Italy: Piedmont Walking Tour vs. Venice and Po River Cruise

Recently, long-time clients made an appointment to talk about their 2013 vacation plans. They narrowed their destination choice to another visit to Italy which has been one of their favorite trips in the past. This time, they have decided to focus on one area for an in-depth experience. While being active is important during the day, comfort with upscale amenities is a critical lodging criterion. As self-proclaimed foodies, the vacation must allocate time to explore the culinary delights of the region. Of course, the itinerary possibilities are endless, but they were thrilled when I presented the following two options:

Piedmont, Italy Guided Walking Tour

Beginning and ending in Turin, the Capital of the Alps, this tour features easy walking through gently sloping countryside past medieval castles and walled villages. Here, in the origin of the Slow Food movement, guests will take pleasure in epicurean meals made with local delicacies. Distinguished lodging in a 17th-century farmhouse, a tastefully restored villa, and a once royal estate provide rest and relaxation.

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Flavors of Provence

Is France on your “Bucket List?” Embrace your inner epicurean with a food and wine vacation! Ideally situated in the heart of Provence, at the gates of the Luberon Regional Park and only 45 minutes from Avignon, you’ll find Le Mas des Gres, a 200-year old Provençal farmhouse restored into a comfortable and inviting hotel. Explore local markets, learn new cooking techniques and recipes, and visit stunning vineyards. From $925 per person/double occupancy.

    3 Nights Accommodations
    1 Cooking Lesson plus Recipes
    Visit to Local Vineyard and Olive Oil Farm and Tasting
    4-Day Compact Manual Car Rental
    Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Cooking Vacation in France
Cooking Lesson plus Recipes

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Culinary Delights of Parma Italy

Italy is a destination magnet for lovers of history, art, food and wine. When planning your itinerary, be sure to include Parma which is world famous for its culinary contributions to world cuisine. Avanti Destinations® has created a package with foodies in mind.

Avanti Destinations® Culinary Delights of Parma

For 4 days/3 nights veer off the beaten path and discover Parma, a charming town with a rich history. Parma is famous for its cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, and its ham, Prosciutto di Parma, as well as its beautiful cathedrals, palaces and opera house. Your package includes a private guided walking tour of Parma, as well as a half-day excursion to the surrounding countryside where you will visit a local farm and sample the delicious wine, cheese and prosciutto of the region. Book for travel from September 15-19, 2012, and attend the 13th annual Prosciutto di Parma Festival! Optional add-on tours available to the nearby towns of Maranello, home to Ferrari, and Bologna.
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Do You Have An Appetite For A Cooking Vacation?

I’ve recently discovered Food & Wine Vacations which specializes in culinary vacations and wine tours. Their concept is “touring with a local that will show you the back door to a region.” They create cooking-vacations and wine tours with the forethought of a trouble-free cultural immersion that will create long-lasting memories.

Whether you want to explore Italy, France, Mexico or Morocco, there are cooking vacations which include cultural tours, local market visits, daily hands-on cooking classes with local chefs, dining in villages restaurants, wine tasting, visiting and tasting artisan products.

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