Language and Culture Studies
THE MAGIC OF VENETO
Friday 31st August to Friday 14th September 2018
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted
Veneto is the romantic Northeastern region of Italy, home to fairytale Shakespearian towns, mountain resorts, breathtaking destinations across the countryside, charming towns in the Venice lagoon and spectacular views in the snowcapped Dolomite Mountains. We are authentic Veneto locals and we will help you discover the hidden Venetian treasures.
Day 1 - Friday 31st August 2018
Our meeting point is Padova. By private van we will travel to the Agriturismo where the doors of the ‘farmhouse’ will be opened by our hosts. The real Italian experience starts now!
You will have free time to settle.
We will start the evening with an 'aperitivo di benvenuto' before enjoying our first home made cooked dinner. Our friendly chef is well known in the region and amongst MPLCS Language Holiday participants of previous years for her mouth-watering dishes and is looking forward to spoiling us.
Day 2 - Saturday 1st September 2018
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA
After a delicious “Italian style” breakfast we will have our first Italian conversation. We will talk about interesting facts and learn some keywords about our destination Bassano del Grappa. If you are a grappa lover, or have never experienced the taste of it, visiting Bassano is your chance to find out all about grappa. After visiting the Grappa museum we will have the choice to taste the fragrant, clear, grape-based brandy.
We will wander around this picturesque town at the foot of the Alps and walk through its unique “Ponte degli Alpini”, a lovely old wooden covered bridge, symbol of the little idyllic town. Beautiful ceramics, dishes of honey, asparagus, mushrooms and more are on offer in the numerous little shops around old squares, narrow streets and walkways.
Back at the Agriturismo, we will have time to rest before another delactable home cooked dinner.
Day 3 - Sunday 2nd September 2018
After enjoying breakfast and our Italian conversation we will travel to Verona where a walking tour will take us to the Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliet's House, Lamberti Tower and Piazza delle Erbe.
You will have some free time to immerse yourself into the town, talking to the locals and practicing your Italian. Followed by an enjoyable dinner.
Day 4 - Monday 3rd September 2018
Today after breakfast we will visit Asolo, one of the most beautiful medieval “borgo” in Italy.
Our tour guide will help us to discover the “town of hundred horizons”, its anecdotes and curiosities. We will enjoy some local produce at lunchtime while practicing our Italian language skills.
After some time at leisure we will visit the Palladian Unesco Villa Barbaro followed by an evening meal.
Day 5 - Tuesday 4th September 2018
Today after delicious breakfast our day tour will take us to the Prosecco hills where we will learn all about DOCG Prosecco Superiore and taste a selection of wines and local produce for lunch.
Time at leisure before returning to the farmhouse where we will be welcomed back to enjoy a delightful dinner.
Day 6 - Wednesday 5th September 2018
Today after breakfast you can choose your own itinerary.
You might decide to venture into one of the nearby towns or simply rest at the Agriturismo.
Day 7 - Thursday 6th September 2018
Today, after breakfast we will travel to Padova.
We will walk through the historic center and its Piazzas experiencing their busy markets. We will admire the most important monuments in the heart of Padua. After some free time for lunch we will continue our exciting visit.
Back at the agriturismo we will enjoy home cooking and Italian conversation 'a tavola'!
Day 8 - Friday 7th September 2018
VILLA CORNARO / COOKING CLASS
After another inviting breakfast we will venture into Piombino Dese and meet the locals. Here is the chance to show off your Italian!
After which we will visit Villa Cornaro, designed by Andrea Palladio, the most influential figure in the history of western architecture.
In the afternoon we will have a cooking class! Home made pasta, a “secondo piatto” with seasonal vegetables and a cake that we are going to enjoy for dinner with a well deserved glass of wine!
Day 9 - Saturday 8th September 2018
After breakfast our destination today is Arqua' Petrarca.
The famous poet Fancesco Petrarca lived the latter part of his life in the town. The town of Arqua Petrarca is also famous for producing good quality extra virgin olive oil, olives, chestnuts and honey.
