10 Days: Luxury Charming Sicily
- Food Market
- Cooking class
- The Valley of the Temples
- Wine tasting
- Chocolate tasting
- Aci Castello
- Exclusive 500 Tour “Etna Wine Roads and Taormina”
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
- 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4**** in Palermo
- 1 Night at the Hotel Villa Athena 5*****L in Agrigento
- 2 Nights at the hotel Hotel Algià 4****Sup in Syracusa
- 3 nights at the Hotel des Etrangers 5****L in Taormina
- Arrival and departure transfers with private luxury minivan/car, equipped with A/C and English speaking driver in all the other cities, as mentioned in the program
- Professional, personal English speaking guide for the all tours and experiences in : Monreale, Segesta and Erice, Valley of The Temples, Modica, Siracusa and Ortigia (sicily)
- 500 Vitage car Wine tour on the Mt. Etna & Alcantara Gorges
- Lunch in Palermo after the cooking class
- Lunch in Modica in a Farm
- Lunch in Agrigento with wine tasting and visit of the estate and winery
- Lunch in Siracusa special lunch tasting of typical Sicilian products (salumi, cheese and caponata) served in a historic delicatessen.
- Cooking class in Palermo with a Duchess in a 18th centuries building overlooking the sea
- All Private dinner transfers with private car
- No waiting lines entrance tickets in: Palermo, Siracusa, Agrigento
THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Municipality taxes at hotels that have to be paid on arrival directly at each hotel
- All meals not mentioned in the program
- All transfers not mentioned in the program
- All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES“
Day 1 – Bologna arrival and Michelin starred dinner
After your arrival at Bologna airport you will meet your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally located Luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic 5*****L.
This superb five star deluxe hotel is situated in a Palazzo designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century and built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. The palazzo is in fact, built on top of an ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen within the hotel. The 109 rooms have a mix of antiques fornitures with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic italian style, elegance and hospitality.
Check in and rest of the day at your leisure.
In the evening, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver at your
disposal for around 3 hours.
He will drive you to Fourghetti, the wonderful Michelin starred restaurant by
the famous Chef Bruno Barbieri.
Fourghetti is the place to spend time together where you can «forget it» and let
all that is outside fade away, because the moment has arrived where you enter
an environment where the only thing that counts is you, and those seated at the
table together with you.
At the end of this amazing dinner your driver will accompany you back to the
hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 2 – Bologna, Food and Art tour
You will spend an unforgettable 3 hours with an expert guide walking around the medieval market district and visiting a variety of historical food shops, pastry shops and pasta laboratories for small tastings of Bologna’s most typical
local produce. Tastings of chocolate & coffee, ham&cheese and local delicacies such as tortellini. Visits to monuments excluded, however on request, to be paid to the guide on site we can organize additional visits to local museums, churches or other cultural centers in the city. After the tour you will have free afternoon at your leisure.
Overnight in Bologna.
Day 3 – Bologna / Parma with stop for Culatello DOP in the Lowands of Parma
After breakfast and check out your private driver will transfer you to Parma by luxury car and stop at Polesine Parmense to visit a farm-to-table oriented farm which includes ageing cellars of Culatello di Zibello DOP (one of the most artisanal and expensive cured meats in the world) in the foundations of a medieval castle which has belonged to one of the most influential aristocratic families of northern Italy, the Marquises Pallavicino. The castle also houses a Relais and a Michelin star restaurant managed by the owner, chef Massimo Spigaroli. Unique location in the charming lowlands running along the Po River.
Seated lunch in the castle with tastings of different ageings of Culatello, focaccia, tortellini in meat broth, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will accompany you to your hotel In Parma: Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5*****
Immersed in a beautiful park of 10,000 sqm in the oldest district of Parma, the Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the ideal place to live the city, in total privacy and relaxation.
The historic building that houses the hotel dates back to early 20th century. It was in fact the "Reale Clinica Chirurgica", designed by Eng. Enrico Bovio. The entrance, elegant and marked by a monumental scale, is spacious and bright, with ceilings up to 15 meters. The Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the most luxurious hotel in Parma, and has 59 rooms furnished in neo-Renaissance style, with Carrara marble floors and handcrafted furniture made specifically for the hotel.
Check in and free time at leisure. Overnight in Parma.
Day 4 – The Food Valley Gourmet Tour in the hills of Parma
After breakfast meet at your hotel your private English driver and guide and transfer to the green hills of Parma by luxury car, for a real gourmet experience : educational visits to the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto di Parma, Vini dei Colli di Parma DOC, Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale DOP.
Here you will also have tastings of all products on site and a delicious lunch at the wine maker’s place, with a breathtaking view of the unique Castle of Torrechiara.
Traditional lunch with the most typical cured meats, tortelli di Parma, 3 wines, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will escort you back to Parma city center, where you will have a walking tour with focus on both food, arts&crafts and lifestyle in general, as well as an unforgettable experience inside the Cathedral of Parma, the Baptistery and the wooden Teatro Farnese.
At the end of the tour you will be free to enjoy the rest of the day at your disposal.
Overnight in Parma.
Day 5 – Parma / Modena cooking class: the Chef Experience
After breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel, for a direct transfer to Modena for a unique cooking class at a cooking school connected to a very famous Michelin Restaurant.
The chef owner himself will be working with you in the preparation of a 5 course traditional menu.
After cooking you will be able to taste the wonderful dishes cooked by you, accompanied by well-known wines.
At the end of activity you will return to Parma by car.
In the evening dinner will be served at a top-notch restaurant
downtown (walking distance from your hotel).
A traditional menu revived in modern concept: starters, 2 courses,
2 typical wines, dessert, coffee.
Overnight in Parma.
Day 6 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma
After breakfast meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel and start your truffle day!
As soon as you arrive in the estate, you will be greeted by the truffle-hunting expert, called trifulé, who will introduce you the world of truffles.
After a quick lesson you will experience a two hour simulated hunt on an exclusive reserve accompanied by an experienced truffle hunter and his, with the lovely aid of the trained dogs.
After the hunting you will enjoy a visit of an interesting truffle farm producing many items based on truffles and a wonderful lunch of course based on truffle dishes.
At the end of the tour meet again your private driver for a transfer back to your hotel
Day 7 – Parma / Bologna departure
After breakfast and check out, meet at your hotel your private
English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Bologna International
airport to get your flight back home.
Day 8 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma
8:00am: check-out and head on to the scenic Parma Apennines for a guided truffle hunting experience structured as a team building activity using dogs, all managed and supported by the owner himself, who will offer you a rich tasting truffle-based lunch at his agriturismo.
John + 3 pax will be transferred to Bologna train station for a direct train to Rome
Mr+Mrs. Lee will be transferred to Florence starting the second part of their tour