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Italy, Sicily – Sicily for Wine Lovers

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Code: ITCTATPWT

From AUD: $4,233

Duration: 6 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019

Short Description

This is a perfect introduction to the wines of Sicily. Spend six days privately touring east to west, meeting winemakers and visiting the ancient sites which make this island such a fascinating destination.

Enjoy a journey discovering the world of Sicilian wines from East to West coast: different territories and terroir, and plenty of indigenous grapes that make excellent wines. This is an extensive itinerary which visits family wineries and bigger cellars alike. It's a journey that will have you travelling through the excellences of Sicilian wines. Every day you will discover new wines without forgetting to discover the real Sicily, which is rich in art, culture, tradition, good food and natural beauty.

Day One
Arrival
Arrival into Catania airport in the early afternoon. You'll hit the ground running today and upon pick up enjoy a guided city tour of Catania. Following will be a transfer to an Etna south winery for guided visit and dinner with wine tasting. Transfer to the hotel in Catania city centre, check-in and overnight.
Wines of the day: Etna white, Etna red, Nerello Mascalese, sparkling wine
Overnight Catania

Day Two
Etna and Taormina
After breakfast, take a four wheel drive Etna excursion and journey to an Etna north winery for a guided visit and light lunch with paired wine tasting. After lunch transfer to Taormina for a guided visit of this gorgeous village by the sea with the ancient theatre. Transfer to another Etna winery and dinner with wine tasting. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Wines of the day: Etna white, Etna red, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello cappuccio, sweet wine
Overnight Catania

Day Three
Modica, Vittoria and Ragusa
After breakfast transfer to Modica for a tour of the baroque city (nick-named the city of 100 churches). Visit to a small artisan store specialised in the production of Modica’s particular style of chocolate for a demonstration and tasting. Transfer to Pachino area to visit an organic & biodinamic winery and followed by a light lunch with wine tasting.
In the afternoon transfer to Vittoria in the DOCG of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to visit a winery with wine tasting, then transfer to the hotel in Ragusa, dinner and overnight.
Wines of the day: Nero d’Avola, Nero d’Avola rose, Moscato di Noto, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Frappato
Overnight Ragusa

Day Four
Butera, Agrigento
After breakfast, departure for the longest transfer of your stay, to reach western Sicily. The first stop is in Butera to visit a winery where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting and a light lunch. After lunch, transfer to Agrigento for a guided visit to the Valley of Temples. Following will be a transfer to Marsala and check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Wines of the day: Nero d’Avola, Inzolia, Grillo, Chardonnay
Overnight Agrigento

Day Five
Erice, Trapani, Marsala
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Erice and visit the quaint little village on the mountaintop overlooking Trapani. After a passage to Marsala city centre, transfer to Florio historical winery for a visit and wine tasting. Lunch in a local restaurant and, in the afternoon enjoy a guided visit of the Marsala salt pans. Return to the hotel for a shower. Transfer to a family winery, for a guided visit and farewell dinner with wine tasting. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Wines of the day: Perricone, Syrah, Zibibbo, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsala, Grillo
Overnight Marsala area

Day Six
Departure
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Palermo airport. During the transfer, according with the flight departure, it's possible to have one last stop at a winery in the Partinico area for a wine tasting.
Wines of the day: Catarratto, Sirah

Five nights four star hotel
Breakfast daily
Five dinners
Five lunches
Nine wine tastings
Private transportation throughout (Mercedes car or minivan - up to 8 hours per day)
Wine expert escort
City taxes
Authorised local guide for the visits to Catania, Taormina, Siracusa and Agrigento
Entrance fees to Cappella Palatina, San Giovanni degli Eremiti and Zisa Castle in Palermo, and Nicolaci Palace in Noto
Off-road half day Etna excursion

Excluded
Flights to and from Sicily
Entrance fee to Taormina ancient theatre, Siracusa archaeological park,
Valley of Temples in Agrigento
Spa and wellness treatment (where available)
Personal expenses and tips for local guides and driver (not mandatory)

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
$7349 per person, based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)
$4939 per person based on two couples (total of 4 people sharing 2 rooms)
$4233 per person based on three couples (total of 6 people sharing 3 rooms)

Price subject to availability and exchange rate at time of booking

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