna.  Tonight you may experience dinner or on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto

Day 6 Olive oil tasting, wine-tasting, pizza cooking class & tiramisù (B, T, L, C, D)
Following breakfast we’ll visit the La Selvotta Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for 3 generations to produce DOP olive oils. He will unfurl he secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting. Next we’ll visit Fontefico, an award winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. We’ll have a wine tasting with pairings from local cheeses and salami and tour of the vineyard and cellars by owners Emanuele and Nicola. After lunch we’ll have an homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschette and tiramisù

Day 7 Goodbye
After breakfast departure (normally at 09:00 am) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination (3,5 hours driving from hotel to Rome Fiumicino airport)

NOTE: Your itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes we modify the final itinerary to take advantage of the season and the weather. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, and sometimes that means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival. Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide if any modifications are desired. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.

B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

Hightlights and Technical Information
Highlights
  • Light walk along the amazing Abruzzo mountains
  • Light walk along the fascinating trabocchi coast
  • Hands on cooking classes: pasta and pizza
  • Award winning winery tour, wine tasting
  • Olive oil tasting, cheese making, cheese tasting
  • Fishing demonstration, visiting artisans, farm, castle, abbey
  • Small groups up to 16 people
Technical information:

Tours in English guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 16 people

Payment : deposit of 1000 per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia

Dates, Inclusions, Cost , Supplements

Departure dates 2018:   09 September

Departure dates 2019: 02 June and 08 September

Duration:   7 days / 6 nights

Price per person (min 2 people twin share): A$2650 per person;

What is included:
  • 6 nights accommodation at Hotel San Marco in the historic center of Vasto or similar accommodation
  • Breakfast Buffet Daily
  • 8 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, farmhouses or wineries based on traditional regional dishes
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Daily trips and excursions
  • Pick up and drop off at Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
  • All taxes
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Additional Supplements:

Cost per person

  • single room supplement A$330
  • extra nights PRE TOUR on request
  • extra nights POST TOUR on request
Accommodation and Meals

Hotels & B&Bs in the Historic Centre, by the Sea, by the mountains or a simple farmhouse
A select choice of Vasto hotels, B&Bs and agriturismi (farmhouses) are offered by Italia Sweet Italia to our guests whilst on vacation in this unique part of central Italy. What they all have in common is that they are family run, provide a high standard of service, are meticulously clean and are equipped with modern conveniences and free wi-fi

Hotel San Marco***recently renovated, is the perfect setting for your stay in Vasto. In their practical and elegant ambiance, you can relax with all the modern comforts and in absolute tranquillity.

Upgraded charming boutique accommodations: With an extra price you could sleep in boutique residences located in the heart of Vasto (each has beautiful en-suite rooms,  free WiFi, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, and more):

Residenza Amblinghan 18th-century mansion with 4 bedrooms, located on the Amblingh promenade overlooking the Adriatic Sea, 2 minutes walking from Vasto main square

La Dimora di Histona fascinating and small B&B (with just 2 bedrooms) set in the 15th century Castello Caldoresco in the main square of Vasto

C’è posto per te, a charming and beautiful B&B with 4 bedrooms, 2 minutes walking from Vasto main square

Price from: A$2,650

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