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Join Go Get Lost on an epic journey across western Sicily. We’ll cross panoramic landscapes, marvel at the diverse culture, enjoy the exquisite food, and taste world-class wines from some of Sicily’s best producers! This distinctive tour starts in the famed wine region of Marsala, on the gorgeous Tyrrhenian Sea, and works its way south and east along the coast, taking in the amazing Greek archaeology along with vineyards both famous and unknown. Crossing the less-traveled interior, you’ll discover beautiful historic cities and wander into picturesque villages full of culture and charm. Ideal for those who enjoy food, wine, culture, and amazing history, this journey will make you fall in love warmth and hospitality of Sicilia!

This tour is led by Jeff Fafoglia, who has been leading groups of adventurous travelers to the far corners of the planet for over 22 years. He’s equally at home creeping through the African bush to get his clients the perfect camera angle, or perched on the bow of a Greek schooner as it cuts through the blue water of the Med, or hanging with his group at a fabulous winery in the Tuscan hills.

“I never tire of leading trips. My goal on every tour is to connect with my travelers and to connect them to the magic of the region we’re visiting. One of my greatest joys in life is watching the expressions on people’s faces as I introduce them to my favorite places…and my favorite people…in some of the world’s most fascinating locales!”

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ben Venuti a Sicilia!

Your Go Get Lost adventure starts upon arrival at Palermo's airport. (If you'd like to arrive a day in advance of the tour to get over your jet lag, talk to us about arranging a hotel for you.) You'll have a private group transfer from the airport to your 4-Star hotel perfectly located in the historic heart of Marsala, on Sicily's west coast. Famous throughout the world for the excellent wine that bears its name, Marsala went down in history for being the city where Garibaldi landed in Sicily for the liberation of Italy from the domination of the Bourbon kings. Marsala is internationally famous for several things: its wine, its history, and its wonderful coastline and beaches. The present-day name, deriving from the Arabic “Marsa Allah”, meaning “Port of God”, gives us an idea of just how strategically important the town once was. Before the Arabs, however, were the Romans, and before the Romans, the Carthaginians.
To start our culinary adventure, tonight we'll have a very special group arrival dinner in a superb restaurant. Many regions of Italy are famous for a type of cooking known as cucina povera, a term used to describe simple dishes derived from peasant staples. Sicilian cooking is a different thing entirely! Here is one of the foremost kitchens of Italy, overflowing with an endless variety of seafood, vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, grains, and wines. Although the simple elegance of peasant cooking has contributed greatly to modern Sicilian cuisine, the culinary expertise and sophistication of the royal chefs of Sicilia have defined and refined the culinary art of this island nation. Considered to be the most coveted and valuable possessions of the nobles in the "Kingdom of the Two Sicily's", their private chefs were in great demand over all of Europe for hundreds of years. As if all this wasn't enough, Sicilia is also famous for its sumptuous desserts. Cannoli, tiramisu, and sorbet all originated here, and the ice cream and gelato of Sicilia is "poetry in the mouth!" Luckily we can enjoy this great heritage of incredible food every day that we're in wonderful Sicilia!
All of the great food and wine combined with a little jet lag will insure that you sleep well tonight!A perfect way to end your first day in Sicilia!

Day 2 - Marsala and Mozia Island

In front of the coast of Marsala, in the Salinas area, some small islands form a lagoon: it is the natural reserve "Islands of the Lagoon." Among these, the most important is Mozia, also known as San Pantaleo. The remains of its 2500 year old Phoenician civilization and its flourishing economic activity have been brought to light by a long series of archaeological excavations, especially thanks to the work of Joseph Whitaker, who previously bought the island. In his home now houses the museum that collects the finds unearthed during several excavations, the Whitaker Museum.

Later this afternoon we'll visit the “Florio Wine Company”, and enjoy a guided tour of their cellars which date to 1833. We'll have a wine tasting of 3 different wines along with lunch. Then, a nice walk in the historical center of Marsala to explore some of its more noteworthy areas. Marsala is famous for its wine (not just for the production of dessert wine, but also for red and white wines) and also for its long history of wine: ancient companies as well as new ones have produced and produce, with passion and mastery, white wines, red and magnificent liqueur, such as the noble wine Doc Marsala, known throughout the world.
Tonight you're free to wander, explore and get lost in the streets of Marsala. With its ample supply of shops, bars and restaurants, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect spot for dinner!

