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7 Day E-Bike Cycling Experience, Cultural and Culinary Vacation in Abruzzo, Vasto

Hotel dei 7, Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy

E-Bike Experience and Cooking Vacation Italy

Join Italia Sweet Italia on a 7-day Italian cultural and culinary vacation in Abruzzo, one of the most stunning and culturally rich regions in Italy. For anyone eager to live an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, where you really get to know the food, region and people, your host and local guide Fabrizio, together with his family and friends, has put together amazing experiences that combine passion, beautiful places and locals to show you the best of the region’s off-the-beaten-track secrets. This is a fully escorted tour that will give you the insights to daily life, food and wine, culture and production in Abruzzo and will let you discover authentic Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure, and learning. The highlight of this tour is the chance to get on light and easy electric bikes cycling along the amazing Abruzzo mountains, lakes, ancient hermitages and coastline between national parks and the unique trabocchi.

Highlights

  • Visit Abruzzo’s acclaimed wine makers
  • Prepare homemade pasta and pizza with local women
  • E-cycle along the breathtaking Abruzzo mountains and the coastline
  • Live like a local and sleep in a charming ancient Roman town on the Adriatic Sea
  • Enjoy amazing landscapes that spread out from the sea to the mountains
  • Visit the unique trabocchi and enjoy seafood
  • Explore enchanted castles
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-16 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Baby sitting
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance

During this tour, you will stay at the centrally located Hotel dei 7 or similar accommodation. Accommodation is in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom.

Program

Day 1: Rome airport pick up and welcome to Abruzzo dinner

  • Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 pm and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes, hilltop villages and castles
  • Check-in at the charming and family-run hotel, Hotel dei 7 (or similar accommodation) in the historic downtown
  • Get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day cultural and culinary vacation
  • Walk to a traditional restaurant to enjoy a welcome group dinner in the heart of Vasto
  • Meal plan: dinner

Day 2: A visit to the market, make homemade pasta with Mamma, explore Vasto

  • After a leisurely traditional breakfast made of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea, and freshly squeezed juice
  • In the morning, you will walk and visit Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products. Here you’ll have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak any of it
  • Next you’ll drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where you'll meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them and we’ll learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we’ll be introduced to Abruzzo sauces
  • An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes, includes Bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) – of course this depends on seasonal availability
  • Lunch with the scrumptious dishes that you prepared in the morning while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere
  • After a short break to relax, in the afternoon you’ll explore Vasto historic center: Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Before free time, you’ll meet some local artisans or artists
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto. After the big family lunch, based on the many years of experience, Italia Sweet Italia team knows that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so travelers usually enjoy spending time like a local trying a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza. Obviously Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, cooking, lunch

Day 3: E-cycle to amazing Abruzzo mountains and discover the unique heart-shaped lake of Scanno and remote hermitages

  • After breakfast, you’ll drive to the marvelous Abruzzo mountains and national parks
  • On the way to Scanno, you’ll visit the enchanting 11th century Hermitage of San Domenico on the lake of San Domenico
  • Next you’ll have an easy and scenic electric bicycles (mountain/trekking) tour along the Itinerary of the heart to admire amazing landscapes like the fascinating heart-shaped lake of Scanno
  • Next, you’ll enjoy a traditional picnic with local products
  • Then, you’ll discover Scanno, one of the most beautiful Italian villages, with its fabulous alleys, churches, landscapes and artisans boutiques. You could have a break with a refreshing gelato and a visit to an artisanal jewelry shop where they make the “Presentosa”, a famous traditional jewel from Abruzzo, a very ancient piece of art which dates back to the 18th century
  • Group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto Marina, by the beach or in the heart of Vasto
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: E-cycle to Abruzzo coastline, trabocchi, and free afternoon

  • After breakfast, you’ll drive to the fascinating Abruzzo coastline to have a light and picturesque electric bicycles (mountain/trekking bikes) tour inside Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches according to the British daily The Telegraph
  • You'll enjoy the amazing cycle path just built on the old railway along the famous Trabocchi Coast
  • You’ll discover the landmark symbols of the area – the trabocchi – and you’ll have a special fish and seafood lunch on one of them
  • Free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: going to one of the many beaches, walking, taking part into some extra activities / excursions or whatever you prefer
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Visit a typical "agriturismo" to learn everything about Abruzzo farming, farm-to-table lunch and explore Roccascalegna Medieval Castle

  • After breakfast, you’ll make your way to a farmhouse where Pina and Berardino will reveal the secrets of farming letting you immerse in an authentic slow food experience. You could relax in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside or take part into some or all of these experiences
  • You’ll milk a sheep or a cow
  • You’ll learn how to make a special bread called "pizza scima – stupid pizza," a pizza without yeast
  • After collecting some organic wine from their winery, you’ll have an aperitif including a taste of their production: cheeses, salami, and extra virgin olive oil
  • Next you’ll learn how to prepare ricotta cheese
  • Finally you’ll collect the fresh vegetables from their garden that will be used for our farm-to-table lunch
  • A delicious traditional farm-to-table lunch will be prepared and served
  • Almost everything you’ll eat is produced in the farm (wheat to produce the organic flour to make different kinds of bread, cookies and fresh pasta together with eggs from their hens, organic extra virgin olive oil, wines, liquors, juices, jams, cheeses, many varieties of salami, meats, and vegetables)
  • In the afternoon, immersed in nature and surrounded by amazing sceneries, we’ll drive in the inland to explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in the charming village of Roccascalegna, ranked by Condé Naste Traveler as one of the 9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy
  • After the big lunch at the farm, in the evening you may enjoy dinner or aperitif on your own in one of the many restaurants and wine bars of Vasto
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, tasting, lunch, cooking, dinner

Day 6: Olive oil and wine tasting, pizza & tiramisù family party & farewell dinner

  • After breakfast, you’ll visit an olive grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for three generations to produce DOP olive oils. He will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and you will finish with an olive oil tasting
  • Next, you’ll visit an award-winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. You’ll make a wine tasting and lunch with pairings from local cheeses and salami and a tour of the vineyard and cellars organized by the winemakers Emanuele and Nicola
  • After lunch and some free time to relax and pack or do last-minute shopping, you’ll have a farewell party with Fabrizio’s family. You will enjoy the Abruzzo wines and food in a very relaxed atmosphere or help Adele and Mamma Anna Maria to make tiramisù and many kinds of pizza including the world-famous Margherita or local ones with typical toppings such as the renowned “ventricina” salami
  • In the evening, you’ll have the last dinner together as an Italian family immersed in the Abruzzo’s countryside
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, tasting, lunch, cooking, dinner

Day 7: Goodbye and transfer to Rome Airport

  • After breakfast, you will leave (usually at 09:00 am) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination (Rome Fiumicino is about 3,5 hours driving from Vasto) so make sure to get an afternoon flight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

About the cycling trip

On day 3, the cycling trip will cover around 28 kilometers / 17,4 miles – cycling time is 4-5 hours, including breaks and picnic. Those who don’t want to cycle can relax by the lake at a bar or a restaurant or enjoy some other activities that can be booked onsite such as canoeing. According to the weather conditions and other organizational needs, an alternative similar itinerary could be proposed.

On day 4, you will cycle approximately 30 kilometers / 18,4 miles. Cycling time is 4-5 hours, including a short break to swim in the Adriatic.

Note about your itinerary

Your Itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes Italia Sweet Italia modifies the final itinerary to take advantage of the season and the weather. Their goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time and that sometimes means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival.

Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide if any modifications are desired. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.

Since the groups are kept small, you will always be able to cycle at your own pace, stopping whenever you wish to take pictures, rest, eat a snack or simply enjoy a breathtaking view.

Please read this carefully:

Cycling is an intense physical activity and may be accompanied by health risks. Choosing to participate in a tour with Italia Sweet Italia means you take full responsibility for your well being and any costs that may incur in the event of an accident. You also assume full responsibility of all risks associated with cycling including falls, weather, traffic, road conditions and damage that may be caused by you or your bicycle.

