Sicily - Daily schedule
Sign up for 30 April to Thursday 19 May 2018.
NZ$8650 twin share
To Mondello (near Palermo). Stay in a beachfront hotel and enjoy an introductory Sicilian feast.
Visit Palermo’s markets and secret alleyways guided by a local. Then back to Mondello to soak up the sun and sea.
Transfer to Scopello via Monreale. In coastal Castellamare, enjoy the first of our famed picnics, then tonight, before dinner at the hotel, there will be a surprise tasting session.
Head to Lo Zingaro National Park and walk the coastal track through spring flowers. Later, a picnic beside sparkling coves before returning to lounge by the pool, or to gobble gelato in town. Choose your own dinner spot in Scopello.
Transfer to Erice via San Vito Lo Capo, self-proclaimed world capital of fish couscous. Explore Erice, a mountaintop town reputedly first settled by Greek gods. The tiny cobbled streets harbour quality shops and fine medieval buildings. Tonight a tutored tasting of the wines of West Sicily with local food treats.
A short cooking session and, later, head over to the island of Favignana, once centre of a huge tuna fishing operation, perhaps hire a scooter to explore the island where wild capers grow. Return to Erice by furnicular. Followed by dinner, own choice and cost.
Off to the south coast at Marinella. Dinner tonight at the resort.
This morning, a cooking session at the resort, using local produce. Lunch – you are responsible for it! In the afternoon, relax on the beach. Dinner tonight at one of the best restaurants on the south coast.
A tutored tasting followed by lunch on the sand and an optional trip to the nearby Selinunte Temples and a walk in the reserve.
Transfer to Modica, to explore the cheese making and chocolate production. On the way stop at Donnafugata Castle. Choose your own spot to dine tonight.
A day in the Modica area and enjoy the Baroque architecture.
Transfer to Siracusa where you will be staying in a hotel a stone’s throw from the water. En route, visit the site of the Allies landing, and lunch at the beautiful old former tuna settlement of Marzamemi.
To the very colourful Ortigia market before a day to explore the Greek and Roman monuments, the modern shops or to take a boat trip around the coast. You will assemble dinner tonight from produce bought at the market.
Spend the morning in Baroque Noto hunting down the island’s best gelato and admiring the rapid rebuilding programme undertaken so skilfully after the long-ago earthquake. Late afternoon, a cooking session at a Siracusa restaurant followed by dinner. You will assemble dinner tonight from produce bought at the market.
Pause at the Peschiera market in Catania. Later you will have a tutored tasting of the wines of the Etna region before dinner.
Explore the rugged slopes of Mt Etna, by four-wheel drive, ski-lift, on foot or mountain bike. Descend by funicular to the beach to enjoy a wine, followed by a cooking session and dinner at a historic villa.
A free day out in the glorious hilltop town of Taormina. Descend by funicular to the beach to enjoy a wine before heading back for our arrivederci dinner at a historic villa.
Pass through unruly fields of pistachios as you head to Catania airport and the rest of your travels.
Tour Dates & Cost
Sign up for 1–18 May 2017!
NZ$8650 pp twin share a single supplement applies (if you have an individual room).
Included in the cost of the 18-day tour:
- Daily support vehicle to carry your luggage, plus any purchases you make in the markets and antique shops can easily be transferred.
- Option to drive your own rental vehicle.
- Quality accommodation in properties of character, with private facilities. We stay two to three nights on average in each place, using the base to explore the environs.
- An experienced facilitator with knowledge of the attractions, the people, and the history of the area plus local guides.
- All breakfasts, including exquisite homemade preserves.
- Eleven gourmet dinners featuring the best of regional specialties, eight lunches including spectacular picnics — not forgetting the special arrivederci feast on our final night. Several times you’ll get the chance to follow-your-own-nose for midday and evening meals.
- Four tutored wine tastings, five themed cooking sessions conducted by Sicilian cooks.
- Rest days and independent exploration possible – we supply detailed maps which allow a choice of routes.
- Literature, including a detailed itinerary, clothing guide, use of large-scale maps of the area, and general advice on travelling in Europe.
- Daily briefing and guidance.
- A sense of adventure compulsory!
- Castle and museum entry fees – you choose!
- Gratuities and drinks.
- Golf club hire and green fees, where applicable.
- Fishing tackle hire and lessons, where applicable.
- Visas and passports, as necessary.
- Mandatory travel insurance.
- Personal items, eg, laundry, telephone, internet charges.
Footnote: The organiser reserves the right to change any details in this outline, should this prove necessary.
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