Paola, Eszter & Alfred would like to invite you to join them for this tailor made 11 Days fully escorted tour of Western Sicily. Travelers will experience the simple beauty, the unsophisticated small charming village, the slow life, the genuine cuisine and the warmth of the people.
Sit back, relax and let our professional local tour guide explain the many aspects of a culture that has traces of Greeks, Arabs, Turkish, Spanish, English and Normans which is reflected in the architecture, culture, food and language.
Sunday, Sept. 10 - Departure from USA
Monday, Sept. 11– Arrival Palermo Airport. Private Transfer to Castellammare Del Golfo to check into your B & B where your will be served a light lunch. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the Village and will have a special welcome dinner. (L,D)
Tuesday, Sept. 12 – This morning we will have breakfast at Bar Millennium “the best cappuccino and espresso” a small bar where local Sicilians go every morning. Soon after we will head for Cefalu’ famous for its Norman Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. The Norman Cathedral is dramatically situated in front of the mountain (Rocca di Cefalu`) and is one of Sicily’s most important buildings from the Norman domination of the Island. It was Roger II who started the construction in 1131 but was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1154, it was not consecrated until 1267. After a guided tour of the town, participants will have some free time to explore the village and do some shopping. On the way back to Castellammare we will stop in the picturesque town of Mondello. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Breakfast and a free day at leisurely to enjoy the pool or the lovely sandy beach. Time at leisure or optional participation in a ‘fresh pasta making and cooking class’ you will be to prepare and eat some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes. Overnight in Castellammare (B,L)
Thursday, Sept. 14 –
An early wake up, a quick cup of coffee and on the bus by 8:00 am to Salemi to visit a dairy farm, hopefully on time to see the milking of the sheep. We will visit the factory and witness the various steps of the transformation of milk into ricotta and then to cheese. A tasting of hot ricotta, tuma and fresh pecorino cheese will be our lunch specialty for today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngnHJuduJCc
Saturday, Sept. 16 – After breakfast at the residence, we will have an early departure to Monreale for a guided tour of the Cathedral. You will have some free time to sit in one of the many nearby bars for coffee, cappuccino or a glass of local wine before heading to Palermo, for a guided tour of the Capital of Sicily. Our tour guide will take us to Quattro Canti, the Palace of the Normans with its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral and many other import highlights points of the city. One of the legacies of Palermo’s past as a commercial center that continues to manifest itself in the present day is the Palermo market culture. In particular, Palermo’s Muslim history has made an imprint on the bazaars and markets of the town. Bustling, crowded, and full of all kinds of treasures, a stop at the “Il Capo” market is a unique way to connect with the real lifestyle of the Palermo locals. You will have a chance to savor Sicilian Specialties in one of the Focaccerie inside the Market. We will have dinner in a restaurant specializing in Sicilian dishes on the way back to Castellammare for overnight. (B, D).
Sunday, Sept. 17 – Full day excursion to beautiful beach of San Vito LoCapo. Return to Castellammare for Dinner and overnight (B, D)
Monday, Sept. 18 – After breakfast, check out and departure for Marina di Ragusa. Along the way we will stop in Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples, which represent the most beautiful example of Greek civilization in Sicily. Arrival and check in at Hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Tuesday, Sept. 19– This morning after breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour of the lovely towns of Ragusa and Modica. Ragusa is classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the south-eastern Sicily towns with the highest concentration of cultural heritage. After the earthquake of 1693, on the ruins of the medieval village the city was rebuilt. Modica is an attractive historic town renowned for Barocco Architecture and chocolate making and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Breakfast at the Hotel followed by a guide tour of Noto and Scicli. Both cities, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, are famous for their many Baroque Style buildings. Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Thursday, Sept. 21 – Private transfers to Catania airport for your flight back to the USA. Passenger departing from Palermo Airport will need request for a post night stay closer to Palermo Airport.
LAND ONLY COST: $2,885.00 per person based $400.00 single supplement
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is due by July 1st
FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE BY August 1st, 2017