Italy with Andrea King Travel
Emilia Romagna & Tuscany

Small Group Tour brought to you by Anywhere But Here Travel

Tour Start Date is October 19, 2018 in Bologna

Please play the audio file below for a 19-minute introduction about this tour and what is in store for you!

Pre-Tour Oct 17-19: Read about our Pre & Post Tour Information! Or we can create a custom option for you.

Day 1 - Oct 19 - Porretta Terme: Welcome to Emilia Romagna. If you didn’t join us for the Venice pre-tour and are just arriving today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to this wonderful city about 1 hour outside of Bolgona. Enjoy a welcome drink and overview of our week together. In the evening, we will start off right with a typical Emilia Romagna dinner.

Day 2 - Oct 20 - Emilia Romagna Tour: Let’s beat jet lag the right way! We will head to the cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano, that is. As we enjoy the cheese, we will see the factory and inner workings of the production of this important, regional cheese. Then off we go to see castles and enjoy the scenery during an easy hike along the trenches to reach Mt. Belvedere. Don’t worry, we will have a lovely Italian picnic along the way, too! Upon our return to the hotel, we will have the evening at our leisure.

Day 3 - Oct 21 - Spa Day and Cooking Class: We must take advantage of this beautiful spa hotel. One of the best in the area, and after a day of flying, touring, and eating, this will be a nice break to prepare us for what is to come on our journey. Don’t forget to enjoy your included massage. In the afternoon, we will take a cooking class with a top chef of the region and enjoy the fruits of our labor for dinner.

Day 4 - Oct 22 - Vinegar, Wine and Ferrari: Today, we are packing it up and heading for the countryside. The Modena country side is where balsamic vinegar (the good stuff at least) is produced. Our guide will take us through the attached winery and we will do a tasting of the finished products right before our lunch in the farmhouse restaurant. Now that we are nice and full, let’s take a look at Andrea’s next car at the Ferrari Gallery. After we purchase our new cars (or even if we only dream), we will head to our new home for the next couple days, Bologna.

Day 5 - Oct 23 - Old Market and St. Stefano Square: Food time! Our guide will take us around the city to see the greatest sites of the city, especially the Old Market. On our way we will see the basilica and everything Piazza Maggiore (The Major Square) has to offer. We will work up an appetite and once you see the quality cuisine at the market, there will be no stopping us. We can choose from delicious pastas, cheese, ham, fish, bread, fruits and vegetables. It’s create-your-own-lunch day!

Day 6 - Oct 24 - Cortona: After breakfast, we are off to Tuscany. We will stop for a guided walking tour of Florence with my dear friend and of course we won’t miss out on the opportunity to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. From Florence, we will finish our day’s journey in a farmhouse type accommodation in Cortona. A light dinner will be served (trust me, after lunch that is all you will need).

Day 7 - Oct 25 - Cortona: We must see Cortona, so off we go to the city! A small but beautiful city, our guided visit will teach us some culture, some history and, of course, give us a taste of the area with a wine and olive oil tasting at one of my favorite shops. Now that we have worked up an appetite, let’s head back “home” to cook and dine with an Italian family.

Day 8 - Oct 26 - End of services: If you are joining us for the Rome post-tour, details will be available separately.

Post-Tour Oct 26-28: Read about our Pre & Post Tour Information! Or we can create a custom option for you.


  • 3 night-stay at Helvetia Thermal Spa (Superior room) breakfast, free use of spa and 3 dinners, 50 min of massage
  • 2 night-stay in DBL Deluxe Room at Hotel Orologio – breakfast included and welcome drink
  • 2 night-stay in DBL Room at Agriturismo/Farmhouse accommodation – breakfast included, welcome drink, light dinner, cooking with the family experience
  • Welcome dinner in Bologna (beverages not included)
  • Guided visit of Parmigiano Reggiano dairy + tasting
  • Guided visit of Aceto balsamico vinegar and winery + tasting
  • Lunch in farmhouse
  • Entrance fees Ferrari Gallery
  • Guided tour of Old market and light lunch
  • Hiking tour for 2/3 hours with English-speaking guide at disposal, picnic lunch and guided visit of Montese Castle
  • Cooking class with English-speaking chef and dinner (beverages included) in Porretta Terme
  • Half-day guided tour in Florence (tickets not included) + light lunch
  • Half-day guided tour in Cortona
  • All the transfers described in the program


  • City taxes
  • Museum’s tickets in Florence not included
  • Other transfers, meals and beverages not included above

    Tour price: EURO 3100 per person
    (based on double occupancy)

    • As of Feb 2018, the conversion rate is 1.2 (tour is estimated to cost $3,720 USD)
    • Good Faith Deposit of $200 USD per person is due by March 16, 2018 (non-refundable after April 27, 2018)
    • Remainder Deposit of $1000 USD per person is due by April 27th, 2018 (non-refundable after May 4th, 2018)
    • Final payment is due on July 15, 2018
    • Payments will be converted to USD based on the actual conversion rate at the time of payment
    • Payment plans are available
    • We will have a Single Supplement fee for single travelers but it will be based on how many people sign up (we will have pricing by March 16, 2018)
    • Estimated international airfare from Seattle starting at $1000 per person for economy and starting at $4000 per person for business
    • Minimum of 6 people to run this tour
    • Maximum of 16 people on this tour

    VIP Members get a $500 USD discount off the final payment
    VIP Members also get guaranteed space on this tour until March 16, 2018 and then we open it to non-members.
    (Must join or upgrade to a 6-month VIP membership plan by May 27, 2018)

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