Steve & Kristine L.
Splendors of Southern France
We have travelled with CountryBred three years in row. Each experience has been well thought out and has exceeded our expectations.
Getaway to Sicily’s most stunning beaches on this coastal journey that will take you from the romantic panoramas of Taormina to the unspoiled beauty of the Aeolian Islands. Swim in azure waters beneath the dazzling Mediterranean sun, boat along the serene coves of Salina, and discover the intriguing island charms of Vulcano and Lipari.
Arrive to Catania Airport where your private chauffeur will be waiting to welcome you. Set off for the stunning hilltop town of Taormina for check-in to your five-star stay, a former monastery turned luxurious palace hotel. Savor an elegant welcome dinner of contemporary Sicilian cuisine at your hotel’s acclaimed two Michelin-starred restaurant.
Your chauffeur will arrive in morning and you’ll depart for the tiny hilltop town of Castelmola, designated as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Home to exquisite Norman architecture, you’ll meander along its scenic cobbled streets while taking in extraordinary views of Mt. Etna and the coastline. Sample the locally produced Vino di Mandorla (Almond wine) before returning to Taormina for lunch at a charming trattoria in the heart of town. Enjoy a free afternoon to independently explore the city’s Roman amphitheater and shop along the many artisan shops that line Corso Umberto.
Today be transported to Taormina’s stunning bay, punctuated by the lovely Isola Bella. Spend a free beach day sunbathing and enjoying the magnificent Ionian waters at your leisure.
Travel by chauffeur to the port of Milazzo, located at the north of the island. Embark via ferry boat for the paradisiacal Aeolian island of Salina, known for its unspoiled waters, lush landscapes cascading toward the sea, and brilliant flora. Upon arrival to Salina your private driver will transport you to your luxurious island retreat for a relaxed afternoon at your leisure. In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel’s gourmet restaurant.
Whisk away for a day of private boating along Salina’s stunning Pollara Bay. Your boat captain will introduce you to some of the island’s most scenic coves for free time to swim in pristine waters and marvel at dramatic views of the rugged coastline. Along the way, savor a lunch of fresh fish and seafood specialties while on board. In the afternoon return to land and visit a boutique winery specializing in small batch Malvasia DOC wines. Top off your visit with a tasting of the winemaker’s golden vintages.
Today you will experience the intriguing island of Vulcano by private boat. Your captain will help you discover the island’s signature black sand beaches and natural hot springs, and you’ll delight in free time to swim and sunbathe at your leisure. Enjoy lunch on board before returning to Salina for the day.
Your private boat will arrive to transport you to lovely Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands. You’ll have a free day to peruse the town’s scenic streets accented by pastel hued buildings and artisan boutiques. Take time to visit Lipari’s impressive Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano, housing archaeological treasures found across the Aeolian islands, from amphoras recovered from ancient shipwrecks to Greek theater masks in miniature. You’ll return to Salina by private boat in the early evening.
After a leisurely morning, your private car will transfer you to Salina’s port for departure via ferry boat to Milazzo. Upon arrival in Milazzo your chauffeur will be waiting to transport you back to Taormina for a free evening to relax and get ready for tomorrow’s departure from Sicily.
Following breakfast, bid Taormina farewell and travel by chauffeur to Catania Airport, in preparation for your return flight or the next leg of your journey.
The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 9 days/8 nights with pricing options beginning at $7,000/person* based on double occupancy. Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program will be applied to travel parties of four or more.
*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.
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