(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mount Etna
This private tour of Sicily features the culinary and cultural highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean island.
During private market tours and cooking classes, sample favorite Sicilian dishes such as arancini, marzipan and cannoli, and learn about the Arab, Greek, Roman, Norman, Spanish, Jewish and other influences in Sicily’s delicious cuisine. Also taste unique Sicilian wine and olive oil, visit local food markets and farms, 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 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 the Capo Market, the oldest in Palermo. Learn about local produce and spices, and buy ingredients for your private cooking class and lunch in an 18th-century palazzo overlooking the sea.
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 walk through 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. There, tour Taormina's Greek theater, beautiful gardens, and the backstreets in town. One day, take a private excursion to Syracuse, one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world. During touring with your expert private guide, see highlights such as the Greek theater, Roman amphitheater, the cave known as the Ear of Dionysius, and the historic center of the island of Ortygia. Visit a private garden and enjoy a special lunch with the owner.
Another day, take a private excursion to Mount Etna, an active volcano and Sicily landmark whose fertile soil supports vineyards, orchards and farms. Enjoy a private cooking class with a local authority on Sicilian cuisine, and dine on your creations for lunch.
This tour can easily be combined with culinary touring elsewhere in Italy or Europe.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Afternoon private tour of city and Monreale
Palermo – Sciacca
Morning private market tour and cooking class in palazzo. Afternoon private transfer to resort for 3 nights
At leisure at resort
Private winery visit for private cooking class, wine tasting and lunch. Afternoon at leisure at resort or private tour of Selinunte
Sciacca – Agrigento – Taormina
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private tour of Agrigento en route. Afternoon private city tour
Taormina & Syracuse
Private excursion to Syracuse including city tour and garden lunch
Taormina & Mt. Etna
Private excursion to Mount Etna including cooking class and tour of the volcano
Private transfer to Catania airport
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea
Verdura Resort & Spa
Grand Hotel Timeo
Per person (double occupancy)
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