Italy Culinary Tour - Carunchio

7-Day Culinary Tour in Italy’s Abruzzo Region with Meals, Culinary Classes, and Sightseeing from Epitourean

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Italy Culinary Tour - Carunchio: 7-Day Culinary Tour in Italy’s Abruzzo Region with Meals, Culinary Classes, and Sightseeing from Epitourean

Hands-On Cooking Classes and Guided City Tours in Italy's Abruzzo Region

Along Italy’s central eastern coast lies the Abruzzo region, known for its artisanal cheeses and full-bodied wines. On this 7-day, 6-night tour from Epitourean, you’ll stay in the quaint town of Carunchio, nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains near the Adriatic Sea. Each night, you’ll turn in at the Palazzo Tour d'Eau, a 19th-century mansion turned hotel perched on the town's highest hilltop. Your days will be filled with gourmet meals, hands-on cooking classes, and sightseeing excursions throughout the Italian countryside.

Click here for a complete itinerary. This tour includes:

  • Accommodations in Palazzo Tour d’Eau
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day
  • Round-trip airport transfers between Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome and Abruzzo
  • Several cooking classes on topics such as pairing wine and making pizza, pasta, and desserts
  • Several sightseeing tours
  • Airfare not included

Culinary-Tour Highlights

Cooking classes: On day 2, you and other travelers will prepare a three-course meal based on regional cuisine. On day 3, you’ll learn to craft your own pasta using seasonal ingredients. The Palazzo's sommelier will later conduct a lesson on the art of pairing food and wine. In day 5's peasant food and biscotti class, students will learn Old-World recipes. In addition to a vegetarian dish, you'll create an almond biscotti. Last but not least, you will also make authentic Abruzzo-style pizza on day 6.

Olive-mill tour: You will learn sampling techniques on how to taste a variety of olive oils and walk through an olive grove on day 2. In the grove, you'll learn how olives are picked and watch the process used to obtain extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil.

Excursion to Vasto: The group will see this ancient settlement on the Adriatic coast on day 4. The tour swings through the historical center of Vasto, stops at Piazza Rossetti for shopping, visits a Trabocco fishing house, and is topped off with a “Taste of the Adriatic” seafood lunch.

Cheese-making tour: During an afternoon excursion to the inland town of Agnone on day 6, you’ll observe the artisanal techniques used to make mozzarella, ricotta, and caciocavallo cheeses.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
N/A (Airfare is not included in this offer)

2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes. Epitourean can arrange for lodging in Rome either before or after the main tour, plus any day excursions requested.

3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
Groupon customer should call 800-390-3292 or email customerservice@epitourean.com to inquire about desired dates. Customer should be a little flexible in choosing their dates. Epitourean will do everything possible to accommodate the requested dates, but we also run this tour virtually every week throughout the year.

4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
If the dates requested by the customer are not available, they can request flexible dates so that they can use their voucher for a future date (where we honor the discounted price and pre-paid status), or they can request a refund through Groupon, as long as it is within the Groupon refund period.

5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
This package is sold on a per person basis regardless of age. Due to the nature of the cooking class focus of these tours, we do not recommend kids under the age of 10. But kids pay the same price as adults in this particular package.

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What You Get

  • $1,898 for a 7-day/6-night Italian culinary vacation (up to a $3,498 value). Valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay a fee of $500 to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

Policies and Fees

For all options, book by: 5/15/14

  • Blackout dates: no blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy and fees: 30-day cancellation required, or tour must be rescheduled for travel by 5/15/15
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Book by 5/15/14 or promo value expires
  • 1/person, +3 as gifts
  • Reservation required, subject to availability; trip may be cancelled w/refund if not enough Groupons are bought for that date
  • Alternate departure dates may be available for additional fee
  • 30-day cancellation required, or tour must be rescheduled for travel by 5/15/15
  • Must be 18 or older to check in, 12+ to participate in cooking classes
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 10% tax not included
  • $500 fee to travel solo
  • Airfare not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Standard occupancy: 2, including children and infants
  • Maximum occupancy: 2, including children and infants
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome; round-trip ground transportation between FCO and hotel included with this Groupon

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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