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Join your hosts from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as you savor the wine and cuisine of this amazing Mediterranean island, bursting with ancient ruins, citrus groves, and glorious seaside escapes that tantalize and restore. Succumb to the allure of the Sicilian breeze and discover the magnetic people, the dramatic landscapes, and the diverse history and architecture waiting to be explored.
Mount Etna, the gorgeous natural landmark and active volcano
a variety of Sicilian specialties, from olive oils and regional wines, to the most authentic dishes
Greek and Roman archaeological sites and Baroque architecture
Land at the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport and meet your driver in the arrivals hall. A private transfer will take you to our charming boutique hotel, situated between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. Settle in at the property and stroll through the grounds. This evening, we will come together for aperitifs and a magnificent wine-paired welcome dinner.
Today we venture to a family-operated vineyard creating award-winning wines from native varieties on Mount Etna. Taste several of their popular varietals during lunch at the estate and learn from their wine experts about the challenges of growing grapes and producing wine in the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna.
This afternoon, we visit the ancient port of Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage site and eastern Sicily’s main city known for its open Baroque squares and vibrant culture. Meander through the town’s historic center to find your favorite dinner spot or follow the suggestion of locals.
Travel south to Syracuse — a historic coastal city known for its ancient ruins. Led by a local guide, 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.
Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. The property offers concierge services in addition to a lovely terrace and outdoor pool. Savor a mouthwatering dinner this evening at an agriturismo close to the hotel.
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 an award-winning 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 as you savor a freshly prepared lunch. Afterward, return to the property for time at leisure where you may wish to take advantage of the pool and solarium. Tonight, you can choose to dine on your own at one of the two wonderful restaurants the hotel features.
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 dinner of your creation paired with Etna wines.
Agrigento & Menfi
Check out this morning and head west toward Agrigento, passing through the rural rolling hills of central Sicily. We will visit the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site of Greek art and architecture created between 510 BC and 430 BC. Our visit will start with an al fresco lunch in the beautiful olive and orange tree archeological garden, “Kolymbethra” - so called by its Greek architecture designers. This Sicilian hidden treasure is one of the very first examples of Mediterranean gardens.
After lunch, we will explore the archaeological site with an expert local guide. Then, we will continue on to Menfi where we will settle in to a lovely wine estate surrounded by vineyards and enjoy an aperitif and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll take a short ride into the beautiful countryside of Menfi to visit Planeta’s own winery: Ulmo. Tour the property of this award-winning Sicilian family-owned winery, meet the winemaker, and taste some of their incredible white and red varieties paired with local specialties. Back at the property, unwind by the pool, take a stroll around the herbal garden that surrounds the property, and soak up the view of the sea.
Later in the afternoon, join Chef Angelo Pulimia for an engaging cooking demonstration focusing on the use of the officinal herbs such as wild fennel and oregano in Sicilian Cuisine. This evening, we will gather for a festive farewell dinner.
Enjoy an early breakfast before checking out. Take a private transfer to Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!
La Foresteria Planeta Estate
Enjoy this boutique hotel by the sea. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this lovely property is not only picturesque but food-focused. With a talented chef in the kitchen, guests will taste the very best of Sicilian cuisine, often served al fresco on a terrace overlooking the vineyards. Rest in one of the 14 brightly painted guest rooms with eclectic furnishings. All rooms open to a private terrace.
Enjoy this carefully restored 19th-century residence surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards on the northern side of Etna. The property is sophisticated, yet also warm and welcoming. A well-stocked wine cellar, lava rock-lined courtyard, and pool surrounded by olive trees are just some of the amenities that await. Rest in one of 24 impeccably designed guest rooms, featuring quality linens, modern comforts, and a range of desirable views.
Maison Tofani (Amalfi Extension)
Enjoy this elegantly restored 18th-century relais. A picturesque entrance opens onto a courtyard reminiscent of a Neapolitan palace. The property embraces the Mediterranean style with charming white and blue design elements. The relais is steps away from restaurants, shops, and market goods. A wine cave sits below the courtyard and is stocked with wines from all over Italy. Nearly every room features a balcony and spa bath.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 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
- 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
Club Member Rates
*Guests of club members also enjoy club member rates. Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.