Experience the best of epicurean Italy and San Francisco with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes Food Network Guided Vacation. These unique itineraries are a perfect blend of sightseeing, “By-Invitation-Only” events and leisurely exploration. With a limited number of departures, this is a unique opportunity to experience a trip of a lifetime.
In Italy, savor the iconic sights of Rome, including the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, with a local expert. Imagine walking in Rachael Ray’s footsteps through Siena and Monteriggioni in Tuscany. Complete the day with an authentic Tuscan feast at Villa San Michele in the hills of Chianti prepared by the villa owner’s daughter, a celebrated chef.
Discover the segreti (secrets) of Italian cuisine, from market to kitchen to table with the unparalleled guidance of a local chef. Stand alongside the locals for a cup of caffè macchiato, then gather your basket of ingredients and continue to a hillside retreat for a marvelous certified cooking class. Then savor the fruits of your labor with a grand meal amongst the olive trees.
Continue through the Emilia-Romagna region of Bologna to your final stop in the archipelago of Venice. Then take in the lavish Belle Époque beauty of your exquisite hotel on Venice’s famed Lido. With its vibrant frescos, lush gardens and superb spa, you’ll feel like a celebrity.
Closer to home, San Francisco and surrounding wine country is a gourmet’s dream. Its fruitful location is surrounded by verdant farmlands, lush vineyards and the roaring Pacific—and its eclectic mix of cultural influences deliver copious culinary treasures just waiting to be savored. Food Network will take you to the heart of the region’s epicurean spirit with its exclusive, behind-the-scenes Food Network Guided Vacations.
The weeklong journey begins in San Francisco with three days spent at the scenic bay front of the embarcadero, just a short distance from Fisherman’s Wharf and just steps from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where you will spend one morning with local culinary experts sampling delicacies like oysters, cured meats and other sustainable fare from vendors. You will visit “The Mission,” famous for its influential food scene offering everything from street vendors to Michelin starred restaurants.
After exploring the culinary and iconic sights of the city, your journey heads for the spectacular wine country of Northern California —world-famous Napa Valley and Sonoma. En route you will make a special stop at Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest continuously family run winery and home to Food Network’s portfolio of entwine wines. Here you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes garden and cellar tour with wine tasting followed by lunch in the lovely winery garden before heading to Napa, your home for the next four days.
You will have ample free time to explore Napa as you wish with the opportunity to enjoy a ride onboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, take in a hot-air balloon ride, or venture out for more wine tasting. No matter the destination, Food Network Guided Vacations, operated by Trafalgar, will take you on the culinary journey of a lifetime.
Select travel dates are available.