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The Splendours of Sicily - Back Roads Experience

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,320

Sicily has a wealth of attractions to entice the visitor. One week here will reveal many of these. Corleone of “Godfather” fame, a medieval village, a nature reserve, local wine tasting, Greek and Roman historical sites, an active volcano and colourful resorts plus much more.


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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and abounds in natural beauty and ancient history. It is rich in culture, archaeological discoveries and is known for its outstanding gastronomy,

Begin your tour in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, renowned for being featured extensively in the movie “The Godfather”. Travel today to Corleone, a small town associated with the Italian Mafia. You will meet the son of a Corleone couple who will explain the origins and transformations of the Mafia. Return for overnight in Palermo. 

The next morning, depart for the medieval village of Erice reached by cable car. Enjoy not only the old town but the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Erice dates back to the days of the original settlers in Sicily from as far back as the Iron Age. Then continue to medieval Trapani and visit a nature reserve situated in a wetland with over 170 species of birds including flamingos.  Then it’s on to Marsala, home of the famous fortified wine. You will have the opportunity to enjoy samples. Finally today, spend overnight in the Valley of Temples Archaeological Park in Agrigento. 

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The next morning, you will explore the valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 8 temples dating back to 510 BC. Next travel to Piazza Amerina, a charming town with one of the largest surviving Roman dwellings, the Villa Romana del Casale. Eventually reach your hotel in Ragusa Ibia, a charming converted monastery where you will spend the next 2 nights.


The following day brings you to Modica, known as the capital of baroque Sicilian art. Enjoy a walk around the old town with its splendid cathedral. Continue to quaint Scicili used often as a movie site. Return to Ragusa Ibia where the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

The ancient city of Syracuse is next. Situated on the sea, it contains many archaeological treasures dating back to the Ancient Greek occupation. Nearby is the island of Ortiga also rich in archaeological sites including the 6th Century BC Temple of Apollo. Continue to Taormina, a pretty hill town perched on top of high cliffs where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Today you will enjoy a visit to the dramatic Mount Etna, the slumbering active volcano.  Later spend the afternoon at leisure in Taormina.

On your final day in Sicily, you will visit Savoca, a village which was featured in many scenes in “the Godfather”. Return to Taormina where your tour comes to an end.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,320

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Day 1

Palermo - Monreale - Selinunte

Today you'll meet in Sicily's capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a mafia themed tour. Then, it's onwards to Monreale, where you'll pay a visit to the impressive cathedral. Tonight, a welcome dinner awaits at the idyllic farm stay in Selinunte

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Selinunte - Sciacca - Favara

This morning, you're in for a culinary treat. Prepare to sample some of the farm's tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, breads and more! En route to Favara, you'll stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction. There's plenty of time to explore before you move on to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Favara - Ragusa

After breakfast you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples with a local guide, who'll reveal the history of the archaeological site as you look around. En route to Ragusa, you'll make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Ragusa - Modica - Ragusa

You'll have one thing on your mind today: delicious food. This morning you'll be treated to chocolate and cheese tastings, as well as a cheese workshop. Next, your trail will take you back to Ragusa, where you'll have the rest of the day to stroll around the town.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Ragusa - Modica - Noto - Syracuse

Sicily is famous for its sweets, many of which are made from almonds grown on the island. Today you'll have a chance to enjoy this centuries-old tradition as you pay a visit to an almond farm and enjoy a light lunch. Afterwards, you'll depart for beautiful Syracuse, where you'll visit a fascinating archaeological park.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Syracuse

Seaside Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, awaits on your free day. Take the time to wander the temples and sacred caves, and lose yourself in the city's winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Syracuse - Mount Etna - Carruba

Today, it's time to take a closer look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. Then, you'll move on to a local farm for a local lunch and wine tasting before journeying to Carruba, where you will spend the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Carruba - Taormina - Carruba

This morning you'll make tracks to Taormina, where you'll have a free day to take in the 13th-century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre. After a day of exploring, tonight's farewell dinner will be well-deserved.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Carruba - Catania

Today, your tour will end in Catania -- but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to bring home including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 2; Apr 13, 17, 24; May 11, 18, 25, 30; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22; Aug 31;
Sep 7, 14, 18, 28; Oct 5

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • BackroadsTour leader, driver and mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Valley of the Temples, Villa del Casale and Syracuse
  • European breakfast daily
  • 2 evening meals
  • 1 lunch
  • Marsala wine tasting
  • Included Entrance Fees: Erice church, Valley of the Temples, Villa del Casale, Syracuse archaeological site and Syracuse Cathedral

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility:
The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Trip Highlights:

  • Enjoy a Marsala wine tasting
  • Enjoy the relaxed pace of the tour and the great flexibility offered.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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5 Oct 2019
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