Best Culinary Vacation in Venice

View from Saint Mark's Square in Venice.Head to the Adriatic coast on our best Venice cooking vacations and discover this famous city. Venice is known around the world as the city of canals, bridges, and stunning architecture, much of which hasn’t changed since the Middle Ages. The enchanting city, comprised of 118 small islands, offers so much to do, see, and of course, eat during our 5-night Venice food tour. Take the vaporetto, or water taxi, between the islands to discover world-class museums such as the Ca’ D’Oro, stroll through the Saint Mark’s Square to the Basilica di San Marco, cross over the “Bridge of Sighs,” or shop in the narrow-laned neighborhoods on our private gastronomic tours in Venice Italy.

Venice is on the Adriatic Sea, so it is no surprise that the food on our Venice gourmet tours includes a lot of fish and seafood. But the Veneto region also has mountains and plains, and each of these contributes to the regional cuisine as well, all of which you can discover on our 5-night Venice culinary tours. Polenta and risotto are also popular, as are meat and game dishes.

Cicchetti and a Spritz enjoyed on a Venice food tour.For the ultimate culinary experience in Venice, don’t miss out on our cicchetti tour (pronounced like “chee-ket-ee), preferably paired with a Venice wine tour to taste the famous Veneto wines and cocktails like the Spritz or Bellini. Cicchetti (spelled cichetti in Venetian) is basically the Venetian version of tapas. You can find them in the local bars called “bácari” served with a small glass of wine called an “ombra” (shadow).

We think the best food tours in Venice offer a bit of everything: cooking classes, cicchetti, and wonderful meals at local restaurants. If you don’t have time for a longer stay, we can also offer a shorter, 3-night itinerary.


Venice Food and Wine Tour Details

Our fabulous cooking vacations include everything you would expect from one of our authentic culinary tours in Venice:

  • One hands-on cooking class with delicious Venetian cuisine
  • Beautiful accommodations in Venice
  • Venice food tour featuring “cicchetti” and wine
  • Full-day visit to the famous Venetian islands (Murano, Burano, Torcello, Mazzorbo)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers and transportation


Day One

  • Transfer from Venice train station or airport by private boat with English-speaking escort.
  • Check in to your hotel and time on your own to explore the city. (If you’d like a gondola ride for about 30 minutes, please inquire).
  • Welcome dinner in the city. (Wine not included).
  • Overnight.

Cicchetti and a Spritz enjoyed on a Venice food tour.Day Two

  • After breakfast, head out for a 3-hour Venice food tour. Your guide will meet you in the lobby, and you will head out to 3 different “bacari” (local bars) to try authentic Venetian cichetti (tapas) and local wines such as the Spritz cocktail, Prosecco, or other white and red Veneto wines.
  • Time on your own in the afternoon to explore the city. Perhaps book a private guided walking tour of the “Il Castello” district.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, your Venice stay will continue with an exclusive tour to explore the landmarks of this romantic city: the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Skip the entrance line with your VIP access, and breathe the byzantine atmosphere of the majestic Basilica, that will impress you with its glittering mosaics. Afterward, we will enter the fascinating Doge’s Palace, headquarters of La Serenissima Republic, that brings you directly into the power of the Venetian government. Finally you will have the opportunity to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs where prisoners had their last view of freedom
  • Afternoon at leisure, dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Gondolas in VeniceDay Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Enjoy an authentic and exclusive way to experience traditional Italian and Venetian flavors. There is no better way of exploring Venice and its culinary tradition than through the eyes of our local chef. You will prepare a traditional meal with and then sit together and enjoy the dishes you have prepared. Get prepared to become a real Venetian Chef and … “buon appetito”!
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Overnight.

The beautiful island of Burano during a culinary tour of Venice with The International Kitchen.Day Five

  • Following breakfast, discover the secrets of the famous Venice Lagoon Islands! (Please note the order of islands visited may change based on where you want to have lunch). On this private excursion you will have the privilege to be guided by a native Venetian, whose family dates back hundreds of years, who will tell you the most interesting stories of Venice lagoon islands.
  • Start the day on Burano, famous for its antique lace-making, and taste the “Bussolà” (traditional cookies of the island). Then head to Mazzorbo, where you will enjoy a visit of the special vineyard and wine tasting. Learn the story of the Venissa viticulture project on Mazzorbo, a story of resilience and restitution of biodiversity that gives way to a limited, high-quality production of wines that are native to Venice and its winemaking traditions.
  • Lunch today is not included, but we can make reservations for you.
  • After lunch, head to Torcello, visiting its cathedral, and finally end the day on Murano, known for its glass making, for a glass blowing demonstration with a glass factory visit.
  • Day includes: Private Guide for the day; Transportation by luxury water taxi; Glass blowing demonstration with Glass Factory visit; Visit of Burano island; “Bussolà” tasting (traditional cookies of the island); Lace making demonstration; Lunch on your own in Mazzorbo. Visit to Torcello island with Cathedral entrance; Visit to Mazzorbo island with special Wine tasting: included 4 Wines.

A culinary tour of VeniceDay Six

  • After breakfast, meet your guide to take the ferry to Venice airport or train station. Arrivederci!

Details of Your Culinary Trip to Venice

Included in the 5-Night Venice Culinary Vacation


5 nights accommodation in Venice

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner (beverages not included)

Classes & Instructors

In addition to the cicheti food tour of Venice in which you will explore the local cuisine, you will have 1 hands-on cooking class during your stay. Experience Venetian cuisine and learn how to make traditional Venetian menus based on what’s in season.


  • Gastronomic walking tour with “cicchetti” and wine
  • Excursion to Venetian islands on day 4
  • Walking tour of the cultural sites of Venice

Transfer Details

  • Private round trip boat transfer to/from Venice airport or train station*

Not Included

  • Local tourist tax (a few Euros per person per night), paid locally
  • Meals and beverages except where indicated

Accommodation Information

During your 5-night Venice food tour you will first stay at the 4* Hotel Orologio, located on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice. The modern rooms offer en suite baths, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, minibars, and coffeemakers. There is a lovely bar and lounge. It is one of our favorite hotels on Venice island. (If unavailable a similar hotel will be proposed.)



Venice Food Tour Pricing & Dates 2024

See pricing and dates for our Venice culinary vacations below, or contact us for availability or to customize your Venice food tour..

Venice Cooking Odyssey Sample* Pricing:

5-Night Venice Tour Pricing

US$4880 per person based on double occupancy

    *Pricing can depend on specific dates booked. Please inquire with specific dates for detailed pricing.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Single occupancy pricing: please inquire.

    Venice Culinary Tour Dates 2024

    Our Venice cooking vacations are generally available year round for a minimum of 2 people.

    Generally available year round for a minimum of 2 people, please contact us to choose specific dates! 


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