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Feast Etna

Mount Etna Food and Wine Tour

Mount Etna Exploration: Culinary Adventures and Sicily's Green Gold

Length

8 Days

Group size

4-12 travelers

Travel style

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Sicily: Volcanic Flavors - 8 Days

Trip highlights

UNESCO world heritage site mount Etna

Culinary tour through Catania

Bronte and Sicily's green Gold

Sicily's centenarian viticulture

The Feast experience

Guided tours on the volcano with Fabio

Granita making course with Giovanna

A train ride around mount Etna

Cooking class of Sicily's best kept secrets

Journey into the spectacular nature of Europe's highest volcano! Mount Etna is an active volcano with constant activity, alternating between periods of calm and eruption. If you have ever wondered why people live near active volcanoes, you’ll see why on a journey of discovery with us around Mount Etna. The people here live in symbiosis with the volcano and cultivate every square inch of this fertile soil, producing lemons, pistachios, grapes, figs, and olives. There is nothing that doesn't exist here that doesn't taste a little better.

Travel information: Airport: Catania. We recommend our transfer service, which can be booked from Catania depending on your arrival time. Parking: Guests arriving by car can easily park it on the premises of the accommodation.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
✔ Book with confidence: 20 years of experience VTT
✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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Every booking supports local communities through a small donation to our V Social Foundation. By clicking on this link, you can find out more about these projects.

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SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel
SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel
SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel

Map

Itinerary

SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel
SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel
SAPIO Etna Santoro hotel

Welcome dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Your journey to the highest volcano in Europe has begun. Your tour guide will meet you at the hotel Santoro Country House in the early evening, where you will be introduced to Giovanni and your fellow travellers over an aperitif, and come into contact with lava for the first time. Afterwards, we'll go to the hotel's restaurant Ruvé for a welcome dinner, where your tour guide will tell you some interesting stories about the people who live on volcanoes.

Relax and enjoy every experience, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

SAPIO Peppe wine honey Etna
SAPIO Peppe Etna wine honey
SAPIO Peppe wine honey Etna

Visit to local honey production

Natural Winemaking Journey

Tasting Tradition: Sicilian Flavours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have the opportunity to converse with a local natural wine grower and beekeeper

Begin the day with a trip to the east side of the volcano, where you’ll meet Giuseppe and his brothers. Giuseppe studied engineering, but after decided to follow his passion for viticulture. He loves the volcano and knows how sensitive it is, which is why he bases his viticulture on a traditional mixed economy, including fruit trees, wild herbs, vegetables, flowers, and many insects. The most important element is the endangered black Sicilian bee (ape nera sicula), an essential indicator of whether nature is doing well. In the morning, Giuseppe will show you the laboratory where the honey is made and will be able to tell you many interesting stories about bee society. He will show you how to set up a bee box and explain how the bee works and why you can respectfully “take away” some of the bee’s honey. Afterwards, go a few hundred metres higher to Giuseppe's vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a small snack of the typical Sicilian tavola calda. Tavola calda means “warm table” and stands for hearty delicacies such as small pizzas, arancini, and calzoni. After you have fortified yourself, Giuseppe will show you his more than 80-year-old vines and explain the difference between the different sides of Etna and the typical grape varieties. Of course, there will be a tasting after the tour, and you are welcome to ask any questions you have. When producing his wines, Giuseppe follows the lunar calendar and the natural temperature differences of the seasons and does not use any additives such as yeasts or sulfites. On the way back to your accommodation, you make a short coffee stop in a pasticceria, with some delicacies you just shouldn't pass up. After this eventful day, take a short rest before heading to dinner close to your accommodation.

Relax and enjoy every experience, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

SAPIO Etna hiking olive Linguaglossa
SAPIO Etna hiking olive Linguaglossa
SAPIO Etna hiking olive gotta del gelo

Culinary Delight of Sicily

Feeling the Warmth of Etna's Ground

Picnic next to a volcano

Exploring Etna's Natural Wonders

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the hike with a nature local guide into a lava tube!

