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Eastern Sicily

April 7 - 14, 2024

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12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Join us and savor the treasures of 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 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 and a Sicilian icon

Taste

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

View

Greek and Roman archaeological sites and Baroque architecture

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

Ragusa

This morning, we’ll take a stroll on the property to a ricotta cheese demonstration. Observe the traditional production process involving an antique copper cauldron cooked over a fire made from olive branch bundles that give the ricotta an extraordinary fragrance. Next, we’ll head to Donnafugata for a wine tasting at one of the most iconic Sicilian wineries accompanied by a lunch of local dishes.  

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 wander before joining a local chef for a cooking demonstration and light dinner. 

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 3

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

Today we have a special visit to the small organic winery of Arianna Occhipinti whose wines made from indigenous grapes in the Vittoria region have developed a following around the world. Learn about her production methods during a tour and tasting. Then sit down to a lunch of traditional Sicilian dishes made from seasonal ingredients cultivated from the gardens of Baglio Occhipinti. After lunch, we'll return to the property for some time to relax.

Later, we'll venture out to the nearby seaside village of Marina di Ragusa for an open evening. Your Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 4

Modica

This morning, we go 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 that covers the narrow winding streets, alleys, and steps connecting the upper and lower parts of the city. Enjoy free time in town for lunch before continuing to a chocolate factory to learn about Modica chocolate, the traditional sweet of Sicily. 

Later, we’ll stop at a winery for a tasting, returning afterward to the hotel where tonight's dinner will be a buffet of Sicilian specialties

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Eremo della Giubiliana or similar

Day 5

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. Cross the Umbertino bridge and wander about the island of Ortigia — the ancient heart of the city of Syracuse and a great spot to find lunch on your own.

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

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Villa Neri or similar

Day 6

Mount Etna

After breakfast, we will travel up the slope 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 geology 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 tasting and light dinner at the property.

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 southern 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. This evening, we'll gather at a local pizzeria to toast our journey and share a festive Farewell Dinner. 

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Villa Neri or similar

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast this morning, 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 transfer to Catania Airport to catch return flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Main Program: April 7 - 14, 2024
Extension: April 14 - 17, 2024

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
  • 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*

Classic: $5,795
Superior: $6,395
Suite: $7,495

Single Occupancy: $6,795

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,995

Single Occupancy: $3,795

*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

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

View our complete terms and conditions here at https://experi.com/terms.

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