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Classical Sicily

Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Sicily, where ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and culinary delights await. Begin in Catania, a city with a UNESCO World Heritage Site historical center, boasting original Baroque architecture. Explore Syracuse’s archaeological wonders and the charming Baroque gems of Noto before immersing yourself in the captivating Ragusa Ibla and Modica. Marvel at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, savor Marsala wines, and stroll the ancient Salt Road. Discover the awe-inspiring Norman Cathedral in Monreale and the diverse treasures of Palermo. Experience the charm of Cefalù and cap off your adventure with a visit to Europe’s highest volcano, Mount Etna, and the picturesque town of Taormina. Immerse yourself in Sicily’s rich heritage, from the Greek theater overlooking Giardini Naxos bay to the UNESCO-listed sites and delightful local cuisines. As the journey concludes in Catania, savor the memories of a remarkable exploration through Sicily’s cultural and natural wonders.

Itinerary

Arrive independently at your Catania hotel or the picturesque Acitrezza seaside village, known for its iconic Faraglioni (private transfer available upon request for an extra charge). Spend the evening at your leisure and stay overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, visit Syracuse, the renowned Greek colony and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your exploration at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, which includes the Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, Latomie of Paradise, and the Ear of Dionysius. Proceed to Ortigia, Syracuse’s historic center, where you can admire the Cathedral and its Sicilian-Baroque facade, hiding its past as a Doric temple. Wander to the waterfront terrace from Piazza Duomo for a view of Arethusa’s Fountain. Enjoy free time for lunch at your leisure before departing for Noto, the Sicilian Baroque capital, known for its UNESCO-listed 18th-century buildings. The Baroque style in Noto, characterized by elegant curves, floral patterns, and golden limestone, showcases 18th-century theatrical architecture. Explore the magnificent Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata before taking a leisurely walk in town. Conclude the day in Ragusa with dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Discover Ragusa Ibla’s historic core, a focal point of Sicilian Baroque and a key filming location for the Inspector Montalbano TV series. This captivating town, now among Italy’s 44 World Heritage Sites, features over 50 churches and numerous Baroque architectural wonders. Explore the Cathedral in Dome Square and the picturesque Giardino Ibleo, Ragusa’s oldest of four main gardens, offering stunning views at 383 meters above sea level. Next, venture to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with Baroque marvels. Navigate its narrow streets and visit Sabadì, a renowned chocolate maker claiming the best Modica chocolate title for the past nine years. Delight in a multisensory chocolate tasting, experiencing authentic Sicilian flavors such as wild mint, orange blossom honey, and PGI-quality Sicilian lemon. Enjoy local delicacies at the enchanting Orti di San Giorgio, seven gardens suspended between light and beauty, with a breathtaking panorama as the backdrop for your leisurely lunch. Proceed to the charming Piazza Armerina to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Villa Romana del Casale, celebrated for its splendid polychrome mosaics portraying mythological and historical scenes, as well as hunting and entertainment activities. Depart for Agrigento, concluding the day with dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Embark on today’s journey in Agrigento, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples. Admire the 5th-century Doric Temples, including the Temple of Hera, Temple of Concordia, and Temple of Heracles, set among almond trees.

Move on to Marsala, a vibrant Mediterranean city renowned for Garibaldi’s historic landing in 1860. Wander through the city’s vivid colors—yellow, blue, red, white, and green. Explore the 19th-century Florio Cellars, with its giant vats and fascinating barrel chambers where Marsala wines age.

Conclude the visit with a light lunch and wine tasting in the modern Donna Franca and Duca Enrico tasting rooms. The tour then takes you to the famous Salt Road, an ancient industry site between Trapani and Marsala, now a protected area for birdlife and industrial archaeology. Transfer to Palermo, check into the hotel, enjoy dinner, and rest for the night.

