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Sicily 2018 (May)

05/10/18 – 05/20/18

THE SCOOP

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Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island and nature has certainly endowed it land with all its wonders… mountains, hills and the crystal-clear sea! Rich in history, art and culture, Sicily is bursting at the seams with artistic and architectural gems.

Join Palmer’s on this one-of-a-kind travel experience to Sicily! We’ll take part in touring (and tasting) the finest cheese, wine, chocolate, honey and olive oil. You’ll also have a chance to explore local villages, dine in neighborhood restaurants, cook a traditional Sicilian meal with a Michelin Starred chef, shop on cobbled streets and explore the crystal clear waters on private boat tour to Favignana Island.

We have customized this Sicilian adventure with a brilliant balance of free-time & guided activities with intimate group of just 8–12 guests. We encourage the single traveler and do not charge a single supplement fee. Be sure to bring an extra suitcase, a generous appetite and a spirit for adventure!

Secure your spot on this tour by downloading the Reservation Form. Send all completed forms to cindy@palmerstours.com.

11 DAYS IN SICILY*
05/10/18 – 05/20/18
*12 person maximum
$6,500 per person

TOWNS:
Palermo, Mondello, Caltagirone, Modica, Ragusa, Donnalucata, Ispica, Siracusa, Sciacca, Trapani, Erice, Marsala, Favignana, Castellammare del Golfo, Castelvetrano

PRODUCERS:
Chocolate, Wine, Cheese, Olive Oil, Salt flats

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Cooking class with Michelin starred chef
– Boat tour of the Favignana Islands
– Street/Fish Market tour
– Shopping
– Beach
– Greek Ruins

MEALS INCLUDED:
Breakfast Daily
05 Lunches
07 Dinners

ITINERARY

05/10/18 – 05/20/18
DAY 1

PALERMO
Thursday, May 10

Morning arrival in Palermo Airport*. Gioacchino will pick you up and bring you to your hotel, Principe di Villafranca.  This boutique hotel is immersed in the quiet and sophisticated atmosphere of the area and is in one of the most elegant residential neighbourhoods of Palermo. 

Our first group dinner will be at  L’Ottava Nota Ristorante (Reviews include: “The food is fun, adventurous and delicious”, “an amazing place to eat!” and “one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten!”)

*Please send flight information to cindy@palmerstours.com so we can arrange transportation to/from airport for you. Due to time difference, all flights should be made 1 day prior to itinerary start date.

DAY 2

PALERMO > MONDELLO > PALERMO
Friday, May 11

After breakfast at the hotel, we will be touring the Mercato del Capo, an authentic Sicilian market with fresh produce, seafood, meat, cheese, spices, olives and so much more! From there we’ll take a walking tour in the historic center of Palermo to discover the wonderful monuments of Arab-Norman style.

This afternoon we’ll enjoy a ‘street food’ style lunch in the lively streets of Palermo. Spend the rest of the day to yourself – go shopping or enjoy the beach in Mondello. Dinner on your own tonight!

DAY 3

PALERMO > CALTAGIRONE > MODICA > RAGUSA
Saturday, May 12

After breakfast, pack your bags as we prepare to head across the island to Ragusa. On our way we will stop in the beautiful town of Caltagirone. You’re free to explore the Sicilian baroque architecture and enjoy lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we’ll head to hotel Villa Carlotta, located in Ragusa check-in.

Tonight we will be visiting Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, a chocolate producer, for a tour and tasting. Afterwards, we’ll head to Hostaria della Musica for an amazing Chocolate dinner.

DAY 4

RAGUSA > DONNALUCATA > ISPICA > RAGUSA
Sunday, May 13

After breakfast, we’ll head to Donnalucata for some beach time and shopping. We’ll be visiting Azienda Curto Winery where we will enjoy a delicious tasting lunch.

Tonight we will head to Ragusa Ibla where you will have time to explore the town, shop and enjoy dinner on your own.

 

DAY 5

RAGUSA > SIRACUSA > RAGUSA
Monday, May 14

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a guided tour of Siracusa with time to explore on our own and grab some lunch. Tonight, we’ll dine inside the hotel at La Fenice Restaurant, an amazing 1 star Michelin restaurant.

 

DAY 6

RAGUSA
Tuesday, May 15

After breakfast, we will meet cheese producer, Maria, at Cilone Family Farm. We’ll watch her make Caciocavallo and Ricotta by hand and then enjoy a tasting of the freshly made cheeses. From there we’ll visit the local market and butcher shop before heading into Chef Claudio Ruta’s kitchen at Ristorante la Fenice for the ultimate cooking class.

One of our favorite quotes from our last tour says it all: “Chef Ruta has a unique talent for creating simple yet innovative riffs on Sicilian classics. His passion for ingredients, local traditions and finding joy in the process inspired us greatly. A self-taught chef who is all heart, he seemed proud of what we accomplished in his kitchen. After class, we sat down to the 6-course meal, with each student explaining the process behind their dish. We all agreed that it was the most memorable meal of the trip!”

DAY 7

RAGUSA > SCIACCA > TRAPANI
Wednesday, May 16

While we enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the aTTavola staff will collect luggage as we prepare to hear to Trapani. On our way we will stop at the Temple Valley Greek Ruins. On our way to Agrigento,we’ll enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline. We’ll enjoy lunch at Porto San Paolo, a local restaurant located right on the water. We will then head to our hotel, Baglio Sorio, which offers spectacular views of Trapani. (Some hotel reviews include: “Boutique luxury in wine country overlooking the sea” and “a hidden gem in Sicily”).

Tonight you will have free time walking, shopping and dining on your own in Trapani.

 

DAY 8

TRAPANI > ERICE > MARSALA^TRAPANI

Thursday, May 17

After breakfast,  we will visit the fish market in Trapani.  From there we will travel to Erice where you will have free time to shop and have lunch on your own.  Tonight we will travel to the town of Marsala where we will have a tasting dinner at Cantine Martinez, a marsala wine producer.

DAY 9

TRAPANI > FAVIGNANA > CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO > TRAPANI
Friday, May 18

After breakfast we’ll take a trip to the port of Trapani where we will take a boat tour to Favignana, the largest of the Egadi Islands. These islands boast some of the most crystalline water in Sicily! Enjoy the afternoon swimming, walking, shopping and dining. Tonight we will head to Castellammare del Golfo to enjoy dinner at Restaurant Salvinius.

*THIS SCHEDULE COULD CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER.*

 

DAY 10

TRAPANI > MARSALA > CASTELVETRANO ^TRAPANI
Saturday, May 19

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the Salt Flats in Marsala. From there we travel to Castelvetrano to tour Centonze Company, an extra virgin olive oil producer where we will have a tasting lunch.  Tonight we will enjoy dinner together at Serisso 47 in Trapani (reviews include: “Best in Trapani” and “elegant and tasty!”).

DAY 11

TRAPANI > PALERMO AIRPORT
Sunday, May 20

After breakfast, we’ll head to Palermo Airport (PMO) where we will all say our goodbyes.

Ciao for now!

 

YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Gioacchino Passalacqua

Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!

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