Splendors of Sicily

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $6,995
  • Length: 10 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Italy
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Tour Description

The island of Sicily embodies the best of Italy; glorious landscapes, quaint coastal towns plus exquisite food and wine, all surrounded by centuries of history. Join us on this luxury exploration of Sicily’s many wonders. Wander the ancient streets of Palermo, visit one of the world’s best-preserved Greek architectural sites with your expert historian-guide, and immerse yourself in the charm and intrigue of Taormina, a lovely city with snowcapped Mount Etna as a backdrop. Throughout your journey, you’ll never be far from the glittering Mediterranean - you’ll enjoy sumptuous seafood feasts at acclaimed local restaurants and deluxe sea-view rooms at many of our opulent hotels.

  • Meet the Countess Federico over aperitifs at her palace in Palermo
  • Explore Mt. Etna, an active volcano, with an expert private guide
  • Discover the wonders of Taormina’s winding streets and romantic history
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets of Erice, a beautiful Phoenician and Hellenistic town
  • Explore Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples
  • Visit the world’s richest collection of Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
  • Savor a Sicilian favorite dining delicacy - cured beef slices served on a bed of fresh endive and arugula with slices of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Ferry across the Strait of Messina to the picturesque town of Reggio Callabria

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Palermo, Italy

Arrive in Palermo on Day 2. Palermo was a cradle of civilization, a transit point, and battlefield for territorial ambitions. Its personality comes from the Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Stroll its intricate streets and admire the blending of architectural styles that mark its history. Visit Palermo’s 12th-century cathedral, lively Capo markets, and the Norman’s Royal Palace. Later, travel to Monreale, world-renowned for its 12th-century cathedral, a dazzling mixture of Arab, Byzantine and Norman artistic styles and beautiful mosaics. A special treat awaits you as you will be welcomed by the Countess Federico for delightful conversation over aperitifs at her mansion.

Villa Igiea Hilton, Palermo

DAYS 4 & 5

Segesta, Erice, Sciacca Selinunte

Explore Segesta, an abandoned ancient city located in the province of Trapani. Continue to the beautiful Phoenician and Hellenistic town of Erice, dedicated to Aphrodite. On Day 5 travel to Selinunte, an abandoned ancient Greek city, with ruins of an acropolis and numerous temples that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Selinunte’s glorious zenith lasted for a period of about two centuries, when it was one of the most progressive Greek cities in Sicily, famous throughout Magna Grecia.

Verdura Golf Spa Resort, Sciacca

DAY 6

Agrigento Siracusa

This morning arrive in the classical city of Agrigento. Visit the Valley of the Temples, a series of temples erected in the 5th century B.C. as a testimony to the city’s prosperity. After lunch, enjoy a guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. The highlight of your visit will be the mosaics - almost every room in the villa is decorated with some of the finest mosaics found anywhere in the Roman world. Next, it is on to Siracusa, the great city of legend and home of Archimedes. Take an expert-guided walk around the island discovering the rich history and tides of conquest that have shaped this city since its birth.

Grand Hotel Des Etrangers, Siracusa

DAYS 7 - 10

Siracusa, Taormina Depart for Home

Ancient Siracusa was a Greek city that flourished from 733 until 211 B.C. when it was conquered by Rome. The highlight of your visit to Siracusa will be the archaeological park, including the ruins of the Teatro Greco, built in the 5th century B.C., where the great dramatist Aeschylus staged plays. Then proceed to Taormina. With its fabulous position high on the rocky plateau opposite dramatic Mount Etna, it is considered one of the world’s most picturesque resort cities. German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe described this place as “a strip of paradise on the earth” and it was a favorite resort of the 19th-century English aristocracy.

On Day 8 take a funicular ride to the top of Mt. Etna, Sicily’s tallest peak and Europe’s tallest active volcano. Later, a walking tour will reveal the fine pa laces that dot the old town center. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the Greek Theater, built just before the Roman occupation of Sicily.

On Day 9 drive to Messina to board a ferry and cruise across the Straits of Messina to Reggio di Calabria in mainland Italy. This small town of less than two hundred inhabitants is surrounded by rich groves of olives, vines and citrus trees. In fact, half of the world’s production of Bergamot comes from the region. Your destination is the National Archeological Museum, famed for its mysterious bronze warriors. The two Riace Warriors are notable for their remarkable expressive features, enhanced by the mixed media used in the detail of their eyes; ivory and limestone corneas, vitreous pupils and silver eyelashes.

On Day 10 you will be transferred to the airport in Catania for your flight back home or to your next destination.

San Domenico Palace Hotel, Taormina

Departures

Pricing Information

October 13, 2011

From $6,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,795.00 single room supplement.

May 29, 2012

From $7,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,890.00 single room supplement.

June 12, 2012

From $7,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,890.00 single room supplement.

September 12, 2012

From $7,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,890.00 single room supplement.

October 9, 2012

From $7,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,890.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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