The Sicilian (LP)

10 days from Palermo to Taormina Riviera

2019 Tour Details

Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your “off the beaten path” tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches.

You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory.

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.

From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You’ll visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with its Greek structures that have miraculously endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the famous mosaic-tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone.

You’ll travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. You’ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather movie– then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar.

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

PALERMO
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo; [LF] lunch of Sicilian specialties

ERICE
Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine

MOTYA
[LF] Boat cruise; visit the museum

MARSALA AREA
Visit a salt mill; couscous dinner with local specialties

SCIACCA
Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint

AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

PIAZZA ARMERINA
Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale

CALTAGIRONE
See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

RAGUSA
Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral

MODICA
Chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant

NOTO
Guided walking tour, visit San Nicolò Cathedral

SYRACUSE
Guided visit of the archaeological site

CATANIA
See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea

SAVOCA
See the Church of Santa Lucia; [LF] taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli

TAORMINA
Orientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Palermo; 6 three-course dinners, including dinners at local restaurants in the Marsala area, Modica, and 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. Discover the capital of Sicily with a Local Guide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro. Visit the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the major sites like the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the magnificent CATHEDRAL. [LF] A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits. (B,L)

Day 3

PALERMO–ERICE–MOTYA–MARSALA AREA. Join your Tour Director for an orientation of the hilltop town of Erice, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to savor the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Next, visit a traditional SALT MILL. Then, the highlight of the day: [LF] a relaxing BOAT RIDE to the island of Motya for a perfect view of the lagoon and visit to the MUSEUM. Later, dinner with local specialties and couscous will be served.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

MARSALA AREA–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO. In Sciacca, take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint before continuing to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE 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 5

AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA. Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the 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,” discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone and see the mosaic STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA. Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century and then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE. The baroque town of Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic center that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Meet your Local Guide for a walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture, and visit SAN NICOLÒ CATHEDRAL. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th century BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmakers’ Cave. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

SYRACUSE–CATANIA–SAVOCA–TAORMINA RIVIERA. In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. In the village of Savoca, see the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone's wedding in the movie The Godfather. [LF] Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

TAORMINA RIVIERA. In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATER, dating back to the 3rd century BC. This evening, a farewell dinner will be served at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci Sicilia!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

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

MARSALA AREA

HOTEL GIARDINO DI COSTANZA RESORT

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

RAGUSA

POGGIO DEL SOLE RESORT

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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

RG NAXOS HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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