2020 Tour Details
This tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. Begin your “off the beaten path” tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches. Relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sights, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, enjoy escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with its Greek structures that have miraculously endured 24 centuries, the iconic baroque St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the famous mosaic-tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone. Travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. See the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather movie– then relax with a granita and brioche at a local bar. Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch to your beautiful tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo;
lunch of Sicilian specialties
Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine
MAZARA DEL VALLO
Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale
See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral
chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant
Guided visit of the archaeological site
See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea
See the Church of Santa Lucia;
taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli
Orientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale
- Archeological area of Agrigento
- Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: City of Noto
- Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa
- Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
- Villa Romana del Casale
Meals & Itinerary
Full breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Palermo; 6 three-course dinners, including dinners at local restaurants Modica and 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
Discover the capital of Sicily with a Local Guide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro. Visit the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the major sites like the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the magnificent CATHEDRAL. A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits.
Day 3 PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO
Join your Tour Director for an orientation of the hilltop town of Erice, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to savor the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Next, visit a traditional SALT MILL near Marsala. Then, arrive at your hotel, where dinner with local specialties will be served.Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Day 4 MAZARA DEL VALLO–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO
Hear about the town's fascinating history from a Local Guide before continuing to Sciacca, to take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint. In Agrigento, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE 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.Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Day 5 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA
Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the 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,” discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone and see the mosaic STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern.Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Day 6 RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA
Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century, then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a dinner at a local restaurant.Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km
Day 7 RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE
The baroque town of Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic center that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture and San Nicolò Cathedral. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmakers’ Cave. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion.Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Day 8 SYRACUSE–CATANIA–SAVOCA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. In the village of Savoca, see the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone's wedding in the movie The Godfather. Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera.Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km
Day 9 TAORMINA RIVIERA
In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATER, dating back to the 3rd century BC. This evening, a farewell dinner will be served at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci Sicilia!
Day 10 TAORMINA RIVIERA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania.
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