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Overview

Western Sicily Food and Wine Tour

Explore the best of western Sicily on this amazing culinary tour of one of the world’s most renowned islands. Sicily has been beguiling travelers for millennia! As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has seen the rule and influence of many different cultures, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, French, and Spaniards – not to mention the Italians! In some ways Sicily is still more “Sicilian” than “Italian,” with its unique culture, cuisine, and language permeating its every shore.

This 6-night western Sicily cooking vacation will include some of Europe’s most iconic sites, from the cathedral of Cefalù, to the Greek ruins of Agrigento, to the Roman villa of Piazza Armerina, all accompanied by an expert Sicilian guide and flavored with amazing Sicilian food and wine!

You will explore Sicilian cuisine from the street food of Palermo to the fish fresh from the market, from hand-made pastas to delicious desserts like cannoli. And of course, you will also explore Sicilian wines during fabulous wine tastings. Come explore western Sicily with us!


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I gave this trip 5 stars
Karen
MI
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Highlights of our Western Sicily Food and Wine Tours

Our Best of the West Sicily cooking vacation will show you authentic Sicily, including some of its most fascinating cultural sites like the Valley of the Temples and Selinunte in Agrigento, the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, medieval Erice, and more. You will also explore Sicilian cuisine during your hands-on cooking classes as well as:

  • 2 winery visits with wine tastings
  • a market visit in Palermo
  • a visit of an olive mill with olive oil tasting
  • a dairy farm visit

Best of the West Sicily Cooking Vacation Itinerary

Visiting Palermo's sites on a cooking vacation in Sicily

DAY ONE

  • Meet your driver at the Palermo airport, transfer to your hotel and check-in.
  • Tonight meet your guide for a street food tasting around Palermo (drinks not included) – a totally unique and authentic experience!
  • Overnight.

The cathedral in Cefalu, Sicily, visited on an Italian culinary vacation

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin your first hands-on cooking class with a trip to one of Palermo’s historic and bustling markets. Next head to the chef’s restaurant with your fresh ingredients, where you will learn 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 depart for 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.
  • Return to the hotel, dinner on your own, and overnight.

Sicily's Valley of the Temples on a culinary tour of Sicily

DAY THREE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning depart for Sambuca di Sicilia for a wine and olive oil tasting at Planeta, one of Sicily’s top-rated wineries.
  • Light lunch with wine pairing at the winery.
  • Continue on to Agrigento, where you will visit of the Valley of the Temples, one of Sicily’s most iconic sites.
  • Continue on to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Pasta alla norma as made on a Sicily cooking vacation

DAY FOUR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning, start your second half-day cooking lesson with Chef Damiano at the restaurant of Relais Briuccia. You will learn how to prepare some more of the most popular and quintessential local recipes. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, visit of Selinunte, one of the most impressive Greek archaeological areas outside of Greece!
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Ancient Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina on your Sicily cooking vacation

DAY FIVE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Piazza Armerina to admire the unique mosaics of the Roman Villa. It is considered one of Sicily’s most spectacular classical sites.
  • Enoy a light lunch at a dairy farm near Enna, where you will taste delicious ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella, and the famous Piacentinu Ennese.
  • Transfer back to Palermo and check in.
  • Dinner on own and overnight.

The Medieval Castle of Venus in the town of Erice, visited on a culinary vacation in Sicily

DAY SIX

  • After breakfast at the hotel, head to Erice, a nearby medieval town located at the top of a mountain and set 751 meters above sea level. Erice overlooks the whole Western region of Sicily, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Egadi Islands. Take a walking tour of the village’s characteristic historical center. Stop at Maria Grammatico’s famous pastry shop for a delicious tasting.
  • Lunch on your own in Erice.
  • In the afternoon, depart for Marsala for a wine tasting at a top-rated winery.
  • Return to Palermo for dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Delicious Sicilian arancini as tasted on a culinary tour of Sicily

DAY SEVEN

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Palermo airport. Arrivederci!

