Do you dream about the creamy taste of cacio e pepe? Do you lust after the velvety flavors of Sangiovese wines? Do you crave the rich flavors of fresh Parmesan from the hills of Emilia Romagna? Do you wish to finish each meal with a picture-perfect cone of gelato?

You have found your people!

Explorateur Travel is ecstatic to host a 8 night trip through Italy with a focus on gastronomy and cultural experiences. With hand picked hotels, bespoke curated experiences, and the perfect balance of free time and structure....this trip is sure to be one to remember!

We will be eating our way through Italy from May 31 - June 9, 2019. We can't wait for you to join us!

 * Do you want to extend your trip to add on a chance to cruise the canals of Venice, 
boat along the the Amalfi Coast, bask in the sunshine along Lake Como... or visit another area of Europe?
It can be done! Just ask and we can provide your custom quote. 

* Due to space limitations, submissions do not guarantee reservation.


The Itinerary

Saturday, Day 1: June 1 

Arrivals with escorted airport transfer and luggage assistance from Rome or Florence airports (U.S. departure should be on May 31)

Check into Hotel Albani Firenze

Celebrate with a hosted 'Welcome Dinner'

Sunday, Day 2: June 2

Free morning to shake off the jet lag

Optional historic Florence tour (a la carte option)

Learn about Italian flavors in a cooking class with dinner included ***Flytographer present to capture candid pictures for guests as souvenirs!



Monday, Day 3: June 3

Enjoy a day trip to Tuscany from Florence ***Flytographer present to capture candid pictures for guests as souvenirs!

Harvest dinner at a vineyard

Tuesday, Day 4: June 4

Free day !

Optional Galleria dell'Accademia tour (a la carte option)

Optional Cinque Terre day trip (a la carte option)



Wednesday, Day 5: June 5

Transport to Bologna with luggage assistance

Check into Art Hotel Commercianti

Half day Parmesan tour with Balsamic tasting; guided tour to the dairy to discover the steps of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production with final tasting, guided visit to a Parma Ham producer ***Flytographer present to capture candid pictures for guests as souvenirs!

Thursday, Day 6: June 6

Spend the morning on a truffle hunt

Indulge in a a 4 course truffle-based lunch

Enjoy a free evening


Friday, Day 7: June 7

Transport to the train station with luggage assistance

First class train ride to Rome

Check into Starhotels Michelangelo

Optional Vatican Skip the Line Entrance (a la carte option)





Saturday, Day 8: June 8

Optional Roman Ruins tour (a la carte option)


Afternoon gastronomy tour around the world-famous Piazza Navona area.

Free evening to celebrate a wonderful trip!

Sunday, Day 9: June 9

Depart from Rome and head home with a full stomach and happy heart!


So, why travel with us?

Not only is this trip tailored exactly to the passions of a seasoned foodie, but this once in a lifetime adventure is customized to ensure that each transfer, connection, hotel, and tour is selected from top notch and consistent vendors to provide a high quality experience for a Italy newbie or an experienced traveler.

We will be helping all attendees through their travel preparation by providing tips and guidance.

We've done all the legwork so that you don't have to!


  • 8 nights of stay in boutique hotels (standard room)

  • Breakfast each morning through the hosting hotel

  • Dinners and lunches as outlined

  • Quality transfers and First Class train tickets

  • Gastronomic tours and experiences

  • A sure-to-remember vacation of a lifetime!


  • Flights/transportation to and from the tour pick-up/drop-off

  • Meals and beverages, except as mentioned

  • Entrance fees to site, except as mentioned

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional gratuities for guides and vendors

  • Room upgrades (available for purchase based on vacancy)


Package Price: $3189 per person

* Based on 2 person room capacity

For single room capacity, request pricing.


  • Deposit of $2100 per room due upon reservation

    • Deposit is non-refundable

  • Remaining balance due in March 2019

A la Carte Add Ons:

  • Accademia Tour (The David)

  • Florence Historical Sightseeing Tour

  • Cinque Terre Day Trip (free day option)

  • Vatican Tour

  • Roman Ruins Tour

*IMPORTANT: This tour is for those who are of a legal drinking age only. We will do our best to make reasonable accommodations for food allergies and mobility issues. However, due to the nature of the trip and the excursions included in the package, certain limitations may apply.