TOURS: Sicily & Salina 2023

09/18/23 – 09/28/23

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, capers, and olive oil. You’ll also have a chance to explore local villages, dine in neighborhood restaurants, cook a traditional Sicilian meal with some of the top chefs, shop on cobbled streets and explore the crystal clear waters on private boat tour to the Ortigia Caves.

We customize our adventures with a brilliant balance of free time & guided activities.  Guests should anticipate walking 1-3 miles throughout a day and be prepared for steep steps, often without handrails, and uneven cobblestone streets. (It’s part of Sicily’s charm!) We will have guided walking tours of some of the cities we visit, and, we have a hiking excursion of Mount Etna!  We build in time for our guests to explore on their own as well. The more curious and open-minded you, are the more you’ll enjoy your experience.

Our guests are adults of all ages, and we encourage the single traveler.  We do not charge a single supplement fee! We keep the groups small, at 12 guests maximum. All of our tours have a Palmer’s host as your guide, as well as one guide from our tour partner. We feature local experts daily, to bring even more richness and information to the experience.  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.

05/12/23 – 05/21/23
*12 person maximum
$7,400 per person

TOWNS: Linguaglossa, Mount Etna, Taormina, Milazzo, Salina, Acireale, and Marzamemi

Wine, Cheese, Olive Oil, Capers

– Cooking class with top chef
– Boat tour of the Ortigia Caves and Salina
– Hike Mount Etna
– Shopping
– Beaches, and Greek Ruins

Breakfast Daily
05 Lunches
05 Dinners


05/12/23 – 05/21/23

Friday, May 12th

Morning arrival into Catania Airport*. Gioacchino will pick you up and bring you to your hotel, Hotel Villa Neri Resort and Spa.  An exclusive hotel with only 24 rooms, a gourmet restaurant, wellness center and spa, large salt water pool, and all framed by lush gardens under the shadow of Mount Etna!

Our first group dinner will be at the hotel’s Restaurant 12 Fontane.

*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.


Saturday, May 13th

After breakfast at the hotel, we will be taking an excursion to Mount Etna where we will hike, learn about the Volcano and it’s history, and have a delicious lunch provided by our aTTavola host!

This afternoon, you will have free time to rest, enjoy the hotel spa, and dinner on your own at the hotel or otherwise.


Sunday, May 14th

After breakfast, we’ll visit the hotel’s Wine and Oil Producer, Neri Agricoltura Dell’Etna, where we will receive a full tour of the grounds as well as a tasting lunch of their magnificent extra virgin olive oils and wines made from the uniquely grown Etna Rossa & Bianco Doc grapes.

This afternoon, we’ll take a drive to the hilltop town of Taormina where you’ll have time to yourself to explore the Greco-Roman theater ruins, Teatro Antico di Taormina, shop its charming cobble stone main street, and eat dinner at any of the stylish local restaurants and lounges. 


Monday, May 15th

After breakfast, we’ll pack our bags and head to Salina via ferry with a stop along the way in Milazzo for lunch on your own and time to see the ancient village.

Tonight after checking into our new hotel Hotel Principe di Salina, we will have dinner at a popular local seafood restaurant with spectacular views, Restaurant Didyme.



Tuesday, May 16th

After breakfast at the hotel, an exclusive boat tour excursion around Salina with lunch aboard.

Tonight, you will have time to yourself to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.



Wednesday, May 17th

After breakfast, we will enjoy a cooking class at the hotel. A professional chef will work with our group and we will be responsible for preparing a traditional Sicilian meal. The chef and his team will assist us in the preparation of the dishes and at lunch we will enjoy what you have cooked!

After our tasty lunch, we will visit the Wine and Caper Producers, Azienda Agricola Vigona, where will get the chance to taste Aperitivo’s and learn about production of the finest Sicilian Capers!

Dinner will be on your own in Salina.


Thursday, May 18th

While we enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the aTTavola staff will collect luggage as we prepare to head to Siracusa. On our way we will stop at the Al Mulino Restaurant for lunch, a local restaurant located right on the water.  We will then continue to our 4-star superior rated hotel, Hotel Algilà, which offers spectacular views of the sea and Siracusa.

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




Friday, May 19th

After breakfast,  we will take a Guided Tour of Siracusa before taking a short drive to the village of Marzamemi where you will have free time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and beaches, and lunch on your own.  Back in Siracusa,  you will have dinner on your own tonight.


Saturday, May 20th

After breakfast we leave from the port of Siracusa for the boat tour around the Island of Ortigia and its famous caves.  Lunch will provided onboard the boat.   You’ll have a few hours of free time to enjoy Siracusa before we dinner at the 5-star restaurant, best known for its delicious and creative dishes –  Antica Corte dei Bottari.



DAY 10

Sunday, May 21st

After breakfast, we’ll leave Siracusa to Catania Airport (PMO) where we will all say our goodbyes.

Ciao for now!




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!