Culinary Sicily with Ric Orlando

Culinary Sicily with Ric Orlando

May 9 - 18, 2019

Small Group - No More than 22 Travelers


We Are Proud To Partner With This Guy

Chef Ric Orlando
Chef Ric Orlando

Chef Ric Orlando of New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY!

Ric Orlando is a chef and activist working in the Hudson Valley of New York. He directs the Capital Region's award winning New World Bistro Bar.  He has claimed victories on TWO Food Network Series: Beat Bobby Flay & twice on Chopped. He's been people's choice winner Best Chef from both Albany Times Union (2015, 16 & 17) and Hudson Valley Magazine (2014, 15 & 17)

Ric brings an inspired blend of lust for life, outspoken passion for the flavors and ingredients of the world community, and nationally renowned cooking prowess to his roles as chef, lecturer, author, and media source. His tireless work in promoting the products, people, and beauty of the region combined with his quirky sense of humor and rock and roll pedigree has made him one of the Hudson Valley’s leading culinary spokespeople and best foodie draws for events, fundraisers and festivals. He has been called the Pioneer of Hudson Valley Farm to Table cooking.


MAY 9 - Overnight flight from JFK to  Catania.

MAY 10 - Arrive at Catania Airport. Private transfer from Catania Airport to Hotel in Taormina.  Afternoon Guided Walking Tour and Visit to the highlights of Taormina, including the Greek-Roman Theater.  Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at our first group dinner together at a special restaurant in Taormina. Check-in to Hotel Villa Schuler  4 night stay w/ daily breakfast. (D)

MAY 11 - Private transfer to Catania. Upon arrival, we'll visit the Open-Air Market and the Fish Market in Catania. Afterwards, cooking class with the ingredients bought at the Open-Air Market and Fish Market; enjoy lunch with the dishes you've prepared. After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour in Historical City of Catania. Private transfer from Catania back to hotel in Taormina. Evening & dinner at leisure in Taormina. (B, L)

Greek/Roman Theater in Taormina
Greek/Roman Theater in Taormina
Mount Etna Vineyard
Mount Etna Vineyard

MAY 12 - After breakfast, we'll head to Bronte where we'll visit a pistachio farm with tasting of their products. Afterwards, we'll visit a winery on Etna's slope with wine tasting and lunch. Mount Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is in an almost constant state of activity. In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

After our winery visit, we'll head down to Siracusa for the afternoon and dinner at leisure. Then we'll head back to Taormina. (B, L)

MAY 13 - Today you'll enjoy a free day to explore the city of Taormina. Relax on the beach, wander through the shops or enjoy a spa treatment (not included). Tonight's dinner will be at a local restaurant. (B, D)

MAY 14 - After checkout, we'll head west to Piazza Armerina with a visit to an Olive Oil Mill. See the process that olives go through to create the oil we all love, then enjoy a tasting and light lunch at the farm. After lunch, visit the Roman Villa at Casale in Piazza Armerina.

The Villa Romana del Casale is a large and elaborate Roman villa or palace located about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina. Excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest, and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world, for which the site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the tour, transfer to Favara to check in to Hotel Alba Palace Favara  2 night stay w/ daily breakfast. Afternoon and dinner at leisure.  (B, L)

MAY 15 - After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to Sant’Angelo Muxaro. Upon arrival, enjoy a Private Tour of Sant’Angelo Muxaro with guide; walk among the picturesque village lanes with stops, tastings and encounters. A dairy stop with tasting of cheeses produced by a local family. A bakery stop with a taste of "pani cunzatu" (bread with local olive oil and pepper), almond cookies and honey, etc. We will spend some time with some young shepherds who have given up everything to carry on the family trade of four generations. The tour is completed by a panoramic tour of the natural archaeological area.

After the tour, we'll return to the town to eat lunch based on local products and dishes. Private Transfer from Sant'Angelo Muxaro to Agrigento. We'll meet our guide for a Guided Tour of Valley of the Temples (Temple of Juno entrance included). After the tour, transfer back to Favara for the remainder of the afternoon and dinner at leisure. (B, L) 

Valley of the Temples
Valley of the Temples

MAY 16 - After check-out, private transfer from Favara to Cefalù. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy a walking tour of the city of Cefalù with a visit to local winery with lunch included. Then we'll head to the city of Palermo where you'll have the afternoon and dinner at leisure. Check-in to Hotel Federico II Central Palace  2 night stay w/ daily breakfast. (B, L)

MAY 17 - After breakfast, enjoy a Private City Tour of Palermo visiting the main highlights of the city, such as the Opera house, the Cathedral, the Four Corners, the “Martonara” Church and San Cataldo. Afterwards, we'll eat lunch in the world of street-food at an open-air market in Palermo. After lunch, visit to a local candy factory. Afternoon at leisure in Palermo, then we'll enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and an entertaining opera performance at the Palermo Opera House! (B, L, D)

MAY 18 - After breakfast and check-out, private transfer to Palermo Airport for flight back to USA. (B) 

Pricing information

$5,199/person Double Occupancy

Pricing Includes: Roundtrip Economy Airfare from JFK, Personal Expert Guides during excursions, Luxury Hotels, Ground Transportation, Bilingual Tour Escort, All Tastings and Meals listed. 

Pricing Does NOT Include: Lunches & Dinners "at leisure" & Travel Protection, which can be purchased separately for an additional cost.

*Pricing is based on small group size of 22 people. Itinerary subject to change based on availability.

Discount of $200/person can be deducted from final pricingif paying via check. Any currency fluctuations can be avoided by paying in full.

Payment Information

DUE IMMEDIATELY* - Deposit of $1,200/person 

 3/8/19 - Final Payment Due


*Payment for Optional Travel Protection of $353/person is due with deposit on 12/20/2018