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Spirit of Sicily

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  • $3399
    Air+Tax Included
  • 10
    Days

PALERMO, AGRIGENTO, AND TAORMINA

Experience old-world, Mediterranean charms on this Spirit of Sicily tour, which includes airfare, accommodations, and more. Take in all Palermo has to offer, from its architecture reflecting an abundance of different cultures to its historic avenues and coastal seascapes. Heading to Agrigento, stop to explore the hilltop town of Erice, a medieval town built atop Monte San Giuliano, and admire the salt pans, Sicilian windmills, and dazzling white mountains, as we drive along. Discover fascinating Roman ruins and temples in Agrigento, and then make your way to the Taormina area to enjoy views and a light exploration of Etna Volcano—plus, some leisure time to explore the area at your own pace. On your last day, delight in a scenic coastal drive along the Riviera Dei Ciclopi.

 

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight flight
  • 3 nights in Palermo
  • 1 night in Agrigento
  • 4 nights in Taormina Area

Tour
Highlights

  • Norman Cathedral in Monreale
  • Hilltop Village of Erice
  • Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Ascend the Slopes of Mt. Etna
  • Visit Fishing Villages of Acitrezza and Acicastello

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via scheduled flight on Alitalia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Italy transportation via air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

USA to Palermo

Your unforgettable trip to Sicily begins as you depart New York (JFK) today.

Arrive in Palermo

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Palermo, where you’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sicily’s capital where the architecture reflects the city’s many conquerors including the Normans, Arabs, Asians, and Greeks with distinct styles ranging from Arabic to Baroque, and from Norman to Art Nouveau. This evening, enjoy an orientation tour followed by a welcome dinner. Cristal Palace Hotel or similar (D)

Palermo/Monreale

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Palermo’s city center where you’ll explore old avenues, Arabic neighborhoods, and iconic cathedrals. You’ll see the exterior of Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s elegant Opera House, and visit the Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace. Afterwards, continue to Monreale, a small hill town. Here, you’ll visit the “royal mountain,” a mighty Norman cathedral hidden further in among the houses with a beautiful panoramic view, and the distinguished and beautiful Cloisters. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Palermo

Today is at your leisure. You might consider an optional tour visiting Cefalu, founded on a hillside facing the sea with a medieval appearance, and Castelbuono, an ancient village in the Madonie Park rich in historical and artistic attractions. (B)

Palermo/Erice/Salt Road/Agrigento

After breakfast, check-out from your Palermo hotel and depart for Agrigento. Along the way, explore the hilltop town of Erice, a medieval town built atop Monte San Giuliano. It was once an ancient settlement predating the Middle Ages, but little remains from this period. Today it has incredible city walls, fine paved streets, stone houses with decorated doorways, and open spaces with churches all dating from the Middle Ages. Enjoy lunch today at a typical farm producing olive oil and other products.

Continue on the drive along salt pans and Sicilian windmills, it is possible to see…

Agrigento/Piazza Armerina/Taormina Area

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then explore Agrigento. See the ruins of the Valley of the Temples, where the city’s ancient architects erected most of their sacred buildings during the fifth century BC. The four major temples were – and still are – stunning and reflect the wealth and luxury of ancient Agrigento. Next, visit Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina, a Roman Villa known for its beautiful, well-preserved Roman mosaics which was only excavated in the 20th century. It was part of a late third and early fourth century AD Roman estate and is one of the most…

Taormina Area/Etna

Following breakfast, depart for the Etna Volcano. Drive along the coastline, renowned for its beautiful scenery, stopping to ascend the slopes of massive Mount Etna with a gentle walk. The volcano totally dominates the life and landscape of eastern Sicily. Some villages and roads are built from lava and the flows have cut great swaths through the valley that have ultimately provided the extremely fertile soil of the island. The views are impressive as we ascend the snow-capped mountain. Reach the Taormina center for a guided walking tour of Taormina including Via piazza Vittorio Emanuele,…

Taormina Area

Today is at leisure to enjoy Taormina on your own. You might consider an optional tour to Siracusa, an ancient city founded by the Greeks from Corinth, and Noto, the epitome of a baroque town. (B)

Taormina Area/Catania/Riviera Dei Ciclopi/Acireale

After breakfast, discover Catania, called the black baroque town because it is made of lava from the neighboring Etna Volcano. Afterwards enjoy a scenic drive along the Riviera Dei Ciclopi for stunning views of the coast. Admire pretty fishing villages such as Acitrezza and Acicastello and take a walk to admire Acireale and its historical center. Afterwards return to Taormina where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Taormina Area to USA

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Catania airport for your return flight to the US! (B)

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance and make your experience when you visit Italy more complete and memorable, your tour director will offer optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in local currency by cash, or major credit card (additional service fee may apply). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants, payable in cash (Euro) or credit cards and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Optional tours are non-refundable.

Cefalu & Castelbuono

  • From approx. $89 Per Person, lunch included

On this optional tour, visit Cefalu which was founded on a hillside facing the sea near Palermo. Cefalu has retained its medieval appearance with the center of the town located around a Norman cathedral built in the 12th century. Enjoy lunch on a terrace overlooking the blue sea before proceeding inland to discover the small and ancient village of Castelbuono in the Madonie Park, rich in historical and artistic attractions. This internal region between the Northern Coast and Central Sicily has a wealth of ancient small villages where many people still live according to Sicilian traditions….

Siracusa & Noto

  • From approx. $105 Per Person

On this optional tour, travel to Siracusa. This ancient city was founded by the Greeks from Corinth, and was once the most important city in the Western world. Siracusa reached its zenith in the 5th century BC when it ruled all of Sicily. In the unique Parco Archeologico, the impressive ruins include the magnificent Greek Theatre, one of the biggest and best preserved int he entire Mediterranean, situated adjacent to a large Roman Coliseum and an ancient quarry possessing such remarkable acoustics that Caravaggio called it “Orecchio de Dionisiso” or “the Ear of…