Day 1: Depart USA
International flights USA – to Catania, Sicily, booked independently.
Day 2: Arrive Catania, Sicily
Buongiorno! Upon arrival at the Catania airport, meet your private driver in the arrivals hall. Transfer to your accommodations and settle. Tonight, participate in evening yoga and a Sicilian welcome dinner. Overnight in Taormina.
Day 3: Taormina
Breakfast at your accommodations. Enjoy both morning and evening yoga. Overnight in Taormina.
Day 4: Taormina, La Rocca Hiking Excursion, Cefalu
Breakfast at your accommodations. Depart at 8:00 am with your private driver for your hiking excursion. Enjoy the La Rocca trail and walking meditation along the way. After your hike, visit Cefalu for free time and an independent lunch in this quaint fishing village. The invasions of various cultures from the past are evident in the Arabesque, Norman and Catalan architectural styles here. You will have time to visit the main Norman Cathedral, a one of a kind in all of Sicily, or stroll the alleys of the village for a glimpse at the lazy summer Sicilian lifestyle. If you prefer, you may spend time relaxing at the beach. CEFALU: The pastry here is as amazing as are the views of the sea. At 4:00 pm return to your accommodations with your driver. Dinner tonight is provided at 6:30 pm, followed by evening Yoga Nidra. Overnight in Taormina.
Day 5: Taormina
Breakfast at your accommodations. Enjoy a yoga workshop today. Lunch will be provided at the villa. You can also relax and explore Taormina independently. You may choose to visit the Teatro Greco built in 300 BC by the Ancient Greeks. It was then expanded and further detailed by the Romans upon their arrival centuries later. Always a very lively and attractive spot in town, the Teatro offers its modern-day visitors a simultaneously spectacular view of the sea, coastline and smoking volcano. Or, stroll through Corso Umberto, the main street that snakes through the elegant city center. There is also Palazzo Corvaja, one of the best kept examples of a noble Sicilian palazzo. You may visit the church of San Nicola di Bari, Taormina’s most important church overlooking the main piazza. Around 5:30 pm, enjoy an Italian aperitivo together. This evening is free. Overnight in Taormina .
Day 6: Agrigento
Breakfast at your accommodations. Meet your private driver this morning for transfer to Agrigento. Here enjoy a two-hour walking tour with your private, bilingual, certified guide. Entrance tickets to the Valley of Temples are included. Enjoy an informative look at the Valley which is home to some of the oldest and most significant archaeological ruins in the world. Agrigento is a city on the southern coast of Sicily and is the capital of the province of Agrigento. It is the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas, which was one of the predominant cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece. You will be guided back to the glory of this modern-day ruin. Return to Agrigento in the late afternoon with your driver after the tour. Partake in evening yoga and dinner at your accommodations. Overnight in Taormina area. .
Day 7: Taormina, Cannoli Lesson
Breakfast at your accommodations. Enjoy a yoga workshop today. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a cannoli making lesson together at our accommodations. Sicily is famous for this pastry, with its crispy shell and sweet, ricotta-based filling. After the lesson, enjoy evening yoga. Dinner is independent. Overnight in Taormina.
Day 8: Mt. Etna, Honey Tasting
Breakfast at accommodations. Meet our driver this morning for transfer to Mount Etna. Kindly note that this stop could easily be cancelled due to the spontaneous activity of this feisty volcano. Etna erupts often and visitation is based on safety and accessibility conditions day to day. We will first arrive at the Silvestri Craters and explore Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano which stands at 3350 meters. As you descend, your journey to the volcano is supplemented with a delicious Sicilian lunch, wine tasting and honey tasting. The rich volcanic soil in the area has allowed the growth of vegetation, including plump grapes and juicy tomatoes. Following lunch, return to our accommodations with our driver. Enjoy evening yoga before our farewell dinner together. Prepare for overseas flights. Overnight in Taormina.
Day 9: Depart Catania
Breakfast at accommodations and check out. Meet our private driver for transfer to the Catania Airport, where you will board return flights to the USA. Arrivederci!