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Italy, Sicily – Sicilian Wine & Gourmet Tour

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Code: ITPMOTPFW

From AUD: $2,919

Duration: 8 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019

Short Description

Food and wine lovers, you've found the perfect week long private tour of Sicily. Travel west to east and take in all the this delicious island has to offer. Wines and food from ancient times through to today.

Food is a huge motivating factor in bringing people to Sicily. If you are looking for the perfect foodie and wine lovers week in Sicily - you have found it!
The island today is a melting pot of recipes and flavours derived from a history of occupation by Arabs, Greeks and now Italians. This makes for a fascinating week-long exploration of all things Sicilian.
This particular journey will expose you to regional delicacies via the lens of Sicilian history and ancient traditions.

Day One
Arrival
Fly into Palermo airport in the morning, and hit the ground running. You will be met and transferred to your first visit at Castelvetrano. They are a small producer of high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil with one of the oldest olive plantation in Sicily. Oil tasting and lunch with organic and seasonal products. Transfer to a dairy in Salemi area which produces the Pecorino cheese and Vastedda del Belice (the only Sicilian cheese made of spun paste with sheep's milk (Slow Food)). Transfer to your accommodation, relax, dinner an overnight.
Overnight in Marsala area

Day Two
Trapani, Salt Pans
After breakfast, transfer to Trapani for a guided visit to the city centre then attend a hands-on cooking class to make seafood couscous and a typical Trapanese pasta which you will eat for lunch.
In the afternoon visit the salt pans with an explanation of salt extraction process.
Departure to Marsala area with a stop enroute at a winery for a wine tasting at the sunset. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Egadi islands. Return to the hotel, relax, dinner and overnight
Overnight in Marsala area

Day Three
Erice, Palermo
Transfer to Erice, and visit a medieval village on the mountaintop overlooking Trapani. Taste typical almond sweets, then depart to a nearby family cellar for a guided visit and light lunch with paired wine tasting. After lunch, transfer to Palermo. Along the way, stop in Dattilo for a tasting of one of the best Sicilian cannolo with handmade ricotta cheese. Check-in at the hotel, dinner on your own and overnight.
Overnight in Palermo

Day Four
Palermo
After breakfast, departure for a walking tour of street food in Palermo city. This is an easy and colourful experience to discover the markets and taste several specialties of Palermo street food. In the afternoon there will be a guided visit to the main monuments and attractions of Palermo such as Cappella Palatina, the Cathedral, the Catacombs and the Zisa Castle. Return to the hotel, dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight.
Overnight in Palermo

Day Five
Castelbuono, Zafferana Etnea
Departure to Castelbuono a village on the Madonie mountains. Visit a farm that extracts the Manna from the ash tree (a sweet delicacy unique to this region), followed by a rustic lunch with their own products. After lunch transfer to the Zafferana Etnea area, stop to taste Etna honey and liquors, check-in at your hotel, relax, dinner and overnight
Overnight in Zafferana area

Day Six
Noto, Modica, Ragusa
Check-out and departure to Noto, for a guided visit of this charming baroque village. The visit will include a tasting of the typical Moscato di Noto sweet wine, perfectly paired with local almond pastries. Transfer to a farm nearby to indulge in a local produce lunch based on their own organic and seasonal products. They also produce almond milk here which you will be able to taste. After lunch transfer to Modica, the city of 100 churches and UNESCO World heritage for a guided city visit and a chocolate class. Transfer to the hotel in Ragusa area, dinner on your own and overnight.
Overnight in Ragusa area

Day Seven
Ispica, Marzamemi
After breakfast, departure to Ispica the town famous for vegetable production! you will visit first the town and then a dairy producer who makes the famous Caciocavallo Ragusano cheese, which of course you will be able to taste. Following the cheese stop, you will transfer to Marzamemi which is a small fishing village, to visit a farm specialised in fish preserves and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy a light lunch with their products including delicious products such as tuna roe and tuna salami. In the afternoon we visit a local a herb garden, where we enjoy a stroll through the plants to smell and learn about their different characteristics. Finally tonight we indulge in dinner featuring these herbs, which is served in their greenhouse. At the end return to the hotel and overnight.
Overnight in Ragusa area

Day 8 – Siracusa and Departure
Check-out and transfer to Siracusa to visit the Archaeological Park and Ortigia. Lunch in a restaurant and transfer to Catania airport for return.

Seven nights four star boutique hotels
Breakfast daily
Five lunches (one being the food walk)
Seven dinners
Private transportation throughout in Mercedes car or minivan (up to 8 hours per day)
Guided visit in Trapani, Palermo, Noto, Modica and Siracusa
Walking tour street food in Palermo
Chocolate class
Visits to Taormina Ancient Theatre and Valley of Temples in Agrigento Palace in Noto
City tax

Excluded
Flights to and from Sicily
Personal expenses and tips for local guides and driver (not mandatory)
Insurance

Departure Dates

This is a private tour. As such it is available all year round on a departure date to fit in with your travel plans. Just contact us so we can check availability for you.

Price
$2919 per person based on three couples (total 6 people sharing three rooms)
$3529 per person based on two couples (total 4 people sharing two rooms)
$5339 per person based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)

Price subject to availability and exchange rate at time of booking

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