Flavors of Italy

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BOLOGNA, CHIANTI, ITALIAN RIVIERA & TURIN

Savor a sampling of Italy’s greatest culinary hits from a prosciutto tasting in Parma to a wine tasting at a Chianti Valley farmhouse to a pesto pasta cooking class in the Italian Riviera. This 10-day limited edition tour with international airfare takes us all over northern Italy from Bologna down to Turin. Between our foodie adventures, we’ll discover some of Italy’s most incredible destinations and sights including San Gimignano’s fascinating medieval architecture, the colorful buildings of Cinque Terre, Turin’s baroque architecture, and more!

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight, non-stop international flight
  • 2 nights in Bologna
  • 2 nights in Pontedera (Chianti Region)
  • 2 nights in Rapallo (Italian Riviera)
  • 2 nights in Turin

Tour
Highlights

  • 3-course dinner in Bologna featuring local cuisine
  • Parmigiano Cheese and Parma Ham Tasting in Parma with special Tortellini Lunch
  • Visit a farmhouse in the Chianti Valley (Tuscany) for wine tasting accompanied by Pecorino & Bruschetta
  • Tour a pasta-making factory in Chianti
  • San Gimignano
  • Pesto pasta cooking class
  • Underground winery cave with Spumante tasting
  • Guided tour of Turin
  • Wine tasting and tour at Wine Bank, a historical memory museum of Italian wines

Max. Group Size: 20 Passengers

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage service at hotels except Chianti (1 luggage per person)
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners plus 7 additional tastings
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Top-rated, professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

Depart the U.S. today on your overnight, non-stop flight to Milan.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Milan on Day 2.

Milan/Bologna

We arrive in Milan today where we’ll meet our guide and transfer to Bologna in the Food Valley! Food is a focus here as it is throughout the Emilia-Romagna region—home of Parma ham, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan. Cured meats, aged cheeses, cream, butter, game, and truffles abound in this most indulgent of cuisines. After we check into our hotel we’ll have some time to relax before our guided tour of this beautiful city where we’ll…

Parma

Bologna
Our food adventure continues today with a visit to Parma, the capital of the world-famous Prosciutto and Parmigiano cheese. Visit a local producer of Prosciutto di Parma where you’ll discover how this famous delicacy is made and enjoy a special tasting of ham with some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. We’ll continue on a walking tour of Parma with a local guide, seeing the city’s main plaza and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Afterward, we’ll enjoy…

Bologna/Radda in Chianti

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll check out and depart for Radda di Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany. Along the way, we’ll stop at a farmhouse in the heart of the Chianti countryside where we’ll try Tuscan wines and taste the local delicacies like Pecorino Cheese, Bruschetta, and other cold cuts. Then continue on to Radda di Chianti, a beautiful medieval town surrounded by defensive walls. Located up on a hill between the valleys…

Chianti Valley

After breakfast today, we’ll embark on our Tuscan adventure by traveling to the famous town of San Gimignano where we’ll find the weekly market. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, San Gimignano is a small, walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena. It’s famous for its fascinating medieval architecture including its towers that rise above all of the town’s other buildings, offering impressive views of both the town and the surrounding…

Chianti Valley/Italian Riviera

After breakfast we will travel to Sestri Levante, walk around the historic fishing village and then reach the restaurant where we will learn all about a local traditional recipe. The most classic Ligurian dish is undeniably pasta al pesto Genovese. The fragrant yet simple sauce is a divine combination of basil, pine nuts, olive oil, cheese, and garlic. You will make Pesto and enjoy your lunch right in the place where the recipe was born.…

Cinque Terre

The UNESCO world heritage recognized hamlets – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – are reached by boat, rail or trail. The topography of the area did not allow for the development of roads for vehicles. The five fishing villages dot the coast, tucked into the habitable terrain between the swaths of lush vertical land and cobalt coves. Each village is unique. Ancient churches, castles, and homes are centered on squares that often…

Italian Riviera/Canelli/Turin

En route to Turin, we will stop in Asti. A stroll through the historic district is enough to feel the magic of this place. This former city republic with medieval character is known as the ‘San Gimignano of Piedmont’ due to its many soaring family towers and is the center of the wine-growing region of Monferrato, in which its most gentile representatives Moscato and Barbera d’Asti are grown. The next stop is the small town…

Turin

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Turin. You will see the exterior of the Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, San Lorenzo and gain a first impression of the magnificence of this city. Afterwards, you will have time to stroll through the lively, Baroque historic district. We will have a break at a local bar to savour a cup of “bicerin”, the soothing local hot chocolate and coffee speciality. Later this afternoon, we will travel to…

Turin/USA

After breakfast today, we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight back to the U.S.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 10 in Turin.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

These tours are available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. Currently, these tours must be pre-booked and cannot be booked in-destination.

Truffle Hunting Experience

  • Radda in Chianti
  • From approx. $82 Per Person

Truffles can take years to mature and are found underground near trees like oak, poplar, beech and birch which makes them hard to find. This delicacy was prized by nobles across Europe and people have often relied on animals like pigs and dogs to locate them. On our optional tour, enjoy a truffle hunting experience with a delicious tasting of local products.

AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!

Discovery of Rapallo, Santa Margherita & Portofino by Boat

  • Italian Riviera
  • From approx. $25 Per Person
The glamorous Italian Riviera has long been the playground for the affluent. With colorful villas and cobalt waters studded with yachts, a stroll along its dreamy promenades allows visitors to feel a part of the luxury scene. One of the best ways to see the area is from the sea. Take a ferry from Rapallo to Portofino and return by boat to Santa Margherita. As you sail along view the jaw-dropping area and soak up…

Wine Experience with Sommelier

  • Cinque Terre
  • From approx. $59 Per Person

Enjoy 3 half glasses of Cinque Terre white wine from different cellars, using the sense of sight, the sense of smell, and the sense of taste. The tour will be guided by a professional sommelier.

AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!