Today, your naturalist guide Fabio will take you on a short hike to the origin of the granita Siciliana, in one of the many lava tubes created by volcanic eruptions. Real granita is only found in the Catania area, where snow was stored in the caves of Etna in the winter, transformed by rain and moisture into ice, and then preserved year-round by a layer of volcanic sand. The people of Catania had the idea of mixing ice cream with honey and lemon juice, creating the first granita. Fabio will tell you a lot about the spectacular nature of Etna and why these soils are so nutrient-rich and special. He will also show you spontaneous herbs and explain their benefits. Etna is an island within an island, as the volcano has created its very own ecosystem. It is always active, as you will see by the hydrogen cloud at the main crater. If you pay close attention, you will also hear it rumbling peacefully. During a picnic lunch, you’ll feel for yourself how warm the ground is beneath you. In the afternoon, get to know another specialty of the area, ricotta salata, an aged ricotta cheese that is a must in the kitchen and that you will never want to be without again. After a short break in your accommodation, feel free to explore and dine wherever you'd like.

SAPIO Bronte pistacchio Fernandez
SAPIO Bronte piastacchio Fernandez
SAPIO Bronte pistacchio Fernandez

Bronte's "Green Gold" Exploration

Tasting Bronte's Delights

Granita Masterclass

Charming Evening in Castiglione di Sicilia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn the true tradition of granita with Giovanna and stories of the area

Today, go to the west side of Etna to Bronte, the capital of “green gold”. On the drive, pay attention to how nature changes and hardwood plants suddenly appear everywhere—pistachio trees. Andrea, the owner of a pistachio farm, will take you on a walk through the rustic landscape of his plantation and explain why Bronte pistachios are not comparable to other pistachios. Remembering what Fabio told you about the special soils of Etna, you will see here a practical example. In Andrea's rustic ambience, enjoy a lunchtime snack of green tavola calda from Bronte, as pistachios are used in both sweet and savory dishes in Sicily. In the afternoon, head to Randazzo to see Giovanna, the daughter of the town's most famous pasticcere. Giovanna will introduce you to the art of making granita and also show you how the typical brioche col tuppo is made. During the lesson, Giovanna will tell you about the people and challenges of the area, because no one knows more stories than the people who work in a bar in the piazza. After the work is done, everything can be tasted, and you might be left by the question of how Sicilians can be so slim despite all these delicacies. After so much feasting, take a short walk to Castiglione di Sicilia for dinner. The place seems a bit forgotten as it is not directly on the main road, but this only adds to the charm of the place.

SAPIO Catania circumetnea train market torrone fish
SAPIO Catania circumetnea train market torrone fish
SAPIO Catania circumetnea train market torrone fish

Vibrant local Market Exploration

Circumetnea Train Adventure

Street food experience in Catania

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a unique train ride around Etna

Take the Circumetnea train directly from your accommodation around Mount Etna to Catania. It's exciting to watch how nature changes on the journey and how the population increases before you suddenly arrive in the beautiful city of Catania. From the train station, your guide will take you on an amazing street food tour of Catania, because long before the term “street food” became trendy, the South of Italy has always had a rich culture of street food. In addition to pointing out cultural highlights of Catania, your tour guide will have you taste and understand the origins of the many small things you can eat left and right walking through Catania, including granita, torrone, herbs, various pastries, meat balls, fried fish and so much more, Your guide will also carefully walk you through the vegetable and fish market, which are both a cultural experience, and you'll see where the social life of the Catanesi takes place. Around lunchtime, you will stop for a little while and have a fish tasting lunch snack, before the tour continues with many more interesting places and delicacies.
The afternoon is at your leisure in Catania. Stroll up and down via Etnea with the Catanesi, sit in a bar and watch the hustle and bustle, or stroll through the small streets in search of ice cream or granita. Your tour guide will be happy to give you a few ideas. In the late afternoon, return to your accommodation, where you can rest a bit. After a long and exhausting day with lots of food, tonight you do not have to leave the hotel. Your tour guide has purchased some small snacks at the market and the hotel is offering some wine in the garden - an excellent way to let the impressions of the day sink in.

