Old World Flavor Comes Alive in Umbria, Italy

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Escape Kit

  • A Seven-Day Culinary Tour of Umbria, Italy ($1,796 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Rome Airport to Hotel and Itinerary Destinations (Airfare Not Included)
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Six Nights at Relais il Canalicchio in the Province of Perugia
  • Six Breakfasts, Five Lunches with Wine, and Six Dinners with Wine
  • Four Italian Cooking Classes
  • Tours of Marsciano Market, Montecastello, an Olive Oil Mill, and Cantina Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery
  • Two Spa Sessions
  • Countryside ATV Excursion
  • Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

Italian cooking classes, tours of a winery and olive oil mill, and trips to the spa are just some of the indulgences awaiting pleasure-seekers on this seven-day culinary tour of a secluded province in Italy.

The Destination
Umbria is the only region in Italy that doesn't border the ocean or another country. Insulated by Italian territory on all sides, Umbrian's culture has enjoyed relative protection from external influence. These bucolic hillsides and near-ancient towns are some of the last bastions of Old World Italy, where you might "see grandmothers in aprons making pasta by hand and front doors that haven't been locked in a century," says Lonely Planet.

It's also a food-lover's paradise. Truffles and Norcia pork are just some of the delicacies that make Umbria famous. Sample the region's celebrated cuisine—and learn to prepare some of its best-loved dishes—on this seven-day culinary tour based in the province of Perugia, courtesy of Epitourean.

The Itinerary
day 1: welcome reception and chef's tasting dinner
• Arrive in Rome FCO International Airport
• Be transported two hours to your four-star hotel in the province of Perugia
• Meet for cocktails and a briefing on the week, followed by a multi-course Umbrian tasting dinner prepared by the chef
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Dinner provided.

day 2: market tour, cooking class
• Spend the morning in a typical Italian market, featuring shoes, clothes, cheese, wine, and more
• For lunch, learn how to combine Umbrian meats and cheese into antipasti and pair with local wine
• In the evening, join in a hands-on pizza class, using locally grown tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella
• After dinner, make a whimsical "chocolate salami" for dessert
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 3: spa experience and gnocchi class
• Enjoy an hour at the hotel's spa, including a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hydro-massage Jacuzzi with views of the Umbrian countryside, and solar shower and relaxation room with herbal tea and fresh fruit
• During lunch, prepare homemade gnocchi during a hands-on cooking class and learn to make the local dessert ciaramicola, a cake topped with meringue
• After a free afternoon, your evening meal is a chef-prepared, multi-course dinner of traditional Umbrian cuisine
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 4: atv excursion and escalope and pasta class
• Experience the Umbrian countryside firsthand on a two-hour ATV excursion
• For dinner, learn to make Norcina sauce (using black truffles and pork sausage from Norcia) with handmade pasta, pork escalope, and tiramisu
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 5: montecastello, olive oil and wine tours, and spa experience
• Visit the medieval hamlet of Montecastello—a hillside town long considered one of the most beautiful in Italy
• Learn the process of making olive oil at a frantoio, a mill where olive oil is extracted
• Head to Cantina Monte Vibiano Vecchio winery for a tour and tasting
• Return to the hotel in the afternoon for another hour-long session at the hotel's spa and dinner at the hotel restaurant
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6: free day and farewell dinner
• Enjoy a whole day free of scheduled activities
• All meals are served at the hotel
Overnight at Relais il Canalicchio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 7: ciao!
• Check out of the hotel and take advantage of your included airport transfer between noon and 1 p.m.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
• Travel from April to October, 2015 ($1,776)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy. See fine print.

Why Epitourean?
Memories of smell and taste can be just as powerful as recollections gleaned from the other senses, but memorializing the scent of freshly baked bread or the creamy texture of your dessert is a little tougher than snapping a pic. That's why Epitourean doesn't just allow you encounter unforgettable destinations through their world-famous cuisine, but also offers instructional sessions and experiences that let you take the best of the culture home with you. Because the only thing better than tasting a region's famed cuisine on vacation is wowing friends and family with your skills at home.

  • "Foodies are in their element here, with the rich earthiness of the tartufo (truffle), fine cured meats from Norcia and full-bodied local wines finding their way onto menus."


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the fine print

  • Limit 2 per customer, additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • Voucher does not include flights
  • Only valid for stays now through October 31, 2015
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by November 28, 2014 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher includes round-trip ground transportation from Rome Airport to hotel and itinerary destinations, double-occupancy accommodations for six nights at Relais il Canalicchio in the province of Perugia, six Breakfasts, five Lunches with wine, and six dinners with wine, four Italian cooking classes, tours of Marsciano Market, Montecastello, an Olive Oil Mill, and Cantina Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery, two spa sessions, countryside ATV excursion, hotel fees and entrance fees per itinerary included
  • Voucher does not include airline, airline taxes, airline fuel surcharges, passport/visa fees, gratuities, personal or baggage insurance, any costs not specified as included, or taxes
  • Taxes of 10% are not included; payable at booking
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $500
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