The Prosecco Road and Beyond
Sparkling Wines, Fabulous Food, and Hidden Treasures
October 1 - 10, 2018
Join cooking instructor, cookbook author, television personality, and veteran European food traveler Molly Fowler, the Dining Diva on a “Road Less Traveled” fall tour through the Italian Prosecco region and Alpine food towns from Venice to Vienna!
For ten days, you’ll experience some of the world’s best food and wine in Italy and Austria! We’ll be starting and finishing in two of Europe’s most fascinating cities and in between, you’ll step off the tourist path to discover Renaissance towns and Roman cities… Austria’s best open-air market and Europe’s finest gourmet food store… castles and concerts, grappa and grapes – all at the best time of the year to visit!
You’ll visit the stately architecture and canals of Treviso… the Prosecco center of Conegliano… the beautiful Austro-Italian border city of Bolzano… and the Alpine valley town of Lienz.
Klagenfurt’s open-air mega-market introduces us to Austria; next is Graz, the eye-popping, castle-centered food capital of Austria. Feast your eyes and palate during a satisfying stay in the stately and charming city of Vienna before a gala dinner in the Vienna Woods!
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Trip Escorted by The Dining Diva, Molly Fowler!
At a Glance Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Venice
Day 2 - Strada del Prosecco
Day 3 - Treviso
Day 4 - Trento & Bolzano
Day 5 - Bolzano to Lienz
Day 6 - Lienz to Graz
Day 7 - Graz
Day 8 - Graz to Vienna
Day 9 - Vienna
Day 10 - Depart Vienna
Monday, October 1, 2018 - Arrive Venice
Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy some time at your leisure.
This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner* in the restaurant at Hotel Villa Soligo. You will have the opportunity to your fellow travelers before your excursion tomorrow.
Hotel Villa Soligo - Classical Double Room
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Strada del Prosecco
After breakfast, you will meet your English-speaking tour leader and private motor coach for an excursion to the Strada del Prosecco, a wine route off the tourist grid, named after the area's pride, that winds its way through fascinating landscapes and vineyards. Valdobbiadene, the heart of the route that lies on a slightly sloping plain, is protected by the mountains and enjoys a mild, dry climate. Near Valdobbiadene, you will stop in Crocetta del Montello to visit Villa Sandi, a Palladian style villa, a very important center for the production of local wines where you can enjoy a wine tasting.
Continue through the wide Valsana valley and into Follina, famous for the 12th century Abbey. The Abbey's origins go back to the 12th century when a group of Cistercians settled here and built this center, which is now a national monument. You will have time at leisure to explore the abbey on your own.
Enjoy lunch* at a restaurant in town before departing for Bassano del Grappa.
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Bassano del Grappa, an enchanting medieval town on the River Brenta. Prior to visiting the historic center, you have the opportunity to visit the prestigious distillery owned by the Poli family, which has been producing some of the best Italian grappa since 1898. Grappa is one of the most famous products of Veneto. After your tour of the distillery, enjoy a grappa tasting complemented by asparagus and olives. Your guide will then lead you through the old town, where you can peruse locally produced ceramics and jewelry; two of the important hand craft traditions of Bassano. Afterwards, cross the River Brento on the 16th century wooden Alpini Bridge, taking in the beautiful views of the mountains and countryside.
Today's dinner* will be at a restaurant near the hotel.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - Treviso
After breakfast, you will meet your English-speaking tour leader and private motor coach to depart on your excursion to Treviso, known for its Venice-like canals, Palladian Villas, and Renaissance Monuments. On your tour, visit the Piazza dei Signori, the political heart of the city filled with 13th century buildings and the Temple of St. Nicolò, which was the center of the religious power.
Following your tour of Treviso, you will learn about cheese production and taste the world-class results at a Cheese Factory. Enjoy lunch* here after your tour and tasting.
In the afternoon, explore neighboring village of Conegliano on your own.
Tonight, dinner* will be at a restaurant near the hotel.
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Trento & Bolzano
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your English-speaking tour leader who will assist you during the checkout operations.
On our way to Bolzano, we will stop in Trento, for a nice walk in the city center and a tasty lunch*.
After lunch, proceed to Bolzano to visit the permanent exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, dedicated entirely to Ötzi, the Iceman, a 5,300 year-old Alpine Mummy. This exhibition encompasses three floors of the Museum and displays everything of interest about the world’s most famous glacier mummy.
