Enchanting Sicily

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Tour Introduction

9 NIGHT TRIP
Experience the wonder and the enchantment of Palermo, the archaeological ruins of the Greek domination narrated by Goethe in his work "Viaggio in Sicilia", such as Agrigento, Selinunte and other towns; the splendour and magnificence of Syracusa, the most powerful among the Hellenic towns in Sicily.

Highlights:

  • Monreale Abbey, the world’s most beautiful temple
  • Baroque cities of Noto, Ragusa and Siracusa
  • The mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale
  • Taormina, the Jewel

DAY 1: ARRIVE PALERMO

Arrival private transfer from the airport to hotel. Check in your centrally located hotel. Enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.


DAY 2: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: MONREALE ABBEY
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your private guide for a tour of Palermo and Monreale. Discover this incredible city with its many influences. Founded by the Phoenicians, named it by the ancient Greeks and ruled by the Arabs and Normans, Palermo is a city full of flavor and mixed cultures.
After lunch, visit Monreale, famous for its incredible beautiful cathedral which contains the largest cycle of Byzantine mosaics in Italy. Evening at leisure. Overnight.


DAY 3: THE HILLTOP VILLAGE OF ERICE AND GREEK RUINS OF SEGESTA
Breakfast at the hotel. Join your English speaking guide and private driver on a full day excursion to discover the two historical tows of western Sicily: Erice and Segesta. First visit the hilltop village of Erice, a medieval walled town that reigns over the picturesque harbor of Trapani. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Segesta, an historical town associated with the ancient Elymian people. Visit the greek ruins and discover the  majesty of the Doric temple, a 5th-century structure that boasts panoramic vistas over the hilly valleys. Return to your hotel. Overnight.


DAY 4: AGRIGENTO VALLEY OF TEMPLES
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Agrigento where you will meet your guide for a walking tour of the Valley of the Temples. Excavated and partially restored, this area contains some of the best preserved ancient Greek buildings outside Greece itself and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Piazza Armerina for visit of Villa Romana del Casale, one of the most precious jewels bequeathed to Sicily by Roman civilisation. The villa is an extraordinary testament to Roman life, thanks to its beautiful mosaics. Continue to Caltarigione. Check in at your hotel and overnight.


DAY 5: FROM GREEK RUINS TO BAROQUE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Syracuse with a stop in Ragusa. Walking tour of Ragusa Ibla, the baroque historical center, followed by wine tasting. Continue to Noto, considered the most beautiful baroque townof Sicily. After the visit, lunch on your own. Continue your journey towards Siracusa, a magnificient example of Magna Grecia culture and art and the birthplace of Archimedes. Overnight.


DAY 6: ORTIGIA ISLAND AND TAORMINA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning walking tour of the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: visit of the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Continue to Neapolis Archaeological Park, the Roman Amphitheater and the “Ear of Dionysius”. Lunch on your own. Continue to Taormina and visit of the town also known as the “Jewel of the Ionic”. Visit the Greek Theatre, one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily. From there enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Etna and the Gulf of Giardini-Naxos as well as the small island Isola Bella off the coast at Toarmina. Check in at your hotel and overnight.


DAY 7: MOUNT ETNA DISCOVERY
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit of Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. During the tour explore the less known northern part by 4x4 Jeeps and reach the altitude of 9186 feet (warm clothes recommended). Afterward we’ll head on to a wine cellar, where you will visit the vineyard and production facilities and eventually taste ETNA DOC wines and Sicilian specialties. Lunch in Mount Etna area at a local restaurant. Return to Taormina. Overnight.


DAY 8 : RELAX
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to relax, enjoy the beach and relax. Overnight.


DAY 9: UNESCO AEOLIAN ARCHIPELAGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Milazzo and start a full day private excursion to the Islands of Volcano & Lipari (weather permitting), two must-see islands of the stunning Unesco-listed Aeolian Archipelago. Arrive first in Lipari where you will have some free time to shop in the island's flower-filled streets and to stroll around the idyllic Old Town. Lunch on your own. Embark your boat to reach the second island: Volcano. Unlike Lipari, famous for its volcanoes, Volcano’s star attraction are its mud baths. Perhaps use your time on the island to relax at one of the mud baths or take a dip in the warm seas and simply bask on the beach. Return back to Milazzo by boat and meet your driver. Return transfer to Taormina. Overnight.


DAY 10: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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