Life in Sicily is lived in Technicolor. Conversations take place in the sing-song dialect of the south, as vendors in the open air produce and fish markets hawk their wares. Greek, Roman, North African, and Turkish influences can be seen throughout the art and architecture left behind by the many cultures who once called Sicily their home.
Our Sicilian Coast tour traces the perimeter of the island introducing you to some of the very best culinary gems it has to offer such as pistachios, couscous, fish, almonds, citrus, granita, gelato, volcanic wines, Marsala wine, and more. Sail to the Egadi Islands with the Sicilian pescatore and fish for the day, make pasta high above the sea in a mountain village with locals, and sip some of the best wines produced in the black soil of Mt. Etna's vineyards.
We transfer 3 times in order to circumnavigate the island. We meet in Palermo and work our way back counterclockwise with stays in each leg of the region. Venture into this beautiful island with us in 2019.
SUNDAY AUGUST 18, WELCOME TO SICILY!
We will meet you at Palermo Airport and transfer to our hotel, Badia Nuova, in the historic center of Trapani, for 4 nights. Get settled in and enjoy aperitivo before we head to dinner to experience North Africa's influence on Sicilian food.
MONDAY AUGUST 19, MARSALA & THE SALT FLATS
We take visit Marsala for a tasting of the town's famous wine at Florio, then visit Trapani's salt flats. Cooking class learning to make couscous and other traditional western Sicilian dishes.
TUESDAY AUGUST 20, FULL DAY IN PALERMO
Eat your way through the Ballaro market. This is a day of discovering Sicilian street foods including fried favorites such as arancine, pane e panelle sandwich, baccala, sfincione, or be really daring and try a local delicacy, pane ca meusa, (spleen sandwich!)! Free time to visit historic monuments before we meet for dinner in Palermo.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, FISHING & SWIMMING IN THE EGADI ISLANDS
Morning departure by ferry from Trapani to the island of Favignana to meet our fishermen. Board the boat and navigate the crystal clear waters of the Egadi Islands, and pull up the fishing nets to see what the day's catch is. Our captain will dock beach side and prepare you a delicious seafood lunch while you swim or relax on the beach. Tonight, dinner in Trapani.
THURSDAY AUGUST 22, CASTELVENTRANO & VALLE DEI TEMPLI
Road trip to the south eastern side of the island stopping at an olive grove in Castelventrano then on to visit the ancient ruins of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Tonight we transfer to Baglio Occhipinti, an organic agriturismo in the Cerasuolo vineyards. Dinner at the agriturismo.
BAGLIO OCCHIPINTI, VITTORIA
The owners of Baglio Occhipinti invite you to walk through the vineyards and olive trees or take a dip in the swimming pool inside the Arabic garden, and pick the oranges, mandarins and figs from their trees. Located in the heart of the vineyards of "Cerasuolo di Vittoria", this property is a peaceful haven that is a great base for our excursions to Noto, Ragusa, and Modica.
FRIDAY AUGUST 23, WINE TASTING & ENCHANTING RAGUSA Taste some of the region's shinning star wines today, Frappato and Nero d'Avola, along with a light lunch. We will explore surrounding villages before returning to our hotel, then dinner at Michelin Star Locanda Don Serafino tonight.
SATURDAY AUGUST 24, NOTO & MODICA.
Lunch on your own today in Noto with free time to shop and explore.
Visit one the world's best pastry shops hidden in the village's backstreets. On to Modica where we will taste chocolate created from the ancient recipe which was originally brought to Sicily by Spanish monks. Dinner tonight in local trattoria.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 TRANSFER TO BARONE DI VILLA GRANDE, MILO, SICILY.
We will spend two nights at the foot of Mt. Etna at this 18th century manor, one of the oldest wine estates in Sicily. Relax in the infinity pool overlooking the vineyards or enjoy aperitivo on your own private terrace. Tonight Taormina under the stars.
PASTA MAKING WITH THE CICALA FAMILY
Today we head into the hills of Sicily to make a local type of pasta with the Cicala family and enjoy lunch together. Dessert demo and tasting with Pastry Chef Gianluca Gugliotta. Think granita and brioche, creamy gelato, and handmade confections. Walk it all off in Savoca, the mountain village where scenes from the Godfather were filmed.
MONDAY AUGUST 26, MT. ETNA WINE & BRONTE
Wine tasting on the northern slope of Mt. Etna at the highly coveted Frank Cornelissen's bio-dynamic winery. Visit Bronte for a lunch of pistachio everything! Dinner in local trattoria.
TUESDAY AUGUST 27 RETURN TO PALERMO
After breakfast we will transport you back to Palermo for your future travel plans.
Sicily 9 night tour rate:
$4,400 per person, double occupancy
Included in price:
9 Nights Luxury Accommodations
Deluxe Room, Queen size bed
24 hour concierge service
Individually controlled air condition
Ensuite private bath, TV, Wi-fi,
Complimentary mini bar
7 Lunches & All Dinners
Wine included with all meals
Private transportation throughout the tour
All entrance fees and tours
All taxes and gratuities
Airport transfers to and from Palermo