Travel to Parma, Italy
“Parma-Bassano del Grappa Tour 2017”
Food, Wine and Cultural Tour through Emilia and Veneto Regions
Marco Avigo, once again, will be your host during this amazing tour where you will be able to taste specialties that represent Italy all around the World.
The first part of our journey start in Parma city, La ”Petite Capitale” for culture, music and gastronomy. This is the city where Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini were born and where the intelligence of the human beings created Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano cheese. In these days we will savor these specialties directly in the factory where they are produced. We will also visit a traditional “Acetaia” where you will discover the secrets about the production of the “real” balsamic vinegar and the particular technique to age this amazing product. We will visit wineries specialized in the production of Malvasia and Lambrusco, typical wines of this area, eating in traditional restaurants and trattorias around the Parma area where we will enjoy specialties of this city. And last but not least, we will enjoy a private concert in the house where Giuseppe Verdi had his first concert.
From Parma, we will transfer to Bassano del Grappa at the foot of Brenta Dolomites for the second part of our tour. Here we will visit historical Hamlets’ such as Marostica and Asolo, visiting wineries specialized in Prosecco wine in Valdobbiadene, and Breganze wines in Bassano, inside one of the famous “Palladio” Villas. We will have a grappa tasting in one of the most famous distillery of this areas, eating dinners in typical and historical Trattorias’ where you will experience the typical cuisine of Bassano area.
From this tour, you will come back with an unforgettable experience that will enhance your knowledge about Italian food, wines and cultural traditions.
Parma, Italy Tour Program
June 10 – June 17, 2018
Maximum size group 12 to 14 people
Day 1 (Sunday)
On Sunday morning, Marco will meet you at the airport Marco Polo in Venice. From there, you will transfer to private autobus to our four star Hotel in Parma. After settling into your room for a short rest, we will walk through the historical center of Parma and arrive to “Casa Barezzi”, the house where Giuseppe Verdi had his first exhibition, for our private concert. We will end the day having a nice dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 2 (Monday)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we will depart to visit a cheese factory where Parmigiano cheese is produced. Here we will see the processing and the different phases on how this amazing cheese is produced. In the afternoon, on our way to Zibello village, we take a short stop to visit Giuseppe Verdi house. Later we will visit a cellar in Zibello on the banks of the Po river specialized on the production and maturation of Culatello di Zibello, an amazing variation of Prosciutto di Parma. The family that runs the farm also own a restaurant where we will have a typical dinner.
Day 3 (Tuesday)
Breakfast in the Hotel. In the morning we will depart to visit a Prosciuttificio, where the prosciutto di Parma is produced. Her we will see all the steps on how prosciutto is made: weighing, salting, and room seasoning. After a tasting of their products, we will transfer to visit a winery specialized in the production of Malvasia wine. Later we will return to Parma where we will have dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 4 (Wednesday)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we will depart to visit a “Acetaia” specialized in the production of “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” and Lambrusco wine. Here, we will learn the process of making and aging the Aceto, and discover the story of this particular wine through a pleasant wine tasting. We will have lunch in a trattoria where we will enjoy typical dishes prepared with these products. Later In the afternoon we will return to Parma. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 5 (Thursday)
After breakfast in the Hotel we will depart to the village of Bassano del Grappa, in Veneto region. After sitting in our four star hotel. We will have lunch at the historical Birreria Ottone in Bassano. You will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. We will have a seafood dinner in a restaurant on the hills of Bassano del Grappa.
Day 6 (Friday)
Breakfast in the Hotel. Later in the morning we will depart to visit a winery inside an amazing Villa Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, This winery is specialized in the production of Breganze wines and EVOO. in the afternoon we will return to Bassano for an interesting one of the kind grappa tasting in the historical distillery Nardini. Later in the afternoon we will transfer to visit the Hamlet of Marostica where we will have our wine dinner in a typical trattoria
Day 7 (Saturday)
Breakfast in the Hotel. At 10:00 am we will depart to the Hills of Valdobbiadene to visit a winery specialized in the production of Prosecco. Here we will have a wine tasting with a light lunch. In the afternoon on our way to return to Bassano, we will stop to visit on the most famous, historical Hamlet’s called Asolo. After a nice aperitif in Asolo square, we will have dinner in another typical trattoria in Bassano suburban area.
Day 7 (Sunday)
After Breakfast in the Hotel, we will drive to the airport for our depart to USA
PLEASE READ WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Accommodation in four stars hotels, in Parma and in Bassano del Grappa
- Private air-conditioned motor coach for trips, transfer and excursions
- Continental Breakfast throughout the trip
- Three light lunches and Three gourmet lunches
- Six wine dinners
- Excursions to Parma, Busseto, Bassano del Grappa, Marostica e Asolo
- Visit to four Wineries with wine tasting
- Visit to Parmigiano cheese factory
- Visit to Prosciutto di Parma factory
- Visit to Culatello di Zibello factory
- Visit to Acetaia where aceto Balsamico is produced
- Visit to Nardini distillery with grappa tasting
- All tips and taxes when included with the group
- Portage of maximum of two pieces of luggage per person (one medium – one small)
- Marco and Sara Avigo will personally host you through your entire tour
PLEASE READ WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Personal items, such as additional food and beverage orders, telephone, room service and laundry service, special arrangements before and after the program; service charges, taxes, insurance, and others items not specifically mentioned as included
- Insurance for trip cancellations, luggage loss or damage, medical and accident insurance is not included but is strongly recommended
COST AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Cost = $3,250. Per person based on double occupancy
- $900.00 with application by December 15, 2017 (50% NOT refundable)
Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure or not later than April 15, 2018
Reserve your place today!
To reserve your place, please sign and return the reservation form as soon as possible with your deposit of $800. Please make payment to:
Marco Avigo Tours
8311 Strahle Place
Philadelphia, PA 19111