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Valley of the Temples,  Agrigento, Sicily

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Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily
Immerse yourself in Sicily’s distinct culture, varied landscape and rich history during this fascinating, 8-day tour.
Cultural
Classic Escorted Tours

Highlights

Explore the archaeological area of Siracusa, Agrigento & the Valley of the Temples

Explore the charming city of Taormina

Enjoy views of Mount Etna

Sicilian product tasting in Ragusa

This classic tour will take you to the opulent palaces and cathedrals of Palermo to the hilltop town of Taormina. From Catania, travel to Syracuse, a city on the Ionian coast. Visit its ancient ruins including the “Neapolis”. Depart to the hilltop city of Ragusa to explore its stunning Baroque palaces and churches. Continue to Piazza Armerina and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a lavish villa featuring one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leave for Agrigento, a hilltop city renowned for the magnificent Valley of the Temples, some of the best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside Greece. Continue to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Explore its historical centre including the sprawling Palermo Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and Teatro Massimo. Continue to Erice until you reach the Trapani area. Depart to Cefalu, a charming coastal town known for its Arab-Norman cathedral and sandy beaches. Head to Taormina, a hilltop town located on the east coast of Sicily. Explore its landmarks including the ancient Greek-Roman theatre, Duomo di San Nicola and Odeeon. You also have an option to visit Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.

2020 Guaranteed Departure Dates

  • 11 & 18 April
  • 2, 9, 16 & 23 May
  • 6, 12 & 20 June
  • 4, 11 & 18 July
  • 22 & 29 August
  • 5, 12, 19 & 26 September
  • 3, 10 & 17 October
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Included

7-night accommodation in 4-star hotels
Meals as per itinerary
Transportation by deluxe coach or minivan
Visit to a chocolate factory in Modica and chocolate class
Visit to a winery, wine tasting and light lunch in Marsala
English-speaking tour escort
Local guides where necessary
Porterage at hotels

Itinerary

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Day 1
Catania

Independent arrival to hotel in Catania. Tonight dinner at the hotel.

Dinner
Day 2
Catania - Siracusa - Modica

After breakfast, depart to Siracusa where we visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. You will then continue to the island of Ortigia and visit the small Baroque old city centre of Siracusa seeing the Cathedral, Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. You will have free time to enjoy lunch at leisure. We then depart for Modica, a town whose architecture is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. The tour will then continue with a visit to a chocolate factory where you will have the chance to discover the techniques used to the produce chocolate. You will also have the possibility of creating your own bar of Chocolate. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Ragusa - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Following breakfast, travel to Piazza Armerina to visit Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. After your visit, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give you the opportunity to taste the local specialities. This afternoon, continue on to Agrigento, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, featuring Juno and Heracles.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale

Today is dedicated to discovering the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Arriving in Monreale, visit the Cathedral with its Moorish architecture and housing mosaics representing the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. We then travel to Palermo, where you'll have a chance to taste Palermo’s street food while wandering around its historical centre. Visit the Cathedral and Palazzo Mirto, located in the ancient Arabian quarter of Kalsa. Following your visit, go to your hotel for overnight stay and dinner

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Palermo - Erice - Marsala - Salt Route (Trapani Area) Palermo

After breakfast, depart for the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Walk through its characteristic streets, winding lanes and inner courtyards. Continue to Marsala, a city on the western coast famous for its production of sweet Sicilian wine. Stop at a prestigious winery for a guided tour of the historic wine cellars, tasting of wines (white, red and marsala) with local food pairings. Down to Trapani area for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills and basins, which are still in use. Return to Palermo. Dinner on your own at your own expense. Overnight in your hotel

Breakfast
Day 6
Palermo - Cefalu - Nebrodi Park - Taormina

This morning, depart for Cefalù a former fishing village which is now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk through the city centre, down main street to reach the Arab- Norman Cathedral and the medieval washhouse. Following your visit, drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu. Then, continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park before arriving in Taormina for dinner and overnight stay

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Taormina

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and spend your final day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Taormina

After buffet breakfast, check out of the hotel and end of the tour.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Currency
EURO
7 nights
from AUD2,427
per person, twin share
Catania
11 April - 17 October 2020
Italy Brochure
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Important notes

  • Shorter sectors available. Please contact us for more details.
  • For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified without notice.

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