See Mount Etna with a Volcanologist to offer you a truly informative guide to this world-famous natural phenomenon
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
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
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.
Be met on arrival as you transfer from Palermo airport.
Stay: Two Nights: Palermo, Grand Hotel Piazza BorsaDaily :
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Palermo through the heart of this vibrant city. A local expert will show you the treasures of the bustling Arab-style open-air street markets -where you will have plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce as you wander the markets. Palermo’s history has made an imprint on the bazaars and markets of the town, which are as popular today with the locals as they ever were. You will also see medieval and Baroque churches with fascinating squares and fountains. Other highlights include the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Chapel of the Norman Kings of Sicily situated on the ground floor at the centre of the Royal Palace. 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 Cefalu, a lovely coastal town of Norman origins that is part of the Madonie Natural Park, which is considered one of the loveliest Italian boroughs. Savour lunch in a local seafood restaurant. Then, enjoy a walk through this fascinating town before returning to Palermo.
Tonight, both groups will enjoy the evening at leisure after their sightseeing.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 :
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.
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.
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 vistas from your hotel room, as you gaze out over Taormina and the sea beyond.
Stay: Two Nights: NH Collection TaorminaDaily :
Head to the scenic slopes of Mount Etna, one of the 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 facades 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 :
Travel with no more than 19 other guests for a personalised journey, with opportunities to ask questions and learn more
Venture away from the regular tourist trail with after hours, behind-the-scenes or exclusive access in select locations
Your hand-picked accommodation offers the perfect blend of luxurious, unique and authentic properties
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.