Culinary Experience in Lake Garda, Dolomites and Veneto

9 days priced from € 1319
  • Small group suggested tour starting from 8 guests
  • Featuring: Lake Garda – Bolzano and the South Tyrolean Wine Route – Dolomites - Belluno
  • 18 meals and English speaking tour leader throughout the trip
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Day 1: Verona - Lake Garda

Arrival transfer from Verona airport to your hotel in Northern Lake Garda. Welcome drink, dinner and overnight.
Meals: D

Day 2: Limone - Varone falls - Tenno - Toblino

Buffet breakfast. Morning embark the high speed ferry to cross the lake and reach the stunning village of Limone del Garda, famous for its Lemon groves. Taste of some typical lemoncello and free time stroll around the main piazza and take pictures to capture the beautiful corners of this charming village. Continue by bus to the famous Cascate di Varone. The visit takes only 30 minutes but will offers spectacular view of the waterfall as it tumbles from high above over the cliff edge. Typical Trentino lunch with Carne Salada and Fasoi (Salted meat and beans) a typical delicacy of the region obtained from the best cut of the adult ox, namely the loin, which is treated with a few but very effective manual operations. Continue to Lake Tenno to visit Canale di Tenno, member of  “The Most beautiful towns of Italy”. Stop for photo at the enchanting Castle Toblino, setting of lots of Italian Films. Back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D

Day 3: Grappa distillery - Trento - Wineroute - Lake Caldaro

Buffet breakfast. Departure from the hotel and stop for visit at the Marzadro Distillery to enjoy a  delicious tasting of Italian typical Grappa. Continue to Trento, a unique charming Medieval and Renaissance Alpine city, where history is art. Unique amongst the Alpine cities, the City of the Council (1545 - 1563) still keeps its precious monuments as tokens of its rich artistic and historic heritage. Admire the Castello del Buonconsiglio (for several centuries residence of the Prince Bishops of Trento), the Duomo, its splendid Piazza and fountain dedicated to Neptune, the frescoed houses and Council Churches as well as the museums and exhibitions which make Trento a true landmark of Alpine arts, culture and traditions. After lunch on your own, continue to South Tyrol following the wine route.  Stop for wine tasting at the historical Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof in Niclara dated back to the 13th century. Continue to Lake Caldaro. Typical Tyrolean dinner with folk music. Overnight at your hotel.
Meals: B - D

Day 4: Bolzano - Southern Tyrolean Cooking Class

Breakfast and departure to visit Bolzano. The city has two lifestyles, one Northern European and the other more Mediterranean, combined to make the perfect union, which can be clearly seen in the historic and artistic treasures of this town. For centuries, Bolzano has been the privileged center of trade between Italy and Germany and today the capital of South Tyrol,  has become a cosmopolitan city that knows how to be lively, cheerful, modern and yet refined at the same time. Guided tour of the historical center with included visit of the Archeological Museum. During the visit you will have  admire the 5,000 years old Otzi Mummy, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps about 20 years ago. Lunch on your own. Free time for individual visits and shopping. Continue with a Southern Tyrol cooking class with a starred chef, where you will learn local recipes, followed by dinner. Back to your hotel.
Meals: B - D

Day 5: Merano - Trauttmansdorf Gardens

Departure Spa town of Merano, with its leafy boulevards, birdsong, oleanders and cacti, Merano feels like you’ve stumbled into a valley Shangri-La. Long lauded for its sunny micro climate, this poignantly pretty town was a Hapsburg-era spa and the hot destination of its day, favored by the Austrian royals, Freud, Kafka and Pound. Your guide will take you to a leisure walk from the historical center following the footsteps of Sissi Empress of Austria, that loved to take walks to her holiday residence, Trauttmansdorff Castle. Arrive at the lovely botanical gardens that counts amongst the most visited in Europe. Guided tour of the botanical gardens and castle. Lunch at the gardens with a flower inspired menu. After lunch some free time and then continue to Castle Katzenzungen to visit the world oldest and largest grapevine. Guided tour of grapevine and meeting with the castle owner that will reveal stories and anecdote of the charming castle. Wine tasting included. Back to your hotel, dinner and overnight. 
Meals: B - L

Day 6: Land of Dolomites

Breakfast and departure to the Dolomites -UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking landscape of the Dolomites Mountain range.  Drive to Lake Carezza, for a short photo stop. Tour over the Sella range and experience a true  awe inspiring drive through the Pordoi and Gardena Pass. Canazei, Corvara and Ortisei are the most famous alpine villages we will cross. Lunch on your own. In Ortisei we stop at a wood carving workshop and witness a wood carver in action followed by a slice of Strudel and coffee. Wood carvings from Val Gardena are world famous and testimony of a century old tradition. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D

Day 7: Cortina - Tofana - Malga Misurina

Buffet breakfast. Morning visit of Cortina d’Ampezzo, one the most famous Italian winter destination. After the tour, cable car ride (25 minutes) from Cortina to Col Druscié where you can enjoy a breathtaking view above the valley and of the Dolomites. Lunch at 6000 ft. After lunch, return to Cortina. Continue by bus to Malga Misurina, an historic building born in 1921 only for the purpose of summer hill country for 230 heads of livestock, a real maso (farmhouse) located at 6100 ft. Discover the many activities of this farm and taste some of the typical products. Back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - L - D

Day 8: Belluno - Treviso

Buffet breakfast and departure to Belluno. Short visit of this city, located on a narrow ledge high above the river Piave. The old town on the tip of the headland offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy its Venetian style and Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Continue to a typical Veneto teaching farm to see the production of milk products and where you will also be able to experience how the local products are made.  Afterward Treviso. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast and departure to Venice airport.
Meals: B

Included Features

  • Welcome drink
  • 8 nights in 4* charming hotels
  • 18 meals (8 Breakfast,  1 typical Trentino lunch in Lake Garda with drinks included, 1 3-course flower-based lunch at Trauttmansdorf Gardens with drinks included,   1 typical lunch at Malga Tofana with drinks included, 1 3-course dinner at local restaurants on Lake Caldaro with folk music with drinks included,  5 3-course dinner at hotel with drinks included)
  • Limoncello tasting in Limone
  • Visit to Marzadro Distillery with  grappa tasting
  • Visit of the historical 13th century wine estate Tiefenbrunnen Castle Turmhof with wine tasting
  • South Tyrolean Cooking class with  a starred Chef followed by dinner in Bolzano
  • Visit of the Castel Katzenzungen, its grapevine followed by wine tasting
  • Boat excursion to Limone
  • Excursion to a teaching farm
  • English speaking guide during guided tours (Trento, Bolzano, Trauttmansdorf Gardens)
  • Skip the line tickets at Archeological Museum in Bolzano
  • Deluxe AC motor-coach as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage in/out at all hotels
  • Ignas Tour English speaking tour director throughout the trip
  • Headsets throughout the trip

Not Included

  • Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”

Ignas Tour Hotel Collection

  • Lake Garda
  • Hotel Maderno 4* or similar
  • Lake Caldaro
  • Hotel Goldener Stern 4* or similar
  • Treviso area
  • Hotel Villa Corner 4* or similar







     

Prices

* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:

Dates 8 guests 16 guests 25 guests
03/01/17 - 04/30/17 € 1909 € 1499 € 1319
05/01/17 - 07/05/17
09/15/17 - 10/31/17
€ 1929 € 1509 € 1349
07/06/17 - 09/15/17 € 1999 € 1579 € 1409
Single supplement: € 319

*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.