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Splendors of Sicily

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  • Days: 8
  • Max People : 40
  • Cities: 4
  • Dates: Apr 20’ - oct 20'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Countries: 1

Sicily is eventful, exotic, intriguing and fascinating in every aspect. The biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily captivates from the start with its legendary tales, art, history and time-honored traditions. On Sicily, travelers can embrace the island’s mystique…from the fascinating city of Palermo, the enchanted beauty of Taormina and the majestic ruins of the ancient Greek city of Agrigento, to archeological treasures of Syracuse, plus much more! In Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, among the many distinguished palaces and monuments, visit Monreale’s Benedictine Abbey and admire its outstanding mosaics. This escorted Italy vacation tour package takes you to delve into the enchanted beauty of Taormina’s Greek-Roman amphitheater with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and to see Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Embark on a fascinating tour of Agrigento’s famed Valley of the Temples. The Theban poet Pindar described the temples as “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.” All the temples were built in Doric style and face east so that the statue of the god housed in each temple would see the rising sun.

 

Start/End Location

Palermo / Taormina

Tour Style

At Leisure 
These un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel.

Price Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • 12 included meals consisting of:
    – 7 buffet breakfasts
    – 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
    – 2 dinners at hotel
    – 2 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    – Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti, Cathedral and Monreale
    – Visit of Erice, Noto, and Syracuse
    – Olive oil tasting in Marsala and chocolate tasting in Modica
    – Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
    – Walking tour of Taormina and visit of the Amphitheater
    – Tour of the D’Agro Valley and “Godfather” filming locations
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance

Hotels

Palermo: Plaza Opera *
Agrigento: Jolly Della Valle*
Ragusa: Poggio Del Sole*
Taormina: Capataormina*

* Please note that hotels listed are only reference.  Exact hotel will be provided at confirmation.

What you'll love
  • Discover legendary tales, art, history and timehonored traditions in Sicily’s capital of Palermo
  • Delve into the enchanting beauty of Taormina’s Greek-Roman amphitheater with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe
  • Savor local flavors with tasting experiences of locally produced olive oil, chocolate, and sweet Marsala wines
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites including Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, the town of Modica known for its chocolate still made in the traditional way, and Noto, part of the “Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto”
  • Journey to the towns where “The Godfather” trilogy was filmed, Savoca and D’Agro Valley
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Itinerary

Day 1Palermo

Arrival in Palermo’s Airport,check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2Palermo

This morning enjoy a tour of Palermo featuring the Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans, and the Cathedral housing the shrine of Santa Rosalia. The last stop will be at the Abbey of Monreale, an Arab-Norman Cathedral built in the 12th century famous for its magnificent Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Benedictine cloister. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or to take an optional tour of Cefalu, a picturesque fishing village outside of Palermo. (B)

Day 3Palermo - Erice - Marsala - Agrigento

This morning we take a breathtaking scenic drive up to the medieval town of Erice. After the Elymians settled here, it became an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets, each cobbled with rectangular stones, and take some time to stop by one of the famous homemade pastry shops selling delicacies such as marzipan candies and pistachio pastries. After enjoying an olive oil tasting session and lunch accompanied by Marsala wine at a local farmhouse, we will travel along a coastline mostly made up of salt pans built back in roman times. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L)

Day 4Agrigento - Ragusa

This morning enjoy a guided tour of “The Valley of the Temples”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main archaeological treasures of the Mediterranean, this site is immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Your guided walking tour will cover about one mile in a mostly downhill direction, with stops along the “Via Sacra” (holy pathway) to admire the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles and ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon we continue to Ragusa. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 5Ragusa - Madica - Noto - Ortigia (Syracuse) - Taormina

Today’s first stop will be in Modica, a quaint historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting some very fine Baroque architecture, picturesque views and historic sites, Modica is also known for its chocolate. Rich, dark and crumbly, it is produced in a traditional method imported from the New World by Sicily’s Spanish overlords. After a chocolate tasting session at one of the most prestigious chocolate makers, we resume our journey to Noto, part of the “Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the enchanting island of Ortigia, the old town center of Syracuse. Highlights of Ortigia are the cathedral square with its church built over an ancient Greek temple and the beautiful promenade with its panorama over the sea and the natural bay of the town. Dinner and overnight in Taormina. (B,D)

Day 6Taormina

Morning at leisure to relax, or to take an optional excursion to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center including the Greek/Roman amphitheater with breathtaking views looking over the bay of Naxos. (B)

Day 7Taormina - Savoca - D'Agro Valley - Taormina

Today enjoy a once in a lifetime experience: the “Godfather” tour. See the real Sicily while exploring Savoca and D’Agro Valley, the towns and area that served as location when filming the “The Godfather” trilogy. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, bid arrivederci to your travel companions during a festive farewell dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8Taormina - Catania to USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning return to Catania Airport for your flight home OR EXTEND YOUR STAY. (B)

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I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Prices listed are per passenger based on double. If you wish to have your own room a single supplement is required. Please ask your travel advisor at the time of booking.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Italy – Euro (EUR)

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

It is recommended to book in advance in extension to this tour. Additional days can be added before/after this tour.

3 Reviews
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Marshal Martin

Family Traveller

Great tour!

July 3, 2019

Ellie Martin

Couple Traveller

Really great vacation in terms of value and experience.

June 5, 2019

Frank S

Solo Traveller

Good value for how much you get to see. Loved the trip.

June 3, 2019
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