Description

Sicily is eventful, exotic, intriguing and fascinating in every aspect. The biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily captivates from the start with its legendary tales, art, history and time-honored traditions. On Sicily, travelers can embrace the island's mystique...from the fascinating city of Palermo, the enchanted beauty of Taormina and the majestic ruins of the ancient Greek city of Agrigento, to the charming fishing village of Cefalu, historic ports of Messina, and archeological treasures of Syracuse, plus much more! Come let the magic of Sicily envelop you today!

Highlights

  • Extended stay in one location
  • Delve into romantic Taormina and its Greek Theater
  • Views of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano
  • Wine tasting on the slopes of the ancient Volcano
  • Sample delicious Sicilian Gelato
  • Explore Syracuse and see the Ear of Dionysius
  • Participate in an unforgettable Godfather tour
  • Town of Savoca
  • Catania, the volcano city
  • Cruise the Naxos Bay
  • Medieval village of Castelmola
  • Admire the stunning Cyclopes Rivera
  • Tour the Crusade town of Messina and Reggio Calabria, “the rainbow of Italy”
  • Explore Agrigento with its impressive Greek ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the history and the unique traditions and customs of Palermo
  • Monreale’s Benedictine Abbey

Day By Day Itinerary

PALERMO EXTENSION

This morning, power up with breakfast at your hotel, then depart for Palermo along the Sicilian coast. Stop on the route in Agrigento where Sicily's most impressive Greek ruins are found. Known for its amazing archeological finds, here you will participate in a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century B.C. Celebrate your time in Agrigento, exploring the town's vibrant medieval center from Via Atenea, where you will delight in tantalizing treats from local shops, trattorias, and bars. Arrive in Palermo, the stunning capital of Sicily. Palermo has a rich culture, having been occupied by a number of civilizations over hundreds of years, such as the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Arabs, and even the Normans. What has been left behind is a city full of historic structures and relics, such as the grand Palermo Cathedral and the eerie Capuchin Catacombs. Baroque churches hiding in plain sight and local markets bursting with delicious street food are just some of the gems you’ll find by simply wandering around the city. Palermo’s history is marked by outside rulers who rose and fell, from the Phoenicians to the Moors to the Normans to the Spanish and beyond. Today Palermo showcases all of those influences, fused into an ambiance, range of customs, traditions and a culture that is distinctively Sicilian! Tonight, you will enjoy an included dinner at your hotel in Palermo. (B,D)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a half-day tour of Palermo. For centuries at the crossroads of civilizations, Palermo bears witness to its rich history offering a unique mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes, and frescoed cupolas. Discover Sicily’s capital, visiting the highlights such as Palermo Cathedral, the famous Palazzo dei Normanni, and Massimo Vittorio Emanuel Theatre, one of Europe’s largest opera houses and a great example of Spanish Baroque architecture. Visit the vibrant Palermo market and stop to sample some of the Sicilian delicacies. Continue to Monreale and visit the Benedictine Abbey known for its exquisite mosaics, depicting episodes from the Old and the New Testament. (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners. Wine, mineral water & coffee served with lunch and dinner
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City tour of Taormina, Tour to Syracuse, Tour of Catania & Cyclops Rivera, and Godfather Tour. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a visit to an ice-cream shop to enjoy and learn about traditionally made Sicilian-style Gelato
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Sicily
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 3 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Tour of Agrigento, including the Valley of Temples and City tour of Palermo
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACH - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside airport

Excludes

Video

Notes

Map

OTHER PROGRAMS

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