Private luxury tours in Culinary Travel

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Luxury Culinary Tours

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

Gourmet Northern Italy
(10 days)
Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany

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

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

Culinary Tour of Mexico
(15 Days)
Merida, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende

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

Food & Wine of Austria
(8 days)
Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland, Styria

Culinary Tour of Japan
(7 days)
Tokyo, 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

India for Foodies—a Culinary Tour
(12 Days)
Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai

Food & Wine Tour of Switzerland
(7 Days)
Zurich, Basel & Alsace, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake Geneva

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
(8 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, Taormina, Syracuse, 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, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira, High Atlas Mountains

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

Culinary Tour of Sicily

(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 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.

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 in palazzo. 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. Afternoon private city tour

Day 6 Taormina & Syracuse

Private excursion to Syracuse including city tour and garden lunch

Day 7 Taormina & Mt. Etna

Private excursion to Mount Etna including cooking class and tour of the volcano

Day 8 Depart Taormina
Private transfer to Catania airport

Hotels
Palermo:

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Sciacca: Verdura Resort & Spa
Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

Cost
$9,870 Per person (double occupancy)