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Culinary and Cultural Flavors of the Cinque Terre

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$3,598 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
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7 days | 6 nights

Discovering the Enchanting Cinque Terre
Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, & Riomaggiore

Discover the flavors of Levanto and the Cinque Terre while staying at a charming Hotel located right on the Ligurian coast. Situated near olive groves and vineyards and numerous coastal hiking trails, this region makes a perfect location for both an adventurous and relaxing culinary holiday. Your home for the next seven days will be in the Park Hotel Argento, one of the only four star hotels located in the heart of Liguria. Located at the northern entrance of picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, here you will find yourself in a land full of green olive groves and steep vineyards, only a few minutes away from the beautiful Ligurian sea. Your week will be filled with great food, cooking classes, market tours and a cruise along the enchanting Cinque Terre.

Culinary and Cultural Flavors of the Cinque Terre

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
6 Nights Four-Star Accommodations
Levanto Train Station Transfers
All Meals During Tour
Multi-Course Welcome Dinner
5 Village Cinque Terre Ferry Cruise
Levanto Market Village Tour
Traditional Ligurian Cooking Class
Monterosso al Mare Tour
Farm Visit & Orchard Tour
Hands-On Pesto & Pasta Cooking Class
Vernazza Fishing Village Tour
Guided La Spezia Market Tour
Traditional Breads & Baking Class
Olive Vineyard & Wine Tasting
Multi-course Tasting Dinner
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Preferred Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Welcome to Cinque Terre | Traditional Multi-Course Dinner Levanto is a small village called “ the northern door of the Cinque Terre“, and it is famous for its 20th century Villas overlooking the sea, for the typically colorful houses, and narrow roads. As its backdrop, vineyards can be seen cascading down the side of steep mountains producing the famous “ Sciacchetrà wine. As you approach Cinque Terre by train or by car, you will be taking one of the most scenic rides in all of Italy. Along the Italian Riviera you will soak in the vistas of five beautiful seaside villages that make up the Cinque Terre National Park. On your day of arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a traditional multi-course Italian Welcome Dinner. Complimentary shuttle is available for those arriving at the Levanto Train Station.
Day 2
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Levanto Market Visit with Lunch | Ligurian Land & Sea Cooking Class with Dinner After a delicious breakfast, you will depart for a walk along the charming streets of Levanto as you explore the local markets. You will see stalls overflowing with bright produce, cheese, and seafood. Learn how to identify the perfect mussels, freshest fish, and top-notch local vegetables. With your local guide, you will learn the philosophy behind the slow food movement. Lunch is at a hand-selected local restaurant featuring the delicious flavors of the region. In the afternoon you will visit a local estate for your first hands-on cooking course where your professional chef will teach you how to prepare typical Ligurian recipes using raw and marinated seafood, fish broths, sauces and creams, herbs, seaweed, and fresh local produce. Follow the chef’s instructions as you create dishes such as fried anchovies, spaghetti with mussels, sea bream with potatoes, anchovies filled with parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs, and eggs. In the evening, a multi-course dinner will be served on the panoramic terrace back at your hotel.
Day 3
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Monterosso al Mare Farm & Orchard Tour| Lunch | Traditional Pasta & Pesto Class with Dinner Today you will travel to another of the five villages to explore its beautiful beaches, markets, cliffs, and assortment of colored houses. In the afternoon you will learn how to prepare a variety of traditional Italian homemade pastas and sauces, including two that were invented in this region – Pesto & Ravioli. Using a marble mortar and a pestle, you will learn how to prepare Mediterranean sauces such as pesto, salsa di noci, aioli, romesco, tapenade, and many others. Your pasta session will include pasta al dente and sauté techniques, creating three different pastas, such as maccheroni alla genovese, fidelini, gnocchi, trofie, corzetti, testaroli and pansotti. Your evening will conclude with a delicious dinner of the dishes you have prepared.
Day 4
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Vernazza Fishing Village | La Spezia Market Visit | Lunch in a Traditional Osteria | Dinner This morning you will meet your guide for a full day tour of the Cinque Terre by land – including a visit to the local fishing village of Vernazza and the famous markets of La Spezia. Throughout the day you will be exposed to numerous fresh produce markets and fisherman bringing in their catch of the day. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional “ Osteria “ for lunch where you will enjoy tasting typical Ligurian food. Dinner this evening will be served on the panoramic terrace back at your hotel.
Day 5
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Ferry Cruise along the Cinque Terre Coast | Traditional Ligurian Lunch Spend a day exploring Cinque Terre by boat, getting an entirely different perspective of the beautiful villages that dot the coastline. From Levanto in the north, to La Spezia in the south, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeous colored villages from the water, explore their beaches and winding streets. During your cruise you will also stop for time to explore each of the villages – Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore before returning back to Levanto. En route, enjoy a delicious Ligurian lunch at a seaside restaurant overlooking the beautiful Cinque Terre Riviera.
Italian Bread and Focaccia Class with Dinner Today’s workshop will introduce various types of flour, slow rising techniques for the preparation of dough, bread, pizza, and focaccia. You will prepare delicious dishes, and be introduced to local biscotti specialties and almond-based pastries. You will learn about traditional breads & sweets reserved for holiday festivities such as tire (bread stuffed with sausage), and Ligurian apple pie. In the evening you and your fellow students will sit down and taste the dishes you have created.
Day 6
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Olive & Wine Vineyard Visit & Tasting | Farewell Dinner After a delicious Buffet Breakfast you will embark on a tour to the local village where you will experience a myriad of wine vineyards and local olive mills. You will have an opportunity to see how the wines and oils are made and taste a selection of four local wines, olive oils, and vinegars. The wine, olive oil and vinegar tasting will be paired with a variety of local products and traditional sweets. Then a multi-course dinner will be served on the panoramic terrace, offering one last evening to soak up the wonder that is the Cinque Terre.
Day 7
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Transfers to the Levanto Train Station will be provided. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Park Hotel Argento
The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a four star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the rich Cinque Terre coastline. The guest rooms are spacious and luminous, and some have a furnished terrace with partial sea view or views over the rolling hillside. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite color television, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a direct dial telephone, internet access, and an en suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Park Hotel Argento features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a wellness center with a sauna, Turkish bath, and one of the best restaurants in the Cinque Terre.
Lavento, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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