Sicily & Naples with Jason Dady
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Immerse yourself in the food, art and culture of Sicily & Naples with Chef Jason Dady
May 22 - 28, 2023
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7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Sicily, Siracusa, Mt Etna, Taormina, Naples
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You roll out the dough, pinch the ends with your fingers and toss it up in the air as a master pizzaiolo looks on and smiles. You’re in the beating heart of Naples, beside a wood-fired oven in the literal birthplace of pizza. Just hours from now, after you’ve perfected the Neapolitan pie, you’ll be dining at one of the city’s finest restaurant and toasting a week’s worth of joy and exhilaration. You’ll tell stories of Sicilian cheesemakers, recall the sharp mercurial wines from the slopes of Mount Etna, wax nostalgic about your adventures on the Ionian sea. This is southern Italy like you’ve always dreamed of, an experience made richer by the kindred spirits at the table and the company of a humble chef at the pinnacle of his craft.
With us on this trip is the award-winning chef Jason Dady. He’s the culinary star and entrepreneurial force behind his namesake restaurant group in San Antonio, where you can find five of his iconic restaurants serving up everything from authentic Italian food at Tre Trattoria at the San Antonio Museum of Art to his latest concept, Jardin, in the San Antonio Botanical Garden. His thirst for heritage recipes and delightful Aperol spritzes are just the beginning of why we can’t wait to experience Sicily and Naples through his eyes.
If you want to venture into iconic Italy, but do it like a local, this is the trip for you. Uncover the delicious backstory of southern Italy’s great dishes. Meet vintners, cheesemakers and pizzaiolo chefs, as we go deep in the story behind what makes southern Italy so deliciously unforgettable.
Ancient Greek ruins, medieval villages, a star-lit night under the gaze of Mt Etna
Connect with local winemakers, artists and chefs, with Chef Jason Dady
World-class wines, delicate pastas and the freshest seafood—and we’ll try it all
In the finest accommodations—artful palatial hotels and noble rural villas, all perfectly located
3 Reasons to Travel with Jason Dady
For nearly two decades, Jason Dady and his family-run restaurants have been pushing culinary boundaries in San Antonio. He’s known for reinvigorating the city’s food scene, thanks in part to his flagship Tre Trattoria, where family recipes wow the regulars as much as the uninitiated.
Big in Texas
Jason Dady is a James Beard Award semifinalist who has appeared on the likes of the Food Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet and Beat Bobby Flay. His accolades in Texas as just as impressive: a “40 under 40 Rising Star” and “Best Chef in San Antonio”.
Market as the Menu
Jason is ready to “eat like the Italians,” which he translates to strolling through open-air markets not knowing what you are going to make until you get there, in addition to getting to the source of San Marzano tomatoes, or the 00 flour used for pizza dough in Naples for a pie like you’ve never tasted before in your life!
Innovation is Key
In addition to slinging some of the best Italian and barbecue in the Lone State, Jason is also known around San Antonio for encouraging chefs and entrepreneurs to explore their wild ideas in the name of innovation and fresh dining experiences.
In Sicily, even post offices are palaces. You’ll feel that fully, entering this magnificent, palatial former post office from 1920 in the perfect spot in historic Siracusa. It’s a joy to stay here. Sprawling rooms are decked with fine Italian designs, lounges have expansive views of the Mediterranean coastline—and Siracusa’s iconic monuments, shops and restaurants are just footsteps away.
Relais San GiulianoViagrande
Set at the foot of Mt Etna, this intimate, 13-room hotel is made from a luxurious mansion dating from the early 1700s that makes any guest feel like a Sicilian noble returning home. The chic rustic feel benefits from wood beam ceilings in its alluring interiors—the perfect place to set up while exploring the area’s best wineries and a hike up an active volcano.
Grand Hotel Parker'sNaples
Grand Hotel Parker’s — the city’s original luxury hotel — exudes 19th-century craftsmanship with period antiques, bronze sculptures and elaborate chandeliers decorating the palatial lobby. It's the perfect mix of Impeccable hospitality and modern comfort and design sensibility.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Sicily to Naples; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins in Catania, Italy, at the Il Principe Hotel. The closest airport is Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. On our last day, the closest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP) in Naples, Italy. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12pm or later from NAP airport.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before January 22, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after January 23, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after March 23, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).