Splendor of Sicily

Greek Temple in Agrigento, Sicily

Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum, wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano – and our tour lets you see it all.

  • Experience a local cheese tasting in Sant’Angelo Muraxo with panoramic views
  • Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous from The Godfather film
  • Tour Includes: • 6 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D) • Local guides in Palermo, Corleone, Syracuse & Taormina • Cheese tasting • Entrance included to: Norman Palace, Palatine Chapel, Valley of the Temples, Kolymbetra Garden, Villa Spaccaforno, Trapani Salt Museum and Villa Romana del Casale.

DAY 1 PALERMO – CORLEONE – PALERMO
We meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its warren of streets with a local guide. This morning is dedicated to the Norman Palace, a wonder of Palermo and the Palatine Chapel – with walls coated in glimmering paintings that will astound. Next, we visit Corleone to learn more about the area and later, we enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

Accommodation: (Grand Hotel Piazza Borza)

DAY 2 PALERMO – ERICE – TRAPANI – MARSALA
This morning, we bid farewell to Palermo and set our eyes onwards to the medieval town of Erice. When you’re not marveling at the impressive views of the valley and ocean (if the weather is clear), hunt down Sicily's most famous almond cake shop, which calls Erice home. Next up is Trapani, where we meet with a family member and owner of the ‘Museo del Sale’, or ‘Salt Flat Museum’ to discover the history and traditions of salt production. After, it’s time for a local wine tasting before resting our heads in Marsala. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Baglio Oneto Resort)

DAY 3 MARSALA – AGRIGENTO
After breakfast, we leave Marsala and carry onwards to our next destination. Making a stop at the Kolymbetra Garden, we will wander through the ruins of the Valley of Temples and find peace in the tranquil surrounds of the lush plant life. After an enlightening day, we make our way back to the hotel to savor a delicious dinner together with the company of your fellow travelers in Agrigento. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Foresteria Baglio della Luna)

DAY 4 AGRIGENTO – SANT’ANGELO MUXARO – AGRIGENTO
We have one thing in mind today: delicious food. Start the day with a food tasting tour with a local guide through Sant’Angelo Muxaro. Sample your way through the morning with cheese, olive bread, peppers and a local treat – the sweet honey cake. To end the day, we meet for another satisfying dinner in Agrigento. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Foresteria Baglio della Luna)

DAY 5 AGRIGENTO – PIAZZA ARMERINA – MODICA – RAGUSA
Our first stop is Piazza Armerina, where we visit the one-of-a-kind Villa Romana del Casale, containing one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. Next, we follow in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano in Sicily one of the filming locations for the cult detective series in Modica. Our trail takes us onwards to Ragusa with the rest of the day to wander the town at your own pace. You could seek out a local trattoria to try some Sicilian specialities. (B)

Accommodation: (Antco Convento dei Cappuccini)

DAY 6 RAGUSA – NOTO – SYRACUSE – CATANIA
Seaside Syracuse, which rivaled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, is our stomping ground today. Our local guide leads us to the temples and sacred caves of the archaeological park. The best way to enjoy it is to happily get lost in its winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views. Later we turn to Catania and share a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Katane Palace)

DAY 7 CATANIA – MOUNT ETNA – TAORMINA – CATANIA
Now it’s time to take an up close look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. After a lava-fueled morning, we stop at Taormina and enjoy a guided tour of some of the city’s greats including the 13th century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre. (B)

On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries. Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

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This tour departs multiple times per month from March 3 to October 6, 2018. Priced from $2999*.

* Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy (land only). Single rates are available, and typically add about $700 to the cost.

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