You here certify that you know how to ride a bicycle and you are perfectly capable of maintaining control of it and yourself even on long downhills. You also certify that you are in good health and free from heart diseases or ailment that may be aggravated by cycling and/or hiking.

Therefore, on booking a tour with Italia Sweet Italia, you automatically accept and declare of waving and releasing Italia Sweet Italia and its guiding personnel of any and all claims, causes of actions and liabilities at present and in the future.

Location

Abruzzo

What defines the perfect area to have an authentic Italian vacation? With the highest Apennine mountains in central Italy, an Adriatic coastline that boasts 8 blue flags and the highest number of a beautiful hill and mountain villages as listed by I Borghi più Belli d’Italia, Abruzzo is high on the list for an unforgettable Italian experience.

Abruzzo is just a short and beautiful drive (2-3 hours) from Rome and remains unknown and off-the-beaten to many non-Italians. Over here, life hasn't changed much during the years and Italia Sweet Italia team can make sure you experience it authentically.

Vasto

Vasto is a hilltop town overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The old center is a lovely medieval spot with Roman ruins and beautiful buildings such as the castle and Palazzo d'Avalos.

If you keep wandering through the narrow alleyways, you will find yourself speechless in front of the view over the gulf, from where you can also spot the charming Tremiti Islands and Gargano Promontory in Puglia. Vasto is also well known for the variety of its beaches and the nature reserve of Punta Aderci.

Food

Meals as outlined in the itinerary are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation at Hotel dei 7 in the historic center of Vasto or similar accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 8 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, farmhouses, private homes, wineries based on traditional regional dishes
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • 2 half-day electric bicycles (mountain/trekking) tours and helmets rental and transportation
  • Daily trips and excursions
  • Pick up and drop off at Rome Fiumicino Airport
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Spending money
  • Snacks / drinks between meals, or any meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, visa costs, laundry or tips
  • Travel insurance (not obligatory, but recommended)
  • Drinks not listed in the itinerary (an extra bottle of wine, for example)
  • The cost of additional excursions or activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). The transfers are included in the price. Italia Sweet Italia will pick you up from the airport.

For all the small group tours, the pick up at Rome Fiumicino airport is planned at 2:30 pm on day 1. Normally it takes 3-3,5 hours to drive to Vasto, your base on the Adriatic Coast.

The duration of the trip depends on traffic (on Sunday, when most of the tours start, usually there is no traffic) and if you need to stop at the motor service along the way for a snack or to go to the toilet. It is a beautiful and relaxing driving crossing three National parks, from where you can see many hilltop villages and the Apennines.

A few weeks before the tour starts, the team will send you a pdf with the exact pick-up location and times. Please consider also this information:

If you want you can be picked up at a hotel in Rome, this service has an extra cost of 50 EUR that you can pay at your arrival. The staff will come earlier to pick you up at your accommodation (it depends on the exact location, but it is usually 1 hour before the pick-up at Rome F. Airport). Sometimes it could be also after the airport pick-up.

When the team will have all flights and arrival information from all the travelers, if everybody that is joining the tour is supposed to arrive before 2:30 pm, the team could anticipate the pick-up time.

You can also reach Vasto or other destinations in Italy by bus or train. Italia Sweet Italia will organize the taxi transfer from/to Vasto train station (10 minutes driving) or Vasto coach station to/from the hotel in Vasto (3 minutes driving).

For the drop-off to Rome, guests usually leave the hotel in Vasto after breakfast, at around 09:00 a.m. so that they arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport at maximum 01:30 p.m. (if there is traffic, but it normally takes 3-3,5 hours).

If anybody in the group has an earlier flight, you could leave 1-2 hours before (so at 07:00-08:00) but the team makes evaluations from time to time.

If there is any specific need, there are also public buses that shuttle from Vasto to Rome Fiumicino (or the city center) earlier in the morning and by night. In this case, Italia Sweet Italia can organize the taxi transfer from the hotel to Vasto coach station (3 minutes driving).

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday June 27, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 3, 2021

Solo travelers

This tour can accommodate solo travelers on certain dates. Please inquire for availability.

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