FOCUS

We realise that just getting to Sicily is a little more complicated so we have organised the tour to be light with arrivals in the afternoon of Saturday with the first full day on Sunday. We also suggest people to arrive in on Friday to acclimatise and recover from the flight if taking time off work is not an issue.

Taormina where we will base ourselves for the first three nights has one of the most privileged views over the bay of Naxos and Etna. You can just lose yourself in the view with a wine for hours. The hotel we have chosen is the best price/quality with exceptional management and outstanding views, but this is not a five-star hotel. It is a small intimate three-star hotel with four-star services and five-star location and views. Please do not let Taormina's fame put you off. Day-trippers hardly leave the main drag and like Venice you are just one turn away from the maddening crowd. We will taste many wines of Etna and we will actually only visit the wineries on two days. So expect the day 3 on Etna to push your wine limits. We will meet the winemakers in many cases, which is of course one of the joys of visiting smaller more personal wineries. We could add in more winery visits, but Sicily is too rich in history not to enjoy some of her most important sites of interest.

This tour is a confident mix of sightseeing, winery visits and informal tastings, great meals and relaxation. The tour will have Tim Robertson as the director and we will have specialist guides jump on and off the tour as we need them. We will visit the city of Syracuse and its amazing island of Ortigia and the Necropolis. We then move on to the famed late baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa, the Mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. So we will in fact cover five of the six sites of UNESCO in Sicily. It is fair to say that you will have a fantastic overview of Sicily and were you not to ever return you will have enjoyed the main attractions and will have left Sicily with a great understanding of her wines.

Now, let's talk about the food. Well it is simply one of the most interesting cuisines of Italy as it has so many influences due to the massive amount of invasions and immigrations Sicily has enjoyed through its history. Expect deserts from Middle East, cous cous, wonderful fish and raw seafood. Restaurants have been chosen less for decor or style, but really just being all about the food. There are a couple of world-class restaurants we will be booking a la carte as non-included dinners and people are more than welcome to take a break and grab a pizza if they so wish. We are fortunate to have our second accommodation, Locanda COS, an extremely famous winery of Sicily that we love and know well. We have hired the whole structure that means we can almost use it like our own villa. Rooms are huge. Communal spaces and pool area are where we will be spending most of our time. Once we have enjoyed the southeast of Sicily on Day 7, we pack up and move to Palermo. A longer journey … about 4 hours in the transport in total, but the journey is broken at the Valley of the Temples that is probably Sicily's biggest archaeological park and most intact temple.

Palermo, Sicily's capital, is a bustling and frenetic city, a veritable melting pot of cultures, decadent and fun. Our first day here we will take time out to rise up to Monte Caputo to the beautiful village of Monreale with is spectacular cathedral and cloisters. Our final winery visit is Ceuso, where we will enjoy a vertical of their top wine. We will finish off in reaching the clouds in Erice giving us views over Trapani & San Vito Lo Capo. On our last day in Palermo we will have time to enjoy the markets, take in some of the most important historic sites and make a fun and informative cooking experience with some 'slow food' chefs. On Monday 1st June 2015 we will check out and head to the Palermo Airport for your flights home.

Please NOTE that we are asking you to pack light. There are only two restaurants one would want to be slightly smart for, otherwise informal and comfort are the watchwords. May is a very pleasant time to visit Sicily: it is one of the driest months with twelve hours of sunshine a day (Lows 54F & Highs 67F). We are working now on the pricing and will have it for you all as soon as we can.


WHY CHOOSE RWT?


The reason for choosing us is simple: we are wine lovers and want to share with you our insights and the things we love most: outstanding wines with excellent food, great company and stunning landscapes. Our main objective is for you to gain a great understanding of Italy and its people while tasting amazing wines and superb cuisine in the time you have available. RWT has over 10 years of experience and excellence. Italy is a country you can return to often, so let us try to show it to you from a new perspective: through its foods and wines. Many of our guests have been to other great wine regions in the world. Italy sometimes surprises our guests with what appears to be backward technology and time tested winemaking techniques, which seem to be in big contradiction to all the New World's winemaking bells and whistles. It is fascinating to speak to winemakers about their perspective on the wines of Italy, the wine industry and global markets.


Table of contents


Tour Day by Day – Sicily – Wine & Food Experience for a Group – 9 Nights


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

Þ     (B) Breakfast

Þ     (L) Lunch

Þ     (D) Dinner


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Arrival IN / Taormina / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Villa Schuler


Arrival IN at Catania Airport (CTA)

Reception at Catania Airport with Driver of RWT

Private Transfer to Taormina

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Schuler

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Taormina

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Villa Schuler with Tim Robertson

Welcome Dinner Included with Wines at Osteria Rosso di Vino in Taormina

Please Note: 10-Minute Walk / Chef Fabio Scordo

Sleep at Villa Schuler / Room Category: Superior Single Use with Sea View


(D)


DAY 02 – Wineries of Etna: Benanti & Taormina


Departure from Villa Schuler with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Viagrande

Visit at Benanti Winery

Lunch with Wines at Benanti Winery

Private Transfer to Taormina

Guided Walking City Tour of Taormina with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Arrival at Villa Schuler

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Taormina

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Da Andrea in Taormina

Please Note: 10-Minute Transfer Included

Sleep at Villa Schuler / Room Category: Superior Single Use with Sea View


(B) (L)


DAY 03 – Wineries of Etna: Passopisciaro / Destro & Frank Cornelissen


Departure from Villa Schuler with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Contrada Guardiola

