TOUR NAME: SDG-Sicily Driver Guide's Showcase nbr 35
HOW CAN I ARRIVE IN TRAPANI: Trapani Airport/Palerrmo Airport/Trapani Port/Palermo port/Rair Station
TOUR DURATION: 6 nights/7 days (Trapani 2 nights + Agrigento 1 night + Palermo 3 nights).
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE INFORMATION: We strictly recommend you to plan your arrival/departure to/from Trapani or Palermo.
MEALS INCLUDED: 6 breakfast; 1 light lunch at olive oil factory-farmhouse; 1 visit at factory and olive oil tasting; 1 visit at local winery with wines tasting; 1 cooking course at private house with lunch and beverages.
MEALS LEGEND: BB (Breakfast) L (Lunch) S (Snack) D (Dinner).
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TOUR CUSTOMIZED FOR A MAXIMUM: 4 Persons.
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ITINERARY recommended by SDG-Sicily Driver Guide
Day 1: Trapani
Upon arrival to Trapani airport/port/rail station you will be met by a driver and transferred to your Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. Tonight we met our driver-guide for a briefing and we gather for a farewell dinner at local trattoria for our first experience with Sicilian Meals. (D)
Day 2: Marsala Winery, Erice & Olive Oil factory
Following breakfast we will meet our driver-guide. Today we will drive to Marsala, the home of the world-famous Marsala wine. The wine was first popularized in 1770 when an Englishman, John Woodhouse, came ashore from a British ship that had been forced to anchor here during a violent storm. Woodhouse headed for a local tavern, and the rest is history. On arrival we will visit an historical winery and first of all we will have the opportunity to taste the local wines. Than we travel between Marsala and Trapani to the Salt Road, to tour the historic saltpan works, where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. Later transfer to the medieval city of Erice. From its thrilling mountaintop setting, two sheer cliffs drop 743m (2,438 ft.) to vistas across the plains of Trapani and down the west coast of Sicily. On a clear day, you can even see Cape Bon in Tunisia, but the Sicilian aerie of Erice is often shrouded in mist that only adds to its mystique (or misery, especially in winter, when temperatures can plummet below Sicilian norms and snow is not uncommon). Erice is a lovely place to spend an afternoon wandering the medieval streets, with their baroque balconies and flowering vines. The southwest corner of town contains the Villa Balio gardens, originally laid out in the 19th century. Beyond the gardens, a path winds along the cliff's edge up to Erice's highest point, the Castello di Venere (Venus Castle), today little more than crumbling Norman walls surrounding the sacred site where a temple to Venus once stood. Then to an Olive oil factory-farmhouse for our light-lunch and olive oi tasting. Later back to Trapani (BB L)
Day 3: Sciacca & Agrigento
At the end of the
breakfast we drive to Sciacca, one of the most visited of
Sicily's southern towns, featuring roads in and out of the city that
take one along a beautiful, much-indented stretch of coast with a number
of beckoning beaches. The city is well-worn and the made the more
interesting because amidst its modern jumble, cascading down the slopes
of the hinterland, it reveals the influence of many overlapping
cultures. The busy harbour at the city's feet adds its own distinct
charms, and the fishermen who harbour here contribute mightily to the
wonderful cuisine of the area. This afternoon we will continue to
whose history dates
back to 580 BC. Time for a brief, independent visit to the Temple
Valley (admission fee: charge)
—a magnificent cluster of Greek ruins overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 4: Cefalů & Bagheria
Following breakfast we drive to Cefalů a charming coastal town which boasts a massive Norman Cathedral with outstanding mosaics. This afternoon we will continue to Bagheria to visit Villa Palagonia (admission fee: charge), a superb and eccentric villa already visited by famous travellers in the 17th century, who considered it "the most original in the world and famous throughout Europe". The interior and exterior decoration have made the villa known throughout the world as the "Villa of Monsters". These statues represent imaginary animals, anthropoid figures, statues of ladies and knights, musicians and other various caricatures. Later we will drive to Palermo. (BB)
Day 5: Simple Cooking Home Experience & Palermo
After breakfast, we meet a local housewife and transfer to explore the lively Capo Market, a large open street market that captures the flavor of Palermo's Saracen Arab past. Capo is a blend of general confusion and a jumble of vendors' stalls, winding toward the old gate (Porta Carini) of what used to be the city wall. Here we'll purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and all the ingredients necessary for the cooking course. Then transfer to the housewife's house to start a really simple and friendly cooking course. She will teach us one of the really Sicilian recipe such as Involtini alla Siciliana (Sicilian ruled meat) or Fettuccine or Ravioli with fresh tomato sauce. At the end of the cooking course, we will enjoy our scrumptious creations with the perfect compliment—a beautifully paired Sicilian wine. House make Dessert follows accompanied by a typical local Lemoncello (home maked). BUON PRANZO! This afternoon at leisure to explore the town on our own (BB L)
Day 6: Monreale & Palermo
Today, our first stop will be Monreale to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo, launched in 1174 by William II. Scenes from the Old and New Testaments are depicted in golden mosaics. Then on to Palermo to visit the Palatine Chapel, which was the crowning architectural achievement of William II’s grandfather, Roger II. We then continue by seeing: Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda with its “four corners” converging Palermo at a quartet of Baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule dating back to 1560. This afternoon at leisure to explore the town on your own (BB)
Day 7: Palermo or Trapani END
This morning a driver will meet us at hotel for a transfer to Palermo/Trapani airport/port/rail station (BB)
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