Magnificent Sicily Tour Co-Hosted by Portia Smith

Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy

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Bio-Monte
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11 reviews
Jun 14 - 23, 2020
Group size: 6 - 14
Magnificent Sicily Tour Co-Hosted by Portia Smith
Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy

Bio-Monte
  • Email address verified
11 reviews

$3900
Deposit: $500
Jun 14 - 23, 2020
Group size: 6 - 14

About this trip

Witness the magnificent beauty of Sicily from the top of mountains, to the shores of this picturesque Mediterranean island. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and boasts some of the most beautiful views and beaches in the world. From Mondello Bay near Palermo in the West, to the beaches of Vendicari near Noto in the East; you will be treated to the spectacular world of Sicily.

The Tour Manager in Sicily, Alessio, was born and raised there and it is his pleasure to show you his home and treat you like family. This itinerary was hand-tailored by Alessio to be the very best guided tour of Sicily in the world, and he is positive you will fall in love with the beauty, culture, and food of Sicily.

What’s included

  • 9 Nights Accommodations
    3 nights in Palermo, 1 night in Erice, 1 night in Agrigento, 2 nights in Noto, and 2 nights in Randazzo
  • 1 Nature Reserve Trip
    Vendicari
  • All Transportation
    Including: trains, vans, buses, taxis, and boats.
  • Meals
    All breakfasts, some lunches, and all dinners
  • 8 Day Trips
    Mondello, Scala dei Turchi, Syracuse, Taormina, Catania, Vendicari, Agrigento, Saline Marsala
  • Entrance Fee and Tickets
    Teatro Massimo, and Agrigento Greek Museum
  • 1 Guided Tour
    Through the historic city of Palermo
  • Airfare
    We do have a Travel Agent we work with to aid you in booking your airfare
  • Tourist Tax
    Between 1 and 3 euro a night at each hotel
  • Voluntary Tips
    If you liked the van driver, or the baggage carrier, or the waiter, feel free to tip, but it is up to you

Itinerary

Day 1
Benvenuti! Arrive in Palermo
  • Private transportation will escort you to your accommodations in Palermo
  • Unpack your bags, and get ready for a delicious Welcome Dinner, followed by a one-of-a-kind show at the historic Teatro Massimo

Your Organizer


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Bio-Monte
11 reviews
With Bio-Monte you get the best of both worlds: as your own personal experiential guides who speak your language and make what you are experiencing relate to your life. On the other side of the spectrum, our friendships with amazing Italian locals who give you an authentic taste of Italy that you will experience nowhere else. All of our tours are sustainable tours, so everyone benefits, including the host country, its environment, and its people. We offer many types of tours, such as: Yoga and Wellness Retreats, Christian Tours, Cooking Retreats, Wine and Vineyard Tours, and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs for short or long term programs.

Reviews

We had the best time! We hadn’t met the other 8 in our group, but we became friends instantly. Fantastic group that got along, looked out for each other, and had common interests. Alessio was a wonderful tour guide and did a fantastic job. Everyone we met was so passionate about the city they lived in or their family business. Our accommodations were very comfortable and our host, Stefano, was gracious and was always there to greet us when we returned from our excursions. The city’s we visited were beautiful and the history was rich. Overall a great experience and we will have memories of a lifetime. I would highly recommend bio-montetoursofitaly to anyone.
I had an AMAZING Wine and Wandering trip with Bio-monte. It was all that I expected and more. Yes there was some issues that popped up but in life we all have to learn how to rilassare (relax). I had an Italian adventure and lived like an Italian. The food and wine were so amazing. I cant wait to go again... Having Portia and Alessio to help guide us made the trip even more memorable.... If you want an Italian adventure and not a tour bus to hotel chain vacation then Bio-Monte is the way to go..!!!
It was my first trip to Italy so I was very excited to go and loved Italy. I have to say though I was disappointed on how things were handled on the tour. We missed going to Sienna, our cooking class and Uffizi museum which were suppose to be part of the tour when I booked the tour . The ladies that went were amazing and I hope to be lifetime friends with them. Alessio and Portia were phenomenal! They did everything they could to fix things as the problems would arise. I think the lack of breakfast was a huge issue for most of the ladies and I actually did the dishes 3 times by hand on my vacation. I also didn’t like having to pay more for the trip before we left. I think the concept of the trip is wonderful but definitely needs some improvement on all the details.
I had high hopes of giving this tour a great review but cannot. Once my trip was payed for I couldn’t get any responses to my emails with logistical questions regarding the trip thus bringing things I didn’t need. Upon arrival things that were advertised did not happen or changed for cost reasons and the hosts were not even there. If it weren’t for Portia and Aleisso the trip may have been a disaster. They both went beyond expectations to fix things and am forever grateful to them for saving my trip of a lifetime. I had hoped to do another trip with Biomonte but unfortunately will not. I only hope that as a company they learned some important things.
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First, Italy is truly breathtaking and the culture is incredibly welcoming. There was not one disappointing moment of the trip. From arrival to a very depressing departure, we were blown away daily with the care, quality and thoughtfulness of every aspect of the tour. The accommodations far exceeded anything we dreamed and each day was filled with authentic, cultural experiences. We even laughed at some of the large guided tour groups with their lanyards, paddle boards, and ear pieces. We were being gifted a true and organic front seat ride through Italy without all the stiffness that comes with a structured tour. It made it much more enjoyable. Lastly, biggest shout out to Alessio for his tireless dedication to our group, ensuring we had the best experience possible. We asked several questions, requested a few schedule changes, and a few trips to the grocery and he never hesitated to go above and beyond for us. His knowledge of his beloved country is deep and wide and it's apparent how much he finds joy in showing others. I've never been on a trip where my gut was literally sick with sadness as I left. We bonded, made so many memories, laughed harder than we had in ages, cried together, and lived that la dolce vita to its fullest. Thank you Bio-Monte for your heart and soul in this beautiful Italian getaway!
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