SAPIO Etna hiking Randazzo
SAPIO Etna hiking Randazzo
SAPIO Etna hiking Randazzo

Visit to a local olive oil producer

Volcanic Hike

Picnics with a picturesque view

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the hike with a nature local guide to lava flows!

Today, you will hike with your naturalist guide Fabio to lava flows from the years 1865 to 2000. The short hike goes through pine and birch trees to a plateau of lava flows and pyroclastic products, such as waste and ash, dotted with small plants. At the end of the climb, admire various volcanic formations and enjoy the surrounding panorama, from the huge lava flow to the pine forest of Linguaglossa and over the coast to the Strait of Messina and Calabria. During a picnic lunch, enjoy a backdrop of the huge adventitious cone of Monte Frumento and the northern slope of Mount Etna. In the afternoon, Valerio, one of the many small olive farmers on Etna, awaits you. Traditionally, every family had a little bit of everything in order to remain self-sufficient: olives, wine, vegetables, and livestock. What they didn't have, they traded. Valerio recently started producing his own Etna DOP oil and will explain to you why you can taste the warm character of the volcano in the oil. After a busy day, enjoy a short break before heading out into the area for dinner.

SAPIO salsiccia al ceppo Linguaglossa Pennisi
SAPIO salsiccia al ceppo Linguaglossa
SAPIO salsiccia al ceppo Linguaglossa

The slow food tradition of Linguaglossa

Farewell dinner

Etna Cuisine Cooking Course

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn how to cook traditional regional dishes with the local chef

Today, visit a butcher in the neighbouring town of Linguaglossa, which maintains a Slow Food tradition: salsiccia al ceppo. Learn what makes this sausage special and observe how it is made, then taste this specialty once the grill is heated up. After lunch, relax by the pool before heading to the professional cooking school in your accommodation in the late afternoon. Finally, you can put all your knowledge from the week into practice. Your cooking instructor will introduce you to the specialties and techniques of Etna cuisine. What you create will be seasonal and local, such as pasta alla Norma or pasta ai funghi porcini. After the cooking class, you will eat together and celebrate the end of an eventful week.

SAPIO Santoro country house goodbye breakfast
SAPIO Santoro country house goodbye breakfast
SAPIO Santoro country house goodbye breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you unfortunately have to say goodbye to Etna. In Sicily, one day of vacation should be equivalent to one kilo of extra body weight! If you don't want to say goodbye yet, stay a little longer. There are many more wonderful hikes to do on the volcano, or you might want to enjoy a few days by the sea or get to know Catania a little better. We would be happy to help you with any further planning.

Transfer Sapio

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Individual Transfer accommodation Castiglione di Sicilia - airport Catania

Transfer from your accommodation in Castiglione di Sicilia to the Catania airport (approx. 1 hour).

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10

Jun

2024

17

Jun

2024

Full

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EUR 2,198

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German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Your guide for this tour

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The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

10

Jun

2024

17

Jun

2024

German speaking tour

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From

EUR 2,198

24

Jun

2024

1

Jul

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,198

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English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Your guide for this tour

FEAST logo no TC photo

The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

24

Jun

2024

1

Jul

2024

English speaking tour

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From

EUR 2,198

5

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,198

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German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Guide

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela

Katharina Maria

Your guide for this tour

Katharina Maria Nedela is originally from the Black Forest, but has lived in Italy and Germany for almost 20 years. After studying Italian philology in Potsdam, among other things, she made various stops in Rome, then back to Berlin, Munich and Naples before finally ending up in Sicily. The direction is pretty clear: off to the south! Here she worked in tourism at a desk for a long time until she followed the "call of the road" and now, as a cycling guide, makes Naples and Catania unsafe together with adventurous, bike-loving travelers. As a tour guide, she travels all over southern Italy and looks forward to experiencing culinary and sporting tours and activities together.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


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5

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

German speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
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From

EUR 2,198


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30

Aug

2025

6

Sep

2025

Available

From

EUR 2,258

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Your guide for this tour

FEAST logo no TC photo

The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


or


30

Aug

2025

6

Sep

2025

German speaking tour

FEAST logo no TC photo
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From

EUR 2,258


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Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is EUR 350 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

7 nights in a small family hotel, including sweet and savoury breakfasts and accommodation tax.

