Holidays

Eastern Sicily

Eastern Sicily

Purpose: Discovery, Gastronomy, Culture, History
No. of days: 5 days - 4 nights
First & Last Cities: Palermo, Catania
Other cities: Agrigento, Taormina, Mt. Etna, Syracuse
Starting cost: $985
 
Day 1 – Mon: Palermo
Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel. Meeting with the participants. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel. [D]
 
Day 2 – Tue: Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, dating back to the 5th century B.C. The poet Pindar described the site “as the most beautiful city built by mortal men”, The Doric style temples, all constructed within a century, face east, a standard criterion for both Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. The best temple is that of Concordia (similar in design to the Parthenon in Athens) which is an almost perfectly preserved condition. Your local guide will highlight the history and architecture of Concordia and of the other temples that are part of this archaeological treasure-trove. After visiting the Valley of the Temples, resume travel to Taormina, where you arrive in the evening in time for an enjoyable and relaxing dinner at your hotel. [B/D]
Day 3 – Wed: Taormina (Mt. Etna)
Buffet breakfast at hotel and 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. Enjoy the excursion to Mount Etna, till 4,900-foot and visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. On the way back you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional tour the place where the Godfather film was set.Tonight, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colorful restaurants of Taormina. [B]
 
Signature option: Godfather Tour to Savoca & Forza d’Agró
 
Day 4 – Thu: Taormina (Syracuse)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and 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 Dyonisius’ Ear. This evening, enjoy a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region. [B/D]
 
Day 5 – Fri: Taormina, USA
Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner


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Tour includes
  • Arrival and departure shared transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in first class hotels:
    • Palermo 1 night
    • Taormina 3 nights
  • Meals:
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 3 dinners*
  • ¼ wine + ½ mineral water + coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner at hotels & restaurants
  • Touring by A/C vehicle accordingly to the number of participants
  • Professional English-speaking tour director or tour/driver
  • Sightseeing as indicated, including local guides where necessary
  • Entrance fees at:
    • Taormina - Greek Theater
    • Syracuse - Archaeological area & Cathedral
    • Agrigento - Valley of the Temples
  • Excursion to Mount Etna up to 4,900 feet
  • Headsets during the whole tour
  • Porterage in/out in hotels
  • Vat
  • Hotel City taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Cities tax
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Palermo Hotel Ai Cavalieri 4
Hotel Principe de Villafranca 4
Taormina Hotel Villa Diodoro 4
Hotel Excelsior Park 4
Hotel Caparena 3.5
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Deaprture dates Double Single Triple
Apr 13,27 $985 $1,229 $975
May 11,25
Jun 8,15
Sep 7,21,28
Oct 12
Prices are per person and may change without notice
 
Tour Code: IT09PMO120VS

Options
Signature option: Godfather Tour to Savoca & Forza d’Agró
The tour starts with the visit of Savoca, which together with Forza D’Agrò, was the location for the scenes set in Corleone of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. You will notice the countryside with its old huts and houses made of rocks, old wood, bamboo, whatever the land had to offer. Bar Vitelli, which is still a functioning establishment, was featured in the motion picture as the place where Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter. We will continue the tour to the village of Forza D’Agrò located on the lower peak of a small mountain, while on the higher peak that overlooks the town are the remains of a Norman castle.

Description First Class
Godfather Tour $49
Price per passenger. Minimum 10 passengers