Sicily


SICILY FOOD AND WINE
ACTIVE EPICUREAN ADVENTURE


9 days/8 nights - Multiple 2012 Departure Dates

PRICE: $2839 per person/double occupancy

Discover untouched corners of this storied island, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. Taste typical Sicilian dishes rich in sweets and different flavors and meals as well as sampling wines such as Marsala, Bianco d'Alcamo and Chardonnay.

During this 9 day tour of the best of Sicilian Food and Wine, we leave you with a portrait of Sicily that from the Sea to the Mountains and from Art to Nature will always remain a part of you.

2012 Dates:


March 17-25, 2012
April 21-29, 2012
May 26-June 3, 2012
June 30-July 8, 2012
Sept 1-9, 2012
Oct 6-14, 2012

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Palermo - Castellammare del Golfo

Transfer from Palermo airport to Castellammare del Golfo. Briefing about the tour and accommodation. In the evening, dinner in a panoramic restaurant on the sea. You will have the chance to taste the delicious dish, typical is the tuna fish, cooked in a tasty and special way

Meals: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Cerri Castellamare Del Golfo

Day 2: Castellammare del Golfo - Segesta

After breakfast we begin our tour with a stop outside the town of Castellammare at the Bar La Sorgente to taste the typical "Cassatelle", little delicacies made of "ricotta".

Then on to the archaeological site of Segesta, one of the most important and evocative archeological centre because of the impressive temple with its breathtaking sea view. After the visit you can visit a typical factory along the way to taste some cheese.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo Baglio Fontana Buseto Palizzolo

Day 3: Buseto Palizzolo

Today we head inland, to visit solitary places and country places which show the real part of country life in Sicily. Along the way, stop in a village, Dattilo, and chance to taste one of the most famous delicacies this region is so famous for, "Cannolo", they say their pastries are the biggest in Sicily. Along the way you will encounter several cantinas where you can have a stop to taste some wine.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Relais Antiche Saline Trapani

Day 4: Trapani - Mozia

Today is a day of total relaxation! The panoramic road skirts the sea where the sight of the windmills on the salt marshes is amazing. You will then have the chance to visit the little island of Mozia, a small, idyllic Punic island, where you will find archaeological sites and a private museum en route to Marsala.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Villa Favorita Marsala

Day 5: Marsala - Selinunte

In the morning Wine tasting in one of the famous cantinas of the city. The town is famous for a liqueur, the Marsala fortified wine which is thought to have been introduced to a wider range of consumers by the English trader John Woodhouse in 1773. The liqueur is a fortified wine, similar to port and it is universally exported. We continue to the archaeological sites of Cave di Cusa quarries and Selinunte, the ancient Selinus, and afterwards to the interior of the Island. Leaving the flat vineyards around Marsala we curve inland towards a softly undulating series of hill, and then down to the sea again, passing by the Cave di Cusa archaeological site, one of the most fascinating natural workshops of construction material of the Greek period. The archaeological park surrounding Selinunte and its monuments extends about 1.300 meters east to west.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Admeto Selinunte

Day 6: Selinunte -Chiusa Sclafani

An amazing itinerary from the sea level to Sicily inland, history and traditions with hills and flat terrain, gentle uphills and long descents through forests and cultivated grounds until we reach the ancient feudal city of Chiusa Sclafani where many village festivals take place, the most famous being the cherry festival in mid-June. Along the way you won't want to miss tasting the typical thick bread. It does deserves a detour!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Il Noce Antico Chiusa

Day 7: Chiusa Sclafani - Corleone

From the arab "Quirlian", Corleone was an ancient Punic-Sicilian centre; the first installation rises on the hill above the village. Around you there is awe-inspiring scenery , through which you ride or pedal along the countryside through the Ficuzza forest, Rocca Busambra, the Lake of Scanzano and the "Gole del Drago" (gorge of the dragon). Along the way, wine tasting in a typical canteen. Corleone is also known as the "town of one hundred churches", the most famous of which is the Main Church founded around the year 1000. But Corleone is better known as the place of legend from the movie "The Godfather" by Francis Ford Coppola.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Leon D'Oro Corleone

Day 8: Corleone - Ficuzza-Monreale

Our last day takes us to breathtaking vistas and exciting moments, but along the way do not miss the "cassata", a typical sicilian cake in Piana degli Albanesi, also famous for continuing the tradition of cooking a mix of Sicilian and Greek-Albanian dishes. You can taste the buccellati and many other traditional cakes. You then reach the town of Monreale, origins of which are from an Arab village, along the slopes of Monte Caputo, 310m above sea level. The Cathedral, having been built by William II between the 1172 and 1176 is what is most renowned about Monreale.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Guglielmo II Monreale

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast. Return transfer to Palermo.

Includes:

  • 8 nights lodging
  • Transfer to and from Palermo airport
  • Tastings of Sicilian sweets, wines, and food
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Upon request a road bike is available for each passenger
  • Meals
    • Breakfast - 8
    • Dinners - 8 (1 typical dinner)

Not Included:

  • Gratuities for guides and service staff
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "includes"
  • Lunches
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees and extras
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare to/from Sicily
Photo Credits
256px-Minnuzze_di_sant%27aita.jpg owner Stefano Mortellaro from Catania, Italy (Flickr); [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Cannoli_siciliani.jpg owner Stefano Mortellaro from Catania, Italy (Flickr); [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Monreale-bjs-1.jpg owner Bernhard J. Scheuvens aka Bjs; [CC] via Wikimedia Commons