DAY 1 SATURDAY – Palermo
Arrival at Palermo. Transfer to hotel in Palermo for welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 2 SUNDAY – Cefalu - Piazza Armerina - Catania area
After breakfast depart for Cefalu a former fishing village, now a charming coastal resort with its imposing Arab Norman Cathedral. Stroll through the ancient narrow street and see the medieval wash-house built into the rock. Continue on to Piazza Armerina. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit the world famous Villa Romana del Casale UNESCO World Heritage Site housing the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Continue on to Catania with its original baroque style and black lava stone streets.
Dinner and overnight at Viagrande near the Etna Park.
DAY 3 MONDAY – Mount Etna - Taormina - Catania area
After breakfast weather conditions permitting excursion to Mount Etna (the highest active volcano in Europe) to a height of 1,900 metres to visit the Sylvester craters. Stop on the way in the village of Zafferana Etnea "the city on honey" for a tasting. Back to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon depart for the charming resort of Taormina. Founded in 400 BC it is wonderfully located on a hill-top overlooking the sea and Mount Etna. Time at leisure to explore this elegant resort and visit the break-taking Roman-Greek theatre.
Dinner in a local restaurant in Taormina then overnight at Viagrande near the Etna Park.
DAY 4 TUESDAY – Siracusa - Noto - Ragusa
After breakfast depart for Siracusa, visit the archaeological area including the Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisos "Ear". Enjoy Ortigia the historic baroque centre Ortigia visiting the Cathedral and Arethusa Fountain and Temple of Apollo. Continue wandering through the vibrant food market finishing in a Sicilian street food delicatessen vintage shop for a light lunch with several samples of typically Sicilian appetrizers. In the afternoon on to Noto one the most beautiful cities in Sicily. A UNESCO World Heritage Site full of baroque splendour it is most famous for its fine Cathedral. On to Ragusa.
Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY – Ragusa - Modica - Agrigento
After breakfast explore ancient Ragusa a city divided in 2 during the earthquake of 1693. Visit the historical centre of "Ibla" with its stunning palaces and chureches. Depart for Modica famous for its scenic squares as well as its production of chocolate using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy a chocolate tasting. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch continue on to Agrigento and visit the magnificent Valley Of The Temples which include the well-preserved Temple of Concord plus Juno and Heracles - fine examples of ancient Greek civilisation.
Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.
DAY 6 THURSDAY – Selinunte - Marsala - Palermo
After breakfast depart for a visit of the archaeological park at Selinunte with its impressive Temples and Acropolis. After the visit stop at a local farmhouse famous for olive oil production to have a tasting before enjoying lunch. After lunch departure for Marsala on the west coast renowned for its production of wine - particularly Marsala, a sweet Sicilian wine. Visit the historic centre and stop at a prestigious winery for a visit and tasting. On to Palermo.
Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 7 FRIDAY – Palermo - Monreale
After breakfast visit the city of Palermo one of the richest cities on the island for history and art. Take in the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, Palatine Chapel and Quatro Canti. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch depart for Monreale to visit its vast Norman Cathedral with a splendid cloister built in the 12th century and encrusted with magnificent mosaics. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Palermo.
DAY 8 SATURDAY
After breakfast end of tour.
For organizational reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
Highlights of the tour
- 4 stars Hotels offering high quality customized services, carefully selected in the most suggestive historical centres of the main Sicilian towns
- Selected typical restaurants/farmhouses and especially chosen menus to have a taste of the Sicilian and Italian cuisine
- Visit and wine/oil tasting in farmhouses in Selinunte and on Mount Etna; tasting of typical Sicilian products (panettone and artisan liquors of various flavours, chocolate, biscuits) in Castelbuono and Ragusa
- Visit of UNESCO sites: Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, Etna, Siracusa, Ragusa
- Deluxe motor coach offering maximum comfort
- Qualified multilingual tour escort (spoken languages : English, Spanish)
Hotels - 4 Star
(For organizational reasons the hotels may be modified)
Palermo - Mercure Excelsior Palermo ****
Address: Via Marchese Ugo, 3 (Tel: +39 091 7909001)
Catania - Mercure Excelsior Catania ****
Address: Piazza Giovanni Verga, 39 (Tel: +39 095 74761111)
Agrigento - Della Valle ****
Address: Via Ugo La Malfa, 3 (Tel: +39 0922 26966)