AN ANCIENT TOWN PERCHED HIGH ABOVE BLUE SEAS and decorated with blazing- red bougainvillea framing white-washed buildings, Taormina is Sicily’s jewel and ranked #4 of “best spring destinations” by Condé Nast Traveller. We’ll spend six nights at the Continental Hotel, located in the heart of Old Town just steps from Corso Umberto—the main pedestrian street—and get acquainted on a half-day walking tour. A highlight of our week will be a hands-on cooking class with Chef Massimo Tomarchio that begins with a guided visit to the local market! Enjoy an excursion to Catania, a port city nestled in the foothills of grumbling, old Mount Etna, for a visit to its bustling street market, followed by a winery visit and lunch at an estate. Head to Siracusa to visit the spectacular archaeological site and beautiful Ortigia Island. We’ll visit Messina—sprawling up the hillside above its sickle-shaped harbor—and Savoca, a 12th-century mountain village where scenes from The Godfather were filmed.
Round-trip regularly scheduled Alitalia Airlines flights from Boston to Catania, via Rome (land only pricing available if you prefer to make your own air arrangements)
Seven nights’ three-star accommodations: Hotel Continental, Taormina
Nine meals: six breakfasts, three dinners with wine
One hands-on cooking lesson with lunch
Sample street food at Catania Market
Wine tasting and lunch
Escorted, private, round-trip airport/hotel transfers
Services of professional local Tour Manager
Taormina half-day guided walking tour. Market visit and hands-on cooking class. Excursion to Catania and visit to Barone di Villagrande winery estate for tasting and lunch. Excursion to Siracusa archaeological park and Ortigia Island. Excursion to Messina and Savoca.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Includes round-trip airfare, fuel surcharge and all air taxes and fees. Single supplement is $375. We have a limited number of single supplements available at just $275. Call to reserve. Triple accommodations may be available upon request. Fuel surcharge, air taxes and fees subject to change. Passport required. Per person deposit is $300.
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