Private Luxury Food Tours

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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
(10 Days)
Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City

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, Trapani, Marsala, 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, Galilee, Tel Aviv

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

Singapore for Foodies
(4 Days)

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(5 Days)
Seoul & Jeonju

Culinary Tour of Sicily

(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Palermo & Monreale, Trapani, Marsala, 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. The vibrant capital of Sicily, Palermo is home to some of Italy's most fascinating cultural gems including impressive private museums, the country's largest opera house and a robust food culture. During private touring, explore lively local markets, the old Arab quarter and unique UNESCO-listed Arab-Norman architecture. Also, take a private excursion to Monreale for a private tour of the stunning cathedral, a masterpiece of Arab, Norman and Byzantine art.

Next, drive along Sicily's western coast, passing medieval windmills that dot the landscape. Stop at the famed salt pans outside Trapani, and visit a winery in the nearby town of Marsala to taste the eponymous amber-hued dessert wine. Continue to a luxurious resort on the Mediterranean Sea outside Sciacca. 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. 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.

Next, tour ancient Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, an outstanding collection of well-preserved Hellenistic ruins and early Christian sites that's one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. 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 the Baroque town of Noto to tour the UNESCO-listed architectural sites and enjoy a dessert and gelato tasting with one of Sicily's most prominent pastry chefs. Also visit nearby Modica to try the local chocolate, which is still made according to Aztec recipes brought from Mexico by the Spanish conquistadores.

Continue to Taormina, a historic clifftop town overlooking the sea. During private touring, visit the Greek theater, beautiful gardens, bougainvillea-lined backstreets, local markets, and gourmet boutiques stocked with prized pistachio cream, plump salt-packed capers, fragrant olive oil, fruit-shaped marzipan, and other Sicilian specialties. Also sample local pastries in an ancient monastery. Another day, take a private excursion to Mount Etna, an active volcano synonymous with Sicily whose fertile soil supports vineyards, orchards and farms. Visit a renowned local winery for an informative wine 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 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 2

Palermo

Morning private market tour and cooking class. Afternoon tour of Monreale
Day 3

Palermo – Trapani & Marsala - Sciacca

Private transfer to resort for 2 nights with private touring en route including Trapani salt pans and Marsala wine touring
Day 4

Sciacca

Private half-day winery tour, cooking class, gourmet lunch and wine tasting. Afternoon at leisure
Day 5

Sciacca – Agrigento & Valley of the Temples – Noto

Private transfer to hotel for overnight with tour of Agrigento and Valley of the Temples en route. Afternoon private tour of Noto including dessert tasting
Day 6

Noto & Modica - Taormina

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with private touring of Baroque Cities en route, including chocolate touring in Modica
Day 7

Taormina & Mount Etna

Private excursion to Mount Etna including private winery tour and lunch
Day 8 Depart Taormina

Private transfer to Catania airport


Hotels
Palermo:

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Noto: Seven Rooms Villadorata
Sciacca: Verdura Resort
Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

Cost
$10,100 Per person (double occupancy)