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Olive to Oil: Sicily During the Harvest

Is there anything better than visiting a local? We say “Nope!” On this special journey we are going to meet many Sicilians who will share their passion and love for their homeland! In addition to introducing travelers to the known gems of eastern Sicily, this very special departure centers on the unique experience of meeting a Sicilian family during the olive harvest and learning up-close about this noble nectar and revered staple of the Mediterranean Diet and world cuisine.

 

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Olive to Oil: Sicily During the Harvest

Dates & Pricing

Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 16, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8

 

DATES (7 days)
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TOUR PRICE

Per person in double occupancy: from $3,290

 

Single Supplement: $490 

 

In addition, we pledge to donate more than 1% of your trip price to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations

Tour Highlights

  • Discover three UNESCO Sites: the valley of the Greek Temple of Agrigento, the late Baroque buildings in Ragusa, Catania and Modica, and the Roman and Greek sites of Siracusa
  • Visits and tastings to a winemaker and to a Slow Food Presidium of Ragusano Dop cheese from the Modicana breed of cow
  • Experience an intangible UNESCO Cultural Heritage, the authentic Mediterranean Diet, and learn more about local recipes with a Sicilian chef and a food writer
  • Enjoy some of the more famous wines of Italy, such as Nero d’Avola and Inzolia and lesser-known Nerello Mascalese, Caricante, and Catarratto
  • Relax in unique, cozy agriturismi or 3- or 4-star hotels distinctively representing the local cultures and traditions
  • Delve into history, traditions and culture in this unique area in south of Italy with Sicilians
  • Explore parts of central and eastern Sicily, and discover historical towns such as Catania, Ragusa, Taormina and Siracusa
  • Visit an olive oil maker during the harvest and meet the family sharing food stories over lunch
  • Extend your trip for two more nights with our post-tour to the Aeolian islands of Lipari and Salina

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels and agriturismi
  • 6 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu (1 with a local fisherman and members of Slow Food Catania. Participation to be confirmed)
  • Entry fees to the Greek theatre in Taormina, the UNESCO Sites of the valley of the Greek Temple of Agrigento, and the Roman site of Villa of the Casale
  • 1 visit to an olive oil producer and tasting during the harvest!
  • 1 cooking demo with a Sicilian chef and food writer (participation to be confirmed)
  • 1 wine tasting and visit to local winemaker and 1 to a chocolate producer
  • 1 visit an tasting to a Ragusano Dop cheese maker, a Slow Food Presidium 
  • Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
  • One group transfer to Catania airport from last hotel
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during the tour

What's Not Included

  • 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
  • Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine and spirits)
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Food.Stories.Travel.)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts

Itinerary

Post-Tour Extension to Aeolian Islands

 

To request the Itnerary as a PDF or to ask us any questions please contact us today!

 

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