Jumbo Golf is launching a 11-day vacationto Sicilyisland of Italy , focusing on scenic sightseeing, gourmet dining, cultural and historic exploration and golfing.
Everyone in Hong Kong has long heard about Sicily, when you join us for this tour, you’ll be overwhelmed by the fabulous sights of Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheaters, Norman-Arab castles and Aragonese churches. In other words, expect a unique place full of art, archeology, history, folklore, breathtaking scenery and of course, great food!
Experience a rich legacy of cultures, both modern and historic, at a close range! Marvel at the Temple of Concorde, an ancient Greek temple in the Valley of Temples. Sit around Teatro Greco, an ancient Greek amphitheater, and snap lots of pictures. Step into Medieval churches. It’s all like travelling back in time to the golden age of ancient Greece!
Sicily is equally blessed with some of the most spectacular natural landscapes on earth– Mount Etna, a live volcano that spews lava coming down snow-covered slopes; Turkish Steps, a pristine-white limestone-and-clay cliff that looks as though it’s carefully chiseled by man and painted in pure white (though all this is the work of Nature).
February to visit Sicily – when the rainy seasons are over with daytime temperatures of 15 degree Celsius – is great time for golf! We’ll be teeing off at some of Europe’s most sophisticated top-rated golf facilities, including Vendura Golf Resort and Spa, Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa (great parkland course) and Picciolo Golf Club! Five games will be covered by our itinerary. Also, Sicily is so rich in breathtaking natural landscape that forms a wonderful backdrop to many of its golf courses. For example, Picciolo would offer year-round golf with volcano views from every tee and green.
And the meals we will be serving are nothing short of glorious – deluxe fresh, meticulously prepared seafood; traditional Italian recipes at a Sicilian home restaurant; gourmet restaurant offerings with a mix of culinary styles……
Five-star accommodation or characterful hotel will be arranged for you to enjoy a high level of inroom comfort and hospitality.
All the destination activities listed in the itinerary are covered, along with the gourmet meals mentioned.
HKD 37,800 / per person + tax
ps. the hotels and gourmet restaurants mentioned in our itinerary generally offer limited number of rooms or seatings, it is necessary to make reservations as early as possible, better be several months in advance.
Day 1: HK to Sicily via Rome
Meet at Hong KongInternationalAirporton late evening of the Saturday night to catch a direct flight by Cathay Pacific to Rome in the early morning .
Day 2: Rome – Palermo/ Monreale/Segesta/Verdura
Hong Kong to Rome CX293 0010/0650 on Cathay Pacific
Arrive at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport early in the morning and proceed to Sicily Island, Italy, by domestic flight.
Rome to Palermo, Sicily on Air Alitalia AZ1785 1030/1140
On arrival at PalermoAirport in the capital city of Sicily, a private coach will take you to Monreale, a hill-town famous for the mosaics in its great Norman cathedral. Dating back to the 12th century, the cathedral's interior is completely covered in 6,000 square metres of gleaming gold mosaics created by Byzantine craftsmen. A spectacular combination of Norman, Byzantine and Islamic art and architecture /is evident here.
A short drive away is the Temple of Segesta, where you can view the ruins of the gorgeous GreekTemple as well as an amphitheater high on the mountain with an incredible view of the Sicilian countryside.
Our next stop is Erice, standing atop a mountain 750 metres above sea level. The town offers charming old stone streets, several medieval churches and restaurants and delightful pastry shops.
Dinner at a local restaurant to savour fine Sicilian delicatessen
Check into Verdura Golf Resort & Spa located right by the Mediterranean Sea.
Stay in Verdura Resort for the next two nights.
Day 3: Torre Verdura Fort
Vendura Golf & Spa resort, located at Torre Vendura Fort on the south coast of Sicily, has two 18-hole championship links-style golf courses, designed by leading architect Kyle Phillips. No shots are too demanding and the player has ample opportunity to admire the expansive land and seascapes while discovering the rich strategy of each superb layout.
Stay and play at the resort, with dinner served in a handpicked restaurant.
Stay in Vendura Golf & Spa Resort
Day 4: Torre Vendura Fort/ Agrigento
Tee off after breakfast.
After the morning game, check out of the resort and head for Agrigento, stopping at the Valley of Temples on the way.
The archaeological area of the temples, which stands just outside the modern city, has been included into the UNESCO National Heritage list of locations. Feast your eyes on the splendor of the sandstone and tuff temples from the original Grecian city of Akragas. There are at least seven well preserved doric places of worship from Greek antiquity; the best preserved of which is the Temple of Concord(Harmony) built in the fifth century BC.
Check into Villa Athena. Located in a privileged position within the ArchaeologicalPark of the Valley of the Temples inAgrigento, Villa Athena offers a magnificent view of the ruins just 200 metres away. From a princely residence of the eighteenth century, the five-star hotel was born in 1972 upon careful restoration.
Dine at a Sicilian home restaurant, serving age-old traditional recipes passed down through the generations. After the scrumptious dinner, if the atmosphere is right, the restaurant owners might invite diners to in a traditional Tarantella dance performance!
Stay in Villa Athena.
Day 5: Agrigento
The day’s itinerary begins with a tour of the famous Turkish Steps. Here, the brilliant white and weather-formed Scala dei Turchi juts into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast. The rock is a perfect diving board for beach-goers and irresistible for photographers.
