21 – 30 May 2021

Sicily

About the tour

Delights of Sicily Food Tour

Staying at a luxury sea front villa in Marina di Modica, discover ancient towns, majestic Baroque palaces, Greek and Roman ruins, an active stratovolcano and the culinary delicacies of Sicily over 9 nights and 10 amazing days, from 21 – 30 May 2021.

An exclusive seafront villa with private swimming pool situated in the beautiful small sea side resort of Marina di Modica on the southern coast of Sicily. Surrounded by a luxuriant garden, the prestigious property boasts large, well-equipped terraces with panoramic sea views.

Furnished in contemporary style, the comfortable interior is divided into two separate buildings overlooking the large swimming pool and includes 9 air-conditioned bedrooms, eight luxurious bathrooms two kitchens, two living rooms and a lounge. The villa is situated not far from the UNESCO-listed centres of Modica, Scicli, Noto, Ragusa Ibla and near the ancient city of Syracuse.

Personal Host

Meredith will be your personal host throughout the tour. Sicily expert, Renato di Stefano will be your local host.

Meals

24 meals as outlined in the itinerary including a help-yourself breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 8 dinners. You'll enjoy a cooking class with a professional chef.

Accommodation

7 nights villa stay at Villa Maya in Marina di Modica, and 2 nights accommodation in Taormina at ATA Hotel Capotaormina.

Transport

Travel by private mini coach throughout the itinerary. Group transfers from and to Catania.

Delights of Sicily Food Tour

Detailed Information

“I have a passion for Italy, its people, the language and culture and of course the very rich and diverse cuisine. As a TAFE lecturer for many years I introduced the concept of teaching the Italian language and culture through its cuisine giving students a small taste of the broad and varied gastronomy of the regions of Italy. I have been hosting tours to Italy for more than 17 years including to the very beautiful and my native island of Sicily. I looks forward to hosting this tour alongside Meredith.”
Renato Di Stefano

DAY 1 - Friday 21 May - Catania to Marina di Modica

  • Meet at Catania airport, for the transfer at 11.00am to Villa Maya in Marina di Modica.
  • Enjoy a light lunch at the villa with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Later, join Renato and Meredith for aperitivo on the terrace then travel to ‘Torre Morabino’, a beautiful 16th century country house for dinner at the ‘La Moresca’ gourmet restaurant.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 - Saturday 22 May - Noto and Marzamem

  • Visit Baroque Noto and discover the beautiful churches and splendid palaces of the aristocracy.
  • Enjoy some free time before journeying to Marzamemi, an enchanting 17th century fishing village on the southernmost point of Sicily.
  • Dinner is at a typical seaside restaurant.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3 - Sunday 23 May - Villa Maya

  • Morning at leisure.
  • Later, partake in a culinary art session with Renato and indulge in the fruits of your labour at lunch.
  • The afternoon is relaxed with aperitivo at sunset and dinner al fresco.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 - Monday 24 May - Siracusa

  • Travel to Siracusa, the most important city of Magna Grecia.
  • Visit the archaeological park with its ancient Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre then a short distance to Ortigia, the old city, to see the famous Piazza Duomo.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise around the island of Ortigia, followed by a seafood lunch.
  • Dinner this evening is at the villa.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 - Tuesday 25 May - Ispica

  • Travel to Ispica for a hands-on Sicilian cooking class with a professional chef at Torre Morabino.
  • Make fresh tagliatelle, ravioli and traditional caponata for lunch all perfecty matched with some organic local wine.
  • Dinner this evening is at the villa.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 - Wednesday 26 May - Ragusa and Modica

  • Set amid rocky peaks, visit beautiful Ragusa Ibla with its tangle of narrow streets and Baroque palazzi.
  • Later, discover atmospheric Modica with its steeply stacked medieval centre and spectacular baroque cathedral.
  • After lunch at a typical restaurant, visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily.
  • See traditional chocolate being made and savour the many different and unique flavours.
  • Tonight, enjoy dinner at the villa.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 - Thursday 27 May - Marina di Modica

  • Enjoy a relaxing day at the villa.
  • Join Renato and Meredith in the kitchen as they prepare a delicious lunch and in the afternoon, relax and make preparations for next morning departure.
  • Later, enjoy an aperitivo followed by dinner on the verandah.

 

Overnight: Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 - Friday 28 May - Mt Etna, and Taormin

  • Bidding Marina di Modica farewell, travel to Mt Etna (3300m), the highest and most active volcano in Europe.
  • Visit the Gambino winery on Mt Etna for a degustation lunch with some excellent organic wines.
  • Proceed to the magical city of Taormina, renowned for the elegant buildings and gardens and most importantly for the magnificent Greek theatre.
  • Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight: ATA Hotel Capotaormina, Taormina
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 - Saturday 29 May - Taormina

  • A morning tour of Taormina concludes with a visit of the magnificent Greek theatre where views of the coast and Mt. Etna are simply breathtaking.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Later, that evening, join Renato and Meredith for a farewell dinner on the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel.

 

Overnight: ATA Hotel Capotaormina, Taormina
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 10 - Sunday 30 May - Taormina to Catani

  • Farewell Taormina today with a 9:00 am group transfer to Catania airport.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

  • $9,490 per person/twin share (excludes airfares and taxes)
  • Early bird Discount of $700 per person if booked and deposit paid before 30 June 2020
  • Single supplement $2,000
  • Deposit (Non-refundable) AUD $3,000 per person upon booking
  • Final payment is due no later than 31 January 2021.
  • Meredith as your personal host throughout the tour
  • Sicily expert, Renato di Stefano as your local host
  • Sightseeing per itinerary with entry fees
  • 7 nights villa stay at Villa Maya in Marina di Modica
  • 2 nights accommodation at ATA Hotel Capotaormina in Taormina
  • Culinary art sessions with Renato
  • Cooking class with a professional chef
  • 24 meals as outlined in the itinerary including a help-yourself breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 8 dinners (with limited wine, additional wine available for purchase)
  • Travel by private mini coach throughout the itinerary
  • Group transfers from and to Catania
  • Please note that most meals do include some beverages, however additional beverages and snacks are not included in the tour.
  • Meals, snacks and drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone, laundry
  • International airfares and applicable taxes.

Final payment is due no later than 31 January 2021. Cancellations of bookings will be subject to AUD $3,000 per person cancellation fee plus any charges imposed by the principals operating the tour. Cancellations after final payment can be up to 100% cost of the tour.

Prices specified are based on tariffs applicable at the time of printing; these may be subject to change without prior notice until final payment date. Group cost quoted for this tour is based on a minimum of 10 guests. If the minimum number of guests is not reached the tour will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to those that have paid. Itinerary and accommodation subject to change.

If Meredith Morschel is not able to fulfil her commitments as host due to illness or death in the family then the tour will either be cancelled or a replacement host will be appointed. It is strongly advised to take out an insurance policy that covers you for such an unlikely event.

Does this tour sound like the trip of a lifetime?

For more information, send me an email and I will answer any questions you may have.
I’d love to share the magic of Sicily with you. Meredith x