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Flavors of Sicily Tour

The sunny island of Sicily invites you to enjoy the land of myths and legends, traditional gastronomy and enchanting places.

On this 6 night vacation you will learn the secrets of cooking a traditional 4 course meal, explore the most beautiful coves of the Taormina Coast and no trip to Sicily is complete without a traditional granita and brioche tasting. All of this is included in your tour but you can add on tours for Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands to experience the best of Sicily.

Day 1 Taormina Area

Arrival at Catania Airport and transfer to your hotel located in the Taormina area (Giardini Naxos/Letojanni ) please note that hotel names are released 14 days prior to arrival.

Day 2 Cooking Class with Four Course Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel and ready to discover the secrets of the delicious Sicilian gastronomy through a fun cooking lesson! The chef who will assist you will tell you the best tips of Sicilian cuisine that you can replicate at home and propose to your friends.You will prepare a tasty 4-course lunch which you will then enjoy with a cool glass of wine.

Day 3 Day at Leisure or optional Aeolian Island tour at an additional cost from $95pp (Wednesdays only)

After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a day exploring Taormina or soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches. Alternatively you may want to book the tour to the stunning Aeolian Islands.

The tour driver will take you from Taormina to the port of Milazzo, where you will take the ferry to visit two islands, in an hour you will have arrived at Lipari, a fertile land inhabited since Neolithic times, once in Lipari you will have two hours to explore the old town. Stroll along hte Corso Vittorio Emanuele also known as "Il Corso" with many cafes and shops that lead to the area of the Castello a fortified citadel where you can visit the Cathedral and Aeolian Museum with ancient artifacts dating back to pre-historic times.

Make your way back to the port and continue by ferry sailing along the Faraglioni di Lipari to admire the Horse Cave, shaped by wind and sea this cave resembles the shape of a horse.

On arrival in Vulcano which is famous for its mud and thermal waters. Located near the port you will find the "Pozza Dei Fanghi" (the mud puddle) and there you will have a choice of one of many treatments payable locally. For those not interested in a mud treatment visit the black sand beach before heading back to Milazzo, from your ferry you will be able to admire the Rock of Pope John and the Rock of the Mermaid.

Arrive back to Taormina late afternoon.

Day 4 - Day at leisure or optional tour to Etna Volcano at an additional cost of $69pp.

After breakfast enjoy your day at leisure exploring the surrounding area. Why not take a ride on the cable car to Taormina for amazing views, or take the hop on off Taormina bus up to Savoca to see where the iconic film the Godfather was filmed and have a drink at the famous Bar Vitelli ! (in the words of Michael Corleone I am gong to make you an offer you can't refuse )

Mount Etna Tour - The first stop of this tour is at an altitude of 2000 m, but during the journey, going up from the city, short intermediate stops will be made at some points of interest. Your guide will give information about the history of the volcano and the Etna area, and you will discover the latest eruptions and some ancient extinct craters. From here it will be possible to choose whether to continue trekking through one of the Paths of the Etna Park, at an altitude of 2000 meters, accompanied by our guide, or purchase the Etna high altitude option, which will allow you to reach the top of the volcano (3000 m) with special means and accompanied by a local mountain guide. The excursion will continue with a visit to a lava flow cave with helmets and torches. The last stop on this tour is an organic production company in Zafferana, where you can taste honey, wines, oils and other typical products.

Day 5 Catania and Authentic Brioche Tasting with Granita

Breakfast in the hotel. Today you visit the historical center of Catania which in 2022 was names a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taste authentic brioche with Sicilian Granita (choose from various flavors) rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6 Boat Tour of the Coast of Taormina with Aperitif fresh fruits and soft drinks onboard

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a boat tour among the most beautiful bays of Taormina and Giardini Naxos. Find out for yourself why this area is a favorite destination of tourists who visit Taormina and Sicily.

