Exploring Sicily from West to East”, you will have the chance to visit the cities of Palermo, Cefalù, Erice, Agrigento, Ragusa, Siracusa, Mt. Etna and Taormina.
- Day 1: Arriving in Palermo
Private Transfer from Palermo Airport to the downtown area. Overnight stay.
- Day 2: Palermo’s food markets and Monreale (Breakfast & Street food tasting)
Breakfast in hotel. Then, meet with your driver and local guide. Today, you will visit the “centro” of this fascinating town and see its food markets such as “Il Capo” and “Ballarò”, escorted by your local tour guide, who will illustrate the intricate history and customs of Palermo. These street food markets are the symbol of Palermo. You will see the meat and fish sellers as well as the vegetables, fruit and spices sellers. Here, you will taste typical street food such as “pani ca meusa”, “panelle”, “arancini” and more.
Today’s lunch will be at your leisure. Then, drive to Monreale to discover the Arab-Norman splendour of the Cathedral and Cloister.After this visit, you will return to your hotel and stay overnight.
- Day 3: Cooking class and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Breakfast, Lunch, Olive oil and wine tasting & Dinner)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and leave for Castelvetrano, a Sicilian town well known for its great Extra Virgin Olive Oil production. You will arrive at the “Antica Tenuta Estate” to visit the oil mill. Hands on Cooking class and lunch with olive oil tasting in the garden.
In the afternoon, a special tour is planned on the road between Trapani and Marsala. This coastline is characterized by the salt pans which are large salt water pools divided by narrow strips of land, where for centuries salt has been produced. You will then be taken to Marsala to accommodate in a boutique hotel with an organic winery. You will then proceed to visit their winery and enjoy a wine tasting during the dinner.
- Day 4: Erice “Maria Grammatico’s pastry shop” (Breafast & Pastry tasting)
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Baglio. Today you will visit your first Greek temple in the middle of the countryside at Segesta with a local guide. Then drive to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town perched on a hilltop 2000 feet in altitude with a sweeping view of the western Mediterranean Sea.Then, you will stop at Maria Grammatico’s (book: Bitter Almonds, by Mary Simeti) world famous pastry shop to taste her almond sweets, “genovesi” and nougat while toasting with a glass of Marsala wine. You will then have lunch on your own time wherever you feel. Finally, you will return to the hotel and stay overnight.
- Day 5: Valley of the Temples (Breakfast & Picnic lunch)
Breakfast and check-out of hotel. Today, you head South-East towards Agrigento to visit the beautiful Valley of the Temples and the beautiful Garden of Kolymbetra where you will have a picnic lunch.
- Day 6: Sant’Angelo Muxaro “Country life” (Breakfast, Lunch & Tastings)
Breakfast and departure from the hotel to the nearby village Sant’Angelo Muxaro for an archaeological walk with our local tour guide through the countryside and its magnificent nature. You will visit the largest and oldest Tholos Tomb in Sicily (300 B.C.). Your guide will then take you to a bakery to taste homemade biscuits and cookies. Then, you will visit a shepherd’s house to taste soft pecorino cheese and ricotta, still warm. This walking itinerary really takes you far from the classic tourist routes.
- Day 7: Piazza Armerina and Siracusa (Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. This morning, you will leave the coast to venture in the inland of Sicily. You will be taken to Piazza Armerina to admire the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale with a local guide. Afterwards, you will depart for Siracusa. Until the Arab conquest of 878, Siracusa was the capital of Sicily. We will visit with a local guide the Ear of Dyonisus and the Greek Theatre, in the impressive Archaeological Park. You will visit with a local guide the “Ear of Dyonisus” and the Greek Theatre, in the impressive Archaeological Park. Then, you will walk through the historical center on the Ortigia Island to admire the Cathedral, constructed over the ancient Temple of Athena (still visible), and the Aretusa fountain surrounded by giant Papyrus plants.
- Day 8: Modica & Noto Enjoy Chocolate! (Breakfast, Chocolate tasting & Granita tasting)
Breakfast and depart towards the Baroque area of Sicily, whose heritage, both for importance and beauty, has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In the morning we will visit the beautiful centre of Modica, a town built on the hill slopes with many stairs and steep little streets and the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. After lunch visit the town of Noto. You will do a walking tour of the historical centre and taste special Granita Siciliana (layered ice cake) at Caffe Sicilia with the great Chef Corrado Assenza.
- Day 9_ Mediterranean Garden and Taormina (B)
Breakfast and departure to Lentini to visit the famous Giardino del Biviere: a truly unique Mediterranean garden, illustrated by the owner Mrs Carla Borghese. Here we will have a relaxing walk through the citrus orchards, fully immersed in the fragrance of zagara (orange blossoms). Departure to Taormina an exquisite walled medieval town, visit the Greek Amphitheatre set on a hill overlooking the sea with the view of the Sea and Volcano. Overnight stay.
- Day 10_ Etna Volcano and Wine tasting (B, L & wine tasting)
Breakfast and departure to Mount Etna to explore the Volcano with a guided walking tour. Lunch at the lovely Gambino Winery, an ancient estate located on the slopes of the volcano. The farm is surrounded by extensive vineyards and has a panoramic view of both Mt. Etna and the sea. Return and Overnight stay.
- Day 11_ 2015 Arrivederci!! (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and leaving for Catania Airport.