Tour of Sicily

Dog Portrait

October 8 - 15, 2021

Explore the magnificent land of Sicily with an history that stretches far back before the Greeks and Romans to a tangled web of myths and legends which are intrinsically linked to the island’s culture and geography.
Discover the Sicilian cuisine with its Greeks, Romans, Arabs, French and Spanish influence. It will be an adventure of a lifetime.

Price per person:

Double Room $

Double Single Use $

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Highlights:

 4 UNESCO sites

Cooking class

Vintage & Jeep car tour

Pet photoshoot

Exclusive wine experiences

Day 1: Welcome to Italy!

Palermo airport - Castelbuono

Wine cellar visit & tasting

Follow your guide through the charming town of Castelbuono 

Overnight at Abbazia S. Anastasia (Castelbuono)

DAY 1: Arrival at Palermo airport
DAY 1: Arrival at Palermo airport

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DAY1: Relais S. Anastasia
DAY1: Relais S. Anastasia

Relixing time at the Relais S. Anastasia

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DAY 1: Santa Anastasia Cellars
DAY 1: Santa Anastasia Cellars

Wine tasting at the cellars

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DAY 1: Arrival at Palermo airport
DAY 1: Arrival at Palermo airport

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Arrival at Palermo airport. Meet your alivePets.com tour escort by 12 PM (Palermo time) and transfer by deluxe transportation to the hotel on the top of Palermo hills in an ancient monastery turned into a Relais with a beautiful swimming pool and all the comfort of a deluxe property.

  • Dog gourmet lunch!

After the check in, enjoy some time to refresh in your room. Waiting for your dog is the homemade gourmet lunch box especially prepared by our professional pet chet.
In the early afternoon, we will enjoy a relaxed orientation walking tour of the charming town of Castelbuono located in the Madonie hills area.

  • Dog break! 

A small medieval village in the Park of Madonie with a delightful, still well preserved old town that captivates you from the very first moment, the town develops around the castle of Ventimiglia, near a Byzantine hamlet called Ypsigro.

Walking through its narrow streets, is like entering another dimension, it’s like seeing a parade of knights and beautiful ladies wearing rustling brocade clothes and complicated hairstyles. 

We will taste typical local products, including  the “Manna” the sweet food from heaven, described in the Bible.
 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet dinner!

We return to the hotel for a visit of its wine cellars and taste their famous organic wines.
In the wake of a historical and oenological tradition with roots in the Middle Ages, thanks to the painstaking work of the Benedictine Monks, the wines produced at the resort are the perfect synthesis of the ancestral harmony between man and nature.

A tradition aimed at total respect for nature and the environment under the aegis of eco-sustainability.

The tasting will be the prelude of our culinary adventure that will start at the hotel restaurant where we will savor delicious Sicilian specialties!

Included services of today:

  • Transportation with delxe minibus

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Private English speaking guide in Castelbuono

  • Tastings of typical products

  • Wine tour in relais S. Anastasia

  • Welcome dinner at relais S. Anastasia - 3 course meal with wine

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommdation at the relais S. Anastasia

Day 2: Explore Palermo

Palermo & Mondello

Overnight at Abbazia S. Anastasia (Castelbuono)

Street food and Sunset dinner

Exclusive visit of palermo and

the Conti Federico Palace

DAY 2: Palermo
DAY 2: Palermo

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DAY 2: Street food Palermo Arancini
DAY 2: Street food Palermo Arancini

Enjoy the famous street food in Palermo

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DAY 2: Palazzo Conte Federico II
DAY 2: Palazzo Conte Federico II

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DAY 2: Palermo
DAY 2: Palermo

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Following breakfast, we will start the day with a guided tour of the capital of Sicily, Palermo, and discover its treasures, a mixture from the Byzantine, Arab and Norman dominations. The historical center is a real jewel of Arabic-Norman architecture.
Considering the big influence of the Arabic culture in the language and cuisine, we cannot leave Palermo without tasting the typical street food at one of the street markets of downtown. This lunch will be an experience to remember!
 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet lunch!

