Water and wine tour at the Spas and Euganean Hills
You are in the green heart of the Euganean Hills Park, at the Euganean Spas, the oldest in Europe, in an unique place with infinite opportunities for knowledge and relaxing.
An archipelago of volcanic islands, the hills separated by fresh valleys, a suitable sun exposure and the right mixing between sedimentary and volcanic rocks are the peculiarities of the Euganean Hills that give liveliness, finesse and pleasant taste to the wine and a high quality to the olive oil.
What you can’t miss on this trip:
- The tasting of volcanic wines, extra virgin olive oil and local products,
- The oldest spas in Europe,
- Naturalistic aspects of these modest hills of volcanic origin,
- The Venetian Villas built during the Renaissance,
1st day Euganean spas
Your arrival is at the Hotel Abano Ritz 5 * located at Abano Terme.
A sommelier presents the Euganean Hills area as a wine-growing region, with geological and pedoclimatic peculiarities, types of wine and local vines.
Free walking through the pedestrian area of Abano Terme.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
2nd day Venetian Villas and rowing boat
After breakfast, private transfer to the old village of Valsanzibio with the Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani, one of the most precious jewels of the Euganean Hills with its seventeenth-century symbolic garden.
Visit the monumental Garden of Villa Barbarigo which, thanks to its monumental entrance, its water tricks, fountains, statues and its mysterious maze, is also known as the “Little Versailles” of the Euganean Hills.
Private transfer to reach a local winery where the producer will wait for you for a tasting: Venetian products (salami and cheese) paired with the wines he produces. Located on the slope of a hill, in a sunny position on limestone soil, the winery is known for one of the best yellow muscat DOCG in the area.
After a short transfer, you will leave by boat from the Catajo Castle like the noblemen of the past who navigated along the waterways from Venice or Padua to reach their villas here in the Euganean Hills. The trachyte, the volcanic stone, also started from here its journey to Venice to pave the Saint Mark’s Square. The cereals and wine barrels were shipped along waterways towards the rich Venetian markets.
The tour is by caorlina, a traditional Venetian wooden boat. The caorlina is a rowboat guided by the local club gondoliers.
Finally, you will have a guided tour of the Catajo Castle, the most visited private villa in the Veneto region, a real palace with original Renaissance frescoes, which has hosted extravagant parties, fake naval battles and illustrious guests for centuries.
Transfer back to the hotel to rest.
Dinner in a farmhouse / restaurant.
Day 3 Euganean Spas
The Euganean thermal baths of Abano and Montegrotto Terme constitute the largest thermal area in Europe. Rainwater infiltrates the subsoil and flows from the Small Dolomites for about 80 km at a depth of 3000 m, at high temperatures and pressures, enriches with mineral salts and geothermal energy to then spontaneously escape as thermal water in the eastern part of the Euganean Hills. The natural temperature of the water from 87 ° C is lowered and conducted in the thermal pools.
After breakfast, relaxing morning at your Hotel Abano Ritz to relax and recharge your batteries. After a muscle relaxant and decontracting thermal massage, you just have to enjoy the two semi-Olympic swimming pools, indoor and outdoor, thermal and communicating, with aqua Fitness corner, whirlpool area and cervical waterfall. Outside you have the hydroRelax tub. In addition to the swimming pools, the hotel also has a thermal steam sauna and a Turkish bath for the couple.
In the early afternoon visit of the deepest swimming pool in the world Y-40, full of thermal water, one of the Guiness records.
Transfer to a local winery for a tasting experience and meeting with the wine maker. The winery has a interesting history, now more than 40 years long, and has the dual purpose of safeguarding the natural environment and enhancing the “cru” details. In the large cellar, built inside the stone of the hill, they produce organically according to traditional production with spontaneous fermentations, no clarification and use of sulphites reduced to a minimum.
Return to the hotel and dinner.
4th day Arquà Petrarca and Villa dei Vescovi
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Arquà Petrarca and walking through one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Transfer to the magnificent Villa dei Vescovi will follow.
Light lunch at the Enoteca della Strada del vino and horizontal tasting of yellow muscat, the most typical grape of the Euganean area. A point of reference for Euganean food and wine, in this wine shop there are the products of the most important wineries, olive oil mills and organic bread-making producers in the Euganean Hills area.
Entrance and visit of the Villa, residence of the bishops of Padua for centuries, restored and open to the public by the FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano. The Villa is a noble residence inspired by the themes of classicism, which dialogues with the external landscape thanks to the frescoes of its loggias and internal environments.
Return in the afternoon to the hotel with private transfer.
Dinner in a farmhouse / restaurant.
5th day Olive oil
After breakfast, check out and transfer to visit an olive oil mill where the extra virgin olive oil of the Euganean Hills is produced and introduction to the oil tasting.
Greetings and departure for the airport.
Dates: all year on request
Price per person:
€ 930 per person for group of 4-7 people
4 nights in a 5* Spa hotel with breakfast
2 dinners (1st and 3rd day) in the hotel
2 dinners in a local farmhouse / restaurant (2nd and 4th evening)
Presentation and tasting of 3 wines in the hotel on the 1st day
2 lunches in cellars (2nd and 3rd day)
1 thermal massage 25 min, entrance to the thermal pools in the hotel (3rd day)
Horizontal Wine tasting (4th day)
Guide throughout the tour
Boat tour with gondoliers and guide
Visit olive oil mill and oil tasting
entrances to the Venetian villas: Giardino valsanzibio, Villa Vescovi, Castello del Catajo
transfer to and from the hotel as specified in the program
transfer to and from Venice airport with 7-seat minivan € 105 each way
Viaggiare curiosi – travel agency, bike rental and transfer
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