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The Treasures of Sicily

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Sicily is an island of contrasts, with its stunning coastal vistas and UNESCO World Heritage towns that are a melting pot of different cultures and architectural styles. You will be surprised by its stunning palaces and cathedrals, the hilltop towns and the delicious products of the biggest Mediterranean Island.
Italy
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Try the specialty chocolate of Modica

Discover the beauty of Valley of Temples 

Experience the market street food in Palermo

Lunch and oil tasting at a local Farmhouse

 

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.

Proceed to a typical farmhouse producing olive oil for an oil tasting and a delicious lunch before reaching Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Explore its historical centre including the sprawling Palermo Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and Teatro Massimo and stop to admire the moorish Cathedral of Monreale. 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 main attractions including the ancient Greek-Roman theatre, Duomo di San Nicola and Odeeon. End of the service is at Catania Airport.

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Included

1 night in Catania at Hotel Principe or similar
2 nights in Ragusa at Hotel Poggio del Sole or similar
1 night in Agrigento at Hotel Dioscuri or similar
1 night in Palermo at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa or similar
2 nights in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro or similar
Arrival Private Transfer from Catania airport to Hotel in Catania
Departure Private transfer from Taormina to Catania airport
Air-conditioned Private car with English speaking driver
Daily Breakfast
6 Meals: 3 at hotels and 3 at restaurants with Mineral Water included
English speaking local guide in Siracusa, Ragusa & Modica, Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Valley of Temples in Agrigento
English speaking local guides in Selinunte archaeological area, Monreale, Palermo and Cefalù
Oil tasting experience at farmhouse in Castelvetrano
Chocolate experience/tour in Modica
Street food experience/tour in Palermo
Porterage service at hotels
Whispers for the whole Sicily tour

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Catania Airport→ Catania

Arrival at airport in Catania. Transfer to your hotel and welcome dinner there.

Overnight stay in Catania at 4* Hotel Il Principe.

Dinner
Catania Airport→ Catania
Catania
Day 2
Catania → Siracusa →Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast,  departure to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Greek theatre, Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa; visit of the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo, then lunch on your own. In the afternoon transfer to Ragusa .  Accommodation in your hotel in Ragusa to relax and have dinner.

Overnight in Ragusa at 4* Hotel Poggio del Sole or similar.

Breakfast, Dinner
Catania → Siracusa →Ragusa
Syracuse
Day 3
Ragusa → Modica →Ragusa

After a buffet breakfast, visit Ragusa and  depart to Modica a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe.  Modica is a town with an ancient history, nicknamed "the city of 100 churches" and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then, continue with a visit inside the Artisan chocolate workshop; there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of chocolate, "the Modican's chocolate". Lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy some time to explore the town and do some shopping. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Ragusa at 4* Hotel Poggio del Sole or similar.

 

Breakfast, Dinner
Ragusa → Modica →Ragusa
Modica
Day 4
Ragusa →Piazza Armerina → Agrigento

After buffet breakfast, depart to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities. Departure to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; guided tour of  the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, Juno and Heracles. Enjoy dinner at your own expense.

Overnight in Agrigento at 4* Hotel Dioscuri Palace or similar.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ragusa →Piazza Armerina → Agrigento
Valley of Temples
Day 5
Agrigento →Selinunte→ Palermo

After buffet breakfast, depart to Selinunte the largest archaeological park in Europe, an area of 270 hectares with over 2.500 years of history written on it. It is still a very suggestive visit as it allows you to see Temple E, that in the best state of conservation of the entire archaeological area, and Temple G, what was the largest in all Hellenic archaeology.  After the visit we proceed to a typical farmhouse producing olive oil for an oil tasting and a delicious lunch. After lunch, we proceed in direction of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. At the arrival, visit Monreale, situated on a hill at few kms away from Palermo in a panoramic position; the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments, and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Then, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

Overnight stay in Palermo at 4* Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa or similar.

Breakfast, Lunch
Agrigento →Selinunte→ Palermo
Cathedral of Monreale
Day 6
Palermo→ Cefalu→ Taormina

After buffet breakfast, the morning will be dedicated to visit of the historical centre of the town, one of the largest in Europe;  with Martorana Church, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria, “I Quattro Canti di Città - the four corners”, making a pleasant walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient “Cassaro”, Piazza Bologni the Cathedral (internal visit) and the outside of Norman Palace. You will have the chance to taste the Palermo’s street food at a typical local market.
Then depart to Cefalù a former fishing village, now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Taormina and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Taormina at 4* Hotel Diodoro or Similar.

Breakfast
Palermo→ Cefalu→ Taormina
Cefalu'
Day 7
Taormina

After buffet breakfast, the day is at leisure we suggest to explore Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea". Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman Theatre on your own, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna.  

Overnight stay in Taormina at 4* Hotel Diodoro or Similar.

 

Breakfast
Taormina
Greek Theater
Day 8
Taormina→ Catania Airport

After breakfast, private transfer to the Catania Airport. End of tour.

Breakfast
Taormina→ Catania Airport

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

The Treasures of Sicily

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Catania
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Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
01 April 2022 - 20 December 2022

Hotel options

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Palermo
The 
4-star Piazza Borsa hotel is located in the heart of Palermo. unique historical residence of its kind, sumptuous and remarkable, its facade is the main protagonist of the square in which it resides.The  Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa has an outstanding position and it is just few steps away from Teatro Massimo, Teatro Politeama, Piazza Castelnuovo.

Hotel Il Principe
Hotel Il Principe

Catania
Hotel Il Principe
is one of the most important hotels in Catania. Its structure is a recently restored aristocratic building in the baroque heart of the historical centre of the city, providing outstanding testimony to Sicilian architecture.

Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace

Agrigento
Overlooking the sea and just a few kilometres from the Agrigento and the magnificent Valley of the Temples, Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace is the answer to all your travel needs. Featuring a semi-olympic pool with sea view, the hotel will offer you plenty of occasions to relax between a swim, a massage and a cocktail at sunset.

Hotel Poggio del Sole
Hotel Poggio del Sole

Ragusa
Located between central Ragusa and the Mediterranean Sea, Poggio del Sole is an imposing 19th-century country manor. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, a modern wellness centre and spacious, elegant and modern rooms.

Hotel Villa Diodoro
Hotel Villa Diodoro

Taormina
Hotel Villa Diodoro
 is a wonderful property located just a few steps from the idyllic town of Taormina. It boasts a beautiful pool area looking out over Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos. 

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