Sicily Adventure Planner

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About this trip

Come explore Sicily with Us!

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.

 

Travel Insurance

We have seen first hand the need for travel insurance. Whether it be flight cancellations, theft, sickness, or pandemic issues, we now require each guest to purchase this. It is a very affordable and could save you a lot of headaches! MoreAdventures uses InsureMyTrip, however, please use which ever company you are comfortable with. Please make sure you fully understand your coverage to ensure all aspects are covered. Our guides will need this information for confirming your hotel accommodation.

Packing List

This is just a guide- more information to come

START WITH THIS CLOTHING PACKING LIST:
THE BASICS

  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt (check out this one for a ingenuitive money protection option)
  • Socks (wool socks are best for hiking and camping)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket, windbreaker, or umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Dresses and/or skirts
  • Jewelry (organize in a small cube or sac)
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit or swim trunks (consider a clean/dirty organizer)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel speakers
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Electric converters and adapters
  • Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and digital journaling

You’ll want to pack smart (not lots of) clothing options if your trip will take you to a variety of places, or conversely if you will be navigating off the beaten path. Having a packing list with several options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack. (And in fact, you shouldn’t.) Just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your daily adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. Maybe a dress that becomes a skirt, or comfortable travel pants that can be dressed up for a day at the market. Also, consider clothing with SPF or mosquito repellency if you’ll be in environments where that would be beneficial.

PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG
If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we have a toiletry set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouch that’s wipeable and has a water-resistant zipper.

HERE’S A COMPLETE PACKING LIST OF TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TOILETRY CASE:
THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner (Dr. Bronners is a good option all-in-one option for hair care, face wash, laundry, and more.)
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Makeup packed in a washable sac
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips
  • Nighttime moisturizer/lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS

  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel Towel
  • Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)

 

As soon as you decide to travel internationally, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for comprehensive information on travel vaccines, medicines, and local travel advice. Whether you decide to get vaccinated or not is your decision, but many vaccinations require administration two months before travel begins. So get informed! And if an emergency does happen, here’s everything you should know about travel clinics and handling medical emergencies abroad.

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)
  • Eye drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

ADDITIONAL HEALTH ITEMS

  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in the original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Glasses and glasses case (email yourself a copy of your prescription, just in case)

Travel Tip: Your under-the-seat bag can hold a lot! Some travelers can even pack an entire trip in a small bag—at the very least learn how to put your under-the-seat bag to good use when packing for international travel.

PREPARE YOUR PERSONAL ITEM CARRY-ON BAG
The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare a packing list especially for your personal item carry-on bag with anything that you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost.

If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this small bag has items to keep you comfortable on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get into your luggage each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.

We recommend you consider using a small daypack, shoulder bag , or waist pack as your personal carry-on item. Here are some good things to include in your carry-on bag packing list:

TECHNOLOGY

  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
  • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
  • Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters

TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION

  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards and travel games
  • Chapstick and lotion (t’s dry up there)
  • Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

COLLECT IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH, AND CREDIT CARDS
Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. (This travel organizer holds a passport, ID, credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!) By bringing all your important information together, will help ensure you have everything you need to get from one place to the next.

Not sure what you need? Here’s your international travel checklist, document-wise:

  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID/Student ID card
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA)
  • Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel, otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Also, consider how travel hacking can save you money on the road!)
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access)
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet
  • Guide books and maps

Travel Tip: As soon as you book a trip, it’s a good idea to double-check that your passports and IDs aren’t expired and that they will not expire while you are traveling internationally. You’ll also want to inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your credit card. Also consider emailing yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards, and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.

Transportation / Accommodation information

Transportation

Private transportation from Catania Airport to Ortigia

We will be staying at Hotel Gutkwoski (or similiar).

Important Forms

Training

No training is needed for the adventure, however we will be walking a lot. 

Trip Outline and Itinerary

Day 1 – Explore on own

Transfer from Airport

Private transfer from Catania airport to the oldest nucleus of Syracuse, a small island of just over one square kilometre now connected to the rest of the city by two bridges: Ortigia! 

“Explore on your own” discovering this little island and you will have the opportunity to explore it on foot through the streets and alleys. You can admire the ancient greek soul that the city of Ortigia gives off. Ending the day with a dinner to inagurate the tour!

Private transfer from Catania airport to Ortigia – Explore Ortigia. Ortigia – Hotel Gutkwoski.

