An exclusive wine & food journey with

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Eastern Sicily

NOVEMBER 7 - 14, 2025

 

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Join Browne Family Vineyards and savor the treasures of Eastern Sicily - the crossroads of the Mediterranean once inhabited by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Normans. Sip wine from the slopes of Mount Etna and enjoy meals prepared from family recipes using the freshest local ingredients. Explore ancient ruins and cultural treasures and soak in the diverse landscapes and beauty of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

Explore

Mt. Etna, one of Europe's most active volcanoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a Sicilian icon

Taste

a variety of Sicilian specialties, from Modica chocolate to mouthwatering Etna DOC and Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wines

Visit

Greek and Roman archaeological sites and stroll the cobblestone streets of ancient towns with long and colorful histories

Day 1

Arrive Catania

Welcome to Sicily! Land at the Catania Airport where a driver will be waiting to greet you and transport you south to our historic accommodations in the countryside. We’ll have some time to get settled and explore the property.

This evening, gather for introductions and an aperitif followed by a Welcome Dinner that will include a tasting of the estate’s Nero D'Avola e Insolia.

Dinner

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 2

Modica

This morning, we make our way to the Sicilian Baroque city of Modica, known for its striking architecture, ornate churches, and ancient chocolate-making tradition. Learn about the city’s long and colorful history during a guided walking tour. Stop along the way at the shop of an artisan chocolate producer and taste the traditional sweet of Sicily. 

Afterward, have free time and an open lunch in Modica before continuing to the small organic winery of Arianna Occhipinti whose wines have developed a following around the world. Learn about her production methods during a tour and tasting and enjoy a dinner of traditional Sicilian dishes made from seasonal ingredients from the gardens of Baglio Occhipinti.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 3

Scicli & Ragusa

Today we dive into the secrets of Sicilian cuisine— known for its bold flavors, family recipes, and fresh ingredients. Head to a farm outside the small Baroque town of Scicli where we'll meet a local chef for a cooking class and wine tasting. After lunch, we'll continue to the UNESCO-listed town of Ragusa for a walking tour of the ancient historic area of Ibla and free time to shop, enjoy an aperitivo, and find a spot for dinner. Our Travel Director is happy to provide suggestions.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 4

Siracusa

Check out this morning and drive east to Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), a historic coastal city known for its ancient ruins. Join a local guide to explore what Cicero called “the greatest and most beautiful of all Grecian cities.” See the Greek theater and famous “Ear of Dionysius,” a limestone cave carved out of the hills. 

This afternoon, continue north to our accommodations situated on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Tonight, we'll gather for an introduction to the high-quality wines of Mount Etna and a wine-paired dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 5

Castiglione di Sicilia

After a relaxing breakfast, we'll drive north to the hillside village of Castiglione di Sicilia, perched on the northern slope of Mount Etna. Meet a local guide for a walking tour of the ancient town, ending at Castello di Lauria— a 12th-century defensive fortress overlooking the valley. After the tour, have some free time for lunch in town followed by visits to two wineries for cellar tours and tastings and a wine-paired dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Villa Neri or similar

Day 6

Mount Etna

This morning, we travel up the slopes of Mount Etna in specially-fitted Land Rovers, enjoying the spectacular views as we pass ancient lava flows and jagged rock. Join an expert volcanologist on foot and learn about the mountain’s geography and history while taking in the moon-like landscapes, lava caves, and active or extinct craters. We’ll stop for a traditional mountain lunch at the highest alpine refuge on Mount Etna, returning to the hotel in the afternoon with some time to relax.

This evening, we'll gather for a wine-paired dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Overnight at Villa Neri or similar

Day 7

Etna DOC

Have a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning to enjoy the local offerings. Late morning, we’ll head to a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna for a tour and tasting. Learn about the history of the property, the local volcanic soils, and the winemaking process for these high-altitude vineyards. Sit down to a freshly prepared lunch at the winery before returning to the hotel for some time to relax. Tonight, we'll toast our journey and share a festive Farewell Dinner at the property.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Villa Neri or similar

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast this morning, take a private transfer to Catania airport for return flights home or continue on the extension. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in TAORMINA

Day 8

Taormina 

This morning, we’ll make our way to the popular and fashionable resort town of Taormina, perched on a rocky slope above the Ionian Sea and known for its restored medieval buildings, dramatic views of Mount Etna, and winding streets filled with cafes, shops, and bars.

Have free time to stroll and find a spot for lunch before joining a local guide for a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the impressive Greek theater with its spectacular views and long history. The remainder of the day will be free for you to wander at your own pace. 

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Villa Belvedere

Day 9

VILLA BRITANNIA

Enjoy a leisurely morning in your hilltop villa accommodations. During your free time, you may wish to take a stroll back into town, make your way to the beach to soak up some sun, or visit the nearby botanical gardens. In the late afternoon, we’ll head to Villa Britannia for a hands-on cooking class where we’ll learn to prepare Sicilian specialties in local kitchen. Afterward, we’ll gather at the table to enjoy the fruits of our labor, paired with a selection of regional wines and homemade liqueurs.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Villa Belvedere

Day 10

 Savoca e Forza D’Agrò

Today we have a unique opportunity to visit the enchanting Sicilian villages made famous in the cinematic masterpiece, the Godfather. Traveling north along the coast to the medieval village of Savoca, one of our stops will be Bar Vitelli, the backdrop for some of the memorable Sicily scenes and now the site of a small museum.

We’ll continue on to the picturesque village of Forza D’Agrò to visit the hilltop Sant’Agostino church where Michael Corleone first arrived in Sicily and also the location in the second film where the young Vito Corleone escapes to the US. Following our guided tour, we’ll have lunch in a charming local restaurant, returning to the property afterward with the remainder of the day free. 

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Hotel Villa Belvedere

Day 11

Departure

Our Sicilian journey comes to an end today with a private transfer to Catania Airport to catch return flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Main Program: November 7-14, 2025
Extension: November 14-17, 2025

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can recommend an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated travel director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates*

Double Occupancy:

Classic: $6,295
Deluxe: $6,895
Suite: $7,995

Single Occupancy:

Classic: $7,695
Deluxe: $7,995
Suite: $10,895

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,995
Single: $3,895

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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