Visit & Wine Tasting at Passopisciaro Winery

Private Transfer to Contrada Montelaguardia

Visit & Wine Tasting at Destro Winery

Private Transfer to Randazzo       

Lunch with Wines at Ristorante San Giorgio e il Drago in Randazzo

Please Note: Focusing on the Wines of Girolamo Russo Winery

Private Transfer to Solicchiata

Visit & Wine Tasting at Frank Cornelissen Winery

Private Transfer to Taormina

Arrival at Villa Schuler

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante La Capinera in Taormina

Please Note: 10-Minute Transfer Included / 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / Chef Pietro D’Agostino

Sleep at Villa Schuler / Room Category: Superior Single Use with Sea View


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Siracusa / Noto / Wineries of Noto: Riofavara / Locanda COS


Check OUT & Departure from Villa Schuler with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Siracusa

Guided City Tour of Siracusa with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Lunch with Wines at Ristorante Don Camillo in Siracusa

Please Note: Chef Giovanni Guarneri

Private Transfer to Noto

Guided City Tour of Noto with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Private Transfer to Ispica

Visit & Wine Tasting at Riofavara Winery

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Arrival & Check IN at Locanda COS

Welcome Dinner with Wines at Locanda COS

Sleep at Locanda COS / Room Category: Double Room Single Use


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 05 – Ragusa / Modica / Wineries of Vittoria: COS


Departure from Locanda COS with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Ragusa

Guided City Tour of Ragusa with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Private Transfer to Modica

Lunch with Wines at Ristorante Fattoria delle Torri in Modica

Please Note: Chef Ninni Radicini

Guided City Tour of Modica with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Please Note: Including Chocolate Tasting Experience

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Arrival at Locanda COS

Visit & Wine Tasting at COS Winery

Departure from Locanda COS with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Pedalino

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante La Piazzetta in Pedalino

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Arrival at Locanda COS

Sleep at Locanda COS / Room Category: Double Room Single Use


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Villa Romana del Casale & Wineries of Vittoria: Arianna Occhipinti


Departure from Locanda COS with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Piazza Armerina

Guided Visit of Villa Romana del Casale with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Lunch with Wines at Ristorante Al Fogher in Piazza Armerina

Please Note: Chef Angelo Treno

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Visit & Wine Tasting at Arianna Occhipinti Winery

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Arrival at Locanda COS

Afternoon Free Enjoying Locanda COS

Departure from Locanda COS with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Scoglitti

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Il Sakalleo in Scoglitti

Private Transfer to Vittoria

Arrival at Locanda COS

Sleep at Locanda COS / Room Category: Double Room Single Use


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Valley of Temples Archaeological Park / Palermo / Palazzo Brunaccini


Check OUT & Departure from Locanda COS with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Agrigento

Guided Visit of Valley of Temples Archaeological Park with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Lunch with Wines at Ristorante Il Re di Girgenti in Agrigento

Please Note: Chef Salvatore Avenia

Private Transfer to Palermo

Arrival & Check IN at Palazzo Brunaccini

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Lo Scudiero in Palermo

Please Note: 15-Minute Walk

Sleep at Palazzo Brunaccini / Room Category: Suite Single Use


(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Monreale / Wineries of Trapani: Ceuso / Erice


Departure from Palazzo Brunaccini with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Monreale

Guided City Tour of Monreale with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Private Transfer to Contrada Vivignato

Visit at Ceuso Winery

Lunch with Wines at Ceuso Winery

Please Note: Including Vertical Tasting of Ceuso Rosso Sicilia IGT

Private Transfer to Erice

Guided City Tour of Erice with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Private Transfer to Palermo

Arrival at Palazzo Brunaccini

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Gagini in Palermo

Please Note: 10-Minute Walk / Chef Gioacchino Gaglio

Sleep at Palazzo Brunaccini / Room Category: Suite Single Use


(B) (L)


DAY 09 – Sightseeing Palermo: Cooking Experience


Departure from Palazzo Brunaccini with Bonetta Dell’Oglio & Tim Robertson

Walking Visit at Local Food Markets for Shopping & Tasting of Local Products

Cooking Experience & Wine Tasting at Ristorante Brunaccini / Palazzo Brunaccini

Lunch with Wines Based on Your Creations at Ristorante Brunaccini / Palazzo Brunaccini

Guided Walking City Tour of Palermo with Expert Local Guide of RWT

Arrival at Palazzo Brunaccini

Farewell Dinner with Wines at Ristorante Castello A Mare in Palermo

Please Note: 15-Minute Walk / Chef Natale Giunta

Sleep at Palazzo Brunaccini / Room Category: Suite Single Use


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 10 – Departure OUT


Check OUT & Departure from Palazzo Brunaccini with Driver of RWT

Private Transfer to Palermo Airport

Arrival at Palermo Airport

Departure OUT from Palermo Airport (PMO)


(B)


END of SERVICES


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers

9 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary

Overnight Tourist Taxes

Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning

Expert Bilingual Guiding

Daily Breakfast

8 Lunches & 3 Dinners with Wines

Entrance Fee & Wine Tasting at 8 Wineries

2 Wine Tastings (Welcome & Cooking) & 1 Cooking Experience

Other Activities Included in the Itinerary

Please NOTE that this itinerary is subject to small adjustments due to changes in the availability in the wineries or the restaurants and you can expect a final itinerary to be received one week prior to travel.


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights

Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary

Gratuities for Meals

Gratuities for Drivers & Guides

Entrance Fee to Museums & Sites

Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary

Other Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


 

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