In the spring of 2018, join Open Sky owner Alex Ros and photo pro David H. Wells on an exquisitely crafted tour covering the best of “The Island of Light” -- maximizing not only the best photography opportunities at a glorious time of year, but also savoring the most exquisite Sicilian cuisine, culture, and history.  Limited to 12 travelers.  Itinerary preview below. 

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

March 25, 2018 - Depart home

March 26 - Arrive Palermo | welcome dinner : Overnight in Palermo

March 27 - PALERMO markets & MONREALE mosaics : Overnight in Palermo

March 28 - Palermo | SEGESTA | ERICE | TRAPANI SALT FLATS at sunset | Palermo : Overnight in Palermo

March 29 - Palermo | CASTELBUONO | CEFALU : Overnight in Cefalu

March 30 - Cefalu | ENNA for GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION : Overnight in Enna

March 31 - Enna | HILLTOP TOWNS AROUND MT. ETNA  | Taormina : Overnight in Taormina

April 1 - TAORMINA for Easter : Overnight in Taormina

April 2 - Taormina | 4x4 DRIVE in the ALCANTARA VALLEY & on MT. ETNA | Siracusa : Overnight in Siracusa

April 3 - SIRACUSA : Overnight in Siracusa

April 4 - Siracusa | NOTO | MARZAMEMI | SIRACUSA : Overnight in Siracusa

April 5 - Fly home from Catania

Contact us if interested in further information, including a full detailed itinerary. 


Early sign-up available through September 15, 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Discover beautiful, historic, energy-filled Palermo – where we’ll stay for three nights in the old Arab quarter, with photo walks in the markets and port, plus key sights in town – and travel to nearby Monreale to marvel at and capture its incredible mosaics.

  2. Explore the northwestern corner of the island and photograph the Greek city of Segesta in its stunning setting, hilltop Erice (often shrouded in a mysterious veil of fog), and the Marsala salt flats in late afternoon light.

  3. Experience and photograph the famed Good Friday procession in Enna, a beautiful off-the-beaten path mountaintop town in the center of the island.

  4. Partake of and photograph Easter celebrations with Sicilians in the beautiful Alcantara Valley, after an exciting afternoon exploring imposing Mount Etna and its lava fields.

  5. Enjoy and capture the essence of the dolce far niente (sweetness of doing nothing) in enchanting Taormina—which Goethe called “a corner of paradise”— with its spectacular views of Europe’s largest volcano.

  6. Absorb the beauty of historic Siracusa on our three final nights, one of the most powerful cities of antiquity, with its archeological treasures and lovely old town of Ortigia.

  7. Stay in deluxe hotels throughout the itinerary, chosen for their ambiance, high standards, and location (all within walking distance from the top areas of photographic interest, giving us ample freedom of movement).

  8. Learn from travel photography veteran and photo instructor David H. Wells, via one-on-one guidance and a series of photography workshops throughout the trip.

  9. Travel with veteran tour leader and Sicily expert Alex Ros, the owner of boutique tour company Open Sky Expeditions, who is fluent in Italian and a photographer himself.

  10. Absorb the knowledge of local experts, traveling with some of the top English-speaking guides on the island for most tours and joined by a local Sicilian photographer who’ll show us her insider spots on select days.

  11. Savor amazing, delicious Sicilian food, enjoying carefully chosen restaurants, avoiding the big tour crowds.

  12. Relax with logistically seamless, hassle-free travel.

  13. Book confidently on an itinerary developed over months to find the correct pace and balance, with an eye toward the best light and photography opportunities.