Culinary Tour of Sicily

Siracusa Duomo, Sicily Guided Group Tours | Cultural Italy

Tour Introduction

7 NIGHT ESCORTED GROUP TOUR
Groups of 25 people or less. Tour includes 4 nights in Palermo, 2 nights in Syracuse, 1 night in Giardini Naxos, with day trips to Monreale, Madonie Park, Ragusa, Syracuse, Mount Etna and Taormina.

7 NIGHT ESCORTED GROUP TOUR
Groups of 25 people or less.
Tour includes 4 nights in Palermo, 2 nights in Syracuse, 1 night in Giardini Naxos, with day trips to Monreale, Madonie Park, Ragusa, Syracuse, Mount Etna and Taormina.

DEPARTURE DATES 
2017 May 21
2017 June 11
2017 September 10

ITINERARY
DAY 1: ARRIVAL - PALERMO
Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to your hotel in Palermo on your own. Time to settle in, and welcome dinner dedicated to the products of the Slow Food Presidia of Sicily. During the evening there will be an introduction to the tour and to the Slow Food philosophy, the activities of the association and the Terra Madre Foundation. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay. (Dinner)

DAY 2: ERICE - MARSALA
Departure for Erice, a magnificent medieval city in a spectacular setting. Walk through the streets of the center of the town and visit the Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, an old pastry shop that offers recipes from the Antico Convento. Try some of the typical local delights such as almond pastries filled with candied lemon, Cannoli, Zibbibo (local wine) and the famous “brutti ma buoni” (“ugly but tasty”) biscuits. Proceed to Marsala, the city renowned for its production of the wine of the same name. Lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Donnafugata’s historic cellars, a living example of industrial archaeology where you can admire the fascinating underground barrique room and the processes of wine refinement. Free time to stroll through the center of the old town. Return to the hotel and overnight stay. (Breakfast Brunch, Tasting, Lunch, Tasting)

DAY 3: PALERMO - MONREALE
In the morning, visit the famous old Capo Market, in the ancient heart of this thriving city. Free time to stroll around the streets in the center of the city. In the afternoon a guided tour to visit and seek out signs of Palermo and its ancient "grandeur". Transfer to Monreale, ancient village near Palermo, famous for its wonderful Norman Cathedral and the adjoining cloister, architectural masterpieces of King Roger. Return to the hotel, overnight stay. (Breakfast Brunch)

DAY 4: AGRIGENTO - CALTAGIRONE - SYRACUSE
Departure for Agrigento for a guided tour of the amazing Valley of the Temples, testament to the ancient Greek civilization in Sicily. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon visit Caltagirone famous for the production of ceramics and pottery: visit of a ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. Departure for Syracuse, check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay. (Breakfast Brunch, Dinner)

DAY 5: RAGUSA - MODICA - NOTO - SYRACUSE 
Departure to Ragusa. Guided visit of the city, built in a region that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its Sicilian style baroque architecture. The city is divided into two parts: the old city (called Ibla) and the new city. Having admired the wonderful architecture of Ibla proceed to Modica, the ancient capital of the county which once again is full of amazing examples of architecture that pay homage to the old Sicilian baroque style. We suggest a stop at the Antica Pasticceria Bonajuto (an old pastry shop), where the Ruta family is famous for its chocolate. Sample some of the typical dishes accompanied by local wines at Trattoria La Locanda del Colonnello. Before returning to Syracuse stop in Noto to taste the famous almonds. The almond is the queen of Sicilian confectionery and is used to make pasta reale (marzipan), martorana (marzipan fruit and vegetables), almond milk, nougat, mustazzuoli biscuits, amaretti and cassata, the baroque pudding par excellence. Overnight stay in Syracuse. (Breakfast Brunch, Lunch, Tasting)

DAY 6: SYRACUSE - MOUNT ETNA - TAORMINA 
A morning guided of Syracuse, one of the most important and strategic political centers in ancient Greece, visit the archaeological park and walk around the heart of the old city – Ortigia. Departure to Taormina, stopping on route for a wine tasting in Mt. Etna area. Proceed to your hotel in Taormina. Check in and free time. Overnight stay. (Breakfast Brunch, Tasting)

DAY 7: TAORMINA
In the morning, a guided tour to discover Taormina, the small medieval village called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea" and visit to the Roman - Greek theatre. Time at leisure for lunch, shopping and walk through the tiny streets. Farewell dinner and overnight night stay. (Breakfast Brunch, Dinner)

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, free time. (Breakfast Brunch)  

THE RATE INCLUDES:
· 7 nights 4* hotels
· Breakfast Buffet Daily
· 5 meals based on traditional regional dishes, including a selection of regional wines
· 1 Slow Food welcome dinner
· 2 lunches & 1 dinner
· 1 farewell dinner
· 4 guided tastings of Slow Food wines and Presidia products from the Sicily region
· Guided tour of Agrigento, Siracusa, Ragusa, Palermo, Taormina (each 2 hours)
· Entrance fee to the Cathedral of Monreale, Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park in Agrigento, the Archaeological Park in Syracuse, Greek Theatre of Taormina
· Travel in state-of the-art, luxury motor coaches
· Mini bus in Taormina
· Baggage Handling for the full duration of the tour
· Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides as per itinerary
· VAT 21%

THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Cities tax, travel insurance, tips and anything not specifically mentioned in "The rates include"

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