Taste Sicily Culinary Vacation

Taste Sicily Culinary Vacation

Experience a moveable feast around Sicily as you taste, drink, cook and travel your way around the island on this 10-day Taste Sicily Culinary Vacation. Experience with all of your senses Sicily’s many layers of cuisine and culture. On this all-inclusive vacation, you’ll stay in 4-star hotels at each location – 3 nights in Palermo, 2 nights in Taormina and 4 nights in Syracuse.

This is a dream vacation that perfectly blends classic sights and food experiences for a wonderful journey.  Discover how Sicily’s various conquerors influenced the food and culture of this beautiful island.  The vacation includes two full-meal cooking classes with locals, three food and market tours, three wine-paired lunches – one at the foot of Mt. Etna, a chocolate-making demonstration and two guided pastry shop visits with tastings.

The food will be amazing as Sicily has some of the most diverse and interesting cuisine and pastries in all of Italy.  As with all Food Lover’s Odyssey vacations, Chef Kathy has personally selected all experiences and dining venues, making sure your meals and activities are authentic and delicious.

Along with the towns where you’ll stay, Palermo, Taormina and Syracuse, you’ll also explore and enjoy other nearby locales, like the majestic cathedral of Monreale, the temple of Segesta, Trapani & its salt mines, the views from the hilltop town of Erice, the seaside village of Cefalu, the heights of Mt. Etna, and the Baroque towns of Modica, and Noto.  

This is a small-group vacation and space is limited to a maximum of 12 people. We keep it small so you get an intimate and friendly group setting, and space to enjoy this immersive adventure.  Join this small-group Sicilian food and wine odyssey today and experience this dream vacation to Sicily.

CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT

  • Palermo – Monreale – Segesta – Erice – Cefalu – Trapani – Taormina – Mt. Etna – Syracuse & Ortigia – Modica – Noto

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DATES AND PRICING

2021 Vacation Dates:

  • May 1 – 10, 2021

Vacation Price:

$4,450 per person (based upon double occupancy)
Single Supplement Charge = $650

Maximum Group Size: 12 People

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE GROUP VACATION: This vacation is also available for private-group bookings from 4 – 12 people throughout the year.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT:

  • To secure your spot on the trip, a non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is required.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to vacation start date.
  • You can make payments by credit card, bank transfer, or check.

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INCLUDED IN YOUR TASTE SICILY CULINARY VACATION:

  • 10-days/9-nights accommodations at 4-star hotels in Palermo (3 nights), Taormina (2 nights), Syracuse (4 nights).
  • Private transfer from the Palermo Airport at the beginning of your vacation and to the Catania Airport at the end of your vacation, and all transportation for included activities during the vacation
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners (2-3 glasses of wine included with all lunches and dinners)
  • Two fun hands-on cooking classes with locals
  • Private Guided walking tours of  Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Taormina, Syracuse, Noto, Modica
  • Palermo Food & Market Tour – Walking tour in the historic center of Palermo
  • Catania Food & Market Tour – Food & Market Tour of the famous Catania Fish Market
  • Ortigia Food & Market Tour – with tastings and a market lunch
  • Chocolate Demonstration and Tasting in Modica
  • TWO Sicilian pastry shop visits with guided tastings
  • Winery visit and three seated wine tastings with lunch, one at the foot of Mt. Etna
  • Full-Time services for the entire vacation of your group leader, Chef Kathy
  • Food Lover’s Odyssey apron & ebook of our favorite Sicilian recipes
  • Special Pricing on 3-night extension to Rome, before or after your vacation
  • Alumni Reward: Receive $200 credit towards your next Food Lover’s Odyssey Vacation
  • Assistance with your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Palermo, Italy and with any independent pre- and post-tour travel arrangements you’d like to make

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WHAT PREVIOUS GUESTS HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR VACATIONS:

“We all had such a wonderful time… Grazie di cuore to YOU! We all agreed that the Amalfi Coast was fabulous… But you are the key that made this trip and our Puglia trip so memorable! Your perfect research and planning and your sweet, easy going “leadership” made the trip! Everyone wants to do it again… With you!” – Teri  (McLean,VA)

“It was truly an amazing experience and I can’t thank you enough for your expert planning down to every detail including the adorable Italian drivers/tour guides who were gentlemen in every respect. I’m sure we were quite the high maintenance bunch. All of my videos of our car rides on the Amalfi coast have a voice track of me screaming Yikes! They were amazingly patient and unflappable– as were you.” – Elizabeth (New Orleans, LA)

“BEST. TRIP. EVER.”  – Aimee (Flower Mound, TX)

“I had the best time. It was wonderful. We did so many different things, and I loved how you mixed all the fabulous food with visits to the area. The food was unbelievable. Going to the market with you was probably the most fun thing out of so many of the fabulous things that we did.” – Teri (Sparta, NJ)

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DAY 1 – WELCOME TO SICILY – PALERMO CULTURAL WALK – MONREALE CATHEDRAL – WELCOME DINNER

We’ll meet you at the Palermo airport at Noon. Your transfer to your Palermo hotel is included in the vacation package. After you check in, you’ll have time to relax, unpack and get settled in.

We’ll meet in the lobby at 2:00pm for your first taste of Sicily and a guided walk through Palermo’s historic center. During the walk, you’ll learn a little about Palermo’s history, see the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and visit Palermo’s cathedral.  After our walk, we will take a short ride to Monreale to visit its magnificent cathedral adorned with stunning mosaics.  You’ll have time on your own before we return to Palermo and enjoy a welcome to Sicily dinner.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Dinner)

 

DAY 2 – PALERMO FOOD & MARKET TOUR– COOKING CLASS & DINNER

This morning we’ll meet our local guide for a food and market tour with tastings. You’ll have the afternoon to relax at a café or shop on your own.
In the early evening, we’ll have our first Sicilian cooking class and dinner will be what we made in class.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

DAY 3 – SEGESTA – COUS COUS IN TRAPANI – TRAPANI SALT MINES  – ERICE

Today we’ll head to the western coast of the island, stopping to visit the majestic ruins at Segesta.
Lunch in Trapani where our favorite chef will have a special lunch for us of Trapanese specialties. After lunch, we’ll visit the Trapani salt mines and learn all about sea salt.
Then, we’ll head to the enchanting medieval village on the hill, Erice, with spectacular views of the western part of the island. You’ll sample some of the towns famous sweets, too.  Return to Palermo in the evening where you will have the evening free to dine as you like on your own.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch)

 

DAY 4 – CEFALU AND TAORMINA

This morning we’ll leave Palermo, stopping in picturesque seaside town of Cefalu’.  In Cefalu’ we’ll visit the Duomo and take a short orientation walk together through the city. You’ll have time to wander through some of the most picturesque alleys in Sicily before your wine-tasting and paired light lunch, all with sea views.
After lunch, we’ll head to Taormina, our home for the next two nights. After you’ve settled in, we’ll meet in the early evening for a sunset passeggiata of this “patch of paradise” (as described by Goethe), and then enjoy dinner of typical cuisine at a local trattoria.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

DAY 5 – TAORMINA – MORNING WALK AND GREEK THEATER – COOKING CLASS

We’ll spend the entire day in Taormina.  First with a guided walk of the town and Greek Theater.  After our walking tour, you will have the afternoon free for lunch on your own and to shop or take the funiva down to Mazzaro Bay and/or Isola Bella.  This evening enjoy a fun cooking class in a beautiful setting in Taormina.  Learn how to make a typical Sicilian meal and enjoy the meal on the terrace.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Dinner)

 

DAY 6 – MOUNT ETNA AND ITS WINES – HELLO SYRACUSE – EVENING WALK IN ORTIGIA

After breakfast,  we’ll say goodbye to Taormina and head south to Syracuse.  Along the way, we’ll stop to visit Mount Etna. Our Mt. Etna visit will include a ride on the funiva and the mountain’s special all-road vehicles to its inactive craters. This other-worldly experience will include a walk along the craters, learning more about this active volcano from a local guide.

After our Mt. Etna volcano visit, we’ll enjoy a wine-paired lunch at a winery at the foothill of Mt. Etna and learn how this particular terroir affects the wine of the region.

We’ll arrive in Syracuse, in the late afternoon. After you have checked into your room and had time to relax, we’ll take an orientation walk of the historic center in Ortigia, visit the Cathedral and enjoy an aperitivo in Piazza Duomo before our dinner together.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

DAY 7 – DAY IN SYRACUSE – ORTIGIA MARKET AND MARKET LUNCH – AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR OF THE GREEK RUINS – EVENING FREE IN ORTIGIA

This morning we’ll take a food and market tour starting at the colorful market in Ortigia market.  After lunch, you’ll have the option to enjoy Ortigia at your leisure or take a guided walking tour of the ruins in Syracuse.  If you choose the ruins, you’ll see the ruins of the 16,000-seat Greek theater, the Roman amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius and learn the secrets of the city and its ruins.  You’ll have the evening free to enjoy an aperitivo and/or dinner on your own.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch)

 

DAY 8 – BAROQUE CITIES OF MODICA  AND NOTO – SICILIAN CHOCOLATE & PASTRIES –  WINE TASTING LUNCH IN NOTO

Today is a food-filled day and all about the Baroque beauties of Sicily. Visit the towns of Modica and Noto and marvel at their Baroque architecture. In the morning, you’ll start with a Modican chocolate demonstration and tasting. After some time to explore Modica, you’ll head to the gorgeous town of Noto. Lunch will be a wine-tasting and paired lunch to learn about the wines of the Val di Noto.  After lunch, a we will walk through the town to explore its Baroque buildings and churches.  Before we leave Noto, we’ll have a guided pastry tasting at a pastry shop some say is the best in all of Italy. Return to Ortigia in the late afternoon and have the evening free to enjoy on your own.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch)

 

DAY 9  – CATANIA FOOD & MARKET TOUR – FAREWELL EVENING IN ORTIGIA

This morning you are on your way to Catania for a fun food & market tour of the city’s famous fish market. You’ll taste street foods that are specialties of the east side of Sicily and enjoy historic sights of the city. After the food tour, you will have some free time before we return to Syracuse.

For your last afternoon in Sicily, enjoy Ortigia Island. You’ll have free time to finish up any last-minute shopping or have an aperitivo in the Piazza Duomo as the sun sets. In the evening meet back up with Chef Kathy for a fun farewell Sicily dinner.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

DAY 10 – ARRIVERDERCI SICILIA – TRANSFER TO CATANIA AIRPORT

After breakfast, we will say arriverderci and your private transfer will leave the hotel at 8:30am for the Catania Airport.

(MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast)

***Sequence of classes, activities, excursions and menus may vary. The final itinerary will be given to each guest on  the first day of the vacation, or a few weeks before.

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