A private escorted wine tour of Sicily. 9 days/ 8 nights
Fall in love with the Sicilians, their cuisine
and superb wines"
In this tour, you'll discover small unknown producers, meet top Sicily wine makers, owners of country inns and be invited into their palaces You'll enjoy lunches or dinners and wine tasting as guests of the estates. Wine tasting is well balanced with free time and visits to places of interest.
Sicily wine tour: Day by day program 9 days/ 8 nights
Day 1: Palermo
Arrival at Palermo airport .Free Transfer to the hotel. Check in at our charming hotel 4* central located . Welcome cocktail. Meet our guide for an introduction to the tour . Welcome Dinner in a elegant setting in central Palermo with the most refined Sicilian cuisine . A restaurant where you will have a unique dining experience After dinner, panoramic tour of Palermo by Night. Return to the hotel and retire for the night. ( Dinner included )
Photo: Vittorio Catania
Day 2: Palermo Street Food and culture - the Corvo wines
Morning: The morning will be spent with a special walking tour of Palermo dedicated to “Street food”. A 3 hour walking tour where you will sample the best of Sicily’s street food, led by a local expert guide , you will explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s Capital. You will visit the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo, outdoor markets, tasting five different Sicilian treats along the way – including “panelle” (chickpea fritters) and arancine (deep- fried rice balls). Pass major Palermo monuments during the tour: "Palermo Arabo-Normanna", "Palermo Barocca". Round out your tour with some local sweet wine and seasonal dessert. Afternoon: We’ll visit the Corvo Winery and taste their production. Today Corvo is a historical brand not only for Sicilian wine making, but also one of Italy’s great classical wines, one of the leading and most popular wines in the world. The unique and distinctive features of Corvo wines are the crystal – clear expression of the land of origin: only Sicily ‘s best native grape varietals, first and foremost Inzolia and Nero d’Avola, are selected every year from the vineyards, which, depending on the climate, have yielded the grapes with the best quality to create wines with a great character and delight. Come back at the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Creative Sicilian dishes will be served between strings and retro furnishings in an intimate and elegant setting. Overnight (Breakfast, street food taste and dinner included)
Day 3: Erice - Marsala between wines and pastry tasting Donnafugata and Pellegrino Cellars
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Erice, a magnificent village nestled in a picturesque setting that rests untouched from medieval times and where our guests will visit its ancient churches and rich historic city centre. Visit to the Antique Convent Pastry Shop, one of the most renowned Sicilian bakeries. There, enjoy a taste of the fine Erician pastries first created within the convent walls and, as a special treat, sample some of the typical almond dough desserts filled with candied lemon. Next, transfer to Marsala, a city famous for the production of its namesake wine. Stop in Donnafugata winery.
Photo: Aristide Tassone
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata. Their adventure took wing from the family’s historic cellars in Marsala and the vineyards at Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily and soared as far as the island of Pantelleria. Don't miss the delicious red Mille e Una Notte, and Donnafugata's version of the famous Passito di Pantelleria, a sweet dessert wine, with intense notes of apricot, made partly from raisins on Pantelleria, an island off Sicily's southwestern coast. Guided tasting of 4 wines in the charming “sala delle botti” combined with bread, olives, tuna, arancini, focacce, local cheeses. Afternoon: a brief visit to the Cantine Pellegrino for a tasting of Marsala Wines, conducted by an expert. Marsala, great liqueur – like wine , is part of one of the most fascinating stories of Italian oenology. Ever since 1844 it has been recognised as one of the most esteemed wines. In the types ‚fine 3uperior- vergine‛ it is respectively aged inside valued wine butts for one – two - five years, the double x the type ‚reserve‛ and it is bottled only in the place of origin.‛Dolce semisecco – secco‛ its flavours. ‚ Gold – amber- ruby‛ its colours.
Check in at the hotel for rest and relaxation. In front of one of the most peculiar landscape of Sicily: the Stagnone di Marsala, we will have an Apero - dinner in a charming place overlooking the saltpans during sunset. Retire for the night. ( Breakfast, brunch and apero - dinner included)
Day 4: Between history and gastronomy Agrigento - Piazza Armerina and the Cellars: Tenuta del Nanfro
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Agrigento for a guided visit of the extraordinary Valle dei Templi ("Valley of the Temples"), a masterpiece that stands testament to Greek art in Sicily. Picnic lunch at the Kolymbetra park, an agricultural jewel returned to light after decades of abandon. This Garden has 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 under the Mediterranean sun you will enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch served to you outdoors, complete with local fruit, cheese and wine. This is sure one of the highlights of your trip. Afternoon: Guided tour of the Villa Romana del Casale, built during the imperial age and famous for its precious mosaics, which constitute some of the best conserved in the entire Mediterranean basin. Transfer to nearby Caltagirone, the Sicilian capital for ceramic artistry, and stopover at the wine cellars of the Antica Tenuta del Nanfro for a guided visit and tasting of typical vintages from the area: Nero d'Avola and the Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Following the visit, registration at the accomodations provided by a nice agriturismo. The establishment is surrounded by a vast open territory dedicated to the cultivation of orange and lemon orchards. Authentic Evening Meal at Agriturismo, whose exceptional kitchens showcase typical regional cuisine and local produce. Retire for the night. (Breakfast, pic nic and dinner included)
Day 5: Baroque, cheese and chocolate: Ragusa - Modica - Syracusa
