(Palermo, Agrigento, Modica, Taormina)
Some wonder why Mt. Etna remains so active. They’ve obviously never spent time in Sicily.
Experience a rich and diverse history on an island known for striking architecture, gastronomic delights, sculpted coastlines and mountain ranges bursting into cerulean skies. Meander winding cobblestoned streets in old city centers, explore ancient Greek ruins in lush valleys, and stroll through bustling markets with their kaleidoscopic array of local delicacies. In the evenings, unwind in elegant surroundings as oleander-scented breezes waft in from the warm night air.
Visit the Catacombs of the Capuchins where more than 8,000 mummies are on display. Stroll through Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), a lavish baroque square home to grand baroque sculptures depicting the four seasons. Explore Erice, a brooding medieval town known as the birthplace of Venus, and stop at the world-famous pastry shop by Maria Grammatico for a taste of almond sweets, genovesi and nougat. Meet your guide for a personal tour of the astounding Valley of the Temples, Garden of the Kolymbetra and the Necropolis. And, when you’ve had your fill of ancient ruins, take a relaxing stroll along the beach and watch as the sun sets behind Mt. Etna, painting the sky in hues of gold and pink.
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Meet your driver for a private Airport (Falcone Borsellino) transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Explore Palermo at your leisure. Palermo is full of worthy destinations, and in the historic district in can seem as though they are all competing for your attention. Of all the things to see in Palermo, few showcase as completely the differing influences that have swept through the city as the city's cathedral. Refurbished and shining, the Teatro Massimo is one of the premier Palermo sights. It is the largest theatre in Italy and presents a full slate of performances each year. Blending flea market, kasbah, souk, and haggler’s heaven, the markets in Palermo vibrate with energy. The street foods are one attraction, and the goods quite another. See them at the Vucciria, Borgo Vecchio, Capo, Ballaro, or Piazza Perani. The museum and gallery of Islamic art, Zisa, was built in the 12th century, and was the hunting lodge of the Norman Kings. The interior highlights the architectural influences of the Moorish tribes who had only recently been conquered. One of the most memorable Palermo sights is underground. More than 8,000 corpses have been mummified and put on display in the Catacombs of the Capuchins, a monastic order whose ossuary is under the Santa Maria della Concezione.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to have any dinners included during your time in Palermo. There are lots of options from casual restaurants to ones of historical note such as the Osteria dei Vespri, where scenes of Visconti’s movie "The Leopard" were filmed.
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.
Meet your guide in your hotel lobby this morning to visit Palermo and Monreale. You’ll be enchanted by Palermo’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces. You’ll see the city’s main sights, including Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), an extravagant baroque square ringed by four buildings with baroque sculptures that depict the Four Seasons, Spanish kings, and the patron saints of Palermo’s four old quarters. You’ll also see the twelfth-century Cathedral, which houses a pantheon of royal tombs. Afterwards, you will be taken to Palermo’s impressive food market Il Capo which is full of color and great epicurean delights. Be sure to sample some typical street food such as pani ca meusa, panelle and arancini while you are there!
Later you’ll discover the Arab-Norman splendor of the Monreale Cathedral. This treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the diverse architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population. At day's end, you'll be returned to your hotel in Palermo by private vehicle.
Dinner not included in tour price.
Today you will leave Palermo for Agrigento. Your first port of call will be Segesta, where you will meet your local guide to visit the Greek Theatre and the Temple. Transfer to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town made famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Venus. Walk through the cobblestoned streets of the town, smelling a variety of aromas emanating from the numerous pastry shops for which Erice is famous. You will visit the Norman Castle and the Duomo and stop at the world famous Pastry shop by Maria Grammatico to taste almond sweets, genovesi and nougat to match with Marsala wine. From here, you will be driven along the Salt Road looking at the Salt Pans en-route to Agrigento. Take in the views of the Salt Pans on the coastline between the cities of Trapani and Marsala before arriving at Agrigento, your destination for the day. (includes entrances in Segesta and tasting at pastry shop).
Hotel Villa Athena (5*), is a fully renovated hotel respecting the original stately late 7th century villa. It is enveloped by The Valley of the Temples archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is situated just outside the famous town of Agrigento, in front of the temple rib and only 200 meters from the Temple of Concordia - a real masterpiece from the ancient Doric period. The rooms at this superb hotel are fully equipped with the finest facilities including internet and fine furnishings, ensuring you have a relaxing and carefree stay.
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).
Leaving for Ragusa in Eastern Sicily today, you'll pass through an area whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. Arrive in Ragusa Ibla, meet up with your local guide and admire the flamboyant Baroque architecture of the town, seeing the historical centre and the Portale of San Giorgio, Villa Ibla, Piazza Pola with the Chiesa of San Giuseppe and finally the Duomo di San Giorgio and Palazzo La Rocca. At day's end you will be brought to your accommodation in Modica.
Palazzo Failla Hotel (4*) is found in the fascinating town of Modica on the island of Sicily, Italy. Palazzo Failla Hotel is located in Upper Modica, up the winding stepped streets of the old town, just a few metres from St George Church and the Castle of the Counts. Housed in a stunning noble Sicilian building, the Palazzo Failla Hotel provides an elegant, sophisticated stay. The interiors are classic chic featuring high vaulted ceilings, ornate frescoes, wrought ironwork, antique furniture, traditional ceramic majolicas. For its location, design and service, the Palazzo Failla Hotel has earned a reputation as one of the best hotels not only in Modica but across the whole of the island of Sicily!
Spend the day in the company of a guide complete with a driver and private land rover as you discover Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli (World Heritage sites of the UNESCO) and taste some chocolate of Modica, gelato biscotto (ice-cream biscuits) and granita Siciliana (Sicilian style slushy). Then relax as you have lunch in Ragusa Ibla before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Spend the day traveling by private vehicle and with your own driver from Ragusa to Taormina, stopping at various places of interest along the way. Meet up a local guide at Syracuse for a tour of the main sites such as the Ear of Dionysius, the Greek Theatre and the archaeological site. Until the Arab conquest of 878, the city was the capital of Sicily and was by far the most important city on the island. Continue on to Ortigia, one of the most interesting urban areas of Sicily, and visit its famous Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena.(includes entrance in Syracuse).
Located in a peaceful 20th century Sicilian Villa in the heart of Taormina, The Ashbee Hotel (4*) was built in the 1908 by Colonel Shaw-Hellier who commissioned the famous Architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee. Easy to locate, just a few steps from the main street and chic boutiques of Taormina, the hotel offers easy access to the main theaters, museums and heritage centers of the city. A short walk leads to the areas renowned restaurants. Today, this new charming house offers some of the finest accommodation in Sicily. With 25 guestrooms and a number of suites, you will find everything you require for a relaxing English hospitality style stay.
Today you will be free to explore Taormina, particularly the Greek–Roman Theatre and the Corso Umberto I with its luxury shops. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to have the services of a local guide today.
Every day is beach day in Taormina. Even during the winter months, you can enjoy water sports such as wind-surfing, sailing, fishing, scuba-diving, canoeing, and snorkeling. In some beautiful nearby villages, there are excellent Paragliding clubs for those looking for a little more adventure. Stroll on the beach today and enjoy some relaxation time. Take the time to enjoy a beach side lunch and to take some photos of the sunset.
Relax on your private transfer to Catania (airport) from your Taormina hotel.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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