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Vagabonda Travel Flavors of Sicily small group tour

Flavors Of Sicily

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Destination: Croatia • Duration: 13 days / 12 nights • DatesSeptember 24 - October 9, 2024 • Destination: Sicily • Duration: 15 days / 14 nights • Dates: September 24 - October 9, 2024 • Destination: Sicily • Duration: 15 days / 14 nights • Dates: May 14-28, 2024

Destination: Sicily

Dates: Sep 24 - Oct 9, 2024

Duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Welcome to Sicily!

Upon arrival to Palermo airport, meet your English-speaking driver and transfer to your hotel in Trapani. Get settled in your room, relax, or start exploring on your own. In the early evening, head to the reception area where you’ll meet your host and fellow travelers for the welcome reception. Then, it will be time to head just a few streets down, to an amazing local restaurant, for a delicious welcome dinner. Enjoy a Sicilian 3-course meal, paired with local wines. Enjoy, get to know each other, have fun!

Hotel:  Palazzo Gatto & Spa 4*

Arrive in Palermo and transfer to Trapani

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2024

DAY 1

In the morning, head to to the port to board our private speed boat! The captain will take us on the discovery of the beautiful Egadi islands. There will be plenty of time for swimming in the clearest waters you have ever seen, around Favignana and Levanzo. Enjoy soft drinks and snacks on board and have free time for lunch on shore. Make sure to have a wind stopper and some warmer clotihing just in case it gets colder during the sailing. Return to your hotel in the afternoon, with the rest of the day at leisure. Let’s meet up for drinks and to grab dinner together!

Hotel: Palazzo Gatto & Spa 4*

Boat Trip To The Egadi Islands

DAY 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2024

The island of Levanzo, Egadi Islands, Sicily, Italy

DAY 4

In the morning, we’ll start our adventure into the Sicilian countryside. You’ll enjoy the scenic drive, and a visit to two amazing towns. First, we stop in Corleone, famous for the fictional Mafia family. Continue to Palazzo Adriano, an interesting town founded in ancient times by Albanian exiles who brought with them their culture and customs. We will admire the beautiful church of Santa Maria Assunta on Greek – Byzantine style and enjoy lunch at a local ‘agroturismo’. Then, we will continue our drive through the countryside to the Southern coast and Agrigento. Your evening is free. Agrigento is home to several awesome restaurants, make sure to check them out!

Hotel: Colleverde Park hotel 4*

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2024

Trapani - Sicilian Hinterland - Agrigento

Sicily, Italy, countryside

DAY 5

Today we spend our day enjoying Agrigento. In the morning, we’ll visit the fascinating archeological site Valley of the Temples, one of the most significant sites of ancient Greek history. But this is also a very beautiful place! The view toward the coast is breathtaking! Be sure to sample coffee with pistacchio at the bar within the Archeological area, it’s a special experience! Later, proceed to town, together with your guide for a short walk through the historic center. The tour will end here, you can stay in town for lunch, or return to the hotel, relax by the pool, have some fun! Let’s meet up in the evening for drinks and dinner in town!

Hotel: Colleverde Park hotel 4*

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2024

Explore Agrigento

DAY 6

It is time to head inland again, today we visit Piazza Armerina and proceed to Ragusa where we’ll spend the night. In Piazza Armerina, we’ll visit The Villa Romana Del Casale,  former mansion of a wealthy Roman senator who traded in exotic animals, today fully protected by UNESCO, and then, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local agritourism. We’ll proceed proceeding to Ragusa in the afternoon. Get settled into our hotel, and then you are free to explore Ragusa, it’s a gorgeous Baroque hilltop town with a maze of narrow streets, churches, and palaces, that seem layered on top of one another. Tonight, we recommend  trying ‘focaccia Ragusana’, a famous local dish.

