A Venice Cooking Odyssey

View from Saint Mark's Square in Venice.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, water taxis, 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 Venice food tour.

Venice is on the Adriatic, so it is no surprise that Venetian food 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 food tour. Polenta and risotto are also popular, as are meat and game dishes.

Cicchetti and a Spritz enjoyed on a Venice food tour.The Best food tour in Venice Italy of course must include a 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) are basically the Venetian version of tapas. You can find them in a 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. During our Venice food tour you will stay in a 4* hotel on Venice island and then move to the Lido, known as the “Golden Island” for the last three nights. The Lido gives you a chance to enjoy a beautiful, authentic getaway away from the crowds of Venice.

If you don’t have time for a longer stay, we also offer a short, 3-night Venice cooking vacation on the Lido.


Trip Details

Your will have 2 hands-on cooking classes during your stay:

  • Experience Venetian cuisine on the island of the Lido in a professional cooking school run by Chef Marika. Through these two wonderful classes, you will learn how to make traditional Venetian menus based on what’s in season.


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Itinerary

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.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts with local wine.
  • 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

  • At 9 a.m., your Venice food tour continues as you meet your assistant to take a taxi boat transfer to reach the Lido di Venezia and check into your boutique hotel.
  • Enjoy a morning cooking class with your hostess, utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients. Lunch to follow around 2:30 pm.
  • Afternoon at leisure, dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Gondolas in VeniceDay Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your English assistant to depart on a ferry for the quiet and charming island of Murano, where you’ll visit a glass factory to see how the glass is made as well as explore a typical artisan boutique to learn about a technique called “a lume.”
  • Continue to the Island of Burano, famous for its Venetian handmade laces.
  • Lunch in Burano, and then return to the Lido by ferry.
  • Rest of afternoon and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Following breakfast, meet the chef again in her cooking school and learn how to prepare a traditional Venetian menu featuring seasonal ingredients. Lunch based on your efforts to follow.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

A culinary tour of VeniceDay Six

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

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation, 2 on Venice island, and 3 nights on the Venice Lido

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

Your will have 2 hands-on cooking classes during your stay:

  • Experience Venetian cuisine on the island of the Lido in a professional cooking school run by Chef Marika. Through these two wonderful classes, you will learn how to make traditional Venetian menus based on what’s in season.

Excursions

  • Gastronomic walking tour with “cicchetti” and wine
  • Excursion to Murano and Burano
  • Glass factory visit on Murano

Transfer Details

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

Miscellaneous

  • Escorted transfer from Venice to the Lido

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.

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On the Lido you will stay in  a charming villa hotel with a rich garden full of herbs and flowers. Rooms include elegant Venetian furnishings and all modern amenities such as air-conditioning, WiFi, TV, and jacuzzi bathtub. It is the perfect place to explore Venetian cuisine on our best food tours in Venice.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

5-night Program
US$3200 per person based on double occupancy

    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.


    Tour Dates

    Generally available with a Sunday start date. Sample dates follow, please inquire for availability.

    2020
    January 5-10
    January 12-15
    January 19-24
    January 26-31
    February 2-7
    February 9-14
    February 16-21
    February 23-28
    March 1-6
    March 8-13
    March 15-20
    March 22-27
    March 29-April 3
    April 5-10
    April 12-17
    April 19-24
    April 26-31
    May 3-8
    May 10-15
    May 17-22
    May 24-29
    May 31-June 5
    June 7-12
    June 14-19
    June 21-26
    June 28-July 3
    July 5-10
    July 12-17
    July 19-24
    July 26-31
    August 2-7
    August 9-14
    August 16-21
    August 23-28
    August 30-September 4
    September 6-11
    September 13-18
    September 20-25
    September 27-October 2
    October 4-9
    October 11-16
    October 18-23
    October 25-30
    November 1-6
    November 8-13
    November 15-20
    November 22-27
    November 29-December 4
    December 6-11
    December 13-18
    December 20-25

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