The Steps are a beautiful white marl cliff, a sedimentary rock formed by limestone and clay. Wind and rain have modelled it into a staircase. The view is unique, and the white of the rocks looks brighter because the sun light insinuates itself between the light blue of the sky and the deep blue of the water.
Around the region, we’ll enjoy a gourmet seafood lunch leisurely.
In the afternoon, the coach will take us back to the Valley of the Temple, where we can explore the Temple of Concorde at length in an attempt to unravel its mysterious beauty.
Dine in a handpicked restaurant.
Stay in Villa Athena
Day 6 Agrigento – Donnafugata
Check out of Villa Athena and embark on a coach journey to Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa,a five-star hotel located in the Donnafugata fiefdom, now a nature reserve. Situated amongst pristine beaches, and other areas of outstanding historical interest, the Golf Resort is a fantastic point of departure to discover tourist attractions and cultural sites in the area.
Start teeing off around the mid-day at the resort, which offers two exclusive 18-hole competition courses and practice areas. Both golf courses are open all year round and have totally natural surroundings, with their facilities showing absolute respect for local flora and fauna. Flanked by mounds of white sand, and with ever changing Sirocco and northeasterly winds, each game is a new and exciting challenge.
Dine in the golf hotel.
Stay in Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa.
Day 7: Donnafugata/ Noto / Syracuse
Play at one of Donnafugata Golf Resort’s stunning courses in the morning.
After golf, we will proceed to Syracuse and if time permitting, enroute travel through the town of Noto where you will find Sicily’s unique Baroque architecture.
One of the utter joys of Noto is simply wandering around and admiring the architectural harmony, the amazing facades and elegant balconies. It is a stone garden but a living, breathing and inspiring one.
If you are keen on photographs, just head for the bell tower of Chiesa di San Carlo where guarantees a fine view over Noto's honey coloured monuments, especially in late afternoon for the best light for photographs.
After visit of Noto, we continue on the journey to Syracuse where is only 40 minutes away and is a historic Sicilian city notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres and architecture.
Stay in a characterful hotel in the old town to immerse and soak up the ambience of Syracuse and dine in a hand picked restaurant in town.
Day 8: Syracuse/ Taormina
Check out of hotel and depart for Taormina, Sicily’s most famous resort town characterized by winding medieval streets and tiny passages, each with its own secrets --great restaurants, cafes and ice cream bars. Taormina is beautiful by day but in the evenings its atmosphere is simply enchanting. There’s the rare spectacle of Mount Etna’s lava flowing along snow-covered slopes. Taormina has fascinating archeological monuments and medieval homes, with a view overlooking the Greco-Roman amphitheater.
Tee off in the afternoon atPicciolo Golf Club, Sicily’s first golf course and designed in 1989, by Luigi Rota Caremoli. At a height of 650 metres above the sea, the beautiful 18 holes are among oaks, hazels and vineyards. Volcano Etna is the great attraction of the course, dominating the view from almost every hole.
After the game, check into a five-star hotel and dine at a handpicked restaurant.
Stay in five-star hotel
Day 9: Taormina
After breakfast, we’ll be bound for Teatro Greco, an ancient Greek amphitheater in Taormina and one of the largest ancient theaters in Sicily. This ancient theater sits atop a hill and provides a panoramic view of the beautiful blue Ionian Sea 702 feet below. In the other direction, Mount Etna rises up almost 11,000 feet, and the scene is every photographer's dream, especially on a clear day. Dating back to the third century BC, it was used as a theater with the orchestra at the center and a seating capacity of 5000 spectators. The horseshoe-shaped venue had a diameter of 358 feet, and originally had nine sections with eight rows of seats.
Next, we’ll visit Corso Umberto, dubbed as “the most romantic street imaginable.” Like a page out of a fairy tale, it has great shops with lots of interesting buys, restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlours and cafes to watch people and the world passing by.
Deluxe seafood dinner in a handpicked restaurant.
Stay in five-star hotel
Day 10: Sicily – Hong Kong via Rome
Check out early from hotel after breakfast. Catch a domestic flight to Rome at CataniaAirport. Subsequently transfer for an international flight back to Hong Kong.
Catania, Sicily to Rome on Air Alitalia AZ1744 0740/0900
Rome to Hong Kong CX292 1225/0650 on Cathay Pacific
Day 11 – Hong Kong
Arrive at Hong KongInternationalAirport in the early morning (eta 06:50 am)
Home sweet home.
Tour Price inclusive of:
8 nights accommodation (twin-sharing) at five star or characterful hotels in Sicily, Italy
- Economy class round-trip air ticket on Cathay Pacific between HKG and Rome
- Economy class round trip air ticket on Air Alitalia between Rome and Sicily
- 5 rounds of 18-hole golfing with green fee only as mentioned in the itinerary on specified golf courses
- Sightseeing programs as mentioned in the above itinerary
- Meals including daily breakfast, six lunches & seven dinners (beverage not inclusive).
- Transportation on a chauffeur driven coach service as mentioned in the above itinerary
- Tour led by HK escort
- Levy fee of Travel Industry Council
Tour price exclusive of:
- Airport tax, fuel surcharge & security for both HK and Italy airports
- Tippings for driver and escort in the amount HK$1,320 per customer
- If you require an Chinese version of this itinerary , please call us at
3548 2666 for a copy.