Italy

Tastes of Sicily: A Small-Group Luxury Gourmet Tour

Savour the flavours of Sicily on this eight-day luxurious small-group gastronomic tour (max. 16 people). Indulge in private wine tastings, learn traditional recipes with local Sicilian chefs, taste freshly made ricotta, cannoli, gelati, chocolate and more. Explore baroque towns and fishing villages steeped in history, enjoy a seafood luncheon on board a traditional gulet-style ship and specially-picked food tastings with local producers and artisans. Includes seven nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast, a selection of gourmet lunches and dinners, private transportation, local expert guides and insider access, all sightseeing and entrance fees and so much more.

travel Options


Earn 5,499 Qantas Points
8 Days
TWIN SHARE
Sold out
  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation, featuring two nights at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, two nights at the five-star Maserria della Volpe in Noto and three nights at the five-star Eremo delle Giubilliana in Ragusa
  • Unique daily breakfasts and other gourmet meals (four memorable lunches and four dinners) during your travels
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Local English-speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns including Taormina, Ragusa and Syracuse
  • An afternoon sailing the coast on board a gulet-style ship with a seafood lunch
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Private tasting and lunch at one of the leading wineries on the slopes of Mt Etna
  • Traditional Sicilian home cooking with expert local chefs
Earn 6,599 Qantas Points
10 Days
TWIN SHARE - EXTENSION
Sold out
  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation, featuring two nights at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, two nights at the five-star Maserria della Volpe in Noto and three nights at the five-star Eremo delle Giubilliana in Ragusa
  • Unique daily breakfasts and other gourmet meals (four memorable lunches and four dinners) during your travels
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Local English-speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns including Taormina, Ragusa and Syracuse
  • An afternoon sailing the coast on board a gulet-style ship with a seafood lunch
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Private tasting and lunch at one of the leading wineries on the slopes of Mt Etna
  • Traditional Sicilian home cooking with expert local chefs

Plus the following:

  • 2 nights in the luxurious World Heritage-listed Castello Camemi
  • Daily breakfast and a gourmet picnic lunch
  • Private dinner at a noble palazzo
  • Ricotta tasting at an old farm
  • A visit to the olive oil museum
  • Salami tasting with the region’s celebrated salami producers
  • Private guide and transportation
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
Earn 7,499 Qantas Points
8 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER
Sold out
  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation, featuring two nights at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, two nights at the five-star Maserria della Volpe in Noto and three nights at the five-star Eremo delle Giubilliana in Ragusa
  • Unique daily breakfasts and other gourmet meals (four memorable lunches and four dinners) during your travels
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Local English-speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns including Taormina, Ragusa and Syracuse
  • An afternoon sailing the coast on board a gulet-style ship with a seafood lunch
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Private tasting and lunch at one of the leading wineries on the slopes of Mt Etna
  • Traditional Sicilian home cooking with expert local chefs
Earn 9,299 Qantas Points
10 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - EXTENSION
Sold out
  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation, featuring two nights at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, two nights at the five-star Maserria della Volpe in Noto and three nights at the five-star Eremo delle Giubilliana in Ragusa
  • Unique daily breakfasts and other gourmet meals (four memorable lunches and four dinners) during your travels
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Local English-speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns including Taormina, Ragusa and Syracuse
  • An afternoon sailing the coast on board a gulet-style ship with a seafood lunch
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Private tasting and lunch at one of the leading wineries on the slopes of Mt Etna
  • Traditional Sicilian home cooking with expert local chefs

Plus the following:

  • 2 nights in the luxurious World Heritage-listed Castello Camemi
  • Daily breakfast and a gourmet picnic lunch
  • Private dinner at a noble palazzo
  • Ricotta tasting at an old farm
  • A visit to the olive oil museum
  • Salami tasting with the region’s celebrated salami producers
  • Private guide and transportation
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

Taste your way through the gastronomic paradise of Sicily on a small-group tour (max. 16 people) as you meet a variety of local producers and enjoy traditional foods like coffee granita, chocolate made with centuries-old techniques and honey straight from the apiary. Plus, get hands on in a cooking class with an expert local chef, featuring local Sicilian produce during this authentic food lovers adventure.

What You’ll Love...

