Grade

Moderate

Season

All Year

Hotel Accommodation

Not Included

Airline Ticket

Not Included

Private Vehicle

from 2 up to 8 people

This is a Private Tour

Season: all year available on request
8 nights/9 days

Palermo (2) Marsala (2 nights) Agrigento (1 night) Syracusa (3 nights)
Hotel Package: not included but available on request
Airline Tickets: not purchased by us

Land: Palermo airport – West Side
Leave: Palermo airport – West Side

Day 1 – Palermo airport > Town
Day 2 – Palermo Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale
Day 3 – Palermo > Erice, Olive Oil and Salt Way Road > Marsala
Day 4 – Marsala Saltpans and Winery Half Day
Day 5 – Marsala > Sicilian Village Meal Experience and Agrigento
Day 6 – Agrigento > Ragusa Ibla, Lunch in Trattoria and Modica > Syracusa
Day 7 – Syracusa Cooking Class and Ortigia Market
Day 8 – Relax in Syracusa
Day 9 – Syracusa > Catania airport

Featured Licensed Local Guide Recommended for the above tour
-Monreale, to visit the Dome | Already Included in the tour costs
-Agrigento, to visit the Valley of the Temples
The rates for the above services are available on request.

 

LEGEND AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
TOUR DETAILS & BOOKING INFORMATION
TOUR CODE: WINE9

Day 1
Palermo Airport > Town
Private vehicle and Italian speaking chauffeur disposal: transfer in only

Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo Airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then meet the driver showing a sign with your name and a short drive takes you to the town.
Day 2
Palermo Street Food Walking Tour and Monreale
Palermo Street Food Small Size Group Tour starts: h 10.30AM
Taxi Service: from Palermo to join Monreale and return
Monreale, English speaking guide disposal: to visit the Dome


Today indulge your senses in the Palermo Street Food Gastronomy which has a centuries-old culinary tradition, with Greek, Arab, Spanish and French influences. This immersion into Palermitan street food will give you a good understanding of the provenance and use of many Sicilian foods, as well as of local gastronomy. During the walk we highlight many of Palermo's artistic and architectural landmarks, including its Norman heritage, which has recently been included on the World Heritage List.

This culinary and cultural immersion commences with a stroll through the Ballarò Market, one of the liveliest places of the city, with its shouting vendors, and colourful and fragrant stalls. Your guide will discuss the history of Palermo’s historical markets, and relate it to the peculiarities of some local food specialties, some of which can be traced back to the influence of the Arab, Norman and Spanish dominations. While exploring the market and other family-run speciality food shops, we will indulge in savoury snacks such as Arancine --fried rice balls filled with either meat ragù, béchamel, ham or butter--, Sfincione --deep pan pizza with tomato sauce, onions, anchovies and caciocavallo cheese--, Pane e Pannelle --fried chickpea flour pancakes seasoned with fresh lemon juice -- Pani Cca Meusa --spleen sandwich--. Our Palermo walk continues through other parts of the historical center, to explore the complexities and layering of the city’s history, cultures and artistic expressions. We will pay particular attention to three buildings of many styles, La Martorana, the Four Corners, the Cathedral and the Palazzo Reale, which reveal the sometimes harmonious, sometimes incongruous composition of different architectural and artistic cultures (Arab, Norman and Spanish) that has characterized Palermo for centuries.

This afternoon meet the Local Guide in the area around teh Cathedral and catch on a taxi to move to Monreale to see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo (Tips: not included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.

We then return to Palermo.
Day 3
Palermo > Erice, Olive Oil and Salt Way Road > Marsala
Private vehicle and English speaking driver disposal: full day from h 9AM

Today meet the driver at hotel and departure for Erice uptown, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops -- world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries – and the lovely preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Then by walk we join the most visited sites: the Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. The former was built by the Arabs while the latter was a Norman construction with imposing towers that derived its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Venus, allegedly founded by Aeneas.

Later we travel in the country side and we soon arrive in an olive oil farmhouse for our delicious lunch

We then travel from Erice to Trapani-Marsala Salt Way Road, skirting the lagoon to see the snow-capped mountains but hills of salt, one of the Sicilian economy's historical resources that was already very precious in the days of the Phoenicians, who were the first to bring some form of technology to its production. The favourable climatic circumstances, such as high temperatures and a wind that increases evaporation, plus the shallowness of the water, contribute to create the evocative and unreal scenario created by the salt flats, which form a sort of immense chessboard that ranges in colour from off-green to pink. The tourist paths for visits to the salt flats wind their way around the great basins and, running along the edges of the tanks of seawater - which glistens in the sun as it crystallizes - finally reach the mounds of salt. These mounds are topped by a series of recently restored windmills that recall the days when they were among the main instruments for pumping the water and grinding the salt. A panorama that has to be enjoyed, preferably at sunset, when everything becomes tinged with red.
Day 4
Marsala Saltpans and Winery Half Day
Private vehicle and English speaking driver disposal: full day from h 9AM

Today our first stop is dedicated to the visit the famous Infersa Mill (Admission fee: non included) and discover one of the oldest Sicilian traditions. This Saltpan offers a truly unique landscape. Windmills, first introduced during mediaeval times, dot the horizon, a testament to how things were once done, though one or two continue to function, pumping water through the sluice gates into or out of the various basins. Piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles, lie between the road and the basins waiting to be despatched.

 

Later visit one of the most famous Marsala Winery to taste the Marsala wines with snacks.

This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 5
Marsala > Sicilian Village Meal Experience and Agrigento
Private vehicle and English speaking driver disposal: full day from h 8.30AM

Today we drive on a very charming route of inland villages off-the-beaten-track between hills and country landscapes. Upon arrival we meet a local guy who indulge us to taste just made ricotta cheese, homemade biscuits and the famous pane-cunsatu, a delicious bread stuffed with cheese, organic olive oil, salt, tomatoes and anchovies. Then starts our lunch in picnic style with locals and our amazing and unforgettable experience of true Sicily.

This afternoon we then continue to Agrigento to enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included), one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy.
Day 6
Agrigento > Ragusa Ibla, Lunch in Trattoria and Modica > Syracusa
Private vehicle and English speaking driver disposal: full day from h 8.30AM

Today we drive to Ragusa Ibla, one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, Ragusa is also one of the principal filming locations for the Sicilian Detective Saga Il Commissario Montalbano (Montalbano Inspector), a series which has done wonders for publicising the beauty of this area.

Lunch in a local trattoria to taste the Stuffed Ravioli with Ricotta and delicious appetizers.

This afternoon departure for Modica. Like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. Modica is custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate-making. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work. Tasting of Modica chocolate is a must.

Later we drive onto Syracusa.
Day 7
Syracusa Cooking Class and Ortigia Market
English speaking staff disposal: half day from h 10AM
Today is dedicated to teh visit of Ortigia, the heart of Syracusa city center. This delightful pedestrian small island, connected with Syracusa by the Umbertino Bridge, is home to the wonderful Cathedral built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena as can clearly be seen from the original Doric columns that were incorporated into the building’s main structure. Also on this square is the beautifully symmetrical Baroque Palazzo Beneventano and the church of Santa Lucia, the town’s patron saint. Later to the colourful daily Street Market, which sells a fantastic array of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Here we can purchase all the fresh ingredients necessary for our cooking class in order to let you live an unique and authentic experience with locals. At the end of the class, taste your creations and enjoy the delicious lunch.

The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 8
Syracusa at leisure
Day 9
Syracusa > Catania airport
Private vehicle and Italian speaking chauffeur disposal: transfer out only

Today transfer to Catania airport.
Included
  • Airport transfers
  • All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Cooking class
  • Cooking demonstration
  • English speaking chef
  • Licensed Local Guide as per program
  • Olive oil and local product tasting
  • one light lunch at olive oil factory
  • Sicilian wine expert guide
  • Tastings of street food and local wines
  • Vehicle with air conditioning
  • Wine Tastings
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Beverage and meal not specified
  • City taxes
  • Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Intercontinental/Local Flights
  • Porterage at airport
  • Travel Insurance
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