Gourmet tour of Sicily
An escorted culinary tour of Sicily. 8 days/ 7 nights
Discover the gems of the "largest Mediterranean island", while treating you to a variety of pre- arranged and all-inclusive cooking classes, gourmet meals, wine tastings and guided excursions.
During the tour, you will learn how to prepare traditional Sicilian dishes, sample vintages at local canteens and vineyards, relax each evening in idyllic accommodations—and even have the opportunity to climb Mt. Etna!
There is no better way to experience the splendour of Sicily
…and on this trip you will savour every moment!
|Departure dates||March 17 - April 14, 28 - May 12, 26 - June 16 - July 14 - August 11|
|September 1, 22 - October 6, 20 - November 10 - December 29 New year departure**|
|Hotels||Palermo: Falkensteiner, Residenza d'Aragona, Politeama or similar Modica Pietre Nere or Similar|
|Taormina Villa Riis, Villa Diodoro or similar Cefalù Alberi del Paradiso, Artemis or similar|
|Price||€ 2250 per person. Single supplement Euro 250. *New year departure 30% surcharge|
|Tour operator||Fransicile Iside Viaggi Cefalù Palermo|
|Sicily Gourmet tour: detailed itinerary|
Day 1 Arriving Palermo
Arrival in Palermo airport and welcome by our driver. Transfer to Palermo city and check in at a four star hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight. (BB)
Day 2—Cooking Lesson Erice / Palermo
Morning: breakfast in hotel. Departure for a Baglio for a cooking lesson. Baglio is a villa recently restored and converted into a charming and exclusive little farmhoutel surrounded by palm trees, olive trees and vineyards. The chef at Baglio will teach guests how to prepare some of the most representative recipes of the culinary tradition of the province of Trapani . All participants will help prepare the dishes for the dinner. At the end of the cooking lesson lunch in the baglio Transfer to Erice, a nearby medieval town, located at the top of the homonymous mountain set 751 meters above the sea level and overlooking the whole Western region, the Mediterranean Sea and the Egadi Islands. Walking visit of its characteristic historical centre. Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight. ( BB, L)
Day 3—Agrigento / Piazza Armerina / Modica
Morning: breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Agrigento to visit the beautiful Valley of the Temples, one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean area. Visit to the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the wonderful Temple of Concord. Lunch on your own in Agrigento. Afternoon: travel to Piazza Armerina, a small town in the south-central part of the island, and visit to the Villa Romana del Casale, a Roman country villa of the 3rd century, famous for its precious mosaics. Transfer to a charming Hotel near Modica . Check in . Typical dinner in the characteristic restaurant. Overnight at the Hotel. ( BB, D)
Day 4— Modica / Siracusa/ Taormina
Morning: breakfast in hotel. Visite of Modica baroque town of the south Sicily. Taste the famous chocolate then leave for Syracusa Visit of Siracusa, which during the Greek Age was one of the more powerful cities on the island. Visit to the archaeological zone: the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dyonisus and the Latomie. Walk through the historical center on the Ortigia Island to admire the Cathedral, the Aretusa fountain and the ancient streets. Time for shopping. Transfer to Taormina. Check in at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight. ( BB)
Day 5— Taormina – Optional Etna and its Wines
All day on your own in Taormina . Walk through the historical centre of this beautiful town, famous for its Greek-Roman Amphitheatre and its enchanting view of the Ionic Sea and Mt. Etna. Taormina has been an exclusive Sicilian hotspot, since the beginning of the 19th century, and is where many noble and rich families of Northern Europe spent winter due to its mild climate. Nowadays, Taormina is famous for its "dolce vita" life style, its beautiful beach, and its shops. Or optional excursion to Etna with a lunch at tenuta S. Michele ,an ancient estate located on the slopes of the volcano Etna. The farm, which belongs to the noble family of the Baron Scammacca del Murgo, is surrounded by extensive vineyards and has a panoramic view of both Mt. Etna and the sea. Mt. Etna is the highest volcano in Europe. The climate and the volcanic soil help give wines a unique mineral taste typical of the region around Mt. Etna. In Tenuta San Michele they produce some of the best wines of the area: Etna Rosso, Etna Bianco and the extraordinary Murgo Brut. Wine tasting and guided visit to the wine cellar with a member of the family.
Back to Taormina for free time. Dinner on your own. Overnight. ( BB)
Day 6—Cooking Lesson: The Cuisine of the Country/The Madonie Park / Cefalù
Morning: breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Polizzi , a small village 70 kilometres away from Palermo, surrounded by cheerful countryside and green pastures. Polizzi lies in the Madonie Mountains' Natural Park. This internal region between the Northern Coast and Central Sicily has a wealth of ancient small villages, where many people still live according to the Sicilian traditions. visit the ancient village rich in historical and artistic attractions. During the walk through the town's medieval streets, guests will have a break for a sampling of typical sweetmeats. In Polizzi guests will have a half-day cooking lesson in a Farmhouse or a nice restaurant . Transfer in Cefalù known for it's long golden beach as well as for other monumental and artistic "jewels." The Norman Duomo, initiated under Roger II in 1131, preserves precious mosaics which adorn the apse and a representation of Christ Pantocrator. In the same period the Osterio Magno was the probable residence of King Roger II. Of great interest is the striking medieval wash-house and the Mandralisca Museum, the latter preserving the famous portrait of an unknown man by Antonello da Messina. A visit to Cefalù can not exclude a stroll along the lanes in the historical center where you can linger amongst the numerous shops of ceramics and souvenirs. Check in at a nice hotel. Time for rest. Dinner on your own. Overnight. (BB, L)
Day 7—Arab-Norman and Baroque Palermo/Food Market and cooking class //Monreale
Morning: breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Palermo for a full-day visit to this ancient town that has been a crossroads for civilization in the Mediterranean for ages and ages. Before the visit of the town we will meet our chef : Vincenzo and we will venture to one of Palermo’s markets were we will purchase all the ingredients to prepare our meal.. Along the way , we will also taste some of Palermo’s most typical foods , such as “ panelled” and “ pane con la milza”
This hands on cooking class begin at 10am and ends at 01h30 pm. The lunch that you have prepared will be served with the right Sicilian wine.
The afternoon is dedicated to a visit and seek out signs of Palermo and its ancient "grandeur": the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Cathedral, Quattro Canti square, etc.
Transfer to Monreale, ancient village near Palermo, famous for its wonderful Norman Cathedral and the adjoining cloister, architectural masterpieces of King Roger II. Return to Palermo, with time for a stroll through the city. Check In at the hotel 4*.
Dinner on your own and overnight. ( BB, L)
Breakfast in hotel. It s time to say goodbye . Transfer to the airport in Palermo, assistance with check-in and departure to the USA.