As we eat our way through the streets of Palermo, we will enjoy the best the best street food you will ever do! Our Sicilian specialties includes: Panelle (fritters made from chickpea flour), Crocche’ of potatoes, the wolrd famous arancini of rice, the Sfincione pizza, Coffe’, Granita (semi-frozen sorbet) and fresh orange juice.


Exclusive visit

Our journey continues with a very exclusive visit of the Palazzo Conti Federico, a noble private historical palace.

Palermo is a very intimate and secret city, hiding many of its beauties.
Walking in the historic center full of contrasts, you come across beautiful squares and opulent restored buildings and in other very decadent and crumbling ones.
To fully understand what the beautiful mansions only suggest with their facades one must enter them.

We will be received by the owners, a family descended from Frederick II that still lives in the palace.

This is one of the oldest buildings in Palermo, built on Punic-Roman city walls which originally surrounded ancient Panormus.
The tower on the south side of the palace is one of the few remaining parts of the old city wall.
It dates back to the 12th century and is Arabic-Norman origin. Above the double-arched Norman windows can be seen the coat of arms of the imperial family of the Hohenstaufen, of the kingdom of Aragonia and the city of Palermo.

 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet dinner!

In the evening we will end our day on the beach area of the city: Mondello.
Here, we will admire the sunset over the sea. It is a heavenly place that is characterized by an enchanting beach, certainly among the most beautiful and lush in Sicily.
Its scenic beauty is enriched by a large presence of architectural works in Liberty style, showing itself as one of the most important centers of New Art in Italy, boasting a priceless cultural heritage.

Let’s continue our Sicilian culinary exploration with a dinner on the beach while looking at the sunset! (weather permitting) and savor different Sicilian dishes.
Return to the hotel and overnight.

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation in deluxe minibus

  • English speaking guide in Palermo

  • Street food tour in Palermo

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Visit of Palazzo Conti Federico

  • Dinner on the beach of Mondello

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommodation in relais S. Anastasia

Day 3: The Temple's Valley

Agrigento - the Temple's valley - Ragusa

Overnight at the Hotel
S. Giorgio Palace (Ragusa)

Have a special lunch on a terrace with temple view

Enjoy a tour of the Greek temples

DAY 3: Valle dei Templi
DAY 3: Valle dei Templi

Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Sicily.

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DAY 3: Lunch in Agrigento
DAY 3: Lunch in Agrigento

Spectacular lunch in Agrigento with a view

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DAY 3: Hotel S. Giorgio Palace -Ragusa
DAY 3: Hotel S. Giorgio Palace -Ragusa

Arrival at the hotel in Modica, Sicily

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DAY 3: Valle dei Templi
DAY 3: Valle dei Templi

Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Sicily.

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After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and drive towards Agrigento.
Here we will explore the spectacular the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Temples. An expert English speaking archaeologist will guide us through the amazing wonders of this place.

 

  • Dog break!

Agrigento is one of the oldest cities in Sicily and has risen several times on its ancient remains. The Valley of the Temples tells us one of its most fascinating faces, linked to the classical world, along with the extraordinary finds. The city, founded in 581 B.C. by Greek settlers Rodio-Cretan and became Akràgas in the following century, has represented in the past one of the most shining Centers of the Mediterranean. (dogs must keep a muzzle during the tour)
 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet lunch!

After the visit, our food adventure will take us to an excellent restaurant in the area with a spectacular terrace from which we will enjoy our lunch on a reserve area with a breathtaking view of the Temple of Concordia. While you savor Sicily's products, your dog will have the gourmet lunch box especially prepared by a professional pet chef.


