WINE & FOOD OF NORTHEN ITALY

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 3 – Milan to Piedmonte D
Participants will meet at Milano Linate airport (LIN) where we will board our private coach to Piedmont region. After check-in enjoy and an aperitivo and welcome dinner. (Overnight Alba)

Day 2 –Wednesday, April 4 – Barolo B
After breakfast this morning, we’ll be off to a unique winery – at the highest altitude in the Barolo region – to visit the cellars and taste the wines of the Vaira family. From here, we’ll visit the town of Barolo itself to find lunch on our own. After lunch a VIP visit to the Lirano hills, 400 meters above sea level, to discover organic wines of the Barolo region. Dinner on your own. (Overnight Alba)

Day 3 –Thursday, April 5 – Barbaresco B
Visit a family-run winery in the highest township of the region with stunning views of the Langa hills. We’ll enjoy a vineyard walk, cellar tour and tasting here, then make our way to the main piazza of Barbaresco for a visit to the Enoteca Regionale del Barbaresco – in a 19th century church. After lunch on our own, we’ll make one final stop at a four-generation Green Experience vintner to learn about their production methods to preserve the biodiversity of the region. Dinner on your own. (Overnight Alba)

Day 4 – Friday, April 6 – Alba to Asti to Cavaion Veronese B, L, D
After breakfast this morning, we’ll check out of our hotel and finish our Piemonte tour with a stop in Canelli to visit a winery with a UNESCO World Heritage designation. The 150 year old cellars are spectacular – as are the sparkling wines and artisinal vermouths. We’ll have lunch at the lovely wine bar associated with the winery, then we’ll make our way to the Lake Garda region to the 5 star luxe Villa Cordevigo for a relaxing couple of nights. Tonight, we’ll enjoy aperitivo and an 8-course tasting dinner at Oseleto, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property. (Overnight Cordevigo)

Day 5 – Saturday, April 7 – Villa Cordevigo B, L
Today, we can choose between several activities at the resort. Villa Cordevigo’s wines, from the Villabella vineyards, are considered to be some of the best and we have a private vineyard walk and tasting with the winemaker. Then, we have 2 options to participate in a hands-on cooking class with Chef D’Aquino or Nonna Aldo and sit down to dine on the results! This Relais Chateau property also has a spa. Dinner on the property at Oseleto or at Bistrot Cordevigo. (Overnight Cordevigo)

Day 6 – Sunday, April 8 – Cavaion Veronese to Verona B, L
After breakfast this morning, we depart for lovely Verona. On the way, we have an exclusive visit to one of the most stunning and renowned estates of the Italian wine world. The gardens, park, villa and cellars will all be part of our tour and we’ll finish with tastings accompanied by cheeses and charcuterie produced exclusively for this estate. After we check in we will take a private orientation tour, walking, to learn the history of this beautiful, romantic city. (Overnight Verona)

Day 7 – Monday, April 9 – Lake Garda B, L, A
We’ll have a leisurely morning in Verona, and then make our way to Lazise on Lake Garda for a seafood lunch in a lovely small town. After lunch, we have a private visit to a winery that is “proud to present the Olfactory Gallery, a new eno-sensory tasting, which is the first of its kind in Italy. Finger foods will be offered to enhance this whole wine adventure. (Overnight Verona)

Day 8 – Tuesday, April 10 – Veraggio sul Mincio & Sirmione B, L, A
Late this morning, we travel to Veraggio sul Mincio for a pasta lunch. This town is responsible for providing tortellini to the Pope; they even send a chef to the Vatican to make sure these special morsels are prepared properly! Late afternoon to Sirmione situated on Lake Garda. We’ll wander about for a while, then board our own private boat for a lake tour featuring Isola del Garda and complete with aperitivo and buffet. Dinner on your own. (Overnight Verona).

Day 9 –Wednesday, April 11 – Verona B, D
Today, TJ will offer some options for further wine-tasting. You’ll otherwise have the day free but we will meet later in the evening for an aperitivo followed by a short walk to our farewell dinner at a beautiful restaurant built in a former church. This will be our chance to share stories, drink our last Northern Italian wine and indulge in some of the best food Verona has to offer. (Overnight Verona)

Day 10 –Thursday, April 12 – Verona to Venice VCE B
After breakfast and check-out and transfer to the Venice airport.

WINE & FOOD OF NORTHERN ITALY

Included in tour cost:
• 9 nights’ accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels
• breakfast daily and 5 lunches
• welcome dinner with wine, farewell dinner with wine
• aperitivo and 8-course tasting dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant
• welcome aperitivo, farewell aperitivo
• comfortable, private transfers from tour starting point to end point
• two hosts: an experienced tour director and a certified sommelier, at your side for the entire tour
• private tours and tastings at 8 exceptional wineries
• cooking class with a chef or a nonna (spaces limited in each; first-come, first-served)
• old factory experience with wine and food
• private walking tour in Verona
• all entrance fees as per itinerary
• private boat excursion on Lake Garda with wine and food
• all city taxes, guide gratuities, driver gratuities
• porterage in Verona

Not included in tour cost:
• airfare, transfers and accommodations pre- and post-tour
• beverages with meals unless mentioned in the itinerary
• items of a personal nature
• any optional activities on day 9
• travel insurance, medical and cancellation insurance (Please contact Pauwels Travel)

Tour Cost: $4,995 CAD per person based on double occupancy
(does not include airfare)
Single Supplement: $845 CAD

Pauwels Travel
95 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2J1
Tel: 519-753-2695/1-800-380-3974/519-753-2695 – Fax: 519-753-6376 Email:tours@pauwelstravel.com