Autumn colors. Luxury wellness and spa tour in a ‘Portofino’ setting outside Trieste. Famous castles, top wine makers, beautiful Trieste. Cooking classes. 5 days.
Arrival Thursday, departure Monday. Accommodation in a 5*L hotel in the “new Portofino” a few kilometers outside Trieste.
Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in and meet your ‘local friend’. Afternoon free to enjoy the village, its spa and pool. Welcome drink and dinner.
Breakfast, wakeup of body and soul in the spa & wellness centre. We will visit the next-door Castle of Duino and do the Rilke panoramic cliff walk. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote his famous Elegies during his visits to the Castle. Lunch in a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, visit to the cellar of one of the best wine makers in Italy. Dinner in the hotel.
After breakfast and your wakeup in the spa & wellness centre, you will enjoy the nice coast the way to Trieste by a ferry. The guide will tell you the story of how Trieste, having been made a free port by the Austrian Hungarian Emperor, which it still is, grew into a multi-ethnic dynamic city. Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan city today. You will visit the historic cafés and have lunch in a buffet restaurant that the New York Times found it worth to write a page about. And a tasting of the typical local and mid-European cakes. In the afternoon, a visit to a coffee manufacturer and a course in coffee tasting and making. Dinner in a nearby restaurant.
After a pleasant morning in the spa & wellness centre, we will walk the panoramic Napoleonica path from Opicina to Prosecco (four kilometers where you will discover the “osmizza”. In 1784, the Emperor Joseph II of Habsburg authorized the local farmers to sell their homemade wine, cheese and ham from their homes for a period of eight days a year. The name reflects the Slovene word for eight (osem). The osmizze is a favorite ‘waste of time’ for the Triestini. At the osmizze, an entertaining presentation on a surprising subject. After the lunch, visit to the Miramare Castle. Thereafter a cooking class with a local chef. For dinner, you will enjoy what you prepared together.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Trieste. Transfer to the airport.
Transfer from & to Trieste airport
Hotel with breakfast.
Lunch and dinner including normal quantity of drinks, coffee, tastings, where indicated in the program
Transfers during the program
Guides and local tour leader
Entrance costs to attractions
Courses and course material
Medical treatment if needed
Telephone and minibar in the hotel
All not mentioned above as included, is excluded