• 7 nights in selected 4 star-hotels with full breakfast (2 nights in Florence, 5 nights in Montefalco)
• 9 overnights in selected 4-star hotels with full breakfast (2 nights Palermo, 1 night Marsala, 1 night Agrigento, 1 nights Ragusa, 2 nights Siracusa, 2 nights Taormina)
• Private guided visits with English speaking guides in Palermo – Monreale (Cathedral) – Agrigento (Valley of Temples) – Noto – Siracusa (Archeological Park, Temples of Apollo and Minerva, Cathedral) – Taormina (Greek-Roman Theatre); including all the entrance fees to the sites
• Welcome Dinner in Palermo
• Wine tasting Marsala - Donnafugata
• Cookery course Marsala
• Genuine dinner Agrigento
• Chocolate tasting Modica
• Wine tasting and lunch Mount Etna
• Farewell dinner in Taormina
* The tour is available as self-drive or by private chauffeured car or van available for all transfers and excursions
Day 1 / Ciao Palermo
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a special welcome dinner and overnight.
Day 2 / Palermo’s market and street food combined with art & history in Monreale
Breakfast. In the morning delve into the world of food and typical ingredients of Sicilian cooking, street food, sellers of spices and fragrances, and enjoy the genuine hospitality of Palermo’s market la Vucciria. The many narrow streets, alleys and squares that are home to the market offer all the flavours and colours of Sicilian cuisine: lemons, fresh and salted sardines, shrimp, sea bream, octopus, cuttlefish, squid, dried tomatoes, olives, green broccoli and, in summer, watermelons and melons. Then there is the typical street food you can eat while walking the streets of the Vucciria, such as the pane ca meusa (bread with spleen), u sfinciuni (a sort of soft pizza), panelle (fritters with chickpea flour) and cazzilli (potato dumplings). Visit the main sights of the city and then on to the hilltop town of Monreale, dominated by its magnificent cathedral built in the Norman period, with an incredible cloister of which the walls are almost completely covered by Byzantine mosaics. Return to Palermo. Overnight.
Day 3 / Delicacies in Erice and wine-tasting in Marsala
Breakfast. Morning departure for a full day tour on the way to your next destination. Stop in Erice, set on the top of Mount Erice, with its winding streets lined with examples of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, nowadays famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Lunch on your own and time at leisure. Continue to Marsala and wine-tasting at Donnafugata winery. Overnight.
Day 4 / Hands-on cookery course and on to the Valley of the Temples
Breakfast. Today learn about the Sicilian cooking tradition during a hands-on cookery course at the spectacular Panoramic Towers of Cantine Pellegrino. In the afternoon departure for your next destination, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. This is one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean area just outside the town of Agrigento with some well-preserved Doric Temples dating back to the fifth century B.C. and the remains of the Greek city of Akragas. Dinner. Visit of the Valley of the Temples by night. Overnight.
Day 5 / Flavours of Modica cocoa and savouring Ragusa Ibla
Breakfast. Departure to Ragusa and stop en-route for visit of Modica, a city of architectural, artistic and scenic attractions. Delight your palate with a chocolate tasting of the traditional flavours of Modica cocoa such as vanilla, cinnamon, and hot chilli pepper (peperoncino). Then on to Ragusa Ibla, an inviting town for even more leisurely pursuits - a long drink at a cafe table on the pretty sloping piazza in front of the Duomo, a wine-flavoured gelato, a splendid meal at one of the town's small restaurants or a stroll in the park. One of the best activities here is wandering… meandering along the character-filled lanes of Ragusa Ibla or clambering up the steps towards the upper town and enjoying the great, classic view over Ibla. Overnight.
Day 6 / Baroque Noto & the Archaeological Park in Siracusa
Breakfast. Departure for Siracusa. Stop in Noto for a guided visit of this old historic centre, a place of extremely ancient origin and home to an incomparable array of typical Sicilian baroque architectures and ambiences. Continue to the Archeological Park of Siracusa to visit the beautiful Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Ear of Dionysius. After the visit drop off at your next accommodation in Siracusa. Overnight.
Day 7 / Explore Siracusa & Ortigia
Breakfast. Morning tour of Siracusa, one of the great cities of Magna Graecia, displaying historical and mythological roots of Ancient Greece. In the afternoon time at leisure to visit Ortigia, Syracuse's island heart. The best way to see the island of Ortigia is just to wander. It’s difficult to get lost… it measures just 1 km by 500 metres, but is packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Mediaeval Norman buildings and a great deal of Baroque. Enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 8 / Mount Etna wine tasting and on to Taormina
Breakfast. Morning departure to Mt. Etna where you will discover old craters, caves, and spectacular sceneries. Taste the prestigious wines from grapes grown in the volcanic soil and enjoy a full winery visit, including the vineyards and a genuine lunch featuring the authentic flavours of Sicily. Continue to Taormina. Overnight.
Day 9 / Enjoy Taormina
Breakfast. In the morning enjoy a guided walking tour through the historical centre, visiting the Greek Roman amphitheatre. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy Taormina. Farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 10 / Arrivederci Sicilia