Day 3 - Trapani and Erice

After breakfast today we'll have a pleasant drive north along the coastline, enjoying the panorama. This corner of Sicily is an enchanting land is composed of marvelous coasts that alternate with steep cliffs and endless beaches. Archaeological remains and small villages dot the countryside. The city of Trapani boasts an excellent historic center and several splendid monuments dating to different epochs, a unique and fascinating collection. Located in a historic building in the heart of Trapani lies the gastronomic center where our chef will guide us on a journey to rediscover the culture and traditions of Sicily. You will roll up your sleeves and experience Sicilian cooking from a master, and become your own artist in preparing traditional recipes of this beautiful island.
Afterwards, we'll go to visit a local winery specializing in producing wines of the Erice area. After our tour and tasting we'll continue the adventure and explore Erice, a charming medieval town perched on the summit of an isolated mountain in the northwest of Sicily. It offers an incredible panorama and boasts a 2000 year old history, evident in its still-standing section of Punic walls. It's well worth it to visit the Cathedral, adorned by an amazing Gothic portal. Or any of the 60 other churches in the town!

Day 4 - Sambuca di Sicilia, Agrigento

After breakfast we'll check out and in the late morning head southeast across the rugged landscape. We'll visit a very special wine estate today, the Ulmo Estate, the 16th-century baglio of the Planeta family! It is located on the shores of the Arancio lake in Sambuca di Sicilia, an exciting landscape where history and nature happily coexist. After our tour and cellar visit, we'll sit down to a tasting of four of their magnificent productions. They'll treat us to lunch, and use the opportunity to give us another couple of their best wines. An excellent way to spend the afternoon!
We can then relax and enjoy the panorama en route towards Agrigento, where we'll check into our 4-Star country retreat. We'll have time to relax and refresh before we sit down to yet another wonderful Sicilian dinner prepared by the chefs at the hotel. Relaxing under the stars, on the patio in the hotel gardens with a glass of something good will be an excellent end to another day in Sicilia.

Day 5 - Valley of the Temples, Cefalù

After breakfast today we'll visit the nearby archaeological site of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO heritage site since 1997. An exceptional historic testimony to Magna Graecia’s presence in this area, the ancient ruins cover an area of over 3,200 acres! Founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, the city became one of the largest in the Greek empire. The city changed hands to the Carthaginians and then the Romans, and today it represents one of the most memorable and evocative sites from the ancient world.

At midday we'll sit down to a wine tasting and lunch in a local Wine Cellar inside a country farmhouse, Agriturismo Gigliotto. After a great meal and perhaps an espresso, we'll continue through the mountainous interior to the north coast and the Cefalù area. Cefalù is a charming historic town and seaside resort on Sicily's scenic Tyrrhenian coast. Originally a fishing village, today Cefalù boasts a marvelous sandy beach alongside a delightful medieval village with narrow streets, small squares and plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants. Our 4-Star hotel sits between the striking beach and the historic old town, giving us the best of both worlds.
Tonight we'll have another stunning meal, featuring local favorites from this area of the island.

Day 6 - Castelbuono

You'll have the morning free to Get Lost in the fishermans village of Cefalù, or to spend time relaxing at the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean. At midday we'll drive south into the natural beauty of Madonie mountains for a stop at the picturesque medieval town of Castelbuono, which grew up around its 14th century castle. The castle, perched like a strong-armed knight on top of San Pietro hill, is not the only extravaganza in Castelbuono, which also has some beautiful chapels, captivating cobblestoned streets and a lovely historical center. Castelbuono was once the center for the production of “Manna” (ash tree sap), a sweet sugar used as a sweetener and provided the area with its main source of income. Depending on the season, we may have the option to visit the courtyard where it is produced.
While we're here we'll visit one of the area's best wine producers, Abbazia San Anastasia. Built in a renovated medieval abbey, the stunning estate features world-class wines and amazing cuisine! Of course we'll sample both and have a late lunch here along with our wine tasting.
Tonight you are free to wander the winding streets of Cefalù to find your personal dinner retreat. The seafood from the nearby sea is as fresh as it gets, and perhaps an ocean view would be appropriate for such a meal.

Day 7 - Palermo and Monreale

This morning after breakfast we'll work our way westward along Sicily's scenic north coast to reach the well-known Duomo of Monreale, built in the 12th century, and one of the most stunning architectural and artistic treasures in Italy. In fact many cite the Cathedral as the island's greatest historic building. The beautiful grounds and the opulent interior mosaics are nothing short of amazing! After departing Monreale we'll continue into Palermo for a stop at Palazzo Conte Federico for a visit of this gorgeous palace, perhaps also meeting the countess. We'll stop at one of our favorite Palermo restaurants and rub elbows with the locals as we dine like a Palermitano. After lunch we'll walk it off by visiting some of the cities most interesting sites, like the Palatin Chapel and the historic town center. Palermo's famous architectural wonders are also evident as we stroll by the 19th-century Teatro Politeama and the Teatro Massimo, the statues at the Quattro Canti and the magnificent Palermo Cathedral. We should have some free time to wander and shop before heading to our 4-Star hotel.
Tonight we'll have an amazing farewell dinner in one of Palermo's more unique venues. There will be lots of toasts. lots of laughing, plenty to eat, and of course, the wines of Sicily to enliven the evening!

