Sicily with Cooking & Yoga - 2017

 

Explore astonishing Southern Sicily with all your senses. This is a memorable escorted tour in an intimate small group, through which you will discover the beauties of the Sicilian Barocco together with the secrets of the Italian cuisine. 

Day 1: Catania-Modica, Welcome dinner with Paolo and Mimì
Arrival at Catania airport where we will meet you outside of the baggage claim area. (There is the possibility to arrive to Comiso Airport and reach the guesthouse by private transfer – additional cost)

Transfer to your accommodation for 6 nights, a charming and fascinating guesthouse in the land of Modica, located in a unique position, on a rocky spur overlooking the famous canyon of “Cava d’Ispica.”

Accommodation Sicily 2017

Your Guesthouse Accommodation for 6 Nights

Paolo and Mimì will welcome guests in their house with a delicious Sicilian dinner. What a perfect start to the Sicilian traditions and get to know your travel mates!
After dinner, there is time to relax in the beautiful garden of the house.
Welcome to Sicilia.
Overnight 

Day 2: Yoga, Modica with Chocolate Experience, Dinner

Buffet breakfast after a Hatha Yoga class. 

This morning you will have a guided visit to Modica, the capital of one of the most important feudal states in Southern Italy.

Modica Sicily

Modica

Modica, is the only city in Sicily with a chocolate making tradition, a tradition dating back to the 17th century. You will discover the local and ancient method to make chocolate. Then you will have a sweet dive into the world of the “Modica Chocolate” by visiting a local laboratory where you will assist to a show cooking before tasting the “food of the Gods”
Free time in Modica for lunch at leisure (not included).
Late afternoon you return to the guesthouse and time for relaxing along the pool before a Sicilian dinner at the guesthouse.
Overnight.

Day 3: Wine tasting & Cooking Class at a local winery, Noto & Marzamemi fishing village

Buffet breakfast after a Hatha Yoga class. 

After breakfast, we will proceed to the southern area of Sicily to delve into the world of the “Nero d’Avola” wine. After a pleasant walk among vineyards and a visit to a winery, we will enjoy a tasting of wines and local products. (Light lunch included). 

Sicily Wines 2017

Deep within the unique scenery of the country surrounding the Vendicari Nature Reserve, among endless rows of the “Nero d’Avola” vineyards and the soft undulations of the Hyblaean Mountains as the backdrop, the “Paternòs” women will open the door of their homes and winery for an unforgettable experience. By using exclusively the seasonal vegetables and fruits of their land, the “Paternòs” Mum will let you into the secrets of her recipes, where tastes and smells take you back to the rural cooking of days gone by. Marilina and Federica, your local guides, will then accompany us on a visit to the winery, where the wines chosen will perfectly complement the food cooked by you. But where is the dad in all this? Come with us and you will find out…!

Marzamemi Sicily 2017

Marzamemi

In the afternoon, after a walk among the enchanting Baroque façades of Noto’s palaces, churches and convents, we will move towards the charming fishing village of Marzamemi, to learn everything about the tuna fishing within one of the most ancient fish factories in Sicily.

There is time for a dinner at leisure on the seaside of Marzamemi (not included).
Return to you accommodation for the overnight.

Day 4: Yoga, Trekking Cava d’Ispica, Lunch in shelter & Scicli night strolls.

Buffet breakfast after a Hatha Yoga class.  

Archaeological trekking with a local professional guide in Cava d’Ispica, a fascinating canyon within the Hyblaean Mountains, which were inhabited from the prehistoric period to the 1950’s. After trekking among prehistoric rock-cut tombs and medieval rupestrian settlements, we will enjoy lunch in a shelter among the cliffs.

Cava d'Ispica

Trekking Cava d’Ispica

Return to the guesthouse for some rest. In the late afternoon, enjoy an aperitif and a night stroll before a dinner at leisure (not included) in Scicli, a Baroque town set in a stage-set location characterized by the canyons.

Scicli

Scicli

Return for the overnight stay at your accommodation.

Day 5: Syracuse & Cheese experience

This morning we visit of an authentic Sicilian farm, cheese tasting, traditional food tasting – oil, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes – and a typical Sicilian lunch.

This private day-trip with local tour guide has been designed to let our guest live with the farmers for one day, discovering some of the most genuine products of our land in the beauty countryside of our east coast.
You will be welcomed in a typical Sicilian farm, with a first tasting of extra virgin olive oil and other delicious locally grown products.

Cheese MakingLocal Cheese Making

The walk around the farm will allow you to be with the different animal species: geese and ducks, hens and roosters, cows and pigs, ostriches and pheasants. We will then offer you a real demonstration of how to work diligently with milk to create the delicious Ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella and other typical Sicilian cheeses, followed by a lunch in a friendly feeling of a small and intimate group of food lovers.
Enjoy, what we believe is, the best cheese making demonstrations in Sicily, from the first drop of milk to the delicious final products.
Following the cheese making demonstration, walk along the narrow lanes of Ortygia, whose urban setting contains the complex historical events of Syracuse among the streets of Greek origin, the walls of the medieval buildings and the façades of the Baroque churches. Dinner at leisure (not included) in Syracuse and return to your accommodation for relaxing and the overnight.

Syracuse

Syracuse

Day 6: Yoga, Ragusa & Cooking class “Sicilian Pasta”

Buffet breakfast after your Hatha Yoga class.

Visit to Ragusa Ibla, the older part of the city, which is a unique Baroque jewel shining in the heart of the Hyblaean Mountains. You will visit the pottery artisan shop of Giuliana and then you will have some free time for lunch (we suggest the restaurant La Steria).

Rugusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla

We return to the Guesthouse for a traditional cooking class with Mrs. Mimì Frasca who will help you discover the secrets of a Hyblaean Grandma’s home cooking, preparing fresh pasta with tomato sauce (“ravioli” with ricotta cheese and “cavatelli”), “caponata” vegetables and other courses according to the seasons.

Sicilian Kitchen Secrets
Learning the Sicilian Kitchen Secrets

Day 7: Departure

It is time to say goodbye but so many wonderful memories.

After breakfast, check out. Transfer to Catania or Comiso Airport are included.

 

PRICE:

15th – 21st October 2017: 1890 Euro per person

Sincle Supplement: Euro 390.00

Prices are based on 2 guests sharing a double room

This is a small group with a maximum of 12 guests -
the departure is guaranteed with a minimum of four guests.

The tour includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in double room 
  • A personal English speaking “buddy” guide during your excursions
  • Transport in spacious, air-conditioned vehicle
  • 3 Yoga Classes with expert teacher (possibility to reserve extra classes)
  • All meals and wine except for lunches and dinners “at leisure”
  • Cooking classes and tasting as per programme

The tour does not include:

Flights, local city taxes, everything not specified under the item “the tour included”

 

 

 

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