The Luxe Accommodation – Sleep in a castle fit for royalty and wake up in five-star luxury at the base of an active volcano

Lying at the base of Mount Etna—the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world—the five-star Villa Neri Resort & Spa epitomises European opulence in every way. Spend two spectacular nights in the luxury of silence, only a short drive from charming Taormina.

Set on a plateau with views of the Southern Syracuse coastline, Masseria Della Volpe is a beautiful, family-run property situated in the town of Noto. Modern Sicilian design meets alfresco luxury at the on-site Codarossa Restaurant, where only the finest ingredients are used to create mouth-watering gourmet dishes.

Nothing says 'luxury' like a castle. Spend three nights in the magnificent 12th-century Eremo delle Giubiliana in Ragusa, with spacious rooms styled to fit a king. Admire the historical architecture and the unique on-site archaeological park in this restored five-star estate, owned by the Nifosi family since the 18th-century.

The Experiences – From memorable gourmet adventures to heritage-rich cities and everything in between

Feel like a true local as you enter the quaint fishing village of Donnalucata and share a traditional Sicilian meal with expert local chefs Roberta and her husband Antonio - life-long devotees of Sicilian cuisine. Enjoy the fresh produce and refreshing flavours that are unique to Sicilian seafood and discuss everything Sicily with the local hosts.

Discover one of Etna’s leading wine estates—a region ideal for grape-growing due to its fertile volcanic soil—and embark on a private wine tour and tasting followed by a tantalising lunch of fresh produce as you gaze out over the vibrant national park.

Explore the beauty of Syracuse, a 2,700-year-old fortified Sicilian city rich in heritage – and seafood. Browse an impressive array of fresh produce at the farmers’ market before you board a traditional gulet-style ship for a sightseeing voyage around the city where you’ll enjoy a fresh seafood lunch.

For your final dinner, enjoy a spectacular culinary experience with self-made master of the kitchen, Katia. A Sicilian cuisine expert, Katia will guide you through a magical evening which will have you sharing a freshly-prepared, traditional Sicilian meal whose origins draw from many hours spent in the kitchen with Nonna Elvira.

Your Package Includes:

  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation, featuring two nights at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, two nights at the five-star Maserria della Volpe in Noto and three nights at the five-star Eremo delle Giubilliana in Ragusa
  • Unique daily breakfasts and other gourmet meals (four memorable lunches and four dinners) during your travels
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Local English-speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Guided walking tours of charming regional towns
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Exclusive access to small local producers inaccessible to the public
  • Private tasting and lunch at one of the leading wineries on the slopes of Mt Etna
  • Traditional Sicilian home cooking with expert local chefs

Ultimate Artisan Extension

Don’t want your gourmet journey of Sicily to end? Enjoy two more nights at the World Heritage-listed Castello Camemi, whose triumphant arches and stone pathways were erected in the 14th century.

Indulge in a tasting of classic cannolo—arguably Sicily’s most famous treat—and experience a picnic-style lunch at a local winery estate in the delightful Chiaramonte Gulfi. Savour the salty taste of the region’s famous Ibleo black pig salami with a tasting led by the celebrated salami producers.

Finish your gastronomic experience with a step back in time to an old farm where ricotta cheese is still made the way it has been for centuries and enjoy an immersive, hands-on experience. Indulge in yet another spectacular culinary experience with a final group dinner at a noble palazzo that'll have you feasting on a gastronomic private dinner brimming with authentic Sicilian flavour.

Your Extension Package Includes:

  • 2 nights in the luxurious World Heritage-listed Castello Camemi
  • Daily breakfast and a gourmet picnic lunch
  • Private dinner at a noble palazzo
  • Ricotta tasting at an old farm
  • A visit to the olive oil museum
  • Salami tasting with the region’s celebrated salami producers
  • Private guide and transportation
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

*The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. *Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates:

9 April 2019

30 April 2019

26 June 2019 SOLD OUT

15 October 2019

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Catania on your chosen tour start date.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-share package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Villa Neri in Linguaglossa

Masseria Della Volpe, Noto

Eremo delle Giubiliana, Ragusa

Castello Camemi * (for extension only)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights to and from Europe, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Multiple packages cannot be purchased or combined.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply.