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Sicilian Sun tour

Sicilian Sun

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 2,575 $ 322 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the salt windmills of Trapani with a guided tour.
  • Enjoy meals at specially selected, local restaurants, offering an authentic taste of Sicilian cuisine.
  • Admire Norman palaces and Arab domes one day, take in stunning Byzantine mosaics the next.
  • Sample the famous local dessert wines, from Marsala to Zibbibo.
  • Experience the robust flavor of local produce enriched by the flavor of Mt. Etna's volcanic soil.

Short Description

Say "si!" to Sicily with this 7-night vacation package! You'll stay in charming hotels while being treated to the experience of a lifetime without the hassle; enjoy seamless airport transfers, guided tours, tastings of Sicilian cuisine, luxury transportation and more.

This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Sicily
End City Taormina

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Catania (CTA)
  • Round-trip airport transfers in Catania
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar
  • 1 night in Catania at the Hotel Il Principe
  • 1 night in Ragusa at the Poggio del Sole Resort
  • 1 night in Agrigento at the Dioscuri Bay Palace
  • 2 nights in Palermo at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
  • 2 nights in Taormina at the Villa Diodoro
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily breakfast, 7 dinners & 2 lunches
  • Sicilian product tastings
  • Transportation via deluxe motorcoach or mini-van
  • Services of an English-speaking tour escort
  • Local tours and entrance fees (as mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Porterage at hotels

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Sicily!

Accommodation: Il Principe Hotel Catania

Upon arrival at the airport in Catania, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Catania. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, until you meet the rest of your travel companions later for a welcome cocktail and dinner at the hotel.

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Catania - Siracusa - Ragusa

Accommodation: Poggio Del Sole Resort

After a buffet breakfast, depart for Siracusa (Syracuse) and visit the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of Paradise (Latomia del Paradiso) and the Ear of Dionysius.

Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city center of Siracusa; visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse Fountain. You'll enjoy some time alone where you can treat yourself to a local lunch or explore the area a bit further. We’ll then depart for Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical center, Ibla, with its stunning Baroque palaces and churches.

Enjoy a tasting of typical products of the island in a nice bar in the main square by the Dome.

Sicilian Product Tasting

Sample the flavors of Sicily today! Sicilian cuisine is unlike any other in Italy. The staple dishes of the region draw inspiration from all of the cultures which established them on the island over the course of history.

In addition to the traditional Italian fare, Sicilian cuisine shows traces from Greek, French, Spanish, and Arab influences.

Day 3: Ragusa – Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Accommodation: Dioscuri Bay Palace

Today, after breakfast you’ll depart to Caltagirone - a small town in the heart of Sicily, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous worldwide for the production of pottery, pay special attention to their majolica (Italian tin-glazed pottery that dates back to the Renaissance and is decorated in bright colors), and terra-cotta wares.

You'll then continue to Piazza Armerina to visit the world-renowned Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its well-preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu made up of authentic local specialties. Depart for Agrigento and visit the Valley of the Temples, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll get a guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, Juno and Heracles. Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.

Day 4: Agrigento – Palermo - Monreale

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before departing to Palermo. Upon arrival, enjoy time on your own to explore and have lunch.

That afternoon, the group will visit Monreale to see the Cathedral - one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style.

Continue on to visit the historical center of Palermo; explore the multi-stylistic Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel and the Royal Palace. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Palermo – Segesta – Erice - Salt Route (Trapani Area) - Palermo

After a buffet breakfast, depart to Segesta to admire the Temple and the Theatre surrounded by an impressive landscape.

Continue to the medieval village of Erice, situated on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands; walk through its tiny and characteristic streets, and enjoy lunch on your own.

From there, travel down to Trapani for a panoramic tour of the salt windmills, which are still working.

Day 6: Palermo – Cefalu/Nebrodi Park/Taormina

Accommodation: Villa Diodoro

Following breakfast, travel to Cefalu, a former fishing village that is now a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down the main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock.

Drive through the Park of Nebrodi and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch in an authentic local restaurant. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo, and visit the Etna Park from an unusual point of view - the north facing side - surrounded by beautiful landscapes. You'll the day in Taormina, where you'll stay in the historic city center.

Day 7: Taormina

Today you will enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight at your hotel in Taormina.

Day 8: Depart Italy

Your Sicilian getaway comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Catania Airport for your return flight home.

Transfer to Catania airport

Fly home!

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Meals Included:

Daily Breakfast, 2 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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