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Treasures of Sicily - Fall 2019
October 13-24, 2019

$3,950

Treasures of Sicily – Fall 2019

Siciliy is famous for its Greek and Roman ruins, fascinating history, exotic food and delicious wines. It is so diverse that it feels much like a small continent. Your Sicilian journey will include a visit to Siracusa (the most important colony of ancient Greece), the ancient Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina with its staggering mosaics, the well-preserved Greek ruins at Agrigento and the amazing Norman Cathedral of Monreale. You will be introduced to interesting local personalities, enjoy regional specialties and will be sure to leave Sicily with a very good idea about what it means to be Sicilian.


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ITINERARY


*Please click on each day to view daily itinerary.

DAY 0 - October 12

Fly from the US to Catania, Sicily

DAY 1 - October 13 - Catania & Taormina

Arrival in Catania, Sicily. A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive your hotel in Taormina. Rest up in your beautiful room before meeting your guide and co-travelers for a welcome talk and dinner. Sleep in Taormina.

DAY 2 - October 14 - Taormina

This morning you will explore beautiful Taormina, which is considered one the foremost pearls of the Mediterranean Sea. You will start your day with a stroll along its most famous promenade to one of Sicily’s finest “pasticcerias”. In the afternoon you will take in a lovely city tour that will include the city’s exquisite Greek theatre. You will have some time after to shop or just enjoy the great atmosphere of this small city. Sleep in Taormina.

DAY 3 - October 15 - Mt. Etna Wine Tasting and Godfather Villages

Today you will enjoy a great wine tasting at a vineyard on the hillside of Mt. Etna, and visit the small village of Savoca, where many scenes of the movie the Godfather were shot. You will also visit the small and very charming villages of Forza d'Agro' and - time permitting – Castelmola, where the scenic views are unbeatable, the history palpable, and the local seafood a delight Sleep in Taormina.

DAY 4 - October 16 - Siracusa

Today you will explore Siracusa, the ancient Greek colony that outshined its master during the decline of the Greek empire. First, we will wander through the unforgettable Piazza del Duomo to behold the Fountain of Arethusa. The legends shared by our classically educated guide will bring our walking tour to life. You will have time to shop and enjoy the magic of this special city before heading to Noto for the evening. Sleep outside Noto.

DAY 5 - October 17 - Modica & Noto

Today you will tour the “Val di’ Noto,” a valley so beautiful and unique that it was declared a World Heritage site in 2002. You will stop in the countryside to taste fresh ricotta cheese (cooked over a hot stove in wooden barrels) and the most incredible hand-made Sicilian Cannoli you will ever have. Later, you can wander the baroque jewel of Noto, an amazing city built at the end of the 17th century after an earthquake destroyed Old Noto entirely. Sleep outside Noto.

DAY 6 - October 18 - Piazza Armerina

You will start your day with a lovely drive across scenic agrarian landscapes to the Piazza Armerina and the Imperial Roman Villa of Casale. This ancient Roman hunting lodge and beauty spa was well known among the Who’s Who of the 4th century. You will have plenty of time to view the original mosaics that decorate the lodge’s former exercise rooms and baths. We will then make our way to Agrigento. Sleep outside Agrigento.

DAY 7 - October 19 - Agrigento

Visit the Ancient Valley of the Temples, one of the richest archaeological areas of the world. Here our guide will lead you among the remains of approximately 20 ancient temples including the Temple of Concord, Castor, Pollux and Hercule. Sleep outside Agrigento

DAY 8 - October 20 - Selinunte, ceramic shopping and Marsala

The highlight of the day will no doubt be Selinunte, one of Europe's largest archaeological parks. En route to Selinunte you will stop at charming Sciacca, very famous for its artistic and traditional ceramics. After time for shopping and a visit to a local ceramicist, you will reach the seaside near Selinunte - where you will enjoy a light lunch. You will then visit the amazing archaeological park of Selinunte - where you will be blown away by the ancient Greek ruins over the blue Mediterranean Sea. It is a sight you will never forget. You will then reach the outskirts of Marsala and will check in at your resort - where you will have time to sample some of the awesome Marsala wine produced at the estate. Sleep outside Marsala.

DAY 9 - October 21 - Marsala

Today you will start your visits with an introduction to the charming centre of Marsala, before heading to one of the best producers of the local sweet and smooth Marsala wine. After a tasting of this incredible dessert wine, you will take in the local museum, which displays the remains of an awesome Phoenician ship. You will have time to stroll into town and shop before heading back to your resort. Sleep in Marsala

DAY 10 - October 22 - Erice & Monreale

This morning you will drive to Erice, a delightful medieval village nestled on a 2,200-foot cliff. Walking though Erice’s narrow streets you can make your way to a traditional pastry shop where you can sample some of the world’s most amazing almond pastries. But don't forget to try the Cannoli and the shop's famed Cassata! These delicious treats will augment the breathtaking views over the Egadi Islands below. After your group lunch you will head to the small hill town of Monreale. Here you will see the mosaics of the Norman Cathedral which are among the most extraordinary in Italy. This amazing monument is a dazzling mixture of Arab, Byzantine and Norman artistic styles all framed by traditional Romanesque architecture. Nowhere else on the planet can you find such a perfect blend of the Christian and Muslim artistic worlds of the 12th century. You will then drive to Palermo, where you will check into your hotel for a two-night stayi. Sleep in Palermo.

DAY 11 - October 23 - Palermo and dinner at a private palace

You will spend the morning visiting beautiful Palermo, the many narrow streets and alleys, and the market stalls packed with all sorts of merchandise. You will have the afternoon on your own to discover more of this very special city. Tonight you will enjoy a special dinner and an exclusive tour of an incredible palace of a local nobleperson. Sleep in Palermo.

Day 12 October 24 - Departure

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.



INFORMATION


Trip Details:
3 nights in Taormina
2 nights outside Noto
2 nights outside Agrigento
2 nights outside Marsala
2 nights in Palermo

Price: $3,950 USD per person, double occupancy
$680 Single Supplement

What is included in the trip

  • All double-occupancy accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels and country inns with breakfast
  • Professional tour leading, tour leader accommodation, transportation cost and expenses, local guides when needed
  • Food and accommodation for the bus driver throughout the trip
  • 1 main meal per day including water, wine, and coffee
  • All sightseeing and guided tours as per the itinerary
  • A great wine tasting on the slope of Mount Etna
  • A great tasting in Taormina
  • All transportation in a deluxe bus with air conditioning, parking fees, tolls, city entry taxes as per the itinerary
  • All entrances as per the itinerary
  • Transfer from Catania airport on DAY 1 and transfer to Palermo airport on DAY 12

What is not included

  • International airfare from and back to the US
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guides, tour leader, and drivers

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