‘Sicily is a continent’, the locals will tell you. It might sound strange when you look at this small island on a map, but what you will learn over the course of a week is that Sicily is Italy in miniature. Eastern Sicily is a showcase of its beauty: from…
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‘Sicily is a continent’, the locals will tell you. It might sound strange when you look at this small island on a map, but what you will learn over the course of a week is that Sicily is Italy in miniature. Eastern Sicily is a showcase of its beauty: from the Greek & Roman historic sites to elegant UNESCO heritage Baroque architecture, to majestic Mt Etna, a still-active volcano and scenic seaside, there is so much to enjoy for a deeper understanding of this complex land, away from the stereotypes. Food and wine are an integral part of Sicily’s culture. With a rich culinary tradition benefitting from fish & seafood recipes to mountain delicacies in a nutshell, its robust and the welcoming Sicilian wines guarantee pleasures for all the senses.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites included: Siracusa archaeological park, Ortigia, Catania, Modica, Noto, Ragusa baroque towns, Mount Etna
- Winery visits and wine tastings of Eastern Sicily’s most renowned wines
- Outdoor activities (optional, upon agreement with participants and subject to meteorological conditions): light hike on Etna volcano with expert guide
- “Italy has 3 million starred chefs: all the housewives are!” is a popular saying among Italians. A fun and informative day with a local, expert cook will show you the passion, tradition and taste starting from a market walk to a full cooking class followed by a social lunch in the splendid historic site of Ortigia, Syracuse’s heart.
To make a tour of Sicily in a week is overly ambitious so we have focused on what we feel is the most interesting side of the island. This tour starts and finishes at Catania airport.
Catania to Siracusa via RagusaYou will be met upon arrival to Catania airport in the morning by your driver and guide for the week. Lunch and a tour of Ragua Ibla, one of the Baroque towns of the Noto Valley. Late afternoon - arrival to Siracusa followed by dinner in Ortigia. Meals included: L, D
SiracusaAfter an early breakfast we will meet our cooking instructor for the day and take a tour of Ortigia's small but colorful market. After an educational cooking class and a social lunch together we will tour Ortigia itself with an expert local guide, then continue our explorations at the Greek theater and Roman amphitheater archeological sites on the edge of Siracusa. Meals included: B, L
Nero D'Avola, Marzamemi, Modica and NotoA full day of sightseeing and samplings today, from wine tastings of the local variety of Nero D'Avola grapes to seafood at the interestingly named village of Marzamemi, the idiosyncratic chocolate of Modica followed by sunset and then dinner in Noto. Meals included: B, L, D
From Siracusa to Etna via Catania Street MarketLeaving Siracusa after a light early breakfast we will arrive in Catania to take a food tour tasting many of the specialties of the famous street market with a local guide. After our market tour and exploring a little of Catania we will head towards the farmstay on the slopes of Etna where we will be staying for the next three nights. Dinner will be at the farm. Meals included: B, L, D
Taormina and the GodfatherIn the morning we visit Taormina, with the magnificent Ancient Greek theater the particular focus. After a delicious lunch in Taormina you can choose between spending more time in Taormina or visiting some of the shooting locations of the Godfather movie. You are free for dinner this evening. Meals included: B, L
Mighty Etna - landscapes and wineWeather and group interest permitting, a light hike on the volcano combined with a visit to a winery on the slopes of the volcano for a tasting and lunch. Dinner will be at another winery or the farm. Meals included: B, L, D
Transfer to Catania airportIf time allows we will stop for granita in the town of Acireale on the way to Catania airport. Meals included: B
Gourmet Tour Package, tasting experiences
6 lunches or equivalent
4 dinners or equivalent
Gold & Black: Noto treasures & Modica chocolate
- The baroque splendor of UNESCO-listed Ragusa Ibla
3 Nights Accommodation in Siracusa
Gourmet delights on the way to Siracusa
Siracusa historic and artistic wonders
Cooking class in Ortigia
3 Nights Accommodation in an Agriturismo near Mt. Etna
Lively Catania & historic Taormina
Scenic landscapes and vineyards of Mighty Etna volcano
- Flights to and from Europe
- Tips for Tour Guides and Drivers
- Travel Insurance
- 2 evening meals (daytime tastings and other activities make these very ‘optional’)
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Flights are not included in our tours. You will need to get yourself to the starting point for the tour. We suggest checking the website of your favorite airline or comparing flight options on Skyscanner.net.
Certainly! We can prepare an itinerary for your extension that includes time on either end of your small group tour in any number of wonderful Italian and other European cities. Just let us know how many days you have and where you'd like to go, We can also take care of getting you to the start point of the tour.
If you are already in Italy, we can arrange for you to be picked up anywhere along the route between the arrival airport and the first overnight destination at no extra cost, depending on timing. If you would like us to make other transportation arrangements for you an extra cost would be incurred.
We can arrange for a drop-off anywhere along the route to the departure airport at no additional cost or for an additional fee, a transfer/transportation to anywhere else you would like to get to.
We have run these tours for a number of years now and have found from experience that on some days, especially when there is a tasting experience later on in the day, people don't have much room for dinner after these wonderful feasts. To avoid force-feeding our guests (that's a French thing, and they only do it to geese) we have left out a couple of evening meals. These coincide with a stay somewhere where it is easy to get a snack or smaller meal, so you won't go hungry. It also gives you an evening off from the rest of the group, and your guide.
Yes, subject to availability of rooms, we welcome solo travelers on our trips. The single supplement varies from trip to trip, please contact us for further details.
We can arrange a private version of any of our itineraries, subject to availability. We can even customize the content. Please contact us for pricing.
Although all our present calendar of tours is led exclusively by Daniele, we have two support staff based in Italy in addition to over 20 customer support staff throughout Central & Eastern Europe. If you extend your trip, for that segment you will be taken care of by the highly experienced JayWay team and your tours and transfers will be provided by our tried & tested local partners throughout Europe.