Cheese market, Palermo, Italy

Gastronomy Tour of Sicily: Food, Wine, Cooking Class

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Sicily, Agrigento, Siracusa, Mount Etna...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Puffs of smoke drift into the blue sky from the various craters of Mount Etna. Vineyards sweep across the foothills adding lush vines to the rugged landscape and absorbing the unique characteristics of the terrain. A local chef prepares artichokes in a farmhouse overlooking the lush prairie, and a decadent aroma fills the kitchen. Your gourmet Sicily tour shows you the flavors of the island, from brilliant wines to eclectic cuisine, ancient architecture to exquisite Mediterranean waters. Discover...

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Trip Highlights

  • Delight in private cooking lessons in celebrated locations around Sicily, along rustic farmland to modern cityscapes
  • Indulge in the exceptional flavors of Sicilian cuisine that changes from province to province
  • Sample the unique flavors at a vineyard located in the foothills of Mount Etna
  • Witness the exceptional Greek ruins in the Valley of the Temples
  • Discover the coastal beauty of a medieval town overlooking the water
  • Settle into the countryside in an ancient town set atop a bluff
  • Traverse the antique streets of Palermo on a guided tour to find the extraordinary history and treasured historic flavors
  • Venture up Mount Etna to visit the active craters along the tallest mountain in Europe

Detailed Description

Sicily is an epicurean dream emanating from the island’s coveted position in the Mediterranean Sea. Over time, travelers from around the globe have settled in, or taken over, leaving bits of their culture behind. Today, remnants of the Greek and Arabic architecture mix with Roman and Norman elements. The combination of cultures has done more than affect each city around the island but has amalgamated in the cuisine to create special flavors unique to Sicily. Your 8-day gourmet Sicily tour has you sampling heritage, from wines to meals, cooking classes to cities, ruins to the countryside, taking in the vast history and vibrant flavors changing with each province.

Your tour of Sicily begins with your arrival in Palermo, the island’s largest city, and considered the capital. Your private transfer escorts you to the luxury hotel located in the heart of the old city where you can enjoy your first Sicilian dinner. After your meal, your guide meets you at the hotel and leads you through a night tour of the eclectic architecture and vibrant streets. The following day, you leave for the ancient city of Segesta, home to a marvelous Greek Theater and Doric Temple.

Visit the nearby medieval town of Erice, where you can stroll through the mountaintops overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and Egadi Islands. After lunch, you make your way to Marsala for a wine tour before delighting in a cooking course at an 18th-century villa. Next, you venture to the exciting archeological city of Agrigento to view the Valley of the Temples and explore the preserved Greek ruins. Continue to Piazza Armerina to explore a 3rd-century Roman villa before experiencing a cooking course of typical Sicilian cuisine at a wonderful rustic farmhouse.

On your fourth day, you visit the modern, yet ancient, city of Siracusa where you can see antiquated Greek and Medieval architecture. Later in the day, you arrive in the foothills of Mount Etna for a wine tour and tasting at Tenuta San Michele. For dinner, you will have a private cooking lesson with a local chef who will teach you about the sensational, provincial cuisine. The following day, you follow your guide to the summit craters around Mount Etna before settling into the medieval coastal town of Taormina.

Visit the province of Castellana Sicula for a half-day cooking lesson in a charming farmhouse with views of the rolling prairies. Continue to the quaint town of Polizzi Generosa and relax in the charming medieval streets and sensual flavors of the local cuisine. Then, return to Palermo for a full day walking tour of the historic sites and markets. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel after breakfast to escort you to the airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$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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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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