This evening, dinner* will be at the restaurant in Hotel Grief.
Hotel Greif - Classical Double Room
Friday, October 5, 2018 - Bolzano & Lienz
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your English speaking tour-leader who will assist you with hotel check-out.
Depart for the Grand Hotel Lienz.
Stop in a town along the way to stretch your legs and have lunch*.
Arrival at the Grand Hotel Lienz and enjoy the rest of you day at leisure.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Grand Hotel Lienz - Superior Suite
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Haidenhof, Klangenfurt & Graz
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your English-speaking tour leader who will assist you with hotel check-out.
Depart hotel and travel further east into Austria, stopping in the lake-side city of Klagenfurt for a tour. Surround yourself in its culture and history as you walk through Alter Platz, the oldest section of downtown Klagenfurt. Witness the 9th-century ‘Duke’s Chair’ and traverse the Neuer Platz where you'll spy Lindwurm, a dragon-like creature which has become the emblem of the city. Visit the Benediktinermarkt, the greatest street and food market in Austria.
After your tour, enjoy lunch* in a local restaurant followed by time at leisure to shop or explore further.
Afterwards continue to onto Graz, where you will check into your hotel.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Schlossberg Hotel Graz - Superior Room
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Graz
Discover Graz and its medieval Old Town's main square, Hauptplatz. Take the funicular up Schlossberg Hill, a natural spectacle and the best vantage point from which to view the entire city. Atop the hill you will encounter the remains of the Schlossberg fortress, which was the city’s main defense against attacking forces and still dominates the skyline today. From here you will also witness the Clock Tower, which has been a part of the landscape for over three centuries.
After lunch on your own, you will take a tour of the Styrian Armoury, a museum containing various historical armoury defenses, such as firearms, artillery, ammunition and even horse armoury. Your tour takes you through the many themes surrounding armed conflict and their influential and essential uses.
Dinner is on your own this evening.
Schlossberg Hotel Graz - Superior Room
Monday, October 8, 2018 - Graz & Vienna
This morning embark on a food tour of Graz, the culinary capital of Austria. Begin at the heart of Graz’s foodie culture, the Kaiser Josef Market. Beginning at 6 a.m., local farmers offer their produce out on the big market square, just behind Graz’s opera house. Here you will see everything the region is famous for: cured meats, scarlet runner beans, pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, crispy Graz lettuce and fresh farmer’s bread. During your tour taste some of the local foods and wines.
This afternoon depart your hotel for Vienna. Upon arrival explore the Imperial delights of Vienna on foot starting with a visit to the splendid Hofburg Palace complex, the famous winter residence of the Habsburg family who ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Afterwards, wander through the charming streets and hidden alleyways of the old town until you reach the gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, whose soaring structure enshrines the heart of Vienna. Stop for one of Vienna’s famous cakes in Demel before checking into your hotel.
Spend the remainder of your day at leisure. Today is the last day of the WienerWisenFest - the Annual Viennese fall festival!
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Le Meridien Vienna - Deluxe Courtyard Double Room
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Vienna
This morning stroll through the city center to the Vienna State Opera for a guided tour (rehearsal schedule permitting). Opened in 1869, it is widely considered as one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Afterwards visit the Mozarthaus, which occupies three floors, the centrepiece of which is the Baroque apartment on the first floor consisting of four large rooms, six small rooms, a kitchen and also contains a magnificent musical clock dating from around 1790. Mozart moved thirteen times during his ten years in Vienna but lived at this prestigious address from 1784 until 1787, during which time he composed The Marriage of Figaro. It was here that he received his friend and fellow composer Joseph Haydn and also taught the young Beethoven. After a guided visit, you will enjoy a short private piano concert in the Bösendorfofer Hall situated in the vaulted basement.
Enjoy lunch* at Café Central. This is a typical, charming Viennese coffee house where intellectuals used to meet and read the daily newspapers. Some spent so much time here that their mail was even delivered to this address.
This afternoon visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the vast summer residence of the Habsburgs, which takes its name from a beautiful spring found on the estate. The spectacular setting of the Palace and Gardens is a prime example of Baroque planning, comprising strict architectural symmetry further enhanced by its gardens with fountains, trees and alleyways. Your guide will lead you through a selection of staterooms belonging to the Empress Maria Theresa, who reigned for 40 years as the last of the Habsburg rulers in the Austrian Empire. You will also learn what life may have been like for her daughter, Marie Antoinette, who spent much of her childhood here.
