The Ancient Sicily

Palermo/Catania
8 days/7 nights

Accommodation: 3/4 star hotels
Full Board

2 nights in Palermo area
1 night in Trapani area
1 night in Agrigento area
3 nights in Catania area
7 dinners at hotel
7 lunches
Bus + driver for the whole tour (max 8-9 daily hours of service)
Local guides where necessary
Our professional tour-guide for 6 days (from day 2 to day 7)
Tasting of typical sweets and liquor in Erice

 

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DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
DAY 7
DAY 8
Full itinerary

Arrival to Palermo Airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast at your hotel we will visit the Capital of Sicily, Palermo: the Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni with its precious “Palatina” Chapel and the “Quattro Canti”. The visit will proceed with the Capuchin Catacombs, containing about 8000 corpses and 1252 mummies of the last century, some of which are perfectly preserved. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Monreale, to admire the Norman Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at your hotel and depart to the ancient town of Segesta, to admire its quite well preserved Greek Theatre and its magnificent Doric Temple. We will drive then to the medieval town of Erice, set on the top of Mount Erice, offering a charming panorama of Aegadian Islands and the coast of Trapani. Lunch at restaurant or in a farm-house. In the afternoon, during the walking tour among the small streets of the town, you will visit the Cathedral with its Campanile (bell tower) and admire the suggestive 12th century Norman Castle. We will finally stop in a renowned pastry shop to taste the typical marzipan candies and other local delicacies. Accommodation at hotel in Trapani area and overnight.

After breakfast at your hotel we will embark to Mothia, the ancient Phoenician colony, situated just in the centre of the Stagnone Lagoon. We will then visit Marsala, famous all-over the world for the production of its dessert wine and for its salt pans and windmills. Lunch at restaurant or in a farm-house. We will proceed to Selinunte, to visit the largest Archaeological Park in the Mediterranean area. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel in Agrigento area.

Breakfast at your hotel and visit of the Valley of the Temples, including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux, representing the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and admire its well preserved mosaics which represent the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel in Catania area.

After breakfast, depart to the Southern Sicily, to visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis of Siracusa, famous for its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomies of Paradise. We will then make a nice walking tour in Ortygia Island, the ancient historical centre, where we will see the splendid Cathedral (built on the rests of a Greek Temple dedicated to Athena), the Temple of Apollo and the Fountain of Arethusa with its papyrus plants. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, for a short walking tour in the historical centre. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will make a walking tour in Catania’s historical centre: you will admire the Teatro Massimo Opera House, the Duomo Square with its Cathedral and the Elephant (symbol of the city) made of lava stone and the Baroque Via Crociferi. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Taormina to visit the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Duomo and the Belvedere. You will also have the chance to go shopping among the typical small streets of this nice town. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at your hotel and rest of the morning at leisure. Lunch at hotel. If departure is scheduled in the evening, it is possible to arrange an optional half-day excursion to Mount Etna or visit the Riviera dei Ciclopi. Transfer to Catania Airport. End of all services.

DAY 1
Arrival to Palermo Airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2
After breakfast at your hotel we will visit the Capital of Sicily, Palermo: the Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni with its precious “Palatina” Chapel and the “Quattro Canti”. The visit will proceed with the Capuchin Catacombs, containing about 8000 corpses and 1252 mummies of the last century, some of which are perfectly preserved. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Monreale, to admire the Norman Cathedral with its splendid 12th century mosaics and the cloister of the Benedictines monastery with Moorish architecture. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
Breakfast at your hotel and depart to the ancient town of Segesta, to admire its quite well preserved Greek Theatre and its magnificent Doric Temple. We will drive then to the medieval town of Erice, set on the top of Mount Erice, offering a charming panorama of Aegadian Islands and the coast of Trapani. Lunch at restaurant or in a farm-house. In the afternoon, during the walking tour among the small streets of the town, you will visit the Cathedral with its Campanile (bell tower) and admire the suggestive 12th century Norman Castle. We will finally stop in a renowned pastry shop to taste the typical marzipan candies and other local delicacies. Accommodation at hotel in Trapani area and overnight.

DAY 4
After breakfast at your hotel we will embark to Mothia, the ancient Phoenician colony, situated just in the centre of the Stagnone Lagoon. We will then visit Marsala, famous all-over the world for the production of its dessert wine and for its salt pans and windmills. Lunch at restaurant or in a farm-house. We will proceed to Selinunte, to visit the largest Archaeological Park in the Mediterranean area. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel in Agrigento area.

DAY 5
Breakfast at your hotel and visit of the Valley of the Temples, including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux, representing the most beautiful example of the Greek Civilization in Sicily. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and admire its well preserved mosaics which represent the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel in Catania area.

DAY 6
After breakfast, depart to the Southern Sicily, to visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis of Siracusa, famous for its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomies of Paradise. We will then make a nice walking tour in Ortygia Island, the ancient historical centre, where we will see the splendid Cathedral (built on the rests of a Greek Temple dedicated to Athena), the Temple of Apollo and the Fountain of Arethusa with its papyrus plants. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, for a short walking tour in the historical centre. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7
After breakfast we will make a walking tour in Catania’s historical centre: you will admire the Teatro Massimo Opera House, the Duomo Square with its Cathedral and the Elephant (symbol of the city) made of lava stone and the Baroque Via Crociferi. Lunch at restaurant. We will then proceed to Taormina to visit the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Duomo and the Belvedere. You will also have the chance to go shopping among the typical small streets of this nice town. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8
Breakfast at your hotel and rest of the morning at leisure. Lunch at hotel. If departure is scheduled in the evening, it is possible to arrange an optional half-day excursion to Mount Etna or visit the Riviera dei Ciclopi. Transfer to Catania Airport. End of all services.