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Oct 26 – Nov 4, 2018 Eastern Sicily
(extended tour till Nov 7)
Zafferana Etnea (nights 5)
Friday, Oct 26 - DAY 1
Arrival at Fontanarossa Airport Catania. The time of transfer to hotel will be established once everyone’s flight schedules are in. We recommend you book a flight that lands in the early afternoon (2pm – 4pm) as there will be only one transfer to hotel. If you remain within our suggested time slot you can avoid having to wait at the airport for a long time if you should arrive too early or having to reach hotel by your own means if you arrive too late. Transfer to a characteristic mountain village on Mount Etna. Check into hotel, freshen up and settle in. Orientation walk around the town. Early welcome dinner (for Italian standards) to allow guests to recover from day of travelling.
Saturday, Oct 27 – DAY 2
After breakfast in hotel get ready for an exhilarating adventure! A funicular and jeep ride will take us to hair-raising heights, up to the very crater of the volcano where a surreal landscape and breath-taking views await. After lunch in a local trattoria we will go on our 1st mushroom foray on the southern end of Mount Etna guided by a local, expert mycologist. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
Sunday, Oct 28 - DAY 3
After breakfast in hotel go on 2nd mushroom foray on Mount Etna. Have lunch in a local trattoria. After lunch visit the gorge of Alcantàra, one of the island's more spectacular natural sites: a crystalline river flowing through high walls of unusual volcanic basalt formations. In the late afternoom return to the town center of Zafferana Etnea and take part in the town's famous country fair "Ottobrata". Try some of the local specialties at one of the many food stalls you'll find at the fair.
Monday, Oct 29 – DAY 4
After breakfast at hotel visit beautiful and fashionable Taormina which hosted a G7 summit in May 2017. The town is dramatically perched high on the side of a mountain and boasts a lovely historical town center and a stunning ancient Greek theater that offers magnificent vistas. Reward your 2-days of mushroom picking efforts with a wine tasting and lunch at one of the excellent wineries found on Mount Etna. The volcano's climate and soil conditions are perfect not just for fungi but for producing outstanding wines as well. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
Tuesday, Oct 30 – DAY 5
After breakfast take part in 3rd mushroom foray in the private woods of the handsome Bauly estate on Mount Iblei. Following another tasty lunch visit the small, charming town of Palazzolo Acreidi that possesses a wealth of baroque architecture and some of the area's finest ancient ruins. Return to hotel before evening.
Capo d'Orlando (3 nights)
Wednesday, Oct 31 - DAY 6
After breakfast transfer to the coastal town of Capo d'Orlando on the northern end of the island. En route foray in the Nebrodi Mountains. Lunch in a local trattoria. Visit the historical center of Randazzo that boasts an impressive cathedral and a fascinating museum of medieval instruments. Reach new hotel on the seaside perhaps in time to have a dip in the blue Mediterranean.
Thursday, Nov 1 - DAY 7
After breakfast go on 5th foray in the Nebrodi Mountains. Have lunch in a local trattoria. The Nebrodi National Park has a surface area of 85,000 hectares and is made up of great stretches of forest, giant mountains, crystal-clear lakes and age-old villages. From its highest peaks you get stunning views of smoking Mount Etna and the beautiful Aeolian Islands emerging from the sea. Return to hotel before dinner.
Friday, Nov 2 – DAY 8
After breakfast go on last foray in the Nebrodi Mountains. Have lunch in a local trattoria. No trip to this area would be complete without trying a Nebrodi black-pig product. This rare breed is raised in the wild and live in huts called 'zimme'. It produces excellent meat which local farmers process to make a varied range of remarkable, traditional cold-cuts and sausages. Return to beach resort in the late afternoon.