Following your tour, experience a mouth-watering Apple Strudel demonstration in Schönbrunn Palace’s Café Residenz. Admire the skills of a professional sugar baker as they create the world-famous Viennese Apple Strudel and let you in on some insider secrets to this Viennese bakery tradition, prior to sampling the delicious delicacy.
This evening travel through the Vienna Woods to a gala farewell dinner at a traditional Heuriger. A special way of consuming wine, the Heuriger has developed in Vienna due to the vineyards being so close to the city. Enjoy a traditional dinner* at Hof Zimmermann, a family run Heuriger wine restaurant, accompanied by traditional Viennese Schrammel music played on the accordion and violin.
Le Meridien Vienna - Deluxe Courtyard Double Room
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Depart Vienna
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
*All included lunches will serve a 2-course menu with one (1) glass of wine/beer, soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee. All included dinners will serve a 3-course menu with one (1) glass of wine, soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.
Pricing - All rates are per person
Double Occupancy - $6,629.00 per person
Single - $7,739.00 per person
*Pricing based on a minimum of 20 travelers
Deposit & Final Payment
A deposit of $1,000.00 per person is required to confirm your reservation. $350.00 per person is non-refundable upon deposit.
An invoice will be mailed for your final payment, which is due June 18, 2018.
Deposit by March 19, 2018 to guarantee flyer rates and your space on this trip of a lifetime!
Tour Package Includes:
*Includes one (1) glass wine/beer, soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee
**Includes one (1) glass of wine, soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee
Tour Package Does Not Include:
Terms & Conditions
1. CONTRACTING PARTIES
These Terms and Conditions are legally binding between the traveler(s) and Beyond Group Travel, herein after referred to as BGT and Abercrombie & Kent, herein after referred to as A&K.
2. ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS
PLEASE NOTE: Acceptance of a quotation from BGT constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions which take effect immediately.
All accommodation, room type(s) and specification are as shown in the itinerary.
Meals are as shown in the itinerary.
5. OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION:
This package is based on a Group Air Fare. After tickets are issued, penalties of up to 100% may be levied if your reservations are changed or canceled. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged a revision fee and/or a higher fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
Accommodation and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond BGT & A&K’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued. BGT also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations to the itinerary or the tour inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable, and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control.
In case of any appreciable variation in the tour price due to these circumstances, BGT reserves the right to make adjustments to the tour costs as necessary.
7. SPECIAL REQUESTS:
Specific requests should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure special requests, however; they cannot be guaranteed.
Transportation will be as specified in the itinerary.
A&K provides handling of baggage only as specified in the itinerary. Weight restrictions for baggage on some routes on internal/domestic flights may apply; details of which will be provided with pre-tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the tour and BGT & A&K assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Baggage insurance is strongly advised.
Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions and fees applicable to your international flight.
10. TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
Hotel taxes as imposed by city and state governments are included. Airport taxes are included where specified in the itinerary.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, & porters, and Tour Managers are included in this program for tour inclusions.
11. PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS:
The tour price includes planning, handling and operational charges and is quoted based on the current rates of exchange and tariffs. Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing tours are also included in this price. This price is subject to revision in line with significant changes in foreign currency, tariff rates, taxes etc.
The cost of obtaining passports, visas, excess baggage charges, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, fax charges and excess baggage charges unless expressly included in writing, are not included in the tour price.
BGT reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a program with BGT, travelers agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Travelers who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to BGT prior to final payment and they will be exempted from this photography waiver clause.
A deposit of $1,000.00 per person is required at the time of reservation. The remainder of the tour cost is payable by June 18, 2018. If the reservation is made after June 18, 2018, the entire tour price must be paid at the time of confirmation.
15. PAYMENT METHOD:
Payments will be made to BGT may be made by the following methods:
• Credit card – AMEX, VI, MC, DI
• Check – made payable BGT
15.1 For payment by credit card BGT reserves the right to charge a levy of up to 4% should credit card companies modify policy.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
16.1 Cancellations received between the date of booking and March 16, 2018 will result in the loss of $350.00 per person.
16.1.1 Cancellations received between March 17, 2018 and June 18, 2018 will result in loss of complete deposit.
16.1.2 Cancellations received from June 19, 2018 up to program departure will be subject to forfeiture of entire tour price.
16.2 Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used.
16.3 The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.
16.4 BGT & A&K reserves the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred as a result of cancellation.
17. CLAIMS AND REFUNDS:
Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY clause below. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 90 days of the termination of the program. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made for unused sightseeing trips or meals. A&K will not accept any liability for any claims that are not received within 90 days of the termination of your program. All claims for days missed while travelling should be made in writing within 90 days of the program.
18. LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY:
BGT & Abercrombie & Kent, its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns (collectively A&K), does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip with the exception of a limited number of vehicles. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers (including from time to time other affiliated Abercrombie & Kent companies). All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, BGT and A&K are not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person.
In addition and without limitation, BGT & A&K are not responsible for any injury, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection to the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transport mechanism to arrive or depart on time.
There are many inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here, which can lead to illness, injury or even death. These risks are increased by the fact that these trips take place in remote locations, far from medical facilities. Passenger assumes all such risks associated with participating in this trip.
18.1 In the event of a cancellation or material alteration to the trip as a result of the circumstances as described in this clause BGT & A&K may in their sole and absolute discretion:
a) offer the traveler(s) alternative travel arrangements or products of comparable standard as may be appropriate in the circumstances; or
b) if alternative travel arrangements or products are not offered by A&K, A&K will make a prompt proportional refund of monies paid by the traveler.
18.2 BGT & A&K may charge a reasonable fee to cover the administration costs associated with providing alternative travel arrangements or products.
18.3 If a material alteration becomes necessary within 90 days of the departure date for any reason other than the circumstances described in this clause, A&K will endeavor to offer comparable products or a full refund of all monies paid by the traveler(s).
19. HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:
Please ensure that you consult your personal physician about anti malaria precautions and other inoculations and vaccinations before travel. Where applicable, please ensure that whilst travelling you carry a valid Yellow Fever certificate.
20. TRAVEL ADVISORIES/WARNINGS:
It is the responsibility of travelers to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to their respective government agencies. In the event of an active State Department or government agency Travel Warning against travel to specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.
21. TRAVELLERS’ REPRESENTATIONS:
Traveler(s) represent(s) that neither he nor anyone traveling with him has any physical condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or other members of the tour. BGT & A&K reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the sole expense of the traveler, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip.
22. AIR TRANSPORTATION:
Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event occurring while passengers are not on board their aircraft. International air carriers are also subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. These limitations of liability are explained on the e-ticket or on the reverse of the airline ticket and when issued, this constitutes the sole contract between the respective air carrier(s) and their passengers.
23. PASSPORT & VISAS
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry.
Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. BGT & A&K cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.
24. TRAVEL INSURANCE:
BGT & A&K strongly recommend all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to date of travel. This insurance should cover cancellation and curtailment, all medical expenses including evacuation/repatriation, personal baggage, personal liability, death and permanent disability and travel document insurance. BGT & A&K cannot be held responsible for any costs arising from such loss or injury.
25. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT:
Any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on BGT & A&K’s Responsibility clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled in the first instance by binding arbitration in the applicable legal forum as detailed in clause 26 of these Terms and Conditions. In lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means.
Arbitration is the exclusive forum in the first instance for dispute resolution and except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees.
26. APPLICABLE LAW AND FORUM:
This agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with, and shall be governed by the laws of Europe. It is agreed between BGT & A&K and the travelers that all lawsuits against BGT & A&K arising under, in connection with, or incidental to the tour shall be filed, if at all, in the courts of Europe to the exclusion of the courts of or in any other country or jurisdiction.
Join Beyond Group Travel and The Dining Diva, Molly Fowler, on this small group journey.
Optional Air Package
Air Packages are available from Houston (IAH) and Raleigh (RDU). Other cities are available upon advance request. A minimum of 10 passengers required per departure city.
U.S. Passports & International Travel
This itinerary requires a valid passport and it must be valid for six (6) months before departure.
Access the U.S. Department of State for up to date information and requirements for traveling to Italy and Austria.
Familiarize yourself with health and immunization requirements/suggestions for your destinations at the Center for Disease Control's Website.
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