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Splendors of Sicily Program Details

8 days Premier Escorted Tour visiting Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento, Palermo, Segesta, Marsala, Trapani

Agrigento's Greek Temple

Splendor of Sicily


Day 1/Thu Depart USA
Evening departure. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2/Fri Catania/Taormina
After morning arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight's dinner is at your hotel.

Day 3/Sat Taormina (optional tour of Mt. Etna Volcano)
Morning walking tour of Taormina's charming city center includes the Greek/Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos; and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Balance of the day is yours to relax, or explore the slopes of Mt Etna with our optional tour that also includes an interesting honey-tasting session in Zafferana. Continue climbing to 6,000 feet where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colorful restaurants of Taormina.

Day 4/Sun Taormina/Syracuse (optional "Godfather" tour)
Today experience an included excursion to Syracuse. A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dionysius' Ear. On the way back to Taormina we offer a once in a lifetime experience! You may take an optional "Godfather" tour, featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Ford Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine, in a restaurant characteristic of this region.

Day 5/Mon Taormina/Piazza Armerina/Agrigento/Palermo
This morning depart for Agrigento, a hillside town facing the sea, famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples. En route stop at Piazza Armerina, a town of rich history. Located here is the Villa del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This villa is a supreme example of a luxury Roman villa, which graphically illustrates the predominant social and economic structure of its age. The mosaics that decorate it are exceptional for their artistic quality and invention. Continue past Caltanissetta to Agrigento. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, one of the most important archaeological areas in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visit includes the temples of Concord and Hercules. Arrive in Palermo in the evening and enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

Day 6/Tue Palermo (excursion to Segesta, Marsala & Trapani)
Journey to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric temple, 420 and 430 BC. located within a beautiful and natural setting, that ranks as one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, rediscovered in the eighteenth century by English merchant John Woodhouse and known for its sweet wines. Visit a wine cellar and sample some Marsala during a special wine tasting session. Then drive along Trapani's coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant by the sea, then return to Palermo. Your tour director can suggest many interesting, quality restaurants, that offer ambiance and traditional local cuisine, for dinner on your own.

Day 7/Wed Palermo (optional tour of Cefalu)
A morning tour of Palermo, a city full of character, features Quattro Canti - a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Here you will admire a 12th century cathedral, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or take an optional tour with your Tour Director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalu. In the evening, bid "arrivederci" to your travel companions during a festive farewell dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant.

Day 8/Thu Palermo to USA (or extend your stay)
Morning transfer to Palermo Airport for your return flight home. Meals and refreshments served on board. Same day arrival into USA.

Departures & Pricing

Call (800) 990-3454 for reservation


Preferred 4 Star Hotels
City Hotels
Taormina (3 nights) Villa Diodoro or Caparena
Palermo (3 nights) I Cavalieri