We will enjoy discovering the town walking along the streets, talking to the locals and tasting some of the local produce like the famous 'giuggiole'.
Day 10 - Sunday 9th September 2018
After enjoying our breakfast we will travel to admire the spectacular Dolomites.
A Unesco world natural heritage site, Marmolada is the biggest glacier in the Dolomites area and because of its height (3.342m) and uniqueness it has the name "Regina delle Dolomiti" (Queen of the Dolomites).
You will have some time at leisure before traveling back to the Agriturismo for dinner.
Day 11 - Monday 10th September 2018
CA' MARCELLO and OPERETTA
After breakfast and our Italian conversation you will have the morning at your leisure.
In the afternoon we will have a guided tour in the historic park of Ca’ Marcello and inside the Villa.
We will then attend an “Operetta” in the Villa followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 12 - Tuesday 11th September 2018
Today after breakfast you will have the day to rest or plan your own activities
You may wish to venture to the local town or should you decide to go further afield to Castelfranco Veneto to the Teatro Accademico, a really small theatre built in the age of Enlightenment. It was first used to host scientific and philosophical debates then transformed for theatre and music.
Day 13 - Wednesday 12th September 2018
After breakfast we will travel to Venice by Train.
We will experience Venice as a Venetian and discover places and secrets belonging to centuries of Venetian history.
We will visit a typical ‘bacaro’ where we will taste the traditional ‘cicchetti’ served with an ‘ombra’.
Day 14 - Thursday 13th September 2018
LA STRADA DEI VINI DEL PIAVE
After breakfast we will travel through the plain crossed by the Piave river and learn everything about the different types of red wines.
We will enjoy wine tasting and a delicious traditional lunch before heading back to the farmhouse for dinner.
Day 15 - Friday 14th September 2018
After Breakfast we will check out and say "arrivederci' to our host friends before being transferred to Padova.
Ciao, Ciao a Tutti!!!
Changes to dates and itinerary may be made if necessary
PRICE PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - $4950
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $990
(Only limited single rooms available. First in best dressed)
14 nights Accommodation / 14 Breakfasts / 3 lunches / 12 dinners as per itinerary / Briefing and Welcome aperitif / All accommodation taxes and gratuities / Tour leadership / Wine and typical produce tasting as listed in the itinerary / 1 Cooking Class as per itinerary / Italian conversation classes as listed in the itinerary / Interactive discussions with local experts / Guided tours as per itinerary / Self discovery visits as listed in the itinerary / All ground transportation as listed in the itinerary.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Your Airfare/Passport and visa fees/Travel insurance ( compulsory )/International airport taxes /Food and Beverages not specified in the itinerary/General expenses not specified in the itinerary/Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary/Items of a personal nature/Telephone expenses/Personal spending money/Additional Beverages/Luggage excess fees/Porterage.
Full payment at booking.
Prices are based on participation of a minimum of 10 people.
Prices are calculated at exchange rate 1AUD=0.68 EURO. We reserve the right to amend pricing due to currency fluctuations. Variations will not be charged after full payment has been received.
Changes to dates, accommodation and the day to day itinerary may be made if deemed necessary for numerous reasons.
The price is based on a minimum of 10 paying participants. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached the tour might be cancelled in which case full deposit refund is guaranteed.
In the event of a client cancelling a confirmed tour booking, the following cancellation charges apply:
Your passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date which means it must be valid until at least April 2018. Australian Passport holders do not require visas for travel to Italy. If you will be travelling on another passport please let us know so we can confirm your requirements.
MPLCS is unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside its control.
Travel Insurance is not included in your tour cost and is compulsory. In case of cancellation due to sickness or any other causes and any other unforseen event that may occur you must be covered for cancellation expenses and any medical costs. We are unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside our control.
MPLCS will be happy to assist you with all travel arrangements should you require Changes to dates and itinerary may be made if necessary