Day 1 – arrival, hotel accommodation and dinner in the hotel restaurant
Day 2 – PALERMO
After breakfast today, we begin our explorations with a guided tour of Palermo. During our introduction to Sicily’s capital, we discover both the medieval quarter and the ‘new’ city, which dates back to the 17th century. With a long history of invasion, Palermo features a number of different architectural styles.After time to admire Palermo, we enjoy lunch together in a typical trattoria, before continuing to nearby Monreale for a guided tour of this charming hilltop town.
Featuring winding lanes and alleys, with fine views out to sea, Monreale is best known for its incredible cathedral. We discover the intriguing fusion of Byzantine, Norman and Arabic architectural styles, as well as the lavish interiors, decorated with superb mosaics depicting scenes from Biblical scripture.
Day 3- SEGESTA-ERICE
We begin the day with a visit of Segesta, one of the best preserved and most beautiful Greek archaeological sites. We then enjoy some time in the historical town of Erice, located on top of a mountain 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani. Our included lunch will feature typical Sicilian meal. After some free time to explore, we return to our hotel in Palermo
Day 4 – CEFALU – TAORMINA
Our tour of Sicily continues today, as we travel to Taormina. We start with a stop en route to the famous town of Cefalù, situated on a rocky cliff and listed within the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. We continue our trip to Taormina which in the early afternoon. Dating back to the 4th century BC, Taormina is a mountainside city that has grown in popularity as a holiday resort, owing to its delightful architecture and breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Best known for the well-preserved Teatro Greco, a traditional Greek-style amphitheatre, Taormina also boasts a charming ruined castle, the Castelmola, public gardens at the Villa Comunale, and typical ancient Italian streets, perfect for a leisurely stroll.
We accommodate at our hotel for two nights and enjoy some free time here. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 5 – MOUNT ETNA
Today we travel to glorious Mount Etna, a true Italian icon. Boasting the title of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna is the highlight of any Sicilian adventure. After a guided visit, we stop at a local farm for lunch. Afterwards we return to Taormina and have free time to further explore this fantastic town with incredible setting.
Day 6 – CATANIA
Today we tour Catania, with its historical centre and famous fish market. We will have some free time in the main square, the lovely Piazza Duomo and main shopping street before we transfer to our hotel for the next three nights in Siracusa. Rest of the day is free. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 7 – SYRACUSE
A full day tour to the ancient city of Syracuse on the island of Ortigia. We will visit the archaeological zone to see the Roman Amphitheatre and the Spring of Arethusa Fountain. There will be some free time to enjoy the historical centre in the afternoon. Dinner tonight is organized in a historic restaurant in the centre.
Day 8 – NOTO-RAGUSA-MODICA
A day dedicated to discover the Baroque in Sicily and the beautiful towns of Noto, the capital of the Sicilian Baroque, Ragusa & Modica and enjoy lunch in the area accompanied by the local Nero d’Avola wine.
Day 9 – Departure from Catania airport