6 typical dinner menus including wine (1/2 bottle per person), water and caffè

6 lunch snacks including the drinks served

1 visit to a winegrower and beekeeper

2 hikes in the Etna Nature Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

1 granita course with Giovanna

1 train ride around the volcano

Visit to a cheese farmer, a pistachio farmer, an oil mill and other local producers

1 traditional cooking course

All mentioned guided tours, entrance fees and visits

Transport in a comfortable minibus

Guide and translator Katharina

10 EUR donation to the VSocial Foundation to support community projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Arrival and departure

Additional drinks

Tips

Cancellation and travel health insurance

FAQs

If the traveller withdraws before the start of the trip or does not start the trip, Ventura loses the right to the travel price. Instead, Ventura may demand reasonable compensation from the traveller. This shall not apply if Ventura is responsible for the cancellation or if unavoidable, extraordinary circumstances occur at the destination or in its immediate vicinity, which significantly impair the performance of the package tour or the transport of persons to the destination; circumstances are unavoidable and extraordinary if they are beyond the control of the party invoking them and their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautions had been taken.

Ventura has defined this claim for compensation to which it is entitled in the following cancellation fees. The calculation is made taking into account the time of the cancellation declared by the traveller up to the contractually agreed start of the trip, the expected saving of expenses and the expected acquisition through alternative use of the travel services. The compensation shall be calculated as follows according to the time of receipt of the declaration of cancellation by Ventura or the travel agent:

a) General cancellation fee (as a percentage of the travel price):

For bookings in the CLASSIC fare: up to 65 days before departure 20% from the 64th to 30th day before departure 25% 45% from the 29th to 15th day before departure from the 14th to 7th day before departure 60% from the 6th day before departure 80% 90% on the day of departure and in the event of a no-show

For bookings in the FLEXI fare: up to 65 days before departure 0% from the 64th to the 45th day before departure 10% from the 44th to the 30th day before departure 20% from 29 days before departure, the cancellation fees are identical to those of the CLASSIC rate

b) Special cancellation fee:

Special offers/specials, individually prepared package tours and group tours may be subject to special cancellation conditions, to which explicit reference is made in the respective service description or travel advertisement/offer and the travel confirmation in accordance with Art. 250 §§ 3, 6 EGBGB.

Ventura reserves the right to demand higher, specifically calculated compensation instead of the above cancellation flat rates, insofar as Ventura can prove the occurrence of significantly higher expenses than the applicable cancellation flat rate.

We advise you to take out travel cancellation insurance, as it can always happen that you are unable to travel shortly before the departure date due to unforeseen illness, an accident or for other reasons. Repatriation assistance insurance is strongly recommended!

If you pay for your Feast trip with your VISA credit card, you are normally insured, but please ask your bank to confirm this. If you do not wish to take out insurance, Feast cannot be held liable.

Feast's travel insurance offer:

We offer 3 types of insurance (cancellation cover/all-round cover/travel cover) when you book online through our partner HanseMerkur. Of course, you can also contact other insurance companies of your choice.

The following links will take you to the insurance booking portal. After booking, you will receive your insurance documents and invoice directly from our partner HanseMerkur.

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No, all our tours include an individual journey in order to avoid unnecessary national bundled flights and to give you the opportunity to organise your journey individually.

We are happy to help you plan and decide on flights, train connections or intermediate stages.

If you need a transfer from the airport or train station, we can organise this for you.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is due upon receipt of the invoice. Please transfer the remaining payment no later than 21 days before departure. Bank transfers from Germany and other EU countries via IBAN and BIC are fast and inexpensive. You can also pay conveniently by credit card.

According to our terms and conditions, we can cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached up to 21 days before the start of the trip. As a rule, we will inform you one month in advance to discuss alternatives. You can then, for example, choose another date or an alternative trip. If these options are not suitable for you, we will refund the full travel costs already paid. However, it is rare that a trip cannot be realised. As soon as a trip is guaranteed to take place, we will highlight this on our "Dates & Prices" page.

You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

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