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Escape to Sicily for seven days of beauty, cuisine, and history—without the crowds you’d find in the high-season. Begin in Palermo to meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a sumptuous Italian welcome dinner. Spend the following day on a guided sightseeing tour of Palermo’s ornate Piazza Bellini and Capo Market. See the stunning baroque features of the Church of the Immacolata, and visit the historic Palermo Cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro in Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral with its treasured byzantine mosaics.Walk through the 24-centuries-old Valley of the Temples with your Local Guide in Agrigento, visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale to admire the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. In Syracuse, the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, you’ll take a guided visit to the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, Garden of Paradise, Ear of Dionysus, Altar of Hieron II, Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Travel to Catania, where you’ll sample Sicily’s famous Arancino, and spend two nights on the spectacular Taormina Riviera, your base for a fascinating excursion to Mount Etna—the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore Taormina, and will complete your Sicilian Escape with a fabulous farewell dinner. You’ll treasure the time spent exploring Sicily’s famous sights and stunning scenery—without the crowds of the busy travel season on this spectacular guided tour of Sicily!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale
Guided visit of the archaeological site
Mount Etna excursion; orientation of the hill-top town; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale
- Archeological area of Agrigento
- Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
- Villa Romana del Casale
Motorcoach. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine including a welcome dinner in Palermo and a farewell dinner in Taormina
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY
Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 PALERMO
Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of the Immacolata, and a visit to the CATHEDRAL. In Monreale, enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics.
Day 3 PALERMO–AGRIGENTO
Arrive in Agrigento, where your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.
Day 4 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–SYRACUSE
Drive to Piazza Armerina and visit the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “bikini girls.” Stay overnight in Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes.
Day 5 SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Continue to Catania and enjoy some free time in its historic center. You will be treated to an ARANCINO TASTING. An arancino is a fried stuffed rice ball, one of Sicily’s most famous street foods. Spend the next two nights on the Taormina Riviera.
Day 6 TAORMINA RIVIERA
In the morning enjoy an included excursion to MOUNT ETNA, the largest active volcano in Europe, followed by an orientation of hill-top Taormina. In the evening, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant, the proper way to say, “Arrivederci, Sicilia!”
Day 7 TAORMINA RIVIERA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Catania.)
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Hidden Treasures of Palermo
Get a true taste of ancient Palermo, capital of Sicily, on this fantastic excursion to famous Oratorio of San Domenico, a real gem of the city, followed by a visit to a famous private palazzo where you might have the chance to have an aperitif with the Princess.
Price Range: $$
Ortigia tour and Pizza feast
Experience the ancient wonders and impressive Greek ruins of Ortigia Island, historic center of Syracuse, on this exciting guided tour that concludes with a pizza feast at a local pizzeria.
Price Range: $$
Why not enjoy a typical Sicilian gastronomic dinner in beautiful surroundings with spectacular views?
Price Range: $$
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