TASTY SUITCASE   Culinary Tours to Italy

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Aug 28 - Sept 7 2019  Tour of Sicily                                       confirmed

  ........and in case you can't go on Summer:

Dec 28,2019 - Jan 7, 2020  Tour of Sicily ENCORE !          confirmed

May24,2020 - Jun 11,2020 THE GRAND TOUR                    to be confirmed


AUG 28 - SEPT 7, 2019 TOUR OF SICILY  confirmed!

Our groups are between 4 and 10 people max, so that every customer feels pampered and well taken care of.

We choose resorts rather than hotels, mostly privately owned and historic residences. In Sicily we stay at Eremo della Giubiliana in Ragusa, which was built by the Templar Knights in the 1300s. Today it has become a 5 starPlus de luxe resort with massage, spa, pool and top class services in a beautiful, natural environment that has also its own private runway.Everything served in the restaurant is grown or raised on the premises. Breakfast at Eremo della Giubiliana is a "religious" experience! (www.eremodellagiubiliana.it)

The tour is well planned and executed by a Chef/Architect who combines Art, Food and Passion for Italy and who makes sure guests experience life, places and food like the locals. Nothing on the tour will feel "touristy".

There are cooking classes ( 2 or 3 ) with a Michelin Star Chef, a cooking class on the farm, a visit to a herb farm, a olive grove, a winery, a chocolate factory and a cheese making experience on the premises of the resort.

Being in one of the UNESCO Heritage sites of Europe there will also be visits to Churches, museums and castles as well as exploration of the Greek Ruins and Roman Mosaics in two cities in Sicily: Syracuse and Piazza Armerina. Not forgetting half day on the highest volcano in Europe, Mt Etna - and a afternoon of leisure and shopping in Taormina, the pearl of the Mediterranean.

Food will be the main focus of the trip and therefore lunches and dinners will be carefully planned for guests to enjoy the most of their experience in a land of abundance and simplicity. From bread, to pasta, to meats and fishes, not forgetting the wonderful desserts Sicily offers, most of the daily meals will be included in the price, except for a couple of times when you will be left free to choose what to do for lunch.

Land Transportation throughout the tour, entrance tickets,tour guide,tour escort,room,breakfast + 1 main meal (lunch or dinner), beverages at meals,cooking classes, all visits and experiences on the territory, farms, winery, olive oil makers , and more are all included in the price.

Price is $5,800 per person.     ( Single Room supplement is $80 per day)
Deposits are due by Aug 1,2019. Remaining is due by Aug 20,2019.

Price for the DEC - JAN tour is $6,000 per person and includes New Year's Eve Dinner and Music and New Year's Day Brunch.

Price DOES NOT include airfare, insurance or any other item not mentioned above.

Please visit the pages " Tour Conditions" and " Cancellation/Interruption" for further info.

Please use the form below for contact or reservations with Chef Cinzia Cripe. Thank you.

THE GRAND TOUR , A Lifetime Experience       MAY 24 - JUNE 11, 2020          

When we think of Italy mostly we see Rome, Florence and Venice in our imaginative mind. Nothing wrong with that, but try to imagine seeing these places and plus also experience the small places where almost no tourist agency brings people. Tasty Suitcase lets you live like a local, visiting markets and wineries, shops and museums,little squares and unknown (but spectacular) roads and villages.Olive groves and Spas,Boutiques  and  osterie (typical,small restaurant with homemade food),great restaurants and excellent accommodations.
Always accompanied by your tour escort and chef who chooses,supervises and organizes the full tour for you as individuals with different tastes and needs.

The GRAND TOUR will touch 8 of the 20 Italian Regions and will supply each person with an unforgettable experience.
Starting from the old Capital of Italy, TURIN, with its elegant buildings and cafes and second Egyptian Museum in the world. Then going to the CINQUE TERRE, for a breathtaking sightseeing of the most famous villages of Liguria. Few days between Veneto and Emilia Romagna to visit VERONA, VENICE, PARMA and MODENA. Downward to Tuscany for a continuous exploration of Italy' beautiful villages and cities with SIENA,PISA,FLORENCE, SAN GIMIGNANO,PIENZA,MONTEPULCIANO. A small stop in Umbria for ASSISI, ORVIETO and PERUGIA. And closing the tour in ROME, the Capital of ITALY, with some spectacular visits of the Eternal City and its monuments ( and its restaurants!)
You will say goodbye to Italy after having tasted the most incredible olive oils, wines, chocolates, meats, vegetables and sweets the nation has to offer and with your eyes full of architectural beauty and your heart overflowing of warm hospitality and great friendship.

PRICE FOR THIS GRAND TOUR  ( subject to change until all details will be worked out and confirmed) IS $ 8,900 per person.
Minimum 2 people                                           MAX 8 people

Price includes : all Accommodations, Transportation throughout the tour, Entrance tickets, Tour Guide where required, all meals, Tour Escort.

Price does NOT include: Airfare, Insurance,Drinks at meals, tipping, and all that is not specified above.

Meanwhile that the last details are worked out for this Grand Tour, we encourage you to explore the web for detailed info on the places we will visit.

Also, if you are considering this TOUR, you may want to start checking into airfares from the USA with arrival in TURIN and departure from ROME to come back to USA.
As always, the prices of our tours DO NOT include airfare or insurance.


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