ancient sicily tour - april 13 to 22, 2018

 

ancient sicily tour - april 13 to 22, 2018

A Crossroad of Cultures

Daily Itinerary
Pricing

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Palermo, Sicily’s fascinating capital city
  • Guided tour of the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
  • Explore the historic city of Syracuse
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage site: the Villa Romana del Casale
  • Enjoy the beautiful town of Taormina
  • Excursion to Mount Etna
  • Lunch in the countryside at a private residence

Overview

Ten days immersed in the rich history and beauty of Sicily. You will explore extraordinary archaeological sites and historic cities with exceptional guides. Sicily is also a place of great natural beauty — you'll enjoy the island's spectacular scenery culminating in a visit to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Sicily’s unique culinary and winemaking traditions will also be a focus, with a cooking demonstration, wine tasting, and delectable meals at local trattorias.

Ancient Sicily Tour - Day by Day Itinerary

Departure from the United States

Thursday, April 12

Day 1 - Welcome to Palermo

Friday, April 13

Late Morning: Arrival in Palermo. Transfer to Palermo city center. Meet your tour director, Tommaso Panté at Hotel. Check-in to your 4-star hotel, your home for the next three nights. Enjoy an orientation walk of Palermo with Tommaso.

Evening: Welcome reception at the private residence of a Count and Countess at  their private palazzo in the historical center of Palermo.

Day 2 - Palermo, Sicily’s Beautiful Capital City

Saturday, April 14

Morning: Walking tour of Palermo center with local, licensed guide:

• Church of San Domenico (exterior)

• The “Quattor Canti”

• La Martorana Church

• Piazza Pretoria

• Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini

• Palermo's Cathedral

Afternoon: Spend the rest of the day exploring Palermo on your own. We suggest a visit to the Palatine Chapel or the “Capo” Market, one of the oldest markets of Arab origins.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Day 3 - Palermo–Monreale–Segesta–Palermo

Sunday, April 15

Morning: Depart south of Palermo for Monreale. Discover the Byzantine beauty, Norman splendor and Arab symmetry of Monreale's medieval Cathedral with its beautiful Benedictine Cloister.

Afternoon: Depart from Monreale to Segesta and lunch at a local agriturismo. Visit the temple of Segesta, one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Late afternoon: Return to Palermo.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Palermo-Agrigento

Monday, April 16

Morning: Depart for Agrigento and check-in to your 5-star hotel, for one  night.

Afternoon: Walking tour with specialized guide of the Valley of the Temples.  Explore the most outstanding examples of Greek architecture:

• Temple of Zeus

• Temple of Juno

• Temple of Corcordia

Evening: Dinner at hotel.

Day 5 - Piazza Armerina - Syracuse

Tuesday, April 17

Morning: Depart for Agrigento to Piazza Armerina. Walking tour of the Villa Romana del Casale with an expert local guide. The Villa Romana del Casale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, containing the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world.

Afternoon: Depart for Syracuse and check-in to your 4-star hotel for 2 nights. Informal introduction to the Island of Ortigia, the heart and historical center of Syracuse, with guide Tommaso.

Evening: Dinner at a local trattoria.

Day 6 - The historic city of Syracuse

Wednesday, April 18

Morning: Visit Syracuse's archeological site with a local guide. Syracuse is famous for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres and architecture. Return to Syracuse center for lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Walking tour of the Island of Ortigia with local guide followed by free time to shop or relax.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Day 7 - Syracuse-Taormina

Thursday, April 19

Morning: Depart for Taormina with en route stop for a private lunch with cooking presentation in the countryside near Catania.

Afternoon: Arrival in Taormina, described by Goethe as “a corner of paradise”. Check-in to your 4-star hotel, your home for the next 3 nights.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Day 8 - Taormina

Friday, April 20

Morning: Walking tour of charming Taormina with Tommaso.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Taormina on your own.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Day 9 - Taormina-Mount Etna-Taormina

Saturday, April 21

Morning: Excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, with Tommaso as your guide.

Afternoon: Lunch and wine tasting. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Taormina.

Evening: Farewell dinner at a local trattoria.

Day 10 - Early morning transfer to the Catania airport.
End of tour.

Sunday, April 22

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Ancient Sicily Tour - Pricing

Your tour price includes:

• Hotel accommodations for 9 nights at 4-5 star hotels:

  • 3 nights Palermo
  • 1 night Agrigento
  • 2 nights Syracuse
  • 3 nights Taormina

• Licensed Tour Guide & Tour Manager Tommaso Pante for entire trip

• Meals as follows:

  • Breakfast daily
  • Private welcome reception in Palermo
  • Lunch at local agriturismo in Segesta
  • Dinner in Agrigento at hotel
  • Dinner in Syracuse at a local trattoria
  • Private lunch in the countryside of Catania
  • Lunch in a winery at Mount Etna
  • Farewell Dinner in Taormina at a local restaurant

• Special activities:

  • Cooking demonstration
  • Wine Tasting at Mount Etna

• Private transportation as per itinerary

  • Group Airport Transfer at the Palermo airport
  • Group Transfer for the Catania airport

• Private walking tours with licensed guides as follows:

  • Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Segesta, Valley of the Temples, Syracuse
  • Archeological Site, Ortigia (Syracuse center) , Taormina, Mount Etna

• Gratuities for drivers and guides

• All museum entry frees

• All local taxes

Not Included:

• Flights

• Meals unless listed

• Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc

• Gratuities for Tour Director-Guide, Tommaso Pante

• Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

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Tour Cost based on double occupancy

     10 days/9 nights Ancient Sicily.......................................... $5,295

     Single Supplement.............................................................+$1,500

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All aspects of the tour will be coordinated by Giovanna Chiti of Discover my Italy.

 

Palermo

Piazza Pretoria , Palermo

Erice & Segesta Temple

Mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale

Syracuse's archeological site

Monreale

"Casabianca Farm" patio

View from Taormina

Taormina's amphitheatre overlooking Mt Etna

Temple of Juno, Valley of the Temples

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