Western Sicily Cooking Vacation Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Sicily Culinary Tour

Accommodations

  • 6 nights accommodation (4 in Palermo, 2 near Agrigento)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 tasting dinner
  • 1 pastry tasting

Classes & Instructors

Your two hands-on cooking classes will feature traditional Sicilian regional cuisine and will be with acclaimed restaurant chefs. Your cooking class in Palermo will be preceded by a market visit.

Excursions

  • Market visit in Palermo
  • 2 visits of top rated wineries
  • 1 extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • 1 visit of a dairy farm
  • Visits to the Valley of the Temples and Selinunte in Agrigento (entrance tickets paid locally)
  • Visit of the Piazza Armerina (entrance tickets paid locally)
  • Excursion to Erice with guided tour

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers from/to the Palermo airport

Not Included

  • Entrance tickets

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations in Palermo will be at the charming 4* Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in the city center. The rooms have en suite private baths, minibar, safe, LCD TV, phone, and of course air conditioning. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, spa, and interior courtyard.

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Alternately, accommodations could be at the 4* Hotel Artemisia Palace, also in the city center. Housed in a twentieth-century Palazzo, the hotel offers 19 elegant rooms, each featuring en suite bath, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, and free WiFi. The hotel also has a bar.

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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.

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Alternately, your accommodations near Agrigento will be at the Masseria Agnello, a 19th-century estate featuring a main house as well as a variety of other buildings converted into vacation apartments. The elegant rooms in the main house feature simple décor that evokes the landscape outslde.

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Sicily Cooking Vacation Pricing and Dates

Find pricing and dates for our Best of the West Sicily cooking vacation below, and contact us for availability or to plan your trip.



Sicily Cooking Vacation Pricing:

6-Night Western Sicily Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$3670 per person based on double occupancy

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

    Single occupancy supplement: please inquire


    Western Sicily Cooking Vacation Tour Dates

    Our Best of the West Sicily cooking vacation and food tour is available any week for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow; alternate starting dates are also available, please inquire.

    2021
    October 24-30
    October 31-November 6
    November 7-13
    November 14-20
    November 21-27
    November 28-December 4
    December 5-11
    December 12-18
    December 19-25

    2022
    January 2-8
    January 9-15
    January 16-22
    January 23-29
    January 30- February 5
    February 6-12
    February 13-19
    February 20-26
    February 27-March 5
    March 6-12
    March 13-19
    March 20-26
    March 27-April 2
    April 3-9
    April 10-16
    April 17-23
    April 24-30
    May 1-7
    May 8-14
    May 15-21
    May 22-28
    May 29-June 4
    June 5-11
    June 12-18
    June 19-25
    June 26-July 2
    July 3-9
    July 10-16
    July 17-23
    July 24-30
    July 31-August 6
    August 7-13
    August 14-20
    August 21-27
    August 28-September 3
    September 4-10
    September 11-17
    September 18-24
    September 25-October 1
    October 2-8
    October 19-15
    October 16-22
    October 23-29
    October 30-November 5
    November 6-12
    November 13-19
    November 20-26
    November 27-December 3
    December 4-10
    December 11-17
    December 18-24

    Reviews

    I gave this trip 5 stars
    Karen
    MI
    (This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)
    I gave this trip 5 stars
    Dianne L
    Florida
    Trip taken January 2015
    Paolo was the highlight of our experience...we absolutely loved the chefs he took us to, Vincenzo, Katia, Colette and Pietro...Paolo was the finest young man in personality, historical knowledge of Sicily, and of culinary customs. He made the trip the absolutely wonderful one it was.
    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Joseph & Mylene
    Ohio
    Trip taken September 2012
    The trip was great. I especially enjoyed meeting with the chefs and having the real experience of being in their kitchen. The first chef took us to the local market and selected the items that would be our lunch and we also were able to try samples. Then we went back to his restaurant where he gave each of us superb instruction and guidance. After our efforts we enjoyed a lovely lunch and also got to share the meal with his mother. It was also a wonderful experience to try new dishes and enjoy the meal with the chefs. I will never forget this experience. It was truly wonderful.

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    Enjoying a meal with mussels on our Sicily cooking vacation.

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