Sicily is a world apart- an island separated from the rest of Italy not only by the sea but also by centuries of history and cultural experiences. As a multicultural crossroad of over 3000 years of history, here the ancient Greeks founded many of Sicily’s most important towns including Syracuse, Catania, Taormina, and Agrigento. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, and French all influenced this land contributing to Sicily’s cultural wealth and rich heritage.
Join me on this 12-day private small- group experiential journey of the “Best of Sicily from East to West” a concentrated distillation of history, architecture, and gastronomic delights traveling from beautiful Taormina to the vibrant streets of Palermo.
Tour along the coast, travel into the magical interior of diverse landscapes of extravagant scenic beauty, marvel at its archaeology richness, and delve into the Sicilian lifestyle with layered culinary history, also home to many new and exciting award-winning winemaking traditions.
Begin with a guided visit of Giardini Naxos in beautiful Taormina! Be enchanted by the small fishing villages along the spectacular coast, take a fun jeep tour on Mount Etna, where we stop for a delightful winery lunch. Marvel at the rich 5th BC archaeological ruins of Siracusa/Ortygia, a powerful city in antiquity.
Stay in the UNESCO Baroque town of Noto where distinctive backstreets and important architectural buildings stun. Visit nearby Modica and partake in a special private chocolate lesson at a boutique chocolate maker who creates the famous chocolate still according to an ancient Aztec recipe.
Our expert guides will engage us in the history of the Roman mosaics at Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, the beauty of Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and the immense archaeological park of Selinunte. They will also take us through the highlights of Monreale to see the world’s best Byzantine mosaics in the cathedral and the city of Palermo.
See the salt pans and the Phoenician island of Mothia on Sicily’s east coast and then surrounded by the aroma of almond pastries stroll through Erice, the medieval hilltop village with cobblestone streets. Relax and cook with the locals at an authentic Sicilian Baglio. See traditional coral craftsmen and artisan ceramists at work.
During this 12-day journey we will explore the wine regions of Sicily where the favourable climatic conditions, the passion of winemakers and the experience of agronomists have enhanced quality-driven grape growing and winemaking techniques to create distinctive flavors from indigenous and international grape varietals.
As wine lovers and enthusiasts, we discover the best-known Sicilian grapes—Grillo, Catarratto, Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Perricone, Inzolia, Grecanico and more made by large and small boutique wineries. While wine producers around the world search for opportunities to distinguish their wines from others, a galvanized Sicilian wine movement is harvesting the fruits of its past. After years of research with international varieties, Sicilian researchers and winemakers recognize that while noble varieties such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon create charming wines, the island’s native grape varieties shine a little more brightly in the Mediterranean landscape.
JOIN ME and only 8 like-minded travelers on this incredible Cultural Food and Wine tour of Sicily!!
● 11 nights in charming accommodations
● 3 nights in Taormina
● 3 nights in Noto
● 5 nights in Terre Sicane
● Daily Breakfast
● Hands on Sicilian Cooking Lesson
● VIP Private & Exclusive winery tours & tastings
● Authentic gourmet meals paired with wines (all included)
● Visit UNESCO sites and the market in PALERMO
● Expert guided tour of Byzantine MONREALE
● Excursion on MOUNT ETNA & ETNA DOC wines
● Guided tour of ORTYGIA ISLAND and SIRACUSA
● BAROQUE TREASURES in MODICA and NOTO
● SUNSET BOAT TOUR fishing port of MARZAMEMI
● Private expert guided tours of archaeological sites in AGRIGENTO VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES
● Visit the largest archaeological site in Europe SELINUNTE
● Boat Excursions to MOTHIA and the SALT PANS
● Chocolate tour, course and tasting in MODICA
● Guided tour of PIAZZA ARMERINA and Villa del Casale
● Cable ride to ERICE
● SCIACCA Ceramics & Coral Artisans
● Group airport transfers
● Leisure time
● ...and much more
Activity Level: Moderate Walking