Sicily & Naples with Zach Pollack
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Immerse yourself in the food, art and culture of Sicily & Naples with Zach Pollack
September 12 - 18, 2022
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7 days, 6 nights
Best of Sicily, Siracusa, Mt Etna, Taormina, Naples
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Ten thousand feet above the world, you breathe in crisp Mediterranean air. Behind you, through a gentle mist rising above Mt Etna’s central crater, a vista of rolling hills and brilliant blue water stretches to the horizon. You’re in Sicily, standing atop an island ruled by no less than 13 empires—from Greek and Roman to Norman and North African—with flavors and culture layered over thousands of years of history. You’ve experienced street foods and savored wines crafted from nearby vineyards. Right now, a rustic trattoria lunch awaits; tonight, as the sun sets over dreamy medieval villages, you’ll share tales of the day’s adventure over an unforgettable meal. This is the Italy you’ve always dreamed of, a celebration of Mediterranean cultures evident in every bite.
Our traveling companion is award-winning chef Zach Pollack, the chef/owner of some of LA’s hottest Italian restaurants. Zach’s many successes start with having eaten his way through each of Italy’s 20 regions. And, of course, the two years he lived in Italy, mastering his culinary craft under the guidance of some of Italy’s top chefs. Now Zach is coming back to show us his Sicily, the rugged beauty and regional flavors, the Sicily that captured his heart and soul.
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 Sicily’s and Naples’ 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 and the glory of a star-lit night under the gaze of Mt Etna
Connect with local winemakers, artists and chefs, with Sicily's ancient cultures and traditions
We’re in the literal birthplace of pizza, home of world-class wines 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 Zach Pollack
This Los Angeles-based chef feels as much at home in the rolling hills of Sicily as he does in the kitchens of his award-winning Italian restaurants. Zach’s penchant for sublime plates and pastas has earned him a spot on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list, Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” and #1 Italian restaurant, plus a nomination for the James Beard Foundation's "Rising Star Chef of the Year". He spent months driving the winding roads of Sicily, falling in love with its rugged beauty and multicultural cuisine. He can’t wait to introduce you to his Italy.
Following His Passion
While studying in Florence earning an architecture degree, Zach ditched the domes and cathedrals for the markets and trattorias. It was then his taste buds told him he was going to become an Italian chef—a damn good one.
Italy, Amore Mio
Zach has eaten his way through each of Italy’s 20 regions: porceddu in rural Sardinia to artisanal salami in the medieval towns of Umbria, and everything in between. And it’s no surprise, Italy has captured his heart and soul.
West Coast Chill
LA born and raised, Zach’s laid-back California vibe and positive attitude make him cool as a cucumber when cooking in the kitchen (and while herding his two young daughters around the home).
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.
Filled with antiques, modern art and Liberty stained glass, this 19th-century, neoclassical villa is the perfect spot for a base right in the historic center of vibrant Naples. Most rooms come with terraces, others face the courtyard pool, and lovely staff serve wonderful breakfasts in the oasis-like courtyard.
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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; private travel for all day trips and excursions; internal flight from Sicily to Naples; 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?
For both departures, 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 $1,500 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 May 15, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 16, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 14, 2022 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).