Be welcomed into the home of a local Sicilian family as you sit down to enjoy a special welcome dinner
At Ragusa’s Eremo della Giubiliana, enjoy a guided tour followed by a wine tasting in their famous cellar before dinner
See Mount Etna with a Volcanologist to offer you a truly informative guide to this world-famous natural phenomenon
Be met on arrival as you transfer from Catania or Palermo airports. Tonight, be welcomed into the private home of a local Sicilian family for a Welcome Dinner. You will be treated to an authentic taste of Italy, which showcases Palermo's finest flavours.
Stay: Two Nights: Palermo, Grand Hotel Piazza BorsaDaily :
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Palermo through the heart of this vibrant city. A local expert guide will show you the Arab-style street markets (where you will enjoy lunch), and the medieval and Baroque churches with fascinating squares and fountains. Other highlights include the Palatine Chapel and the Royal Chapel of the Norman Kings of Sicily, situated on the ground floor at the centre of the Royal Palace. Often referred to as the Palace Church, it was commissioned by Roger II of Sicily in 1132 to be built upon an older chapel - now the crypt around 1080. The mosaics were only partially finished by 1143. The sanctuary dedicated to Saint Peter, is reminiscent of a domed basilica, which has three apses, as is usual in Byzantine architecture, with six pointed arches - three on each side of the central nave resting on recycled classical columns. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic drive to the south of Palermo to reach the town of Corleone, a lovely town that is unfortunately infamous for the social phenomenon known as the Mafia. Here, visit the CIDMA: International Centre of Documentation on Mafia and the Anti-Mafia Movement. You will be met by an in-house guide, who will provide an exceptional insight into this fascinating part of history. Afterwards, continue to Cefalù, a lovely coastal town of Norman origins that is part of the Madonie Natural Park, which is considered one of the loveliest Italian boroughs. The town is characterised by its artistic and cultural charm. Savour lunch in a local seafood restaurant, before enjoying a walk through this fascinating town prior to your return to Palermo. Tonight, both groups will enjoy the evening at leisure.Daily :
After breakfast, travel to Erice, one of the finest medieval towns in Sicily, originally founded by the Greeks as part of the colonisation of Sicily in the 8th century BC. Afterwards, continue south to Trapani to see the natural reserve of Paceco. Here, you'll see the unique Salt Works Natural Reserve, which showcases a landscape not often found within Italy. It also plays home to a wide variety of unique fauna. Stop in Marsala, where you will visit one of the local wineries for a light lunch and sample their famous sweet wine varieties. This evening, arrive at your unique accommodation situated within the World Heritage-listed Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples. Here, you will enjoy dinner in a magical setting overlooking the temples.
Stay: Agrigento, Hotel Villa AthenaDaily :
During a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples, you will see some of the better maintained Greek Temples dating back to the 5th century BC. From Agrigento, head into the centre of Sicily and stop in Piazza Armerina to visit Villa del Casale. According to legend, the villa was built in the 4th century by a wealthy importer of wild beasts from Africa. The villa also boasts some of the most beautiful mosaics of the late Roman period. Arrive in Ragusa, where you will check into your hotel, a former 12th-century estate. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of this intriguing historic property, followed by a superb wine tasting in their famous cellar before dinner.
Stay: Ragusa, Eremo della GiubilianaDaily :
This morning, journey to Modica before arriving in Noto, a delightful town that houses the loveliest examples of Baroque Architecture in Sicily. Afterwards, arrive in Syracuse, founded by Greek political exiles around the 5th Century BC, which houses the magnificent Archaeological Park Neapolis. You will also enjoy a visit to the island of Ortigia, the Arethusa Spring and the Temple of Apollo before continuing to Taormina. This evening, perhaps wander up to the top of a rocky spur, or relax and absorb the sublime sea vistas from your hotel room's private balcony.
Stay: Two Nights: Taormina, Hotel Monte TauroDaily :
Head to the scenic slopes of Mount Etna, one of the most prominent active volcanoes existing in the world. Here, a local Etna guide will guide you around, followed by spending time with a professional Volcanologist who will share their expertise before enjoying a light lunch. In the afternoon, return to Taormina to join a local guide for a walk through town to visit its well-preserved Greek Theatre that is still utilised for performances today. Here, you will also admire the façades of the lovely buildings lining the Corso. In the evening, say goodbye to new-found friends during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.Daily :
Today your Sicilian journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, bid farewell to your new-found friends, then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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