Luxury spa-resort at the sea in a ‘Portofino’ setting. Famous castles, top wine-makers, beautiful Trieste.
Enjoy a new 5 star resort village just outside Trieste, with beaches, spa, well-equipped gym, restaurants, with some of the best wine-makers in all Italy nearby. Learn how to cook excellent Italian dishes. This tour has focus on relax and your re-generation in an unforgettable setting. You will also experience the cosmopolitan enjoyable ‘Vienna at the sea’ - Trieste.
Start the morning in the spa and the gym, eventually guided by a trainer. Good breakfast. Interesting excursions to satisfy your palate and eyes. There will be one of us, your ‘local friend’, sharing with you what we like to do and let you experience what the ‘do-it-yourself’ traveller most probably will not find on his/her own. Taking due account of each season. We are sure you will want to come back to this area, many times!
Why visit Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region? The small healthy region in the north-east of Italy is well-organized and has all that the country has to offer: short distances, sea, mountains, hills, historic villages, excellent food and wine, rich culture. And, it is free from the over-crowded mass-tourism that you will suffer in many other places. A new area to be discovered and enjoyed. Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and newest city; it only became part of Italy in 1954. A perfect base to discover also Istria in Croatia, Slovenia and Venice.
The tour exists in two versions, one defined departure dates were the group is composed of you and other individuals or small groups, or if you are some more people we can make a proposal for the period you prefer and where your group decides on how many stars the hotels should have.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on a fixed date if the significant number of participants is not reached.
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 winemakers 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 ferry during the warm season, otherwise by a minivan. Be As A Local has has developed a special guided tour in collaboration with a local historian. A cultural walk.
The tour will cover The Roman Trieste, The Imperial Trieste of the 1700 and the Habsburg Dynasty. Napoleon occupying the city three times. Trieste at the start of the 19th century and the First World War. Trieste during the Cold War as a ‘spy theatre’. Like Berlin, Trieste was an area split and under international military governance, for nine years. The central jeans market-place for Eastern Europe until the break-down of Yugoslavia. We will reveal several of the city's secrets to you on this tour.
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 Mittel-Europa 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).
There 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. During the lunch at the osmizze, an entertaining presentation on a surprising subject.
A visit to the Miramare Castle. The brother of the Emperor had built this land-mark of Trieste manor worthy of his status, before leaving to become the king of Mexico. Thereafter a cooking class.
For dinner, you will enjoy what you prepared together.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Trieste. Transfer to the airport.
Since we don't know to which airports that the tour participants will arrive to and therefore the related transfer cost, airport transfers are not included in the fixed tour price, Be As A Local will upon travel information from each traveler, book the transfer service that should be paid with a credit card in the minivan. You may choose whether to be alone in the minivan, or to share it with other passengers (cheaper).
Should you want to extend your visit, for example to arrive the day before the tour starts, or remain some time after the tour, Be As A Local would be happy to provide you with accommodation. You may then also benefit from the day excursion, cooking class, painting class and other offers that we have.
We may propose special, customized tours and events for groups, firms, organizations in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. Through our network, we may offer events and tours in most of Italy
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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