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10 Day Food and Wine Lovers Vacation in Sicily, Italy

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Gastronomic Tour Italy

With Italy Luxury Travel, you can taste the flavors of Sicily, the biggest Italian island. Enjoy excellent wine, delicious local products, and luxury accommodations with wonderful views and amazing cooking classes. On this tour with Italy Luxury Travel, you will also enjoy traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee, and fantastic aperitifs in the perfect Sicilian style. Taste the famous Marsala Wine, the typical "arancine" (deep-fried rice balls), and go back in the past with a fantastic walking tour in The Valley of Temples in Agrigento. Sicily is an authentic paradise for food and wine lovers, and a place every person should experience at least once in a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Learn cooking tricks in typical Sicilian family trattoria
  • Taste the best Sicilian wines and learn secrets of its production
  • Discover Sicily through its various cuisine and colorful street food
  • Visit farmhouses to find organic local products: olives, cheeses, tomatoes
  • 9 nights accommodation in four or five-star hotels, with breakfasts
  • All transfer services including airport transfers provided
  • Get an authentic Italian lifestyle experience

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$719 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
02:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Throughout your stay, you will enjoy the comforts of the best four or five-star hotels of Sicily along the tour route, as follows:

  • NIght 1 and 2: Palermo
  • Night 3 and 4: Agrigento
  • Night 5: Ragusa
  • Night 6: Syracuse
  • Night 7, 8, and 9: Taormina

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Palermo

  • Private transfer from Palermo airport to your hotel.
  • Walking guided tour of Palermo: you will see the Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, Piazza Bellini, and Piazza della Vittoria.
  • Street food cooking class: you will learn how to prepare “Arancine” (deep-fried rice balls) and “Panelle” (chickpea fritters).
  • Free evening and relax at your fantastic hotel in the center of Palermo.

Day 2: Palermo

  • Guided visit of an ancient family winery in Palermo countryside: wine tasting and lunch with local food.
  • Cannoli cooking class: you will learn how to prepare this famous Sicilian sweet appreciated all over the world.
  • Free evening: a traditional Sicilian restaurant will be suggested

Day 3: Marsala / Agrigento

  • Visit of a winery to learn more about the production of Marsala wine. Enjoy a wine tasting!
  • Lunch with local food.
  • In the afternoon, head to Agrigento to enjoy a walking tour in the Valley of the Temples which represents certainly one of the most outstanding sites of the ancient world.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Agrigento.

Day 4: Agrigento / Favara

  • Walking and tasting tour in Favara.
  • Free evening and relaxation at your hotel in Agrigento.

Day 5: Ragusa / Modica

  • Private transfer from Agrigento to Ragusa.
  • Enjoy a fresh pasta cooking class.
  • Visit of the chocolate factory in Modica.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Ragusa and free evening.

Day 6: Syracuse

  • Breakfast at the hotel and head to Ortigia Port (Syracuse).
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour Syracuse ooat tour with a captain / guide: light lunch and glass of Sicilian wine included.
  • Food and wine walking tour in Ortigia: you will taste fresh fish, typical Sicilian appetizers, homemade Sicilian pastries, and fragrant Syracuse wine and liquors.

Day 7: Etna / Taormina

  • Private transfer from Syracuse to Mount Etna.
  • Visit of a well-known winery for wine and olive tasting with typical organic appetizers.
  • Lunch with seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta, and Sicilian grilled meat in the farmhouse.
  • The day will finish in a local pastry for tasting typical Sicilian sweets and liqueurs.
  • Transfer to your stunning hotel in Taormina.

Day 8: Taormina

  • Food walking tour in Taormina with a professional guide: you will taste traditional pastries, ice-cream, and coffee, and you will also pass the most important monuments of the city. The tour will include two food stops. The first in a typical bottega for cheeses, salumi, bread, and wine tasting. The second in a small pastry bar for tasting typical Sicilian sweets, liqueurs, and coffee.
  • Free evening.

Day 9: Taormina

  • Food market tour with a professional guide / chef: you will select the products for you cooking class.
  • Cooking class: you will learn how to prepare pasta, bread, and other traditional Sicilian dishes.
  • Lunch with the food you prepared with your own hands and glasses of regional wine.
  • Free evening.

Day 10: Departure

  • Private transfer from your hotel to Catania airport.

Included excursions

  • Mount Etna
  • Boat trip in Ortigia
  • Dom of St. Jorge and the Iblei's Gardens in Ragusa
  • Chocolate factory in Modica
  • Tour of Valley of Temples in Agrigento

Location

Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian, and the Mediterranean Seas.

It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood, and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions.

The tour will take place in the best cities of Sicily:

  • Taormina
  • Syracuse
  • Etna
  • Ragusa
  • Modica
  • Agrigento
  • Marsala
  • Palermo

Food

  • Traditional Sicilian pastries, ice cream, coffee, sweets, and liquors
  • Homemade pasta and bread
  • Fresh fish disches
  • Local wines
  • Olives, cheeses, salami, mushrooms
  • Chocolate of Modica
  • Arancine (deep-fried rice balls)
  • Panelle (chickpea fritters)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation in four or five-star hotels
  • All transfer services
  • Local guide for all the tours or activities
  • Food and drinks where mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • All breakfasts in the hotels
  • 24 hours of coordination and support during your travel
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • N.1 Italian SIM card

What's not included

  • City tax
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • All not in the "what is included" section

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at any of the following airports:

  • Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO) - transfer included
  • Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) - transfer included
  • Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) - transfer available at an additional 600 EUR
Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Falcone–Borsellino Airport Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$719 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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