2018 Tour Dates

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All Inclusive Small Group, Privately Guided Tours

Traveling with Chef Dawn and her husband Fred is like traveling to Italy with family.   Group size ranges from 8-18 and everything is included once you arrive in Italy at your pick up point. Dawn and Fred were married in Venice 25 years ago and have been hosting travelers to Italy ever since. Twelve years ago, Dawn collaborated with the Small Restaurant Association giving her access and entry into the most beautiful family owned Trattoria’s and Inns throughout Italy. Through the years their Italian friends have become family sharing their love and passion for each region that Dawn Tours. These friends are with you around the clock and will become your friends too.

All the guides working with Cooking with Dawn Tours, LLC are experts at living “La Dolce Vita” and living in the moment! They are passionate about food, wine, art,architecture, history, hospitality and the beauty that surrounds them. Their passion will become your passion, their town will become yours! Dawns’ tours take you away from the maddening crowds and into the hearts of the local villages.

You’ll meet chefs, and local experts in all the arts. Even though your tour may only be a week or less, the tour starts the day you sign up. Dawn will share travel tips, reading lists, history, art, photographs and recipes that will prepare you for an amazing journey to Italy. Dawn believes the journey is just as important as the destination.  An it’s the journey that teaches you about the destination. Here’s toast to living “La Dolce Vita!”

Sunrise Over Venice


Sunset Over Tuscany

2018 Tour Dates

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7 Night "Jazz Under the Tuscan Moon"

July 28th to August 4, 2018

This magical week is an immersion into Tuscan landscape, an inspirational sojourn for body, mind and soul…with quiet morning meditations, world-class jazz performances each evening, gourmet cuisine, day trips to hilltop villages, local artisans and vineyards, picnics in olive groves, frescoed chapels and much more. 

This  Tour”  Includes:

  • Transfers to and from the  Hilton Garden Inn Florence
  • 7 nights 4-star resort 
  • Breakfast and Dinner, some lunches
  • Wine with meals
  • All jazz concerts, activities, excursions and tastings.
Price-$3,920 double occupancy)
Price-$475 (Single Fair Supplement)

3 Night Viva Venezia "Mini Tour"

September 11th – 14th, 2018  (Tuesday – Friday)

 Visiting Venice, Italy in the early fall is the very best time to see this magical city. It is a place where everything is enchanting and even the most beautiful photographs will never capture the true feeling of being there. This 3 day mini tour is a fabulous way to truly get to know  Venice behind the scenes  in a small group setting. It is ideal before or after a Mediterranean Cruise.

This “All Inclusive Tour”  Includes:

  • Airport Transfers to and from the Marco Polo Airport or Train Station in Venice.
  • 3 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Venice, Garden District.
  • Tour leader with group 24/7
  • Daily tours of Venice, Murano and Burano. Private tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Doges Palace, the Opera House, Centuries old glass factories,  tour of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge with local guides just for our group.
  • Start each day with fabulous breakfast and morning stretch in the park.
  • Lunch with famous Chef Alvise Ballarin of the Trattoria Laguna.
  • Sunset Cruise in the lagoon overlooking the island of Burano and Venice
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.
Price-$1,650(double occupancy)
Price-$375 (Single Fair Supplement)

7 Night Splendors of Tuscany

September 15th-22nd, 2018  (Saturday-Saturday)

Spend a week in Tuscany with a Tuscan family. Stay in 4-star  12th century monastery.   Enjoy the local food, wine, art, architecture and culture. Daily excursions, sightseeing and more. Travel with our executive  chef to markets, learn Italian cooking secrets, and savor the region’s most beautiful  gardens, vineyards and hilltop towns.  Meet Italy’s most famous butcher while dining in his private dining room.

This “All Inclusive Tour”  Includes:

  • Airport Transfers to and from the Florence Peretola Airport to the resort. All ground transportation for during the week.
  • 7 nights, 4 star accommodations.
  • 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinner, all wines included.
  • Daily excursions and local guides just for our group.
  • Morning and afternoon walks, and yoga if desired.

Spa Treatments and Hot Air Balloon rides for an additional cost

Price-$3,650 (double occupancy)
Price-$400 (Single Fair Supplement)