Private luxury tours in Culinary Travel

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Luxury Culinary Tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 Days)
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

Food & Wine Tour of Italy
(11 Days)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

Flavors of Southeast Asia
(16 Days)
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

Culinary Tour of India
(13 Days)
Chennai, Mumbai, Udaipur, Delhi

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Culinary Tour of Mexico
(11 Days)
Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca

Culinary Tour of China
(13 Days)
Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Food & Wine of Austria
(7 Days)
Vienna, the Wachau, Burgenland

Culinary Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Food & Wine of Australia
(9 Days)
Melbourne & Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide & McLaren Vale, Sydney & Hunter Valley

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Food & Wine of France & Switzerland
(10 Days)
Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Lyon, Lausanne & Lake Geneva

Wine Tour of Hungary
(6 Days)
Eger-Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest

Food & Wine of Portugal
(9 Days)
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo & Evora

Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
(10 Days)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul

Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 Days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Food & Wine Tour: Bordeaux to Rioja
(9 Days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country

Culinary Tour of Peru
(9 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Marrakesh

Culinary Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Acre, Tel Aviv

France for Foodies
(12 Days)
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur

Culinary Tour of Sicily

(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

This private tour of Sicily features the culinary and cultural highlights of this beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea.

During private market tours and cooking classes, learn about the Arab, Greek, Roman, Norman, Spanish, Jewish and other influences in Sicily’s delicious and fascinating cuisine. Sample Sicilian specialties such as arancini (fried stuffed rice balls), pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines and wild fennel), caponata (eggplant relish) and cannoli. Also taste unique Sicilian wine and olive oil, visit local food markets, and tour ancient ruins and archaeological sites.

Begin in Palermo, one of Italy’s great art and culinary cities. During private touring, explore Palermo's most interesting neighborhoods, local markets, the old Arab quarter and unique UNESCO-listed Arab-Norman architecture. Also, take a private excursion to the stunning Cathedral of Monreale, a masterpiece of Arab, Norman and Byzantine art. One morning, visit a market to learn about seasonal ingredients, and buy supplies for your cooking class with a respected local chef.

Next, you will be transferred to a luxurious resort on the Mediterranean Sea outside Sciacca. One day, on a private excursion to a countryside vineyard and winery, enjoy a private cooking class and sample some of Sicily’s best wines and unique varietals. You may also want to tour Selinunte Archaeological Park, the vast ruins of an ancient Greek colony. During leisure time, enjoy the extensive facilities at your resort, such as a beach, pool, golf course and award-winning spa. Also visit the local village, known for its ceramics and coral studios.

Next, visit Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. The outstanding remains of this once powerful Greek city make it one of the most significant archaeological sites in Sicily. Also enjoy lunch in Kolymbetra Garden, an enchanting valley amid the temples that’s filled with aromatic Mediterranean shrubs, almond trees, olive orchards and citrus groves.

Continue to Taormina, a historic seaside town. During private touring, visit Taormina's Greek theater, beautiful gardens, and the backstreets in town. Also sample local pastries in an ancient monastery. One day, take a private excursion to Noto & Modica, which with Ragusa Ibla, Catania and other nearby towns, form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Noto, enjoy a dessert and gelato tasting with one of Sicily’s most prominent pastry chefs. In Modica, try local chocolate, which is still made according to Aztec recipes brought back by Spanish conquistadores. Another day, take a private excursion to Mount Etna, an active volcano and Sicilian landmark whose fertile soil supports vineyards, orchards and farms. Visit a renowned local winery to for an informative tasting and lunch of regional dishes.

This tour can be combined with culinary touring elsewhere in Italy, Europe or North Africa & the Middle East.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Palermo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Afternoon private tour of city and Monreale

Day 2 Palermo – Sciacca

Morning market tour and cooking class. Afternoon private transfer to resort for 3 nights

Day 3 Sciacca

At leisure at resort

Day 4 Sciacca

Private winery visit for private cooking class, wine tasting and lunch. Afternoon at leisure at resort or private tour of Selinunte

Day 5 Sciacca – Agrigento – Taormina

Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private tour of Agrigento en route with lunch. Afternoon private city tour including pastry tasting

Day 6 Taormina, Noto & Modica

Private excursion including dessert and gelato tasting and chocolate touring

Day 7 Taormina & Mt. Etna

Private excursion including winery visit and lunch

Day 8 Depart Taormina

Private transfer to Catania airport


Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Sciacca: Verdura Resort & Spa
Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

$9,940 Per person (double occupancy)