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Culinary and Cultural Flavors of the Cinque Terre

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$3,998 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
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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Itinerary Accommodations Map FAQ
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Four-Star Accommodations
Multi-Course Welcome Dinner
5 Village Cinque Terre Boat Ride
Traditional Ligurian Cooking Class
Visit to Vernazza Fishing Village
Traditional Breads & Baking Class
Visit to La Spezia Market
All Meals During Tour
Traditional Pasta & Seafood Class
Levanto Train Station Transfers
Hands-on Pesto Making Class & Wine Tasting
Multi-course Tasting Dinner
Year Round Based on Your Preferred Travel Dates
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Welcome to Cinque Terre | Traditional Multi-Course Dinner Levanto is a small village (affectionately called the northern door of Cinque Terre) famous for its 20th century villas overlooking the sea, colorful houses, and narrow roads. The expansive Cinque Terre vineyards which produce the famous “Sciacchetrà” wine can be seen cascading down the sides of the steep mountainous terrain all throughout the five terres. 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
All meals | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Our Cinque Terre tour includes a full breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner each day. Your time in Cinque Terre will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Traditional Ligurian Cooking Class After a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to wander the charming streets of Levanto as you explore the local markets. You will see stalls overflowing with bright produce, cheese, and seafood. 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
All meals | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Our Cinque Terre tour includes a full breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner each day. Your time in Cinque Terre will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Ferry Cruise Along the Cinque Terre Coastline Today you will explore the Cinque Terres (or five ‘terres’) by sea. Be sure to capture the images in your mind or by camera to truly enjoy this experience. After a brief and relaxing ride through Cinque Terre, you will arrive at La Spezia, one of the main cities of the area. All along your ferry ride, you’ll stop in Portovenere, a beautiful medieval village founded in 1113 B.C. Here you can admire the church of San Lorenzo, the Doria Castle and other wonderful sights. After lunch, you will board the boat and transfer to Manarola, which was listed as one of the 10 most beautiful villages in Italy. The ferry will continue up to Monterosso in order to admire the beautiful Cinque Terre coastline from the sea before returning to port.
Day 4
All meals | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Our Cinque Terre tour includes a full breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner each day. Your time in Cinque Terre will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Traditional Pasta and Seafood Cooking Class Today you will travel to another of the five villages to explore its beautiful beaches, markets, cliffs, and assortment of colored houses. In the late morning you will learn how to prepare a variety of traditional Italian homemade dishes, featuring a variety of ingredients from Cinque Terre. Our instructor will lead us through the market to collect an array of ingredients from fresh produce to delectable cheeses as we gather the ingredients we will need for our cooking course. As we go through the market we’ll learn how to select the perfect mussels, freshest of fish, and top notch vegetables as we prepare to receive rich culinary instruction. During our class we experience first-hand Italy’s famous ‘slow food movement’ as we craft our dishes with the utmost of care.
Day 5
All meals | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Our Cinque Terre tour includes a full breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner each day. Your time in Cinque Terre will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Traditional Breads and Baking Class Today’s culinary 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
All meals | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Our Cinque Terre tour includes a full breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner each day. Your time in Cinque Terre will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Hands-on Pesto Making Class & Wine Tasting After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will set out for your next culinary experience, pesto making and wine tasting! You will have the opportunity to create your very own Italian pesto using traditional techniques in a mortar and pestle. As you learn how to balance the flavors of the basil with salt, cheese garlic, and olive oil, you will enjoy samplings of olive oil and delicious wine, both locally produced in the region. You will conclude this delightful culinary experience with a variety of small bites to sample alongside the pesto and wine.
Day 7
Morning Breakfast Buffet In the morning before you depart, enjoy the hotel's full international buffet breakfast. 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, ItalyMonterosso, ItalyManarola, ItalyCorniglia, ItalyVernazza, ItalyRiomaggiore, Italy
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
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 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.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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