After lunch we drive to the charming town of Ragusa Ibla area, another Unesco World Heritage Site. Ragusa has two distinct areas: The lower and older town is called Ragusa Ibla; the upper town is called Ragusa Superiore.
The two halves are separated by the a deep ravine (Valle dei Ponti). Ragusa contains nine major churches and seven major palazzi, all Baroque.

 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet dinner!

After a relaxing visit of the ancient part of the town, we will walk to a charming restaurant close to the hotel and enjoy an outdoor dinner. Your dog's gourmet dinner box especially prepared by a professional pet chef will be ready at the hotel.
 

Return to the hotel by walk and overnight.

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation with deluxe minibus

  • Visit to the Valley of the Temples

  • Lunch on a reserve area - 3 course meal with wine

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Visit of Ragusa

  • Dinner - 3 course meal with wine

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommodation in Hotel S. Giorgio Palace

Day 4: Visit Modica!

Modica

Overnight at the Hotel

S. Giorgio Palace (Ragusa)

Chocolate and food tasting

Visit Modica by vintage car

and enjoy a private concert

DAY 4: Visit Modica in Sicily
DAY 4: Visit Modica in Sicily

Tour in Modica, the baroque style in Sicily

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DAY 4: Fiat 500 tour of Modica
DAY 4: Fiat 500 tour of Modica

Tour of Modica with a vintage 500 Fiat Car

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DAY 4: Private concert
DAY 4: Private concert

Enjoy a private concert and aperitif at the Castle

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DAY 4: Visit Modica in Sicily
DAY 4: Visit Modica in Sicily

Tour in Modica, the baroque style in Sicily

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Following breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the town of Modica to visit its beautiful historical center.

Our city tour will be for sure unique! Guests and dogs, will experience a tour of the historical town of Modica aboard the historic 500 Fiat car!

The eighteenth century saw Modica in the role of a city of art and culture, counting many philosophers and poets. An extraordinary and unique product is the famous "Modica Chocolate", produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe.
 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet lunch!

After the visit, lunch in one of the most typical Osterie of the town for a delicious meal.
The dessert will be served by the oldest Chocolate producer in Sicily, with a demonstration of how they still prepare the famous “Cioccolata modicana” according to the old recipes imported by the Spaniards from the Aztecs.

While we taste Sicilian delicacies, our little pets will enjoy homemade dry beef especially prepared for them!
 

Ragusa Ibla, Donnafugata    

After lunch, we continue the exploration of the Sicilian Baroque area and meet with the noblewoman Victoria Di Quattro, heir of the noble family Arezzo De Spuches.
She will escort us for an exclusive visit into her palace. Behind the Palace, is the charming Italian garden, full of fruit trees.
We will experience a memorable aperitif (light dinner)and concert in the private family theatre.
Mrs Victoria di Quattro, will delight us will her beautiful soprano voice and piano.


We will drive back to the hotel. Have dinner at leisure while your dog savors the homemade gourmet dinner especially prepared by our professional pet chef.

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation with deluxe minibus

  • Visit of Modica

  • 500 Fiat car tour

  • Lunch in an Osteria - 3 course meal with wine

  • Homemade dry beef for dogs

  • Chocolate tasting

  • Visit of Victoria di Quattro's palace with light dinner & private concert

  • Gourmet dog dinner

  • Accommodation in Hotel San Giorgio Palace

Day 5: Ortigia

Ortigia island

Sicilian specialties and outdoor dinner event

Overnight at the Grand Hotel Villa Itria (Etna area)

Visit of Ortigia island and

the Palmento wine house

DAY 5: Ortigia
DAY 5: Ortigia

Visit the island of Ortigia during your pet-friendy tour of Sicily

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DAY 5: Dinner in ancient Palmento Sicily
DAY 5: Dinner in ancient Palmento Sicily

Taste Sicilian specialties at an original Palmento in Sicily

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DAY 5: Dinner in ancient Palmento Sicily
DAY 5: Dinner in ancient Palmento Sicily

Taste Sicilian specialties at an original Palmento in Sicily

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DAY 5: Ortigia
DAY 5: Ortigia

Visit the island of Ortigia during your pet-friendy tour of Sicily

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After breakfast at the hotel, we check out from the hotel and ride to Ortigia.
The small Baroque island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, is widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily.
Inhabited for over 3,000 years and renowned for its Greek heritage, it is a UNESCO landmark for its "remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries in ancient times the second largest Greek city after Athens.

