Travel With Us to Sicily

Our Sicilian itinerary will include a range of culinary and cultural adventures daily, including local cheesemakers, wineries, breweries, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a hike of Mount Etna, all from a home base we’ve secured for our private group of eight guests per trip.

Tours Include:

  • 7 days/6 nights in Sicily,
  • Local transfers from Comiso or Catania Airports,
  • Breakfast, Dinners daily, four lunches, and all tours.
  • Free time daily to relax at the estate’s pool, ride bikes, or explore on your own.

Upcoming Trips 

June 19 – 25, 2024

Depart US: June 18
Arrive in Sicily: June 19

September 15 – 21, 2024

 Depart US: September 14
Arrive in Sicily: September 15

September 24 – 30, 2024


Reserve Your Space

For availability, travel recommendations and additional requests, use the contact form.

  • $3,500 Per Person
  • $1,000 deposit to reserve your space
  • Airfare not included
  • Individual Visas and Travel Insurance are required

The Fine Print

Program Fee Inclusions

The Fine Print

The per-person program fee includes 6 nights of hotel accommodation, most meals, daily cultural and culinary activities, cooking demos, tips/ gratuities on Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC meals, and other scheduled activities, hired transportation services, and expert guides.

What is not included in the Program Fee? Air travel, non-refundable passport fees, visas, excess baggage charges, optional excursions, extensions, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour escort and long-distance bus driver, expenses incurred during free periods, airport taxes that are collected on the spot in foreign airports, departures taxes, airport fees, airline and federal security fees and ticket handling fees, surcharges due to changes in currency, any mandatory new or increased fees/taxes/fuel surcharge (if any) levied on airline tickets, hotels, incidental expenses in hotels, hotel room upgrades, and transport to/from the airports. Transportation from Catania or Comiso airports on arrival and departure days, as outlined in the itinerary, are included. The Land Package Travel program begins after you arrive at the hotel accommodation. If traveling outside the arrival and departure days, participants must make their round-trip travel arrangements and join the program at the hotel accommodations. Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC, Daniel Mellman, and Michelle Moran are not responsible for the participant in any way when the participant is not part of the main group.


Please check with your air carrier directly for their specific baggage liability limitation. Some airlines are strictly adhering to their policy of one carry-on bag. Airlines are not responsible for any act or event during the time the participants are not on board their planes or conveyances. Luggage travels at the risk of the participant, and Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC is not responsible for any delay, loss, or damage to it or its contents. When issued, the participant’s contract in use by the airline shall constitute the sole contract between the airline and the participant. Any transportation companies mentioned herein shall have or incur no responsibility for liability to any traveler aside from their liability as common carriers.


June Tours. If canceled before April 15, 2024, by the traveler for any reason, deposits and program payments will be reimbursed in full, except for a cancellation fee of $375. Between April 15, 2024, and May 31, 2024, 50% of the total tour price, including the deposit, is forfeited. As of June 1, 2024, no refund is possible.

September tours. If canceled before July 1, 2024, by the traveler for any reason, deposits and program payments will be reimbursed in full, except for a cancellation fee of $375. Between July 2024 and August 31, 2024, 50% of the total tour price, including the deposit, is forfeited. As of September 1, 2024, no refund is possible.

There are no exceptions to this policy. We understand that emergencies of all nature do arise. However, there are no exceptions to this cancellation policy. Of course, if the trip is canceled for reasons force majeure (such as the pandemic, war, or natural disaster), Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC will fully refund the registration.


Participants waive and release Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC, Daniel Mellman and Michelle Moran, its affiliates, agents, directors, officers, and employees including any person or entity employed or utilized by Lit’l Pond Productions in any foreign country, from all claims arising from any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay, or expense resulting from events beyond its control, including without limitation, acts of God, war, terrorism, strikes, incidents of politically- motivated violence, sickness or quarantine, government restrictions or regulations, and, in the absence of its gross negligence, arising from the use of any vehicle or Lit’l Pond Productions selection of, or from any act or omission by any bus or car rental agency, steamship, airline, railroad, taxi or tour service, hotel service, hotel, restaurant, school, university, or other firm, agency, company or individual.

Participants understand that Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC will take pictures and videos during the tour that may appear on social media, online, and in email communications.
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Changes in Itineraries and Program Assignment

Lit’l Pond Productions, LLC, reserves the right to change fees, departure cities, itinerary sequence, trip direction, hotels, optional excursions, and activities. Lit’l Pond may cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment, unforeseen operational difficulties, lack of projected availability, or other reasons.

Medical & Travel Insurance

We will require all participants to procure medical insurance for their travel time. Proof of insurance should be submitted with final payment. While we cannot offer travel insurance for the cost of the trip or your air travel, here are three widely used travel insurance companies: Allianz, Travelex, Travel Guard by AIG.

Sicily: An Insider’s Look at Local

We’ll gather fresh sausage and cheeses, learn techniques from local craftsmen; Visit local fishermen as they come to port, and select the evening meal from their catch.

Chef Danny Mellman will be on hand throughout the adventure, cooking up what we’ve collected for dinner during the day’s adventure. Lunches at wineries or breweries have been selected specifically for our group. Our partners Marcelle and Flippo Sardo will lead the way during tours of small cities with insights you only get with locals. The Sardos also oversee their fourth-generation olive grove, producing an incredible DOP extra virgin olive oil. Guests will be treated to a fantastic meal on their estate as your adventure team gathers to showcase their love of Sicily.

We can’t begin to explain all the intricacies of the tours, as each time we visit, the four of us come up with new ideas and places to visit. Guests who want to extend their time in Sicily will receive additional self-guided recommendations upon request. Or just plan to come with us on our next adventure because no tour will be precisely the same. This ain’t no giant tour-operator adventure; these curated adventures are being created with flexibility in mind, and days will be tailored for our guests.

A Sicilian Dream

The Rosso Cosenza family estate is a rare example of over 300 years of tradition and historical continuity. The property consists of the Casa Padronale and the Case del Baglio, which overlooks the courtyard typical of Sicilian villas. Tucked into 48 hectares of olive groves, the estate is centrally located, immersed in the countryside but only a few kilometers from the sea and the incredible heritage cities of the Val di Noto; it is the ideal location for our home base of events. Giuseppe Rosso and his son, Marcello Rosso, oversee the hospitality and agricultural estate in Chiaramonte Gulfi, which has more than 2,500 centuries-old specimens of olive trees of the prized “Tonda Iblea” variety. The remaining part of the estates and agricultural lands that comprise the company extends over 23 hectares. It is distributed in various districts in the Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa, and Scicli municipalities.