Hotels: San Giorgio Palace hotel 4*

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2024

Piazza Armerina - Ragusa

Sicily, Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

DAY 7

This morning we head to Modica, yet another magical Sicilian town that is also home to a very unique factory – a chocholate factory. The chocholate from Modica is known all over the world for its special propreties.  Of course, we will visit the factory and taste this unique type of chocholate! Then, we’ll continue through the scenec country roads of Sicily to the town of Noto, considered one of the finest examples of Sicilian baroque style towns. A local guide will show us the highlights of town,  and then we’ll enjoy time to explore on own, take pictures, or enjoy coffee at a local bar. Our journey continues all the way to Syracuse. We’ll settle in our hotel, and relax, enjoy your evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Grand hotel Alfeo 4*

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2024

Ragusa - Modica - Noto - Syracuse

DAY 8

After breakfast we’ll head out for a walking tour of Syracuse old town, Citta Vecchia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the island of Ortigia. After the tour, enjoy exploring the streets of Ortigia on own, or head back to the hotel and relax. Late in the afternoon, we’ll head to our next adventure and embark our boat that will take us on an exciting sail around the Ortiga island and North Syracuse. Enjoy the sights of picturesque caves and corals, as well as landmarks such as Castello Maniace, the Spanish Walls, the Ear of Dionysus cave and much more! Have a light dinner onboard, and enjoy a glass of prosecco. We’ll return to shore and the rest of the evening is free.

Hotel: Grand hotel Alfeo 4*

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2024

Exploring Syracuse by Land & Sea

Sicily, the Island of Ortigia, Syracuse

DAY 9

Today we travel northeast to Catania, an interesting combination of ancient and modern, protected by mighty Mt. Etna. We will meet our guide and discover Catania during a leasurely walk with some unique food tasting along the way. We’ll learn the difference between arancino and arancina, try Sicilian cannolo, granita and many other traditional delicacies We’ll learn about the history and the life in Catania.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy the drive with views of Mount Etna and arrive at our hotel in Taormina. The balance of the day is free, and our hotel is right at the beach! Enjoy the views, go dip your feet in the sand and enjoy! The town is a short taxi ride away, if anyone wants to explore, join your host and head out to town.

Hotel: Caparena 4*

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2024

Syracuse - Catania - Taormina

DAY 10

After breakfast, our driver will take us to town where we’ll meet our local guide and enjoy a walking tour of Taormina and visit the amazing Greek theatre, offering splendid views of the Calabrian coast, the Ionian coast and the spectacular cone of Etna. Later, we will meet our chef and enjoy a cooking class together. Learn how to prepare Sicilian dishes from scratch. Most possibly the best souvenir to take home from this trip! The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the beach, relax or explore on your own.

Hotels: Caparena 4*

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2024

Taormina

Sicily, balcony in Taormina

DAY 11

Another great day is ahead of us! In the morning our local guide will meet us at the hotel Lobby. Today, we  explore the most fascinating area of Sicily, the Etna countryside. Please make sure to bring some warmer clothes as it can be much colder on the mountain! A wind stopper and or a hoodie will come in handy. Or, you can decide to buy it on the spot, they offer many warm clothing as souveneras from Mount Etna. As we approach the higher levels you’ll see the scenery becoming outwordly, but beautiful! We’ll leave our coach and board the funnicular that will take us even higher, toward the top of this fascinating vulcano, mother Etna. Up there in the clouds, we’ll meet our Alpine guide and enjoy exploring this unique enviroment. We’ll enjoy the view of the sorrounding towns and the coast while learning about how mighty but also how gentle Etna is, How much is loved by the locals and why they call it “mother”. After our descent, we will proceed to visit an awesome local winery where we will enjoy wine tasting with a light lunch. The return to Taormina is planned for the afternoon hours and your evening is free.

Hotel: Caparena 4*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2024

Explore The Etna Countryside

DAY 12

Today is the perfect day to visit another vulcano! Today, we’ll enjoy the drive to Porto di Milazzo, where we will meet our skipper and board our boat. Sail along the mesmerizing Aeoli islands, dotted along the Sicilian northeast coast. We’ll have time to explore Panarea, and then, we’ll sail to Stromboli, the famous active Vulcano! Stay on this amazing island and explore. In the late afternoon, we board our boat again and sail all around Stromboli to view the are where small eruptions happen on a daily basis. Then, we’ll sail back to shore, board our coach and return to our hotel for the night.

