Sicily Wine Tour


Day 1 - arrival and transfer to Marsala

On arrival at Palermo airport you will be met and welcomed by one of our tour leaders. You will then transfer to Marsala and check in to your reserved hotel rooms.
Tour of the historic city centre. Dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 2 - Marsala

Our first stop on the tour takes us to Marsala (Mars-Allah - port of God in Arabic), the city which gives its name to both the wine and one of the oldest viticulture regions in Italy. You will meet various wine producers who are securing the future of Marsala via their profound knowledge of the viticulture of the past, and who offer a passionate defense of traditions acquired over centuries of history.

After breakfast, we will visit our first winery.
Following the coast road, you will admire breathtaking views of the sea and of the salt pans on your way to visit the second winery, where you will also have lunch.
The day concludes with drinks at sunset, overlooking the salt pans, and a guided visit and dinner at the third winery.
Return to hotel and overnight stay.

 

Day 3 - Transfer to Catania

On the way to Catania, we will stop at the ancient wine territory of Camporeale, above Belìce, in the province of Palermo. It is an area rich in fascinating history, where agriculture has always been the prevalent activity, and is therefore deeply indicative of the culture of this inland Palermitano region.

After Camporeale we will continue on to Catania, situated on the Ionian coast at the foot of the ever-present Mount Etna. A shining example of the Sicilian Baroque period, Catania holds the coveted UNESCO World Heritage status.

After breakfast, you will check out of your rooms and we will head for Catania. On the way we will stop at Camporeale, near Palermo, to visit an excellent local cantina, where you will have lunch and take part in a wine tasting.
Arrival in Catania in the afternoon.
Transfer to hotel, check-in to rooms; dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 4 - Etna and Taormina

The tradition of wine-production here is ancient and unique to the territory - just like its wines, which are currently grabbing the attention of wine connoisseurs worldwide. The local grapes exemplify the territory, while the traditional viticulture has shaped the flanks of Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.

After breakfast in the hotel, we will head to Mount Etna for a nature walk.
Visit to a nearby winery, where you will have lunch.
To conclude the day, in the afternoon, you will take a relaxing walk through the narrow streets of Taormina.
Return to hotel; dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 5 - 'Wine Train' and Randazzo

On board the 'Littorina', a traditional narrow-gauge train which climbs the sides of the volcano, you will discover the wine and the culture of Mount Etna. The Circumetnea, which skirts around the foothills of Etna, was inaugurated in 1895. Its main purpose was to facilitate the movement of goods from the fertile soils of the volcano to the ports of Catania and Riposto, but it also had the effect of releasing from splendid isolation the people of the small towns dotted around Etna.

After breakfast, transfer to the station of Piedimonte Etneo to travel to Randazzo on board the Circumetnea train.
Transfer to a cantina for lunch and wine-tasting. In the afternoon you will take part in a guided tour of the 'Casa della musica e della liuteria medievale' - a fascinating insight into medieval stringed instruments and an unforgettable experience.
Return to hotel; dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 6 - Noto and Siracusa

In this part of Sicily, thousands of stories stand testament to the passing of the centuries. This is a territory where Phoenician, Greek and Arab rule have all left their marks on the architecture, the food and - of course - on the wine.

After breakfast in the hotel, we will depart for Noto, the heart of Sicilian Baroque.
Following a visit to the historic city centre, we will go to the wonderful Val di Noto enoteca for a guided tasting tour of the region's wines.
After this we will go to a winery rich in history where you will have lunch, accompanied by the wines produced by the winery.
In the afternoon you will walk through the streets of the island of Ortigia, heart of the magnificent city of Siracusa, one of the most important of Magna Graecia.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

 

 (7 days/ 6 nights) Departure and come back

Breakfast at hotel, check-out. Transfer to airport or place to be defined. End of our services.

 

The itinerary can be modified for technical reasons operational and according to customer needs.

Possible stay extension

(8 days/7 nights) - Vittoria - Ragusa Ibla

The territory of Cerasuolo di Vittoria gives rise to many ancient stories linked to the viniculture tradition. It is certain that from the port of Scoglitti, commercial maritime hub for the city of Vittoria, boats used to leave for northern Europe loaded up with barrels full of red wine - and certain stories passed down from the times of the ancient Greeks suggest that wine has been produced here since time immemorial.

Breakfast in hotel and departure for Vittoria. Visit to a winery, along with lunch.

In the afternoon, visit to Ragusa Ibla, the oldest part of the city of Ragusa, which contains numerous wonderful churches and examples of baroque architecture.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

 


The tour includes

Welcome of our courier at airport
Displacement by Prvate Coach/Minivan airport/hotel/airport
Guided tours
Accommodation: twin-bedroom in 3 or 4 stars hotel
Welcome Cocktail
Full board service
Lunches in restaurants
Tasting
Travel, medical and baggage insurance;


The tour doesn’t include:

Flights (available on request for formed groups)
City Tax
Tips, extras and personal shopping
Entrance tickets
Porterage services
All not specifically mentioned under “price includes

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