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 | MADONIE MOUNTAINS | 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 | MT. ETNA & the ALCANTARA VALLEY for Easter : Overnight in Taormina

April 2 - TAORMINA | 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

Ideally timed in the early spring bloom, when this vibrant island’s colors are most vivid, and over a fascinating week of traditions and processions leading up to Easter, join photo pro David H. Wells and Open Sky owner Alex Ros on an exciting and meticulously-crafted tour of beautiful, rugged, characterful, incredible Sicily. Designed to be in the right place with the right light, and with a relaxed pace suited to the island and welcome unexpected opportunities, we will not only find the best photography opportunities at a glorious time of year, but also savor the most exquisite cuisine, culture, and history that remarkable Sicily has to offer.

TRIP 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. Visit Segesta with its stunningly-set massive Greek Temple, 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 top English-speaking guides for most tours and joined by a local Sicilian photographer who’ll show us her insider spots on select days.

  11. Savor delicious Sicilian cuisine, 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.

Limited space available:

10 participants max

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MAP, RATES & INCLUSIONS, LEADER BIOS, HOTEL DETAILS, etc.

FEEDBACK from past travelers

on Sicily, David Wells & Alex Ros:

“Alex: We had a fascinating time in Cuba with A&K, but they didn’t come close to you & Open Sky in Sicily! We’re very much looking forward to our next trip!” – Vicki B.

“David was certainly willing to answer any questions. His feedback was very helpful. His vision is great! I am now much more attuned to distracting things in the image - and hopefully seeing them in the viewfinder. Also learned a lot about "working" the subject. This type of photography is not my forte, so helped get me out of my comfort zone.” – Bob M. on his last trip with David

“Travel companies make itineraries and reservations. Open Sky makes magic! Thanks for a FANTASTIC trip!” – Carol T.

“David Wells is an excellent teacher. Demanding and supporting, I value his critique and his encouragement. He builds community with his students so we are working as a team on becoming better photographers. I seek him out as a teacher (three workshops thus far) because of how David has helped me in seeing, evaluating what is important about light and context, and improving technique, all to produce enhanced images.” – John R.


TO BOOK

Or to inquire further,

call us at 844.OPEN.SKY (alt:+1.212.441.0024) or email us at info@openskyexpeditions.com.

You may also fill out a Registration Form here and follow instructions on completion for submitting a deposit to confirm your participation.

Special Itinerary over Holy Week

March 25-April 5, 2018

A PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY ON THE ISLAND OF LIGHT

SICILY

The early registration

deadline has passed on this trip, but do inquire nonetheless *

  1. Late bookings sometimes have their own advantages.

  1. Update:

TO BOOK

Or to inquire further, call us at 844.OPEN.SKY (alt:+1.212.441.0024) or email us at info@openskyexpeditions.com.

You may also fill out a Registration Form here and follow instructions on completion for submitting a deposit to confirm your participation.