Sicily Cooking Vacations

The island of Sicily is an absolute treasure, and the site of our amazing gastronomic Sicily tour. Picture yourself experiencing authentic Italian life on our Sicilian cooking vacations while you explore the history, beauty, culture, food, and wine of Sicily! 

Your 7-night luxury gastronomic Sicily food and wine tour will take you from the bustling city of Palermo, to charming medieval towns, to the slopes of Mount Etna. Our Sicilian culinary vacations include hands-on cooking classes and foodie excursions to complete your dream vacation in Sicily.

All of our private and luxury small group tours Sicily include some of the best food and wine Italy has to offer. Join us on this fantastic culinary trip and discover why Sicily is one of our best vacation destinations!

Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Debra & Lawrence
Trip taken November 2022
We booked a culinary tour of Sicily which was excellent. Booking the trip was easy and Adrian was extremely helpful in making recommendations and arrangements for the tour as well as pre and post tour extensions. We loved the cooking classes and historic cultural experiences that were part of the tour. Our driver was excellent and very knowledgeable. We will definitely use The International Kitchen for future vacation travel.

Highlights of our Sicily Cooking Vacations

Our Sicily cooking vacations will show you the authentic side of the mysterious island. From Palermo to Taormina, you will experience the best of Sicily’s food, wine, and culture, including:

  • Sicily cooking classes with three different chefs
  • market visit in Palermo
  • visits of Cefalù, Erice, the Valley of the Temples, Piazza Amerina, and more
  • Marsala winery visit and tasting
  • guided visit of Siracusa
  • meals as indicated
  • and more!

Sicily Cooking Vacation Tour Itinerary

Day One

Sample itinerary: order of activities subject to change depending on season, weather, and specific dates booked.

  • Arrival at Palermo airport.
  • Transfer at pre-arranged time to Palermo city and check in to a charming four-star hotel.
  • For those arriving early in the day, we can start your Sicily cooking vacation with an optional excursion. (Cost not included in program; please inquire for details).
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin your food tour Palermo Sicily with your first hands-on cooking class. The Sicilian cooking class will start with a trip to one of Palermo’s historic and bustling markets. Once back in the restaurant with your fresh ingredients, the chef will teach you about creating typical Sicilian dishes, such as zucca all’agro or veal scaloppine with Marsala wine. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon your Sicily cooking vacation will lead you to Cefalù, a charming town that became prosperous when the Normans captured it in 1063. It was Roger II, King of Sicily, that began the construction of the present Cathedral with its remarkably fine mosaics of Byzantine art. The image of Christ Pantocrator in the apse and the rest of the mosaics in the first spaces between the arches of the choir are among the most beautiful in the world. (Please note that the Cathedral is currently closed for renovation.)
  • Return to the hotel, dinner on your own, and overnight.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, continue your Sicily gastronomic tour with a transfer to Erice. Erice is medieval town located at the top of a mountain. It is set 751 meters above sea level and overlooks the whole Western region, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Egadi Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of its characteristic historical centre.
  • Lunch on your own in Erice.
  • In the afternoon, depart for Marsala for Sicilian wine tasting tours in a local vineyard, where you will taste top-rated wines.
  • Continue on to Agrigento, check in at the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • After breakfast in the hotel, your cooking vacation in Sicily continues with a visit of Agrigento.
  • Experience a guided tour of the beautiful Valley of the Temples, one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean area. Visit the Temple of Hercules, Juno, Castor and Pollux as well as the wonderful Temple of Concord.
  • Transfer to Piazza Armerina to visit an ancient Roman villa famous for its mosaics.
  • Lunch on your own in Piazza Armerina.
  • Continue on your Sicilian culinary trip by heading to beautiful Siracusa. Check in and time for dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning, start your second half-day Sicily cooking lesson in a local restaurant, where you will learn how to prepare some of the most popular and essential local recipes. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, your Sicily gastronomic tour continues with a visit of a 16th century Baglio (farmhouse) for food tastings of wine, olive oil, and cheese.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight in Siracusa.

Day Six

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning enjoy a tour of Siracusa, which during the Greek Age was one of the most powerful cities on the island. Your cooking holidays in Sicily continue with a visit of the archaeological zone of the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysus, and the Latomie. Walk through the historical center on the Ortigia Island to admire the Cathedral, the Arethusa fountain and the ancient streets.
  • Lunch at a local trattoria.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to Taormina. Check in at the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight in Taormina.

