9 days for couples or friends
9 days for couples or friends
A complete tour for a couple or small group of friends who want to have a journey on a private basis. This luxury tour focuses on the superb Sicilian food and wine, featuring private touring and tastings in the main and most lively wine regions in Sicily. Enjoy wine tastings, oil-farm visits, gourmet restaurants, 5* hotels and exclusive wine resorts as well as in-depth cultural touring of the main archaeological and historical attractions.
Day 1 – Palermo airport → Regaleali
Upon arrival at Palermo airport meet your English speaking driver for a private transfer to your accommodation. Your home for the next 2 days will be the estate of Tasca d’Almerita family, producers of top-rated wines. Apart from the vineyards, the huge estate holds almond and olive groves and a wheat plantation. You will visit the cellars and taste the wines during an authentic Sicilian dinner in the family’s dining room. This is the chance to experience the authentic atmosphere of a very special country home and the most exclusive experience of wine, history and Sicilian tradition.
Accommodation: Regaleali Estate; Meals included: D
Day 2: Regaleali, cooking class with Fabrizia Lanza
At a few minutes from the main estate, Case Vecchie hosts the popular Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School. Guided by Fabrizia Lanza you will immerse in the stories, landscapes, and flavours of Sicily in a fabulous cooking lesson & lunch. 20 km of trails in the 500 hectares of the estate crossing through the vineyards, water basins, lakes and forest make it a wonderful place for a walk or a bike ride before dinner. Accommodation: Regaleali Estate; Meals included: B L D
Day 3: Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples
Bidding farewell to your host departs towards Agrigento to visit the UNESCO site of the Valley of the Temples dotted with eight Greek temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC and immersed in a park of olive trees and almond trees. We have included today a fabulous lunch in a small village on the coast at the two-starred Michelin restaurant of Chef Pino Cuttaia. Enjoy the afternoon at the spa of the Verdura Resort where you will spend three nights. Accommodation: Verdura Resort Deluxe Room; Meals included: B L
Day 4: Selinunte and olive-oil tasting
This morning visit the archaeological park of Selinunte where the temples, the ruins, the Acropolis and the agora were built overlooking the sea.
Enjoy lunch and a tasting of locally produced olive oil at the spectacularly landscaped Becchina Estate. Produced from Nocellara olives it is one of Italy’s most famous olive oils and the estate is set in a wonderful location, sixty acres of olive groves with 300-years old trees basking in the Mediterranean sun. Enjoy the extensive resort’s facilities before dining on pizza and Sicilian specialities at the trattoria-style restaurant of the property.
Accommodation: Verdura Resort Deluxe Room; Meals included: B L
Day 5: Planeta wine tasting
After a leisurely start, today make your way to Planeta winery in Sambuca. Established in 1990, this was the family’s first winemaking facility and surrounds the beautiful ancestral home located on Arancio Lake. Our visit includes a walk in the vineyards and along the footpaths of La Segreta woods to explore the remains of an ancient Phoenician wine press and a tasting of 4 wines paired with a traditional Planeta family lunch. One more relaxing afternoon at Verdura resort. Accommodation: Verdura Resort Deluxe Room; Meals included: B L
Day 6: Catania, Taormina
Departing Sciacca your driver will head east towards Taormina. On your way, you’ll stop in Catania for sightseeing of this baroque city at the slopes of the volcano Etna including the fish market which is as old as the city itself and it’s one of the most vibrant and colourful in Sicily, the best place to experience Sicilian seafood culture and traditions. You’ll then continue to Palazzo Biscari, one the most sumptuous private residences in Sicily, for a unique private visit. Prince Ruggero Moncada will host you for a Sicilian aperitif and show you his family’s palace. In the afternoon arrive in Taormina where you’ll be staying at the elegant Belmond property G. H. Timeo. Accommodation: G. H. Timeo Superior Room Villa Flora; Meals included: B L
Day 7: Taormina
Enjoy a day at leisure to savour one of the most celebrated Italian towns, its charming history and Greek heritage, its unique panoramas and cute boutiques and cafès. Accommodation: G. H. Timeo; Meals included: B
Day 8: Etna’s acclaimed wines
Our driver and naturalist guide will pick you up from the hotel and departing Taormina on board of 4×4 vehicles you will traverse spectacular landscapes as you make your way to Mount Etna, through the lava fields and the craters of ancient and recent eruptions, giving you some great insights about this volcano that dominates local life, bringing dust and sometimes destruction but also enriching the soil and giving a unique terroir producing wines considered some of Italy’s most unique. You’ll visit Giuseppe Benanti’s winery. Considered trailblazers in the emergence of quality Sicilian wines, Benanti produces today award-winning wines. Our visit begins in the vineyards where Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Capuccio grow, ungrafted vines of 20– 100 years old. We continue in the 18th-century lava stone Palmento where we will taste 5 wines paired with Sicilian specialities. Farewell dinner at Pietro D’Agostino’s seaside restaurant. Accommodation: G. H. Timeo Superior Room Villa Flora; Meals included: B L D
Day 9: Departure
Departure transfer to Catania airport. Arrivederci in Sicilia
The itinerary can be modified to your requirements if you wish and re-costed as necessary
Tours in English designed for 2 people or a small group of friends
Payment: Deposit of 30% per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia