Our Next Culinary Adventure

Stirring Sicily East: Hands-on Cooking Experience
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Thursday, September 14, 2017 | (8 days/7 nights)

Experience Sicily in cooperation with Zest!  presents Stirring Sicily. Combining three hands-on cooking experiences accompanied by beloved Zest! teacher Antonino Elia, Stirring Sicily will give guests the opportunity to learn valuable cooking techniques while taking-in the culture and sites of the Island of the Sun.  For more information, and to register, click here.

We will savor each day with a market tour led by a local mamma, a wine class led by a professional enologist at a spectacular vineyard on Mount Etna, and long lunches and dinners hosted at the island’s most outstanding traditional and contemporary restaurants.

Additionally, we’ll explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Etna, Europe’s largest, most active volcano, the Roman Villa of Casale in Piazza Armerina, and the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. Starry nights, boutique shopping, and interaction with locals ensure a remarkable experience in Sicily.

The total cost per person for 8 days/7 nights is $3,400* for double occupancy**
Price includes in-Sicily airport transfers, all accommodations, transportation by air-conditioned coach bus, all but one meal (see day-by-day descriptions for details), excursions with English speaking guides, and hands-on cooking lessons led by local teachers. Price does not include airfare or travel insurance.

Extend Your Stay!
The final day of the Stirring Sicily tour happens one day before the first day of our Enchanting Sicily tour—a comprehensive, 7 or 15-day tour of Sicily (you choose the length!). Please consider extending your stay in Sicily to join us! Please go to for further information and trip details.

*Save $300 per person when you pay in full by March 1, 2017. Save $200 per person when you pay 50% by March 1, 2017.
**Single Occupancy Supplement is an additional $250.00.
***Save $100 when you pay in-full, by personal check.

Departure Day / Wednesday, September 6
 Departure Day Flight from U.S.A. to Catania Fontanarossa Airport
 Suggested Flight: Departure from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at
5:55 p.m., Lufthansa LH7608 with a transfer in Munich to Catania (CTA) Lufthansa LH1964
(Airplane tickets and travel insurance are not included in land cost.)

Day 1/ Thursday, September 7
 Arrive at Catania Fontanarossa Airport at 11:00 a.m.
 Air-conditioned, mini-bus will transport you to our family-run, country inn
 Lunch at our inn upon arrival/enjoy on your own depending on arrival time
 Settle in, rest, enjoy the beautiful property and pool
 Evening welcome meeting to get acquainted and review Stirring Sicily program
 Dinner as group featuring traditional Sicilian cuisine on the premises of our family-run country inn
Meal Included for Today: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run country inn, Siracusa Province

Day 2/Friday, September 8
 Olive oil tasting at organic olive farm.
 Hands-on cooking lesson #1: Learn the secrets of making artisanal Modican chocolate in the baroque town of Modica. Brought by the Spanish to Sicily from The New World, cocoa took on a new life when local chefs married it with Arabian sugar.  We’ll learn the history of this outstanding delight that is particular to southeastern Sicily.
 Lunch as a group in Modica at a typical restaurant featuring regional cuisine.
 Explore the beautiful baroque town of Ragusa, one of the world renowned sites of Sicily’s UNESCO recognized Stone Garden.
 Dinner as a group.
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run country inn, Siracusa Province

Day 3/Saturday, September 9
 Hands-on cooking lesson #2: Tour the Mercato Antico in Ortigia, Siracusa, where we’ll learn about seasonal, regional ingredients followed by cooking a menu of traditional Sicilian dishes with a local mamma.
 We’ll delight in the fruits of our labor for lunch.
 Explore Siracusa’s archeological park with an expert guide.
 Free-time for shopping, wandering, and dinner on your own in Santa Lucia’s home town, Ortigia. Bring your bathing suit for a dip in the sea.
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodations: Family-run country inn, Siracusa Province

Day 4/Sunday, September 10
 Inhale the fresh mountain air! This morning we’ll have a gentle hike on Etna, Europe’s largest, most-active volcano with a local, expert guide. We’ll see extinct craters and pitch-black lava caves and learn about the flora and fauna of Mongibello.
 For lunch, we’ll picnic under the trees, enjoying typical food and wine of the volcanic territory.
 Sharpen your pencils, because we’re going to school—wine school, that is! This afternoon, we’ll be tangled in the vines at a spectacular vineyard on Etna for a wine class, vineyard tour, and tasting with a professional enologist. Bring your drinking caps!
 Dinner as a group at our family-run, country inn.
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run country inn, Siracusa Province

Day 5/Monday, September 11
 We’ll start the day meeting some new friends at a local sheep farm. Don’t fill up too much at breakfast because you’ll want space to eat the fresh ricotta after our cheese-making demonstration.
 Lunch as a group at a typical trattoria in Piazza Armerina.
 Tour of the UNESCO designated Villa Romana del Casale, home of the world-famous Bikini Girls and 4000 square meters of mosaic-tile scenes from ancient Rome with an expert guide.
 After a short drive, we’ll visit the City of Ceramics, Caltagirone, where you’ll have time for shopping and wandering.
 Dinner as a group at our family-run country inn.
 Prepare for check-out the following morning.
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run country inn, Siracusa Province

Day 6/Tuesday, September 12
 Departure in mini-bus for Palermo Province.
 Lunch as a group at a fabulous seaside casual restaurant.
 Check-in to our family-run inn.
 Dinner as group at neo-traditional restaurant in Termini Imerese, Nino’s hometown
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run inn outside of Palermo

Day 7/Wednesday, September 13
 Hands-on cooking lesson #3: Discover the joys of cooking
traditional Sicilian cuisine with Nino’s friend, Chef Giuseppe in
Termini Imerese.
 Lunch as a group, when we’ll eat the fruits of our labor.
 Short tour of Nino’s hometown, Termini Imerese.
 Special visit to local museum
 Time on own at our inn to enjoy the property and prepare for departure.
 Final dinner as group at local trattoria.
Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Family-run inn outside of Palermo