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A short and sweet full immersion in the wine and food scene of the biggest Mediterranean’s island. This tour can be easily combined with another Savour Italy tour or enjoyed on its own.

  • Tour Category: Small Group Tour

  • Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights – extensions before and after the tour are available.

  • Depature Dates: Monthly departures available. Please contact us for specific dates.

  • Max. No of People: 20

  • Tour pick up location: Catania airport

  • Tour drop off location: Palermo airport

  • Level of activities included in this tour: Easy/Medium (steps, staircases, uneven terrain)

Number of nights in each destination:

  • Sicliy: 6 nights

This tour can be customized for independent travellers and private groups: any element can be tailored – Activities, Length, Hotels and Destinations.

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplement: C$750 / US$600.

During this tour, each included meal features 3 or 4 courses, each paired with a local DOC or DOCG wine. The learning experience is enhanced by an explanation of the local ingredients and indigenous grapes. Be ready to taste and learn about Sicily's rich variety of unique food and wine appellations!

Day 1

TRANSFER AND CHECK IN + WELCOME DINNER

Pick up of participants at Cantania airport and transfer to our 4-star Sicilian style resort in the heart of Sicily. Check in, welcome aperitivo with introduction to the tour and dinner in a typical Sicilian style setting.

Day 2

TAORMINA AND “VOLCANIC” GRAPES

Today we follow the wine route of the volcano Etna. We visit a quality winery and discover the full flavour profile of the viticulture of this region. We taste many indigenous grapes, among them is the Carricante, a white with high acidity, citrus and green apple notes and a nice amount of minerality, and the Nerello Mascalese, a fruity red, to drink when it is young and fresh. These wines are all included in the appellation “Etna DOC”. The volcanic soil has an incredible impact on the wines, notably adding minerality and structure. On the way out of the Etna region we stop at Taormina, a city carved out of mountains, full of Greek archeological sites, amphitheaters, and art, a true gem. From that elevation, the view of the sea and Etna is just spectacular! You have the time to tour the town and shop at your leisure in the many characteristic small “botteghe”. Also make some time to visit the Greek amphitheater and archeological site (the entrance fee and the English audio-guide for this site is included in the tour). Back to the hotel in the evening.

Day 3

A TASTE OF RAGUSA & MODICA: CHOCOLATE, OLIVE OIL & BAROQUE

On the way to Ragusa we stop at Modica, a town famous for it’s traditionally made chocolate. The technique comes from pre-Columbian Mexico, and involves slow, cold processing, preserving the delicate, individual flavors and aromas of the cacao. Over time, other ingredients have been added to the chocolates including cinnamon, chilli, ginger, sea salt, and more. We will visit the oldest chocolate producer in Sicily and will assist in a demonstration of the traditional techniques. Of course, there will be many samples to try. Sicilian olive groves are emblematic and postcard perfect places to visit: the grey green trees with their gnarled bodies, the expanses of rolling hills and craggy paths, the traditional wooden tools mixed with new technology. This is exactly what we also see today at an olive grove and mill that produces DOP Monti Iblei extra virgin olive oil. We taste what makes this DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) unique and worth protecting and recognizing as a regional, Sicilian product alongside a number of other olive oils that has made this family an outstanding producer in the country.

Day 4

THE GREEK SICILY: AGRIGENTO AND THE VALLE DEI TEMPLI

Day 5

WINE AND SALE: A WINNING COMBINATION!

Just like the volcanic soil influenced the terroir of the wine at the beginning of our tour, so too does the sea salt. We visit the salt flats (‘saline’) to understand the traditional production and history surrounding this product, and then we taste the local grape varietals and learn the influence of salinity in the air on the wine production. This is a densely cultivated wine region so there are many varieties to try. Since we’re in Marsala, we also appreciate this world-renowned fortified wine made with the native Grillo and Insolia grapes. Perhaps when we say Marsala, you conjure up an image of a sickly sweet, syrupy after dinner drink, or a creamy sauce to save that dry chicken. But Marsala is so much more complex depending on aging, coloration, and grape varietal, it can range from the dry to sweet. Trust us on this! Arrivedeci dinner in Marsala.

Day 6

MARSALA TO PALERMO – END OF TOUR

After breakfast, we depart for the Palermo airport where our tour ends. Participants have the possibility to choose their trip extension: - In the city of Palermo - At the famous beaches of Mondello or Capo San Vito - In the islands of Favignana (Egadi Archipelago) or Vulcano/Lipari (Eolian Archipelago)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  1. All accommodations in handpicked hotels with every effort made to choose the best rated and available hotels in the tour travel areas.
  2. Two meals per day (buffet breakfast and lunch or dinner, including 2 glasses of wine)
  3. All activities, as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees to sites, and guided tours of towns or cities of historical/artistic/cultural importance, using only licensed local professional guides.
  4. Ground transportation from where the tour originates to where it ends, as specified in the itinerary, in a comfortable bus with a professional licensed driver.
  5. All taxes and gratuities
  6. Antonio, or one of his partners (as specified in each tour), as your friendly guide at your side for the duration of the tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

Air fare, Transfers pre- and post-tour, any item of service or personal nature, travel, cancellation and medical insurance

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Tour Highlights

GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH MOUNT ETNA

We'll take you on a thrilling adventure up to the UNESCO site of Mount Etna to walk on its lava trails and side craters!

DID SOMEBODY SAY FOOD & WINE?

Enjoy many memorable meals in typical trattorie and ristoranti where you will fully absorb the traditional cuisine, customs and lifestyle of Sicily!

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

Visit the famous Greek Concordia temple in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento. One of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, considering its remarkable preservation and beautiful location

Attention to Detail

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

Donna

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5.0
2019-10-11T17:46:46+00:00

Donna

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

Everything Was Taken Care of Expertly

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Lynn

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:02:30+00:00

Lynn

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Ask and You Will Receive

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant.

Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.

Allan

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5.0
2019-10-11T17:45:52+00:00

Allan

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant. Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.

Nothing Compares

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Rachel

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T12:23:19+00:00

Rachel

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Great food, wine, activities and tours

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Carol

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-11-05T16:19:56+00:00

Carol

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Everything Went Like Clockwork

Buongiorno Antonio!

Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply.

We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Debbie & John

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-23T17:43:17+00:00

Debbie & John

Buongiorno Antonio! Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply. We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Well Worth It

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.

Ron

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:48:08+00:00

Ron

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.

The Most Perfect Vacation

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Julie

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T19:10:47+00:00

Julie

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.
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