  • Dog break!

At the entrance of the island, that is connected by a bridge, you will be greeted by the aroma every kinds of spices, chilli peppers from Etna, almond cakes, as well as seafood and fresh fish.
A small market enlivened by colourful “vanniate”, catchy phrases in Sicilian dialect, shouted to attract customers

 

Our visit continues to the one of the most famous squares in Italy!
Surrounded by magnificent baroque palaces, the Splendid Duomo and the Aretusa fountain, it is the core of the civil and religious life of Ortigia.

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet lunch!

For lunch we will reach a small restaurant and relax while eating on the outdoor garden. Our food trip continues with even more specialties. Your dog will have its gourmet lunch box especially prepared by our professional pet chef.

In the afternoon free time for shopping in the Ortigia Center or for your pet photo shoot!

Etna

In the late afternoon, we will drive from Siracusa to the Etna region and check at the hotel located on the footsteps of the Etna Vulcan.

We will take our time to relax at the hotel before going to a unique location for our dinner.
 

  • Dog break! / Dog gourmet dinner!

Dinner in the ancient “Palmento”an ancient home with a fascinating history, a place where nature and culture converge in a timeless emotion. A palmento is a particular structure, designed for wine production. Today those that remain are part of Sicily's historical heritage.

The eighteenth-century Country Residence of the Marquises of San Giuliano was built in the early 1700s in the center of a fertile hilly area planted with vines. The structure today offers the unchanged charm of one of the most authentic places in Sicily.

Our meal will be outdoor and we will have a welcome drink in the garden and have fun eating the typical Sicilian fried finger food…this will be just as a starter!...

Your dog will find the gourmet dinner box especially prepared by our professional pet chef at the hotel.

After dinner, return to the hotel and overnight.

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation with deluxe minibus

  • Visit of Ortigia

  • Lunch - 3 course meal with wine

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Pet photoshoot

  • Dinner at "Palmento" - 3 course meal with wine

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommodation at Grand Hotel Villa Itria

Day 6: Mount Etna

Mount Etna - Taormina

Mount Etna wine tasting

and dinner with a view

Overnight at the Grand Hotel Villa Itria (Etna area)

Jeep excursion to Mount Etna

and walk in Taormina

DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano
DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano

Board an off road car and go all the way up of teh Etna Volcano in Sicily

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DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano
DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano

Mount the Etna volcano all the way to close to the crater

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DAY 6: Taste wines from Mount Etna, Sicily
DAY 6: Taste wines from Mount Etna, Sicily

Wine tasting and dinner on the Etna volcano

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DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano
DAY 6: Tour of the Etna Volcano

Board an off road car and go all the way up of teh Etna Volcano in Sicily

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Following breakfast at the hotel we will enjoy some “me time” at the hotel SPA.
Upon reservation (not included), we may enjoy a 90 minute wellness program including Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, frigidarium, sauna, emotion shower, relaxation area with herbal tea and more!.

Your dog will have the gourmet lunch box especially prepared by our professional pet chef ready at the hotel.
 

  • Dog break!

In the early afternoon, we will have a short drive to the Etna mountain and start our off road adventure to the top of the volcano, the highest active volcano in Europe with its more than 3.300 Mt. (appx. 10000 feet).

This is going to be an excursion in Jeep 4x4 * through the special landscape characterized by the Mediterranean Fauna till a certain high, and the Etna vegetation after about 1000 mt. (appx. 3000 feet).

