In the soul of Sicily
Western Sicily is a largely unexploited tourism treasure. Perfect for those who like to travel at a leisurely pace. There’s an amazingly diverse range of experiences to be lived here: the ancient ruins of Segesta and Selinunte; the hilltop village of Erice; the Gulf of Castellammare, with its stunning juxtaposition of sea and mountain scenery; its unique local cuisine and many other attractions.
Eight days to get to know the deeper roots of the Sicilian western coast, molded by a millennium of invasions by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Normans, which influenced the landscape, culture and cuisine. A rich in gastronomic culture : The Trapanese” specialities such as “Fish Cous Cous” and the famous “Pesto alla Trapanese”. A must. And let’s not forget the Wine!
Photo: Fabio Aldisi
«It’s a love story of food. You have to fall in love with the places, the products and people who cook them to understand» ‐ Alain Ducasse
«And the wine… it’s the poetry of the earth» ‐ Guy De Maupassant
A private exclusive tour of Sicily. Price on request. Itinerary can be customized to suit your needs
Sicily by experts
Day 1/ Arrival Palermo ‐ Scopello
Arrival at Palermo Airport. A warm welcome by our English speaking driver‐guide and transfer to our special hotel either in Scopello or in Castellamare del Golfo. A welcome drink and meeting with our facilitator for an introduction to the philosophy of Relational Tours by “in the Soul of Sicily”. Dinner in a local restaurant “to meet“ the Trapanese cuisine, unique melting of Arab, Spanish and Mediterranean tastes. Back to the hotel for overnight (welcome dinner included).
Day 2- From mountains to coastlines: Castellamare, Riserva Dello Zingaro, San Vito Lo Capo
Start a quiet and scenic boat ride along the coast, characterized by coves, beaches, breathtaking cliffs and a series of underwater and superficial caves. One stop is the famous “Zingaro” Reserve. At lunch time our boat will dock in San Vito Lo Capo, the place you have always dreamed of… Have free time to wander around wonderful place. Back to the hotel for a dinner on your own. Overnight (breakfast and lunch included).
Photo: Aristide Tassone
Day 3- Traveling into the past: Segesta ‐ Buseto Palizzolo ‐ Custonaci
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Segesta, a 5th‐century BC ruins set in a magical site. Transfer to Buseto Palizzolo, bucolic landscape surrounded by green hills. A real paradise for the nature loving people wishing to savor a truly authentic experience. A “trattoria” (typical small restaurant) will welcome you with an inviting atmosphere. After lunch we visit a solitary country place which shows the real part of rural life in Sicily, to taste one of the most famous Sicilian delicacies: “Cannolo”. It’s time to dive back into the past, heading to Custunaci, to immerse yourself and experience the atmosphere of a time. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight (breakfast and lunch included).
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Departure for Erice, famous in antiquity, for its temples where the Phoenicians worshipped Astarte, the Greeks venerated Aphrodite and the Romans celebrated Venus. Erice is the best preserved medieval town in the world, rich of castles and churches. Enjoy a breathtaking view from the hilltop. Stop in a historical pastry shop in Erice to learn about the tradition of dolci Siciliani, made by nuns. Then, tasting. Do you love all those beautiful Sicilian pastries you see in the bakeries windows and wish you could make them for yourself? Here is your chance to learn the secrets of making some of Sicilian's most famous desserts! Let's start our cooking lesson in a “Baglio” (a building with a courtyard). The chef will send you back to a cultural and culinary tradition that chooses the best raw materials available, reinterpreted in dishes from the Trapani's gastronomy, from the cassatelle to cannoli. All this combined with the tasting of the wines of a historic winery. Typical Sicilian lunch. Guided visit of a famous winery to look at the various steps of bottling. The wines will reveal their full flavors in an explosion of aromas which will be difficult to escape from. Check in at our “Tonnara”, the tuna fishery transformed in a delightful hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight (breakfast and lunch included).
Day 5- Sicilian fishing traditions ‐ Tuna and wine tasting: Favignana ‐ Trapani ‐ Marsala
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Visit to the picturesque fish market in Trapani, where we’ll learn about the varieties of fish to use in recipes. Travel from Trapani to Favignana island, known as the “butterfly island” (because of its shape), by hydrofoil. Lunch, serving a typical dish of the local tradition, tuna fish and seafood couscous. Back to Trapani and head to a well known tuna plant to watch the various tuna processing stages. It’s time to go to our next hotel in Marsala. Check in. Enjoy a light dinner in a well known old winery. Back to the hotel. Overnight (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 6- Discovering the history of salt and olive oil in charming Mothia and Marsala
Breakfast at the hotel. Marsala is a gorgeous city of art, rich in Punic, Roman, Norman, Arab, and Spanish heritage. Typical lunch in a Baglio under the olive trees. And now, are you ready for a special “trip”? The coast from Marsala to Trapani is characterized by one of the landscapes most peculiar to Sicily: the saltpans. We will reach the islet of Mothia , walking through the ancient streets and visiting the Whitaker Museum, with the well known marble statue of the “Giovinetto” of Mothia dated 450 BC. Back to the “Stagnone” and head to the Museum of Salt. Aperitif‐dinner in a “trattoria” that overlooks the salt‐pans. Back to the hotel for overnight (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Photo: Vittorio Catania
Day 7- The power and the glory of the past: Selinunte ‐ Agrigento
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Let’s go to discover and learn more about the Greeks domination in Western Sicily. Selinunte, is one of Sicily’s great Greek archaeological sites. Now a relaxing drive shows us the olive cultivation and fruit fields till we reach Agrigento. Picnic lunch at a special “Garden” with fruit trees from every part of the world and some of the trees are over 1000 years old! Then surrounded by pomegranate, pistachio, orange and lemon trees and in the Mediterranean sun you will enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch. Our afternoon will be devoted to visiting Agrigento, part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1998 and one of the most symbolic remains of classical Greek civilization. Check in at charming noble villa ‐ 5 star hotel, set in an attractive garden, within the Valley of the Temples.
Day 8- Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. A private minivan will transport you to Palermo airport. The curtain falls. Goodbye Sicily and see you at the next “interpersonal experience” in another corner of Sicily! What an amazing 8 day tour, this has been! And when we will look back at the memories of the trip ”in the Soul of Sicily”, we will remember it as one of the most rewarding, wonderful experiences of our life.
Photo: Giuseppe Parello