The coast of Taormina and Giardini Naxos offer a scenario of incomparable beauty that is characterized by the succession of small beaches, bays and suggestive caves set in the rocky walls that characterize this stretch of coast. Among the most famous caves we find: the Blue Grotto located in the Marine Park of Isola Bella in Taormina, where we advise you to wear a mask and snorkel and dive into a snorkeling adventure, the Cave of Lovers located in the Gulf of Giardini Naxos and the Coral cave.

Boarding takes place from the Port of Giardini Naxos, and then continues towards Cape Taormina where it is possible to observe colonies of corals attached to the rock and some species of fish that inhabit these waters. The tour continues towards the Isola Bella of Taormina where, once we arrive, we will stop for a dip in the turquoise waters of this splendid bay and get back on the boat you will be greeted by a refreshing aperitif accompanied with fresh seasonal fruit.

The tour continues towards the splendid Bay of Mazzarò up to the Baia delle Sirene, where it is possible to admire the luxurious hotels that overlook this stretch of coast and the very long beach of Letojanni. After the two-hour excursion we return to the starting point. Through this boat excursion we will give you moments of relaxation among the wonders of this stretch of coast among the most beautiful in eastern Sicily. (boat tour included in the price)

Day 7 Farewell to Sicily.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Extend your stay or add in another Italian city to explore more of this wonderful country ask our advisors for more information.

Important information.

The hotels names will be available 14 days before departure.

Hotels used on this tour 4 star hotels or similar (Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Mascali and surrounding):Hotel Sabbie d’oro (G. Naxos); Hotel Sporting Baia (Naxos); Hotel Nike (Naxos); Arathena Rocks (G. Naxos) Hotel Atlantis Palace (Mascali) or similar

The order of the activities can be reversed without altering the content of the tour

Upon arrival at the hotel the customer will find all the vouchers of the respective excursions with all the necessary information (meeting times and places)

Please specify any special dietary requirements, especially if relating to food intolerance and allergies.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Optional excursions

Guides

Monuments, museums, galleries and archaeological and private sites entrance fees, where required. For state sites the ministerial decree in force applies.

Transfers to/from experiences

Tips and extras

Any tourist taxes

7

Nights

Arathena Rocks Hotel

Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Hotel Highlights
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant and Bar 

Bed and Breakfast | Double Room

This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Offering a swimming pool next to the volcanic rocks, Arathena Rocks Hotel is in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. It has a seafront location in the quiet residential district of Schisò.

Arathena Rocks is a family-run hotel 0.6 miles from Giardini Naxos centre. Taormina is 3.7 miles away.

Rooms come with handmade crafts, Mediterranean style furniture and pottery from Caltagirone. Each one is air conditioned and features a TV and private bathroom. Some have a view of Mount Etna or Taormina.

A continental breakfast of sweet and savoury items is served out on the terrace each morning. There is also a bar and a restaurant serving Sicilian cuisine. Free outdoor parking is provided.

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What's included

  • Round-trip airfare from various US Airports
  • 6 Nights in 4 Star Hotels in Giardini Naxos / Taormina / Letojanni Area
  • Daily breakfast
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Cooking Class for 4 courses (2 starters, 1 main dish and 1 second dish from the tradition) Lunch with the dishes performed in the cooking class (1 glass of wine included)
  • Tasting 2 type of Sicilian Granita + Briosche + Glass Water
  • Boat excursion along the coast of Giardini Naxos and Taormina (aprox 2 hours) with-Aperitif with fresh seasonal fruit and soft drinks on board
  • Please note, once booked, you will receive your itinerary 14 days prior to departure.

Vacation Highlights

  • Stunning Coastal location
  • Cookery Class with 4 course lunch
  • Tasting 2 type of Sicilian Granita + Brioche + Glass Water
  • Boat excursion along the coast of Giardini Naxos and Taormina (aprox 2 hours) with- Aperitif with fresh seasonal fruit and soft drinks on board
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