Sunshine & Palm Trees

May 15, 2024

Summer Dreamin’

As the days grow longer and the winter coats are packed away, it’s clear the summer travel season is almost upon us! It’s time to dust off your suitcases, grab your sunglasses, and get ready for some fun under the sun. 

First thing’s first: location, location, location! Are you dreaming of sandy beaches with waves gently lapping at your feet, or does the call of the mountains with their breezy heights and scenic trails excite you more? Maybe it’s the charm of a bustling city, rich with history and brimming with culinary delights that calls to you. Whichever destination makes your heart skip a beat, early planning can make all the difference. We have been working on some of our upcoming summer trips 12+ months in advance. Booking your accommodations and flights well in advance not only secures you some early bird specials but also gives us ample time to iron out the finer details of your trip.

Now, let’s talk packing—smart and light is the way to go. Remember, the goal is to be nimble enough to hop from one adventure to the next. A good tip is to pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched, creating multiple outfits from a few key items. This not only saves space but also spares you from lugging around a heavy suitcase. And don’t forget to stay connected and charged; a portable power bank can be a lifesaver when you’re out exploring all day.

So, gear up and get ready to make unforgettable memories this summer. Whether it’s sipping a cool drink by the beach, trekking through lush landscapes, or soaking in urban vibes, the world is your oyster this travel season. 

Safe travels and happy adventures!

Summer Travel Inspo: Sicily

Embark on a sun-soaked adventure to Sicily, the Mediterranean’s gem that’s as playful as it is profound! Imagine zipping around the winding streets on a vintage Vespa, the warm breeze teasing your senses with scents of lemon and sea salt. Sicily isn’t just a destination; it’s a vibrant spectacle of ancient ruins, bustling markets, and cliffside views that will have your Instagram working overtime.

Day 1 – Palermo

Embark on a mesmerizing tour through Palermo’s captivating history and architectural marvels. Begin at the stunning Palermo Cathedral, a Norman masterpiece reflecting the city’s rich cultural heritage. Accompanied by your experienced guide, explore the cathedral’s intricate details and sacred atmosphere. Continue to Piazza Bellini to admire the Martorana and San Cataldo churches, then soak in the vibrant ambiance of Piazza Pretoria. Treat yourself to Sicilian delicacies before discovering the hidden gem of Santa Caterina D’ Alessandria Church and Monastery, known for its Gothic architecture and serene ambiance. Conclude your journey with panoramic views from the monastery’s terraces, embracing Palermo’s unique blend of sacred tranquility and urban vitality.

Day 2 – Market Tour & Cooking Experience

Join a local chef for a culinary adventure of Palermo’s historic markets, including Il Capo, La Vucciria, or Borgo Vecchio. Learn how to select the finest ingredients for the day’s menu as the chef demonstrates. During the market visit, indulge in tastings of Palermo’s most typical foods, such as “panelle” made with chickpea flour, and “pane con la milza” – bread with calf’s spleen. After the cooking class, savor your creations at lunch paired with some fine Sicilian wine, followed by local cookies and Sicilian dessert wine.

Day 3 – The Valley of Temples

Visit one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites: the Valley of the Temples. This site boasts outstanding and nearly intact examples of Greek art and architecture, situated about 3km below modern Agrigento. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples is one of the Mediterranean’s most mesmerizing destinations, showcasing the best-preserved Doric temples outside Greece. These temples, celebrated since Goethe’s praise in the 18th century, are Sicily’s largest tourist attraction. Though impressive, what remains today are mere vestiges of the ancient city of Akragas, once the fourth-largest city in the known world.

Day 4 – Tales of Syracuse

Explore the historic beauty of Syracuse with today’s exciting tour. Founded by Greeks from Corinth, Syracuse quickly became the most flourishing city in Magna Graecia. Accompanied by your experienced guide, trace its ancient splendor in the Archaeological Park, the Greek and Roman theaters, and the enigmatic Ear of Dionysius—a cave with perfect acoustics, reputedly used by the tyrant Dionysius as a prison. Explore Ortigia, the heart of Syracuse, connected to the mainland by a 19th-century bridge. Wander through its charming streets, lined with artists’ workshops, noble palaces, and Baroque squares, where the scent of the sea fills the air.

Day 5 – Taormina

Experience the elegance and sophistication of Taormina through a captivating walking tour. Explore cobblestone streets adorned with boutique shops, leading to the ancient theater. Originally built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC and later restored by the Romans, this grand amphitheater once hosted Greek tragedies and now hosts theater festivals and special events. Accompanied by your experienced guide, discover the city’s highlights and enjoy leisure time along Corso Umberto, Taormina’s main thoroughfare. Pause at charming cafes to savor a refreshing gelato or sip almond-flavored wine, a local delicacy that perfectly captures the essence of this enchanting city.

Whether you’re seeking a serene escape by the azure waters or eager to dance at a lively street festival, Sicily offers a slice of paradise with a twist of zest.