ART, FOOD & WINE IN SICILY
- Duration:10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS
- Countries Visited:Italy
- Highlights:Catania, Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Marsala, Palermo
- Tour Inclusions:
- Roundtrip airfare NYC/Rome/Catania x Palermo/ Rome/NYC
- Transportation by luxury air conditioned motorcoach.
- First Class hotel accommodations
- Buffet breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as noted.
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Farewell dinner with wine and folklore show.
- Wine tastings as per itinerary
- All admission charges and local taxes
- English speaking tour escort.
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
- Select International Travel Portfolio
Day 1 – Depart USA
Depart USA on an overnight flight to Catania, via Rome.
Day 02- Catania- Taormina
Welcome to Sicily. You arrive Catania Airport where you are greeted by your tour escort and are trasfered by private bus to Taormina area and accommodation at the hotel. You have the afternoon to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight Taormina. (D)
We travel this morning through the slopes filled with incredible varieties of fruits and vegatebales to visit Mt. Etna. Arriving at an altitude of 2,500 feet, we have a perfect view of the three Silvestri Craters and the River of Lava. We proceed after this brethatking sight to a local winery producing the famous Etna D.O.C. wines for a tour with wine tasting and a rustic lunch. In the afternoon, we travel to the Riviera Coast for short visit to the Baroque town of Acireale, the fishermen village of Acitrezza, linked to the myth of Ulisses, and to Acicastello with the ruins of its Norman Castle, rising from the sea. Overnight Taormina. (B.L.D.)
Day 04- TAORMINA
We visit the Baroque town of Catania where we have a tour of the Duomo and its typical open air market brimming with everything from vegetables to trendy clothes, and the smelly, but uttelry fascinating fish market. Typical Catanese brunch at a local bar based on rustici and delicious granita. Afternoon is at leaisure to realx and explore Taromina. Tonight we have a cooking class of at La Cucina del Sole, followed by dinner featuring our own masterpieces of the Sun Kitchen. Overnight Taormina. (B.L.D.)
Day 05- TAORMINA
We visit an organic farm and its Mediterranean Garden: the farm cultivates oranges, lemons, tangerins, and produces marmalades and jams, liqueurs and olive oil. Continue to the famous natural spots of the Alcantara Gorges which is inside the farm: a basaltic lava gorge prism shaped during the millennia by the flow of the cold waters of the Alcantara river; if the water of the river is not high and if the weather permits it is possible to walk into the gorges by renting a pair of boots or waterproof overalls. A lunch of local produce and delicies will be served at the farm. In the afternoonwe have a walking tour of Taormina. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. Overnight Taormina. (B.L.D.)
Day 06- SIRACUSA
Full day visit to Syracuse Geological Zone with its archaeological area and the Baroque -style historical centre of Ortigia. We have a walking tour of the area, including the Greek Theater, The Roman Amphitheater, the Altar of Gerone, the Cave of Cordari and the Ear of Dionysius. Continue to the Medieval City, and the Cathedral. Afternoon return to Taormina. (B.D.)
Day 07-PIAZZA ARMERINA- AGRIGENTO
Our day starts with a citisit to Piazza Armerina to explore the the well preserved mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale. Proceed to visit the famous Valley of the Temples, the largest concentration of Greek ruins outside of Greece. Proceed to Agrigento for overnight. (B.D.)
We travel to the westernmost tip of the isaland and gourmet’s paradise. Marsala is, famous for its homonymous dessert wine appreciated all over the world. A short visit to the Museum “Baglio Anselmi” which houses an interesting underwater archeology section with the reconstruction of a 3rd century B.C. Punic ship, as the only one of this its kind in existence. We have an interesting visit to the salt-work of “Ettore and Infersa” with the Museum of the Salt. Then, a visit to the Donnafugata winery producing a tasteful Bianco d’Alcamo D.O.C. white wine and lunch based on cous-cous, a local dish heritage of the Arab domination in the area. After lunch, a visit with wine tasting at the “Florio” winery famous all over the world for producing the best Marsala wine. Proceed to Erice and short visit to this Medieval town. Accommodation in Trapani area. (B.L.D).
Day 9- SEGESTA- PALERMO
Depart this morning for Segesta to visit its important archeological park with the Doric Temple and the Theatre. Proceed to Camporeale, a small village in the countryside, to visit the Rapitalа Winery as guests of the French Consul in Sicily. Visit of the vineyards, the cellars and wine tasting matched with a rustic lunch based on the typical Palermitani pizza, arancine and sfincioni.
We are then on the way to Palermo, where we have an overnight and time to freshen up before we have a culinary feast, at the oldest restaurant in Palermo with typical local dishes. (B.L.D)
We start with a visit to the Cathedral of Monreale and its nearby Cloister. Then, the highlights in Palermo: the Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel, The Arab Cathedral, S. Giovanni degli Eremiti, the famous Opera House “Teatro Massimo”, the colorful market “Il Capo” which is just nearby the theatre, and more. Afternoon is at leisure to browse, shopw and exlore on your own.
A farewell gala dinner tonight is in a fascinating noble palace with a typical menu of the original “monsu cuisine” of the Sicilian aristocracy combining the French tradition of the chefs which once worked for the most important noble families of the island with the local products and typical dishes. Overnight Palermo. (B.D.)
Day 11- RETURN TO USA
Transfer to Palermo airport for flight home. (B)