Day Seven

  • Following breakfast, your Sicilian culinary trip will lead to you your last hands-on cooking lesson with a chef in Taormina at the Villa Britannia. All participants will help prepare the dishes for the meal. At the end of the cooking lesson, enjoy lunch.
  • In the afternoon, time to explore Taormina on your own.
  • Dinner on own and overnight in Taormina.

Day Eight

  • Breakfast, and departure transfer to Catania airport.

Sicily Cooking Vacation Trip Details

Included in our 7-Night Sicily Cooking Holidays


7 nights accommodations in 4* superior hotels (2 in Palermo, 1 in Agrigento, 2 in Siracusa, and 2 in Taormina)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast.
  • 5 lunches (drinks not included)
  • Food visits and tastings as per itinerary

Classes & Instructors

Your Sicilian cooking tour will include foodie visits to explore the local olive oil, chocolates, and wines of Sicily. And you will experience traditional Sicilian food first hand by making it in 3 hands-on cooking classes.

  • Your first cooking lesson on our Sicilian cooking vacation takes place in Palermo, where you’ll visit the local bustling food market and then return to Chef Vincenzo’s kitchen to learn how to create traditional Sicilian dishes.
  • The second class of your gastronomic Sicily tour is in a local restaurant, where you’ll learn to prepare popular recipes in the region.
  • The third hands-on cooking class in Sicily is in the beautiful town of Taormina.

Our cooking holidays in Sicily will show you the wonders of real Sicilian cuisine, which you can take home from your Sicilian culinary trip and replicate in your own kitchen! 


  • Market visit in Palermo
  • Excursion to Cefalù
  • Visit of Erice
  • Marsala winery visit and tasting
  • Guided visit of the Valley of the Temples and Piazza Amerina (entrance fees paid locally)
  • Visit of Siracusa

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Palermo airport
  • Return transfer to Catania airport


  • Transportation by private car or minibus for the whole tour

Not Included

  • Drinks during meals
  • Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations in Palermo will be at the 4* Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, located in the city center. The bedrooms have en suite private baths, safe, minibar, LCD TV, phone, and of course air conditioning. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, spa, and interior courtyard. (If unavailable a comparable 4* will be proposed.)



In the area near Agrigento your stay will be at the charming, 7-room Relais Briuccia. Originally an aristocratic palace and converted into a B&B, the building also features a wonderful restaurant, a stone terrace, and a frescoed salon. The rooms are large and feature wrought iron bedsteads and four poster beds, marble tiled floors, beamed ceilings, and other interesting design features. The en suite bathrooms are separated from the bedrooms by curtained glass partitions. (If unavailable a comparable hotel will be proposed.)



In Siracusa, on Ortigia, we propose the 4* Henry’s House. (If unavailable an alternate 4* hotel will be proposed.)



The Hotel Villa Diodoro is just steps from the beautiful town of Taormina, and it’s pool overlooks the stunning Mount Etna. Renovated in 2008, all 102 spacious rooms are inspired by the natural habitat surrounding the hotel, and many offer incredible views of the area.  (If unavailable an alternate 4* hotel will be proposed.)



Pricing and Tour Dates for our Sicily Cooking Vacations

Find pricing and dates for our Sicily culinary vacations below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.

Sicily Tour High Season Sample* Pricing:
April through October

for a minimum of 4 people

7-Night Sicily Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$6700 per person based on double occupancy

    *Please inquire with dates for detailed pricing and availability.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Single occupancy rates: please inquire.

    Sicily Tour Low Season Sample* Pricing:
    November through March

    for a minimum of 4 people

    7-Night Sicily Cooking Vacation Pricing

    US$6450 per person based on double occupancy

      *Please inquire with dates for pricing and availability.

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.
      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Sicily Cooking Vacations - Tour Dates

      Our week-long Sicily cooking vacations are available year round for a minimum of 4 people. Please note that some closures during winter months may make slight itinerary adjustments necessary. Sample dates follow, but other start dates are also possible, please inquire.

      Please inquire for pricing and availability.



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      Enjoying a meal with mussels on our Sicily cooking vacations.

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