This small group tour of Sicily begins in Palermo on Sicily's Western Coast and ends in the beautiful hill-top town of Taormina on the east-west coast. It's nearly a full circle tour of the entire island of Sicily and includes some of the region's most beautiful and historic towns including Agrigento, Noto, Erice, Monreale and many others.
Today you will arrive in beautiful Palermo and met by one of our local representatives at the Hotel.
Take some time to relax at the hotel, then enjoy a delicious Sicilian dinner with the rest of the group members at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel and time to rest up the for the adventure that lie ahead.
After breakfast we will depart for for an half day guided tour of Palermo. We will start the visit from the old part of the city with the Royal Palace, the Palatina Chapel and the Cathedral. Afterwards you will visit Monreale, an ancient royal town with spectacular views over the countryside towards the sea, where there will be time to visit the beautiful Cathedral here. We will have time to explore the cathedral and some of the city’s other main attractions.
In the afternoon there will be time to explore Palermo at your leisure or arrange an optional excursion to Monte Pellegrino and Mondello. Dinner and an overnight at hotel in Palermo.
A full day awaits you after breakfast. First depart for Erice, a small mountaintop medieval village in western Sicily that has changed little since Sixth Century BC. Stop at a bakey shop to taste the typical almond pastry of Erice. Proceed on to Trapani, with its medieval districts situated on the headland pointing out to the sea. In the afternoon visit the archaeological park of Selinunte that contains the ruins of the Temples and the Greek Acropolis. We proceed back to the Hotel in Palermo for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast in your hotel, you will depart for Agrigento for a guided tour of the Valley of Temples where you can admire the temple of Juno, the temple of Concorde, the temple of Ercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Continue to Piazza Armerina, where you will stop on the way to have a taste of the typical Sicilian products, like olive pate, marmelades and local wine followed by a visit of the well known Villa Romana del Casale, famous for its beautiful collection of late-roman mosaics and the Cathedral. Continue to Taormina beach where you will arrive late afternoon. Check in to hotel, dinner and overnight.
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, we head for Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. If the weather cooperates, you will have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). Visit to a local beekeeper, to taste quality honey and see how it is produced. In the afternoon visit of the city of Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Relax over dinner and then get some well- deserved rest.
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full day excursion. First stop will be in Noto, to discover the beautiful baroque style in Sicily. On to Siracusa, one of the most interesting archaoelogical site of the island. Guided tour of the Archaeological park, The Roman Amphiteatre, the Greek Theatre, The Ear of Dionysus, the cave of Cordari, island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning Cathedral. Return to Hotel in Taormina for dinner and overnight.
Take a day out for yourself to enjoy Taormina, a wonderful place for walking around, fine shopping, wonderful beaches and just about anything you could wish for in terms of fine-dining.
Overnight in Taormina.
The capital of Sicily, Palermo, derives its name from the Greek "panormus", meaning "all port". Through history the city has been conquered by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs, the civilizations of which have all left their mark, and contributed to its great architectural and cultural importance.
The crowning glory of western Sicily is the concentration of Greek temples at Agrigento, on a height between the modern city and the sea known as the Valle Dei Tempi - Valley of Temples.
Built on a broad open field that slopes gently to the sun-simmered Mediterranean, Akragas (ancient Agrigento's Greek name) was a showpiece of temples erected to flaunt a citory over Carthage. Despite a later sack by the Carthaginians, mishandling by tthe Romans, and neglect by the Christians and Muslims, the eight or so monuments in the Valley dei Tempi are considered to be, along with the Acropolis in Athens the finest Greek ruins in all the world.
Whether you first come to the Valle dei Tempi at Agrigento in the early morning light, or bathed by the golden floodlights at night, it's easy to see why Akragas was celebrated by the Greek poet Pindar as "the most beautiful city built by mortal men".
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