Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Independent


Essence of Sicily

Sciacca, Italy To Catania, Italy

Valid for Departures Now Through: 11 Jan 2020


Day 1
Monreale, Italy
Palermo, Italy
Sciacca, Italy
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel None

Palermo and Monreale

Upon your arrival in Palermo Airport. A private transfer will take you to a sightseeing of Palermo. You will be enchanted by the city’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces.

Lunch will be at your leisure and afterwards you will be driven to Monreale to discover the Arab-Norman splendour of the Cathedral and Cloister.

Private Transfer to Verdura resort and dinner at leisure.

Day 2
Sambuca Di Sicilia, Italy
Marinella di Selinunte, Italy
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Selinunte & Planeta Winery

After breakfast you will meet your private English speaking guide for a tour of Selinunte, the biggest archaeological park of the Mediterranean area. Then visit the Belice Valley and Ulmo Planeta Winery. Enjoy a landscape marked by the alternation of vineyards, olive groves, citrus groves, gorse shrubs, daisies, carob trees and prickly pear cacti. You will taste fine wines with a unique taste and an irresistible scent of spring. Planeta Winery, founded in 1995 on the banks of Lake Arancio surrounded by vineyards and a native olive tree grove. You will visit the production facility, visit the aging cellar and have a tasting of four different wines paired with local lunch. Return to Hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Valle dei Templi, Italy
Valledolmo, Italy
Tenuta Regaleali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Valley of Temples and Regaleali Estate

Breakfast at hotel and check out. In the morning, you will drive to Agrigento, home of Sicily's superb archaeological park, The Valley of the Temples. If there is one thing to see in all of Sicily, Agrigento's temples would be it. Late in the morning, a private guided visit of the Valley of the Temples is planned. You will visit all of the iconic temples including Juno, Concord and Castor and Pollux.Today, lunch is at your leisure and then you will be transferred at Regaleali Estate. Eight generations of the Tasca family have been involved in the creation of some of Italy’s best wines from 500 hectares of land in the heart of Sicily. The Tasca family will host you for two nights at their historic estate where they lavish care on their guests by sharing their history, wine and authentic Sicilian cuisine. The tour kicks off with a welcome reception and a tasting of Tasca d’Almerita’s wines that come from five different estates throughout Sicily. Finally, you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Day 4
Valledolmo, Italy
Tenuta regaleali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tasca Experience

Today, you will spend the morning at Case Vecchie, the Tasca family’s cooking school, where Fabrizia Lanza, daughter of renowned founder and cookbook author Anna Tasca Lanza, will teach you how to prepare several traditional Sicilian dishes that are made with the pristine ingredients of the Regaleali estate. You will then enjoy lunch with Fabrizia. A proper wine tasting will follow in the late afternoon at the heart of the Tasca d’Almerita wine production facility. A sunset dinner on the estate, prepared by Regaleali’s talented chefs, completes the perfect day.

Day 5
Catania, Italy
Valledolmo, Italy
Viagrande, Italy
Taormina, Italy
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Fish Market tour in Catania and Benanti winery

Breakfast at the estate and then check out. Drive to Catania where you will stop at the local fish market “La Pescheria” for a tasty just caught seafood lunch! Afterwards, transfer to Viagrande and visit the prestigious Benanti Winery, one of the first wineries in Sicily to produce high quality wines. They maximized the potential of Etnean soil by researching particular clones and by using the most modern techniques of vinification to produce ancient fragrances. A wine tasting is included. In the late afternoon drive to Taormina and check in at Grand Hotel Timeo. Dinner is at leisure.

Day 6
Etna, Italy
Taormina, Italy
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Taormina and Mount Etna with Etna DOC winery

After breakfast pick up in hotel by driver guide and jeep. Start your adventure with an exploration of Mount Etna‚ Europe’s largest volcano and one of the most active volcanoes in the world! Visit the 2,000-meter (6,000 ft) area of the Silvestri Craters, where four major craters lie, and explore the intriguing volcanic landscape with its solidified “rivers” of lava, craters, lava caves, nature trails and stunning views of the countryside and the sea. Light Lunch will be served at Cottanera Etna Doc Winery. Continue the tour by visiting also the winery Terrazze dell’Etna. Return in hotel to overnight and dinner at leisure.

Day 7
Taormina, Italy
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Breakfast, Lunch

Taormina and Cooking in a 1* Michelin Restaurant

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, come and meet a great chef at his 1 Michelin star restaurant in Taormina. The Chef will guide and oversee the cooking lesson, illustrating the best techniques to handle and cook the dishes freely adapted and designed by the new “chefs for one day”.

Through the interplay of flavours and senses, the kitchen will become a stage where team dynamics, leadership skills and the ability to find solutions quickly will be exercised. Lunch with beverages is included. After lunch meet your private English speaking guide and enjoy your walking tour. The Greeks founded Taormina in 358 B.C. Later, it was occupied by the Romans before into Byzantine hands. The little town is located on the East coast of Sicily, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Time at leisure and farewell dinner.

Day 8
Catania, Italy
None Breakfast

Arrivederci Sicilia!

Breakfast in hotel and private transfer to Catania airport.

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Essence of Sicily Virtuoso Amenities

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay

For 2018

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

Typical sicilian welcome gift upon arrival

Early check in, late check out and upgrade upon availability


Virtuoso Amenities for your stay

For 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in room guests, served in restaurant
  • A EUR 85 Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi


Virtuoso Amenities for your stay

For 2017-2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full American breakfast (buffet)
  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, to be utilized at the hotel restaurant for Lunch or Dinner)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary 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 wines, food and culture than “A luxury wine tour of Sicily” will be the best choice for you.

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