We will go up to 1810 meters ( 5938 feet) with one jeep per each party including the pet. Our drivers and local guide, will stop about each 40 minutes for an explanation of the site.
Each jeep is connected with the same radio frequency with the other jeeps, so we will all drive up together.

Dog break! / Dog gourmet dinner!

On our way back from the top of the volcano, we will stop for dinner in one of the most prestigious wineries of the area, where we will enjoy a wine tasting and typical local products.. Your dog will enjoy its gourmet dinner box especially prepared by our professional pet chef.
Nestled off the coast of the Italian mainland, on the beautiful island of Sicily, you will find the stunning winery, perched on the side of Mt. Etna, with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean sea. Here, the unique climate and soil conditions of this picturesque location is the perfect setting to produce the world’s most exquisite wines.
We will taste even more Sicilian dishes accompanied with wines.


At the end of dinner, return to the hotel for overnight

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Transportation with 4x4 jeep to the Etna mountain

  • English speaking guide - Etna mountain

  • Wine tasting & dinner in a winery

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommodation at the Grand Hotel Villa Itria

Day 7: Explore Taormina

Taormina

Michelin star chef pizza class

Overnight at the Grand Hotel Villa Itria (Etna area)

Boat tour and walk in Taormina

DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay
DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay

Fun boat tour of the Taormina Bay

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DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay
DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay

Enter the fomous Blue Grotto of Taormina

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DAY 7: Cook your own pizza!
DAY 7: Cook your own pizza!

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DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay
DAY 7: Boat Tour of Taormina bay

Fun boat tour of the Taormina Bay

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Breakfast at the hotel.
Today will will experience a memorable boat excursion!
Our transfer will take us to the Giardini Naxos bay where we will our private boats for a fun tour.
During this boat excursions, we will have the opportunity to explore the Bay of Giardini Naxos and the Bay of Isola Bella where we can explore the famous  “Grotta Azzurra”.

 

Dog break! / Dog gourmet lunch!

Following the boat tour, we will reach our restaurant in the center of Taormina for a relaxing lunch in the historical center. One of our last chances to discover more Sicilian delicacies. Your dog will enjoy the gourmet lunch box especially prepared by a professional pet chef.

In the mid afternoon, we can enjoy free time for shopping at leisure around Taormina or our exclusive pet photo shoot.

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular summer destinations, a chic resort town popular with holidaying high-rollers and those wanting a taste of Sicilian dolce vita.

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n the late afternoon, guests will meet a famous Michelin star chef Pietro D'Agostino who will teach us how to make the perfect pizza!.
During our exclusive cooking school you will learn the art of making pizza, an ancient tradition that you will carry with you for life!
The lesson will start with an introduction of the history of pizza and continue with the hands-on pizza class. After the class we will savor the delicious pizza we have made!

Your dog will have the gourmet dinner box especially prepared by our professional pet chef at the hotel.

After dinner, return to the hotel and overnight.

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation in deluxe minibus

  • Private boat tours at the Bay of Giardini di Naxos & Bay of Isola Bella

  • Dog gourmet lunch

  • Lunch - 3 course meal with wine

  • Visit of Taormina

  • Pet photoshoot

  • Pizza cooking class with Michelin star chef Pietro D'Agostino

  • Dog gourmet dinner

  • Accommodation in Grand Hotel Villa Itria

Day 8: Goodbye!

Palermo airport

Transfer to airport

DAY 8: alivePets departure
DAY 8: alivePets departure

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DAY 8: alivePets Departure
DAY 8: alivePets Departure

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DAY 8: alivePets departure
DAY 8: alivePets departure

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Today our Sicilian adventure come to an end.
Early breakfast at the hotel, our English speaking assistant will escort during the transfer to the airport.
Goodbye Sicily!!!

Included services of today:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transportation with deluxe minibus

  • Assistance at the airport

  • Gourmet dog lunch

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