£159pp – Sicily: 5-night organic farm escape inc flights
Stay at a traditional Sicilian organic farm in the countryside and take a free cooking class
For £159 per person, you can fly to the Italian island of Sicily this autumn for a 5-night stay at a traditional organic farm. You'll be based a 10-minute drive from the medieval town of Alia, in a great location for hiking, horseback riding and exploring the island's charming towns, beaches and heritage sites.
- Return flights
- Five nights at the Villa Dafne in a Double Charming room
- Daily buffet breakfast
- A welcome drink (per person, per stay)
- Farm visit and cooking class**
Fly from London Stansted airport on 9, 10, 16, 17 October; 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29 November or 4 December. Limited dates are also available from Manchester and Bristol from £159 per person.
Travel in September from an extra £20 per person.
Depart from London Gatwick from £179 per person, from London Luton from £199 per person, or from Liverpool from £269 per person.
- Stay seven nights from £179 per person
- Stay 10 nights from £239 per person
Agriturismo Villa Dafne is surrounded by lush Sicilian countryside. Set on a 200-hectare working farm producing cheese, meat and tomatoes, the hotel's rooms and apartments are housed in quaint shutter-lined buildings clad with stone, and dotted around palm tree-flanked grounds.
Alia, a medieval village known for its Art Nouveau architecture, is a 10-minute drive away, while Castello di Caccamo, a clifftop castle dating from the 11th century is around 45 minutes' drive from the farm. The Madonie Regional Natural Park, "a haven for hikers and nature-lovers" (The Guardian), takes about an hour to reach by car, while "flamboyant and feisty" Palermo, with its "citrus-filled cloisters, stucco-laced chapels and vintage stores filled with the threads of faded aristocrats" (Lonely Planet) is a 90-minute drive away. The hotel is also around an hour's drive from the coast.
Guests can start the day with complimentary breakfast. The restaurant also serves traditional Sicilian dishes made with organic ingredients grown on site, while there's a pizzeria with a patio and gazebo for al fresco dining. There's an outdoor pool (open between May and October), and other activities include horseback riding, hiking and cookery lessons (fees may apply), as well as free educational tours of the farm.
During your free cooking class you will learn how to make a typical Sicilian meal, and then sit down to enjoy your handiwork with a glass of wine.
Guestrooms and apartments are decorated in a rustic style, with tiled floors, patterned fabrics and wood furnishings. All include free Wi-Fi, mini bars and TVs.
Baggage & transfers
Checked baggage costs from £60 per person and can be added when you choose your flights on the next page (select "incl. checked luggage").
Transfers are not included. We recommend hiring a car to give you the freedom to explore the island -- we found prices from around £10 per car, per day on Rentalcars.com.