On this VIP culinary Italy itinerary, experience life beyond the mainland with a gourmet taste of Sicily’s rich history of cuisines. Sample fine wines on premier estates. Wander the vibrant open-air markets in Palermo, passing colorful produce and fresh seafood. Witness the golden stones of Arab-Norman palaces. Discover the largest ancient temple on the island rising out of the blossoming wildflowers. Discuss ideal wine pairings with an experienced sommelier and enjoy an unparalleled panorama...
Palermo – Arrive in Sicily and Enjoy a Relaxed Walking Tour of CefalÃ¹
Cefalù offers the best and brightest of Sicily, combined into a single, gorgeous city. The beach shimmers with powdery white sand bordering the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Arab-Norman architecture glows with golden sandstone facades, arabesque windows, and crenulated walls. Mosaics glint with gold leaf within dramatic cathedrals set against the backdrop of rolling mountains. The cobbled lanes carry the aroma of the sea with sporadic bursts of zesty oranges. The relaxed pace and walkways retain the friendly ambiance of the fishing village, embodied in the colorful boats wading in the quiet port.
Your flight lands at Falcone-Borsellino Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You venture to Cefalù to view the medieval streets and quiet, welcoming ambiance. The stunning cliff of La Roca once held an Arab citadel, which led to a Norman castle overlooking the coastline and the cityscape. A staircase winds along the outer ridges of the imposing figure to reach the windswept summit. The plateau offers a view down to the ruins of the 4th-century BC Temple of Diana. Couples stroll along the strewn rocks and preserved columns. You make your way to the Arab-Norman cathedral at the heart of the city, which contains brilliant Byzantine mosaics dating back to the 12th century. The image of Jesus surrounded by shimmering gold dominates the apse and standing above images of the Madonna, archangels, and the Apostles.
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Mazara del Vallo – Explore Ancient Segesta and Indulge in Lunch with Wine
Mazara del Vallo – Discover Sicilian Vineyards on a Full-Day Wine Excursion
Mazara del Vallo – Revel in a Spa Day and a Sommelier Guided Wine Tour
Mazara del Vallo – Visit Marsala and Trapani before Returning to Palermo
Palermo – Depart for Home
- Sample the array of flavors in a variety of delicate and bold wines, as shaped by the climate and landscape around the northwest borders of Sicily
- Indulge in the marvelous tastes of the gregarious and multi-cultural island with an elegant lunch paired with wines by a celebrated sommelier
- Enjoy a relaxing morning boat ride around the bay at Mondello for an unforgettable view of the coastline and the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea
- Bask in the comforting and refreshing touch of a luxury spa day inside your elegant resort within the Sicilian countryside
- Discover the ancient history of Sicily at the Segesta Temple, which contains an amalgamation of the cultures and histories that have influenced Sicily
- Explore the remarkable features of Arab and Norman architecture around bustling Palermo and the coastal cobbled lanes of Cefalù
- Tour the fabulous baroque city of Marsala and sample the eponymous wine amongst a variety of wines produced around engaging city
The captivating island of Sicily takes center stage from mainland Italy during your 8-day VIP food and wine itinerary. With Southern Italy travel, discover the culture that’s both familiar and yet remarkably different from mainland Italian tradition. From ancient temples to medieval lanes, enticing restaurants to elegant vineyards, you will experience the pleasures of Sicilian gastronomy, beginning with your arrival in Palermo. Your private transfer greets you at the airport and leads you to the charming seaside town of Cefalù for an introductory day alongside the water. Find stunning Arab-Norman architecture and welcoming cafes inside vibrant piazzas.
In the afternoon, you venture to Palermo and settle into the comforts and luxury of your gorgeous accommodation. The following day, your guide greets you in the lobby after breakfast and whisks you away to an elegant estate for a wine tasting set amongst the blossoming flowers and plump grapes. Learn about the history of Sicilian wines and the cultivation on the vineyard before partaking in a luscious tasting. Continue with a vibrant five-course lunch, learning the art of traditional Sicilian dishes before returning to Palermo.
Next, you can bask in the Mediterranean sunlight on a private cruise around Mondello. Return to heart of Palermo for a guided walking tour of the city’s storied history, from architecture to cuisine, palaces to marzipans. Your private transfer meets you and escorts you into the countryside to visit the ancient ruins of Segesta, home to the largest Doric temple on the island. Explore the archaeological park and traverse the narrow lanes and sensational castles in the mountaintop town of Erice.
In the afternoon, you settle into the pleasures of your stunning resort in the Mazara Valley. Relish an idyllic panorama of the hills and vineyards around the valley before visiting a celebrated winery known for producing a mix of crisp and indulgent wines. Bask in a variety of flavors with a VIP tour and visit the Valley of the Temples en route to your resort. Afterward, you relax with refreshing spa treatments in the evening.
Venture forth to a gorgeous winery for lunch to explore the wines around the neighboring islands and Sicily with a sommelier pairing each taste to the appropriate cuisine. Travel to Marsala to explore the capital of the region known for the eponymous wine. Visit the treasures of the nearby vineyards to discover the hidden flavors harbored by the landscape. Delight in a delicate and enchanting lunch with wine pairings. Visit the salt mounds around Trapani before returning to Palermo. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Falcone-Borsellino Airport for your flight home.
$6,235 per person (excluding international flights)
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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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