SICILY - LAND ONLY
Tuesday departures dates from April to October 31, 2017
You will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying
travel agent rates
PALERMO / MONREALE / MARSALA / SELINUNTE /
AGRIGENTO / PIAZZA ARMERINA / RAGUSA / CATANIA
WELCOME TO SICILY!!!
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Meet with your tour-leader, dinner and overnight in hotel.
OvernightHOTEL MERCURE EXCELSIOR, Palermo
Wednesday Palermo / Monreale / Marsala
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting the capital of Sicily Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past, including an elegant opera house.
Visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, an example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Byzantine, Muslim and Latin workers.
Continuing your walk you will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Along the visiting day stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco.
Afternoon proceed to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style.
In the afternoon continue to Marsala. Visit a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting.
Dinner and overnight in hotel. (b,d)
Overnight HOTEL STELLA D’ITALIA, Marsala
Thursday Marsala Salt Road / Selinunte / Agrigento
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world.
Between Trapani and Marsala they are now protected, in part because of the interesting bird life, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. On the way you will see the nice Island of Mothia (situated at the centre of a large lagoon in Marsala), known today as Stagnone, and the famous Salt Pans and windmills.
Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in the whole Mediterranean and a World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city.
In the afternoon, transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated a World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5 th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”.
Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight. (b,d)
Overnight HOTEL DIOSCURI BAY PALACE, Agrigento
Friday Piazza Armerina / Ragusa
Today proceed to reach Piazza Armerina where you can admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex, which has some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known, is a World Heritage Site. This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments.
Afternoon departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano TV series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city, well known thanks to the Commissario Montalbano television series, hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures.
Conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products.
Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel. (b,d)
Overnight HOTEL IL PRINCIPE , Catania
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to airport.
- All transfers
- All multilingual sightseeing by motor coach
- All 4 star hotels (or similar) as per itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- All taxes and service charges
COST PER PERSON - LAND ONLY
Based on double occupancy
Travel agent from $ 900.00 (US)
Companion from $ 1000.00 (US)
Extra entrance fees approximately $70.00 (US) to be paid locally in Sicily
EXTENSIONS and UPGRADES available