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8 Days Taste of Sicily Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sightseeing and Culinary Tour in Sicily

This culinary tour is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a private gourmet tour, tasting of local products and cooking local cuisines in the incredibly beautiful Sicilian countryside. With the friendly crew of experienced, English-speaking drivers / guides, Sicily by Experts di White Passion Sicily team will make sure that your stay in Sicily will become an unforgettable experience.

Meet the instructors

Angela
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking sessions
  • Taste the delicious chocolate of Modica
  • Buy ingredients at the market with the chef
  • Taste the famous pistachios panettone in Castelbuono
  • Admire precious mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
  • Visit medieval towns and Valley of the Temples
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 2-14 participants
Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay at a four-star hotel or accommodations of similar quality.

  • Palermo (1 night): Hotel Quinto Canto, Federico II, Centrale Palace or similar
  • Marsala (1 night): Hotel Via Con il vento, Baglio Oneto or similar
  • Modica (1 night): Hotel Pietre Nere Resort, Palazzo Failla or similar
  • Taormina (2 nights): Hotel Villa Diodoro, Hotel Excelsior or similar
  • Cefalu (1 night): Hotel ossuna bay, Sea Palace, Artemis or similar
  • Palermo (1 night): Same hotel of the first night

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Palermo

Arrival at Palermo Airport. You will be welcomed by your driver. Private transfer to Palermo city and check-in at a first-class (four- star) hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.

Day 2: Western Sicily

After breakfast in the hotel, you will depart to Marsala. Stop in a Baglio (typical ancient Sicilian manor) for a cooking class. This was recently restored and converted into a charming and exclusive little farm-hotel surrounded by palm trees, olive trees, and vineyards.

The chef at Baglio will teach guests how to prepare some of the most representative recipes of the culinary tradition of the province of Trapani. All participants will help prepare the dishes for dinner. At the end of the cooking lesson, lunch at the Baglio.

In the afternoon, transfer to Erice, a nearby medieval town, located at the top of the homonymous mountain set 751 meters above sea level and overlooking the whole western region, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Egadi Islands. Walking visit to the characteristic historical center. Check-in at a nice hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight (breakfast and lunch included).

Day 3: Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Modica

After breakfast in the hotel, depart to Agrigento to visit the beautiful valley of the temples, one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean area. Visit the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the wonderful Temple of Concord.

Enjoy Sicilian picnic lunch at the Kolymbetra Park, surrounded by pomegranate, pistachio, orange, and lemon trees. In the afternoon, travel to Piazza Armerina, a small town in the south-central part of the island, and visit the Villa Romana del Casale, a Roman country villa of the 3rd century, famous for its precious mosaics. Transfer to a charming hotel near Modica. Check-in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. Today, breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4: Modica - Syracusa

Breakfast in the hotel, then visit the baroque town of Modica. Taste the delicious chocolate which locally is still manufactured as it was 500 years ago. Transfer to Syracusa, a prominent Ancient Greek settlement in Italy. Visit the archaeological zone: the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie.

Stroll through the historical center on Ortigia Island to admire the cathedral, the Aretusa fountain, and the ancient streets. Time for shopping. Transfer to Taormina. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight. Today, only breakfast included.

Day 5: Cooking - Taormina

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Meet your host, a professional local chef, and start your cooking experience with a stroll to the open market. Follow your chef and help him select the finest ingredients of the day to cook with.

Now walk inside the restaurant for your cooking class. Put on your apron as your host explains the dishes of the day and gives an introduction to the Sicilian cuisine. After cooking your three courses, take a seat in the restaurant and savor your creations with samples of wine.

Afternoon on your own in Taormina. Stroll through the historical center of this beautiful town, famous for its Greek-Roman Amphitheatre and its enchanting view on the Ionic Sea and Mt. Etna.

Taormina has been an exclusive Sicilian hotspot, since the beginning of the 19th century, and is where many noble and rich families of Northern Europe spent winter due to its mild climate. Nowadays, Taormina is famous for its “Dolce Vita” lifestyle, its beautiful beach and its shops. Dinner on your own. Overnight. Today, the meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 6: Castelbuono - Cefalu

Check out after breakfast, then depart to Castelbuono, a nice village 20 minutes away from Cefalù. Have a walking tour of the village and stop in a very know pastry to taste the famous “pistachios panettone”.

