Packages
Gourmet Padova:
5 days/4 nights

Wine & Love
Wine & Love:3 days/2 nights
January 10, 2018
In the Land of Prosecco

An all-inclusive culinary adventure in the most charming city of the Veneto

from euro 1.550/person

Discover delicious authentic Veneto cuisine and wine while staying in vibrant Padova. Become an expert with three hands-on cooking classes, market and street food walks and a local winery tour with tasting. At each cooking lesson you will learn how to prepare a full Italian meal with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. Recipes include fresh handmade pasta, filled pasta, risotto, appetizers, meat dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts.

Tour highlights:

  • Small group format of a maximum of 8 fellow gourmet enthusiasts
  • Accomodations at a welcoming boutique hotel in the historic center of Padova
  • Memorable meals with great wine and food (all meals during the tour are included)
  • Three hands-on cooking lessons with lunch in a historic residence
  • A winery visit in the Euganean Hills, from vineyard to cellar, where you will meet the winemaker
  • Guided walking tour of the city including tickets to the Scrovegni Chapel
  • English-speaking wine and food expert as your guide throughout the tour
  • Maximum flexibility in meeting any special requests before and during your tour

What’s Included:

  • 4 nights accommodation at a boutique hotel in a deluxe double room with private bathroom, including daily breakfast
  • All transportation of the itinerary by van or minivan
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Venice Marco Polo Airport, Venice Passenger Cruise Terminal, Venice Tronchetto or Padova train station
  • Three hands-on cooking lessons
  • All meals with wine, water and coffee included
  • One winery visit in the Euganean Hills with guided wine tasting
  • Padova guided city walk including tickets to the Scrovegni Chapel
  • Food and wine visits and tastings
  • English speaking support at all times by Venice Day Trips, local guides and hotel staff
  • Personal wine and food guide

What’s Not Included

  • Supplement for accommodations in a single room
  • Transfers from airports or cities other than those, but are available on request
Cooking Lesson
Market Walk in Padova

Detailed Day-by-Day Program

day one:
Pick up from Venice (Marco Polo Airport, Passenger Cruise Terminal or Tronchetto) or Padova train station and transfer to your accomodations located in the center of Padova. Check in to your accommodations and time to settle in. Welcome aperitivo and trip orientation. An introductory stroll through the main squares and visit to the Scrovegni Chapel to see the 14th C. frescoes by Giotto. Dinner at a traditional trattoria in historical center of town.

day two: Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Market walk of the fresh fruit and vegetable stands in Piazza delle Erbe. Hands-on cooking lesson in a historic residence in the cobblestoned Jewish Quarter, just off the main squares. Your lesson concludes with lunch to taste what you have prepared during the morning.

Afternoon: Winery visit in the Euganean Hills, located in the countryside a short drive from the city. We will visit the vineyards and cellar to learn about the local varietals – whites and reds – and production methods. Enjoy a guided wine tasting of their production with a look at the fundamentals of wine tasting. Your guide this afternoon is a certified Italian sommelier.

Dinner at a typical trattoria in the historic center of the city.

day three: Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning: Market walk of the fresh fruit and vegetable stands in Piazza delle Erbe. Hands-on cooking lesson in a historic residence in the cobblestoned Jewish Quarter, just off the main squares. Your lesson concludes with lunch to taste what you have prepared during the morning.

Afternoon: Street Food Walk. We will taste our way through the covered food halls of the “Sotto Salone”, located on the ground floor of the ancient Palazzo della Ragione. Explore the tiny food shops tucked in and around the central squares and small cobblestone streets.

This evening’s dinner will consist of the many, many tastings along our Street Food walk, including cheese, olives, “spuncion” (similar to Venetian cicchetti or Spanish tapas), wine, prosciutto, fresh bakery products, coffee and gelato.

day four: Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning: Market walk of the fresh fruit and vegetable stands in Piazza delle Erbe. Hands-on cooking lesson in a historic residence in the cobblestoned Jewish Quarter, just off the main squares. Your lesson concludes with lunch to taste what you have prepared during the morning.

Afternoon: Shopaholics unite! Discover best the city has to offer in local artisanal products and made-in-Italy. We’ll help you find everything on your wish list- bags, accessories, jewelry, wine, food and much more – at our favorite specialty shops and boutiques.

Tasting dinner with a focus on regional Veneto specialties and wine at a restaurant just off Piazza delle Erbe.

day five: Breakfast at your hotel.
Check out and transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport, Venice Passenger Cruise Terminal, Venice Tronchetto or the Padova train station.

 

2020 Rates:

groups of 2 people travelling together: euro 2,225/person ( in total Euro 4,500)

groups of 4 people travelling together: euro 1,850/person ( in total Euro 7,400)

groups of 6 people travelling together: euro 1,650/person ( in total Euro 9,900)

groups of 8 people travelling together: euro 1,550/person ( in total Euro 12,400)

 

Extra time? Add a day trip!

Venice
Venice is an easy train ride from Padova. Visit the highlights of the city with a custom tour – part boat tour and part walking tour, including the monuments of St. Mark’s Square and the area surrounding the Rialto Bridge, where we’ll stop for cicchetti (similar to tapas) and a glass of Prosecco for lunch.

Verona
Verona is an easy day trip from Padova by train. Your engaging local guide will show you the highlights of the city. Learn about the intriguing story behind Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Visit the Arena and the most important monuments of the city including the Church of Sant’ Anastasia, Piazza delle Erbe; Piazza dei Signori, the Tombs of the Scaligeri; and the Duomo.

Hiking in the Dolomites or the Vicenza Alps
Choose a hiking excursion perfectly suited to your level with one of our expert mountain guides. Enjoy the stunning panorama and have a rustic lunch at a typical refugio or malga.

Our favorite destination for a full day program is the Area Cinque Torri and Passo Falzarego, starting from Cortina d’Ampezzo. Our favorite half-day program is Monte Novegno, above Vicenza, ideal history buffs, where you can the WWI trenches near the Italian -AustroHungarian front.

“In the Land of Prosecco”

This was one of my top 3 tours and these are the reasons why: Mario and Rachel – the dynamite couple who run Venice Day tours. They are knowledgeable and fun. They are also wonderful tour directors who met our every need. One in our group wished to spend time biking and this was easily set up. The villa in Cis di Valmarino – newly restored villa with lovely frescoes on dining room walls…

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