Wine Tour

8 days starting at $2299

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, Cusumano

Farm to Table dinner

Welcome & Farewell White Party

Beach day with Lounge chairs and umbrellas 

    Optional Excursions Available:

    + 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).

    Upon your arrival at the Palermo Airport, you will be greeted by your private driver, who will take you to your hotel Hotel Punta Nord Est in Castellammare del Golfo. After arriving at your accommodations, you will have time to relax and unwind. Later that afternoon we will take a stroll toward the main central gardens, where the town center lies with many shops, cafes, and restaurants. We will end this walking tour at the marina/harbor where we will enjoy a welcome party 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 - Private Boat Tour of Lo Zingaro Natural Reserve - Belvedere – Scopello

    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 1:00pm. Late afternoon get ready for 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. We will return to Castellammare. Your evening is at your leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    SUN. JUNE 18, 2023 - Tour the Capitol City of Sicily Palermo and Monreale Cathedral

    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 some typical Sicilian Street food. 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.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    MON. JUNE 19, 2023 - Tour of the Archeological Park of Selinunte

    This morning we will departure at 9:00 am for a sightseeing tour of the Archeological Park of Selinunte. This Park is definitely one of the best archeological locations in the world, and one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily. The park, about 270 hectors large with over 2,500 years of history and is one of the largest archaeological sites in Europe. You can still admire the ruins of the Ancient Greek Temples. The archaeological sites has many great temples, the earliest dating form 550 BC with five centered on an Acropolis. At its peak before 409 BC the city may have had 30,000 inhabitants, excluding slaves. It was destroyed and abandoned in 250 BC and never reoccupied. 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

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

    Departure at 9:00 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. We will continue toward the beautiful town of Marsala where we will tour this magnificent eighteen century Florio 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. 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.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

    Wed. June 21, 2023 - Private Stemmari Winery 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, Heavy Hour D’oeuvres at Farewell Party

    THURS. JUNE 22, 2023 - Relax under the sun – Private Cusumano Winery and Wine Tasting

    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) After lunch (on your own), the bus will return to the hotel at 1pm. Be ready for a 3:30pm departure for thisPrivate family owned Cusumano Winery. The Cusumano brothers Alberto and Diego took over the management from their father, Francesco in 2001. The family owns 400 hectares (nearly 1000 acres) of vineyards across seven holdings throughout Sicily, and today they distribute to more than 60 countries. They are part of the Terlato Wines, the leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States. This western part of Sicily is blessed with ample sunlight and moderate warm weather that offers some of the best growing conditions of the region. An expert of their team will explain their process and then we will have the chance to taste some of their best-known wines in their original Winery in Partinico, (which is the family pride and joy) located in a 19th century “baglio”. Back to Castellammare. This evening is at your leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    FRI. June 23, 2023 - Departure to the US

    Transfers to the airport (Based on 3 departure times)

    Included Meals: Breakfast

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    2023 PRICES

    $2299 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
    • ​Deposits are required at booking
    • Please 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