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Sardinia & The Costa Smeralda™

Sardinia Cooking & Wine Tour Tasting ~ 6 Day

Join Chef Savio on the island of Sardinia for hands-on cooking!  Shop with the chef, tour the outdoor marketplace and taste the local flavors of sunny Sardinia!

Islands often have a touch of mystery about them and Italy’s beautiful Sardinia is no exception. With its gorgeous white beaches, Mediterranean climate and delicious cuisine, Sardinia is a must see!  For the adventurous soul who wants to explore Sardinia’s hills to the food lover who wants to dive into its cuisine, the Costa Smeralda – from Sassari to Cagliari – offers something for everyone.

Cooking and food culture blend in Olbia near the Costa Smeralda for a one-of-a-kind food lover’s cooking tour.  Check into your charming hotel accommodations in the historic town amidst trattorias, wine bars, restaurants, artisan shops and historical landmarks.

During your stay, discover the secrets of local Sardinian cuisine while slicing, dicing, mixing and cooking.  Learn how to make fresh pasta and seasonal sauces, antipasti and local fish and meat.  And if vegetarian is your menu choice or gluten free, we accommodate any and all food allergies.

Learn how to mix and cut the famous fregola pasta with a hearty tomato sauce. Prepare fresh seafood and fish in slow-cooked pomodoro salsa. When you are not touring, you’ll visit an award-winning winery with wine tastings and Sardinian finger foods.  Join Chef Savio in hands-on cooking classes and pasta making classes along with warm-hearted locals in sunny Sardinia!

Cooking Classes In Sardinia

Tie on your apron and join Chef Savio in his Sardinian kitchen. His knowledge and know-how will have you cooking like a local in no time.  Together, you will learn how to make lasagne, ravioli, tortellini and tagliatelle. Main courses include zuppa di pesce, an assortment of fish in a creamy tomato sauce along with burrida, fish in a broth with celery, carrot, onion, and lemon, and aragosta alla Catalana, with lobster, tomatoes, onions, oil, and lemon. Desserts are a must, think papassini, biscotti perfect for dipping into coffee, tiliccas, a honey and toasted almond sweet, and seada, a flaky, fried pastry puff stuffed with ricotta, orange zest and herbs, and drizzled with honey.  Following the cooking classes everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with Sardinian wine and liqueur.

Sardinia

The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is as famous for its mountainous inland areas and its long stretches of white beaches.  Sardinia has a rich history of many invaders including the Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, then later colonized by the Pisans, Spaniards and Austrians, leaving their marks in architecture and food. The island offers an untouched countryside, with  highlands and coastline, along with numerous natural reserves where you’ll find herons, flamingoes, wild pigs, deer, Peregrine falcons, golden eagles and griffin vultures.

Town of Olbia

Charming Olbia is a town set in the province of Sassari just south of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.  It is known for its excellent local cuisine, splendid sea and beaches. The northern coast offers crystalline waters and a myriad of turquoise inlets. In the 7th century B.C. the Greeks arrived and gave the name Olbia, meaning happiness. But archeological findings suggest Olbia was first settled by the Phoenicians with other invaders who followed.  Guests come to Olbia for the food and wine and landmarks, including Basilica of San Simplicio and the Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago.  It is an interesting destination filled with restaurants, wine bars and artisan shops.

Sardinia Accommodations

Check into your 3-star deluxe hotel set in the heart of Olbia. It is conveniently located in the heart of the historic center and close to artisan shops, restaurants and wine bars.  Each room is beautifully decorated with comfortable beds, linens and an ensuite private bath.  There is free wireless internet access in the room, hair dryers and air conditioning. Breakfast is served daily and includes coffee, tea, juices, artisan cakes, biscotti, fruit, cheese and cereal.

Itinerary ~ 6 Days, 5 Nights

Day One: Arrival & Welcome

  • Transfer from Olbia airport or train station to the property.
  • Arrival & Check-in.
  • Welcome dinner, featuring Sardinian fare with local wine and liqueur included.

Day Two: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning free to relax or explore your surroundings.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 1.  Tie on your apron for your Sardinian cooking class preparing a full-course Sardinian fare lunch with local wine included.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class with local wine included.

Day Three: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, explore Olbia on your own.  Discover the ancient city and its history, landmarks and artisans shops.
  • Afternoon – Cooking class 2.  Tie on your apron for your Sardinian cooking class preparing a full-course Sardinian fare lunch with local wine included.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class with local wine included.

Day Four: Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Take the morning to shop, visit the beach or relax.
  • Afternoon – Cooking class 3.  Tie on your apron for your Sardinian cooking class preparing a full-course Sardinian fare lunch with local wine included.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class with local wine included.

Day Five: Wine Tour Tasting & Visit Costa Smeralda

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet your driver for a visit to an award-winning winery with wine tour, tastings with traditional finger foods and artisan cheese.
  • After the tour, drive along the Costa Smeralda for stops along the way to shop and take photos.  This excursion includes, a visit to the local market, San Pantaleo village, Archeo Site Nuraghe, (Bronze Age unique in the Mediterranean Sea), (Facoltative entrance ticket of 4 E not included, and  a panoramic tour of the Costa Smeralda, Cala di Volpe Bay, Porto Cervo, the Marina, Promenade du Port, and shopping area.
  • Return to the property.
  • Dinner is on your own with suggestions provided.

Day Six: Check-out & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check-out & transfer to Olbia airport/train station.

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations, based on 2 guests. Click to view!
  • Daily Breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome dinner, featuring a full-course Sardinian fare with local wine and liqueurs included.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with lunch or dinner to follow including the food that was prepared in the cooking class with wine included.
  • Full-day excursion to a winery with wine tour and tastings with traditional finger foods and artisan cheese; visit to the Costa Smeralda with driver included.
  • Round-trip transfers to Olbia airport / train station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, Prosecco and recipe booklet.
Program Prices

$2,395 per person, based on 2 guests. 

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available April to October. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.