Morning: Breakfast at the farm. Transfer to Ragusa and stop in its old historic centre, Ibla, a place of extremely ancient origin and home to an incomparable array of typical Sicilian baroque architectures and ambiences. Visit to the Consorzio Corfilac a highly – unusual organization that studies and promotes traditional Sicilian cheeses. We’ll tour their unique laboratories. The tour will be followed by a specially arranged tasting of the traditional, protected denomination Ragusano cheeses. Transfer to Modica, the ancient capital of Contea, a city full of fascinating architectural, artistic and scenic attractions, unique among those pertaining to the splendid Sicilian Baroque period. Take a guided stroll through the area and stop at the Antique Pastry Shop Bonajuto, where the Ruta family is famous for their chocolate, a delicacy they continue to prepare in the same style once used by the ancient Aztec people. Along with chocolate, enjoy their peperoncino, vanilla and cinnamon, which help lend their desserts their typical Ragusano flavor. Lunch on your own. Afterwards, head toward Syracusa and spend the rest of the afternoon on a brief guided visit of this splendid city, which along with Athens and Alexandria in Egypt was one of the largest political and cultural centre in the Greek world. Guided tour of the archaeological park, followed by a visit to the historic city centre on the island of Ortigia. Check in at our hotel . Our dinner will be a splendid old location for a dinner during which we’ll taste the famous moscato di Syracusa wines, synonymous of greatness , of class , of gentlemanliness. The moscato is absolutely classic wines , golden in colour, round and harmonious. . Overnight ( Breakfast and dinner included )
Day 6: The power of nature and its products : Etna – wine and honey - Taormina
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the foot of Mount Etna, of of the most active volcano in the world. Stop in a local family honey farm where it is possible to taste a selection of natural honey (orange , lemon, eucalyptus , strawberry), almond pastries, olive and olive oil. We continue in the territory of Santa Venerina, and visit to wine Estate for a true "discovery of the wines of Etna". Tour of the cellar where the area's traditional wines and esteemed champagne, V.S.Q. Metodo Classico, are produced. Wine tasting. Mount Etna is one of the most important places in Italy from a naturalistic point of view. Viticulture in this area dates back to ancient times as the finding of coins of the fifth century B.C. witnesses. On the slopes of this volcano, the highest in Europe, excellent red and white wines are produced. ‚Nerello Mascalese‛ and ‚carricante‛ are the most used species of wines. Lunch at the Estate, with a menu characteristic of Etnean tradition. Afterwards, transfer to Taormina. Check in at the elegant hotel 4*. Enjoy free time for visits, strolls and shopping in this incredible city, a place known throughout the whole world for its panoramic setting above the Ionian Sea and for its breathtaking view of Mt. Etna, ancient Greek theatre, and high spirited "Dolce Vita" (frequented up until the end of the 1800s). Free time. Dinner on your own. Retire for the night. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Day 7: The Eoliand Islands
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Milazzo port. From here we set out for Salina in the Lipari Islands, by ferry or hydrofoil and spend a day on this lovely Island to enjoy more of the Malvasia Wines. Seven little volcanic islands surrounded by a warm and deep sea in an out-of-time atmosphere recalling a history of sea-adventures going back 5000 years. The main island Lipari, the green landscapes of Salina, the wild nature of Alicudi and Filicudi, the sophisticated Panarea and the charming Vulcano and Stromboli. Salina is the second largest Aeolian island (26.8 km2). It was named after the little salted lake of Lingua lying at the south-eastern tip of Salma where the inhabitants once used to gather the salt needed to preserve capers and fish. More than 400 different types of plants grow here. It is also the island with the highest peaks such as the three volcanoes that originated it. Visit of the famous winery “Hauner” and taste its famous wine : Malvasia Aeolian Islands , and the above all Salina, is the native land of the Malvasia of Lipari, already called from Sicilian Diodoro "the nectar of Gods‛. This wine is produced following a millenary technique, with grapes previouslydeposed on rush mattings in order to be withered by the sun. An ancient wine, been born from grapes imported from the mythical homeric heroes disembared on these coasts, than still intact conserve the memory of the ancient Mediterranean civilization. Taste it accompanied from fine cheeses, or cream sweets (as the experts advise) mean to discover history of that past far away, bathed of transparent sea and sunny beaches. Lunch in a typical fish restaurant. Transfer to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolians,that greets us with Baroque architecture, colourful fishing boats and a lively port lined with cafes. The pace is slow, laidback...and infectious! Linger over a freshly almond granita or stretch out on the black beach at Acquacalda. Be sure to visit Lipari's archaeological museum, which boasts an excellent collection of ancient Greek painted vases discovered in the waters nearby. Take the hydrofoil to Milazzo and back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight (Breakfast and lunch included)
Day 8: The landscape of The Madonie and Cefalù: Sant’Anastasia wines
Breakfast in hotel. Drive along the coast to the fishing town of Cefalu. ... enjoying an unforgettable panoramic tour. Cefalù is famous for its rich historical centre (the Norman Cathedral and the medieval quarter) as well as for its beautiful beach and blue sea. Free time. Fish Lunch in a typical restaurant on the rocks. Afternoon: Transfer to Castelbuono a village with a fascinating history as well as valuable masterpieces. It was the capital of the Ventimiglia one of the most powerful families in Sicily for several centuries. Stop in one of the most famous pastries to taste the delicious “panettone” with creams.. Continue to a particular place: Abbazia Santa Anastasia , a former Benedictine abbey built in the twelfth century in the hills high above the north coast. The medieval abbey or "abbazia" is steeped in a natural landscape so extraordinary that the present owner, entrepreneur Francesco Lena, originally purchased the land to turn the estate into a holiday resort. Instead, he began experimenting with international varietals such as Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the indigenous Nero d’Avola. Check in at this splendid resort. Wine tasting and Dinner . Overnight . (Breakfast , Lunch and dinner included)
Day 9: Departure
Morning: Breakfast at the farm and transfer to Palermo airport . It’s time to say Goodbye Sicily .. see you at your next Sicily tour with “Sicily by Experts” team