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Classic Sicily
SMALL GROUP

9 days
From $1,795
TOUR ONLY
From $2,195
TOUR + FLIGHTS
per person, double occupancy*

Catania - Syracuse - Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina - Giardini Naxos -

Sicily, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is full of art, history and traditions. Our Italy travel program provides travelers with everything, beginning with the enchanted beauty of Taormina's Greek-Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, which you will be able to ascend up to a certain height. After this magic stop, tour the Archaeological Park of Syracuse followed by Agrigento's Valley of the Temples.

The Theban poet Pindar described the temples as "the most beautiful city built by mortal men". All the temples, in Doric style, face east, so that the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. Your journey adds Segesta, another memorable setting, dominated by an exceptionally well preserved Doric temple. In Sicily's capital city, Palermo, among the many distinguished palaces and monuments, visit Monreale's Benedictine Abbey and admire its outstanding mosaics. 

Featuring

COACH

COACH

FLIGHTS

FLIGHTS

GUIDES

GUIDES

HOTELS

HOTELS

MEALS

MEALS

TRANSFERS

TRANSFERS

Gateway Departures
JFK - New York, NY | LAX - Los Angeles, CA | SFO - San Francisco, CA | BOS - Boston, MA | BWI - Baltimore, MD | ORD - Chicago, IL | ATL - Atlanta, GA | MIA – Miami, FL | DFW – Dallas Forth Worth, TX
Package Type

SMALL GROUP

Travel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers and enjoy a unique experience to intimately explore new cities and regions escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey.
Highlights
  • CATANIA - MT. Etna Excurision & visit to historical center and fish market.
  • TAORMINA: Excursion to the Taormina from Catania.
  • SYRACUSE - Visit the Neapolis, Greek and Roman amphitheatre & the “Dionisio’s Ear”.
  • CEFALU - Visit the cathedral and small town known for the handcraft production of ceramics.
  • PALERMO - Visit to the Cathedral, the “Palazzo dei Normanni” and “Cappella Palatina”.
  • ERICE - Visit the small medieval suburb and the Castle Pepoli and the castle of Venus.
  • SELINUTE - Visit to the archaeological site of Selinunte.
  • AGRIGENTO - Visit the Valle dei Templi with its fabulous ruins and temples.
Notes

Single Supplement: $445

Note: Inside visits and special features are shown in BOLD in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart USA

Today board your international flight to Catania, Italy.

 

Day 2 - Catania

Upon arrival at the airport, meet with your tour leader and rest of the group and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, dinner at your hotel. 

Accommodation: Assinos Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Giardini Naxos
Meals: Dinner
Day 3 - (MT. Etna and visit to Taormina included)

After breakfast start your excursion to Mount Etna, one of the greatest tourist attractions of Sicily. Mount Etna, named Mongibello, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Our tour bus will reach 1900 m, from which you will admire the beautiful landscapes and the extinct craters. Optional excursion to the top, 3000 m is available (to be paid on site): with the cableway you will reach 2600 m, and take a the 4X4 vehicle you will reach 3000 m and with the help of an alpine guide you will admire the active craters. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant to the foot of Mount Etna. In the afternoon depart for a visit to Taormina.

Accommodation: Assinos Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Catania & Syracuse

Today we travel to Catania to visit the historical center and fish market. Later we continue to Syracuse and visit the famous archaeological site Neapolis, where you will visit the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, and the “Dionisio’s Ear”.  Stop for lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon visit of Ortigia: the heart of the city with the predominance of medieval constructions and the baroque church. Visit the VII-century cathedral that contains a Greek temple and the Palazzo, the fountain of Aretusa.  Enjoy free time before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Accommodation: Assinos Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - The Northern Coast: Cefalù - Palermo

Our tour departs for the Northern Coast with a stop in Santo Stefano di Camastra: small town known for the handcraft production of ceramics. Continue to Castelbuono: visit to the historical center with its churches and the castle of Ventimiglia. Enjoy lunch along the way to Cefalù, in a typical restaurant with folklorist music and wine included. Upon arrival to Cefalù enjoy free time on your own. Later, continue to Palermo hotel, check-in and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Palermo. 

