Little French Bakery Tastes Italy

October 11, 2018 to October 20, 2018


Join Susan Holding, The Little French Bakery, as she experiences the many flavors of Italy.  We begin in Bologna, heralded as Italy’s culinary capital, then on to historic Florence and Tuscany, with it’s wine soaked villages, swathes of olive groves and truffle fields.  You will experience a touch of ‘The Sweet Life’ on this incredible food-centric journey of Italy.


Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

Welcome to Bologna, Italy…the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Internazionale (or similar four-star hotel)
Meal: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Enjoy a full day excursion through the Emilia-Romagna area. The day includes a stop at a local small batch balsamic vinegar producer, wine tasting and a light lunch in Parma at a boutique farm.

Hotel: Hotel Internazionale (or similar four-star hotel)
Meal: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Bologna’s Quadrilatero Market and enjoy samples of local delights. Later, depart Bologna for Florence through the Tuscan landscapes to reach the spectacular renaissance city of Florence. Free time is allowed for lunch and then join a local guide to embark on a half-day walking tour of this most exquisite city, including a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Hotel: Hotel Ambasciatori (or similar four-star hotel)
Meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a wonderful cooking class with lunch. But first, shopping at a local market before class. Remainder of day is at leisure allowing ample time to shop and explore on your own all of the wonderful sights of Florence and the opportunity to experience fine Florentine cuisine.

Hotel: Hotel Ambasciatori (or similar four-star hotel)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Depart for the Chianti region of Italy for the next four nights. Enroute to the region enjoy touring the many beautiful sights that Tuscany offers. Upon arrival in San Gimignano you’ll enjoy a short walking tour. After, enjoy free time to explore and shop on own. Your included lunch is a culinary experience at a San Gimignano area “agriturismo” farm or ranch including wine. This evening, you are free to explore on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Palazzo San Niccolo (or similar four-star hotel)
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Today will be a leisure day of touring around the Chianti region. Enjoy olive tasting and wine tasting with free time for lunch in a local village. Dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Palazzo San Niccolo (or similar four-star hotel)
Meal: Breakfast

Today enjoy a full day excursion to Volterra. A local guide will escort you in the area for an all-encompassing tour of the region. Free time for lunch and leisurely sightseeing then on to Truffle Hunting and dinner at a Tuscan estate.

Hotel: Hotel Palazzo San Niccolo (or similar four-star hotel)
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Enjoy a morning of leisure to start your day. Later, depart for Greve and its surrounding attractions for lunch, shopping and exploring on your own. Visit a Greve area goat farm for cheese tasting. Tour and tasting at Castello di Verrazzano followed by a seven-course farewell dinner with wine.

Hotel: Hotel Palazzo San Niccolo (or similar four-star hotel)
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Arrivederci! Sadly, your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Florence airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Breakfast

Included Airfare

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Bologna, Italy and return from Florence, Italy including current air taxes and fees is include with air-inclusive package

Included Motorcoach Transfers

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations

Included Hotel Accomodations

  • Hotel accommodations for eight nights in four-star hotels (two nights Bologna, two nights Florence and four nights Tuscany) including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Highlights and Experiences

  • Visit to the Quadrilatero Medieval Market in Bologna to enjoy samples of local foods
  • Balsamic vinegar tasting
  • Parma area boutique farm tour with lunch featuring locally produced ingredients
  • Walking tour of Florence including admission to Accademia Museum & statue of David
  • Cooking class with lunch in Florence
  • Walking tour of San Gimignano (Tuscany)
  • Three-course agriturismo lunch near San Gimignano Olive oil and wine tasting in Tuscany
  • Truffle hunting in Tuscany
  • Extended visit to the walled hilltop town of Volterra
  • Cheese tasting and visit to goat farm in Greve

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Three Lunches
  • Three Dinners including a Welcome Dinner in Bologna, dinner at a Tuscan estate and a Farewell seven-course dinner in Tuscany

Included Transportation

  • Airport/hotel transfers in Bologna and Florence
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches for transportation and sightseeing

Included Tour Guides/Materials

  • Headset for guided walking tour in Florence
  • Fully escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information
Note: *Minimum group of 20 required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Land Only Package

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Land Only Package with Bus to Chicago

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy
Includes bus to Chicago

Air Inclusive Package

Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Bus to Chicago from Select Cities
Based on double occupancy

Deposit: $500 per person. Deposits are non-refundable. Please complete the Fox World Travel Registration form online.
Final Payment: Due no later than July 06, 2018

Not Included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

*Above prices are per person based on double or single occupancy.  Economy class flights are included in the air-inclusive pricing. All taxes and fees of $451.01 are included and subject to change. 

*You have the option of taking the land only price which means you book your own airfare.  Do not book airline tickets until you have been given confirmation from Fox World Travel that the tour will operate. A minimum of 20 guests is needed to operate this tour.

Round-Trip Airfare From Chicago O’Hare

Departure Flight From Chicago (October 11)

Depart on October 11, 2018 from O’Hare International Airport on Lufthansa 435 at 9:20 p.m. and arrive at Munich Airport at 1:00 p.m. +1 (Oct. 12)

Flight from Munich to Bologna (October 12)

Depart on October 12, 2018 from Munich Airport on Air Dolomiti 8242 at 3:15 p.m. and arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 4:15 p.m.

Flight from Florence to Munich (October 20)

Depart on October 20, 2018 from Florence Airport on Air Dolomiti 8195 at 12:55 p.m. and arrive at Munich Airport at 2:10 p.m.

Return Flight from Munich

Return home on October 20, 2018 from Munich Airport on Lufthansa 434 at 3:35 p.m. and arrive at O’Hare International Airport at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 20 passengers is needed for the group air. 

Luggage Fees: See airline website for luggage fee rates. Please check Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti Airlines luggage policies for International travel.  See checked baggage fees here.

The road to the Little French Bakery has taken many turns.

I’m an RN, BSN, MBA who followed a dream, went to Paris, and earned the Diplome to Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. The courses spanned over two years. I loved my experience at Le Cordon Bleu. It was hard, tiring and very rewarding. Every time I’m back in Paris, I visit the school. I really wish I could have met Julia Child. She made such an impact on cooking and cuisine in the U.S.

I love to travel. Whether it’s a few hours away to Door County, or across the globe, I’m ready for an adventure. Our trips always include a taste of the local foods. We love spice!  I hope you’ll join me as we explore the world.

Susan also teaches pastry classes at her kitchen, The Little French Bakery, which has been featured in radio, TV, Madison Magazine,  BRAVA Magazine, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Isthmus Newspaper and Spoonful Magazine.

A valid passport is required with a validity of 6 months beyond the return date of the tour.

Cancellation Fees:

  • Date of Deposit to July 06, 2018 – Initial deposit of $500 per person
  • From July 7 to August 9, 2018 – 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • From August 10, 2018 to date of departure – No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

*Additional cancellation fees may apply depending on airline or supplier requirements.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-800-369-8785