Sicilian Escape (KIJ)

7 days from Palermo to Taormina Riviera

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Escape to Sicily for seven days of beauty, cuisine, and history—without the crowds you’d find in the high-season. Begin in Palermo and meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Spend the following day on a guided sightseeing tour of Palermo’s ornate Piazza Bellini and Capo Market. See the stunning baroque features of the Church of the Immacolata, and visit the historic Palermo Cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro in Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral with its treasured byzantine mosaics.

Walk through the 24-centuries-old Valley of the Temples with your Local Guide in Agrigento, visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale to admire the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. In Syracuse, the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, you’ll take a guided visit to the archaeological site of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, Garden of Paradise, Ear of Dionysus, Altar of Hieron II, Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Travel to Catania, where you’ll sample Sicily’s famous Arancino, and spend two nights on the spectacular Taormina Riviera, your base for a fascinating excursion to Mount Etna—the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore Taormina, and complete your Sicilian Escape with a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll treasure the time spent exploring Sicily’s famous sights and stunning scenery—without the crowds of the busy travel season on this spectacular guided tour of Sicily!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

PALERMO Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale

AGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

PIAZZA ARMERINA Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale

SYRACUSE
Guided visit of the archaeological site

CATANIA [LF] Arancino tasting

TAORMINA
Mount Etna excursion; orientation of the hill-top town; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine including a welcome dinner in Palermo and a farewell dinner in Taormina

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY. Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

PALERMO. Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of the Immacolata, and a visit to the CATHEDRAL. In Monreale, enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

PALERMO–AGRIGENTO. Arrive in Agrigento, where your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–SYRACUSE. Drive to Piazza Armerina and visit the impressive VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “bikini girls.” Stay overnight in Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Continue to Catania and enjoy some free time in its historic center. You will be treated to [LF] an ARANCINO TASTING. An arancino is a fried stuffed rice ball, one of Sicily’s most famous street foods. Spend the next two nights on the Taormina Riviera.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

TAORMINA RIVIERA. In the morning enjoy an included excursion to MOUNT ETNA, the largest active volcano in Europe, followed by an orientation of hill-top Taormina. In the evening, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant, the proper way to say, “Arrivederci, Sicilia!”
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

TAORMINA RIVIERA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Catania.)
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

AGRIGENTO

GRAND HOTEL MOSE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PALERMO

CENTRAL PALACE HOTEL FEDERICO II

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SYRACUSE

MERCURE SIRACUSA PROMETEO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TAORMINA RIVIERA

HELLENIA YACHTING HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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