Saturday, Nov 3 - DAY 9
Transfer to Catania. Stopping in Messina first. Visit the Piazza del Duomo, home to the city's cathedral and bell tower. Get to the main square in time to see the world's largest astronomical clock that sets off a curious procession of bronze automata with a roaring lion and crowing rooster. Next stop will be Catania where we'll be having lunch. Sicily's second largest city is on the Unesco's world heritage list, its black-and-white palazzi overlook sweeping baroque piazzas and its extraordinary Pescheria market is quite a spectacle. Stroll through the city to catch the main sites and finish the walk at the botanical gardens of Catania famous for its collection of palms and succulents as well as Sicilian flora and some notable tree specimens. Take part in the mushroom exhibit that will be inaugurating on this day. Say goodbye to those in the group who will be staying an additional 3 nights in Sicily as they will proceed to Syracuse whereas those remaining will stay overnight in a hotel close to the airport.
Catania (1 night)
Sunday, Nov 4 – DAY 10
Departure from Aeroporto Fontanarossa di Catania. We recommend you book a flight that departs around noon (11am – 1pm). We will only offer a limited amount of transfers to the airport therefore if you remain within our suggested time slot you can avoid having to wait at the airport for a long time if your flight departs very late or having to reach hotel by your own means if your flight departs very early.
Itinerary for 4-day extended tour Nov 4 – Nov 7, 2018 Eastern Sicily
Siracusa (4 nights)
Saturday, Nov 3 – DAY 9
Continuation of DAY 9 for those staying longer. Say goodbye to group departing the following day to return to the US and transfer
to hotel in Syracuse. Orientation walk.
Sunday, Nov 4 – DAY 10
After breakfast visit Ortigia of timeless beauty, the old city of Syracuse is one of the most beautiful corners of Sicily. Lush citrus orchards, café tables spilling onto dazzling baroque piazzas and honey-hued alleys that lead to a sparkling blue sea. After lunch visit one of Sicily's greatest archaeological sites, the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, made up of a Greek theater from the 5th century BC hewn out of a rocky hillside, an ancient and mysterious quarry riddled with catacombs and a luxuriant garden, as well as a Roman amphitheater.
Monday, Nov 5 – DAY 11
After breakfast visit Modica, one of Sicily's most atmospheric towns with a a theatrical-looking historical center and a spectacular cathedral. The town is also famous for its production of chocolate. Visit its oldest chocolate shop and witness the chocolate making techniques as well as sample the delicious final product. After lunch in a local trattoria visit the magnificent historic center of Ragusa Ibla, a sloping area of tangled alleyways, stone houses and handsome squares. Aside from its great architecture the town is also renowned for its Ragusano cheese that's similar to Parmesan but with its own unique flavors and texture. Visit a dairy farm for a cheese tasting and perhaps observe a cheese-making demonstration. Return to hotel in Syracuse.
Tuesday, Nov 6 – DAY 12
After breakfast visit Noto, what is considered one of Sicily's most beautiful cities. Its historic center is so gorgeous you might mistake it for a movie set. The dashing main walkway is flanked by thrilling baroque palazzi and churches. Enjoy a lavish farewell luncheon before returning to Syracuse for your final night in Sicily.
Wednesday, Nov 7 – DAY 13
Departure from Aeroporto Fontanarossa di Catania. We recommend you book a flight that departs around noon (11am – 1pm). We will only offer a limited amount of transfers to airport therefore if you remain within our suggested time slot you can avoid having to wait at the airport for a long time if your flight departs very late or having to reach hotel by your own means if your flight departs very early.
In the next few weeks more specific information will be added regarding the afternoon activities and the mycological outings
Do you know the land where lemon blossom grows?
Amid dark leaves the golden orange glows.
A gentle breeze drifts down from the blue sky, still stands the myrtle, and the laurel high.
Might you know it?
There, there Would I with you, oh my beloved, go.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
FUN. REAL. ENLIGHTENING.
- ALL BREAKFASTS AND DAILY LUNCH OR DINNER
- ALL TRANSPORTATION MENTIONED IN ITINERARY
- ENTRANCE FEES TO ALL ACTIVITIES MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY;
- WALKING TOURS THROUGH ALL THE TOWNS;
- 5 MYCO FORAYS.
*All activities are subject to change on the basis of which options are deemed to be the most suitable in terms of current culinary standards, the weather conditions on a given day, and other relevant criteria.
Price does not include airfare
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