per person, double occupancy, $495 single supplement
Depart the US
Arrive in Palermo
Transfer to our hotel via group or private transfer. Check into the hotel and have dinner on our own
After breakfast we have a full day in Palermo. Visit the market in the morning, then hear from a North African refugee the story of how he came to Sicily by boat and what happened to his family and friends. After, we head to Monreale for lunch, then visit the cathedral. Return to Palermo for a private tour and backstage visit of the Massimo Theatre. With any luck we may have the opportunity to see a part of a rehearsal. After our tour, we have a Welcome drink of granita and appetizers with a Q & A with Mark Vogelzang on the panoramic terraces of the Theater. This is followed by a private concert with regional opera artists. Dinner is on our own. Night at our hotel in Palermo.
(B, L, drink and appetizers)
Castelbuono and Cefalu
In the morning we drive to Castelbuono to see the small medieval town before lunch at a wonderful restaurant which is known for their variety of dishes made with mushrooms. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful coastal town of Cefalu before coming back to Palermo. Dinner on our own. Night at our hotel in Palermo
Today we check out of our hotel and head to Ragusa. On the way, we stop in PIazza Armerina and visit the Roman Villa and its famous mosaics. Lunch is in a restaurant nearby, before we return to our hotel to relax, enjoy the pool or perhaps the spa. Dinner is in a nice seafood restaurant on the beach 15 minutes from the hotel.
(B, L, D)
Ragusa and Scicli
We have time to relax in the morning at our hotel. Today we explore the beautiful countryside of Ragusa. We participate in a cooking class of bread making and pasta at a winery where we have lunch. We then visit a greenhouse famous for its aromatic herbs, in the beautiful small town of Scicli. Return to our hotel to enjoy a pizza night at their wood burning oven pizzeria on the terrace. Tonight we are excited to have Irwin Gratz talk on the night sky (weather dependent.) Overnight at our hotel.
(B, cooking class, L, D)
Modica and Ibla
Today we visit the Baroque towns of Modica and Ibla. We start in Modica with a memorable chocolate tasting at a chocolate producer. We then have a light lunch with all the typical bakery products, cheeses and cured meats in Ibla. We tour the town, then are hosted in a private house for a small concert with a cocktail and appetizers, before returning to our hotel. Dinner on our own.
(B, L, cocktail and appetizers)
Siracusa and Taormina
We have a walking tour of Siracusa this morning, then visit the Spice Market and have a street food lunch experience. Our guide then takes us around in the old town surrounded by the sea. Free time this afternoon to wander. Depart in the afternoon drive to Taormina and check in at our hotel. We enjoy dinner and the night in Taormina.
Taormina, Savoca and Castelmola
Today we explore Taormina and the beautiful surrounding villages. We start with Savoca, the small town famous for being the set for the movie the Godfather, then go to Castelmola, the medieval section and highest part of Taormina. We have lunch on our own, before visiting the famous Greek Theatre and the historic center of Taormina. Tonight we have our Farewell dinner and enjoy the night in Taormina.
Etna and Taormina
Today we explore the Etna Volcano. Enjoy a guided small easy walk along the summit craters, then head to a lower elevation to Cavanera, a state-of-the-art winery, visiting their centennial pre-phylloxera vines. Lunch is paired with the best selection of Etna wines. In the afternoon return to Taormina for some time on our own before a goodbye cocktail around 6.30PM
(B, L, cocktail)
Depart for the airport or stay longer
One transfer to and from the airport
Tour leader throughout the tour and guides
4 and 5 star accommodations
Breakfast included, other meals as listed in the itinerary as L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Talks as listed in the itinerary
All entrances and admissions
Tips for the driver, guides and for all meals listed in the itinerary
What’s not included:
Additional meals and beverages not listed on itinerary, or not part of the chosen menu at meals
Individual hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry, Internet, optional gratuity for hotel housekeeping staff, etc.)