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11 Day Tour


Sensational Sicily

  • Departs : Year-Round


    Day 1: Arrive Palermo

    Visit the Old Town including Palermo’s many beautiful churches and Teatro Massimo, See Palermo’s greatest attraction, Palazzo dei Normanni et Palatina,. Cappella Palatina is adorned with magnificent Byzantine mosaics. Overnight in Palermo

    Day 2: Palermo with side trip to Monreale

    Spend your morning visiting a bustling Palermo outdoor market where locals purchase fresh seafood, herbs and local produce. In the afternoon, visit Monreale. See Duomo di Monreale to see the beautiful mosaics illustrating scenes from the Bible. Overnight in Palermo

    Day 3:

    Drive to Selinunte and visit one of Sicily’s many great archaeological sites including the Acropolis and many temples. Continue to Agrigento for an afternoon visit of the Valley of Temples. This UNESCO site is one of the most memorable sights of the ancient world and contains some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece. See seven Greek temples in the Doric style such as the Temple of Corcord and Temple of Hercules. Overnight in Agrigento

    Day 4:

    Drive over 700 meters above sea level to Piazza Armerina, a town famous for the Villa Romana del Casale. The Villa was completely covered by a landslide in the 12th century and was not excavated until the 20th century. Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO Heritage site, contains some of the best-preserved of Roman mosaics with scenes portraying everyday life. Continue to Siracusa. Overnight in Siracusa (Ortygia Island).

    Day 5: Siracusa (Ortygia Island)

    The highlight of Siracusa is the Archaeological Park. See the Greek Theater, Paradise Quarry and the Roman Amphitheater. Visit the Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius, which an ear-shaped entrance and unusual acoustics inside. Later relax at Piazza del Duomo before visiting Siracusa’s beautiful Duomo, built over the ruins of the Temple of Minerva. Overnight in Siracusa (Ortygia Island).

    Day 6:

    Day of Leisure or visits to the picturesque towns of Ragusa and Noto. Both towns were destroyed in the 1693 earthquake and rebuilt in the Baroque style. Ragusa is a UNESCO-listed Baroque town. Overnight in Siracusa (Ortygia Island)

    Day 7: Day of Leisure

    Overnight in Siracusa (Ortygia Island)

    Day 8:

    Drive to Taormina with a stop for lunch in Catania—preferably with a view of Mount Etna. Overnight in Taormina.

    Day 9: Taormina

    Stroll the main street, Corso Umberto I, which overlooks the Ionian Sea. Taormina offers great shopping, intimate piazzas and excellent restaurants. Walk or take a taxi to the village of Castelmola, located high on the hill behire Taormina with excellent views of the sea and Mount Etna. Overnight in Taormina

    Day 10: Day of Leisure

    Consider a morning swim by taking the cable car down to the beach at Lido Mazzaro. Later visit the Greek Amphitheater, Taormina’s most visited monument. With magnificent views of the sea and Mount Etna, the theater presently is the sight of the Taormina film festival and numerous opera productions. Overnight in Taormina

    Day 11:

    Drive to Catania/return to US

  • 1 nights’ accommodation in your choice of hotel in Agrigento

    2 nights’ accommodation in your choice of hotel in Palermo

    3 nights’ accommodation in your choice of hotel in Taormina

    4 nights’ accommodation in your choice of hotel in Siracusa

    8 day all-inclusive car rental with pick up in Palermo and drop off at the airport in Catania or private car and driver for Day 3 - 11

    Private arrival transfer from Palermo Airport to hotel

    All hotel taxes and service fees

    Breakfast daily

  • Afternoon Walking Tour of Imperial Rome: Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum

    Begin your tour with the Colosseum, one of the world’s most iconic sights. Your guide will share his expertise in history and archaeology and speak of the legendary gladiators and the emperors who decided their fates. You will learn how this incredible amphitheater once hosted re-enactments of sea battles. Then explore Palatine Hill, the spot where brothers Remus and Romulus battled over who would found the first empire, and where Romulus founded the city that would become Rome. The tour ends at the Roman Forum – the heart of Ancient Rome and home to the bustling marketplace ruled by moneylenders and shopkeepers. Here politicians held rallies before elections, soldiers marched triumphantly down the Sacred Way and the Vestal Virgins decided if men lived or died.
  • Florence Extension

    Overview:

    This is an optional 4-day extension to add onto your trip.

    Rome Extension

    Overview:

    This is an optional 4-day extension to add onto your trip.

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