Sicily’s rugged coastline contains amazing natural beauty, but many are unaware that the northwest of Sicily is also a fantastic destination for food lovers! Vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves in this corner of the island produce some of Sicily’s best wines and spectacular olive oils. The sea provides an abundant array of the freshest fish and seafood dishes you’ve ever tasted, and the salt pans of Trapani are a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Our 5 nights in Trapani and 2 nights in Palermo will be filled with excursions to the turquoise waters of the nearby seaside, ancient olive groves, wineries and villages, while also learning about and enjoying the culinary specialities of the region.
This land has been invaded by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Normans, with some British and African influence leaving its mark as well - all of these cultures creating a diverse landscape and flavor that we cannot wait to share with you!
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Excursion to experience the famous salt pans of Trapani with a tour and a chance to harvest your own salt! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
A private boat excursion to the Egadi Islands with stops for swimming and time to explore the island of Favignana, followed by a seafood lunch on board.
A guided street food tour of the famous Palermo markets. You'll receive tastings along the way, along with insights on local culture and traditions!
Try Marsala wine in...where else? Marsala! You'll learn about this legendary fortified wine during our tour & tasting at one of Italy's oldest wineries.
Enjoy a cooking class to learn about the famous cuscusu alla Trapanese, followed by lunch, at an agriturismo. This dish is one of the pillars of Sicilian cuisine.
Double occupancy: $4650/person
Single supplement: $450
Deposit of $2,000/person is due upon booking to reserve your spot, along with a signed & completed registration form. Booking is not considered confirmed until deposit has been received.
Payments can be made by check (made out to Curata Travel) and mailed to: Curata Travel, 245 N. Main Street, Spring Grove, PA 17362.
Credit cards are accepted with a 3.6% fee.
Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
- Seven nights of accommodations (5 nights in Trapani, 2 nights in Palermo)
- All planned excursions & classes
- Experienced tour directors and local guides
- Meals included: daily breakfasts at our accommodations, all lunches & dinners (with the exception of 1 lunch on your own)
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout the tour
- Airport transfers on specified arrival/departure days/times. We include one group transfer for your arrival and departure at specified times. Any additional transfer will be at your own cost.
- Gratuity for driver and guides, at your discretion
- Any spending during free time, personal purchases, extraneous hotel charges (minibar, laundry service, etc.) and any alcoholic beverages not included with meals.
Once you complete the Booking Request Form (click the button at the top of the page), a member of our team will contact you.
You'll receive our Terms & Conditions/Registration form to complete, along with instructions for making your deposit.
Each member of the tour will be responsible for booking their own flight in & out of Palermo* (airport code: PMO). Flights are not included in the tour cost.
You will be picked up at the Palermo (PMO) airport on June 4 at 12:00p.m. and dropped off at the same airport on June 11 by 9a.m. One group transfer will be provided, any additional private transfers would be at your own cost.
*Please note: Palermo is a small airport with somewhat limited flight arrivals & departures and likely no direct flights. You may find multiple connections or long layovers in the available flight itineraries. We strongly recommend looking into flight costs and trip insurance before booking your spot! These are important factors to consider as you budget for the trip.
A few items of note for some of the destinations and the trip as a whole to help set expectations and better prepare you for the trip. Some of the expectations are outlined in the Terms & Conditions form that you will use to register (see specifically the Traveler Code and Traveler Expectations sections), but to reiterate some as they specifically relate to this Western Sicily.
Cusine - As hopefully most of you know, our food tours focus heavily on the culinary specialities of each region and town we visit. So when we arrange a lunch/dinner or culinary experience, we are working with those restaurants to plan menus in advance that highlight the seasonal produce, and dishes that reflect the region we’re in. As this tour take place on an island, with much time spend on the coast, you can expect seafood to be heavily featured, for example. We will be collecting some of this information at a later date from you, but if there are food allergies we need to be aware of, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. If there are entire categories of food that you just don’t eat (and are not willing to try), this might not be the tour for you!
Terrain: As you'll find throughout Italy, walkways are often made up of cobblestones and limestone paving. Good walking shoes, being sure on your feet, and staying alert are all key to getting around!
Excursions: We will have a boat excursion that will require being able to safely get on & off a boat - sometimes onto a smaller tender boat, sometimes directly into the water. You should be comfortable being able to either without much assistance. With all of our excursions, you are not forced to participate if something like this is not your ’thing.’ You always have the option to stay behind and enjoy some free time on your own (please note, as mentioned in the Terms & Conditions, there is no compensation or refund for any portion of the tour or excursion you do not participate in).