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Experience Incredible Enna, Sicily
The lake of Pozzillo, with volcano Etna in background

Private Tour of Sicily's Unesco World Hertiage Sites, Food, Wine and Magnificent Coastal Towns Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01436
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Departs from : Catania
  • Meeting Place : Hotel - Rail Station - Cruise Ship

Description

Italy has more World Heritage sites than any other country in the world, and Sicily alone is home to 7 of them!  From ancient temples, to beautiful islands, Sicily's natural and cultural heritage will continue to amaze you on this incredible journey around the island.  No Italian vacation would be complete without a delicious selection of food and wine, and with its rich soils and varied jigsaw of culinary influences, you will certainly not be disappointed!

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Sicily

Where we visit : Catania, Siracusa
Meeting Location : Hotel - Rail Station - Cruise Ship
This tour can be customized for arrival in either Catania or Palermo.

Arriving in Catania, you will be met by a private driver who will take you passed Mount Etna, to the beautiful sea-port of Syracuse.  Here you will be staying in the most beautiful part of the town: the Island of Ortigia, connected by bridge to the main town. 

You will have the rest of the day to relax, explore and enjoy your first taste of Sicily!

Overnight in Syracuse.
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Full Day tour of Siracusa and Noto

Where we visit : Siracusa, Noto
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, your driver will take you to the nearby town of Noto.  Almost entirely destroyed  by an earthquake in the 17th century, the towns in Noto Valley were rebuilt in what is known as the Sicilian Baroque-style.  The resulting architecture is so impressive that the whole valley is today a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.  Here you will enjoy a tour of the town center with some time for lunch before returning to Syracuse.

In the afternoon, in the company of a local guide, take a walking tour of this ancient town which boasts art and architecture spanning over 2 centuries.  The tour will include the archeological park and the remains of the impressive Greek theater.

Dinner and overnight in Syracuse.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 3 - Full Day tour of Taormina and Mt. Etna with Wine Tastings and Lunch

Where we visit : Taormina, Mt. Etna
Today you will be traveling to the magnificent Mt. Etna, Europe's highest active volcano.  Believed by the ancients to be the location of the forge of Hephaestus, the god of fire, Etna has been active for the last 35,000 years and in 2013 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to it's uncommon level of activity, as well as scientific and cultural importance. 

Weather and eruption conditions permitting, you will head up to the top of the volcano for stunning views across much of the island.

As well as being an incredible vantage point, the volcanic soil makes the surrounding land extremely fertile, so it's not surprising that some of Sicily's finest wines can be found here!  You'll get a chance to taste for yourselves, as you enjoy a wine tasting and lunch of local products at one of the local wineries.

In the afternoon, your driver will take you to Taormina, where you can visit the Greek Amphitheatre on your own and enjoy some free time for shopping before heading back to Siracusa.

Dinner and overnight in Syracuse. 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Where we visit : Agrigento
After breakfast, you will be departing Syracuse for Piazza Armerina, another UNESCO site and home to some of the most beautiful and extensive Roman mosaics ever discovered.  Once the rural villa of an important family, the villa and its elaborate decorations lay covered for centuries following a 12th century landslide.

After visiting the mosaics, you might be hungry and your driver will suggest somewhere to stop for lunch, before heading to Agrigento on the island's south coast.  Enjoy an afternoon of leisure, walking along the beach or enjoying the beautiful views.

Overnight in Agrigento.

 
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 5 - Guided tour of the Valley of Temples in Agrigento - Mondello

Where we visit : Mondello
This morning will begin with a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples in Agrigento, which was one of the most important sites for the Greeks in Sicily and has been wonderfully preserved.

After the tour, you'll be leaving Agrigento and driving along the southern cape of Sicily, where you will stop in the seaside town of Marsala, famous for its eponymous wine.  Which is a good reason to stop at a nearby winery!  At the Donna Fugata Winery, you will be shown around the production area and underground cellars, then invited to taste some of their wines, which are paired with typical Sicilian street food.

In the evening, you'll arrive at your hotel in the beach town of Mondello, where you will be based for the next three days.  Take the rest of the day to yourselves, to relax, walk on the beach and dine in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Mondello. 
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 6 - Private Tour of Palermo and Monreale

Where we visit : Palermo
This morning after breakfast, your driver will take you to Palermo, where you will have time to visit the incredible Opera house, cathedrals and wonderful piazzas filled with incredible statues.  In the company of a local guide, discover the wonderful Norman architecture and the city's eclectic history.

On your return to Mondello, stop just outside Palermo at Monreale, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sicily and one of the nine buildings included in the UNESCO patrimony of Palermo.  The 12th century Norman-Byzantine cathedral is one of the most beautiful examples of Norman architecture, covered in sparkling gold mosaics.

Dinner and overnight in Mondello.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 7 - Erice - Segesta and the Zingaro Nature Reserve - Farewell Dinner in Mondello

Where we visit : Erice
This morning after breakfast, you will visit the incredible town of Erice, renouned for its views of the spectacular valleys below.  Here, you will have time to enjoy the fantastic town by foot before heading to Segesta, one of the highest Greek amphitheaters in the world, where you will enjoy a guided tour. 

Make your way back to Mondello along the coast, stopping to visit Castellammare del Golfo and the beautiful Zingaro nature reserve, home to the bluest waters and loveliest scenery in Sicily.

Overnight in Mondello.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 8 - Private Transfer to Palermo Airport - Conclusion of Services

Where we visit : Sicily
This morning after breakfast at the beautiful Mondello resort, your driver will take you to Palermo airport, where it will be time to say Arrivaderci, Sicilia! 
Meals : Breakfast

Map

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 24-hour emergency service
  2. Accommodation in Centrally Located, Four Star Hotels
  3. Detailed explanation of sites
  4. Dinners where indicated with wine included
  5. Excellent Photo Opportunities
  6. Internet at All Hotels
  7. Local English speaking Driver Guide
  8. Transportation in luxury vehicle
  9. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings
  10. Winery Visits

What's Not Included

  1. Gratuities of any type
  2. Meals not mentioned in the program
  3. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels
  4. Travel Insurance

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

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Hotels

Livingston Hotel

Hotel Livingston is an elegant and refined located in Ortigia, historical center of Syracuse. Thanks to its excellent position on the sea, you can admire beautiful sunsets and enjoy the nuances of incredible colors in the day. Just 20 steps from the hotel is the bathroom free Forte Vigliena (see photo), a platform equipped with showers and access to the sea will allow you to swim in the cool water

Mondello Estate Resort for Adults

This is the ideal place in Sicily to regenerate you body, mind and spirit or simply to relax and spend a romantic and unforgettable stay. Elegance and luxury are the main features of the property, combined with helpful but never intrusive service. The tranquility, the charming garden, the big swimming pool, the intense blue sea of the beautiful bay of Mondello ( 450 mt) , make of Bed & Breakfast

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