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An exclusive wine & food journey with

Va Piano Vineyards

Splendid Sicily

April 24 - May 1, 2022

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Join Justin Wylie as you savor the wine and cuisine of this amazing Mediterranean island, bursting with ancient ruins, olive groves, and charming villages known for their Baroque architecture. Succumb to the allure of the Sicilian breeze and discover the magnetic people, dramatic landscapes, and cultural traditions that are waiting to be explored.

Explore

Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, where fabulous local wines are produced

Taste

a variety of Sicilian specialties, from the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG to the internationally known chocolate of Modica

Visit

beautiful villages overlooking the sea, ancient Greek monuments, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Day 1

Catania

Land at the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, where a driver will be waiting in the Arrivals hall to take you to our charming accommodations in a restored 19th-century farmhouse. This evening, we will come together for aperitifs and a welcome dinner at the property.

Dinner

Overnight at La Corte del Sole

Day 2

Val di Noto

Today meet a local producer of the famous Pachino's tomato. We'll learn about its proudction and taste this delicious gift of the land that made Italian sauces famous the world over. From there, a scenic drive through the countryside of Noto and Syracuse takes us to a local winery for lunch. Taste some of the ancient wines of Italy and renowned wines of Sicily, such as Nero d'Avola and Moscato di Noto and Syracuse.

This afternoon, we visit Noto, designated along with 7 other towns in the Val di Noto area as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meander through the charming streets of the Old Town with a local guide, admire the elegant Baroque buildings for which Noto is known, and enjoy dinner in one of the town's eateries before heading back to our accommodations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at La Corte del Sole

Day 3

Ragusa & Modica

This morning, head to Ragusa and meet a local chef who will introduce you to authentic Sicilian recipes. Stroll the food market to buy the ingredients for today's hands-on cooking class. Then, feast on your creation for lunch.

Later, visit a local winery to discover and taste the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG with its typical cherry-red color and fruit-rich fragrance. Stop in Modica, known for its exquisite baroque architecture and high-quality chocolate, and visit a laboratory where the internationally-known IGP chocolate is produced before returning to the property for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at La Corte del Sole

Day 4

Charamonte Gulfi-Palazzolo Acreide

Today we discover the small hidden villages of the region. Start with a visit to the 17th century agricultural estate of Villa Fegotto, which has been the setting for numerous Italian cinema productions. Next we visit an olive oil mill where generations have been dedicated to the cultivation of olive trees and production of award-winning Monti Iblei DOP extra virgin olive oil. We'll continue on to Chiaramonte Gulfi, a small village known as the "balcony of Sicily" for its sweeping views of the mountains, valleys, and sea. Explore the town with a local guide and enjoy some free time to wander and have lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll join a local guide to visit the off-the-beaten-track village of Palazzolo Acreide, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tucked away in the Iblei Mountains, the town has an extensive history dating back to the ancient tribes of Sicily. From there, we'll visit a winery in the Marzamemi area for a wine tasting dinner before returning to our accommodations.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at La Corte del Sol

Day 5

Syracuse

Say farewell to the enchanting Val di Noto and head north to the seaside city of Syracuse, which once rivaled Athens in culture and economic power. Meet a knowledgable local guide to explore the ancient island of Ortigia, widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries.” We'll visit the cathedral and the Temple of Apollo ruins that date back to the 6th century B.C., where we'll meet a local artisan who creates hand-made pupi. Learn about the Sicilan marrionette theater, opera dei pupi, that has been a traditional form of entertainment since at least the 15th century. After, enjoy free time to venture down the winding streets and find a spot for lunch.

This afternoon, head to our accommodations on the slopes of Mount Etna where we'll gather for dinner in the evening.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Cavanera Wine Resort

Day 6

Mount Etna

Today we explore Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna, which dominates Eastern Sicily. From the south side base station at Rifugio Sapienze, take a short cable car ride up the mountain and enjoy the panoramic views escorted by an alpine guide. Then, continue to a winery on the slopes of this legendary volcano and behold a fascinating lava landscape forged by countless eription. Taste the fabulous local wines during a wine-paired lunch before returning to the our accommodations for a relaxing afternoon. Dinner tonight will be at a nearby agriturismo.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Cavanera Wine Resort

Day 7

Taormina

This morning we visit the popular and fashionable resort town of Taormina perched on a high slope overlooking the Ionian Sea. Join a local guide on a walk through the city and learn about its colorful history and medieval treasures— tour the impressive Greek theater built in the third century BC and surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery and wander through the medieval main street. Then, enjoy the unique experience of a traditional home-hosted lunch with a Sicilian family. Later, return to our accommodations to relax before our festive farewell dinner at the property.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Cavanera Wine Resort

Day 8

Catania

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

Not ready to say good bye? Join the private transfer to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport where we will board a flight to Naples for the Amalfi Coast Extension.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days on the Amalfi Coast

Day 9

Pompeii & Amalfi

Fly to Naples where our driver will pick us up and take us to a winery at the base of Mount Vesuvius for lunch and a wine tasting. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Archeological Area of Pompeii, a city frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, preserving the area in a thick layer of ash. Venture into this splendid and haunting city to see its frescoed villas and get a rare glimpse of daily life nearly 2,000 years ago. After this visit, we'll check into our hotel in the heart of Amalfi and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Marina Riviera

Day 10

Amalfi & Ravello

This morning, discover charming Amalfi— once one of Italy's four great maritime republics— with a local guide and see its impressive cathedral. Lunch will be at leisure before we continue on to the medieval village of Ravello: explore centuries of history, art, and folklore at Villa Rufolo, an architectural gem famed for its elegant cascading gardens. Wind down the day with a tour and tasting at a traditional lemon farm.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Marina Riviera

Day 11

Capri

Today we take an approximately 1-hour ferry ride across the Bay of Naples to the island of Capri, celebrated for its natural beauty since the time of the Roman Empire. Join a guide on a walking tour of old town Capri and browse the charming boutiques. After lunch at leisure, explore the stately villa and gardens of San Michele before returning by boat to Amalfi.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Marina Riviera

Day 12

Check out and take a private transfer to the Naples International Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Main Program: April 24 - May 1, 2022
Extension: May 1 - 4, 2022

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to 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 — 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, 4 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
  • Amalfi Extension rate includes flight from Catania to Naples

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*

$4,895

Single Occupancy: $5,995

Extension*

$2,995

Single Occupancy: $3,995

*Rates are per person, double occupancy (except Single Occupancy rates), in US Dollars.


Deposits

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

Travel Insurance

Experi highly recommends you consider 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

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