Private gastronomic discovery tour of Venice & the Venetian lagoon

Venice is one of the most special places on earth. It is a breathtaking open-air museum, full of exquisite beauty. With its misty lagoon and gothic palaces seemingly floating on water, Venice has a certain fairy tale quality that, even for well-traveled visitors, never ceases to impress. Venice’s culinary history is fascinating, as well. In the middle ages, Venice was the most important port in Europe and the key to the spice routes from the east. Many of the spices endemic to Italian cooking (like saffron for the Risotto Milanese or Nutmeg for a Bologna Ragu), first entered Italy through Venice’s waterways. Italian staples such as coffee also arrived in Venice first, along with sugarcane and rice, never before seen in Italy! For centuries, Venice was home to Arab traders, Spanish sailors, Indian spice merchants, and Jewish tradesmen. In the late 19th century, Venice was the last hub in Western Europe to Istanbul on the mythical Orient Express, the train ride that inspired authors such as Agatha Christie and Graham Greene. Venice truly is an unforgettable and unique destination, with many treasures to discover.

The route has been designed specifically for the savvy traveler looking for a cultural food and wine vacation with a difference. This luxurious private tour of Venice will introduce you to the best gastronomy and wine the city has to offer. Alessandra and Francesca will teach you how to taste wine and how to prepare local Venetian specialties, in your own Private Cooking Class in a beautiful palazzo. You will explore the markets of Venice, including the picturesque Rialto market on the Grand Canal. And after a full day’s sightseeing in Venice, which can feel like sensory overload, there is nothing better than getting cozy in a typical Venetian wine bar (called a “bacaro”) and tasting some of the local specialties. Come and explore Venice with Cellar Tours!

Venice Food & Wine Tasting Tour Highlights:

  • Private Cooking Classes in Historic Palazzo
  • Gourmet Walking Tour of Venice
  • Aperitif in Ancient Venetian Bacaro
  • Sleep in a Luxuriously Converted Monastery on Private Island

Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Venice Food & Wine Tasting Tour

  1. Venice

    Private Cooking Class with Local Chef

    Dine alfresco at your luxury hotel
    Dine alfresco at your luxury hotel
    • 5* Ultra Luxury Hotel on Private Island, Venice
    • Pre-dinner Aperitif in Venetian Bacaro, Gourmet dinner with top Italian wines (Cooking class)
    • Taxi Boat

    Upon arrival at Venice (airport/train station), you will receive a private transfer and check into your superb hotel for the tour, a 5* historic hotel, located on its own private island! Once a monastery, this newly opened hotel has been restored with the utmost taste and is an oasis of luxury and tranquility. (If you arrive before check-in time, you can leave your baggage).

    Free day to explore Venice! There is a regular boat service between your island and Saint Mark’s square (only 10 minutes), and this is a great place to start. Visit the stunning Doge’s Palace and Basilica. Hop into a Vaporetto and enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, lined with exquisite palaces such as the Fondaco dei Turchi (now the Natural History Museum), the Palazzo Sagredo and Ca’ Pesaro (now the Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Museum).

    If time permits and if you are an art lover, don’t miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This superb art museum is home to over 50 priceless paintings by the Italian master, Tintoretto (who lived for over 20 years in Venice).

    At 5 PM, rendezvous with your private chefs. First, you will enjoy an aperitif in a Venetian Bacaro. Venetians are Italy’s biggest cocktail drinkers, and there are hundreds of charming “Bacari” traditional Venetian bars. The Bellini is probably the most famous Venetian cocktail, invented at Harry’s Bar (Ernest Hemingway’s home away from home), made of Venetian Prosecco and fresh peach juice.

    After your snack, your charming chef will lead you through the cobblestoned streets of Venice to a private palazzo, where you will enjoy a hands-on cooking class of Venetian specialties. After the class, you will sit down with your chefs and enjoy the meal you have helped prepare, along with excellent local wines.

  2. Venice

    Privately Guides Tour of Rialto & Cooking Class

    Delicious prepared Sarde in Saor in private cooking class
    Delicious prepared Sarde in Saor in private cooking class
    • 5* Ultra Luxury Hotel on Private Island, Venice
    • Full breakfast, Wine Tasting, Full Lunch with Wine
    • Taxi Boat

    Today, you have a few culinary treats in store! Your chefs will meet you in the reception of your hotel or in Saint Mark’s, and you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the Rialto market. You will learn how the Venetians select their fresh produce, seafood, and meat, and you will purchase the materials for your next cooking class.

    From the colorful canal side market, you will carry on to a beautiful private palazzo for your last cooking lesson of the short break. But first, Francesca will delight you with a Wine Tasting of goodies from Friuli and the Veneto. Friuli is Francesca’s passion and you will taste something special and unique from this beautiful, mountainous region. The Veneto wine region is a vast area that includes the vineyards of Soave, Valpolicella, and Bardolino. Fresh, light whites are made in Soave, while reds such as Amarone (a rich, delicious “Passito” style red wine) are made in the Valpolicella sub-zones. Prosecco is made just near Venice, and you will enjoy an aperitif before lunch.

    You will prepare a magical three-course lunch under the guidance of your friendly instructors, sipping wine as you cook, and you will then all sit down to enjoy it.

    After your cooking class and lunch, you have one last treat today: a 2-hour gourmet walking tour of Venice (with an excellent guide), with an interesting explanation given on Venetian cuisine and the many influences from the west and east.

    After the tour, the rest of the evening is on your own. For dinner, we recommend the typical Venetian wine bars, or for something more formal a dinner at the seafood restaurant Da Fiore. Enjoy!

  3. Venice

    Discover the delights of Venice on Foot

    Traditional Venetian Carnival masks
    Traditional Venetian Carnival masks
    • 5* Ultra Luxury Hotel on Private Island, Venice
    • Full breakfast
    • Taxi Boat

    Today is a completely free day for you to discover Venice on your own. Shopping is fabulous in Venice, and you can pick up handmade Venetian carnival masks, blown glass from the island of Murano, handmade marbled paper, velvet slippers, unique gold jewelry and of course gourmet goodies (wine, Olive Oils, Amaretto cookies, artisan pasta) are all great buys in Venice. Not to mention high fashion- Ferragamo, Versace, Armani.

    Venice offers a lifetime of sightseeing, but if you only have a short amount of time, here is a quick orientation of the city. The main island is broken into different pedestrianized neighborhoods. These include San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Cannaregio (where Marco Polo was born), and Castello. Some particularly special places include the Basilica of San Marco, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Ca’ Pesaro, la Scuola Grande dei Carmini, the Peggy Guggenheim museum, and of course the “Accademia” (which houses the largest collection of Venetian art in existence).

    Also very interesting is the “Ghetto”, the ancient Jewish quarter in Cannaregio. Finally, the islands of the lagoon are very charming. You can visit Murano and see how glass is blown, or see an ancient 7th-century church in Torcello. Venice will always delight and there are so many things to see and do. If you just feel like relaxing, then head to Harry’s Bar for a refreshing “Bellini”!

  4. Venice

    End of Tour

    Buon Viaggio!
    Buon Viaggio!
    • None
    • Full breakfast
    • Taxi Boat / Privately Chauffeured Mercedes

    Full breakfast in your exquisite hotel with views of the Venetian Lagoon. Free time to enjoy the Spa, relax in the garden or pool or get in some last minute shopping in Venice. Airport transfer at your desired time. This concludes your gourmet vacation in Venice. Fino altra volta!

More information

If you would like us to customize an exclusive, luxury tour for you, get in touch with us and let us know your travel plans. We offer luxury food and wine tours for private groups of minimum 2 guests. All of our private, chauffeured tours are available year round upon request.

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Cellar Tours Private Luxury Food & Wine Tours

Cellar Tours

Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

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