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27 DECEMBER 2011-01 JANUARY 2012

Bakery in Bologna

 

December 27Get settled and welcome dinner at a restaurant

Meeting at Bologna airport or train station. Private transfer to your hotel, situated in the heart of Bologna.

Welcome dinner at a typical restaurant in the countryside, serving traditional food of the region.

Cooking lesson in Bologna

December 28Walking tour of Bologna center, wine tasting, ceramic shop and laboratory visit and cooking class on herbs

In the late morning your English speaking hosts can also provide a pleasant walk through historic Bologna, pointing out our favorite places in this lovely, medieval town.

Drive to visit a local winery, where they produce a very good Sangiovese red wine, the most important wine of the area. Wine tasting and lunch at the winery.

Cooking with Chef Nicola

Then drive to Faenza, famous in Italy and worldwide for its ceramics; we will visit an artisan ceramic workshop and showroom. The artist and owner will show us how the ceramics are decorated. We will have as well a wonderful gelato - ice cream - one of the best of the region!!

Ceramics Factory in Faenza

In the late afternoon Italian cooking class demonstration at a restaurant in the hills of Faenza.

The owner and chef, Nicola, is a man very passionate about his work and will prepare a special dinner based on dishes featuring local herbs. You will learn a lot of little secrets to take home to your own kitchen! We will have dinner of what we have prepared in the kitchen.

Parmigiano Cheese Factory

December 29Food market visit and cooking class in family

Visit and walk in the central market area of Bologna, a couple of ancient narrow streets lined with colorful, irresistible Italian food shops, stands and delis, wonderful to the eye and to the taste.

In the afternoon you'll enjoy a hands-on cooking class at a private home with an Italian family cook. You will learn traditional dishes of the region. Dinner will consist of the fruits of your own afternoon labors.

Typical Decorations in Bologna

December 30 –  Parmigiano reggiano --Parmesan cheese--, traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena

Early morning departure to visit a family-cooperative where you will watch all the stages in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano --parmesan cheese--, learn all about parmigiano reggiano --parmesan cheese-- and finish this excursion with a cheese tasting.

Transfer to Modena to visit another family-owned representative business, producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. The owner will explain where and how balsamico is made; we will have a tasting of the product at various ages and learn how and when to use these. Lunch in the area, Drive back to Bologna. Afternoon and dinner free, after a busy morning.

December 31Special farewell New Year's Eve dinner

Morning and lunch free. In this day you can walk in Bologna center, characterized in this period by Christmas illuminations. It is very nice walking, shopping and living this atmosphere.
In the late afternoon drive to the countryside and on the way stop at one of the most beautiful bars of the region to start our special evening with a great aperitif. Proceed to Monte del Re for our unforgettable New Year's eve farewell dinner, Italian style. This restaurant is an old building established in the 13th century and was born as a monastery. It has kept its charm through the ages and, still now, it is a unique place, surrounded by a magical atmosphere, that leads to harmony and peace of mind.

January 1Departure day

Departure to Bologna airport or train station after breakfast at the hotel.

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PRICE PER PERSON

2070 euro per person (double room)
Single Supplement 180 euro

Included:

• 5 nights in lovely four star hotel, breakfast included
• 2 Italian cooking lessons held in English
• 2 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
• 4 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
• Walking tour of Bologna center, in English
• Wine tasting
• Ceramic laboratory and shop visit in Faenza
• Bologna food market visit with English speaking guide
• Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano --Parmesan cheese-- factory and tasting
• Visit to Balsamic Vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
• Our recipe book in English
• Traditional Italian hand printed apron
• Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Bologna train station or airport)
• Local tour director English speaking throughout
• All local taxes

Not included:

• Flight ticket
• Personal expenses
• Everything not written in the program

Terms of Payment and Cancellation fees are as follow:

A 30% non-refundable deposit is payable at time of booking to confirm your participation in the course, as described above.

Remaining payment of 70% is due 75 days prior to arrival. If booking this course within 75 days of the course date, payment is due in full at time of booking.

Penalty for cancellation of booking is 50% of total payment, less the non-refundable deposit if cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to arrival. Penalty for cancellation is 100% penalty in the event of cancellation by the client less than 30 days prior to arrival.

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