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Embracing Sicily

Embracing Sicily

Purpose: Discovery, Gastronomy, Culture, History
No. of days: 8 days - 7 nights
First & Last Cities: Palermo, Catania
Other cities: Corleone, Ficuzza, Monreale, Segesta, Marsala, Trapani, Agrigento, Taormina, Mount Etna, Syracuse
Starting cost: $1,435
 
Day 1 – Fri: Palermo
Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel. Meeting with the participants. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. [D]
 
Day 2 – Sat: Palermo (Corleone, Ficuzza)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the most famous social phenomena in Sicily. We will depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily and specifically to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where Mafia phenomena was born but also know nowadays for being the place where Mafia is firmly fought. We will firstly participate in an interesting and accurate cooking lesson: we will be able to prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes (only for who desires to participate to the cooking lesson). After the cooking lesson, enjoy this special lunch. After lunch, we will experience an interesting lecture on Mafia. One of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia but also explaining the origins and the way how Corleone inhabitants have taken to eliminate organized crime. Back to Palermo. Accommodation. [B/L]
 
Day 3 – Sun: Palermo (Monreale)
Buffet breakfast at enjoy 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. Overnight [B/D]
Signature Option: Excursion to Cefalú
 
Day 4 – Mon: Palermo (Marsala, Salt Mills, Trapani)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and journey to the sea town of Marsala, re-discovered in the 18th 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. Drive along Trapani’s coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant and return to Palermo. Driving along the coast from Marsala towards Trapani you’ll come to a place, where shimmering heaps of white crystals, red roofed windmills and contained ponds grow in the horizon. It starts out as a mirage and gradually becomes more and more tangible, until you find yourself surrounded by the oldest chemical industry in the world. Back to Palermo. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel. [B/L]
 
Day 5 – 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 6 – Wed: Taormina (Mount 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 1800 meters 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 to Taormina, you may enjoy an optional once-in-a-lifetime experience. [B/D]
Signature option: Godfather Tour to Savoca & Forza d’Agró

 

Day 7 – Thu: Taormina (Syracusse)

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 taste a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region. [B/D]
 
Day 8 – Fri: Taormina, Catania, USA
Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner


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Tour includes
  • Arrival & departure shared transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in First class hotels:
    • Palermo 4 nights
    • Taormina 3 nights
  • Meals:
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches*
    • 5 dinners*
  • Wine tasting at a local cellar in Marsala
  • Cooking lesson in Corleone
  • Mafia lecture in Corleone
  • Entrance fees at:
    • Palermo - Palatine Chapel
    • Monreale - Cloister
    • Taormina - Greek Theater
    • Syracuse - Archaeological area & Cathedral
    • Agrigento - Valley of the Temples
    • Segesta - Temple
  • Excursion to Mt Etna (up to 5.900 feet)
  • Touring by A/C vehicle accordingly to the number of participants
  • Professional English-speaking tour director
  • Entrance fees for sites visited
  • Excursion to Mount Etna up to 5,900 feet
  • Headsets during the whole tour
  • Porterage in/out in hotels
  • Vat
  • Hotel city taxes

* Include: ¼ wine + ½ mineral water + coffee or cappuccino

Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Cities’ taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (unless specified as included)
  • 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 10,24 $1,435 $1,769 $1,425
May 8,22
Jun 5,12
Sep 4,18,25
Oct 9
Prices are per person and may change without notice

Options
Signature Option: Excursion to Cefalú
Take advantage of this free afternoon to accompany your tour director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù. In the evening, enjoy a festive dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling in a fashionable restaurant. (Must be settled directly with the guide)
 
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