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Italy, Sicily – Sicily for Gourmets

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Code: ITCTAPSFW3

From AUD: $3,769

Duration: 8 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2018

Short Description

Dining experiences: from Michelin starred restaurants to locally preferred "trattorias", pasta & bread making, demonstrative cooking lesson with a Michelin Chef, wine and oil tasting, learn to make cannoli, visit hidden treasures in Palermo and explore fruit and fish markets

To truly appreciate Sicily, a traveler should start with its products of the earth, its fragrances and flavors, and its strong colors.
About the accommodations
Ragusa: This enchanting five-star estate was part of the old ecclesiastical feudal hold dating from the 12th century. It's varied past also includes uses as an old Arab rural home, a sort of hermitage and a fortress.
Agrigento: A resort set in a working olive oil farm. This beautiful restored farm continues to operate thanks to the passion of the owners. A truly unique resort still furnished with antiques and family heirlooms, surrounded by a green oasis with its select olive trees, some over a hundred years old.
Palermo: A world-class hotel reminiscent of a small castle. Doubtlessly one of the most famous hotels in Sicily. Built in Art Nouveau style and set in fragrant, terraced and jasmine-scented gardens.

First day: Catania, Ragusa – Night in Ragusa
Arrive at the airport of Catania, meeting with the driver and transfer to Ragusa. Accommodation in the reserved rooms.
We will spend the afternoon in Ragusa Ibla. Definitely a jewel of architecture with its medieval lanes, churches and palaces that are among the most beautiful late-Baroque buildings, decorated with burlesque masks and golden stone laces. Dinner at the resort.
Accommodation: 5-stars Resort
Meals included: Dinner

Second day: Vittoria, Val di Noto – Night in Ragusa
In the morning we will go to a beautiful wine company and have a visit, with the winemaker, of the winery, the cellars, and the amphorae room with dozens of jars buried in the floor. It is impressive: the company use clay amphorae, a material that does not give any characteristic flavor and they produce also a wine fully fermented and aged in amphorae. But let’s let the owner himself tell us the whole story. Have a tasting of 3 wines, including a DOCG, accompanied by bread, ragusano cheese, olives, baked ricotta and muffins.
In the afternoon you will attend a cooking demonstration lesson given by a Michelin-starred chef in the kitchen of the restaurant in Ragusa Ibla.
After the lesson, dinner will be served in the beautiful restaurant. For those not wishing to cook let’s have a relaxed afternoon wondering in Ragusa Ibla and join the ‘chefs’ for dinner.
Accommodation: 5-stars Resort
Meals included: Dinner

Third day: Modica – Night in Ragusa
The morning will be dedicated to Modica: as you walk along the streets you will first of all notice the steps, which are a characteristic of the town. We will taste the famous chocolate produced here: the history of modician chocolate dates back in the past, when Modica was related with Spain and consequently with the ancient civilization of Mexico, the Aztec.
In the afternoon, you will have the chance to have a unique hands-on cooking lesson, held in the old flour mill of the resort, dealing about the Grain Chain, Bread and Pasta making.
Accommodation: 5-stars Resort
Meals included: -

Fourth day: Piazza Armerina – Night near Agrigento
Today you will go through the very navel of Sicily to visit in Piazza Armerina, the Villa del Casale, a Roman villa built in the first quarter of the 4th century, containing the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
Later on we will go to a resort set in a working olive oil farm, a green oasis where selected olive trees, some of them over hundred years old, grow thanks to the ancient passion of the owners. The resort is the beautifully restored old farm furnished with antiques and family heirlooms.
The landlady, Silvia, is an excellent cook and she will provide a cookery classes on site, teaching you how to prepare and cook typical Sicilian dishes including cannoli. Let’s sit together all around the big table and taste what we have cooked.
Accommodation: 4-stars Resort
Meals included: Dinner

Fifth day: Agrigento – Night in Palermo
Today we will visit the Valley of the Temples, the largest area of Greek buildings outside Greece, listed as a World Heritage Site. Well, the numerous temples erected in the fifth century BC, were not built in a valley but along the crest of a mountain. Following the ancient principle (Greek as well as roman), all the constructions face the East so that the rising sun would first illuminate the statue of the Divinity, as a font and principle of life. Leaving towards Palermo, we will stop to taste a speciality slow food Presidium, the black bread of Castelvetrano. Dinner will be served in the beautiful restaurant of the hotel.
Accommodation: 5-stars Hotel
Meals included: Dinner

Sixth day: Palermo, Monreale – Night in Palermo
The morning will be dedicated to a private themed walking tour of the historic center around the ‘Leopard’ writer, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Later we will visit the most colorful fruit and fish market of Palermo and taste Sicilian street food.
In the afternoon your local guide will show you the Monreale Cathedral, a pearl of Arab Norman art. Bible stories are represented with unique mosaic work on the walls and ceiling of the cathedral while the pillars of the monastery are covered with tiny golden plaques. The cathedral as well as the monastery are a breath taking and leave people to gasp in solemn silence. Back to your hotel. Evening at leisure to explore local restaurants.
Accommodation: 5-stars Hotel
Meals included: -

Seventh day: Erice, Segesta – Night in Palermo
Riding along the coastline from Palermo then turning into the Sicilian heartland, passing through vineyards, wheat fields you eventually arrive to Mount Erice. The city built on top was once dedicated to the goddess of Love, Venus. Some claim that is was Aeneas who found it, escaping from Carthage, to other however it dates back to Phoenician times. Today it is a lovely medieval town. Lunch in a special place overlooking the saltworks.
A tortuous and fascinating street brings you to Segesta, offering a perspective of the temple that will remain impressed. It is a perfect example of the Doric school. Visit of the Temple and the Theatre.
Back to your hotel. Farewell dinner.
Accommodation: 5-stars Hotel
Meals included: Dinner

Eight day: Leaving
On the way to the airport, we will drop by the bay of Mondello, we will have a delicious ice cream, to say arrivederci.

7 overnights stay in hotel 5* in Ragusa and Palermo; 4* in Agrigento
7 full breakfast
1 dinner with tasting menu at Michelin awarded restaurant
4 dinners in hotel/restaurants
1 wine tasting
1 demonstrative cooking lesson with a Michelin-starred Chef
1 cooking lesson: “Traditional Sicilian Cooking”
Private first class air-conditioned minibus/bus for the whole program
English speaking licensed Tour Escort
English speaking licensed Local Guides in Siracusa, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale
Visits and excursions as per program

Excludes
- Flights
- Personal Expenses
- Museum Entrance Tickets
- ’The Grain Chain’ cooking lesson
- Drinks at meals
- Everything not mentioned as included
- Local taxes

Departure Date

Available all year round on a date of your choice.

Pricing

$3769 per person based on twin/double

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