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8 Days of Culinary Adventure Between Bunch of Grapes and Lake Tour in Franciacorta, Italy

Franciacorta Country Lodges, Via Basso Castello, 25046 Cazzago San Martino, Italy

A Journey Beyond the Kitchen Culinary Vacation Franciacorta, Italy

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Immerse yourself in these cooking sensations tailored for you by Franciacorta Country Lodges. From one day to one week, inspire all of your senses by following the flavors of vineyard with Franciacorta Country Lodges' "arm-to-table" approach. Let your body settle into Franciacorta time and relax into the rhythm of the nature. Cook, eat, enjoy, and let yourself drift in the unique culinary sensations!

Highlights

  • Daily large continental breakfast buffet with all homemade products
  • Enjoy an enogastronomic gourmet tour in the hidden cellar of Bornato Castle
  • Special cooking session, sharing and enjoying the moment around the vineyard
  • 4 lunches and dinners with the chefs and 1 gala dinner for a special moment together
  • Sunset gourmet aperitif in a unique place in Franciacorta
  • Take a bike tour to explore the Franciacorta jewels
  • Hop on a horse riding adventure to Iseo Lake
  • 7 nights accommodation

Styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$55 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be staying in Franciacorta Country Lodges during this vacation. It is a country relais with amazing surrounding, you will enjoy the unique sensation to be wrapped up by a vineyard. There are five elegant apartments that you can choose from, with all the facilities.

The Cedar Loft and Holm Oak Tree are perfect for two people, couple or friends, with their bathroom and all comfort. Meanwhile, the Linden Tree Family Suite was designed properly as a family apartment because there are two rooms, with shared bathroom and big living room plus a big balcony with vineyard view. There is also the Cypress Tree, it is a room for two people with an en-suite bathroom. All are guaranteed to be an amazing stay experience for your unforgettable culinary holiday!

Program

Day 1: Welcome in Franciacorta

  • Check in at Franciacorta Country Lodges in Bornato.
  • Meet the other participants in the lobby at 07:00 p.m. for a welcome aperitif, followed by dinner with Franciacorta Country Lodges' chefs. After dinner, Franciacorta Country Lodges will deliver the full schedule of your journey together with Franciacorta apron.

Day 2: Cooking class and Bergamo excursion

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:30 Hands-on cooking lesson with Chef Giuseppe followed by lunch. This class is very important, you will start with lesson on the origins of the Italian cuisine, the main ingredients, fresh herbs, an extra virgin olive oil seminar, explaining how extra virgin olive oil is made and taste as well several wines to use in the kitchen as hidden ingredient. You will then start cooking some of the most important sauces of Italian cuisine and traditional plates of Sicilian culinary tradition.
  • Tasting for lunch.
  • Afternoon excursion to Bergamo and guided tour of the main beauty of the city.
  • Return to Franciacorta Relais for dinner.

Day 3: Bike tour around the vineyard to Iseo Lake, pasta making class

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10.00 Ready on the bike to discover the magical surrounding of Franciacorta. A light ride over the hills and down through the local villages with a friendly private cycling guide. The ride will take you to a beautiful Franciacorta vineyard with Iseo Lake as the destination.
  • Return to Palafreno Restaurant and start the cooking class with Giuseppe. He will take you through all the basics of creating great fresh pasta, using a past machine: from tagliatelle to gnocchi, from ravioli to pappardelle.
  • You will enjoy your creation during dinner with the vineyard as your surrounding.

Day 4: Nature full immersion trip to Sirmione and Lake Garda

  • 07:30 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 09:00 Departure to a popular touristic destination Sirmione. The town of Sirmione occupies the tip of a tiny peninsular that protrudes into the southern edge of Lake Garda in northern Italy.
  • Lunch picnic in Lake Garda with special meals made by Franciacorta Country Lodges' chefs.
  • Return to Franciacorta Country Lodges for pizza dough preparation. You will knead out some pizza dough to be used for the following day’s dinner. Pizza dough has much better texture and flavor when made the day before.

Day 5: Bread and pizza making class

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:00 Hands-on Italian cooking class about typical cuisine. You will make mostly several type of bread and grissini and a delicious aromatic bread from Franciacorta.
  • Tasting lunch with all creations.
  • 17:00 Pizza class using the dough you made the day before to create real handmade Italian pizza and cook it together.
  • Pizza party.

Day 6: Cheese making class

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet and homemade products.
  • 10:00 Ready to start a class of ricotta cheese and tuma.
  • Taste a variety of freshly-made products. Enjoy a brunch style of the farm’s cheeses.
  • Afternoon is free to relax, perhaps with a horse riding trip along neighbor villages or free to walk around the vineyard. Discover all the secret about cheese and how to use it in the kitchen.
  • Unforgettable blind wine tasting dinner with a wine course with a sommelier.

Day 7: Granita cooking class, enogastronomic tour to Bornato Castle and gourmet wine tasting with unforgettable aperitif

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:00 The final cooking class with Alessandro and Giuseppe Chef. You will be learning how to make a proper granita to use with a Franciacorta glass for your royal aperitif.
  • 17:00 Visit Bornato castle and its cellars followed by gourmet wine tasting with unforgettable royal aperitif.

Day 8: Goodbye

  • Departure day with a special surprise by the chefs.

Included excursions

  • Torbiere del Sebino Natural reserve
  • Lake Iseo
  • Lake Garda
  • Bergamo

Location

This vacation will take place in Franciacorta, Northern Italy. It is an Italian hidden gem, a small bucolic wine region whose sloping hills overlook the shores of Lake Iseo.

Sitting at an hour east of Milan, Franciacorta was the first sparkling wine in Italy to receive the highest designation of quality (DOCG). The same process used to make champagne, often referred to as the traditional method or “méthode champenoise"; the way they differ is the area they come from in world. Champagne is known for its chalky freshness and angular sharpness. Franciacorta wines tend to be creamier and moussey. They have a roundness.

But Franciacorta is not just wine! It has amazing nature, sports, art, culture, events, shopping, and fine cuisine that you can indulge in.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served daily large continental buffet breakfast with all homemade products - from granola to toasted bread, from fresh fruits to special cakes and rabbit sausages. Not only that, you will be able to enjoy sunset gourmet aperitif in a unique place in Franciacorta, as well as a gala dinner and four lunches and dinners prepared by the chefs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Tour of Lake Iseo

Enjoy 67 kilometers of emotions and breathtaking views on bicycle, by car, motorcycle, or ferryboat to discover the villages looking onto Lake Iseo with exquisite panoramas in the midst of nature and art.

This itinerary requires a little less than two hours by car, and three or four hours on bicycle, whereas in the summer, you can enjoy the lake on ferryboat but you will need half a day.

What's included

  • Daily full Franciacorta breakfast
  • Pasta-making lesson
  • Pizza cooking class
  • Cheese making and tasting
  • Organic vineyard tour, tasting, and aperitif
  • Cycle tour to Iseo Lake
  • 4 lunches and dinners with the chefs
  • 1 gala dinner
  • Wine course and selected aperitifs
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Transfer from airport to Franciacorta

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY). The venue is located 20 minutes away from this airport. The easiest way to come is to rent a car to also be independent, or Franciacorta Country Lodges can organize a transfer as well on request.

Airport: Il Caravaggio International Airport Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$55 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 25 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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This vacation is also available from 3 days to 1 week of duration, please send your inquiry for further information.

 

 

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