Florence & 5 Terre Culinary Delights Tour
7 Days/6 Nights
From FLORENCE to FLORENCE
2 Nights Accommodation in the historical center of Florence
4 Nights Accommodation in the Cinque Terre Park
Guided visit of Florence and Cinque Terre Park
Excursion to the famous Portofino
Typical Meals, Market visit and gastronomic tastings
Learn about the Liguria‘s gastronomy with 2 Hands on cooking classes
Lunch in a beautiful seafood restaurant in Portovenere reachable by watertaxi
Day 01: FLORENCE
At your arrival at Florence's airport or the Florence train station, you will meet with your private driver and transfer to your 4 Star hotel located near the Ponte Vecchio. After you've had some time to relax, you will meet with your hostess and enjoy a walk in the historical center of Florence. You will visit an “oleoteca”, a shop that specializes in olive oils and taste a selection of their golden products before enjoying dinner in a ristorante favored by the Florentines. Overnight in Florence.
Day 02: FLORENCE
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you'll spend a day of guided sightseeing walking tours. The morning will find you visiting the Sant'Ambrogio market, Florence's oldest food market, where you'll experience shopping in the traditional Italian style. Sights and smells of fresh produce, artisan cheeses,salamis and fresh flowers will intoxicate you while preparing you for a traditional light lunch in a typical osteria. In the afternoon, you'll tour the major monuments of the historic center of Florence. The Duomo conceals artistic masterpieces under Bruneschelli's massive dome and connects to a Baptistery with beautifuly carved bronze doors. You will be amazed at Piazza Della Signora, an open air museum with statues of mythic proportions keeping watch over the crowds. All of these treasures plus the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce will be of your delight. Dinner will be on your own, and overnight in Florence.
Day 03: FLORENCE, CINQUE TERRE
After breakfast, meet your private driver for your transfer to the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site, passing through the rolling Tuscan hillside to the Ligurian coast. Stopping at Portovenere, a picturesque seaside town, you will board a water taxi to reach one of the most spectacular restaurants on the sea with some of the best seafood in Liguria. After a delicious lunch, you will continue towards your 3 star hotel in Monterosso al Mare, one of the villages that make up the Cinque Terre. You'll be delighted with the fantastic sea views from your room and the fascinating atmosphere of the town. The rest of the day and dinner will be at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Cinque Terre.
Day 04: CINQUE TERRE
In the morning, you'll meet with your private guide for a half day guided tour of the walking paths of the Cinque Terre. These paths were once the only way to reach these villages until most recent. Traveling from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza and Manarola, this easy walk will reveal the simple glory of the landscapes, from the traditional terraced farming methods to the sea, dotted with fishermen's boats. A light lunch will be enjoyed in a traditional osteria, where you'll savor regional Ligurian delights, such as olives, anchovies and focaccia Ligure. In the afternoon, you'll return to the hotel for your cooking lesson of pesto alla Genovese and pesce spada all Ligure. You'll be eating your work for dinner, so follow the directions carefully! Overnight at your hotel in Cinque Terre.
Day 05: PORTOFINO
After breakfast, you will ride the train to Santa Margherita Ligure and take public transportation to Portofino. The rest of the day will be spent exploring this glamorous resort town on your own. Playground to celebrities and royalty, there's no telling who you might see. You may decide to enjoy the day shopping in the boutiques, touring the narrow alleys, or enjoying a boat trip. You will be provided suggestions on how to enjoy the town, from the hidden shops and restaurants that tourists overlook, to the best focal points and hidden treasures. Return to your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel in Cinque Terre.
Day 06: CINQUE TERRE
For the first part of the day, you will travel via public boat to Riomaggiore, another jewel of the Cinque Terre. Dating back to the 13th century, this lovely town will delight you with its picturesque candy colored homes and boats. Lunch on your own before returning to your hotel for the start of your cooking class. You'll be making zuppa di pesce and orata al cartoccio for dinner, enjoying a final night of this Mediterranean paradise. Overnight at your hotel in Cinque Terre.
Day 07: CINQUE TERRE, FLORENCE
In the morning, you will depart with a private transfer from the hotel and return to the airport in Florence for the end of our services.