Day 2 -Trekking on Necropolis of Pantalica 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Private transfer from Ortigia to Valle dell’Anapo – Pantalica trekking 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Gutkwoski – Ortigia 

Day 3 – Olive Oil Farm

DAY 3 – Discovering flavors of olive oil 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Transfer to local farm – Olive oil tasting and lunch 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Gutkwoski – Ortigia 

Today your tour will lead you in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Necropolis of Pantalica. It’s an extraordinary example of rock-cut funerary architecture in Sicily. You will trek on this site immersed in the nature where there are 5,000 cave tombs: the oldest date to the 12th century BC! Today you will visit a local farm where you will have the opportunity to discover the different flavors and production techniques of olive oil with tasting. Olive oil is used in several local recipes and as topping in various dishes. After the tasting, you will taste the olive 

On the top Etna!

Day 4 – On the Top of Etna! 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Transfer to Etna – Etna trekking and lunch 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Gutkwoski – Ortigia 

The your next destination is Etna. It dominates the Eastern region of Sicily. The surrounding landscape is a marvel: from the coastal strip overlooking the Ionian Sea to the countryside with its citrus groves and vineyards, passing through dense chestnut and oak forests to the barren nature near the top of Mount Etna. Enjoy trekking and a pleasant lunch on top of Etna!

Day 5 – Wine Tasting – Exploring

Wine tasting and visit Ibla on foot SERVICE INCLUDE > Transfer to family-owned winery – Wine tasting and lunch Transfer to Ibla 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Antico Convento  – 

Ibla Leaving behind the city of Ortigia, you transfer with a private shuttle to family- owned winery. You will have the opportunity to taste the local wines and perceiving the typical flavors of Sicily. After lunch and discovering the savors of this land, your journey will continue to Ragusa Ibla. You will reach Ibla along staircase that descends steeply and explore on foot the old town of Ragusa with its steep and winding alleys.

Day 6 – Bike tour in Ibla 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Bike experience in Ibla – Dinner 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Antico Convento – 

Ibla Leaving behind the city of Ortigia, you transfer with a private shuttle to family- owned winery. You will have the opportunity to taste the local wines and perceiving the typical flavors of Sicily. After lunch and discovering the savors of this land, your journey will continue to Ragusa Ibla. You will reach Ibla along staircase that descends steeply and explore on foot the old town of Ragusa with its steep and winding alleys. Enjoy a bike ride around Ibla today! Ibla is located in the lower part of the promotory, which is Ragusa and cycling around it you will come across the Hyblaean Garden: an autenthic oasis of palm trees and pine trees where you can relax and enjoy a unique, intimate, exclusive setting. During the ride you will admire the beauty of Ragusa in totally of its beauty and from afar observe the Sicilian landscape. 

DAY 7 – Chocolate of Modica 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Transfer to Modica – Chocolate tasting and lunch Transfer from Modica to Ibla 

HOTEL TYPE: Hotel Antico Convento – Ibla 

Day 8 – Departure Your trip 

SERVICE INCLUDE > Private transfer to Catania airport After breakfast at your hotel, you will need to 

CHECK OUT, because it is time to say Arriverderci ” to Italy! Your English-speaking driver will accompany you to Catania airport for your flight back Home. We are sure you will have enjoyed your “Taste of Italy” and we sincerely hope to see you again soon for another delicious 

What's Included

Activity transportation – Private transportation for all activities indictated in Itinerary

Accommodations 

Meals – Meals indicated in the itinerary

Activities Listed on Itinerary 

Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Meals and/or snacks not included above
    • Trip Insurance – Trip Insurance is NOT included and you MUST have it.
    • Any additional meals and beverage not listed
    • Personal Items
    • Taxes/fees not mentioned in itinerary.

MISCELLANEOUS

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

While conventions can vary from country to country, tipping is customary in Europe. A general rule is 10% of the bill for wait staff, and a smaller amount  for other service providers.

Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. 

Cancellation Policy Reminder

If you must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined accordingly:

For US Retreats:

  • A $499 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot for domestic adventures

For International Retreats:

  • A $699 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Cancellation :Please understand that the Non-Refundable deposit  CANNOT be refunded due to the upfront costs we have to pay.

  •  If the cancellation occurs 176 days or more prior to trip start date, a refund will be issued in the way the funds were originally received, less the non refundable deposit.
  •  If the cancellation occurs 175 days or less prior to retreat start date, a credit to a future trip will be issued less the non-refundable deposit and $150 admin fee.
  • If a cancellation occurs within 90 days of adventure start date, a credit will be issued for 50% of the funds received, less non-refundable deposit and $150 Admin fee.
  •  If a cancellation occurs 89-30 days of an adventure, a 25% credit will be given to a future adventure.
  •  Less than 30 days prior to retreat start date funds are forfeited. No credits issued. Please let us know what your travel insurance company requires for reimbursement.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is designed to help cover your expenses if something goes wrong on your trip, and fill any gaps that wouldn’t be covered by your primary health insurance or other insurance you may have. It’s not meant to be a substitute for health insurance and won’t cover non-essential overseas medical treatment, such as routine exams.

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