Small-Group, Privately Guided Tours

There are vacations and then there are journeys.....unforgettable escapes,  you be talking about it for the rest of your life.  "Cooking with Dawn Tours, LLC"     
offers you a journey into the heart and soul of Italy. The food, the wine, the art, the hospitality, and the beauty that IS ITALY!!!

Traveling with Chef Dawn and her husband Fred is like traveling to Italy with a family member.  She and  Fred were married in Venice 25 years ago                         
and have been hosting travelers to Italy ever since.  Fifteen 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!"

A small privately guided tour with like minded travelers will change your idea of  group travel forever!   This
magnificent week takes place in the picturesque Italian countryside, near Radda between Florence and Siena  in
the heart of Chianti in Tuscany.  This region is famous for a wealth of art, history, striking landscapes and
outstanding food and wine.

Your home for the week will be at the lovingly restored 12th century Borgo San Fedele,  a spectacular residence  
with all the comforts and furnishings of a 4 star boutique hotel.  The proprietors, Nicolo and his wife Renata, and
Chef Andrea will be our guides for the week sharing with us their home, friends, love, and passion for this area
and all it’s offerings.   Check out their website
Borgo San Fedele     Enjoy their wonderful story, and  photo’s of
this amazing property.

It’s a beautiful itinerary with day trips to the surrounding medieval towns for art, history, and shopping. We will
visit markets, wineries, olive oil groves, and cheese makers for tastings and private tours.   
We’ll be wined and dined, and treated like royalty as we immerse ourselves into what the Italian’s call “The
Sweet Life” igniting all our senses and leaving us inspired and renewed!

Tour limited “Fun Loving Travelers" only!!!

Price:  $3,450 * per person (double occupancy) /single fare supplement $400

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers from Florence and all transportation throughout the week.

  • Local guides and tours each day for the most intimate and up close experience.

  • 7 nights 4-star accommodations.

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, house wines included with dinner.

  • Revel in the Renaissance art, history and beauty of Sienna

  •  Taste wines between the vines in Radda and Montalcino

  • Sample Pecorino cheese in Pienza

  • •Enjoy a Tuscan olive oil tasting with fresh pressed olive oil

  • •  Enjoy  (2) hands-on cooking classes

  • • Spend an afternoon in the splendid tower town of  San Gimignano

Seven glorious days of sensory overload!

Not included:
(*) Airfare to and from Florence, Travel Insurance or Personal Expenses.

For more info contact Chef Dawn Bause @ or call  313-618-6559

3 Night "Viva Venezia" Mini Tour
The Ultimate Venice Experience
with Chef Dawn and Venetian Glass Historian
September 24th-27th, 2017 (Sunday-Wednesday )

All-Inclusive!! (Room, Meals, Wine, Excursions, Ground Transportation and Private Guides

Venice, Italy  is one of the most  historic, scenic and alluring destinations in the world! Built entirely on water
this remarkable Byzantine city, dating back to the 5th Century, will awe you with it’s magical beauty.    Dawn
Bause was married there 23 years ago and has been specializing in "boutique tours" in Italy for over 20 years.  
The best description of this tour is a  "Life changing event!"  

You will savor the art, history, food, and wine of this region with local artists, artisans, chefs, and their families  
and friends.  You will get an up close and personal look at the real Venetian  way of life, and you'll get lots of
exercise   and fresh air.  You can easily get in your 10,000 steps in each day of this tour.  

Because this is a small group the personalized attention, and authentic experience that it offers  is priceless!

You’ll stay in a luxurious hotel in the garden area of Venice, a lovely 15 minute walk from St. Mark's Square.      
We will sight see with local guides, and long time friends.  We'll visit the famous fish and vegetable market with
a Chef, and participate in a cooking class.

You visit the  islands of Torcello, Burano and Murano.  And, if you’re so inclined attend an opera at the famous
Venetian Opera House “La Fenice”.   

Sight see, souvenir shop until your hearts content or just walk and along the streets of Venice.   By week's end
you'll feel like a true Italian, and take home more than just wonderful memories.

So so many of our past travelers tell us over and over again that "This is the trip to Italy, they had always
dreamed of!"

Tour limited to Fun Loving Foodies Only!!!

Price: $1,650 per person/double occupancy / single fare supplement $375

Tour Includes:
  • Airport Transfers to and from the Airport in Italy
  • 3 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Venice, Castello District
  • Daily Historical walking tours of Venice / Private tour of St. Mark's Cathedral
  • Morning stretch class in park
  • Local market tours and shopping
  • A Cooking Class with Chef Alvise Ballarin of the Trattoria Laguna
  • Excursions to the  islands of  Torcello, Murano and Burano
  • Sunset Cruise in the lagoon overlooking the island of Burano and Venice
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.  

(*) Not Included:  Airfare to and from Venice, Travel Insurance or Personal Expenses

For more info contact Dawn Bause at (313) 618-6559 or at  her email
Viva Venezia Tour Slide Show "Click Here"
Small group privately guided tours & tastings
A vacation that will change your life!
Tour and Taste Italy with Travel Expert and Chef Dawn Bause   
Sunrise over Venice
Sunset over Tuscany
Tour Dates for 2017
7 Night "August in Tuscany & The Splendors of Tuscany Tour"
Two great tours in 2017

  • August 5th-12th (Sat-Sat) "August in Tuscany"

  • September 30 - October 7th, 2017 (Sat-Sat) "The Splendors of Tuscany"

  • Early Bird Discount until December 31st, 2016 !!!

All-Inclusive!! (Room, Meals, Wine, Excursions, Ground Transportation and Private Guides