A rare chance to take in the culture and gastronomy of two Mediterranean greats
- Explore Sicily’s gastronomic landscape with optional cookery classes and wine tastings
- Stay at country-house hotels, owned by welcoming locals and steeped in Siciian tradition
- Visit Agrigento, home to the ancient Valley of the Temples
- Journey across the Med to Valletta, Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital
- Spend a day on Gozo, an island of pre-Egyptian ruins and gold-sand beaches
- 2 Nights Menfi
- 2 Nights Agrigento
- 3 Nights Ispica
- 5 Nights Valletta
Beach | Food & wine | History & culture | Self-drive | Summer
Combining two of our most popular summer destinations, this tailor-made trip brings together the unique histories, cultures and cuisines of Sicily and Malta. Starting in Sicily, you’ll take to the roads to enjoy stays at some of this Italian island’s finest country-house hotels. And, along with the chance to sample the region’s finest food and wine, you’ll enjoy optional cookery classes and self-guided tours of its most famous historical gems, from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to Ispica’s Neolithic burial sights. Then, after a ferry hop across the Med, you’ll arrive into Malta for six days of private touring, bringing you between its cultural treasures and magnificent natural world.
Day by day itinerary
With included airport lounge access, you’ll begin your trip in relaxing style before your flight to Palermo, Sicily’s capital. Collect your hire car and drive out into the Sicilian countryside, arriving at your accommodation surrounded by sweeping vineyards and pretty olive groves, just a short hop from the beaches of the island's southwest coast. Check into your room, suitable decked out in traditional country-house style, before embarking on two days of optional wine tastings and cookery classes that will introduce you to the region’s unique gastronomy and fresh, seasonal produce.
Stay: La Foresteria, Planeta Estate, Sicily (Superior)
From the Planeta Estate, it’s a short coastal hop to your next hotel, a country house on a working olive farm run by owners Guiseppe and Sylvia. Once again, the food here is outstanding, with optional dinners showcasing the very best in garden-to-table cooking. It’s also a wonderfully convenient base for exploring the region’s unique history. The archaeological wonders of Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples is right on the doorstep, host to a remarkable collection of Byzantine tombs, 2000-year-old altars and crumbling city walls.
Stay: Mandranova (Superior)
Skirting Sicily’s southwest coast, today’s drive brings you to your next country-house hotel – the superb Relais Torre Marabinol, Set within striking distance of Ispica’s ancient cave dwellings , you’ll also be perfectly placed for trips to medieval Modica and the aristocratic palazzi of Ragusa. And, at day’s end, the hotel’s multi-course dining and on-site wine cellar provide further insight into Sicily’s exceptional gastronomic heritage.
Stay: Relais Torre Marabinol (Superior)
Valletta & Mdina
Drop off your hire car in nearby Ragusa and transfer to the port in neaby Pozzallo to board the ferry to Valletta. On arrival, you’ll be met for a private transfer to your hotel in the city’s UNESCO-listed centre. Housed in a building that dates back to the 19th century, the boutique Casa Ellul – a member of Small Luxury Hotels – is a wonderfully evocative base for exploring the city, with the limestone spires of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta’s most famous cathedral, right on the doorstep. The next day, join your private guide on a tour out to Mdina, an Arabic city that looks out over pretty landscaped gardens, which were once a fortified moat. Then, round things off with a tasting at the Meriduana winery.
Stay: Casa Ellul (Superior)
Valletta & Gozo
Enjoy a free day to explore Valletta, perhaps taking in the 5,000 suits of armour at its Grand Master’s Palace, or strolling among the deconstructed modernism of its Renzo Piano-designed parliament building, city gate and opera house. The next day sees you join your guide once more for a tour to the island of Gozo where pre-Egyptian monuments and megalithic temples compete with pristine countryside and gorgeous red-sand beaches. Lunch included on day 11 only.
Stay: Casa Ellul (Superior)
Meals: B L
With a final day back on Malta itself, perhaps round up the last of the capital’s sights, or head for scuba diving and snorkelling off the island’s rocky coastline. With luck, or foresight, you might have timed your trip to coincide with one of the island’s festivals, with the parading floats and 14th-century traditions of Karnival Ta’ Malta first among a procession of colourful celebrations.
Stay: Casa Ellul (Superior)
After breakfast, a final transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £2,035 pp. incl. flights
from £2,690 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary use of UK airport departure lounge
- Return flights from UK to Palermo, Sicily and back from Valletta, Malta
- 7nts accommodation on a B&B basis in Sicily
- 8 days car hire Palermo Airport to Pozzallo Ferry Port
- Ferry from Sicily to Malta (foot passenger)
- 5nts accommodation on a B&B basis in Malta
- Private guided excursions in Mdina and Valletta
- Private excursion to Gozo including private transfers and ferry crossing
- Meridiana Winery tour and tastings
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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