4 Eastern Sicily – Wine experience – 7 days – 6 night Highlights: Catania /Vittoria - 2 hotels - Wineries - 4 excursions - full board
- Day 1 Catania - Welcome to Sicily “the continent of Wine”
Your private transfer meets you at the Airport and escorts you to the town of Zafferana Etnea near Catania. In the evening meet our sommelier and enjoy drinks with a special guided wine tasting and welcome dinner.
- Day 2 Etna Discovery: Volcano & Wine
Breakfast in hotel and departure for an exciting, half day morning tour of Mount Etna. This experience will offer you the opportunity to discover the tallest active volcano in Europe, through nature and flavours, ancient craters and lava flows, lunar landscapes and lush forests, houses surrounded by lava and breathtaking views accompanied constantly by our guides that will tell you about the mysterious volcanic phenomena. Wine tasting and lunch at one of the historical winery of the territory, typical of the area's winemaking. -Free afternoon. -Dinner and overnight in hotel.
- Day 3 A taste of Etna Wines
In the morning, visit two of the vineyards and the wineries in the DOC ETNA area. Viticulture has very ancient roots here; furthermore, Etna’s wine in its three typologies (red, white, and white superiore) has been the first Sicilian table wine to obtain the recognition of its Denomination of Origin. These incomparable wines are the fruit of a heroic viticulture of the par-excellence indigenous cultivars – Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante – which only here, in Etna’s territory, can express their best.
The viticulture practiced at these altitudes, in unique and unparalleled pedoclimatic conditions, makes of Mount Etna the new frontier for Sicily’s oenological excellence. Thanks to innovative winemakers many of whom practice biodynamic winemaking.
Professional tasting and lunch during the tour.
-Free afternoon. -Dinner and overnight in hotel.
- Day 4 Catania in a special walking tour
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to Catania for a walking tour through the main squares and markets of the city center that allows travellers to sample the best and most authentic street food. During the walk you will stop at places frequented only by real Sicilians, such as food stalls and old bakeries. Catania Street Tour isn’t just food! Our tour guides provide historical information on the monuments and churches visible along the walk and share secrets of local cuisine and habits..
Proceeding to Vittoria: Vittoria is the territory within Ragusa’s province which faces southward on the Mediterranean sea: the central area, instead, is known as the “Tavolato ibleo”, and is constituted by a volcanic formation segmented by a complex fault system. The area is known for its baroque architecture: cities like Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Caltagirone are UNESCO world heritage sites; it is also known for Vittoria’s Liberty style, Ispica’s Quarries, Camarina’s necropolis, for the landscapes of Chiaramonte Gulfi, Comiso, Punta Secca, Marina di Ragusa, and for Modica’s traditional chocolate craftsmanship. The area takes its name from the village founded by Vittoria Colonna Rodriguez, who offered these lands to the settlers with the understanding that they would plant them with vineyards and produce wine. Check-in in hotel and wine tasting in a winery of this area. -Dinner and overnight in hotel.
- Day 5 The sweet way of Sicilian Baroque: From Ragusa to Modica
Breakfast in hotel and departure for a guided tour to discover Ragusa and Modica. A charming route will lead you to the visit of the wonderful Ragusa Ibla, of its splendid monuments and the sites where “Il commissario Montalbano” was filmed. Ragusa Ibla is the old town from which develops the big new part of Ragusa, as a wide ramification. There are 18 monuments belonging to the city of Ragusa listed by UNESCO as cultural heritage and 14 of them are located in Ibla. Later on we will discover Modica, located on Hyblean plateau, near Ragusa. There are at least two good reasons to visit Modica,: its superb churches in baroque style and its traditional and particular local chocolate. Thanks to the elegance of the architecture of its buildings, the town is included in the Unesco world heritage list. Modica is also famous for its traditional chocolate. A stop at one of the many chocolate shops is a must visiting Modica. The chocolate of Modica is inspired by an ancient recipe brought by the Spanish, during their domination of Sicily, directly from the Aztechs in America. The chocolate is raw and is worked without milk. It is realized in many unusual flavours like orange, cinnamon or chili pepper. At the end of the tour, return to Vittoria and guided visit at two wineries with a fascinating history and top quality wines. Here you will taste the most authentic Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG and Frappato and discover all the secrets of the winemaking process and the fascinating history of local viticulture. Remnants of Africa are also evident here from the architecture to the vegetation (olive groves, carob and almond trees, vineyards) to the colorful red, ocher, and yellow surroundings. Professional tasting and lunch with traditional Sicilian dishes -In the afternoon return to the hotel. -Dinner and overnight
- Day 6 Syracuse
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Syracuse. A pleasant walking tour through Syracuse is like visiting Sicily during Ancient Greece. Here you will meet a local expert tourist guide who will lead you first to the world-famous Neapolis Archaeological Park and to the pedestrian area of the ancient town in the isle of Ortigia. There, you will enjoy some of the ancient sights, such as the Cathedral, the Arethusa Fountain and elegant Baroque styled palaces. On the way you will be offered a wine tasting and lunch. The area – which has a historical vocation for the production of dessert wines based on Moscato di Syracusa, with particular varietal hints and intense bouquets – is currently experiencing a new impetus in the production of powerful reds, obtained from Nero d’Avola, Pignatello and Frappato, pure or blended, with labels of great qualitative stature. -Return to the hotel dinner and overnight. -Return in hotel and overnight.
- 7 Day Relax time & departure
Breakfast in hotel, free time for relax or shopping.
Airport private departure transfer
- from Euro 4.147 per person one week
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Accommodation we selected for your Tour
three very unique and charming hotels where you will feel the spirit of Sicily and experience the highest standard of comfort
- Accommodation in double room with breakfast included
- Private car with English-speaking driver
- All Meals as described in the tour program
- Specialized local guides
- Wine tasting
- 24 h Assistance
- Travel Insurance
Rates do not include:
- Transport to/from Sicily;
- Single occupancy supplement;
- Entrance tickets to monuments/museums