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Italy, Sicily – Lux Sicilian Wine Tour

From $12250pp

Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate. Special Tip: Prices per person decrease significantly if you increase your travel party. Why not invite friends or family to join you? Special Tip: Prices per person decrease significantly if you increase your travel party. Why not invite friends or family to join you?
  • duration-trip
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    11 Days
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This private wine tour will have you in vineyards each day, undertaking tastings and enjoying food pairing lunches, in a bid to help you discover Sicily and its rich wine tradition. You'll be enchanted with unique and unforgettable experiences at wineries rich with ancient traditions, and welcomed by the wine makers of today who honour their heritage and excitedly share their wines with you.
You will taste the Etna wines, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), Malvasia, Nero d'Avola, the Aeolian Passito and many more wines which make Sicily a truly fascinating wine destination.
Combine this with quality accommodation, some ancient history, baroque churches and a couple of highlight dinners, and you have the perfect wine tour of Sicily.
A seriously great tour for seriously serious wine lovers. You know what we mean!

Arrival

Welcome to Sicily! Arrival at Catania airport and private transfer to the hotel in Taormina.

Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to visit Catania town. A walking tour with your private guide through the city centre, rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, will reveal a city rich with wonderful buildings constructed with the black lava stone: the St. Agata’s Dome with its square where you can admire the ancient city hall, the Elephant’s fountain and the Porta Uzeda.

It’s not far to the Benedictines’ Church with its convent and noble palaces, and don’t miss the Roman amphitheatre. Take an amazing tour of the “fish market” with its colours and many varieties of fish, fruit and Sicilian vegetables.

Then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner at leisure.

Overnight Taormina

No Meals

Discover Etna Wines & Sicilian Flavours

Meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for today’s special Etna wine tour. First stop is Barone di Villagrande winery, founded in 1850. Here you will receive a special welcome on the terrace with a view over the vineyards and the Bay of Catania.

Learn about the family and the history of Etna wines via a guided tour of the venue. Then enjoy a wine tasting and food pairing lunch where the traditional Sicilian experience will come to life!

Then transfer to Taormina, “Pearl of Sicily” where, with your private guide, you can admire the wonderful Greek Theatre and enjoy a walk in the main street, Corso Umberto, with wonderful monuments and beautiful shops.

Evening at leisure

Overnight Taormina

Meals B, T(Wines), L, T(Wines)

Discover Etna

Meet your driver and depart for Mt Etna by jeep to experience a private 4×4 tour of the highest active volcano of Europe, at 3350 metres. Drive through ancient volcanic flows and amazing landscapes, characterised by chestnut trees, oak trees and brooms!

Climb up to the South-Eastern side of the Valle del Bove, a large valley formed by ancient eruptions of Mt Etna. Then visit a volcanic cave to understand what happens when the lava leaves the surface and flows inside the ground.

For lunch you will be at Murgo winery where you can relax and walk through the vineyards with a good glass of their well known Brut. The winery has been the first to producing a Brut from Etna wines and continuously experiments with different grapes in search of the best outcome.

Return to the hotel. Gourmet dinner.

Overnight Taormina

Meals B, T(Wines), L, D

Hands-On Cooking Class & the Magna Grecia

Breakfast and hotel check out. Today you will enjoy a special cooking class at a location between Catania and Mt Etna. Monica Consoli will guide you through a unique experience learning how to prepare the most traditional dishes of the centuries-old Sicilian cookery: homemade pasta, second courses, and delicious desserts. At the end enjoy lunch with the food you prepared.

Then we drive to Syracusa to discover Sicily’s Greek heritage. With your private guide, visit the Archaeological Park with its unique monuments, such as the theatre, Dyonisius’ Ear and the Roman amphitheatre.

Re-join your driver to visit Ortigia, which is just 15 minutes away, surrounded by the blue sea and rich in wonderful monuments. Unique is the Dome that stands majestic, the first Greek Doric temple, the Arabic mosque, and Romanic church with baroque front.

Drive onwards to Ragusa. Check in, and dinner at leisure.

Overnight Ragusa

Meals B, L(Cooking Class)

Cerasuolo di Vittoria Wineries & Noble Ragusa

After breakfast meet your private driver and head off for a day of wine tasting at some excellent wineries that produce the famous Cerasuolo di Vittoria (unique DOCG in Sicily): Valle dell’Acate and COS.

