Wine  Experience in Southern Italy: Sicily, Puglia, Basilicata.

 for Nicole & Richard

Tuesday 30th, June 2020 - Saturday, 11th July 2020


Dear Nicole and Richard

Here is a first draft with prices, If you want to shave some costs that can be done.

At this stage a few wineries are not definitive.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Thanks Tim

Table of contents


Tour Guiding & Outline – Nicole and Richard


GUIDING 


Tim Robertson 


Your tour leader will be Tim Robertson. Tim was born in UK and is of Scottish descent. Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for the Sakagura Wine & Liquor in Hong Kong. He was responsible for selling their collection of Bordeaux Wines and other top quality new world wines, probably the best collection in Asia at that time. He never quite recovered from tasting the very best at the age of 18. However, he went on to complete his studies in Economics and Business. He was unable to find a suitably well-paid job in wine in London and so embarked on a career in finance. He decided to leave finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love: the wine. He inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours in 2003. The business has grown organically over the years and despite efforts to get involved in exporting he has stuck to the tried and tested formula of offering his clients the best the wine countries have to offer. Client base of Robertson Wine Tours is rightly demanding of the best, extremely well-travelled and generally with knowledge of wine.


 (Puglia) (TBD)


TOUR OUTLINE (2020)

DAY 01 – Tuesday, 30th June: Arrival IN / Transfer to Castelmola / Sleep Rocca di Mola
DAY 02 – Wednesday 1st July: Free day / Wine Tasting and Welcome Dinner
DAY 03 – Thursday, 2nd July: Sightseeing Etna: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 04 – Friday, 3rd July: Check out / Sightseeing Etna: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 05 – Saturday, 4th July: Sightseeing  Ortiga and Syracuse by Yourselves
DAY 06 – Sunday, 5th July: Rio Favara Winery / Modica / Mazzei  / Sleep La Cartapesta
DAY 07 – Monday, 6th July: Check Out Ortiga / Flight to Brindisi
DAY 08 – Tuesday 7th July: Free Day Sightseeing Lecce
DAY 09 – Wednesday 8th July: Full Day in Northern Salento Wineries
DAY 10 – Thursday 9th July: Wineries of Manduria /Sleep La Corte dei Cavalieri
DAY 11 – Friday 10th June: Sightseeing Matera by yourselves
Day 12 – Saturday 11th July: Check out / Alberobello / Flight Out


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner

Tour Day by Day – Nicole and Richard


DAY 01 -Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Arrival IN / Transfer to Castelmola / Sleep Rocca di Mola


09:55 AM Arrive At Catania Airport

Easy Jet  EZY8565 from Gatwick to Catania

10:30 Reception at Airport with Tim Robertson 

10.30 AM Private Transfer to Castelmola 

12:00 PM Check in Rocca di Mola

6 Welcome bottle of wines

No other Services

Sleep Rocca di Mola


(B) 


DAY 02 -Wednesday 1st July 2020
Free day / Wine Tasting and Welcome Dinner.


AM Free

Acclimatise and sightsee by yourselves.

PM Free

Pre Dinner Wine tasting and Welcome Dinner with Tim Robertson


Sleep Rocca di Mola


(D) 


DAY 03 – Thursday, 2nd July 2020
Sightseeing Etna: Wine & Food Experience


08:30 AM Departure from Rocca di Mola with Tim

Private Transfer to Randazzo

09:30 AM Visit & Tasting of 12 Wines (Barrels and Tanks) at Calabretta Winery

12:00 PM Private Transfer to Trecastagni

12.15 Tasting of 3 wines at Alice Bonnacorsi

01:00 PM Lunch with 2 Wines at All’Angolo Restaurant

15:30 PM Visit & Tasting of 4 Wines at Custodia De Etna Winery

17:30 PM Transfer to Castelmola

18:30 PM Arrival at Rocca di Mola

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Nero d’Avola Restaurant in Taormina

Sleep at Rocca di Mola


 (L)


DAY 04 – Friday, 3rd July 2020
Check out / Sightseeing Etna: Wine & Food Experience


09:00 AM Check out and Departure from Rocca di Mola with Tim

09:00 AM Private Transfer to Castiglione di Sicilia

10:00 AM Visit & Tasting of 4 Wines at Girolamo Russo Winery

12:30 PM Private Transfer to Linguaglossa

13:15 PM Visit & Tasting of 6 Wines at Tenuta di Fessina Winery

14:30 PM Lunch at Tenuta di Fessina Winery

15:30 PM  Transfer to Syracuse

17:00 PM Arrival at Rivamare Loft

17:15  PM Check in at Rivamare Loft

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at  Restaurant TBD

Sleep at Rivamare Loft


 (L)


DAY 05 – Saturday, 4th July 2020
Sightseeing  Ortiga and Syracuse by yourselves


AM Free

Acclimatise and sightsee by yourselves.

