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SICILY

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and thanks to the influence of a string of conquerors (Greek, Roman, Vandals, Byzantine, Arab & Norman), it has a blended culture with truly unique art, music, and cuisine that's just waiting to be discovered. To add to the appeal, there is plenty of sun and beautiful weather, making this a year-round destination... It's one of our favorite destinations, and we hope this sample itinerary will inspire you to set your sights on Sicily!

DAY 1:  USA - ROME          [DEPART USA]

Buon Viaggio! Dinner and a movie aloft as you make your way to Palermo on your transatlantic flight. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

DAY 5:  PALERMO - SEGESTA - ERICE - CASTELVETRANO          [REACHARRIVE CASTELVETRANO]
On the road today! With your driver or rental car, reach Castelvetrano. En route, consider a stop in Segesta for a visit to the unfinished Doric temple and amphitheater, or a stroll through the charming hilltop town of Erice. Upon arrival in Castelvetrano, check in to your hotel.

DAY 6:  CASTELVETRANO - SALEMI - MOZIA - AGRIGENTO - SELINUNTE - CASTELVETRANO       [FREE DAY]
Plenty to see around the area! Consider taking day trips to some of the nearby destinations. Perhaps to Salemi to see ricotta cheese production or the famous salt works in Mozia? Or step back in time in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, where you will be able to see the temples for numerous Greek Gods and Goddesses, or Selinunte to see its vast Phoenician ruins. The choice is yours! 

DAY 7:  CASTELVETRANO - PIAZZA ARMERINA - TAORMINA          [PIAZZA ARMERINA TOUR]
Your journey continues to Taormina! On the way, a stop in Piazza Armerina will give you a spectacular view of 4th-century mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale. Once you reach Taormina, check into your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours! How about a stroll along the beach while the sun sets? 

DAY 8:  TAORMINA - MT. ETNA - TAORMINA           [MT. ETNA EXCURSION]
With your driver and guide, enjoy a ride to Mt. Etna. Not only is it the largest volcano in Italy, but it is also thought that it was once the home of the one-eyed monsters, the Cyclops! Upon arrival back in Taormina, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself. More beach time, or perhaps a little shopping? 

DAY 9:  TAORMINA - SIRACUSA - TAORMINA           [EXPLORE SIRACUSA]
Today your driver and guide will take you south to Siracusa, the hometown of Archimedes and one of the great cities of the Greek world. Other highlights may include the Archaeological Park known for its quarries and exceptional Ear of Dionyssios, as well as the cathedral and town on the little peninsula of Ortigia. Transfer back to Taormina for the night.

DAY 10:  TAORMINA - CATANIA - USA           [RETURN HOME]
Transfer to Catania this morning for your home-bound flights.  Same-day arrival in the USA.  Welcome home!

DAY 2:  PALERMO          [ARRIVE PALERMO]

On arrival in Palermo, you will be met for the private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Free time this afternoon to relax and begin your exploration of Palermo, a city highlighted by Beaux Arts, theaters, and neighborhoods that have been unchanged for hundreds of years! We will provide a list of our favorite restaurants for you to enjoy!

 

DAY 3: PALERMO - MONREALE - PALERMO             [INTRO. SIGHTS]

Complimentary breakfasts in each of your hotels. Get excited as your private guide and driver will accompany you to the charming Palermo and Monreale for a detailed private sightseeing. Highlights may include various Norman sights, such as the Palatine Chapel, Martorana Church, and Palazzo Abatellis. Enjoy a leisurely free afternoon. Time to wander through Palermo's famous markets and do a little shopping. 

 

DAY 4:  PALERMO - CEFALÙ - PALERMO         [CEFALÙ EXCURSION] 

An easy train ride or driver will escort you along the coast to Cefalù, which is home to an impressive cathedral, lovely fisherman’s village, and quaint town center. The day is at your leisure to do and see whatever you like! Back to Palermo tonight for dinner. Sicily offers a uniquely delicious cuisine!

Visit "La Bella Sicilia" - the Crossroads of Ancient Cultures

Why not extend your stay?  You could add a few extra nights in Sicily to include the Madonie Mountain region, Noto, a more detailed look at Mt. Etna, and so much more.  As always, we will gladly consult with you and draw up the best itinerary based on your needs and wishes so that it is the best vacation of your life!