Palermo - Festive Food and Archaeology

Guests enjoying the view from the ancient amphitheatre, Segesta
Guests enjoying the view from the ancient amphitheatre, Segesta
Ancient Temple of Segesta
Ancient Temple of Segesta
Sicilian Canneloni
Sicilian Canneloni
The local market in Capo, Palermo
The local market in Capo, Palermo
La Zisa, Palermo
La Zisa, Palermo
La Zisa, Palermo
La Zisa, Palermo
The glittering Cappella Palatina
The glittering Cappella Palatina
Sicilian Cartocciataand Pizzetta a typical street food from Sicily. Made with ham, tomato and cheese
Sicilian Cartocciataand Pizzetta a typical street food from Sicily. Made with ham, tomato and cheese
The famous fountain in Piazza Pretoria decorated for Christmas
The famous fountain in Piazza Pretoria decorated for Christmas
Fresh fruits and vegetables for sale
Fresh fruits and vegetables for sale

A real Sicilian adventure beckons. This glorious region is rich in both history and gastronomy, and we take six days to immerse ourselves in it all. An expert guide brings stories of the past vividly back to life as our senses are treated to delicious local cuisine.

Experience the incredible archaeological sites to be found on this beautiful island, from atmospheric catacombs to a necropolis, and uncover the tales they harbour. Take part in a traditional cookery class, where the secrets of local dishes are revealed, and sit down to meals that showcase the flavours of the Mediterranean. This tour will bring us even closer to the culture & heritage of stunning Italy.

  • Learn the art of making traditional Sicilian marzipan fruits from the friars of the Frati Minimi in Palermo
  • Enjoy a visit to the truly spectacular Cappella Palatina, a chapel gleaming with magnificent golden mosaics
  • Stand beneath the mighty columns of the Doric temple at Segesta
  • Celebrate the holidays on Christmas Eve and Christmas days with traditional Sicilian meals and festivities

Themes

  • Cultural Excursion
  • Christmas - New Year

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We depart London for Palermo and, upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel. We will visit to a palazzo and enjoy an aperitivo before dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

This morning we have an early start and begin our exploration of food with a walk through a market. From here, we make our way to a cookery class, where we will be taught how to prepare some delicious local dishes and enjoy them for our lunch. This evening, there will be a very special visit to the Cappella Palatina for a private tour of this glittering example of Norman architecture with its stunning mosaics. From here we will go directly to the Teatro Massimo, closed in 1974 for restoration works which lasted 23 years. Here we will have something to eat the Café del Teatro before attending a performance of the Nutcracker ballet.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today is Christmas Eve and our day begins at the impressive Salinas Archaeological Museum, which is home to fantastic ancient Greek and Punic collections, as well as interesting artefacts and troves of artwork. From exhibits of artefacts that were recovered underwater and those found buried in the ground, there is much to discover here and we have the opportunity to explore it all. Afterwards we will walk to the 12th century cathedral. Lunch will be in Palermo and the afternoon will be free for exploring the city at leisure. Pick up souvenirs, enjoy an espresso or perhaps lose yourself in local culture before sitting down to a celebratory Christmas Eve feast.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

What better way to begin the Christmas Day festivities than with a trip to Segesta, where we stand beneath the honey coloured columns of its elegant 5th century Doric temple - considered by many to be the finest of its type - and the remains of an impressive hilltop theatre. Its location is somewhat remote and very rural, and it cuts an imposing figure set among such wonderful countryside. After ample time to explore this evocative archaeological site, which our guides will illuminate with their knowledge and passion, we take a break to enjoy a fabulous Christmas lunch. This will include several courses, including dishes such as falso magro and sfinci. Finally, we return to our hotel in Palermo.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening snack

Day 5

We visit the Catacombs of Ossuna and the Arabesque castle of La Zisa. The latter site is particularly interesting as it was a summer residence built by Arab architects and is also a revered UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, we are welcomed by the Church of San Francesco da Paola for a special lesson on the art of making marzipan fruits.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

This morning we visit the Punic Necropolis and La Cuba. After an early lunch, we return to Palermo airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Sun 22nd December - Fri 27th December

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£2,295

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sgl supp: £250

PAF19A

Led By: Rosetta Ferrari , Tony O'Connor

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