At Valle dell’Acate you will be welcomed by Giovanni, the sommelier, who will introduce you to the history of the winery visiting their “museum of the wine”. This is a magic place where you can learn about the ancient techniques including “torchi” and basins, before enjoying a wine tasting surrounded by old barrels.

Next stop will be COS winery. The Azienda Agricola COS works with biodynamic principals of agriculture using the ancient traditional techniques to cultivate vines. Very interesting and unique is the ageing of some wines in ancient amphoras! Visit the winery, and enjoy a lunch with wine tasting and food pairing.

Then, return to Ragusa for a guided tour to discover Ragusa Ibla, UNESCO World Heritage town. The city centre with its wonderful Baroque monuments and astonishing sights around each corner will delight. Be sure to visit the local handcraft “bottega” of Sicilian carts, where the artisans Biagio and Damiano still paint the famous iconic carriages and can tell you about this ancient tradition they are proud to carry on.

Then, we move on to a private visit of a noble palace, where the Baron Arezzo will introduce us to life in the 19th Century.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight Ragusa

Meals B, T(Wines), T(Wines), L

Baroque Discovery & Olive Oils

After breakfast, meet with your private driver and guide for a visit to Modica, UNESCO World Heritage listed, and also called the town of 100 churches. The St George’s dome is a masterpiece of baroque architecture in Sicily, as well as St Peter’s church and the baroque noble palaces on the main street.

But Modica is also the “the town of chocolate”, the only place in Italy where they still make chocolate in Aztec tradition. With more than 150 years of activity, the Dolceria Bonajuto is the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily and makes this chocolate recipe without milk, according to the Aztec way, which was brought to Sicily by the Spanish soldiers in the 17th Century.

A visit to this factory is an opportunity to see how the chocolate is made and “beaten”; then it’s your turn to enjoy a tasting.

Your day continues on to the exclusive Maralina Winery, famous for its bio vegan wines, where the owner, Federica, will introduce you to the winery and then lead you through a wine tasting with food pairing.

Then enjoy your afternoon in Marzamemi, an enchanting little fishing village with the “Tonnara”, a very ancient and important economic tradition that you can experience by visiting one of the tuna fish factories of the village. You also get to taste their typical products.

Return to the hotel in Ragusa. Dinner at leisure.

Overnight Ragusa

Meals B, T(Chocolate), T(Wines), T(Wines), L, T(Fish)

Feudi del Pisciotto Winery & Piazza Armerina

Breakfast. Hotel check out. Meet your driver and depart for Feudi del Pisciotto winery. Enjoy some amazing landscapes along the way, and on arrival you will be welcomed into their wonderful 18th Century manor house.

Here you can view the largest “Palmento” in Sicily where by using gravity, the ancient Greeks and Romans produced wines.

From the terrace you can enjoy a stunning view of the Pisciotto reserve, (the richest reserve of cork oaks of Sicily), and the surrounding vineyards before starting a wine tasting with food pairing in an exclusive room with view of the barrels. Unique wines with labels designed by top Italian designers!

The final stop today is at Piazza Armerina to visit the “Villa Romana del Casale”, that with its mosaics is the greatest witness of Roman art in Sicily. They represent the daily life during the Roman Empire.

At the end of the visit, depart for Agrigento. Check in and take some time to relax. Dinner at leisure.

Overnight Agrigento

Meals B, T(Wines), L

Agrigento, Greek Heritage & Planeta Winery

Breakfast, and then depart with your driver, headed for the Valley of Greek Temples. This majestic Greek architecture has survived through the centuries. About 1km long, on rocky crests, you walk with your private guide through the Concordia, Hera, Zeus, and Dioscuri temples, and it seems to breathe the atmosphere of daily life in ancient Akragas, the Greek name for today’s Agrigento.

For lunch you visit the highly acclaimed Planeta winery, one of the best wineries of Sicily. The Planeta family focuses on innovation and modernity but never forgets the historic and traditional interpretation of wine: on the one hand linked to the oldest Sicilian traditions of wine making with its heritage of indigenous varieties, and on the other hand an interest in those international grape vines which have best adapted to these territories. The company has vineyards and estates all over Sicily. Excellent is also their olive oil, that gained many awards and will be tasted with the wines with food pairing.

