Odyssey to Western Sicily

May 3 - 11, 2020

Early bird discount of $200 until 1/5/2020

A Sicilian Odyssey of Renewal

Explore Western Sicily and the Egadi Islands

The magic of Western Sicily is undeniable with turquoise seas, coastal hikes, and ancient temples. The western coast has beckoned people for millennia, including significant influences from the Arab and Carthaginian cultures. The idyllic Egadi Islands, located just off the coast of Trapani, offer laid back villages and seaside respites.


Impossible garden on Favignana
The Garden of the Impossible

The lovely botanical garden was planted in the caverns of Favignana's ancient stone caves. The island is arid but here it is green and filled with flowers.

This is the homeland of the Gods of Greek mythology. Near these places, Pluto abducted Persephone from her mother. ....In the distance you can see the lake of Hercules and the rocks of the Cyclops. Land of Gods and heroes.

Alex De Tocqueville Viaggio in Sicilia
Segesta-Greek temple
Greek Temples

The Phoenicians and Greeks built temples on Sicily dating dating back hundreds of years BC. The Temple of Segesta was built by the Greeks in 430 BC. The nearby Greek amphitheater overlooks the rolling hills and still has Greek plays performed in the summer.

Egadi Islands-Favignana
Egadi Islands

The Egadian Islands are surrounded by azure waters protected by a nature preserve, offering a rich marine life, ancient coastal shipwrecks and even caves with neolithic paintings of life millions of years ago. Favignana is the largest island, with sandy beaches to walk on and a lovely town to walk or bike in.

Palermo Cathdral
UNESCO World Heritage

Palermo has many UNESCO world heritage sites, including the Palermo Cathedral built on top of a Muslim mosque by the Normans in 1185.

To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Palermo, Sicily cooking class
Sicilian Food and Wine

Your Sicilian cooking class will be at the 18th century palazzo of the great Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of “The Leopard.” His adoptive son lives there with his wife, Nicoletta who will be our teacher for the day and guide in the colorful markets. "The Leopard" became the best selling book in Italian history and was made into a movie in 1963 starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale.

“Palermo was lovely. The most beautifully situated town in the world – it dreams away its life in the Conca d’Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas. The lemon groves and the orange gardens were entirely perfect.”

Odyssey Details

May 3 - May 11, 2020

Odyssey Includes

Cost includes lodging, land transportation, ferry transport, all breakfasts, meals as indicated in itinerary, gentle early morning chair yoga and meditation when time and setting are appropriate, odyssey guide, local guides, entrance fees. Small group experience, max 10 people.

Cost does not include travel insurance, taxi/shuttle transport to and from airport to B&B, airline transport.

Odyssey to Sicily

Cost: $3495, (may still be adjusted) based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 persons, Limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost. If you are willing to share but we are unable to pair you with a same-gender roommate, you will not be charged the single supplement

Contact us if interested. A deposit of $500 will hold your place. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Read the terms and conditions and fill out the registration form. Registration/Terms and Conditions

ITINERARY

Itinerary is still being adjusted. This is an overall view.
5/03/20 Sunday - Late afternoon/early evening welcoming experience with group leaders.
5/04/20 Monday - Later start in the morning. We'll walk to the XVII century Quattro Canti, then along to Piazza Pretoria, to see the late Renaissance style fountain, The Fountain of Shame. Other UNESCO sites will be seen. Shopping at the Addio Pizzo craft stores in Palermo. The “Addio Pizzo” is a community of businesses and consumers who refuse to pay "pizzo" – Mafia extortion money in Sicily. These small stores represent local artists who create pottery, jewelry, leather goods and much more. Free evening to explore Palermo. Look at possibly attending an opera at the Massimo Theater, shop more at the craft stores, or enjoy a delicious gelato B L
5/05/20 Tuesday - A very special Sicilian Cooking Class will be done at the 18th century palazzo of the great Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of “The Leopard.” His adoptive son lives there now with his wife Nicoletta who will be our teacher for the day. Teaching proceeds go to preserving the palazzo and the history associated with it. The Leopard became the best selling book in Italian history and was made into a movie in 1963 starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale. Nicoletta teaches us about the history behind the food of Sicily, the “cucina povera” or peasant food that helped Sicilians get through tough times and the food that reflects the many conquerers that have settled in Sicily, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. Nicoletta will take us to the local outdoor Capo market in the morning to shop for ingredients and then back to Palazzo Butera for the class. B L
5/06/20 Wednesday Day trip via train to ancient city of Solunto, 7th century BC, originally founded by the Phoenicians and later expanded by the Greeks in 396 BC.
5/07/2020 Thursday - We will take the ferry from Trapani to the Egadi Islands, You will have free time at the beach. Favignana B&B
5/08/20 Friday - Boat tour of the island of Levanzo and entry to the the Grotta del Genovese, cave with marvelous neolithic paintings. Favignana B, L
5/09/20 Saturday - We will visit the very unusual ‘underground gardens’, botanical gardens which have been established in the deep sandstone caves and tunnels of Favignana’s ancient stove caves. In the afternoon, we will visit the Tonnara in Favignana, the old tuna factory and now a museum. You will have free time at the beach. B L
5/10/20 Sunday - -We will have a leisurely departure to Mondello, a seaside village close to the airport. We will stop at the Greek temple of Segesta along the way B,L
5/10/20 Monday Departure to your next destination B