Sicilian Heritage

We can’t wait to share Italy with you! Our Sicily itinerary is designed to expertly guide you to fascinating and charming sites, full of history and local color – not to mention Italy’s famous food and wine! The below itinerary is designed for a group but can easily be customized to suit a party of just you, or you and your spouse, friends, or family. The group tours depart on Saturdays throughout the year. For more information, or to customize an itinerary to suit your individual needs, contact us at 1-800-832-1848 or [email protected]

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Title: Sicilian Heritage
Length of Stay: 7 Days First Class Fully Escorted
Cities/Regions: Palermo, Taormina
Highlights: Discover the Enchanting Island
Price:7 Days from $1,899
Includes: Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Meal Legend: BB – Buffet Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1: Palermo

Welcome to Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo airport (PMO) proceed through Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Private transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2: Monreale – Palermo & Cefalù

Today, we visit the famous Cathedral of Monreale, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in the world. Next, we explore the Palermo Capo open-air market, Fountain of Pretoria Maqueda Quarter. This afternoon, we depart for the undiscovered jewel of Cefalù. Return to Palermo. (BB)

Day 3: Marsala Wine – Olive Oil – Erice

Today, we visit Marsala winery and taste Sicilian wines. We travel and admire the hills of salt on the Salt Way Road, where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. Enjoy a light farmhouse lunch at an olive oil factory. Continue to Erice, famous for marzipan. Return to Palermo. (BB L)

Day 4: Agrigento & Piazza Armerina

Today, we drive to Agrigento to visit the Greek Doric Temples. Afterward, we continue to Piazza Armerina, where we will view the ruins of the Roman Villa of Casale (Admission fee is not included). We continue to Taormina, the resort town of Sicily. Tonight dinner in a local trattoria. (BB D)

Day 5: Taormina/Syracuse/Taormina

Today, we depart for Syracuse, founded by colonists from Corinth in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens. On arrival stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center. Light lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, we visit the Archaeological Park (Admission fee not included) which highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. We then return to Taormina. (BB L)

Day 6: Taormina Mt Etna

Etna Jeep Ride with Light Lunch (light lunch wine included) (8:30AM – 4:30PM). Today,you will be picked up at your hotel by an off-road driver and transferred to Mt. Etna. Experience Mount Fontana (view of Bove Valley), the Thieves Cave, extinct craters of Sartorius Mounts, and lava flow from the 2002 eruption. Enjoy a light lunch at a winery & farmhouse, tasting typical Sicilian dishes and wine. In the afternoon, return to Taormina hotel. (BB L)

Day 7: Taormina/Catania

Time to say goodbye to Sicily. Private transfer to Catania airport (CTA).

Let us know if you would like to extend your stay in this beautiful resort town. If so, perhaps you would like to partake of a Taormina Gourmet cooking class (9:30am – 1:30pm). Take a brief walk to an open air market, where we will purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and the ingredients for our cooking course. We return to the restaurant to begin cooking. At the end of our lesson, we enjoy our scrumptious creations with a beautifully paired Sicilian wine. Dessert follows accompanied by a local dessert wine. (BB L)

Pricing

7 Days from $1899
Maximum Group Size: 25 passengers
Guaranteed Departure with 2 passengers

$1899 LOW SEASON: January 14 – March 31; November 3 – December 22.
$1999 PEAK SEASON: April 7 – October 27
Easter Supplement: $235.00
Single Supplement: $500
Prices are per person, land only.

Departure Dates:

(Saturday Departure) Low Season
Jan: 14, 28; Feb: 11, 25; Mar: 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov: 3, 10, 24; Dec: 8, 22.
High Season: Apr: 7, 14, 21, 28; May: 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul: 14, 21; Sep: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct: 6, 13, 20, 27.

Important to Note:

With up to 7 people in the group, this tour is operated with a Driver Guide. The Driver Guide is not a Licensed Tourist Guide, and therefore cannot by law escort you inside the monuments. With a group of 8 or more, a Licensed Tourist Guide is provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Includes:
  • All hotel accommodations
  • Airport transfers.
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Lunch (L) and dinner (D) where specified in the itinerary
  • One dinner in Palermo, with set group menu
  • One light lunch at olive oil factory/farmhouse
  • One visit to Sicilian wine cellar, including tasting
  • One dinner is Taormina
  • One light lunch in Syracuse, with set group menu
  • Vehicle/coach with air conditioning, no toilet
  • English speaking Tour Director or Driver-Guide
  • All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified
  • Hotel & VAT
Highlights:
  • Discover the Enchanting Island