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Food Lovers’ Adventure In Bologna Pre & Post Mediterranean Cruise Tour Out Of Venice


** This is a sample itinerary only and gives you ideas for your custom designed tour before or after your Mediterranean cruise. Please ask us for current prices.

4 nights

As a true food lover, you want to immerse yourself in exceptional, authentic, insider experiences with local people like cooking with families and learning right with the artisan producers how they make world renowned Parmesan cheese and the real 25 year old  traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Participate in an extraordinary variety of food and local life experiences, many off the tourist track. Tour the famous Bologna food market with your cooking teacher to shop for ingredients for your cooking class in their home. Make silk-like pastas with a pasta expert in her country home.

In private visits, see first hand all the steps they go through to make Parmesan cheese in an artisan factory and Modena’s traditional balsamic vinegar in cellars. Taste these food treasures right with the producers.

Your outgoing, fun loving, thoughtful guides were born near Bologna, have lived in Bologna for years, and introduce you to an amazing variety of local friends and off the tourist track places. You feel you’re making new local friends.

4 Night Italy Cooking School Tour Itinerary

For groups of 12-16 people, we’ll split the group in half on cooking class days. Please ask us for this special itinerary.

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Day 1: welcome dinner in charming hill town

Post-cruise tour: Disembark ship after breakfast in Venice. Private transport from Venice to Bologna, arriving about noon.

Pre-cruise tour: Arrive in Bologna airport or train station. Private transport to Bologna’s centre.

Check into a four star hotel in the medieval heart of Bologna. Light lunch in Bologna. Guided walking tour of Bologna’s centre to learn about its history and life.

Drive to small, charming hill town, Dozza. Wander through its medieval streets famous for colourful murals on many walls and doorways.

Sit down for a delicious multi-course dinner with regional wines at a fine Dozza restaurant.

Day 2: parmesan & balsamic vinegar artisan visits & tastings

In the early morning, head to the Parma area to visit a Parmesan cheese factory. After watching the men go through all the fascinating steps in making the cheese and visiting the incredible storage rooms, nibble on fresh and aged parmesan right in the factory.

Drive to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar. In the cellars see how they make it and sample 12 and 25 year old balsamic vinegar. Like liquid velvet in your throat.

Dine in a restaurant near Modena on beautifully presented dishes featuring parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

Drive back to Bologna. Dinner on your own.

Day 3: Bologna market walk, cooking class in family's Bologna home

In the morning, walk with your cooking teacher in Bologna’s central food market, with ancient, narrow streets lined with colourful, irresistible food shops and stands. Learn about regional foods. Buy the ingredients for your afternoon cooking class.

Free time. Light lunch on your own.

After lunch, guided tour to explore Bologna’s centre and learn about its history and art.

Roll up your sleeves in a hands-on cooking school class at a private home with an excellent family cook to learn traditional regional dishes. Dine on your dishes with the friendly family around their table.

Day 4: Ravenna, pasta class in country home

Drive to Ravenna to walk with a local guide and learn about its world famous Byzantine mosaics and architecture. Light lunch in Ravenna’s centre at a historic osteria.

Drive to beautiful countryside for a hands-on cooking school class with an expert on hand made pasta in her 150 year old farmhouse set among olive trees. Learn to make traditional Emilia-Romagna pastas. Dinner of your creations at her table.

Day 5; ciao for now

Pre-cruise tour: Private transport from Bologna to Venice cruise ship.

Post-cruise tour: After breakfast, depart to Bologna airport or train station with our private transport.

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  • 4 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 lunches & 3 dinners with selected regional wines, mineral water & coffee
  • Guided walks in Bologna’s centre, Bologna’s central food market, Dozza, Ravenna
  • Private, guided visit in Parmesan cheese factory
  • Private guided visit in traditional balsamic producer’s cellar
  • Private transport from/to Venice and Bologna
  • Private transport throughout tour except in free time
  • Local tour guide with you throughout except in free time

Not Included:

  • 1 lunch
  • lunch en route to ship
  • 1 dinner

Tour Dates

anytime subject to hotel room availability. Ask us for the dates you want.

Tour Prices

Group size 4 6 12 16
Euros approx €1900 €1815 €1550  €1425
CDN $2850 $2725 $2325  $2140
U.S. $2270  $2070 $1770  $1625

** This is a sample itinerary only and gives you ideas for your custom designed tour before or after your Mediterranean cruise. Please ask us for current prices.

Please note: for 12 people & 16 people, we split the group in 2 groups for the 2 days with cooking classes. Please ask us about prices for groups of 8-10 people.

Prices are based on double occupancy and subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.


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