Have lunch in a typical restaurant (based on mushrooms and asparagus). Then, make a stop in a particular place: Abbazia Santa Anastasia, a former Benedictine abbey built in the twelfth century in the hills high above the north coast.

The medieval abbey or "abbazia" is steeped in a natural landscape so extraordinary that the present owner, entrepreneur Francesco Lena, originally purchased the land to turn the estate into a holiday resort. Instead, he began experimenting with international varietals such as Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the indigenous Nero d’Avola.

Continue to Cefalù. Check-in at a hotel.

Visit this picturesque medieval town, dominated by the gold-colored cathedral, a Romanesque jewel built by the Norman king Roger II. The interior is decorated with fabulous mosaics executed in a spectacular array of colors on a gold background. Walking through the small streets of the historical city center. The old roman lavatory can be seen here as a testimony of the strong ancient Roman presence here.

Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel. Today, the meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 7: Polizzi - cooking class - Monreale - Palermo

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Polizzi Generosa, a small, medieval town, not far from Palermo, with an extraordinary wealth in artwork from the Norman period. Visit Polizzi Generosa, which lies in the Madonie Mountains Natural Park. This internal region between the Northern Coast and Central Sicily has a wealth of ancient small villages, where many people still live according to the Sicilian traditions.

Have a half-day cooking lesson at the farmhouse of an authentic Sicilian family. The host will demonstrate how to prepare homemade pasta and some special sauces. Lunch with your new friends.

Afternoon travel to Monreale the Norman “Mons Regalis”. The majestic dome was founded in the 12th century by the Norman king William II. It is 6.340 square meters of polychrome and gold mosaics and the access to the Benedictine cloister makes it one of the most magnificent testimonies of the Norman conquest of Sicily.

Continue to Palermo for a sightseeing visit of the highlights of Palermo: the Palatine Chapel (inside the Royal Palace), rich in mosaics and Byzantine decorations; the Cathedral, a sumptuous example of a Norman structure, where imperial and royal tombs can be visited; the Pretoria Fountain, an unusual concentric circles of nymphs and monsters’ figures and the Martorana church with its fantastic interior decorated with wonderful golden mosaics and elegant frescos added in the 17th century.

Check-in at the hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight. Today's breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8: Palermo Airport

Breakfast in the hotel. It’s time to say goodbye. Transfer to Palermo airport for your return flight. Departure.

Included excursions

  • Sicilian lunch at the Kolymbetra park
  • Sightseeing of the architectural highlights of Palermo
  • Stroll around Modica and chocolate tasting
  • Tour of Abbazia Santa Anastasia
  • Tour of Cefalú
  • Tour of Taormina and visit to an open market
  • Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • Visit a traditional baglio
  • Visit Monreale
  • Visit Polizzi Generosa
  • Visit Syracusa and the archaeological zone
  • Visit Villa Romana del Casale
  • Walking tour of Castelbuono
  • Walking visit of Erice

Instructors

Angela Macaluso

Location

This vacation will take place in Sicily, Italy. Starting from Palermo, you will then head for Erice, Modica, Taormina, Cefalu, before going back to Palermo.

Food

Included in the package are daily breakfast, one lunch in a typical restaurant and a picnic as per itinerary, as well as three cooking classes followed by lunch as listed in the program.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You will have plenty of opportunities to dine at local restaurants and get to know the surroundings at your own pace.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels and agriturismo (with private bathroom and air conditioner)
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation by private car or minivan for the whole tour (except on day 5)
  • English speaking driver - courier for the whole tour
  • 1 lunch in a typical restaurant and a picnic as per itinerary
  • 3 cooking classes followed by lunch as listed in the program
  • Local guides: half day in Syracuse, half day in Agrigento, half day in Palermo
  • All taxes for services included in the itinerary
  • Airport transfer

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks during the meals (except the ones mentioned)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees in the monuments and museums
  • Everything not mentioned in the list of inclusions
  • Tips and personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Palermo Airport (PMO). Sicily By Experts di Fransicile will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Palermo train station.

Airport: Falcone–Borsellino Airport Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport No additional charges. 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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This trip requires a minimum number of 2 participants

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