Tree and Vine Culinary 2017 - A Gourmet Getaway to Sicily

Getaway to Sicily

September 18 - 26, 2017

Group size:  12 – 14 people

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Join us on this gourmet adventure through Sicily’s quaintest fishing villages, fabled olive groves and beautifully Baroque towns. Together we will celebrate the island’s ancient wine heritage while sipping crisp Catarratto and velvety Nero d’Avola, before experiencing the true essence of an elegant Marsala DOC. We will discover the exquisite Extra Virgin Olive oils and sublime seafood bounty that make the Mediterranean’s largest island such a culinary paradise. We’ll roll up our sleeves to uncover the secrets of Sicilian pastry making before sampling the age-old recipe for authentic Modica chocolate, and we’ll savor the joy of the Sicilian kitchen while learning to prepare typical dishes on a storied country estate. From the island tradition of the Tonnara to the timeless temples of Agrigento, we’ll delve into Sicily’s rich cultural history as we venture to breathtaking Baroque towns and Norman palaces, and delight in the epicurean intrigue of Palermo’s most colorful food markets. This gourmet tour has been designed exclusively for The Tree & Vine by our travel partner, CountryBred.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

9 Days/8 Nights

CITIES & AREAS
Trapani ♦ Menfi♦ Modica ♦ Palermo ♦ Island of Favignana ♦ Sciacca ♦ Noto ♦ Cefalu ♦ Marsala ♦ Agrigento ♦ Noto Wine Country ♦ Erice ♦ Ragusa ♦ Sclafani ♦ Bagni

HOTELS:

Baglio Soria in Trapani Wine Country
Antica Badia Relais in Ragusa
Grand Hotel Wagner in Palermo
 

GROUP DETAILS

  • Hotels Included: 3 nights at four-star luxury estate in Trapani, 3 nights at five-star palace hotel in Ragusa & 2 nights at historic five-star hotel in Palermo
  • Room Types Included: Double Room in Trapani, Superior and Deluxe Rooms in Ragusa & Deluxe Room in Palermo*
  • Vehicle Type: Private air conditioned bus
  • Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase (25” to 27” inches) & one carry-on per participant**

Tour Includes:

  • 8 nights at deluxe accommodations, including four-star Baglio Soria in Trapani Wine Country, five-star Antica Badia Relais in Ragusa & five-star Grand Hotel Wagner in Palermo
  • Private, air-conditioned bus for all intercity travel, excursions & touring
  • The full-time assistance of a CountryBred Tour Leader & select touring with local guides and culinary experts
  • A representative from The Tree & Vine on tour
  • Signature activities and all associated tickets/entrance fees, as indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 7 regionally inspired lunches
  • 5 gourmand dinners
  • Welcome wine tasting of premium Firriato reserve vintages at Baglio Soria
  • Exclusive vineyard visit on the island of Favignana Private winery tour & tasting in Marsala DOCG wine country
  • Hands-on Sicilian pastry making class with renowned pastry expert
  • Privately guided walking tour of medieval hilltop town of Erice & Baroque center of Trapani
  • Olive oil mill visit & tasting of estate bottled extra virgin olive oils at acclaimed producer in Menfi
  • Archeologist-led walking tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • Privately guided walking tour of Ragusa Ibla
  • Visit to herb farm to learn about Sicilian herb cultivation with farm to table lunch
  • Visit of historic chocolate shop for behind the scenes look at chocolate laboratory
  • Traditional chocolate making workshop & tasting in home of local food expert
  • Private walking tour of Noto’s UNESCO designated Sicilian Baroque center
  • Private winery tour & tasting of premium Nero D’Avola wines with al fresco picnic lunch in Noto wine country
  • Privately guided tour of typical Sicilian fishing village with tasting of local red tuna products
  • Exclusive cooking class of signature Sicilian dishes at Tasca D’Almerita country estate
  • Traditional Sicilian puppet theater experience in Palermo
  • Privately guided tour of Palermo including visits to Ballaro Market, Palazzo dei Normanni & the Cathedral
  • Private walking tour of ancient seaside village of Cefalu

PRICING:
$4,995 per person based on double occupancy

Single Traveler Own-Room Supplement: $800

If you are interested in the tour, please e-mail Paul at paul@thetreeandvine.com  and we will send you additional details. 

Please be aware that the trip is limited to a maximum of 14 guests.