The Sicilian

Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches. You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, 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, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. 


Price Includes

• 9 night tour exploring Sicily from Palermo to Taormina Riviera
• Superior Hotels in the heart of the action
• Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 three-course dinners with wine
• First-class motorcoach with FREE Wi-Fi 
• Professional Tour Director & Local Guides
• VIP sightseeing and local favourite experiences
• Highlights include Palermo, Erice, Motya, Marsala, Sciacca, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Syracuse, Catania, Savoca & Taormina


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Room/Cabin information
Twin Share
Travel Dates

07 Apr 2018 and 27 Oct 2018

Other departures available between April – Oct 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.


Offer Ends

30 Sep 17,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY. (Sat.)
Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling
companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

DAY 2 PALERMO. (Sun.)
Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the
baroque Church of 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. A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea
fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet
ricotta cheese) awaits at the Antica Focacceria San Francesco restaurant. (B,L)

DAY 3 PALERMO–ERICE–MOTYA–MARSALA. (Mon.)
Drive to Erice and follow your Tour Director for an orientation of this hilltop
town, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to try out
the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Visit a typical SALT MILL.
Then, the highlight of the day: a BOAT CRUISE to the island of Motya
for a perfect view of the lagoon and visit to the MUSEUM. Later, in Marsala,
dinner with local specialties and couscous is served. (B,D)

DAY 4 MARSALA–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO. (Tue.)
In Sciacca, take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint before continuing
to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk
through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. Even travellers who
have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek
structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. (B,D)

DAY 5 AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA. (Wed.)
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 to discover the imposing STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL
MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern. (B,D)

DAY 6 RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA. (Thu.)
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 and 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
centre 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 special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 7 RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE. (Fri.)
Arrive in the baroque town of Noto, renowned for its beautiful historic centre
that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Meet your Local Guide for a walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele
to admire the magnificent architecture, and visit 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 Theatre, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus,
the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Cordmakers’ Cave.
Tonight, join an optional dinner in the enchanting Ortigia district. (B)

DAY 8 SYRACUSE–CATANIA–SAVOCA–TAORMINA RIVIERA. (Sat.)
In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del
Duomo and Via Etnea. On to the traditional 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. (B)

DAY 9 TAORMINA RIVIERA. (Sun.)
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 THEATRE, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and in the
evening, a farewell dinner awaits at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent
way to say arrivederci, Sicilia! (B,D)

DAY 10 TAORMINA RIVIERA. (Mon.)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is
Catania). (B)


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