September 23- September 30, 2012
Price per person, based on double occupancy, is $3,500. Single accommodation is available for an additional fee.
Your cooking school and culinary tour package includes:
All European hubs have daily flights to Bologna International Airport- you can fly Lufthansa from Munich or Frankfurt, Air France from Paris, KLM from Amsterdam, British Airways from London as well as a plethora of low-cost carriers and Italian airlines. We will provide a courtesy shuttle from the airport to our meeting point, Hotel Sirena in Cesenatico, about an hour and a half drive from Bologna Airport. Our courtesy shuttle bus leaves the airport at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. We highly recommend all trip participants to use our courtesy shuttle to reach the first destination, but train transportation to Cesenatico is possible although not convenient, and car rental will not be an easy option due to the lack of easy drop-off locations.
You may also arrive by train. Bologna is a hub for train service in Italy, and the train station is one free shuttle ride away from the airport, which is located about 5 miles outside of town.
We will spend three nights in Cesenatico, one night in Portico di Romagna, and three nights in Bologna before saying goodbye after breakfast on October 2. A shuttle bus will take you back to Bologna International Airport if you plan to leave Italy at the end of the tour.
Dress in Italy is less casual than in the US. Shorts are only for the beach, and changing in the evening to dressier clothes is considered appropriate, even if you change from casual to business casual. Given the range of accommodations, we recommend comfortable clothing for the day, such as jeans and business casual tops- polo shirts and simple blouses. Evenings are not overly formal- cocktail dresses and suits would be considered very dressy. Slacks and dressy tops for ladies, and a shirt and jacket for the gentlemen will provide appropriate attire for all of our destinations. You won’t always be able to change before dinner, so clothing that can transition from day to night is best. Bring comfortable shoes for cooking classes and to visit artisan facilities. For our mushroom hunting trip into the woods, pack a pair of sneakers. Please remember that luggage handlers are not always available in Italy, and there is a chance you will have to get your luggage from your room to transportation and vice versa. We recommend one piece of luggage per person for ease of handling.
Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Voltage and frequencies are different than in the US, and so are the wall sockets. Pack an adapter plug or a transformer if you bring electrical items. Most computers and cell phones have a built-in transformer, but for other electronics you might need one. To ensure you get the right plug/transformer for your trip, click here for a list of options.