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 10 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 November 29 - December 9, 2018. We can't wait for you to join us!

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


The Itinerary

Thursday, Day 1: November 29th  

Arrivals with escorted airport transfer and luggage assistance from Rome or Florence airports
Check into Grand Hotel Baglioni (4 star hotel)
Celebrate with a hosted 'Welcome Dinner'

Friday, Day 2: November 30th

Morning food market tour
Option to experience the history of Florence through a guided tour
Free evening

Saturday, Day 3: December 1st

Free day!
Option to enjoy a private Tuscan wine tour, a Cinque Terre guided tour, or enjoy time on your own.

Sunday, Day 4: December 2nd

Check into a traditional Agriturismo in Tuscany and enjoy a welcome beverage
Partake in the recently made wine with a Harvest Dinner




Monday, Day 5: December 3rd

Learn about Italian flavors in a morning cooking class
Enjoy an afternoon wine tasting
Tuscan town guided tour or free time to explore 

Tuesday, Day 6: December 4th

Transfer to Bologna with luggage assistance
Check into Hotel Corona D'oro (4 star hotel)
Use the day to explore the city

Wednesday, Day 7: december 5th

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

Lunch in a small winery with local wines
Stop to take some pictures of the Torrechiara castle, guided tour to a Traditional Balsamic producer
Free evening




Thursday, Day 8: December 6th

Half day truffle hunt through the hills of Emilia-Romagna
4 course lunch featuring fresh truffles
Free evening

Friday, Day 9: December 7th

Take the morning train to Rome
Check into Hotel Lunetta (4 star hotel)
Optional Vatican guided tour or free day to explore

Saturday, Day 10: December 8th

Optional morning Roman Ruins sightseeing tour
Afternoon gastronomy tour around the world-famous Piazza Navonavarea. All foods, cheeses, desserts and drinks (such as coffee and wines), and a professional tourpassing its most famous areas (Campo dei Fiori Market and his unknown neighborhood,

Sunday, Day 11: December 9th

Say good-byes and head home (or onto explore more)!

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!


  • 10 nights of stay in boutique hotels (standard room)
  • Breakfast buffet each day
  • 6 lunches/dinners total
  • 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)


Total Package Price: $3,899 per person

* Based on 2 person room capacity

For single room capacity, a supplemental cost of $1799 would be added.


  • Deposit of $500 per person due upon reservation

    • $700 deposit for single occupancy

    • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Remaining balance due 30 days prior to departure

A la Carte Add Ons:

  • Full Day Private Wine Tour (TBD based on participant numbers)

  • Cinque Terre Excursion: $155 per person

  • Florence Historical Sightseeing Tour: $69 per person

  • Vatican Tour: $120 per person

  • Roman Ruins Tour: $120 per person

  • Travel Insurance (Quoted per traveler info/state)

*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.