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Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea (2016)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 10 | From: $6,995
Day 1: Arrive Palermo, Sicily
Arrive in Palermo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel located in the city’s historic center. Later, join your fellow guests for welcome drinks and dinner.
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa | Meals: D
Day 2: Palermo | Mosaics of Times Past
Explore Palermo, Sicily’s chief port, to see its Cathedral, Pretoria Fountain and Norman Royal Palace. Visit the 12th-century Cathedral of Monreale, lavishly decorated with mosaics depicting Biblical events. Continue to the cloistered gardens decorated with mosaics.
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa | Meals: B
Day 3: Segesta/Erice/Marsala | Wine Tasting
Drive to Segesta to see its fifth-century-BC temple. Continue to Erice, a medieval town above the bay of Castellammare del Golfo, for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Travel along the Via del Sale (“salt way”) toward Marsala, stopping to admire the windmills and learn about salt production. Once there, visit a local wine cellar to learn the history of making Marsala fortified wine and enjoy a tasting. Continue to Sciacca and check in to your hotel.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Selinunte | Archaeology Beside the Sea
Today, journey to Selinunte for a walk around this vast archaeological site that displays the remains of eight temples, set against the blue Mediterranean Sea. Next, discover another facet of Italy’s rich culinary culture as you enjoy lunch and a tasting of locally produced olive oil at the spectacularly landscaped Becchina Estate.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort | Meals: B L
Day 5: Agrigento/Piazza Armerina | Valley of the Temples
Drive to Agrigento to view the ancient Valley of the Temples that includes the famous Temple of Concord, a superb example of sacred classical architecture. Continue to Piazza Armerina, a graceful old countryside town, to explore Villa Romana del Casale. Its mosaics are unparalleled, beautifully depicting hunting and domestic life.
Donnafugata Golf Resort | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Ragusa | Val di Noto and Wine Tasting
The Val di Noto region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains seven towns influenced by the Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, Romans, Normans and Spaniards. Explore Ragusa, an explosion of Sicilian Baroque architecture. Venture into the countryside where you visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.
Donnafugata Golf Resort | Meals: B D
Day 7: Syracuse/Ortygia | Dionysius’ Ear
Visit the Greek Theater in Syracuse, an important example of theater architecture, and Dionysius’ Ear, a nearby carved-stone cave with amazing acoustic qualities. Travel to the charming neighborhood of Syracuse known as Ortygia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the town before returning to your hotel for dinner and wine tasting.
Donnafugata Golf Resort | Meals: B D
Day 8: Catania/Taormina | Traditional Puppetry
Travel to Taormina, stopping en route in Catania, where you visit a maker of traditional Sicilian puppets on a memorable Artisan Visit. Next, stop at Catania’s colorful fish market for an authentic local Market Visit and enjoy a lunch of fresh fish. Continue to glamorous Taormina. Stroll its colorful main street, Corso Umberto, and then visit the Greek Theater for incredible views of Mount Etna.
San Domenico Palace | Meals: B L
Day 9: Mount Etna | Snow-Capped Majesty
Head into the fertile lava flow country of Europe’s largest active volcano. Ascend to 6,000 feet and admire the stunning views as you go. Then, take a cable car up to where the landscape appears lunar-like. Return to Taormina for a Scenic Sundowner with Mount Etna in the distance. Later, gather for a farewell dinner.
San Domenico Palace | Meals: B D
Day 10: Depart Catania
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
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