Sicily Discovery & MasterExperience!

(10 days / 9 nights: Sun-Tues)

 

Programme & Itinerary

2018 & 2019

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Dates 2019: Jan 20-29 | Mar 17-26 | April 7-16 | May 19-28 | Sept 8-17 | Oct 6-15 | Nov 10-19

 

 

DAY ONE – Sunday

 

Palermo - Monreale

 

  • Meet in Palermo, either at airport or Hotel in the centre  
  • Our journey of discovery starts with a guided walking experience through the fascinating quarters of Palermo, a true cultural immersion in its history spanning over 2700 years!
  • Our walk will include Palermo’s mesmerizing architecture and heritage from the Phoenicians to the Romans, from the Byzantine influence to its Arab and Norman domination
  • Typical lunch in Palermo
  • In the afternoon, visit to nearby Monreale and its stunning Norman-Byzantine Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing example of that artistic and architectural fusion of cultures that Sicily is famous for
  • Late afternoon Aperitivo followed by dinner either in Monreale or in Palermo
  • Return to Palermo and evening at leisure*

 

DAY TWO – Monday

 

Erice – Segesta & Temple – Sicilian Cooking Masterclass I - Palermo   

  • After breakfast, we set off to visit the charming village of Erice, where myth, history and culture blend in a marvellous way
  • Our walk through Erice will guide us through the cobbled streets and alleys that inspired the poet Virgil for his poem Aeneid
  • Visits will include Erice’s fortified walls, quarters and churches and castles built in the most beautiful architectural variety, with special attention to the Spanish Quarter and the Norman Castle of Venus, all overlooking stunning views
  • After a late morning Aperitivo and a visit to the woven carpet and artistic ceramic shops, we carry on to reach the ancient town of Segesta
  • Segesta offers an amazing glimpse into the culture of Ancient Greece through its impressive and well-preserved V-century BCE Temple and Theatre, a breathtaking leap into a glorious history
  • After a typical light lunch, visit to the Temple and the archaeological site
  • Later this afternoon, a very special treat…sleeves up for a hands-on Cooking Masterclass with Chef to disclose the some of the secrets behind a few Sicilian staple dishes!
  • Our class will cover the most delicious Sicilian preparations and recipes under the guidance of our passionate Chefs, followed by dinner to sample the fruits of our labour!
  • Return to Palermo and evening at leisure

 

 

DAY THREE - Tuesday

 

Corleone & Mafia Myth & Legend – Cooking Masterclass II – Agrigento

  • After breakfast, we say goodbye to our hosts in Palermo and start a very special day ahead through Sicily
  • Our first destination is the famous (or infamous?!) town of God Father memory Corleone  for a true in-depth experience of Sicily’s mafia between myth, legend and reality
  • OPTION to reach Corleone by Helicopter this morning with a panoramic fly-over (TBC and dependant on numbers, min 4)
  • Arrival in Piazza Falcone Borsellino to meet with our local guide and start our personal Walking Tour
  • Introduction to Corleone’s intriguing Mafia origins with several famous stops along our walk throughout its fascinating historical old town
  • We will then take off an a panoramic drive to reach Corleone’s highest mountain point and visits to several Norman and Arab sites
  • Lunch will be at a local Trattoria, but our hosts will welcome us to a Cooking Masterclass that will feature Sicily’s most traditional dishes!
  • After lunch, we head towards the coast and reach Agrigento, among Sicily’s most important cultural and historical experiences!
  • A Greek settlement dating back millennia, Agrigento was among the wealthiest colonies of Magna Graecia
  • Check-in at hotel followed by dinner and an evening walk through town*

 

 

DAY FOUR - Wednesday

 

Agrigento & The Temple Valley – Enna

 

  • This morning will feature a guided visit through Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, a breathtaking visit of Sicily’s most notable Temples, Churches and Acropolis
  • Lunch will be excellent fish caught locally at one of Agrigento’s best restaurants, well known by the locals!
  • Our destination this afternoon is the very centre of the Sicilian island, as we head towards Enna, the Navel of Sicily
  • After we have checked in, a late afternoon guided Walking Tour to explore its mythological aura and the beautiful architecture
  • Dinner and evening at leisure in Enna

 

DAY FIVE - Thursday

 

Piazza Armerina - Wine Tasting Lunch – Ragusa

 

  • After a leisurely breakfast enjoying the stunning views that Enna offers, departure to reach and visit Piazza Armerina, the beautiful village known for its Roman Mosaics, Villas and Baroque style Cathedral
  • Lunch will be a special experience, as we reach a nearby winery for a lunch & tasting moment in some stunning surroundings
  • After lunch, our destination this afternoon is the beautiful Baroque town of Ragusa
  • After we have checked in, a late afternoon guided Walking Tour to explore its mythological aura and the beautiful architecture
  • Dinner and evening at leisure in Ragusa

 

 

DAY SIX - Friday

 

Modica – Chocolate Tasting – Southern Sicily Cooking Masterclass III

The Montalbano Sites

 

