Wine Tour

10 days starting at $1699

JUNE 23 – JULY 2, 2022

Exquisite Nights

Delicious Meals

Sicily Wineries

Sightseeing & Guided Tours

This tour also includes:

Boat Excursion
(Scopello, and Lo Zingaro Natural Reserve)

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

Wineries: Cusumano, Stemmari, and Marsala

Welcome & Farewell White Party

2 Beach days with Lounge chairs and umbrellas 

    Optional Excursions Available:

    + Farm to Table Dinner

    The Itinerary

    Thurs. June 23, 2022 - Departure from U.S.

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

    Fri. June 24, 2022 - Welcome to Sicily

    Transfers to Castellammare del Golfo. (based on our tour dates and arrival times)

    After arriving at your accommodations where you will have time to relax and unwind. Later this evening we will have a Welcome Party with hors d’oeuvres, music, and a specialty drink. Then you may explore this fascinating town on your own.

    Included Meals: Hors d’oeuvres at Welcome Party

    Sat. June 25, 2022 - La Playa Beach – Scopello – Belvedere

    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), you may choose from 2 departures 1 pm or 5 pm to return to Castellammare to your accommodation in town. This evening we will embark on a very special sightseeing tour of this amazing coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and stop at the Faraglioni di Scopello for a photo opportunity (where Ocean 11 was filmed). Then we will stop at the Belvedere to enjoy a traditional wood oven pizza, with breathtaking views of the gulf.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Sun. June 26, 2022 - Palermo - Monreale

    This morning at 9 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 fascion 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.) Some entrance fee may apply. Lunch will be served outside in the beautiful Piazza Bellini in the heart of Palermo, with its ancient Arab and Norman buildings. 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, Lunch

    Mon. June 27, 2022- Boat Excursion

    We will meet at 9am (weather permitting) at the marina for a spectacular mini-Cruise 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 Eleven, 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

    Tues. June 28, 2022 - Tour of Erice - Le Saline – Marsala Winery

    Departure at 9:00 am for this special 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 coastline 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 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 this majestic giant wine barrels, build at the end of the nineteen century and still used for the refinement of Marsala. We will walk beneath 104 stone arches through the barrel vaults to see over 2000 small and large barrels of wine. After the tour we will reach the grandiose and elegant tasting room, where we will taste a range of their best wines paired with authentic gastronomic nibbles. Back to Castellammare, this evening at your leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    (Optional Evening Excursion)
    Sicilian Farmhouse Dinner ($75 per person)

    A scenic drive will take us through the Sicilian countryside for this authentic farm to table experience where we will enjoy homemade specialties and wines.

    Wed. June 29, 2022 - Tour of Segesta Temple – Cusumano Winery

    This morning the bus will depart at 9:00 am 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 return to Castellammare. Be ready for a 3:30pm departure for this Private 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 condition 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”. 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, Dinner with wine

    Thurs. June 30, 2022 - Stemmari Wine Tour - 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 and you have the option to remain in town or join the group at La Play beach. We will return at 5 pm to your accommodations. 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, professional photographer and for the grand finally fantastic fireworks.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Hors d’oeuvres at Farewell White Party with specialty drinks

    Fri. July 1, 2022 - Free Day

    This morning is free for you to go around town, purchase souvenirs and pack your bags for an ARRIVEDERCI a Presto.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Sat. July 2, 2022 - Departure to the US

    Transfers to the airport (based on departure times)

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    2022 PRICES

    $1699 per person

    • Single occupancy: $500 surcharge
    • You may upgrade to ocean view, for an additional $350 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