Kingdom of Sicily

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $6,265
  • Length: 10 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Italy
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Tour Description

Sicily has been a popular and coveted island for centuries-ruled by Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. Because of its rich history and colorful cultural past, Sicily offers a marvelous mosaic for your exploration. The charming dialect of the people and the delectable Sicilian cuisine are unique in all of Italy. You’ll be enchanted by the lush rolling hills, covered by colorful wildflowers. The scent from fields of orange and lemon trees will intoxicate your thoughts. Explore the cathedrals, palaces, monasteries, ancient ruins and temples-all rich with splendid treasures.

  • Walk among the ruins of the Roman Forum and Amphitheater in Termini Imerese
  • Visit Chiesa Matrice, the town’s main church, the massive Elimo-Punic Walls, and the fragrant public gardens of the Giardino del Balio
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples a magnificent cluster of Greek ruins overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Explore the monolithic Greek Theatre, the Latomie of Paradise with the Dionysus’ Ear grotto, and the Roman Amphitheatre
  • Ride the funicular up to 8500 feet, to get a fantastic view of 10,000-foot Mt. Etna and the surrounding countryside

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Palermo

You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel. Palermo is the cultural and economic capital of Sicily, known for its blend of architectural styles.

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Hilton, Palermo

DAY 2

Palermo Monreale

This morning tour Palermo, including its 12th century Cathedral and Royal Palace, a true masterpiece of Sicilian-Norman architecture whose construction began in 1185 and lasted almost 700 years. Examine the exquisite mosaics in the palace’s Palatine Chapel, and visit the Opera House and the lively Capo Market before lunch. In the afternoon, it is a short drive to visit the 12th century Monreale di Cathedral, known for its splendid Byzantine mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictine abbey.(B)

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Hilton, Palermo

DAY 3

Termini Imerese Cefalu excursion

This morning drive to the ancient Greek-Roman city of Termini Imerese. Walk among the ruins of the Roman Forum and Amphitheater. Visit the Civic Museum with its famous Greek archaeological collection, and the 18th century church. Proceed to the charming medieval coastal town of Cefalù built on the site of an ancient Greek and Sicanian settlement. Visit the medieval wash house and tour the Norman Cathedral built by King Roger II in 1130. Arrive back in Palermo by late afternoon.(B)

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Hilton, Palermo

DAY 4

Palermo to Segesta, Erice Agrigento

Depart Palermo for the abandoned ancient city Segesta, built by the mysterious Elymis in 500 BC. Tour the majestic Doric temple, one of the world’s best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to Erice, a small medieval town offering commanding views from its 2,000 foot location atop Mount Giuliano. Visit Chiesa Matrice, the town’s main church, the massive Elimo-Punic Walls, and the fragrant public gardens of the Giardino del Balio. After a typical Sicilian lunch, continue on to Agrigento and your hotel.(B)

Grand Hotel Villa Athena, Agrigento

DAY 5

Agrigento, Piazza Armerina Siracusa

This morning enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples a magnificent cluster of Greek ruins overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The temples are the remains of Akragas, a Greek city built about 582 BC, of a unique amber sandstone. Explore the Temple of Hera, Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Concordia, that was converted to a Christian church in the 6th century. Continue to Piazza Armerina for lunch and then visit another UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the Roman Villa del Casale. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, it hosts the biggest display of Roman polychromic mosaics in the world. End the afternoon with a scenic drive to your hotel in Siracusa.(B)

Grand Hotel Des Etrangers Et Miramare, Siracusa

DAY 6

Ragusa Modica excursion

This morning drive to Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ornate capital of the Baroque style. Explore the maze of streets and monuments in this ancient Sicels village that was destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, and then rebuilt by the most famous architects of the time. After lunch, continue to Modica, another jewel of the baroque style, exemplified best by its Teatro Garibaldi, Palazzo Tedeschi, and the Church of San Pietro, which stands at the top of a monumental Baroque staircase flanked by statues of the Apostles. Stop for a taste of the famous Modican chocolate before returning to Siracusa by late afternoon.(B)

Grand Hotel Des Etrangers Et Miramare, Siracusa

DAY 7

Siracusa to Ortigia Taormina

This morning take a walking tour of the classic Greek archaeological park of Ancient Siracusa. Visit the monolithic Greek Theatre, the Latomie of Paradise with the Dionysus’ Ear grotto, and the Roman Amphitheatre. Continue on foot through the narrow streets of the ancient Greek colony of Ortigia. See the 7th century Duomo, the Fonte Aretusa, an ancient spring, and the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy lunch in Ortigia before departing for Taormina.(B)

San Domenico Palace, Taormina

DAY 8

Etna excursion

This morning tour Mt. Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Ride the funicular up to 8500 feet, to get a fantastic view of 10,000-foot Mt. Etna, and the surrounding countryside. After lunch at Etna, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Taormina.(B)

San Domenico Palace, Taormina

DAY 9

Taormina

Enjoy a morning walking tour of Taormina’s old town, with its narrow streets filled with handicraft, embroidery and antique shops. Visit the 5th century BC Greek Theater, the public gardens, the 14th century Palazzo Corvaja, and the medieval St. Nicholas Church. This afternoon is at leisure to relax shop or explore more of beautiful Taormina on your own.(B)

San Domenico Palace, Taormina

DAY 10

Depart Taormina

Today you are taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination. (B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $6,265.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,325.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

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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