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The Splendours of Sicily - Back Roads Experience

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,491

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
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,491

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Day 1

Palermo

We meet in Sicily's capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its warren of streets with a local guide. This morning is dedicated to the Norman Palace, a wonder of Palermo and the Palatine Chapel -- with walls coated in glimmering paintings that will astound. Next, we visit Corleone to learn more about the area and later, we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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    Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa



    Classic elegance and historical beauty all combine to make the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa a truly exceptional place to stay on your trip to Sicily. The impressive hotel in the centre of Palermo has a distinctive noble facade which is further complemented by a superb ...

    Classic elegance and historical beauty all combine to make the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa a truly exceptional place to stay on your trip to Sicily. The impressive hotel in the centre of Palermo has a distinctive noble facade which is further complemented by a superb location only footsteps from the squares, parks, shopping streets and cafes. The first thing that guests cannot fail to notice at check-in is the regal splendour of this historical hotel, part of which was originally a convent, and which features many artistic, architectural and cultural influences throughout. As the hotel is near the Quattro Canti Square, guests are in the ideal place to absorb the atmosphere of this a baroque piazza, famous for its towering palm trees and awe inspiring cathedral in the heart of Palermo.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Palermo - Erice - Trapani - Marsala

This morning, we bid farewell to Palermo and set our eyes onwards to the medieval town of Erice. When you're not marvelling at the impressive views of the valley and ocean (if the weather is clear), hunt down Sicily's most famous almond cake shop, which calls Erice home. Next up is Trapani, where we meet with a family member and owner of the 'Museo del Sale', or 'Salt Flat Museum' to discover the history and traditions of salt production. After, it's time for a local wine tasting before resting our heads in Marsala.

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Baglio Oneto Resort

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    Baglio Oneto Resort



    A wonderful 5 Star Hotel, born from an ancient XVIII century production structure, is today the point of reference for hospitality in Marsala (Trapani) for a true experience to tell and remember. Discover all the services and the Rooms.

    A wonderful 5 Star Hotel, born from an ancient XVIII century production structure, is today the point of reference for hospitality in Marsala (Trapani) for a true experience to tell and remember. Discover all the services and the Rooms.

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    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 3

Marsala - Agrigento

After breakfast, we leave Marsala and carry onwards to our next destination. Making a stop at the Kolymbetra Garden, we will wander through the ruins of the Valley of Temples and find peace in the tranquil surrounds of the lush plantlife. After an enlightening day, we make our way back to the hotel to savour a delicious dinner together with the company of your fellow travellers in Agrigento.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna

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    Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna



    Foresteria Baglio della Luna in Agrigento is a boutique hotel with 23 rooms and suites that overlooks the Valley of the Temples.This 13th century building, carefully restored to guarantee all the modern conviences of today, is an oasis of absolute peace and silence in graceful ...

    Foresteria Baglio della Luna in Agrigento is a boutique hotel with 23 rooms and suites that overlooks the Valley of the Temples.This 13th century building, carefully restored to guarantee all the modern conviences of today, is an oasis of absolute peace and silence in graceful Sicily and offers the unique experience of sleeping in a medieval watchtower. All its rooms and suites have a marvellous view on the Valley of the Temples or on the countryside. A comfortable and charming stay in the midst of nature.

    The hotel is located in the countryside but just a few minutes from the city centre, from the beach of Maddalusa and from the fantastic Scala dei Turchi, an ideal place from where to start discovering the beauties of Western Sicily.

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    • Garden
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Day 4

Agrigento - Sant'angelo Muxaro - Agrigento

We have one thing in mind today: delicious food. Start the day with a food tasting tour with a local guide through Sant'Angelo Muxaro. Sample your way through the morning with cheese, olive bread, peppers and a local treat -- the sweet honey cake. To end the day, we meet for another satisfying dinner in Agrigento.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Modica - Ragusa

Our first stop is Piazza Armerina, where we visit the one-of-a-kind Villa Romana del Casale, containing one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. Next, we follow in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano in Sicily one of the filming locations for the cult detective series in Modica. Our trail takes us onwards to Ragusa with the rest of the day to wander the town at your own pace. You could seek out a local trattoria to try some Sicilian specialities.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Antico Convento

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    Hotel Antico Convento



    The Antico Convento Dei Cappuccini is located in Ragusa Ibla. This former convent is set within the Giardino Ibleo garden. A continental-style breakfast is served daily at Convento Dei Cappuccini. The Cenobio Restaurant specialises in local cuisine. Ragusa's Saint George cathedral is 450 metres from ...

    The Antico Convento Dei Cappuccini is located in Ragusa Ibla. This former convent is set within the Giardino Ibleo garden. A continental-style breakfast is served daily at Convento Dei Cappuccini. The Cenobio Restaurant specialises in local cuisine. Ragusa's Saint George cathedral is 450 metres from the property.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Ragusa - Noto - Syracuse - Catania

Seaside Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece, is our stomping ground today. Our local guide leads us to the temples and sacred caves of the archaeological park. The best way to enjoy it is to happily get lost in its winding streets, which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views. Later we turn to Catania and share a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Katane Palace

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    Hotel Katane Palace



    Katane Palace Hotel is located in the historical centre in Catania, one of the most attractive areas in Sicily, between the sea and Etna where you can visit locations inscripted in The World Heritage List by Unesco. Katane Palace Hotel is suitable for business or ...

    Katane Palace Hotel is located in the historical centre in Catania, one of the most attractive areas in Sicily, between the sea and Etna where you can visit locations inscripted in The World Heritage List by Unesco. Katane Palace Hotel is suitable for business or pleasure stays and our dedicated staff on site ensures that every need is taken care of and to the standards that the most discerning occupant will enjoy.

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    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Catania - Mount Etna - Taormina - Catania

Now it's time to take an up close look at Mount Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape. After a lava-fuelled morning, we stop at Taormina and enjoy a guided tour of some of the city's greats including the 13th century Cathedral of San Nicola and the splendid Greek Theatre.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct 7.
2018: Feb 10; Mar 3; Apr 14, 18, 28; May 12, 19, 26, 30; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23; Sep 1, 8, 15, 19, 29; Oct 6

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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3 Mar 2018
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