Return to Agrigento and spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight Agrigento

Meals B, T(Wines & Olive Oil), L

Tenuta Gorghi Tondy Winery, Salt Pan & Medieval Erice

Breakfast and hotel check-out. This morning you will visit the Tenuta Gorghi Tondi winery where Annamaria and Clara Sala are proud fourth generation winemakers, who pay close attention to their environmental heritage. The estate is inside the WWF Gorghi Tondi and Preola Lake Nature Reserve.

Looking out across the horizon, rows of vines stretch over 130 hectares, and are nurtured by the sea breeze. They surround four small lakes, formed in a karst low-lying landscape where the rain has, over time eroded the soil. It’s not only stunning, but gives the grapes a unique quality that only this terroir can offer. Enjoy a wine tasting in this amazing space!

Next we depart for Erice, the most important medieval town of Sicily that stands on the top of San Giuliano Mountain. The road towards Erice is characterised by the “Salt Pans”, that were developed during medieval times and offer a truly unique landscape. They are still operational today and piles of harvested salt lie dramatically across the landscape.

Upon arrival in Erice, meet your guide for a walking tour founded by the Elymian people. During the tour, stop at Maria Grammatico’s pastry shop to taste typical Sicilian pastries.

In the afternoon, depart to Palermo. Check in. Evening at leisure.

Overnight Palermo

Meals B, T(Wines), T(Pastries)

Palermo

Breakfast. Today you explore Palermo, a city rich in history, culture, art, music and food. View the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings. The “Palazzo dei Normanni” with the “Cappella Palatina” is the most ancient European Royal Palace and today the seat of the Sicilian Government. It was the first seat of the Sicilian Kings and then of Emperor Frederick II in the Middle Ages.

The wonderful Cathedral with tombs of the Sicilian Kings stands majestic in the city centre and tells you about the greatness of the island in the past centuries.

Walk through the lively stalls of the food market to discover Sicilian street food, along with the colours and smells of an ancient town rich in history.

Lunch will be in a typical street food osteria, where you can enjoy the good Sicilian traditional homemade food and the renowned “cassata siciliana”, the most famous Sicilian dessert with ricotta cheese.

In the afternoon, the tour continues to the Castle of Zisa, the summer residence for the Norman kings, the San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church, the wonderful Massimo and Politeama theatres and the “Quattro Canti” square.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight Palermo

Meals B, L

Stunning Monreale & Ceuso Winery

Breakfast then depart with your driver to Monreale’s Dome, the so called “masterpiece of the Middle Age”, with its wonderful mosaics that represent scenes from the Bible. Impressive, on the apse vaults the Christ Pantocrator mosaic works and the ancient monastery’s cloister. And enjoy the stunning view over Palermo, too.

Your day continues to the awarded Ceuso winery for wine tasting with food pairing, in the land of the ancient Elymians, one of the first inhabitants of the island. Here the brothers Melia, coming from generations of vine growers, welcome you to their “baglio” in a friendly atmosphere.

From the very beginning the indigenous varietal Nero d’Avola took pride of place, but this did not prevent experimentation and research on the growing potential of the best non-native varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Ceuso’s philosophy is respect for the land and the vineyard’s natural cycles.

The ageing of the wines is in glass-lined cement vats, and that guarantees the production of unfiltered wines that hold firmly onto their Mediterranean roots and express the terroir of Segesta.

And if you want to take a final picture of a Sicilian masterpiece, you can stop at the Segesta Temple (4th century BC), one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world, and not far from the Ceuso winery. Then back to Palermo. Farewell Dinner in the starred Michelin restaurant “Bye Bye Blues” in Mondello, by the sea. (Private transfer from the hotel to the restaurant and back).

Overnight Palermo

Meals B,L,D

Farewell

Breakfast. Hotel check out and private transfer to the Palermo airport.

Meals B

Included
Includes
  • Private transfers throughout

  • Ten nights five star hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • Lunches & dinners as indicated

  • Private guides as listed in the program

  • Excursions, experiences and tasting as indicated

Excluded
Excludes
  • Entry to Archeological Park Siracusa EUR10

  • Siracusa Dome EUR2

  • Greek Theatre in Taormina EUR10

  • Villa Romana del Casale EUR10

  • Palazzo dei Normanni EUR11

  • Palermo Cathedral EUR2

  • Monreale Dome & Closter EUR9

  • Segesta EUR8

  • Beverages during meals except for wine tasting & cooking class

  • City taxes

  • Tips

  • Personal extras

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$12250 per person

based on twin/double share

Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate.
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