Venice - Capriva del Friuli - Cison di Valmarino - Verona - Bolzano - The Dolomites - Lake Garda - Lake Como - Milan

An Epicurean Journey in Northern Italy

Destination
Venice - Capriva del Friuli - Cison di Valmarino - Verona - Bolzano - The Dolomites - Lake Garda - Lake Como - Milan
Dates From
31/05/2019
Duration
22 Nights
23 Days
Price From
$32,200
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LUXURY GASTRONOMICAL TOUR

Vibrant vineyards and kitchens open their doors to us on this gourmet discovery through Italy.

With 21 years experience importing some of Italy’s finest wines, Michael Trembath has developed an extensive knowledge of the region’s viticulture. Travelling with Captain’s Choice guests, he will share his favourite vintages, as well as opening up his contact book to some of the region’s best restaurants and food producers.

We are known for our ravishing send offs and our private Welcome Dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant of Venissa Winery in Venice is one to remember. Sited on its own island, it’s far removed from the beaten track.

Taste wines from the vineyards of Castello di Spessa. This elegant landmark is nestled amongst acres of gardens and vines in Collio, a little-known region from which Italy’s greatest dry white wines originate.

Near the shores of Lake Como, we open our eyes to the delights of the Franciacorta wine region, known for producing some of the finest sparkling wines in the world.

In Verona, a city immortalised by Shakespeare, we take our seats at the Palazzo Verità-Poeta for a captivating private concert performed by a string quartet.

 

Inclusions

  • Exclusive culinary experiences
  • Private transfers
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Boutique touring

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Venice

We’re on our way to Italy, where life’s simple pleasures – like strolls in the sunshine, great food and fantastic wine – awaits. Upon arriving in Venice, private boats whisk us along the canals to our hotel, Splendid Venice, and we toast to our journey with cocktails upon the roof. Our discovery of the city unfolds on foot and aboard a gondola, including dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant of Venissa Wine Resort.

Days 2 to 4: Venice - Capriva Del Friuli

At La Fenice Opera House, a private aperitif accompanies a wander through the theatre. We then drive to Capriva del Friuli and check in to a medieval winery and estate. One day is spent in the nearby ancient Roman city of Aquileia, with lunch on the coast in Grado before tasting the famous ham of Cormòns. The next is devoted to the cuisine of the region, learning how to cook Friulian dishes and enjoying a rustic meal amid rows of vines.

Days 5 to 7: Portobuffolè - Sacile - Cison Di Valmarino

We make a pit stop in both Portobuffolè and Sacile, before arriving in Cison di Valmarino. Villa Abbazia sweeps us up in a warm Italian embrace with dinner at its Michelin-starred restaurant. A local pastry shop in Treviso invites us to make, and sample tiramisu, followed by a independent exploration of the museum at Villa di Maser. Amid the hills surrounding Conegliano, we also visit Italy’s renowned prosecco region.

Days 8 to 10: Padua - Verona

A slight detour leads us to Padua, a town known for its extraordinary frescoes. In Verona, we make a home for ourselves in the old part of town at Palazzo Victoria. Join lovelorn tourists and locals on the streets before a string quartet performs for us at the Palazzo Verità-Poeta. We also taste our way through the Valpolicella Wine Region, one glass of Amarone at a time, and continue indulging with dinner at Palazzo Victoria’s Borsari 36.

Days 11 to 13: Trento - Bolzano

Nestled within the Adige River Valley, sights of medieval frescos and a baroque chapel come into view in Trento. Continue to Bolzano, a town wrapped in vineyards, where we visit Franz Haas Winery and a traditional farmhouse. Further afield, we stroll through Brixen and visit the sprawling property of Marchesi Gonzaga, shadowed by the Dolomites

Days 14 - 16: Lake Garda

We enjoy lunch at the vineyards of Tenuta San Leonardo before surrendering to Lido Palace at Lake Garda. Skirting the dazzling shores of the lake, we explore Sirmione, entering through Scaliger Castle which protected the town for many centuries. The day then takes us to Desenzano del Garda.

Days 17 - 19: Lake Como

We head into golden vineyards of the Franciacorta wine region, a producer of some of the world’s finest sparkling wines. Some of our most sublime days are then spent at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, virtually lapped by the waters of Lake Como. On a cruise across the lake, we pause at Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi. Catch a funicular to Brunate and hike across the lush landscape to Torno, a rare lakeside medieval village.

Days 20 to 21: Milan

The Bulgari Hotel greets us on arrival in Milan. You’re in the fashion capital of the world, you won’t want to pass up the chance to be chaperoned through the streets with a personal shopper on a Your World experience.

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