We’ve just become aware of a new variation on vacation packages: Convertible Caravans of Europe! No, it’s not tent camping. It’s not even touring in convertibles~although that is an option. It’s a collection of independent travelers brought together to tour some of the most scenic parts of Europe driving in a private car at their own pace. Created for those who want to explore in safety, comfort, and in the company of like-minded explorers. Special interest itineraries~for Golfers (and non-golfing companions,) Mancations (fast paced men-only itineraries,) Classic, MYWay (custom tailored itineraries,) Soft Caravans for those with special needs, and my favorite ~ itineraries for foodies! These are small group trips with a minimum and maximum number of participants based on the program. Check out the possibilities and picture yourself touring Europe in a whole new way.
Here’s a taste of the possibilities:
Austria: Salzburg Candlelight Dinner & Concert at Fortress $71
Vienna Vienna Heurigen Show $96
Belgium: Brussels Gourmet Evening Tour $111
France: Paris Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour $31
Gastronomy Tour in Montmartre District $125
Greece: Athens Greek Cooking Lesson $95
Ireland: Dublin Merry Ploughboy Dinner Show $77
Italy: Rome Pizza Making & Meal $111
Florence Handmade Pasta-Cooking Course & Lunch $70
Venice Falling in Love in Venice – Gondola Tour & dinner for couples $160
Portugal: Lisbon Lisbon by Night with Fado Dinner show $109
Russia: Moscow Vodka Tasting Tour $128
Spain: Barcelona Gourmet Walking Tour $28
Turkey: Istanbul Cooking Lesson $83
London Afternoon Tea at the Sherlock Holmes $25
From Prices are per person; can be changed or modified at any time, and subject to currency fluctuation. Valid through December 31, 2013. Tours and activities are subject to availability at time of booking; may be discontinued without notice. From prices shown are in US Dollars.
Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection introduces a new itinerary for 2013 in the historical seat of Western culture, the birthplace of the European Renaissance, and the home of some of the most exquisite art and architecture on earth: Italy.
The wine and food alone are worth the trip, but Ital offers so much more. Travel from Venice to Rome on the 13 day Splendors of Italy. Sun-drenched vineyards, the poetry of Dante, gondolas on the canals of Venice, Romeo & Juliet-Italy is a destination offering something for everyone.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading Culinary Delights of Parma Italy
Epicureans, experience the pleasures of the table in Italy! Perillo Tours has announced the launch their exclusive culinary and cultural tours of Italy selected in collaboration with Slow Food Italia. Two itineraries to four regions in Italy, Piedmont & Italian Riveria, and Tuscany & Umbria will be offered beginning in June 2011. These tours will focus on the fresh, local food and beverage products of each of the regions, in celebration of culture and regional diversity. Prices for its two tour itineraries range from $4,290 to $4,590 per person, based on double occupancy. There are 12 departures between June 17 and October 21, 2011. Continue reading Culinary Tour of Italy Focuses on ‘Slow Food’