Itinerary · Sicily, Italy · May 20-30, 2019 · SOLD OUT - waiting list

One thing to note: this itinerary is the current plan, and, things may change. We will make every effort to provide the tours and experiences that are described below. However, the nature of the places we’ll be visiting — not typical tourist destinations — means that plans may change at the last minute. Also, you always have the option of skipping a particular excursion, but please note that we will be unable to make refunds for any missed meals or other events.

May 20th – Monday/ Palermo

Arrive at the airport in Palermo.

You’ll be taken by a private transfer from the airport to the hotel.  Upon arrival,  you can relax, unpack and later we’ll take a casual walking tour of the area near the hotel to get comfortable with the area. That evening we’ll enjoy a lovely dinner in Palermo as we get to know each other and what’s in store for the next nine days.

May 21st – Tuesday / Palermo

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we’ll get up close and personal with the foods of Sicily. We’ll visit an outdoor food market as a group and learn about some of the local seasonal Sicilian foods. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Palermo, focused on the Norman and Arabic periods in the city’s long and fascinating history. In the afternoon we’ll grab a light lunch at some of Palermo’s famous street food locations.  That evening we’ll dine together at one of the area’s more intriguing restaurants on the outskirts of Palermo.

May 22nd  – Wednesday / Palermo

Breakfast at the hotel.

Our day begins with a behind the scenes tour of one of Palermo’s ceramic shops that follows the traditional method of hand-painting their ceramics. After learning a bit more about the process we’ll explore Palermo for an hour or so of shopping independently.

A visit to a local boutique wine producer in the west of the city comes next culminating with a tasting lunch and tour of the winery. On our way home we’ll stop at one of the pasticcerias in a lovely little seaside town outside of the Palermo.

The city is yours for the evening as you find dinner on your own (we have recommendations of course). Tonight we pack for Ragusa.

May 23rd  – Thursday / Palermo – Caltagirone – Ragusa

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, we’ll travel across Sicily to Caltagirone. We’ll stop to see the famed tile steps and some of their local ceramic shops as well as enjoy a light lunch and free time before checking into our hotel just outside Ragusa. In the early evening we’ll visit nearby Modica for a tasting at an artisanal chocolate producer, followed by a traditional chocolate dinner (one of our favorite evenings on the tour).

May 24th  – Friday / Ragusa

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we cook! Go light on breakfast this morning because we’ll be visiting an artisan cheese producer to see cheese making in progress and taste some fresh cheese. Afterwards we’ll gather fresh ingredients from the local markets with which to prepare our group dinner that evening. A lunch will be prepared for us with some of our ingredients and in the early afternoon we meet for the cooking class. We will divide into small groups and be given hands on assistance by trained chefs in preparing a multi-course meal of traditional Sicilian dishes. In the evening we will dine at the restaurant in our hotel, where we will enjoy the fruits (and meats) of our labors.

May 25th – Saturday / Ragusa

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today, we will venture to the hill town of Ispica and visit our second wine producer for a tasting lunch. Today is also a wonderful day to explore the local cuisine of Ispica, which—like the rest of Sicilian cuisine—is varied, complex and endlessly interesting.

Next, we’ll make our way back to the hotel that afternoon for a little free time walking and shopping in Ragusa Ibla—a world heritage site and Baroque portion of the city—before indulging in a beautiful meal that evening in Ragusa. Tonight you’ll pack for an early departure.

May 26th – Sunday / Ragusa – Sciacca – Trapani

Breakfast at the hotel.

We bid farewell to our hotel and travel along the coast till we stop at the port city of Sciacca for a delicious, scenic lunch. Founded in the latter part of the 15th century, Sciacca is famous for its beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as wonderful seafood. We reach our hotel in Trapani by late afternoon where we’ll relax at the hotel, take swim or enjoy a glass of wine on your own until the evening. Later you’ll have the  option to go into the town of Trapani for dinner on your own or with a group (we can help arrange this).

May 27th  – Monday / Trapani

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we’ll take a visit to the Salt Flats in Marsala. Later in the morning we’ll head to a nearby bakery and learn about the local bread called Pane Nero as well as enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we’ll return to the hotel for a small break before enjoying an olive oil and balsamic tasting that evening. Here you’ll learn what makes Sicilian olive oil so special as well as the process of traditional balsamic vinegar and enjoy a lovely meal together highlighting these ingredients.

May 28th – Tuesday/ Trapani – San Vito Lo Capo – Trapani

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we’ll get on the bus and head to Segesta where we’ll explore their famous Greek temples. After that we head to the beautiful sea side town of Castellammare del Golfo (the Sea Fortress on the Gulf). You’ll be free to walk this small town and explore their newly constructed marina.We will offer helpful suggestions of how to get around on your own for lunch. While here, we’ll snack and get ready to head to the nearby town of  San Vito Lo Capo, a stunning little town renowned for its beaches. You’ll have a bit of free time to walk with the local. That evening we’ll meet up for a lively couscous tasting dinner together.

May 29th  – Wednesday / Trapani – Erice – Trapani

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning we will visit the fish market of Trapani and learn about the local seafood population. After that we’ll head to the historical medieval town of Erice situated 750 metres above sea level. We’ll explore the steep and winding village, take in the amazing views and enjoy a light lunch in the tiny town. We will again offer tips on where to go for lunch. That evening we’ll find ourselves back together for a final group meal together before departing in the morning.

May 30th- Thursday/ Trapani

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will leave early to travel to the Palermo airport and say our heartfelt goodbyes.

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