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Off the Beaten Path. An insiders journey through Sicily

MAY 31-JUNE 5, 2019



MEUS Retreats invites you to shed the everyday, and step into a mindfully crafted travel experience intended to help you connect, recharge, and unearth new inspiration. With the same curatorial detail we pour into our shop, we strive to create authentic and uniquely immersive excursions which entice us to both communally and individually engage with new landscapes, cultures, and artisans: an environment that breathes new life into creatives, awakens the senses, and captivates the memory for years to come.

Our inaugural retreat to Sicily provides an off the beaten path insiders’ journey through the culturally rich fabric of this Mediterranean mainstay. From the ancient food stalls of Ballaro in Palermo and quaint countryside of Sambuca di Sicilia, to the inspiring sights and sounds of coastal fishing villages, we have thoughtfully curated an itinerary in consult with local artists and experts to expose travelers to the authentic terrain, deeply artistic culture, and unhurried pace of Sicilian life. Through exploration of vintage markets along timeless winding streets, cooking in the kitchen of a local chef, raking our own sea salt, meeting native ceramic artisans, and dining al fresco at a boutique family vineyard, we’ll allow ourselves to become vessels for the ancient traditions and vibrant contributions of Southern Italy.

We hope you can join us as we uncover the magical paths of the Sicilian island, enjoying renewed purpose and meaningful connection with the land and one another.



FRIDAY // Arrival to Palermo. Check into our hotel perfectly located for exploring. Time to relax, unwind and explore the city on your own. Meet in the early evening for dinner together at a favorite local restaurant.

SATURDAY // Breakfast. Morning flea market shopping + walking tour with local ‘insider’ guide, Linda Sarris, whose love for Sicily and connection to its heartbeat is unparalleled. For lunch, Linda will take us on a street food tasting to sample her favorite bites and meeting the boisterous local vendors. After lunch, Linda will set us free to shop and explore on our own. In the evening, we will have dinner together at a favorite trattoria.

SUNDAY // After breakfast, we will meet Linda to guide us through the winding and bustling alleys of the Ballaro food market to shop for ingredients. We will head back to Linda’s studio above the Ballaro for a cooking class and lunch. In the afternoon we will travel to the countryside to our home there in Sambuca di Sicilia. After settling into our new digs, we will have time to relax by the pool with a glass of Sicilian wine. In the evening, we’ll tour the organic wine and olive oil estate, Di Giovanna, and have a vineyard dinner alfresco under the stars.

MONDAY // Breakfast and morning yoga at the hotel. In the mid-morning we will depart for the coastal town of Sciacca to visit a ceramic workshop, shop and explore. Lunch in Sciacca overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon we will have time on the beach and to take a boat ride. Dinner will be out together at a local seafood restaurant.

TUESDAY // Morning departure for the historic port town of Marsala where we will visit the salt pans to rake our own salt, wander the streets and uncover treasures at the markets. After lunch at the port, we will return to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon. In the evening, we will head to old Sambuca to wander the ancient alleys and share a farewell dinner together.

WEDNESDAY // Breakfast and departure for the airport.

*subject to change


all inclusive accommodations & Pricing

In Palermo, we will stay in a centrally located boutique hotel. Our local guide will be Linda Sarris, a private chef, author and explorer who splits her time between NYC and Palermo. With Linda by our side, we’ll experience true Sicilian life as a local, and immerse ourselves in the rich culture, vibrant colors and delicious aromas of Palermo.

In the country, we will stay at the charming Don Giovanni hotel in Sambuca di Sicilia, where we will enjoy daily breakfast outside in the courtyard with country views, pool time and warm hospitality. Our local expert will be Melissa Di Giovanna, who runs her families wine and olive oil estate, and is an artist, designer and former New Yorker. With Melissa’s love for her adopted home and her amazing access to the most interesting people, places and things, we couldn’t be in better hands.

Throughout the trip, Marichelle and our local guides will share tips on looking for treasures, curating spaces, and filling your life with the things you love.

What’s included // All Accommodations, 5 overnights in a private room (2 nights in Palermo & 3 nights in Sambuca di Sicilia), 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, all transportation as described in itinerary including airport transportation to and from Palermo (PMO), local insider tour guides, all curated activities noted in the itinerary, wine with meals.

Not included // Airfare, airport pickup from airports other than Palermo (PMO); extra beverages outside of meals; transportation or activities outside of itinerary; travel insurance; incidental expenses such as but not limited to flight cancellation, lost luggage, property damage, personal injury, etc.


*$280 discount per person for shared rooms

Booking Terms and Conditions // 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking, 50% balance is due 30 days prior to trip start date. Payment can be made by Credit Card online (for an additional 3% charge) or over the phone. Travel Insurance required. Minimum 5 guests required to run the trip. In the case the minimum is not met, deposits will be fully refunded.

For questions or help booking call (973)327.2336 // email amie@montecastelli.com

*Note for online bookings a booking fee of 3% is added to the pricing.