Hotel: Caparena 4*

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2024

A Boat Trip To Panarea And Stromboli

DAY 14

In the morning, we’ll enjoy a market tour and street food of Palermo! The tour is approximately 3 hours We’ll taste all the amazing dishes and street food Palermo has to offer. From the authentic arancino to the unique sfincione and yasmine gelato! The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy Palermo at your own pace. We will meet again in the early evening hours for our farewell dinner filled with amazing Sicilian dishes with a modern twist.

Hotel: Plaza Opera 4*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2024

Explore Palermo

DAY 3

After breakfast we head to Erice, a unique and wonderfully preserved mountaintop town with breathtaking views and a great historical presence. Visit the impressive Royal Cathedral, a golden mirage of sculptured buttermilk stone and Carrara marble. Walk the cobbled streets lined with superb examples of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Enjoy some free time. Recommendation: try Sicilian sweets and pastries from authentic Maria Grammatico’s Pasticceria. We will meet again for lucnch with local dishes in a small, family-owned trattoria. Later, we’ll head to Segesta and visit the archeological area. Return to our hotel in Trapani in the afternoon, with time for you to enjoy yourself at your own pace.

Hotel: Palazzo Gatto & Spa 4*

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2024

Day Trip To Erice And Segesta

DAY 13

This morning we continue our journey west along the coast. We’ll stop in Cefalu, a cute fisherman village where you can enjoy some time to walk around, take pictures and grab a bite. Then, we’ll continue our way to Monreale. We’ll meet a guide and visit the UNESCO Protected Duomo di Monreale and its Chiostro. Later, our driver will drop us off at our hotel in Palermo. Enjoy the evening at leisure, let’s go grab a drink!  

Hotel: Plaza Opera 4*

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2024

Taormina - Cefalu - Palermo

DAY 15

After breakfast, transfer to Palermo international airport for your homebound flight.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024

Depart Palermo

Pricing

Price Per Person In

Double Occupancy Rooms

$1290

Single Supplement

$6750

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What's Included

Accommodation at listed hotels with breakfast daily, based on double occupancy rooms, with the option for single use at a supplement

Customized arrival and departure airport transfers, according to your individual arrival and departure flight timing

All transfers as per program with comfortable air-conditioned mini coach

Professional English-speaking tour manager throughout

Welcome drink at the hotel

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant with traditional Sicilian 3-course meal, incl. wine & water

Private chartered boat trip to the Egadi islands, including drinks, snacks, and towels

Visit of the chocolate factory in Modica, including chocolate tasting

Private boat tour around Ortiga island, including light dinner and drinks

Guided tour of Taormina, including entrance to the Greek Theater

Hands on cooking class in Taormina, followed by lunch to enjoy the fruits of your labor

Guided street food tour of Catania and Palermo

Cable car to Mt. Etna, for a spectacular visit

Lunch and wine tasting at a local winery in the Etna countryside

Boat tour to Panarea and Stromboli (shared, larger boat for up to 40 guests)

Guided tour of Monreale, including entrance fee to the Duomo

Farewell dinner with drinks in Palermo

Guided tour of Erice, including entrance fee to Erice Royal Cathedral

Lunch at traditional local restaurant in Erice, including a glass of wine & water

Entrance fee to visit the Segesta archeological site

Guided tour of the town of Corleona and Palazzo Adriano

Lunch at the local farm in Sicilian countryside, including a glass of wine and water

Guided tour of Agrigento, including entrance fee to the Valley of the Temples archeological site

Guided tour of Piazza Armerina with entrance fee to the Villa Romana del Casale

Lunch at traditional agriturismo in Piazza Armerina, including a glass of wine and water

Guided walking tour of Ragusa, Syracuse, Noto, and Palermo

Sicily sunset

Visas, passport, and/or departure taxes
 

Airfare

Any items not listed above

Expenses of personal nature, including tips to guides and drivers, telephone calls, table drinks, internet, laundry, etc.

Travel insurance – highly recommended! Check out World Nomads.

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Pricing

Price Per Person In

Double Occupancy Rooms

$1290

Single Supplement

$6750

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