Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries, Walking Tours)
Umbria, Italy - 3 nights
Available year round

 

Learn to cook with an Italian family who will show you the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. Your hostess has been conducting cooking courses for many years and invites you into her restored nineteenth century country house for day cooking classes or residential cooking programs. You can either choose to arrive on your own so you will have your own vehicle (the non-escorted tour) or if you choose not to have a vehicle you will be picked up at the train station and be accompanied during your tours and wine tasting.

 

You will feel right at home at this lovely piece of heaven in Umbria located 15 miles from Perugia. The cooking courses, which take place in a large and comfortable kitchen, begin at 5:00 pm (with a little break for a bruschetta and a wine tasting). For dinner you will feast on what you have learned to prepare, along with some wonderful regional wines. 


Usually the menus depend on the fresh vegetables of the season. Your hostess can teach you how to make a handmade fresh pasta like fettucine or potatoes gnocchi or anything with pizza dough like calzone, foccacia, pizza, all kinds of antipasti and desserts (tiramisù, chocolate mousse, semifreddo or panna cotta) and all the masterpieces of Italian cooking. 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day One

 

Depending on what option you choose, afternoon arrival after 2:30pm to the home with either your own car or with a transfer from Perugia Train Station. You will have time to relax with an Italian espresso. Before starting the class the teacher will give you a folder with the menus and the recipes of the dishes you will prepare in the two days of cooking classes.

 

Cooking class begins at 5pm. You will learn how to cook little appetizers, filled vegetables and many kinds of bruschetta with tastings of different types of cheeses and olive oils. Class is followed by dinner with wine in the garden at 8pm. 

 

Day Two

 

Breakfast with a cappuccino, local products, fruit, bread and prosciutto. If you want you can walk in the countryside or take a bike and explore the area.

 

Depending on if you'd like the non escorted tour or the escorted tour, today is a half day visit to Perugia, either on your own (we will provide directions and suggestions) OR you can be escorted on this tour with your host. 


Your second cooking course will be at 5pm followed by dinner at 8pm. You will learn how to prepare an entire dinner that you will later enjoy. An Italian dinner begins with antipasti (appetizers) of vegetables with green sauce and patè or eggplants with mozzarella. A primo, or first course, a deep-dish plate of soup, risotto, or pasta of one sort or another. The primo is followed by a secondo, a fish, meat, egg or vegetable-based main course with a side dish chosen to complement it (green salad with tomatoes, zucchini or boiled vegetables). Dinner usually ends with fresh fruit or a dessert (Italian ice cream, tiramisù…)

 

Day Three

 

Breakfast with a cappuccino, local products, fruit, bread and prosciutto.

 

Today is either a non-escorted or escorted full day tour to Assisi followed by a wine tasting. The wine tasting consists of a light lunch in a wine cellar in the area (15 minutes away). You will taste 5 different red and white wines each paired with a snack, and you will visit the beautiful ancient wine cellar with the owner as your guide.   

 

 

Day Four

 

Breakfast with a cappuccino, local products, fruit, bread and prosciutto. If you want you can walk in the countryside or take a bike ride.

 

Departure from the villa either with your own vehicle or if you have chosen the escorted tour, you will be transferred to Perugia Train Station.

 

Buon viaggio!   

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

By car, a 15 minute drive from Perugia, 20 minutes from Assisi and 1 hour from Siena.

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2018 Fees Per Person

 

THREE NIGHT PROGRAM

 

Non Escorted Tour

 

Double Room/US$775
Single Supplement/US$200
 

Escorted Tour

 

Double Room/US$1225
Single Supplement/US$200

 

Day Cooking Class/US$185

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a 30% per person deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.

 

2018 Dates

 

Available year round upon request for a minimum of two persons

 

Included

 

NON ESCORTED TOUR

 

*Welcome drink upon arrival
*Three (3) nights' accommodation
*Breakfast daily
*Two (2) days hands on cooking classes
*One (1) wine tasting at a wine cellar (unescorted)
*Three (3) dinners with wine in villa

 

ESCORTED TOUR

 

*Transfer from and to Perugia train station
*Welcome drink upon arrival
*Three (3) nights' accommodation 
*Breakfast daily
*Two (2) days hands on cooking classes
*One escorted tour to Perugia (half day)
*One escorted tour to Assisi (full day)
*One (1) wine tasting at a wine cellar (escorted) 
*Three (3) dinners with wine in villa

 


Airfare and personal expenses are not included. 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

Roberta F., New Haven, Connecticut

"Dear Jo-Ann - We had the best day and all went perfectly ...thanks to our GPS system, otherwise, we would be in Romania---the wine tasting was delightful, and the ceramic visit was awesome (and costly--but the stuff I bought is gorgeous)--and then a really wonderful evening with Christina, her sister and niece and the sister's husband ... the food we made was delicious and we enjoyed dining with the family. Thank you for all the arrangements, as the day was perfect ... We really loved Umbria--all in all a great trip."

 

Lisa H., Bloomington, Minnesota

"Hello Jo-Ann- We have returned from Italy with many fond memories. We enjoyed our pottery tour/wine tasting/cooking class day. We found Cristina & her sister, Patrizia, easy and fun to work with and the food was delicious. I have sent a picture of us in her kitchen. I have some other pictures of us "cooking", if that is of interest to you. Thank you for all of your correspondence and coordination of the activities. 

 

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MAP*

 

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*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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CINQUE TERRE COOKING & WALKING

"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our vacation....it was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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