Taste of Sicily
LOCAL CUISINE, CULTURE AND HISTORY
JOIN US FOR
9 NIGHTS IN SICILY
SEPTEMBER 4-13, 2020
Your journey begins in Historic Palermo
We'll begin our first full day with a local guide who'll take us through a fun exploration of the local culture and colorful street food scene of Palermo.
The Arab-Norman architectural delights of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale, named a World Heritage Site in 2015, are a treasure to behold. This area represents a profound cultural union of two peoples of inestimable wealth and is an example of Sicily’s grandiose cultural eclecticism.
On our last day in Palermo we'll spend some free time exploring the beautiful sea side town of Cefalu.
The next stop on our journey begins on day 4 with an Olive Oil experience and lunch at Amodeo farm for before arriving at our next destination, Canicatti near Agrigento.
Known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento is a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples.
After our visit to this historical site we'll visit the stunning natural white rock formation on the southern coast of Sicily, Scala dei Turchi (Stairs of the Turks) named for the Turkish pirates who climbed up the stair-like rocks to raid nearby towns. Today, the area is well-known for its amazing scenery and beautiful beaches.
We'll be staying in the small town of Canacatti where my grandmother is from, just a few minutes from Agrigento. Here we will experience the local culture and treasure the beauty & warmth of true Italian hospitality. We'll enjoy casual family dinners and a cooking class with our family friend, Antonio Cani.
We'll spend our last three nights exploring Syracuse and the Island of Ortiglia. Here the architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Medieval Norman buildings and Baroque style. Restaurants, trattorias, bars and views over the lagoon abound.
There's a colorful daily street market which sells a fantastic array of Sicilian delicacies. At the end of the market is a must-see for food lovers: a delicatessen of rare quality, called “I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti” (literally the flavors of lost tastes). Here you can find cheeses, hams and cured meats of the very best quality, many of which, especially those produced in Sicily, you will find nowhere else.
We'll take a day trip to Mt Etna where we'll enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch and tasting of unique Sicilian wine varietals, followed by a guided walking tour of the beautiful resort town, Toarmina.
Just a few of the beautiful things you'll experience...
Airport arrival & departure transfers to/from hotels at designated times
Welcome dinner, wine included
9 nights hotel accommodations, 3 nights each in Palermo, Canacatti & Syracusa, dbl occupancy (a roommate will be assigned if you are traveling solo in a twin room)...
*Please inquire about single room options*
Daily breakfast included
Transportation during our excursions
Sicilian street food tour with local guide (today's lunch)
Excursion to Monreale with local guide
Transportation to/from Cefalu
Olive oil tasting and experience at Amodeo farm with lunch
Welcome dinner in Canacatti
Guided tour of The Valley of Temples in Agrigento and visit to Scale dei Turche
Cooking class with Antonio Cani, followed by dinner with the foods we prepared. You are welcome to simply watch and sip vino if you prefer not to cook!
Transfer to Syracusa with stop in Caltagirone, free time for lunch on your own, great place to shop for Italian pottery
Truffle hunting experience, with lunch at a watermill
Day trip to Mt Etna followed by a wine tasting excursion with lunch
Guided walking tour in Toarmina
Farewell dinner, non alcoholic drinks included
Total of 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners included
*Airport transportation **at designated time** Please pre-arrange flights with me prior to booking. Let me know if you need help booking flights.
* Single room options are available, book asap if you prefer a single room, supplement fees may apply.
**Want to add on an extra night or two? Just ask and I'll be happy to help you book flights and hotels.
***Reminder: USA flights arrive in Italy 1 day later than your US departure date!
What's not included:
Your round-trip airfare from home (Please pre-arrange flights with me prior to booking, so you can meet the hotel transfer).
Transportation to Palermo
All meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Alcoholic beverages, other than whats provided in itinerary
Other non-included items: souvenir shopping, tips, spa services, personal taxi fare when venturing out on your own, etc.
Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
*Please inquire if there is a place you'd like to go before/after our week together and I'll try to help you arrange it!
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TASTE OF SICILY
FOOD WINE AND CULTURE TOUR
(airfare not included)
Space is limited to 12 participants
A non-refundable deposit of $795 is due at the time of registration to secure your space
Deposits can be made through PayPal, Visa, Check or Cash
Total payment of $2295 (includes deposit) is due by March 15th 2020
All remaining balances are due by June 15th 2020
There is a 3% fee for credit card/paypal payments, payment plan options available
For general questions about this trip please email
Reservation/Refund and Cancellation Policy:
A $795 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Your spot is not reserved until we receive your deposit. Second payment of $1500 due by March 15th, 2020. All remaining balances due in full by June 15, 2020.
If you need to cancel anytime between 30 days to 60 days prior to the trip 50% of the payment, less the deposit, will be refunded. We are not able to provide refunds for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the trip. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do your deposit is refunded in full). Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans, a "cancel for any reason" policy is highly recommended. Insure my trip online insurance is one company we know and trust, where you can choose from several policy options.
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