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SICILIA - There are so many things to see and taste in Sicily that one tour only would not be enough. The east coast tour lets you discover the most beautiful cities of the Sicilian Baroque, the incredible archaeological site of Taormina and Siracusa and the impressive and luxuriant nature of Mount Etna and Val di Noto. The Palermo and west coast tour takes you to unspoilt areas with incredibly beautiful beaches, natural reserves and vineyards. Then there’s the food and wine culture, that on both tours, will surprise you with its traces of all cultures that dominated the island over the millennia.
PALERMO for 1 night
TRAPANI for 3 nights
SAN VITO LO CAPO for 3 nights
SERVICES INCLUDED & HIGHLIGHTS
7 night accommodation in 4 star hotels and typical Sicilian Baglio – 5 dinners – 2 lunches – 1 cookery class with lunch – 1 excursion by boat with lunch on board – 2 wine tasting. Tastings of typical produce: Sicilian cakes, Sicilian street food, products preserved in salt, extra virgin olive oil, tuna, ice cream, fish cous cous and more. Guided tour of Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Marsala, Trapani and Riserva dello Zingaro.
DAY 1: PALERMO
Arrival in Palermo airport and hotel check-in.
DAY 2: PALERMO, MONREALE AND TRAPANI
Breakfast in hotel and panoramic guided tour of the city of Palermo with stop to visit the Cathedral. Lunch in the famous Focacceria S. Francesco. Continue up to Monreale, on a hill overlooking Palermo and visit the marvellous cathedral. Departure to the province of Trapani, accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3: Cookery Class AND Erice
Breakfast in hotel. Fun cookery class in a beautiful setting, an ancient mill that houses the Centre of Culinary Culture dedicated to Sicilian gastronomy. Lunch with the prepared dishes. Travel to Erice, a spectacular hilltop town. Guided tour and then we meet Mrs Maria Grammatico in her pastry shop. She will guide us in a tasting you won’t forget. Along the Strada del Vino Erice Doc we will visit a beautiful cellar with vineyard for a tasting of great wines. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4: EXCURSION TO MARSALA
Breakfast in hotel and departure for the Saline of Marsala. Visit the Ettore Infersa mill and tasting of products preserved in salt. Boat tour to explore the Stagnone and then visit the historical city centre of Marsala. Some free time for lunch and then a tasting of the famous Marsala Doc wine. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5: TRAPANI TO SAN VITO LO CAPO
Breakfast in hotel and visit to the historical city centre of Trapani and the WWF Saline Reserve. Exra virgin olive oil tasting and Sicilian lunch with music in Baglio, a traditional Sicilian estate villa with courtyard. Departure to San Vito Lo Capo enjoying a scenic drive. Stop to taste the tuna of the Tonnara. Accommodation in hotel and free time to enjoy one of the most beautiful Sicilian villages. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: BOAT TOUR RISERVA DELLO ZINGARO
Breakfast in hotel. Boat tour of the Riserva dello Zingaro from San Vito to Scopello, with amazing scenery of bays, rocks and blue sea. Lunch on board and time for swimming. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7: SAN VITO LO CAPO
Breakfast in hotel. Free day to enjoy this charming seaside town of white houses, white sandy beach and crystal-clear water. San Vito has been voted the best beach in Italy for the second year. The town has plenty of restaurants, bars and pastries and souvenir shops. Dinner in restaurant to taste the famous fish cous cous.
DAY 8: SAN VITO LO CAPO TO PALERMO
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Palermo airport.
To be quoted according to the number of people: coach service – private car with driver – car rental – tour director.
Shorter or longer itineraries available.
Budget accommodation also available.
Flights and travel insurance are not included.
- Table reservations in the best Italian restaurants
- List of the not-to-be-missed products
- Tips from residents
- Experienced local guides
- Accommodation in Spa hotels
- Italian night out in Dublin before and/or after the tour
(More options available)