Accommodation: Astoria Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Palermo

Begin your day with a panoramic tour of the city by bus. Visit a typical Sicilian market along with the Cathedral. Visit to the “Palazzo dei Normanni” and “Cappella Palatina”, a chapel that preserves some byzantine mosaics of the XII century. Next, visit the Monreale. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant then in the afternoon visit of Palermo’s surroundings: Mondello, Monte Pellegrino or free time. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Palermo. 

Accommodation: Astoria Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Palermo
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Palermo - Erice - Selinunte - Agrigento

Morning departure to Erice, a small medieval suburb, far around about 100 km from Palermo. Here we find the Castle Pepoli and the castle of Venus that contains some ruins devoted to the goddess. Continue to Selinunte and have lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, visit to the archaeological site of Selinunte. Later transfer to Agrigento. Arrival at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Romana (or similar)
Overnight: Agrigento
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Taormina

Your day begins with a visit to the Valle dei Templi with its fabulous ruins and temples then continue to Piazza Armerina. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Roman Villa del Casale, a fabulous villa for its thirty rooms decorated by 3500 sqm of mosaics. Later, we transfer to Taormina. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

Accommodation: Assinos Palace Hotel (or similar)
Overnight: Giardini Naxos
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9 - Giardini Naxos - Catania

After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

Assinos Palace Hotel

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Rooms

The bright rooms come with satellite TV, desks and sitting areas, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Most quarters add balconies and pull-out sofas. Room service and Wi-Fi are available (fee).

Facilities
- Airport shuttle
- Pets allowed
- Bar
- Private beach area

Resturant

"Tindari" Restaurant offers a wide choice of Italian, Sicilian and international food served buffet-style. Every week you can enjoy a Sicilian-themed dinner.

Amenities

 

- Laundry service
- Room service
- Kid-friendly

Astoria Palace Hotel

A 5-minute drive from Palermo Harbour, the Astoria Palace Hotel is 8 km from the beaches of Mondello. It offers an elegant restaurant, a rooftop bar and modern rooms with free Mediaset Premium channels. Parking and WiFi are also free.

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Rooms

Understated rooms with muted decor feature flat-screen TVs, minibars and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add sleek furnishings. Some have separate seating areas. Room service is available.

Facilities
- Pets allowed
- Non-smoking rooms
- Restaurant
- 24-hour front desk
- Bar

Resturant

Breakfast is buffet style and includes fresh fruit, eggs and croissants. Il Cedro restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving 3-course meals including Sicilian specialities and international cuisine.

Amenities

- Air-conditioned

- Laundry service

- Room service

- Kid-friendly

Hotel Villa Romana

The Villa Romana hotel, is a welcoming and charming property, situated in a splendid position in front of the sea, in one of the most beautiful town of the Sicilian southern coast, Porto Empedocle. The hotel is a short distance

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Rooms

The relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, TVs with satellite channels, and desks. All also provide minibars and terraces with sea or garden views. Room service is available. Upgraded rooms add a seafood restaurant

Facilities

- Swimming pool

- Pool bar

- Safety deposit box

Resturant

Try some traditional Sicilian cuisine at the sea-view restaurant after spending a day sightseeing or at the private beach.

Amenities


- Business center

- Pet-friendly

- Beach access

- Room service

Dates, Prices & Options


Departure/Return Dates
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23 May 2019
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$2395
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$2395
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$2395
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Departure: Thu 25 Apr 2019
Return: Fri 03 May 2019
Original Rate: $2195
Departure: Thu 23 May 2019
Return: Fri 31 May 2019
Original Rate: $2395
Departure: Thu 20 Jun 2019
Return: Fri 28 Jun 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 04 Jul 2019
Return: Fri 12 Jul 2019
Original Rate: $2395
Departure: Thu 18 Jul 2019
Return: Fri 26 Jul 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 15 Aug 2019
Return: Fri 23 Aug 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 05 Sep 2019
Return: Fri 13 Sep 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 19 Sep 2019
Return: Fri 27 Sep 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 03 Oct 2019
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Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 17 Oct 2019
Return: Fri 25 Oct 2019
Original Rate: $2395
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Departure: Thu 31 Oct 2019
Return: Fri 08 Nov 2019
Original Rate: $2395

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