Delicious Expeditions in Venice
October 1-7, 2017
May 13-19, 2018
To truly know Venice is to explore its lagoon, travel its waterways, and discover its centuries-old cuisine, fished from its waters and grown in its gardens.
Dine on Venetian cuisine while learning the lagoon’s fascinating history of fortune and fame. Glide through its ancient canals, surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of its buildings and churches, its markets and squares.
Accommodations are at the Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello and Al Ponte Mocenigo in Venice. Opened since 1935, the Locanda became a legend after Ernest Hemingway wrote 'Across the River and Through the Trees' during his stay. As a result, the Locanda became a destination for the exclusive world of European royalty and celebrities, world-renown artists and writers.
For more on Locanda Cipriani click here: www.locandacipriani.com
$3200 per person, double occupancy
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*Included in the Venice cooking vacation are 3 nights accommodations at the Locanda Cipriani in Torcello and 3 nights at Al Ponte Mocenigo in Venice, all transportation after arriving in Torcello, all group activities, cooking demonstrations and classes, and all meals, except for those not specified in the itinerary (1 lunch and 1 dinner). Also included is a 6-day vaporetto pass for all the island ferries and a pass for the civic museums.
A $1000 deposit is needed to secure your place in our tour. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised.
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An Insider's Journey to Venice and its Lagoon
Arrive to the island of Torcello and Locanda Cipriani at your leisure. Evenings cocktails and introductions in the garden before a multi-course welcome dinner at the hotel’s famed restaurant.
See Venice photo gallery
Explore the Lagoon
Tour Torcello's Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the oldest in the lagoon. Built in 639, it's known for its perfect marriage of art and spirituality. Then enjoy some free time on the lace making island of Burano before boarding a replica of an ancient bragazzo for a private tour of the lagoon. We'll visit San Erasmo (Venice's garden), San Andrea Fortress and Lazzaretto Nuovo, the former quarantine island. Cooking demonstration with dinner in the Cipriani kitchen.
Murano & Venetian Cooking
Explore Murano--the historic home of Venice's glass making tradition. Then head to the tiny monastery island of San Francesco del Deserto before a cooking class dinner at the famous Gatto Nero restaurant on Burano. Meet the lovely Bovo family and learn about running one of the lagoon's oldest restaurants. (Both Anthony Bourdain and Jamie Oliver have shot episodes for their shows here.)
Onward to Venice
After breakfast we’ll transfer to Venice in a private water taxi and settle in at our new accommodations: Al Ponte Mocenigo. Lunch on your own before meeting up and taking a boat over to the Lido for a cooking class and dinner at Acqualino cooking school.
Rialto Market & Bacaro Tour
We're off to the Rialto for a tour of the oldest market in Europe. We'll visit the area's famed cichetteria to sample the popular Venetian snacks and sip prosecco. We'll continue on our walking tour, which highlights the extraordinary history of Venice. Free Evening.
St. Marks & the Grand Canal
Following breakfast, we'll have a private tour of St. Marks cathedral, followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch at a private home on the Grand Canal. An afternoon boat ride will take us through the canals and the passages of time. We'll stop and taste the island's official drink--the Spritz, before our farewell dinner at the Bistro du Venise where we'll have a historical and noble Venetian meal cooked especially for our group and taken from 16th century cookbook—with tasty, modern adaptations.
After a final breakfast together, depart for the train station or airport. If you’d like to spend a few extra days in Venice, we’d be happy to help with the arrangements.
*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and concerts.