PM Free

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Restaurant Le Vin de l’Assassin Bistrot

Sleep at Rivamare Loft


DAY 06 – Sunday, 5th July 2020
 Rio Favara Winery / Modica / Mazzei


08:30 AM Departure from Rivamare Loft

08:30 AM Private Transfer to Modica

11:00 AM Visit the Baroque town of Modica by yourselves

12:00 Private Transfer to Mazzei Winery

12:15 PM Tasting of 4 wines at Mazzei Winery

13:30 PM Private Transfer to Ispica

14:00 PM  Arrival at At Riovara Winery

14:00 PM  Lunch and Tasting of of 5 wines At Riovara Winery

16:00 PM Transfer to Ragusa Ibla

17:00 PM Visit the Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla by yourselves

18:30 PM  Transfer to Ortiga or Optional Dinner

19:00 PM Optional Dinner Suggestion at Gulfi Winery, Chiaramonte Gulfi.

19:00 PM Private Transfer to Syracuse or 21.00 PM

20:30 PM Arrival at La Cartapesta or 22.30 PM

Sleep at La Cartapesta


(L)  (Optional Winery Dinner)


DAY 07 – Monday, 6th July 2020
Check Out  Ortiga / Flight to Brindisi / Sleep La Cartapesta


11:45 AM Check OUT from Rivamare Loft with Tim

12:00 PM Private Transfer to Catania Airport

13:15 PM  Arrival at Catania Airport

Alitalia FlightAZ1734

Departing from Catania Airport (CTA) at 14,50 PM  To Rome Airport (FCO)

Alitalia Flight AZ1623

Departing Rome 17:50 PM arriving at Brindisi Airport (BDS) 18:25PM

19:00 PM Private Transfer to Lecce

19:45 PM Arrival at La Cartapesta

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Restaurant Bros in Lecce

Sleep at La Cartapesta


DAY 08 – Tuesday 7th July 2020
Free Day Sightseeing Lecce 


AM Free

Sightsee by yourselves.

PM Free

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Restaurant TBD

Sleep at La Cartapesta


DAY 09 – Wednesday 8th July 2020
Full Day in Northern Salento Wineries 


 09.00 AM: Departure from  La Cartapesta with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Guagnano

10:00 AM Visit & Tasting of 4 WINES at Feudi di Guagnano Winery

11:45 AM  Short  Transfer to Cantele Winery Or Menhir Winery

12:30 PM 4-Course Lunch with wine at Cantele Winery Or Menhir Winery

14:30 PM Private Transfer to Menteroni di Lecce

15:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 4 WINES at Apollonio Winery

16:30 PM Transfer to Brindisi

17:15 PM Informal Wine Tasting at Tenuta Rubino Winery Winebar

19:00 PM Transfer to Lecce

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Restaurant TBD

Sleep at La Cartapesta


(L)


DAY 10 – Thursday 9th July 2020.
 Wineries of Manduria /Sleep La Corte dei Cavalieri Matera


 09.00 AM: Check out and Departure La Cartapesta with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

09:00 AM Transfer to Manduria

10:15 AM Arrival  to Gianfranco Fino Winery

12:00 PM Transfer to Morella Winery

12:15 PM Arrival at Morella Winery (Lisa Gilbee is Australian)

1:45 PM Transfer to Manduria for Lunch or Stay at Morella

13:00 PM Light Lunch Included at Restaurant TBD (Could be at Morella)

15:00 PM Private Transfer from Morella to Matera

17:00 PM Arrival Matera

17:15 PM Check in La Corte dei Cavalieri

Dinner Suggestion Restaurant Nadi, Friends of RWT with Aglianico Wines

Sleep La Corte dei Cavalieri


(L)


DAY 11 – Friday 10th June. Sightseeing Matera by yourselves


AM Free

Acclimatise and sightsee by yourselves.

PM Free

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Restaurant TBD

Sleep La Corte dei Cavalieri


Day 12 –  Saturday 11th July Check out. Alberobello / Flight Out

8:00 AM Check Out and Departure fromLa Corte dei Cavalieri

08:15 AM Private Transfer with Driver Alberobello

09:15 AM Arrival at Alberobello

09:15 AM Quick Look at Alberobello (1 hour and half non guided)

10:45 AM Private Transfer to Bari Airport

11:45 AM Arrival at Bari Airport

13:00 PM Flight to London on EasyJet Flight EZY 8366 Bari to London Gatwick

 


END of SERVICES



 

Tour Costs – Nicole and Richard


COSTS


 

Sicily Tour   Price Per Person 1,240 Euros
Puglia Tour Price Per Person 990    Euros
Combined   Price Per Person 2,230 Euros

 


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


4 Airport Transfers
Private Transport with Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding with Tim in Sicily and One of our guides in Puglia
5 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines
1 in depth Wine Tasting in Sicily
6 welcome wines to Enjoy at leisure
Entrance Fees & Wine Tastings at 13 Wineries
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights
Overnight Tourist Taxes
Optional Dinner at Gulfi Winery
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants
Gratuities for Drivers & Guides
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary

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