The Sicilian

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Trekked by more than half of humankind’s ancient world, modern day Sicily still offers off-the-beaten-path discoveries that reveal an undiscovered side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse arch...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Palermo: Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale, and the cathedral; lunch at Focacceria San Francesco
    • Erice: Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine
    • Motya: Boat cruise; visit museumMARSALA AREA
    • 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

What's this trip about?

    Trekked by more than half of humankind’s ancient world, modern day Sicily still offers off-the-beaten-path discoveries that reveal an undiscovered side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse architecture, unique culture, and multinational cuisine. As you trace the sparkling coast from the flamboyant capital city of Palermo to the ultra-chic Taormina Riviera, you can expect stunning archaeological treasures, ancient works of art, and a warm welcome at every turn, and a cool gelato on every corner. Traditional granita, cannoli, Marsala wine, and a tasting at Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory, only sweeten the experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Sicily.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City PALERMO, ITALY
End CityTAORMINA RIVIERA

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Italy

Attractions

  • Agrigento
  • Catania
  • Mount Etna
  • Palermo
  • Sicily
  • Syracuse

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

Day 2: PALERMO

Sicilian Specialties PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. Enjoy [LF] lunch with Sicilian specialties panelle (c...

Day 3: PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO

Sweet & Salty Sicily ERICE Visit the hilltop town and sample almond biscuits and Marsala wine at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico. MARSALA Visit a salt mill en route to Mazara del Vallo. (Breakfast,Dinner) 99 mi / 160 km

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Day 4: MAZARA DEL VALLO–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO

Timeless Temples MAZARA DEL VALLO Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral and a walk in the Old Town. SCIACCA Photo stop at the panoramic viewpoint. AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples. (Breakfast,Dinner) 93 mi / 150 km

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Day 5: AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–CALTAGIRONE–RAGUSA

Ancient Artistry in Sicily PIAZZA ARMERINA Take a guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. CALTAGIRONE Orientation and free time to see the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte en route to R...

Day 6: RAGUSA. EXCURSION TO MODICA

Historic Streets & Sweets RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the city’s oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Visit an authentic Carrettieri (Sicilian carts) workshop. Free time. MODICA Enjoy an orienta...

Day 7: RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE

World Stages NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicolò Cathedral. SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre. (Breakfast) 56 mi / 90 km

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Day 8: SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

Coastal Treasures CATANIA Take an orientation walk with free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. Take a scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera with free time this afternoon and evening. (Breakfast) 75 mi / 120 km

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Day 9: TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA

Frozen in Time SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a [LF] Granita (semi-frozen drink), and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli. TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theatre, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakf...

Day 10: TAORMINA RIVIERA

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania. (Breakfast)

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Globus Scicilian LP915 is not ready for prime time

The Sicilian is a new tour this year. Globus needs to do a lot of work to fix this tour. First and foremost, you go to Italy for the food. Except for two places, the...

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Mercure Palermo CentroThe Mercure Palermo Centro has a prime location with the Politeama theatre, the Harbor, the Cathedral and the lively Vucciria Market within walking distance. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and 93 modern rooms with design furniture. Rooms have a refined atmosphere and mostly come with white, beige and black color combinations. Each one has air conditioning, coffee and tea maker facilities, flat screen TV with international channels and in-room safe. In the evening enjoy a cocktail at the bar. Many restaurants, bars and local shops are available nearby. PalermoItalyvia Mariano Stabile, 112Mahara Hotel & WellnessIdeally located on Sicily's southwest coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Mahara Hotel & Wellness is just a short walk away from the center of Mazara del Vallo. This relaxed 81-room property offers free Wi-Fi, a wellness center complete with Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower, and hot tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun loungers. The elegant guestrooms are spacious, air conditioned, and equipped with satellite TV and minibar with either a balcony or a terrace. The in-house restaurant is recommended by Italy's most prestigious food guides and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks and snacks are available in the lounge bar.Mazara del Vallo, Sicily IslandItalyLungomare San Vito 3Della ValleSet amid a beautiful garden with olive and palm trees, Hotel Della Valle features a bar serving snacks and cocktails throughout the day, an outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants one located in the park and one overlooking the swimming pool - where to enjoy international cuisine, and traditional Sicilian dishes. All 112 guest rooms are modern and decorated in Sicilian style, offering air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe and flat screen TV with international channels. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. The famous Temples Valley is within easy reach. AgrigentoItalyVia Ugo La Malfa 3Poggio Del Sole ResortPoggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the hyblean landscape. Those buldings which were once parts of an elegant "masseria" now frame a tastefully and uniquely designed hotel with restaurants, bars and Spa. The hotel, in spite of its rustic location and origins, comes with all modern comfort and is elegantly embellished by a sober mix of contemporary and traditional sicilian furniture. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a lounge bar are also available.Ragusa AreaItalyS.P. 25 Ragusa - Marina Di Ragusa - Km 5,700Mercure Siracusa PrometeoThe modern, comfortable Mercure Siracusa Prometeo offers 93 rooms with all the comforts. The hotel has a bar/bistro, a fitness room and a wellness center. In Summer a roof panoramic outdoor swimming-pool with a solarium area on the 6th floor will be available. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property.SiracusaItalyViale Teracati 20Hellenia Yachting HotelHellenia Yachting Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony of Sicily. The property is directly overlooking the waterfront and features a private beach, a spa and a pool. There is a piano bar located in the main terrace area and immediatly adjacent to the main in-house restaurants which boasts some of the finest Sicilian cuisine, presenting traditional local dishes with a fresh and original touch. Giardini NaxosItalyVia Jannuzzo, 41,
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