8-18

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Succumb to the allure of the Sicilian breeze, the magnetic people, vibrant cuisine, and dramatic landscapes. This amazing island bursts with ancient temples and Roman ruins. Blood oranges, lemons, sand-colored temples, and glorious seaside escapes tantalize and restore. It’s a mythical land that rivals Greece for its Greek architecture and boasts culinary delights straight from the sun and sea. Savor all that is Sicily.

Explore

Mt. Etna, the gorgeous natural landmark and active volcano

Taste

a variety of Sicily specialties, from olive oils and regional wines, to the most authentic dishes

View

Greek and Roman archaeological sites and Baroque architecture

Day 1

Catania 

Land in Sicily at the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, and meet your Travel Director. Take a private transfer to your hotel to check in.

Riposto

After taking some time to rest and relax, meet up with your group for a welcome aperitif. Discuss the adventures that await you with your Travel Director, then sit down for a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Lunch, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 2

Catania

Rise early for breakfast before heading to Catania’s famed spice and fish market. Explore streets lined with local producers and fishmongers.

Viagrande

Tour the Benanti Winery, a family-operated vineyard creating award-winning wines. Taste several of their popular varietals, and listen as their wine experts discuss growing wine in the Etna region. Enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Etna and surrounding vineyards. Dinner is on your own at our hotel this evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 3

Piazza Armerina

Travel west to Piazza Armerina — a town featuring beautiful castles, cathedrals, and the famous Villa Romana del Casale. Enjoy a tour of the 4th-century villa with a local guide, and discover its 3,500 square meters of Roman mosaics. Enjoy lunch at your leisure.

Riposto

Return to the hotel for some rest. After, learn the art of Italian cocktail making at the hotel’s bar before dinner. Snack on olives, anchovies, and bread while watching the bartender use Italian spirits like Amaro Averna and Solerno to craft delicious drinks. Savor a mouthwatering dinner afterward.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 4

Taormina 

Sit back during a leisurely breakfast, then take a drive to Taormina. Greet this popular resort town seated on the Gulf of Naxos. Follow a local guide on a walk through the city, touring the impressive Greek theater and exploring the many shops, restaurants, and cafés. Lunch is on your own.

Private Villa, Taormina

This afternoon gather for a hands-on pasta workshop at a lovely private villa in the heart of Taormina. After, enjoy a dinner of your creations paired with Etna wines.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 5

Mt. Etna Crater

Get the chance to trek up the slopes of Mt. Etna today. Ride up from the base of the mountain in specially-fitted Land Rovers. Follow an expert guide on foot and hike up to the central crater of Mt. Etna. Enjoy moonlike landscapes, ancient lava flows, and craters.

Passopisciaro

Head to Planeta Winery on the north side of Mt. Etna. Tour the grounds of this modern winery, and learn how they planted Nerello and Carricante vines among the lava flows. Sample wines and enjoy a delicious lunch. After, unwind at the property and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 6

Agrigento

Discover Agrigento this morning, home to the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site of Greek art and architecture. Stroll with a local guide on a tour of the temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC and listen to ancient stories. Enjoy lunch on your own in Agrigento.

Menfi

Arrive in Menfi this afternoon, and settle in at our lovely wine resort surrounded by vineyards. Sit back or go for a walk in one of the nearby nature reserves or the olive grove of Capparrina. Savor a magnificent meal at the luxury hotel’s restaurant paired with their estate wines.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at La Foresteria Planeta Estate

Day 7

Menfi

Start the day with a relaxing yoga session, followed by breakfast. Join the wine resort’s chef for a hands-on cooking workshop, and learn about seasonal ingredients. Prepare a light lunch paired with sommelier-picked wine.

Castelvetrano

Visit a local flour mill producing tumminia flour — used make the “black bread” of Castelvetrano. Learn about Sicily’s Slow Food Movement. Return to the resort, where our chef will use the flour to make hand-rolled pasta and bread. Celebrate Sicily during our farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at La Foresteria Planeta Estate

Day 8

Palermo

Savor your final breakfast in Sicily and check out. Take a private transfer to Palermo's Falcone–Borsellino Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: Oct 20 — 27, 2017

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum of 18 is based on double occupancy.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $4,995
Superior: $5,295
Deluxe: $5,695
Single: $6,995

Call to discuss availability and rates for single, triple, quad, and child accommodations.

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

Travel Terms & Conditions

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