(Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina)
Only in Sicily can you commune with the culture of Hellenic antiquity, the grandeur of the Middle Ages and the marvels of the Renaissance all forged by a dozen civilizations.
Sicily is not just a destination, it is an island crammed with glorious architecture, marvelous landscapes and gastronomical delights almost too good to be believed. Wander rolling hills dotted with olive groves and eucalyptus trees and stroll markets where the people are as colorful as the produce. Journey to the past as you visit wondrous Greek ruins with Mt. Etna rising in the distance. At night, relax in well-appointed accommodations that offer style and comfort.
Meet your private guide and driver and head for the Tasca D’Almerita estate, where you’ll tour an olive grove and vineyard with a wonderful tasting in both. Visit the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia in Monte Pelligrino and enjoy spectacular views of the bay of Palermo. Wander through the Greek theater in Taormina and take in the sweeping vistas of the sea below. Spend the day experiencing Mount Etna up close and personal with your own naturalist guide. Glimpse the Craters of Silvestri and the wonderful scenic gorges of Alcantara. Ascend to the main crater by cable car and experience the thrill of getting intimate with an active volcano.
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Meet your driver for a private Airport (Falcone Borsellino) transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Avail of a premium level of service with assistance and a welcome in Palermo airport.
Enjoy a 4 hour private walking tour of Palermo. This diverse crossroads of Mediterranean and northern European civilization is more than a museum. It's a vibrant city whose unique culture has been forged and molded by three millennia of history emerging from three continents. There's no other place on earth like Palermo, and to discover the history of this singular city is to experience something of the diverse worlds that have created something which has evolved into its own culture.The streets of old Palermo are mixture of intriguing outdoor markets, subtle niches and long-forgotten secrets. After nine centuries street markets still evoke the atmosphere of Arab souks. Only the Baroque churches and palazzi on the same narrow streets remind you that you're in Italy. Sicily --ruled from Palermo as a Fatimid emirate and then as a Norman kingdom-- transcends this by many centuries. Let your Guide know your particular interests and he/she will help you discover the city in a new way. Your Guide will meet you at your hotel. Please note that one should wear comfortable shoes and a hat; and that this tour is suitable for children.
The Excelsior Palace Hilton Hotel (4*) in Palermo is a restored 19th century palazzo with art nouveau features, within 150 meters of the Politeama and Massimo theatres. The guestrooms feature traditional décor and antique wood furnishings; all include balconies and satellite TV. The Liberty Hall Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and features 19th century décor. Having being completely restored in the year 2005, this historic building now houses one of the most impressive hotels in Palermo. Located beside the Giardino Inglese, Villa Garibaldi and Villa Trabia the property is perfectly suited to visiting the city's many sites.
This morning, meet your private guide and driver at your hotel and then depart for Segesta, an ancient town with ruins from the 5th century BC located on the top of Monte Barbaro. Here you will visit the wonderfully preserved Doric Temple and the Theatre of Segesta. Afterward you will continue to Erice which was one of the few Sicilian towns which had a typical medieval past. There you will have time to explore, as well as have lunch (not included). Next you will continue on to the Trapani's coast lined with salt pans. After completion, you will be returned to your hotel in Palermo. No admissions included.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver to Agrigento.
Meet up with your guide in Agrigento for a three hour guided tour visiting the magnificent Valley of the Temples, scenery of extraordinary beauty, amongst the imposing Greek ruins, the Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis. (includes transportation and entrance for Valley of Temples included).
Set in 5,000 square metres of lush gardens, the Hotel Della Valle (4*) is spread over four storeys and is located 1.5 kilometres from Agrigento centre and four kilometres from the beach. The hotel's 115 guestrooms have modern decor with patterned fabrics and dark wood furnishings; all include air conditioning, internet connections, and satellite television. The hotel extends to a palm-flanked outdoor pool and houses two restaurants; the amphitheatre hosts regular entertainment.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Agrigento and continue to Piazza Armerina to view the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale with your local guide. The famed Roman mosaics housed in this third-century villa are among the best preserved in the world, depicting scenes from everyday life. Scenes include children at play and big game hunts showing some of the exotic African animals brought to Rome for gladiator games. Then arrive in Enna to visit accompanied by your local guide. This town offers plenty of ancient Greek and cultural attractions. Among the most dominant structures in Enna, the Cathedral takes a central position as in the rest of the Sicily - a work of the Baroque Architecture, the Cathedral was built in the 14th century and features elaborate architectural and artistic adornments which were carried out at different times over the centuries. Drop off at your hotel in Taormina. Entrance fee included.
Located in a historical English villa, the Ashbee Hotel (5*) was built in the 1908 from the Architect Robert Charles Ashbee, in the heart of Taormina. With 25 guestrooms and a number of suites, you will find everything you require for a relaxing English hospitality style stay. St. George Restaurant, the Pool Club Bar and the Terrace Bar offer spectacular views of the sea and surrounding area while providing a real flavor of the Mediterranean. The hotel also features large gardens and an outdoor swimming pool.
Get the most out of your time spent in Taormina, and in the company of a local Guide, visit the amazing Greek Theatre set on a hill overlooking the sea and the Duomo. The historical centre is rich in luxurious shops, so feel free to do some shopping before returning to your hotel. (includes entrances).
Enjoy a full day tour with your private vehicle and naturalist guide/driver to the Mount Etna area, visiting the Craters of Silvestri. This tour takes you first to the Alcantara, a natural wonderland of scenic gorges. Continue to the medieval town of Randazzo. The journey continues up to the Craters of Silvestri (at 1,900 metres) and to the slopes of Mt. Etna. You will also be given an opportunity to ascend to the area of the main crater by cable car and jeep which takes around 2 hours (Not included in tour price, approximately 40 euro per person).
Relax on your private transfer to Catania (airport) from your Taormina hotel.
February 19, 2014
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