  • After a leisurely breakfast enjoying the stunning views that Ragusa offers, a walk through the town before reaching nearby Modica, renowned for its excellent chocolate production and local cheeses
  • After a sweet chocolate tasting followed by a cheese tasting, we will meet Chef Caterina for a local Cooking Masterclass to discover the flavours of Southern Sicily for lunch!
  • This afternoon, further discovery of the area as we reach Marina di Ragusa and Scicli, amazing towns famous for featuring as home to Sicily’s most famous fictional Detective, Commissario Montalbano
  • Evening at leisure in Ragusa for dinner*

 

DAY SEVEN - Saturday

 

Noto - Avola – Siracusa (UNESCO site) & Ortigia Island

 

  • After breakfast, we will reach the beautiful town of Noto
  • Walking Tour of Noto to discover its stunning Baroque architecture
  • Lunch will be a true fish feast on the Ionian Sea in Noto’s beach resort area of Lido di Noto
  • After lunch, time to reach Siracusa, the 2,700 year old town founded by the Greeks and the birthplace of famous mathematician and scholar Archimedes
  • Extremely rich in history, Syracuse offers an amazing combination of Greek and Roman Amphitheatres and Catholic Basilicas
  • Our drive will take us through Avola, the Sicilian town famous for its Nero d’Avola wine and for its highly appreciated almonds
  • Evening walk through Siracusa and the beautiful Ortigia Island to discover its intriguing history followed by dinner

 

 

 

DAY EIGHT - Sunday

 

Siracusa - Taormina

 

  • After breakfast, guided visit to the Greek Amphitheatre
  • Lunch will be along the coast as we head towards Taormina on a beautiful drive that will also offer a glimpse of Mount Etna in the background
  • En-route stop in the lovely fishing town of Giardini Naxos to enjoy stunning views of the Ionian Sea
  • Arrival at hotel in either Giardini Naxos or in Taormina and evening at leisure for shopping and dinner

 

 

DAY NINE – Monday

 

Mount Etna – Volcano Terroirs Wine & Olive Oil Tasting - Taormina – Cefalù

 

  • This morning, after breakfast, we will take an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe
  • Our visit will include approaching the craters for a true explosive experience!
  • Lunch will be a true delight as we visit a very special Winery and Olive Mill that cultivate their vines and olive trees on volcanic terroirs, quite the experience for the palate!
  • After lunch, our drive along Sicily’s Eastern coastline will take us towards Messina en-route to reach the gorgeous seaside town of Cefalù 
  • Dinner and evening at leisure in Cefalù’s charming medieval atmosphere

 

 

DAY TEN – Tuesday

 

Palermo – Airport

 

  • Morning at leisure in Cefalù before returning to Palermo Airport….arrivederci Sicily!!

 

 

 

*Possibility to enjoy an opera, musical or traditional Pupi Show in a splendid theatre of Palermo, Agrigento or Ragusa.

Dependant on Opera & Theatre Season and availability of tickets. Please enquire.

 

 Dates 2019: Jan 20-29 | Mar 17-26 | April 7-16 | May 19-28 | Sept 8-17 | Oct 6-15 | Nov 10-19

 

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Highlights & What's included for

“Sicily Discovery & MasterExperience – 10 days / 9 nights”

€3690 eur pp 

  • Guests: min 5 / max 7
  • Starting point: Palermo Airport / Centre on Day One (please contact us for arrangements)
  • Ending point: Palermo on Day Ten  (please contact us for arrangements)
  • Fully escorted by our Hosts, Leaders & Guides
  • Accommodation 10 days / 9 nights in selected 3Superior and 4 Star venues that deliver a true feeling for the area / city / town :
    • 2 nights in Palermo
    • 1 night in Agrigento
    • 1 night in Enna
    • 2 nights in Ragusa
    • 1 night in Siracusa
    • 1 night in Taormina
    • 1 night in Cefalù
  • No Single Room Supplement!
  • An exciting and unique journey of discovery through the very best of Sicily
  • Hands-on Cookery Classes at our highly selected venues under the guidance of our Chefs
  • Foodie Experiences:
    • Hands on Masterclasses with Chefs
    • Traditional Sicilian specialties
    • Special Wine Tastings to discover the culture of  flavours of Sicily
    • Olive Oil Tasting
  • All restaurants and venues are highly selected and offer the most special Abruzzo1 & ItaliaSpeciale Experiences!
  • All meals included as per the program with highly selected wines from Sicily as part of the ItaliaSpeciale Experience

A word on Tipping

At Italia Speciale and Abruzzo1 our mission is to assure only the best experiences possible around Abruzzo and Italy through our highly selected network of Partners and Hosts, all committed to delivering the highest standards of knowledge and service to our guests. We do this by nature and soul, as proud as we are of our proposals and our people. Tips are never expected and always come as a nice bonus for our partners.

A token of gratitude. Ideally your Host should collect €75 eur in cash per guest on Day 3 to cover all tips that deserve to be shared among all Partners. Tips are not compulsory by any means, and should be given exclusively for high quality service.

 

 

 

Payment: Bank Transfer + bank charges | Credit Card: +3.5% | Cash: €150 EUR discount

 

 

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