Tour of Sicily: 9 days from PalermoGuided tour of Sicily. 9 days and 8 nights departing from Palermo Request to Book
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Fancy sharing a 9-day tour of Sicily with new friends? Our tour of 9 days and 8 nights, departing from Palermo, is available from 26 March to 5 November, each Tuesday. The programmes is as follows:
Day 1 - Tuesday - PALERMO (hotel in Palermo) Arrival with own transport at the hotel in the fascinating city of Palermo (transfer service available on request). Meeting with your guide in the late afternoon, dinner and overnight stay in your accommodation.
Day 2 - Wednesday - MONREALE, PALERMO AND MARSALA (hotel in Marsala) After breakfast in the hotel, the morning will be dedicated to discovering the town of Monreale where you will visit the imposing Arab-Norman Cathedral and stunning cloisters. Continuing on to Palermo, the city at the foot of the Pellegrino Mountain. The residence of emirs and kings, Palermo has many monuments of the Arab-Norman period, including the beautiful Cathedral; the Martorana Church, a wonderful example of Medieval Byzantine architecture in Italy; and the Palatina Chapel. En route there'll be a tasty gastronomic surprise at the historic Antica Focacceria S. Francesco, followed by a free lunch. After lunch it's time to admire the splendid Teatro Massimo and the much-discussed Fountain of Piazza Pretoria, adorned with 16th Century sculptures and located on the edge of the ancient Kalsa district. It's then time to move on to Marsala, the port where Garibaldi landed in May 1860. Visit to a prestigious winery and wine-tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 3 - Thursday - MARSALA, SELINUNTE AND AGRIGENTO (hotel at Agrigento) The tour continues in the wonderful town of Marsala with its stunning colours, where you'll see whilst walking along the famous Via del Sale the islands of Stagnone and the salt flats - one of the oldest salt extraction industries in the world. Following this, a stop at Selinunte to stroll through the ancient remains of the Greek city and its temples, part of the most extensive archaeological parks in the Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time for lunch. Then to Agrigento to visit the famous Valley of the Temples, another site declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. An evening in the hotel, with dinner.
Day 4 - Friday - PIAZZA ARMERINA AND RAGUSA (hotel in Catania) After breakfast in the hotel we continue on to Piazza Armerina to visit the incredible Roman Villa of Casale, once the residence of an important Roman aristocrat. Free time for lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to discovering Ragusa Ibla, the epicentre of Late Sicilian Baroque architecture with its wonderful churches and Ibleo garden. This marvellous ancient town has over 50 churches and many palaces, all in the Baroque style. The visit will end with a stop for a tasting of local products typical of the area. Transport to the hotel in Catania, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 - Saturday - CATANIA (hotel in Catania) Free day. Meeting with your guide in the late afternoon, dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation.
Day 6 - Sunday - SYRACUSE AND NOTO (hotel in Catania) First breakfast in the hotel, then off to Syracuse, UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit what was the largest and most powerful Greek colony in Sicily in the Neapolis Archaeological Park. We'll then visit the old town centre of Ortigia where you'll discover the charm of Piazza Duomo and its beautiful Cathedral. Free time for lunch. It's then time to head to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, known as the "garden of stones", rich with stunning buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll visit to the Palazzo Nicolaci Villaorata, a glorious noble residence all in the Baroque style and once the home of Don Giacomo Nicolaci, a man of great culture. Return to Catania for dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 7 - Monday - ETNA AND TAORMINA (hotel in Catania) After breakfast in the hotel, it's departing for Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,350m asl and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Etna Park and its 59,000 hectares offers a completely unique and varied range of protected flora and fauna species. You first glimpse the incredible landscapes to come as you arrive at Sapienza Refuge. From there, time to head to the Silvestri Craters, volcanic craters formed during the eruptions of 1888, now inactive but surrounded by more recent lava flows. Then a visit to a beekeeping business to discover how they make honey, followed by a honey tasting along with other traditional products of the area. Following to Taormina, famous for its incredible natural landscape, beautiful sea, historical monuments and an unforgettable panoramic view of the sea and Etna. Lunch at a charming restaurant in the old town centre where we will help you in a lesson of show-cooking, to create some of the classic dishes of Sicilian cuisine! Then it's time to visit the Greek-Roman ampitheatre with its breathtaking views of the gulf of Naxos. Free time to stroll along the enchanting little alleys of the Medieval centre. The day will close with a panoramic view of the Cyclops Riviera, before returning to the hotel in Catania for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 - Tuesday - CATANIA AND CEFALU' (hotel in Palermo) The day begins with a tour of the old town centre of Catania and its UNESCO Baroque buildings. After lunch it's time to head to Cefalù, a charming Medieval fishing village facing the Mediterranean, embellished by an impressive Norman Cathedral. A stroll along the streets of the town centre, and for those that want to, the chance to visit the famous Mandralisca Museum. We'll then move on to Palermo, to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 - Wednesday - PALERMO Breakfest in the hotel and the tour has come to its end!
Multilingual authorised guide for the entire tour (from the evening of Day 1 until the evening of Day 8). Local guides and audio-guides when necessary. Gran Comfort Minibus (from Day 2 until the end of Day 8). Accommodation in elegant 4* hotels, generally in the centre of the towns. Half-board in the hotel or local restaurants (fixed menu dinner of 3 dishes to taste some of the classic dishes of Italian and Sicilian gastronomy. Drinks not included). 1 lunch in Taormina on Day 7 (fixed menu, drinks not included) with a lesson of show-cooking. Local product tasting: Palermo gastronomic surprise tasting of street food (Day 2), Marsala wine and food tasting (Day 2), Ragusa tasting of local foods (Day 4), Etna honey tasting with other local produce (Day 7), Catania granita and brioche (Day 8).
Transfer to/from airport. All the lunches apart from in Taormina on Day 7. Drinks at the meals. Entrance to the monuments and museums. Tourist tax (where necessary). Tips and general extras. Travel cancellation insurance upon request. Privilege package which includes: Superior/deluxe bedrooms, private transfer to/from airport, tourist tax, entrance fees to all museums on the programme. You can request this package as an extra at the time of booking.
To make a reservation a prepayment of 50% of the total is required. The outstanding balance must be paid by credit card or bank transfer at least 30 days before the commencement of the tour.
If you cancel between 29-21 working days in advance of the scheduled commencement of the tour, there is a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel between 20-12 working days in advance of the scheduled commencement of the tour, there is a 30% cancellation fee. If you cancel between 11-7 working days in advance of the scheduled commencement of the tour, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel between 6-4 working days in advance of the scheduled commencement of the tour, there is a 70% cancellation fee. If you cancel between with less than 3 days notice there will be no reimbursement.