If you are looking for tranquility and peace of mind within Italy, this is probably the tour that will most suit your needs. The towns of Abruzzo and Molise have been always known for their amazing cultural tradition, hillside spirit and off-beaten-tracks where you can hike, bike or find your way in the nature.
The small towns of Carunchio, Vasto, Lanciano, Trabocco and Monti della Laga will serve you with their best wine, culinary traditions and homemade meals so that you see how delicious and healthy the Abruzzese cooking can actually be.
Molise, on the other hand, is a region where you can watch real family production of mozzarella, burrata and caciocavallo and get to taste them in their original and unprocessed version. We will take you to a troll in Venafro, Campobasso and Isernia, one of the most picturesque towns in Molise.
Day 01: Rome Arrival - Chieti Countryside | Welcome to Italy. Upon arrival at Rome airport, please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver and transfer to Chieti Countryside. Rest of the Day at Leisure. Overnight in Chieti.
Day 02: Carunchio Old-Town | Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Today you'll explore the basic ingredients of traditional Abruzzo cuisine and make some flavorful sauces for pasta dishes. The theme for this culinary excursion will be Old-Town, Quick and Healthy Abruzzese Dishes, Local Salame Makers and Olive Oil Press. After a short morning walk is "quick and healthy homemade meals." You'll see how delicious, easy, and healthy Abruzzese cooking can be. You'll lunch on your tasty creations in the traditional Italian style, slowly and in good company! After lunch, you'll rest up for the afternoon activities. Then, a visit to a local salami production plant and learn how this incredible product is made, and what distinguishes Abruzzo's salami from the rest. Next, a visit to an organic olive oil press, where the owner of the farm will show you the traditional ways of making the "real extra virgin olive oil." Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Chieti Countryside.
Day 03: Day at Leisure or *Optional Tour: Vasto, Lanciano, Trabocco "fishing house," Shopping | Breakfast at the Hotel. Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. "The day starts with a visit to the curious trabocch1 fishing houses, a unique piece of art that is available only on this small strip of the Adriatic. Next, you will explore an organic soap manufactory that has improved an old recipe to make soap with olive oil, goat's milk and donkey milk. Lunch at the best restaurant in town, serving a seafood sampling feast. After lunch, you'll have the opportunity to do some window shopping in Vasto. Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Chieti Countryside.
Day 04: Gran Sasso National Park and Monti della Laga | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Today’s tour will take you through the beautifully quaint villages of National Park of Monti della Laga and Gran Sasso. Enjoy the sights of the Castel del Monte and the fortified village that sits on the southern slope of the Gran Sasso. You will visit the ancient rule of the Medici, S. Stefano di Sessanio, which is often described as one of the most beautiful villages in the country. At the medieval village, you will see the parish church of St. Stephen and the crenelated tower. Another medieval village in Pescara, Penne will allow you to walk the Corso di Vestini. These narrow streets hold many wonders including churches, monuments and not to mention the views. In late afternoon you will return to your hotel in the Chieti Countryside.
Day 05: Chieti - Isernia | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Today’s travels take you across the Molise Countryside to Isernia. After checking out of your hotel, enjoy a leisurely lunch before meeting your guide. You will explore the monuments of the city before arriving at the Pineta. Here, you will find the Paleolithic Homo Aeserniensis museum that showcases the first European men. Later in the afternoon, you will return to your hotel in Isernia for the night.
Day 06: Day at Leisure or *Optional Tour: Homemade Pasta Extravaganza, Agnone, Cheese Plant, Bell Foundry | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. This morning learn how much fun and delicious making pasta can be, in a variety of colors and shapes. You'll learn all the tricks, so it turns out great every time. You will be amazed by the variety: pasta alla chitarra, gnocchi, cavatelli, stuffed pasta and so on. After lunch transfer to Agnone, where you can watch real family production of mozzarella, burrata and caciocavallo. Agnone is famous in the area for its quality cheese. Then you will visit a historic artisan bell foundry which still makes church bells manually for the Vatican. We will learn about the manufacturing phases. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Isernia.
Day 07: Venafro - Campobasso | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. This morning, you will visit Venafro, the ancient Venafrum Sannitica which is attributed to Diomedes. Before lunch, you will visit the Archaeological Museum and other monuments of the historical city. Lunch will be served at a characteristic wine estate. After lunch, you will travel to Campobasso, where the Castello Monforte sits above the Old Town. Here, you will find the Sannitico Museum, housing many historical artifacts, as well as 13th Century churches and delightfully narrow streets. You will also experience the vineyards and cultivation techniques made famous by a local winery, allowing for tasting and appreciation of the pairing of these wines with specific appetizers. You will return to your hotel in late afternoon and overnight in Isernia.
Day 08: Isernia - Rome Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Arrivederci. Ciao! Enjoy a Private Transfer to Rome Airport
- 4 Nights Chieti
- 3 Nights Isernia
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
- Details up on request
Private Package Tours Rates: The Price for an Italy Private Luxury Tour will vary according to the type of Package sought, the number of travelers in your party, Travel Season, Hotels and Rooms preference, number of days at leisure and length of Tour.
The following starting Prices are based on 2 people traveling in Low Season in Double Occupancy. May 1 through October 17, Hotels Supplements Rates apply.
Silver: in 4* Standard Hotels: Starting at 450 Euro per person/per day.
Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 + Euro per person/per day.
For Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower.