Sights and Flavors of Northern Italy

Sights and Flavors of Northern Italy

Dates:  October 19 - 27, 2013

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Price Includes:

  • 4 nights at a 5 star hotel in Verona
  • 3 nights at a 5 star hotel in Tremezzo – park view room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Private transfer to and from the Milan airport
  • Visit the famous Giusti Gardens in Verona
  • Private  tour of the Duomo in Milan with time for lunch
  • Highlights tour of Verona with wine tasting in the afternoon
  • Visit a villa and wine cellar with tasting of Amarone wines in Valpolicello
  • Afternoon demonstration cooking class at Villa del Quar
  • Visit Lake Garda with a private boat excursion to an island on the lake
  • Visit the town of Bergamo and stop at a wine cellar for a tasting
  • Time to visit Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo
  • Visit and guided tour of  the town of Como by private ferry
  • 4 dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 3 Wine tasting
  • 1 Cooking class in a Villa
  • Hotel City taxes included


  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses at the hotels
  • Meals not mentioned in the detailed itinerary
  • Boat excursions and entrance fees to the villas, parks and museums
  • Wine not included in all meals

Itinerary is subject to change.

Cost:  $4200.00 per person based on double occupancy

$450.00 single occupancy supplement

Deposit:  $500.00 per person – non refundable!

This itinerary is based on 10 people minimum.

In order to reserve your booking you must submit a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $500.00 per person due immediately along with a registration form click here!

Mail your checks to Gourmet Getaways at

45 Eagle Nest Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Remember that space is limited so if you are considering this tour please submit your deposit in a timely fashion.

For more information on the day by day itineraryclick here!

Mamma Agata at the Bernards Inn this November.

 Join Gourmet Getaways on November 1 at the Bernards Inn for an evening of Italian wine, food and travel.  Chiara, Mamma Agata's daughter from Ravello Italy, will be doing a book signing.  Chiara has published an extraordinary collection of Mamma Agata's recipes that have been in the family for many years. This long awaited cookbook reveals Mamma's culinary secrets. It is a cookbook that will be cherished by all food lovers especially those that have taken her cooking class on the Amalfi Coast.  Don't be left out!  The cost of this wonderful cookbook is only $50.00
Gourmet Getaways will be presenting a special travel opportunity to the Amalfi Coast featuring Mamma Agata for September 2011.
There will be over 150 wine vendors from Italy and the chef at the Bernards Inn will be presenting some of Mamma's favorite antipasti recipes.
It is sure to be a fun filled evening so please make your reservations by calling the Bernards Inn at 908 766 7300 ext. 155 and ask for Traci.  The cost of the event is $60.00 which entitles you to wine and food!
Hope to see you there! Mark your calendar for November 1, 2010.  The event begins at 6:30pm and lasts until 8:30pm!
See you there !

Girl's Night Out!

Girl’s Night Out at the Bernards Inn on April 7, 2010 was a huge success!  Katie Borghese presented her Casa di Francesca line of home fragrances.  In November 2008, Katie launched her new fragrance line on the Home Shopping Network. Casa di Francesca brings Old World European excellence to homes through an array of Italian-made diffuser fragrances. I was there to present some of my travel tales throughout Italy and to inform everyone  about traveling with Gourmet Getaways on an exclusive tour. No one wants to tour with 30+people when you can really experience Italy with just 10 eager travelers with a sophisticated palate.

Susan Van Allen, author of the best selling 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go, enlightened everyone about how she fell in love with Italy.  Her book is a book that everyone, that loves Italy, should have.  At the end of the presentation Susan was there to greet and sign her books.[gallery]

Watch for future Gourmet Getaways events!

An Evening with Katie Parla!

The other evening I was fortunate enough to spend time with Katie at a wine tasting and 4-couse dinner at Clydz Restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The evening began with each of the 12 dinner guests toasting the start of a wonderful experience with Proseco. As each course was presented to us, Katie introduced each wine specifically chosen to enhance that particular course. As the wines were introduced, Katie educated us about its history and regional characteristics. We began the tasting with a white wine from the Campania region of Italy, which was paired with four different cheeses. The second course, a smoked tagliatelle with wild boar sausage and broccoli rabe, was accompanied by a red wine, which was my favorite, Apollinio Salice Salentino. Our main course, we had a choice of beef, lamb, or fish with potatoes and sautéed artichokes. Each of the choices were perfectly presented and all of us enjoyed another fantastic red wine, Vigne Irpine Taurasi. We concluded the evening with a choice of three desserts, all delicious, presented with a marsala wine.

It was a wonderful time. Everyone appreciated Katie’s exceptional knowledge about each of the wines presented.

I am certainly looking forward to future food and wine tastings with Katie Parla.

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