Date
October 12 – 22, 2022
Length
11 days
Pricing from Toronto
$7,229* CAD
Pricing from Winnipeg
$7,389* CAD
Activity Level
Active

There’s no more beautiful place to learn how to cook quintessential Italian dishes than the rolling hills of Tuscany. Master the art of pasta-making, cook local recipes like ribollita, or “bread soup,” and discover why Tuscan cuisine is world-famous. Live life as a local and go on a truffle-hunting experience with fellow gourmands. Spend your afternoons in Italy’s central region. View the Leaning Tower of Pisa, visit the hillside town of San Gimignano for a Chianti tasting and then explore the historical centres of Florence and Siena on guided walking tours. Back in Rome, you’ll learn the secrets of the Vatican and the Colosseum and spend your free time exploring this ancient city. Enjoy a memorable dinner in the bohemian neighbourhood of Trastevere on your final night.

CAA Member-exclusive benefits:

  • $25 CAD Beverage card
  • 50 CAA Dollars®^
  • 1 recipe book and apron per person
  • 25% savings on CAA Travel Insurance

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your journey with an overnight flight to Rome.

Day 2

Monteriggioni – Upon arrival in Rome, meet your tour director and drive by private coach to the medieval town of Monteriggioni, your home base in Tuscany for all your culinary adventures. Enjoy your first authentic Italian dinner with fellow foodies. D

Day 3

Siena – Begin your day with your first cooking class and then leave for Siena, known as “Italy’s medieval heart and soul,” for a guided walking tour of the historic centre and Piazza del Campo. B/L

Day 4

Florence – Spend your second morning at cooking class and then head out on a guided tour of Florence’s picture-perfect historic centre. Free time to explore the city to follow. B/L

Day 5

Pisa – Strike out on your Extraordinary Experience: a private truffle-hunting adventure in the Tuscan hillside followed by lunch. Continue on to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. B/L/D

Day 6

Monteriggioni – Enjoy your third cooking class. In the afternoon, take advantage of the fact that olives are in season and go to a local mill for an olive oil-tasting. Learn about the nuances and the complex flavours of different oils. B/L/T

Day 7

Monteriggioni – Begin your day with another cooking class. In the afternoon, visit the walled hillside town of San Gimignano for a taste of some local Chiantis. B/L/T

Day 8

Rome – Don your apron for your final cooking class. In the afternoon, leave for Rome with your new culinary knowledge and Italian recipes in tow. B/L

Day 9

Rome – Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then enjoy some free time exploring the Eternal City. B

Day 10

Rome – Visit the Colosseum on a guided tour and then spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a trattoria in the lively Trastevere district. B/D

Day 11

Say ciao to Italy as you transfer to the airport for your return flight. B

B - Breakfast | L - Lunch | D - Dinner | T - Tasting

Pasta-making and exploring the beauty of Tuscany.

Make pasta and hunt truffles like a local, wander through the Tuscan cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena and learn the secrets of the Vatican and Colosseum.

Package Includes

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• Return airfare from Toronto or Winnipeg to Rome

• 6-night stay in first-class accommodation in Monteriggioni

• 3-night stay in first-class accommodation in Rome

• Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and 2 tastings

• 5 cooking classes

• Land transportation via first-class motor coach

• Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

• Professional English-speaking tour director throughout

• Local English-speaking guides

• Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person

• Destination transfers

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