Wine Tour

8 days starting at $1999

JUNE 15 – JUne 23, 2023

Exquisite Nights

Delicious Meals

Sicilian Wineries

Sightseeing & Guided Tours

This tour also includes:

Boat Excursion
(Scopello, Lo Zingaro Natural Reserve)

Sightseeing Tours of: ​Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Segesta, Scopello, Le Saline

Wineries: Stemmari, Marsala, Tonnino

Welcome & Farewell White Party

Beach day with Lounge chairs and umbrellas 

    Optional Excursions Available:

    + Farm to Table dinner

    + Cooking class (min # of participants required)

    The Itinerary

    Thurs. June 15, 2023 - Departure from U.S.

    Your adventure begins! Want to arrive earlier? Ask us about our pre-tour extension.

    Fri. June 16, 2023 - Welcome to Sicily

    Transfer to Castellammare del Golfo. (Based on 3 arrival times).

    After arriving at your accommodations, you will have time to relax and unwind. Later that evening, we will have “Un Benvenuto”. with hors d’oeuvres, and a specialty drink. Then you may explore this fascinating town on your own.

    Included Meals: Hour D’oeuvres at Welcome Party

    SAT. JUNE 17, 2023 - La Playa beach - Tour of Segesta Temple – Belvedere – Scopello

    This morning we will meet at 9:00 am to spend a beautiful day at La Playa beach with stunning crystal-clear waters. (Lounge chairs and umbrellas are included) Then after lunch (on your own) we will return to our hotel to get ready for a 3pm departure for Segesta to tour one of the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world, (even better than those in Greece itself) The English-speaking tour guide will explain the history of this Greek temple. The Segesta Archaeological Park is home to spectacular ancient ruins dating from Magna Grecia. The tour includes: the main temple, built in the 50th century B.C. and one of the best-preserved examples of Doric architecture in the world and the fourth-century BC Greek theater. After the tour you will embark on a very special sightseeing tour of this amazing coastline of the Mediterranean Sea to the Belvedere for a photo opportunity. Next, we will stroll through the village of Scopello where you will have time on your own to explore and dine. We will return to Castellammare at 10 pm.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    SUN. JUNE 18, 2023 - The Historical city of Palermo and Monreale

    This morning at 8:30 am you will meet our English-speaking local tour guide for a sightseeing tour of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Your stops will include Palermo Cathedral, Casa Professa, Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria (where the famous fashion show of Dolce and Gabbana was held), Chiesa Martorana, Mercato del Capo, Teatro Politeama, and Theatro Massimo, (second largest stages in Europe and the famed opera houses.) After the tour you will have the opportunity to try on your own some typical Sicilian Street food and have time to shop. After lunch the bus will head to the unique cathedral of Monreale which is made with 2200 kg of pure gold Byzantine mosaic and named one of the UNESCO WORLD Heritage Sites. Back to Castellammare, this evening is at your leisure to explore. Back to Castellammare, this evening we will meet for dinner at this authentic local restaurant with a beautiful view of the marina, while we savor a delicious Sicilian multi course meal with local wines included.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

    MON. JUNE 19, 2023 - BOAT EXCURSION

    We will meet at 9am (weather permitting) at the marina for a spectacular boat excursion along the northwestern coastline of Sicily. You will have the opportunity to jump off the boat and swim at Scopello, and into the caves of Lo Zingaro Riserva Naturale. Scopello is famous for it’s vertiginous “Faraglioni” or rock formation, where Hollywood filmed Ocean twelve, and for one of the most ancient tuna fisheries in Sicily. Back to Castellammare at 1:30pm. Your evening is at your leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Farm to Table Dinner ($125 per person)

    This evening our driver will take us through the Sicilian countryside for this authentic farm to table experience where we will enjoy homemade specialties and some Sicilian wines. We will tour this organic farm and have dinner together in this beautiful setting.

    Tues. June 20, 2023 - Tour of Erice - Le Saline - Marsala Winery with Wine Tasting

    Departure at 10:00 am for a sightseeing tour of Erice. This medieval town sits 2400 meters above sea level. Enjoy the views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the hilltop and explore Erice’s charming medieval streets and square and pleasure your palate with traditional Sicilian desserts where you will have the opportunity to purchase local souvenirs and enjoy lunch on your own. Then the bus will take us along the coast of Marsala where lies this evocative landscape of Le Saline (shallow salt pools) and decommissioned mulini (windmills). The salt from these marshes is considered Italy’s finest next we will depart for beautiful town of Marsala where we will tour this magnificent eighteen century Marsala Winery which will leave you speechless. The English guided tour will take us through this journey that will begin in front of these majestic wine barrels, built at the end of the nineteen century and still used for the winery of Marsala. Then we will walk beneath 104 stone arches through the barrel vaults to see over 2000 small and large barrels of wine, to reach the grandiose and elegant tasting room, where we will taste a range of their best Marsala wines paired with authentic gastronomic nibbles. Back to Castellammare, this evening at your leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Wed. June 21, 2023 - Stemmari Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and Farewell White Party

    This morning at 9 am we will embark on an exclusive private tour of this prestigious Stemmari Winery of Feudo Arancio. This magnificent Winery has a courtyard known as “Baglio” and is equipped with the best wine making technology and tools. They cultivate their own vineyards along the ventilated and sunny Northern Coast of Sicily. They produce seven hundred hectares of heathy vineyards. A team of agronomist and oenologist constantly follow all evolving process of their wines to produce the best quality wines, which are rich, intense, but also harmonious and elegant. One of their wine experts will explain the production while overlooking this amazing extension of vineyards before having the pleasure of tasting their excellent wines accompanied with farm made local cheeses. We will return to Castellammare around lunch time. This evening at 7:30 pm be ready dressed in white to depart for our Farewell White Party. This party will be on the beach and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, specialty drinks, alcoholic or non, DJ.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Hour D’oeuvres at Farewell Party

    THURS. JUNE 22, 2023 - Tonnino Winery and Wine Tasting

    This morning is free for you to go around town, purchase souvenirs and pack your bags. Later this afternoon we will head to Tonnino Winery, this is a family operated winery, with the experience and tradition of three generations of winemakers. Their passion and deep respect for their land has been at the very core of their family identity. Since 1950 their grandfather Paolo shared his values how to produce wine with the family. Decades later they continue the traditions of pruning, training and harvesting by hand. Nestled in a beautiful landscape Tonnino Vineyards are surrounded by sea and mountains. The perfect balance of sunlight, temperature and soil allows for the ideal ripening of grapes and preservation of their aromas. These aromas are rediscovered in every glass of Tonnino wine. Arrivederci a presto!

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    FRI. June 23, 2023 - Departure to the US

    Transfers to the airport.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Ciao Ciao

    2023 PRICES

    $1999 per person

    • Single occupancy: $500 surcharge
    • You may upgrade to Oceanview for an additional $300 per person, based on availability
    • You may upgrade to a junior suite for an additional $400 per person, based on availability
    • Land Only Price: Air Fare not included
    • ​Payments are required within 10 days of making the registration
    • See Terms and Conditions
    • Pre and Post Tour Extensions available contact us directly via email.

    (A 2.9% fee will be charged on debit/credit card payments. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please email us at info@sicilywithfriends.com to make arrangements.)

    NB: Excursions and Itinerary are weather permitted and subject to change without prior notice. Minimum number is required.

    NNB: We love to share our Sicily with you. In order to secure low rates, we prepay everything a year in advance.

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    What’s not included

    Flights
    Insurance
    Pre & post travel
    Baggage handling
    Tips
    Laundry cost
    + Other services & activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    + Any personal purchase/service or experiences