On the volcanic hills of Mt. Etna grow luscious vines absorbing the varied nutrients of the soil. Orange and olive groves run through the valleys. Farmhouses produce dishes equally as enchanting as award winning restaurants. On your custom tailored Sicily tour, your senses will come alive, enhanced by the gourmet gastronomy and traditional heritage derived from an amalgamation from around the Mediterranean. The wine has succulent notes, the pastries practically melt in your mouth, and the coffee...
Palermo – In the Cool of the Night
The beauty of Palermo shimmers in the Mediterranean Sea and along the cream-colored stone constituting the Norman Palace in the heart of the historical city center. The scent of oranges blossoms from the orchards that encircle the city. Cobblestones pave the streets and alleyways underneath rustling palm trees. You arrive at the Falcone-Borsellino Airport, where your private transfer is waiting to greet you. You find your luxurious hotel situated near the heart of Palermo, surrounded by the lush history, where a multitude of cultures has added their particular charm to the skyline and cuisine for millennia.
After dinner, your guide greets you at your hotel and escorts you through the city streets for an evening tour of Palermo to introduce you properly to the antique city. Consider learning more about your highly rated tour operators for Sicily, and read for yourself how they work carefully to craft this trip to be the most memorable one you will ever go on. At dusk, a small marine layer washes over the streets, providing a cool atmosphere to the often-warm days. The streetlights have a radiant glow against the stone and narrow lanes of the old city. When you reach Vucciria Market, the quiet streets turn raucous, filled with the vibrancy of youth. Locals sit in cafes with tables crowding the walkways. They sip wine and coffee, nibble on Sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta sprinkled with pistachio, and watch what feels like the entire city pass by them.
Marsala – Sampling the Classics
Marsala – Remnants of the Romans
Syracuse – Tasting the Earthy Tones of the Volcano
Taormina – Earth to Sea
Castellana – Tasting the Traditions of the Countryside
Palermo – Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Palermo – Sweetness of the Morning
- Explore the exquisite ruins of ancient civilizations from around the Mediterranean Sea
- Enjoy a series of cooking classes taught by local chefs to offer a glimpse into the culture and traditions of different regions of Sicily
- Savor the flavors of award winning wine selections on a wine tour at an estate located on the hills of Mt. Etna
- Bask in the extraordinary views of the Ionian Sea at Taormina
- Witness stunning preserved mosaics in an ancient Roman villa
- Traverse boisterous local markets for an immersive experience into the food culture of Sicily
The cuisine of Sicily cannot be summed up into one type of dish or one typical flavor. The island is an amalgamation of influences from the Phoenicians to North Africa, the Greeks to the Spanish. The air is often brushed with the scent of orange groves, and the tables are often dressed with a variety of olives. The produce has a richer flavor stemming from the volcanic soil and the fish from the Mediterranean maintain a deep succulence. Your 8-day gourmet Sicily tour offers you a sample of the regional cuisines and a taste of the wealth of history across the island.
Your flavorful discovery of Sicily begins in Palermo, the capital of the Italian province. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to a luxurious hotel situated in the heart of the Old City. After dinner, your guide meets you at the hotel, eager to lead you through an evening tour of Palermo. The following day, you leave behind the cityscape and make your way to the ancient city of Segesta, known for the remains of a towering Doric temple.
The day continues as you venture to Marsala for a cooking class in a charming villa located in the countryside near the city. Once in Agrigento, you stroll alongside ancient ruins in the Valley of the Temples before making your way to Piazza Armerina. Colorful mosaics continue to decorate the Villa Romana del Casale. Traverse the wondrous streets of Siracusa, filled with baroque and ancient charm. The day continues as you travel up the foothills of Mt. Etna for a wine tour and tasting at the remarkable mountainside vineyard of Tenuta San Michele. The following day, you have a guided tour to Mt. Etna’s extinct craters, with the possibility of journeying farther up the mountain if you choose.
The day ends with a tour of the seaside city of Taormina and its extraordinary Greek-Roman amphitheater. When you arrive in Castellana Sicula, you find a collection of pastures located at the island’s center. At a local farmhouse, your chef and guide help you prepare some of the regional favorites, each dish filled with exquisite flavor, before making your way to the historic village of Polizzi Generosa. You return to Palermo for a guided tour of the city, where you can experience the opulence of the Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel followed by a visit to the Norman Cathedral in Monreale. After breakfast on your final morning in Sicily, your private transfer meets you at your hotel and escorts you to the Falcone-Borsellino Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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