Booking for : Timeless Sicily Culinary Drive

Timeless Sicily Culinary Drive

Tour Details

6 Days

Enjoy coastlines, cities and authentic Sicilian culture

Travel to Sicily, Italy and explore the diverse culture, magnificent architecture and mouth-watering cuisine, at your own pace.

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Day 1. ,Welcome to Italy!

Upon arrival in Palermo you’ll collect your rental car and get started. You might choose to have a beach day or you can venture out to explore your surroundings.
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Day 2,Palermo

Enjoy a private three-hour walking tour of the beautiful and historically significant city of Palermo, with a local guide. The tour begins with the modern heart of Palermo, then continues towards the old city center, with its incredible monuments of the Arab Norman period, including the 12th century Palazzo dei Normanni, seat of the Kings of Sicily, the striking Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) adorned with colorful Norman-Byzantine mosaics, Pretoria Square, Quattro Canti, a typical market and more. The tour begins and ends at your centrally located Palermo hotel.
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Day 3, Palermo

Enjoy the day at your leisure! Palermo delivers a wonderful mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. This is a city at the edge of Europe and at the center of the ancient world. Peruse the souk-like markets, admire the historic baroque churches, and enjoy your final moments in Palermo.
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Day 4,Palermo - Taormina

Drive east across Sicily to Taormina! Upon arrival you'll want to stretch your legs. Take a walk around the area, enjoy the coastal views. While here you'll get a delicious taste of Sicilian dolce vita.
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Day 5,Taormina

Head over to Etna Park for a day full of exciting history. This park is home to the largest active volcano in Europe. While exploring the park you will walk by the volcano and through picturesque woods, vineyards and Mediterranean shrubbery. The views of the ocean are worth the hour drive.
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Day 6,Taormina

Join Chef Massimo in Taormina as he leads you through a guided market tour showcasing Sicily’s colorful foods. Visit the fruit & vegetable vendor to find out what’s in season, and the fishmonger in Taormina’s historic fish market to choose the best fresh catch of the day. Pick up the ingredients for your cooking class while learning about the local in-season products, Massimo’s family recipes and traditions. Next, head into the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class featuring Sicilian specialties such as Ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of fresh sautéed vegetables such as peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes with Chef Massimo’s secret stuffing recipe, fresh egg pasta and either a fish, meat or vegetarian main dish such as involtini, rolled stuffed beef, local fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). Each hands-on cooking class includes the preparation of a full Sicilian menu including a typical Sicilian dessert. Lunch follows, featuring the foods prepared in class, and is accompanied by local Sicilian wines, then dessert.
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Day 7,Depart Italy

Depart Italy from Catania today.
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Excelsior Palace Hotel – 4 Star

Escape to this luxurious, peaceful oasis nestled right in the heart of Taormina. In just steps, you'll find yourself at the Piazza IX Aprile, Corso Umberto, Duomo di Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina, and every beautiful sight in between! Take a short drive to majestic Mount Etna and the gorgeous seaside gem, Giardini Naxos!
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Grand Hotel et des Palmes – 4 Star

Experience exquisite Italian luxury and hospitality at the elegant Grand Hotel et des Palmes. Located on the bustling Via Roma in the heart of Palermo's historical center, this lavish hotel boasts a friendly staff, an on-site bar and restaurant, and well-equipped rooms with modern amenities. As soon as you step into the grand lobby of this hotel, you will forget that a bustling city exists right outside its doors.

Price shown are estimated prices from JFK, prices will vary depending on season and & departure city. Prices are per person. If traveler is under 13 please call in reservation. Subject to availability

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