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.


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The Itinerary

Saturday, Day 1: June 1 

Arrivals with escorted airport transfer and luggage assistance from Rome or Florence airports
Check into Hotel Cellai (4 star hotel)
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

 

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Monday, Day 3: June 3

Enjoy a day trip to Tuscany from Florence
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)

 

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Wednesday, Day 5: June 5

Transport to Bologna with luggage assistance
Check into Hotel Corona d'Oro (4 star hotel)
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

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
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Friday, Day 7: June 7

Transport to the train station with luggage assistance
First class train ride to Rome
Check into Hotel Colonna Palace (4 star hotel)
Optional Vatican Skip the Line Entrance (a la carte option)

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Day 8: June 8

Optional Roman Ruins tour (a la carte option)
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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!


THE QUOTED RATE INCLUDES:

  • 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!

THE QUOTED RATE EXCLUDES:

  • 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 by 12/31

After January 1st, pricing will increase to $3289 per person

* Based on 2 person room capacity

For single room capacity, a supplemental cost of $1225 would be added.

CAN'T PAY NOW? DON'T WORRY...

  • Deposit of $500 per room due upon reservation

    • $700 deposit for single occupancy

    • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure

A la Carte Add Ons:

  • Accademia Tour (The David): $35 per person

  • Florence Historical Sightseeing Tour: $75 per person

  • Cinque Terre Day Trip (free day option): $159 per person

  • Vatican Tour: $120 per person

  • Roman Ruins Tour: $65 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.