Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Independent

The horseback Tour of Sicily (6 days)

Essence of Sicily

Valledolmo, Italy To Palermo, Italy

Valid for Departures Now Through: 11 Jan 2020


Day 1
Palermo, Italy
Valledolmo, Italy
Tenuta Regaleali Dinner, Snack

Welcome in Sicily

Arrival at Palermo airport and Pick up by private English Speaking driver to the Regaleali Estate. Welcome briefing and overview of the tour with a good glass of Sicilian wine!

Visit of the winery and tasting of 5 wines technique. One of the hallmarks that distinguish Regaleali is the ability to match the style of welcome, culinary excellence and attention to details, with the ability to recreate a familiar atmosphere at the same time, intimate.

Dinner and overnight at the Regaleali Estate.

Day 2
Valledolmo, Italy
Roccapalumba, Italy
Alia, Italy
Masserie Acque di Palermo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Regaleali to Masseria Acque di Palermo (about 45 km -5/6 h)

After breakfast first meeting with the horses and then we will be ready to start our adventure. We will cross the mountains and vineyards that are situated trough the territory of Valledolmo, Alia and Roccapalumba, where we will be able to enjoy some spectacular views.

Light lunch in a nice pic nic area near Alia.

In the afternoon we will arrive at the “Masseria Acque di Palermo” where we will be welcome by the Morello family. Masseria, that boasts an excellent breeding of cattle breed “Marchiggiana” and produce at the same time cereals and olive oil, today as been also used as a reception of guests, worthy of all comfort mixed with traditional flavours. Short tour of the structure.

Dinner and overnight at the Masseria.

Day 3
Roccapalumba, Italy
Alia, Italy
Lercara Friddi, Italy
Prizzi, Italy
Fattoria Traina Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Masseria Masserie Acque di Palermo to Traina farm (about 50 km - 5/6 h)

Breakfast and marching for the longest day of the wine route.

We will cross around the village of Roccapalumba, Lercara Friddi and Prizzi. After being passed by the little village of Lercara Friddi we will be continuing towards the Natural Reserve of Monte Carcaci, last step before arrive at the Traina farm.

Climbing Monte Carcaci we will pass through the ancient path used in the past for the transhumance that are typical of these places to reach a pic nic area where we will find a warm welcome from our staff with a light lunch of various local products and other delicacies.

After lunch we will take the way leaving Monte Carcaci and heading behind the Country of Prizzi, along country roads between cultivated land and small rural dwellings.

We'll get to later under Monte Hippana, in front of Prizzi, site of an ancient Hellenic town dating from the seventh century. A.C. We will reach the Sosio river, that we will follow through a soft path very impressive and varied for arrive just outside the Traina Farm, with his horse breeding of Franches Montagnes and Connemara and the cereal and olive oil production. Relax with tea or herbal infusion.

Dinner at Traina farm and overnight.

Day 4
Chiusa Sclafani, Italy
Prizzi, Italy
Palazzo Adriano, Italy
Abbazia Santa Maria del Bosco Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Traina farm to Santa Maria del bosco Abbey (about 50 km - 5/6 h)

Breakfast and road again. Crossing an old and almost unused farm road, we will reach the village of Palazzo Adriano. Short tour of the village with its typical characteristics and features (Albanian culture, Geological Museum and cinematographic, Medieval castle, Churches). Bordering the Gammauta lake, lulled by wheat fields and pastures to the eye, crossing the typical Sicilian countryside, we will get Chiusa Sclafani.

Break and lunch in a pic nic area.

We will continue the trek penetrating inside the Natural Reserve of Monte Genuardo and its forest, through paths that magic within it will lead us to discover well-hidden and majestic, the Santa Maria del Bosco Abbey, with a history dating back to the early 1078 AD.

Inside one of the medieval cloisters an aperitif followed by a tour of the facility, led by the staff of the Abbey. Dinner and overnight at the Abbey.

Day 5
Menfi, Italy
Sambuca Di Sicilia, Italy
Palazzo Adriano, Italy
Foresteria Planeta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

From Santa Maria del bosco Abbey to Planeta “La foresteria”

Breakfast and departure towards the last stage of the Route of the wine. Along the wood of Monte Genuardo Natural Reserve we will dive inside to reach the highest vantage point, from which we will enjoy a beautiful landscape that embraces a view of Sambuca, Arancio Lake surrounded by its valley and the sea on the horizon.

There is no doubt that is a magical sight to see on horseback! Lunch in Sambuca hosted by La Puma family.

Let us behind the forest we will continue our ride to join the historic Planeta’s family winery: Ulmo.

Tour of the vineyard and cellars.

Here we will say hello to our horses and a van will transfer us to the Planeta Estate “La Foresteria” near Menfi. Dinner with wine tasting and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Palermo, Italy
None Breakfast

Greetings - Way to the airport

Breakfast and private transfer to the airport or decide to extend your holiday on the other side of the island

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Essence of Sicily Virtuoso Amenities

Complimentary Meet & Greet Service at the Airport

Welcome Package including tipical Sicilian products: homemade jams, biscuits, natural hand cream and soaps, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, Sicilian cookbook

Welcome cocktail at hotel and bottle of wine and local biscuits in the room

Available services during the excursions: Onboard Water, Snacks and refreshing towels, Wi-Fi

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Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands and known as the pearls of Southern Italy. The island can be discovered, understood and experienced with several itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions.

Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds.

The island has many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily and Last but not least, its great volcanoes are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region.

Fascination for this region grows with treasured archaeological sites that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily).

If you would like to live a tailor-made and luxury experience of Sicily and love wild nature, food and wines than “The horseback Tour of Sicily” will be the best choice for you.

We will permit you to live the Sicilian countryside life with a real and authentic overview of the different locations. The program is full of tasteful food and wine tastings, experiences and sightseeing.

Welcome to Sicily or better welcome to the Essence of Sicily.

About Us

Essence of Sicily is a boutique DMC offering luxury and unique experiences in Sicily and Aeolian Islands to suit any individual or group. Our customized luxury tours are chosen to offer a balance of Sicilian history, culture and cuisine, bringing you all the best that the beautiful island has to offer. All of our tours go above and beyond the normal remits – with private guides, private transfers and a personalized service, tailoring the experience exclusively for our clients. We pride ourselves on the connections we have on the island, ensuring we can offer proven quality from start to finish.

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By: mb

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Essence of Italy was fantastic! Their guides were wonderful and very carefully selected for each city and site we visited. The local team was very prompt when we needed their help to coordinate with one of our hotels and they communicated well with our Departure Lounge Travel Advisor back in the US.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Shraibati
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By: Cheryl

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

Our tour of Mount Etna, helicopter ride and tour of the Valley of Temples were incredible! We highly recommend all of our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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By: Familyfun

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

All was great with all of the hotels where we stayed. They were perfect - location and accommodations and food. The tour guides were fabulous, and their recommendations for meals, etc. were great! The drivers were excellent. Only complaint was that one event was not as promised, and if we had been given accurate information, we would not have done it.
Travel Advisor:  Lynne Adams