DISCOVERING SICILY


Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabed

 

 

Day 1 :

Private transfer from Palermo Airport to Hotel in Palermo

Free time to explore Palermo on your own.

 

Day 2:

Breakfast in the Hotel in Palermo

 

Guided tour of Palermo and Monreale

This morning will be dedicated to a guided tour of the capital of Sicily, Palermo. A cosmopolitan city, where they live in harmony a mosaic of cultures which make the town a mystical and exotic at the same time. Your tour begins in the center with a visit to the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral of Palermo, the Quattro Canti.

You will move then to Monreale, for a visit of the famous Benedictine Abbey, dating from the 12th century, which houses beautiful mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testament, and the Cloister.

 

Day 3:

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Palermo – Erice - Trapani-Marsala – Palermo

Head today to the western corner of Sicily dominating the Mediterranean.

Erice is an unforgettable medieval hill town with ancient origins in Sicily, close to the port city of Trapani on the island's western coast. The sober historic town is surrounded by defensive town walls, crowned by a castle, and dominates the surrounding area from its mountainous height of approximately 800 meters above sea level. You will have the possibility to taste the famous “cannolo” in a place that is considered today the center of the tradition of Erice. The province capital Trapani has a beautiful ancient city center in baroque style. You will visit the Purgatory Church with its sculptures of the famous Good Friday Mysteries Procession, and go on to see the cathedral, the Jesuit church, the former fish market, the Art Nouveau post office. On the western-most tip of the island of Sicily, Marsala is a seaport city best known as the source of Marsala wine.

You will visit a local winery and you will taste the famous Marsala wine.

 

Day 4:

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Agrigento and The Valley of the Temples

We are heading to Agrigento for a guided sightseeing. Remarkable Agrigento is an historic delight, holding some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. Sicily’s star attraction, the Valley of the Temples, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of present-day Agrigento is modern, but the city has a number of medieval and Baroque buildings offering a taste of the Middle Ages. The impressive ruins and beautiful landscapes of Agrigento have long inspired poets, writers and painters.

 

Day 5:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Palermo to Hotel in Taormina with a Stop in Cefalu

 

Excursion to Cefalu

You will arrive in Cefalu, one of the Mediterranean’s jewels, a picturesque seaside town in the shadow of a steep mountain. You can see the Byzantine and Norman elegance of the Cathedral of Cefalu. Founded in 1131 and restored in 1559, Cefalu’s Cathedral features the pointed arches of Norman architecture and remarkable specimens of Byzantine golden mosaic art and the Cristo Pantocratore. Enjoy free time in Cefalu prior to continue to Taormina.

 

Day 6:

Breakfast in the Hotel in Taormina

 

Guided tour of Taormina and  Mt. Etna with Wine Tasting

Taormina is a beautiful town situated on a rocky plateau with the Etna Volcano rising majestically in the background. The downtown centre represents a variety of historical periods, from the early Greek settlements and the Roman age, to the remains of Byzantine and Medieval constructions up to the 15th Century Catalan buildings and 17th Century Baroque churches and Palaces. Don't  miss the visit to the Greek Theatre and a stroll down the main street "Corso Umberto" with its art and designers’ shops, Baroque churches and Palazzi. You will head toward the Mt Etna Volcano, one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes. It has more than 400 craters split all over the Catania county. From 6,000 feet you can enjoy the best views and a local wine tasting.

 

Day 7:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Taormina  to Hotel in Catania

 

Catania Guided tour

Depart for Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most interesting cities in Sicily. The Mount Etna dominates the landscape and is ever-present in the inhabitants' lives here, even so far as to shape the tastes of the land. Catania lies cradled amidst the splendid greenery of its surroundings, yet at the same time opens out to the sea, welcoming us with its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture in lavic rock.

It's one of the richest repositories of Baroque architecture in Europe, you will see art treasures, churches, museums, theatres and Roman ruins.

You will visit the main square, Piazza del Duomo, that sports a lava elephant supporting an obelisk on its back. Castello Ursino – once the proud, cliffside fortress of Frederick II, is now a kilometer inland, with  a lava-filled moat. Composer Vincenzo Bellini is a native son. Commemorated all over town, even on menus; spaghetti Norma, named after one of Bellini's operas, is a Catanian specialty.

 

Day 8:

Breakfast in the Hotel in Catania

 

Discoevring Ragusa

We head south today to explore Ragusa and Scicli.

Ragusa is built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys. It is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ragusa Ibla hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches. Ragusa area is located in the very south-east side of Sicily where the African flavor can be breathed deeply along with the architectural shapes, the vegetation – olive-groves, carobs, almond trees, vineyards and the red, yellow and ochre colors of the landscapes. Visit of the historical centre (Ibla), with it’s Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome.

 

Day 9:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Excursion to Syracuse and  Noto

Siracusa is noted for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters, architecture and association to Archimedes. Not surprisingly, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see: the Roman Amphitheater, the largest Greek Amphitheater in the world, and the Ear of Dionysus, a cave with remarkable acoustics.

Noto is a wonderful small town possessing incredible Baroque churches, houses and palaces. The principal activity amongst tourists is to peacefully wander the narrow streets of Noto, admiring it's golden-colored stone buildings, incredible  facades and balconies amazing .

 

Day 10:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Catania to Catania Airport

 

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