Api Sicily Tour

Sicily is not only known by its' beautiful seaside, volcano Etna and ancient culture, but as well as a-must-see beekeeping destination. On your Api Tour to Sicily you will visit the most important honey cities: Sant'Alfio, Sortino and Zafferana. You will meet Sicilian beekeepers, share experiences with them and learn the best practices, you’ll get to know Sicilian black bee. Of course, you will be able to enjoy Sicilian seaside and travel through history with visiting cities as Taormina, Agrigento, Cefalu, Siracusa, Palermo and Catania, satisfy your senses with delicious food and excellent wines.

  • Api Sport Experience
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  • Culture and Historical Experience
  • Api Group Travel
  • food_and_wine
8 days
From 999 € (no flight included)
Short Itinerary
  • Day 01 Arrival to Sicily: Catania
  • Day 02 Catania – Zafferana, »honey village« – Giardini Naxos
  • Day 03 Catania – Etna – Cooperativa apicola – Giardini Naxos
  • Day 04 Zafferana – Taormina – Visit to a beekeeper – Palermo
  • Day 05 Palermo – Wine tasting – Agrigento
  • Day 06 Agrigento – Catania
  • Day 07 Catania – Solarino: Visit to a beekeeper – Siracusa – Catania
  • Day 08  Free at leisure – Departure
Group of beekeepers visiting a local beekeper in Zafferana
  • Tasting local food at the beekeeper in Sicily
  • Group at Mount Etna
  • Learning about Black Sicilian Bee
  • Exploring the best beekeeping practices in Sicily
  • Group of beekeepers visiting a local beekeper in Zafferana
  • First hand experience
  • Sharing experiences with local beekeepers
  • View over Etna mountain

From people who know best

"The weather was lovely, the countryside was in full colour and the beekeeping visits were excellent."

“I have been on many beekeeping tours over the years since I first went on a beekeeping tour to Scotland in 1993. I have been to South Africa, Ukraine, Montpellier amongst others but I can say without doubt that the trip to Sicily was by far the best beekeeping tour that I ever participated in. The weather was lovely, the countryside was in full colour and the beekeeping visits were excellent. The beekeepers that we met were very generous with their time and information and we returned home much wiser about various beekeeping practices. We were shown beekeeping at the hives, migratory beekeeping, queen rearing, honey extracting and bottling, wax processing including production of foundation, a visit to a beekeeping co-operative. We also visited some tourist sites such as the Valley of the Temples, Mount Etna, the Catacombs in Palermo, the beautiful historic town of Taormina with its ancient well preserved amphitheatre. I want to thank the staff of Aritours for organising such a wonderful tour, our thanks and appreciation to our wonderful Tour Guide Alenka. I would strongly recommend the tour to other groups.”

(M. Gleeson, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association)

"You made very good programmes with a mixture of beekeeping, culture, history, geology, and nature."

“I must say that myself I think you made very good programmes with a mixture of beekeeping, culture, history, geology, and nature. We were very pleased by our guide Alenka. She has a great knowledge about Sicily and showed no fear for bees. The beekeeping visits were very good and interesting. It was a scoop to organise the lunch the 1 day in the nature and the same with the lunch at the Oliva family."

(Asger Søgaard Jørgensen, Councellour in Danish Beekeepers’ Association & Ex Apimondia President)

Why Sicily?

Land of Black Sicilian Bee, endless beaches and rich ancient history.

  • With an ancient tradition of honey production, Sicily is a special place for honey lovers.
  • The Sicilian black bee (“Apis mellifera siciliana”) has a dark abdomen, yellow down and small wings, it it is docile and very productive, even in hot weather.
  • Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe. “Active” is certainly the right word to describe it—the last eruption with lava occurred at the end of November 2013, but almost every year the volcano shows some sign of activity.
  • Agrigento is Sicily's most famous Greek site, therefore named "Valley of the Temples" and protected unter UNESCO World Haritage.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, juicy red oranges and the sweet grapes of Canicattì, Pachino tomatoes and Pantelleria capers, prickly pears and the olives of Nocellara del Belice are some of the excellent products that distinguish Sicilian food.
  • Zafferana »honey village« has 8000 inhabitants and 350 beekeepers. The production of honey is, in fact, the main source of income in the local economy; a driving force that has brought the goodness of this land even beyond national borders. 
Black sicilian bee Cefalu Etna Agrigento