Food & Wine Tour 9 days / 8 nights or 14 days / 13 nights

9 days / 8 nights or 14 days / 13 nights    2018 Tours & Dates to be announced

DAY 1 - Arrival Palermo (3 nights)  SICILY
Arrival at Palermo Airport.  Meet with your tour escort and transfer by private bus to your hotel.  Welcome cocktails will be served whilst our tour escort will brief you on the tour ahead. (D)
DAY 2 - Palermo, Monreale
Breakfast at the hotel and afterwards departure for Monreale, where we will visit the Duomo, part of a magnificent complex comprising of a Benedictine abbey and the royal palace.  Continue inland for a visit to a winery for wine tasting and light lunch with a selection of typical Sicilian homemade dishes.  Return to Palermo for a visit to the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel located at the heart of the original town. (B, L)
DAY 3 - Erice, The Salt Road, Marsala
After breakfast departure for Erice, a small charming town enveloped by its medieval atmosphere, cool mountain air, beautiful pine woods, pervading silence, and rich local craft traditions.  Visit to a patisserie to taste the typical almond pastries.  Lunch in a local restaurant situated in the salt museum.  In the afternoon we will visit the ancient town of Marsala, famous for the wine of the same name.  Return to your hotel in Palermo. (B, L)
DAY 4 - Segesta, Selinunte, Menfi Winery, Agrigento (1 night)
Breakfast at the Hotel.  Departure toward Segesta, where we visit perhaps the finest example of Doric architecture of ancient Greece. We continue to Selinunte, the most important Archaeological Park in the Mediterranean. Proceed to Menfi for a winetasting and lunch in one of the most famous Wineries in Sicily, Planeta. Then continue to Agrigento and overnight. (B, L)
DAY 5 - Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Syracuse (1 night)
Departure for a visit the town of Ragusa Ibla that was badly damaged after the 1693 earthquake.  The latter reconstruction brought to life an impressive array of Baroque architecture, which includes the Church of San Giorgio By Rosario Gagliardi.  Today we will visit the Winery Cos and taste the local wines.  Continue towards the town of Modica with its peculiar houses built in the mountain and the many interesting baroque buildings.  Visit a chocolate factory for a tasting of the so called ‘Cibo degli Dei’ (food for Gods), the famous chocolate still made to the original recipe introduced by the Spaniards. (B, D)
DAY 6 - Syracuse, Catania, Taormina (2 nights)
Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit Siracusa, also called the ‘perla bianca’ (white pearl) for its magnificent baroque buildings. We will also visit the site of Dionysius Ear and the island of Ortigia, considered to be the heart of the ancient city and admire the Aretusa Fountain and the Cathedral. Lunch in Ortigia and wine tasting in Feudo Maccari.  Then we drive to Noto, capital of the baroque era in Sicily and often called ‘il Giardino di Pietra’ (the stone garden) for the richness of art that you can find there.  Noto became a world heritage site in 2002, thanks also to its spectacular cathedral. Then on to Taormina. (B, L)
DAY 7 - Etna
Today we travel to Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. On the way we will stop at a honey laboratory in the town of Zafferana Etnea, famous for its honey production, and enjoy tasting some of their products.  The bus takes us to a height of 1900 mts, where we can see the dormant craters, the remains of recent lava flows and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the coast.  Visit a renowned winery on the outskirts of Mount Etna with wine tasting at Tenuta Delle Terre Nere. Return to hotel and overnight. (B, L)
DAY 8 - Taormina, Messina, Cefalu’ (1 night)
Today we will visit Taormina, probably the most popular city in Sicily, with its ancient Greco-Roman Theatre, narrow streets and views to die for. We will walk along the main street, Corso Umberto, with its many boutique shops and quaint restaurants.  Behind this front, extends an intricate network of side streets featuring unexpected sights and smells to excite your senses. (B, L)
DAY 9 - Transfer to Palermo Airport end of tour and departure for your next destination (B)
        or -  continue to Bivongi, Stilo, Siderno  (2 nights) CALABRIA
We then proceed to Messina before boarding a ferry to make our way to Siderno in Calabria. Breakfast. Departure to Scilla Chianalea, and visit the ancient fishing quarter, lunch at local restaurant (Ristorante Il Casato). In the afternoon departure for Reggio Calabria and visit to the Bronzes of Riace which are kept at the National Museum. Stroll along the scenic waterfront. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight. Or alternatively in the afternoon, meet with a local Calabrian family and take part in a cooking lesson where you will eat the food you have prepared yourself and later join other members of the family for a night of entertainment .  (B, D)
DAY 10 - Locri, Gerace, Bagnara  (4 nights)
After breakfast the morning is dedicated to visiting the archaeological site of Locri Epizephyrii.  Continue to Gerace, a town perched high on the edge of a cliff, once known as the Florence of the South.  We have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to Bagnara. (B, L)
DAY 11 - Scilla, Reggio Calabria
We visit Scilla and the characteristic fisherman’s quarter of the Chianalea.  We then lunch at a local restaurant and in the afternoon depart for Reggio Calabria and visit the National Museum of Calabria where the famous Bronzes of Riace are housed.  Then we can enjoy a Gelato from the popular ‘Gelataria Cesare’ and stroll along the scenic waterfront, Lungomare Mateotti, the “most beautiful kilometer in Italy”. (B, L)
DAY 12 - Mount St. Elia, Gambarie
We begin the day with a visit to Mount Saint Elia the “balcony over the Mediterranean” and take in the spectacular views. Next is a trip to the Aspromonte National Park where you can climb to the top of Mt. Montalto. On a clear day you can see the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas and across to Sicily.  This is followed by a lunch of Calabrian specialties in a typical local restaurant.  (B, L)
DAY 13 - Tropea, Pizzo, Lamezia Winery
Breakfast at Hotel.  The morning is dedicated to visiting the Calabrian Riviera and the town of Tropea. Known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean”, a picturesque town cascading down a hillside reaching a broad terrace overlooking the sea 200 feet below.  We also visit a farm specializing in the production of the famous Red Onion of Tropea.  We then lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to Pizzo where we tour the historical centre, sit in the piazza and enjoy the famous Tartufo Gelato.  This is followed by a visit to the Cantine Staiti Winery, one of the finest wine producers in Calabria. (B, L)
DAY 14 - Transfer to Lamezia Airport end of tour and departure for your next destination. (B)
(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner

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Tour Costs - per person $Aud
9 Days $3,875 - Single Supplement $450
14 Days $5,250 - Single Supplement $695