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Tour Description

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.

Detailed Itinerary

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 Maker's and Olive Oil Press. After a short morning walk be "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 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: 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 enjoy an excursion through the villages of the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. Stop at Castel del Monte to visit the fortified village located on the southern slope of the Gran Sasso. Continue to S. Stefano di Sessanio, ancient rule of the Medici, and considered among the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy. Stop for a short visit to the medieval village, the crenellated tower and the parish church of St. Stephen. In the afternoon short stop in another enchanting medieval village near Pescara, Penne. The village you can easily visit on foot along the main street of Corso dei Vestini, on the road and entering in the narrow streets of the historic center we find monuments, churches and extremely fascinating views. Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Chieti Countryside.Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Chieti Countryside.

Day 05: Chieti - Isernia | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Today travel across the Molise Countryside to Isernia. Check in at your hotel. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon meet your guide in order to discover to the main monuments of the city, transfer to the "Pineta" to visit the "Village" and the Paleolithic "Homo Aeserniensis" museum that preserves the remains of the prehistoric village of the first European men. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Isernia.

Day 06: 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 visit Venafro, ancient Venafrum Sannitica whose foundation is attributed to Diomedes. Visit to the main monuments of the historic center and the Archaeological Museum. Lunch/Food and Wine Tasting is included in a local characteristic Wine Estate. In the afternoon move to Campobasso, visit to the picturesque old town dominated by the Castello Monforte with its narrow streets, its thirteenth-century churches and the interesting Sannitico Museum which houses artifacts belonging to this illustrious people. Before returning to the hotel, arrive in a local winery where you can walk through the vineyards, discover the cultivation and pruning techniques and at the end taste various wines with appetizers based on typical products. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Isernia.

Day 08: Isernia - Rome Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Arrivederci. Ciao! Enjoy a Private Transfer to Rome Airport

Tour Inclusions
  • 4 nights Chieti
  • 3 nights Isernia
  • Assistance & Porterage at Airports and Hotels
  • Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English speaking driver as per program
  • Professional Local Guides: Door to Door service
  • All Breakfast and most Lunches included
  • 24/7 Assistance & Support
  • Details up on request
Price
Prices in Euro

March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy in

4* Boutique Hotels

€4,785 per person

5* Luxury Hotels

€6,385 per person

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania