Sicily is a melting pot of cultures, where Greek and Arab influences can be found in the architecture, the ancient ruins and in the unique cuisine. Visit a land where the earth spills fire from ancient volcanoes and the sun warms the emerald waters of the Mediterranean sea; a region of archaeological wonders, marvelous baroque towns and rich, ancient traditions. But Sicily is not only a place of extraordinary monuments, enchantingly beautiful scenery and beautiful towns, it is also a land that offers an incredible variety of excellent vintages, ancient cellars and vineyards, typical dishes and traditional foods rediscovered in their original style.

DATES: April - October daily departures
DURATION: 8 Days / 7 Nights
PRICE: From $1,868
STARTING: Palermo
FINISHING: Taormina

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Tour Highlights:

  • Sampling of Slow Food Presidia products - delicious and authentic traditional foods
  • Wine tastings in the vineyards of Mount Etna
  • Palermo, the majestic Sicilian capital
  • Ragusa Ibla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Valley of the Temples, Agrigento

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Palermo: Collect your car and drive to your hotel in Palermo. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Palermo - Marsala - Erice: Depart for Marsala, the city renowned for its production of the wine of the same name. Enjoy a wine tasting, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon proceed to Erice, a magnificent medieval city in a spectacular hilltop setting. We recommend visiting the Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, an old pasty shop, to try some of the local delights. (B, L)

Day 3 - Pollina - Palermo: Morning departure for Pollina to visit a farmhouse. Have lunch and visit the farm. Discover how the ancient pastries and deserts were prepared with the slow food presidium, accompanied by some samples. Return to Palermo and explore the city at your leisure. We recommend you try the pastries at the Pasticceria Scimone which sells the famous cannoli and baba. (B, L)

Day 4 - Agrigento - Siracusa: Visit the old city of Argigento and enjoy lunch at the typical Trattoria Terra. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples, testament to the ancient Greek civilization in Sicily. (B, L)

Day 5 - Ragusa - Modica - Siracusa: Visit Ragusa, known for its Sicilian style Baroque architecture and explore the old and new cities at leisure. Proceed to Modica, the ancient capital of the country and famous for Aztec inspired chocolate and enjoy a tasting. Continue to Siracusa and enjoy dinner in the historical town centre of Ortigia. (B,D)

Day 6 - Siracusa - Mount Etna - Taormina: Continue to Taormina, stopping en route at a vineyard where prestigious wines are produced for a tasting accompanied by local produce. (B)

Day 7 - Taormina: Enjoy a guided tour of Taormina and visit the Greek theater. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 8 - Taormina: Tour ends. (B)

Includes:

  • 7 days category A car hire with standard cover
  • 7 nights 4-star harming hotels and/or historical residences
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 4 meals based on traditional regional dishes
  • 4 guided tastings of foods and/or wines from the Sicily region
  • Guided tours of the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park, Agrigento and Taormina
  • Entrance fees to the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park, Agrigento and the Greek theater, Taormina

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