Your 10-day Italy tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your 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 with its Greek structures that have endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the adorned 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 – 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 Italy tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.
PALERMOWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; [LF] lunch at Focacceria San FrancescoERICEVisit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wineMOTYA[LF] Boat cruise; visit museumMARSALAVisit a salt mill; dinner at a local restaurantSCIACCATake pictures from the panoramic viewpointAGRIGENTOGuided walking tour of the Valley of TemplesPIAZZA ARMERINAGuided visit of the Villa Romana del CasaleCALTAGIRONESee the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del MonteRAGUSAGuided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George CathedralMODICAChocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurantNOTOGuided walking tour, visit San Nicolò CathedralSYRACUSEGuided visit of the archaeological siteCATANIASee St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via EtneaSAVOCASee the Church of Santa Lucia; [LF] taste granita and brioche at Bar VitelliTAORMINAOrientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Full breakfast daily; one special lunch in Palermo; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Palermo, special dinners in Marsala and Modica, and a farewell dinner in Taormina
Motorcoach; boat cruise. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.