Day 8 - Ci Vediamo in Sicilia!

Your Go Get Lost tour ends today after breakfast at your hotel. Your tour leader can help you to arrange a transfer or a tour extension to the Palermo airport.

HOTELS

Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels

Marsala - 4 Star Hotel Stella d'Italia:This 35-room property is on a peaceful side street in the historic center of Marsala, framed by ancient and magnificent aristocratic buildings. A historic building itself, built around 1873, the 4-story hotel faces Marsala's magnificent cathedral and the Palazzo VII Aprile, which frame the city's main square, known as the "Loggia". The Hotel Stella d'Italia was completely refurbished in 2006 but retains its characteristic charm. The external architectural features are typical of the area, while the simplicity of the internal neo-classical furnishings in its rooms, combined with all the latest modern comforts, allow guests to experience the magical atmosphere of Marsala even in the intimacy of their own room.

Agrigento - 4 Star Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna:The Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna is an historic building that preserves entirely its fascinating past. It has grown over the centuries around a watchtower of the 13th century, and was renovated in the 16th century by Camillo Camilliani, an architect from Florence. All the rooms of this boutique hotel are furnished in classic style according to the best Sicilian antiquarian tradition. The classic furniture, the antique objects and the walls decorated with paintings by famous artists create an atmosphere of timeless beauty.

Mercues - 4 Star Hotel Cefalu Sea Palace:The hotel was born from a brilliant architectural and entrepreneurial project that was designed to make something important in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The stunning blue of the Mediterranean is the centerpiece of the panoramas you can enjoy from the vast balconies of the Cefalu Sea Palace. A postcard full of art and history, a clear and clean sea just 15 meters from the Hotel and then, just 5 minutes walk on foot, the historic center of Cefalu. The lobby, very large and cozy thanks to its large windows, offers a wonderful 360-degree view of the Gulf. Inside there are two large crystal chandeliers and a cleverly designed helix scale that gives a sense of magnificence to the entire structure. From the roof garden you can see the beach below and the seafront of Cefalù, feeling an intense emotion of applause and admiration for the city which, by no accident, was named “La Perla del Tirreno.” The panorama that you enjoy from the terraces of the rooms or through the large windows of the suites gives incredible emotions; You can dine at the candle light on the balcony in your room, breathing a great air of relaxation.

Palermo - 4-Star Hotel Plaza Opera:Cosmopolitan with a taste for tradition. Reserved but immersed into the buzzing city life. Lavish and simple. In love with design and rich of antiques. Embedded between viale della Libertà and piazza Politeama, in the heart of the Palermo of chic shopping and entertainment. A few steps away from the historic city center, its splendor and contradictions. This four-star design hotel boasts a unique atmosphere, where an authentically Sicilian spirit meets the mood of the trendiest lifestyle hotels, and provides you with the best luxury hospitality in the heart of Palermo.

What´s Included

  • 3 nights double occupancy accomm in Marsala
  • 1 night double occupancy accomm in Agrigento
  • 2 nights double occupancy accomm in Cefalu
  • 1 night double occupancy accomm in Palermo
  • Group arrival transfers and all transfers once the tour has begun. Tour ends at the hotel in Palermo on the morning of Day 8
  • All meals as listed in itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and 5 wine tastings (All group meals include water and local wine)
  • Cooking class in Trapani
  • Entrance fees to Whitaker Museum, Valley of the Temples, Palatin Chapel, Monreale Cathedral, Palazzo Conte Federico
  • City hotel taxes
  • All listed activities, tours, visits, etc
  • All tips except for your primary local tour leader
  • English speaking Tour Leader/Guide, accompanying group as per itinerary
  • Local guide service at Archaeological sites, where foreseen
  • Go Get Lost tour manager

What´s not Included

  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary (all group meals include water and local wine)
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
  • Single supplement charge
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Departure transfers
  • International airfare, tour begins with arrival transfers at Palermo airport on Day 1, and ends at the hotel in Palermo on the morning of Day 8
  • Tip for the primary local guide
  • Any costs associated with options or free time

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