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Splendid Sicily

April 28 – May 5, 2020

8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

16

Meals

Succumb to the allure of the Sicilian breeze, the magnetic people, vibrant cuisine, and dramatic landscapes. This amazing island bursts with ancient temples and Roman ruins. Blood oranges, lemons, sand-colored temples, and glorious seaside escapes tantalize and restore. It’s a mythical land that rivals Greece for its Greek architecture and boasts culinary delights straight from the sun and sea. Savor all that is Sicily.

Explore

Mt. Etna, the gorgeous natural landmark and active volcano

Taste

a variety of Sicilian specialties, from olive oils and regional wines, to the most authentic dishes

View

Greek and Roman archaeological sites and Baroque architecture

Day 1

Menfi

Land at the Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport and meet your friendly travel director in the arrivals hall. Our private driver and local guide will take us on a panoramic tour of Palermo. See its wonderful palaces, multicultural sites, and the stunning cathedral of Monreale — a blending of Arabic, Byzantine, and Norman architectural styles. Continue south where you’ll stay for two nights at a lovely wine estate surrounded by vineyards.

Settle in at the property and stroll through the gorgeous grounds. Enjoy aperitifs on the terrace before a magnificent welcome meal paired with estate wines at the property’s restaurant.

 

Dinner

Overnight at La Foresteria Planeta Estate

Day 2

Castelvetrano

After breakfast, join the wine resort’s chef for a hands-on cooking workshop. Roll up your sleeves and learn traditional techniques while utilizing seasonal ingredients. Prepare a light lunch paired with sommelier-picked wine.

Visit a local flour mill producing Tumminia flour — used to make the “black bread” of Castelvetrano. Learn about ancient milling techniques and local grains used to produce flour. Return to the property, where our chef will use the flour to make hand-rolled pasta and bread. Enjoy a dinner at the property featuring an educational discussion on winemaking.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at La Foresteria Planeta Estate

Day 3

Agrigento & Riposto

Check out this morning and head northeast toward Catania. En route, we’ll visit the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site of Greek art and architecture created between 510 BC and 430 BC. Next, we’ll head to Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. The fourth-century villa boasts a dazzling 3,500 square meters of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest collections of Roman tile work in the world. Its excellent state of preservation is attributed to a landslide that covered the villa until it was rediscovered and excavated by archaeologists some 700 years later. Enjoy lunch on your own in Piazza Armerina.

Arrive in Riposto, located just one hour north of Catania, and settle in at our boutique hotel. Enjoy time at leisure at the property where you may wish to take advantage of the outdoor pool and solarium. Join together for an aperitif and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

 

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 4

Catania

Rise early for breakfast before heading to Catania’s famed spice and fish market. Get a true sense of local Sicilian life as you take in scenes of the producers and fishmongers lining the streets.

After, tour a family-operated vineyard creating award-winning wines. Taste several of their popular varietals during lunch at the estate. Listen as their wine experts discuss growing wine in the challenging Etna landscape. Dinner is on your own this evening with options available at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

 

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 5

Syracuse

Travel south to Syracuse — a lively historic city known for its ancient ruins. Led by a local guide, explore what was once the greatest Greek city. See the Greek theater and famous “Ear of Dionysius.” Cross the Umbertino bridge and wander about the island of Ortigia — the ancient heart of the city of Syracuse and a great spot to enjoy lunch on your own.

Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure today. The property offers concierge services in addition to the lovely terrace and outdoor pool. Savor a mouthwatering dinner this evening.

 

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 6

Mount Etna

After a hearty breakfast, we will be picked up by specially-fitted Land Rovers to journey up the slope of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Take in the spectacular views as you pass ancient lava flows and jagged rock. Join an expert volcanologist on foot and learn about the mountain’s geography and history while you take in the moon-like landscapes, lava caves, and active or extinct craters.

Back in the vehicles, we’ll head to Planeta Winery on the north slope of Mount Etna. Tour the grounds of this modern winery, and learn how they planted Nerello and Carricante vines among the rich and varied volcanic soils. Sample wines and enjoy a delicious lunch. After, unwind at the property and enjoy a light dinner at the hotel.

 

 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 7

Taormina

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning then take a drive to the popular and fashionable resort town of Taormina perched on a high slope above the Ionian Sea. Follow a local guide on a walk through the city-- tour the impressive Greek theater with its spectacular views and explore the many shops, restaurants, and cafés--perfect for people watching. Lunch is on your own.

In the afternoon gather at a lovely private villa in the heart of Taormina. Sip local wine and don an apron for a hands-on pasta workshop. After, enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner of your creations paired with Etna wines.

 

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Donna Carmela

Day 8

Catania

Enjoy an early breakfast before checking out. Take a private transfer to the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Amalfi

Day 8

Arrive in Sorrento by way of a private transfer from your main program destination. Check into your hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Sorrento and a four-minute walk from the beach. Spend the evening at your leisure. Enjoy a traditional dinner this evening.

Dinner

Overnight at Maison Tofani

Day 9

Rise early for a memorable day at sea on your own private boat. Meet your local guide and head to Amalfi where you’ll board and set sail for the Sirenusas — an archipelago of tiny islands named after mythological sirens. Enjoy scenic views as your captain navigates along the most beautiful spots of the dramatic Capri coastline. Swim in the turquoise waters and sip Prosecco. We’ll make a stop in the small fishing village of Nerano where you can enjoy freshly prepared Spaghetti alla Nerano at your leisure. The evening is on your own in Sorrento.

Breakfast

Overnight at Maison Tofani

Day 10

Take a private transfer this morning to Pompeii and meet a local guide for a tour of the ancient Roman city. The city was buried in ash by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Learn about the city’s ancient life and history of the volcano. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Breakfast

Overnight at Maison Tofani

Day 11

Check out and take an early morning private transfer to the Naples International Airport to fly home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: April 28 – May 5, 2020
Extension: May 5 – 8, 2020

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

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 — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

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, 3 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*

Club Member Pricing

Classic $5,695 Sold Out
Superior $6,195 Sold Out
Deluxe $6,595
Single $7,995

Non Member Pricing

Classic $5,995 Sold Out
Superior $6,495 Sold Out
Deluxe $6,895
Single $8,295

Extension Rates*

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

*Guests of club members also enjoy club member pricing. Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple and quad accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 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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