Think Experiences

Exclusively available to clients of The Thinking Traveller

Enrich your villa experience.
Enhance your life.

Ever since we began in 2002, we’ve offered our clients a series of experiential enrichments designed to transform a superb villa holiday into a life-enhancing one. We call them Think Experiences, and they range from the perfectly practical to the utterly inspirational.

“All the Think Experiences - cooks, masseuses, tour guides, boat charters and drivers - were uniformly excellent and seamless. Being able to book all of the trips and services through The Thinking Traveller was a great convenience, and I would absolutely book them through you again.”

Our Experience Specialists in a boat exploring the coast near Leuca in Puglia A beautiful yacht anchored off Marina di Ragusa in southern Sicily

The sky’s the limit, the sea’s your playground

Few adventures are as thrilling as a helicopter flight or as liberating as a private skippered boat charter. Whether you choose to whizz over the craters of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, navigate the transparent turquoise waters of the Ionian Islands, or cruise below the historic Corsican cliff-top town of Bonifacio, you’ll return home with memories to last a lifetime.

Diving in the clear waters off Alonissos, whose Marine Park is the largest in Europe.
A beautiful sunset over Lefkada in the Greek Ionian Islands The crater of Vulcano seen from a helicopter, with the Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Stromboli in the
Setting out from Marsala on a private skippered boat to Sicily's Egadi Islands Two people sitting in a helicopter flying over Mount Etna

Gastronomic adventures of a delicious kind

There is no better way of immersing yourself in the life of the locals than by sampling their gastronomic delights. Our villas come with culinary pleasures on tap (think in-villa cooks, organic vegetable gardens and more), while our range of Epicurean Think Experiences encompasses everything from olive oil-tasting and cheese-making in Puglia to street food tours and cookery lessons in Sicily.

Putting the finishing touches to a typical Sicilian dish during a cookery class Al fresco dining with sea views at Madreterra on Lefkada, the Ionian Islands
Enjoying in the fragrances of the fresh produce in the Capo market of Palermo Children enjoying a cookery lesson in the fabulous kitchen at Rocca delle Tre Contrade
A pizzaiola making pizzas for guests staying at Lo Iazzu Home-made Puglian orecchiette pasta ready for dinner
Classic Sicilian cannoli and other tasty cakes at Zu Nillu on Favignana
The Greek Temple of Concordia rising above the olive trees on the crest of a hill at the Valley of the
      Temples in Agrigento The magnificent Greek theatre in the archaeological site of Syracuse

Expert insights, secrets revealed

The history of the Mediterranean is a fascinating epic of interwoven stories. Unravelling some of the many mysteries is easy with our PhD-qualified guides, whose in-depth knowledge and Homer-esque story-telling abilities will bring to life subjects as various as Sicily’s enormous Greek heritage, Napoleon’s home town of Ajaccio, and the Roman-Byzantine UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint overlooking Corfu.

Sunset over the windmills and saltpans between Marsala and Trapani in Sicily
Bikini-clad athletes depicted in a mosaic at the Roman villa in Piazza Armerina The cloisters of the Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale in Sicily
Palermo's cathedral, part of the city's Arab-Norman UNESCO World Heritage Site Exploring the megalithic archaeological site of Filitosa on Corsica

The gift of Dionysus explored and enjoyed

Nowhere in the world is wine-making so historically and culturally intrinsic to life as in the heart of the Mediterranean, and our Dionysian Think Experiences are designed to help you explore and enjoy these oenological traditions to the full. You can’t go wrong with our in-villa wine delivery service, and our chauffeured wine-tasting tours around Sicily and Puglia’s most prestigious cantine are definitely not to be missed.

Getting ready to serve a glass of Planeta Chardonnay during a wine-tasting. Wine-tasting at one of Planeta's vineyards in Sicily
A family day out at one of Planeta's vineyards in Sicily Sunset dining with sea views and a glass of red wine at San Marco, Sicily.
Grapes ripening in the Sicilian sun The impressive barrel room at the Barone di Villagrande winery
Tasting some of Etna's finest wines in the wine room at Rocca delle Tre Contrade in Sicily

Contact us and book now

Think Experiences are available exclusively to clients of The Thinking Traveller. To book any of these unique enriching additions, email your Experience Specialist at

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