Begin your day with hotel breakfast before heading to Monreale. Discover the awe-inspiring Norman Cathedral, celebrated as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the elegant Arab-Norman-style Cloister, showcasing a remarkable fusion of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry. Later, explore Palermo, a city steeped in history and art, nestled on a bay dominated by Mount Pellegrino, acclaimed by Goethe as the most beautiful. Palermo’s diverse architectural landscape reflects its multicultural past, from Punic walls to Art Nouveau villas and 17th-century squares, with Baroque influence pervading. Visit the Cathedral, Martorana Church, and Cappella Palatina, highlighting the coexistence of seemingly incompatible cultures. Enjoy a stop for a typical local lunch, taking in landmarks like Teatro Massimo and the fountain in Pretoria Square with 16th-century sculptures. Conclude the day at your leisure, staying overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, travel to Cefalù, a charming Medieval town on Sicily’s north coast. Visit the impressive Norman Dome and enjoy free time for a leisurely stroll or a visit to the renowned Mandralisca Museum. Pause for lunch at a well-known restaurant (not included). Upon reaching Catania, explore its UNESCO World Heritage Site historical center with original Baroque architecture and streets crafted from black lava stone. The city center’s buildings feature an elegant color scheme of black and dark grey, accented with white limestone details around doors and windows. The walking tour starts at picturesque Duomo square, showcasing the magnificent Cathedral and the iconic “Liotru” statue, an ancient lava-stone elephant symbolizing the city. Continue to University Square, stroll along the splendid Baroque Via dei Crociferi, the 18th-century gem of Catania, where the famous S. Benedict Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits. Finish the visit with a delightful break at a historic downtown bar to savor typical granita & brioche. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Begin your day at Catania’s famed fish market, “pescheria.” Then, venture to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano (approx. 3350m), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The regional park preserves 59,000 hectares of unique geology, flora, fauna, and traditional practices.

Experience breathtaking landscapes en route to Rifugio Sapienza, exploring the inactive Crateri Silvestri amid ancient lava flows. Marvel at panoramic views extending across Sicily, the Aeolian islands, and Calabria. Sample local honey and regional products, followed by lunch at a charming restaurant.

Continue to Taormina, known for its elevated position with stunning views of Etna. Explore the Greek theatre overlooking Giardini Naxos bay and Etna. Enjoy free time for a leisurely walk, shopping for local crafts like coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, and pastries.

Conclude the day with a glimpse of the Riviera dei Ciclopi before returning to Catania for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and services conclude. Extend your stay in Catania with an option to book an extra nights.

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.

Catania city centre : Il Principe Hotel 4*/ Romano House Hotel 4* or similar 

Acitrezza: I Malavoglia Hotel 4* / I Faraglioni Hotel 4* or similar

Mediterraneo Palace Hotel 4* or similar

Baia di Ulisse Wellness & SPA 4* or similar

Mercure Palermo Centro 4* / Ibis Styles Palermo Cristal 4* or similar

What’s Included

Accommodation in charming 4 stars hotels mostly located in the city centre

  • Multilingual Tour leader and professional travel guide* (English, Italian or Spanish) for the whole tour. (from the 2nd day to the evening of the 7th day), local guides or audio audio-guides where necessary.
  • Visit of the main suggestive Unesco World Heritage Sites: Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Monreale, Palermo, Cefalù, Catania city centre, Etna.
  • Tasting of Sicilian typical products: Modica (day 3): visit of the well well-known chocolate manufacturers Sabadì with tasting
  • Marsala (day 4): visit of the famous Florio wine cellar and wine tasting
  • Catania (day 6): tasting of Sicilian granita & brioche
  • Etna (day 7): visit of a beekeeping honey company and honey tasting

*The sequence of the tour may change depending on the departure date.

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches 
  • 2 Dinners
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach

International flights are not included

Insurance is not included

  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Optional Experiences
  • Airport Transfers
  • Other activities and services are not included
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Entrance fees at monuments/museums
  • Meals not included by the program
  • Beverages
  • Airport Transfers
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
  • Personal Expenses
  • Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included
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