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  • Cookery holiday in Sicily

    Cookery in Sicily - discover regional cuisine cookery holiday

    A 4-night cookery holiday in Sicily for a minimum of just 2 people, with two hands-on cookery classes at the 5 star Eremo della Giubiliana. The hotel is set on a sizeable country estate near Ragusa in south-eastern Sicily, about 90 minutes’ drive from the airport at Catania. During the cookery holiday you have time to visit the Baroque town of Ragusa and nearby Modica, setting for the Montalbano TV detective series. We can offer you private car transfers or the use of a hire-car.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday.

    Highlights of this cookery holiday  

    The cookery courses at the Eremo della Giubiliana will instruct you in how to recreate the aromas of Sicily in your own home. A hallmark of Sicilian cuisine is the way the tried and tested recipes of the local aristocracy are skilfully adapted to suit contemporary taste. Only the finest organic ingredients are used to execute a typical Mediterranean diet. The two cookery classes you receive feature hands-on tuition from the chef and allow you some flexibility tailored to your own preferences and experience.
    Four night holiday from £1,290 per person including flights, transfers or car-hire, cookery classes and excursions as above.

    Your cookery holiday

     There are no set departure dates. You choose, subject to flight and hotel availability.

    Day one: London to Sicily
     Depart from London Gatwick on the British Airways flight at14.30 arriving at Catania at 18.30 (Flight times may vary by about an hour according to departure date). You are met by your local car and driver (or you may collect your hire-car if you have opted to drive yourself) and taken to your hotel, the Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa, a drive of about 90 minutes. You arrive in time to have something to eat in the hotel’s restaurant (the restaurant closes at 10 pm but in case you arrive too late, the hotel can prepare you a cold plate).
    Day two: First cookery lesson with the chef
    This is a three hour practical lesson with the chef. Today’s hands-on lesson with the chef is based around your own choice of theme for the three hours’ tuition. You can choose between the secrets of home-made pasta where you learn how to combine the right sauce with the right type of pasta, using only the tastiest ingredients, or a comprehensive course on the cuts and preparation of meat, with suggestions for the accompanying vegetables, or you visit a fish market and learn how to select the best fish followed by a variety of traditional methods for its preparation, or Sicilian desserts!
    Day three: Day at leisure
    A day to unwind and relax at the hotel, in the grounds, perhaps taking walk or enjoying a spa treatment. Or take a taxi (or drive yourself if you have the hire-car) into nearby Ragusa or Modica (setting for the TV detective series Montalbano).
    Day four: The second cookery lesson with the chef
    Today’s hands-on lesson with the chef is based around your own choice of theme for the three hours’ tuition. You can choose between the secrets of home-made pasta where you learn how to combine the right sauce with the right type of pasta, using only the tastiest ingredients, or a comprehensive course on the cuts and preparation of meat, with suggestions for the accompanying vegetables, or you visit a fish market and learn how to select the best fish followed by a variety of traditional methods for its preparation, or Sicilian desserts!
    Day five: Sicily to London
    The day is at leisure until you need to leave in the afternoon for your evening flight from Catania to London Gatwick departing at 19.15 and arriving at 21.30 hrs.

    2018 DATES AND PRICES
    The holiday operates on any day of your choice for a minimum of two people.
    £1,290 from 7 Jan to 28 March, and from 1 Nov to 27 Dec 2018
    £1,380 from 1 to 31 July and from 1 to 31 October 2018
    £1,450 from 29 March to 30 June, 1 Aug to 30 Sep 2018
    All above based on two people sharing a classic double or twin and including hire-car.
    Special offer
    Stay one extra night free of charge on bed and breakfast with just a supplement of £30 per person for the use of the hire-car for the extra day.
    Extra nights can be added either at Eremo della Giubiliana or at any of our other hotels in Sicily.
    Supplements per person:
    £140 for a private car transfer instead of a hire-car.
    £70 for a superior double room
    £230 for a deluxe double room
    £380 for a single except from 29 March to 30 June and from 1 Aug to 30 Sep when it is £450
    £50 per person per night for dinner (short menu)
    Deposit payment required: £300 per person
    What’s included
    Flights in Flights in Euro Traveller with British Airways London Gatwick to Catania return. Flights with other airlines on request. Flight times can vary according to the day of the week.
    • Use of a group B hire-car for the duration of the holiday (private transfers possible at a supplement)
    • Four nights in a double or twin classic room on bed and breakfast
    • Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
    Prices are based on a minimum of two people and are subject to availability at the time of booking. 
    Click the tabs above to find out more about hotel and travel arrangements, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday.


    Where you stay

    Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa
    You stay at the five star deluxe Eremo della Giubiliana, which lies in its own estate on the fertile plains between the historic town of Ragusa Ibla and the seaside resort of Marina di Ragusa. The current owners have had possession of the Eremo since the 18th Century and heirlooms such as portraits and antique furniture feature in both the bedrooms and the public rooms. The hotel's thick stone walls, once used to protect the property from pirates, now create a cool and tranquil atmosphere. The bedrooms, converted from what were once hermitage cells and used by the Maltese Knights of the Order of Saint John, are simple but comfortable and are beautifully furnished. There is a swimming pool, spa, restaurant and cycle hire. In the summer months, service is outside under the Mediterranean skies.
    All rooms at Eremo della Giubiliana have bath and wc, satellite television, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and telephone.
    We include a classic double in our basic price but superior rooms and suites are also available at a supplement. If you want to extend your stay and explore the region, then one of their cottages on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis might suit you.
    Find out more about Eremo della Giubiliana


    Travel arrangements

    Fly with British Airways from London Gatwick to Catania. We include the use of a Group B hire-car but it is also possible to have private transfers (at an extra cost). The hotel is about 90 minutes' drive south west of Catania airport.
    Alternative travel arrangements
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates allowing you more time in Italy before and/or after the course, if you want to fly into and out of a different airport or fly at different times to the ones suggested then this is possible. It is also possibly to travel out and back by train instead of flying. Just discuss your travel plans with us and we will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

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