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

Secrets of Sicily: Unesco Sites, Wineries, Food and Beaches Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01500
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Departs from : Catania
  • Meeting Place : Airport

Description

This is a totally private and exclusive tour of Sicily with an expert driver-guide that departs from Catania and includes many of Sicily's World Heritage sites like Siracusa, Mt. Etna and her wineries, Taormina and the Greek Amphitheater, Noto, Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Segesta and many, many more. Over the course of the week you will also visit extraordinary wineries and enjoy fine culinary experiences. 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Catania and Private Transfer to Siracusa - Welcome Dinner in Siracusa

Where we visit : Catania
Meeting Location : Airport
When you arrive at Catania airport, our local, English-speaking drivers will meet you and privately transfer you along the coast to the delightful and beautiful sea-port of Syracuse, which was once one of the most important cities in Sicily for the Greeks who first inhabited the area. 

Once at your hotel, check in and you will be free to explore the local area of Ortigia until 5pm when you will meet with the tour director and your traveling companions.  Depending on the weather, you may meet on the wonderful rooftop terrace, or in in the cooler hotel bar where you will have a chance to get to know each other over a typical aperitivo.

This evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant, then return to the hotel. 

Overnight in Syracuse.
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Full Day tour of Siracusa and Noto

Where we visit : Siracusa, Noto
This morning, after a buffet breakfast at your hotel, your tour director will accompany you on an orientation walk around Syracuse, to see some of the beautiful architecture, famous sites and street markets piled high with delicious local products.   You will then make your way by luxury minibus to the Baroque town of Noto.   Noto and the other towns of the Noto Valley, together comprise one of Sicily's numerous UNESCO sites, thanks to the unique and beautiful architecture here, known as Sicilian Baroque.  

In the later afternoon we head back to Siracusa where you will be able to enjoy the archeological park in Siracusa and enjoy time for shopping and dinner at your leisure this evening. 
Meals : Breakfast
 

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

Where we visit : Taormina
This morning after breakfast we will be there at the hotel to meet you and take you up to the magnificent top of Mt. Etna where you will be able to view one of Europe's most active volcanoes.  Following our visit here, we head into the valley that is home ot some of Sicily's best wineries where you will enjoy multiple wine tastings at the Cambino or Villa Casa Grande wineries, which are outstanding wineries in the area - followed by a true Sicilian lunch - also with wine.

In the afternoon, we head to Taormina, where you can visit the Greek Amphitheatre and enjoy time in Taormina for shopping and time at leisure before heading back to Siracusa.

Dinner at leisure in Siracusa and overnight. 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento

Where we visit : Agrigento
This morning we depart Siracusa for Piazza Armerina, home to some of the most extensive Roman mosaics in Italy where you will enjoy a guided tour.   Following Piazza Amerina, we head to Agrigento where you will have time at leisure for dinner and overnight.

 
Meals : Breakfast
 

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

Where we visit : Mondello
This morning after breakfast we will come to meet you to begin 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 still in great condition. 

Following Agrigento we head along the southern cape of Sicily, stopping in Marsala and along it's bay where they still harvest salt and it's an incredible area for photos. 

From here, we continue onto the great town of Mondello, one of the loveliest beach towns in Italy where you will be based for the next 3 nights to enjoy Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Segesta and much more! 

Overnight in Mondello. 
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 6 - Private Tour of Palermo and Monreale

Where we visit : Palermo
This morning after breakfast we depart the lovely Mondello resort for Sicily's largest and most important cities, Palermo, where you will have time to visit the incredible Opera house, cathedrals and wonderful piazzas filled with incredible statues.  

After our visit we head up to Monreale, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sicily where you will continue your guided tour.

In the afternoon we return to beautiful Mondello for dinner at leisure and overnight. 
Meals : Breakfast
 

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

Where we visit : Erice
This morning after breakfast we head up to the incredible town of Erice overlooking the spectacular valleys below 365 degrees.  Here, you will have time to enjoy the fantastic town by foot before we head to Segesta, which is one of the highest Greek Amphitheatre in the world, where you will enjoy a guided tour. 

Following Segesta we head over to the lovely town of Castellammare del Golfo, featured in the Oceans 12 films and many other famous films all over the world.

Here, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful Zingaro nature reserve home to the bluest of blue waters and lovely scenery where you will have time to enjoy the beach.

This evening, farewell dinner 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, we will take you to the Palermo airport where it will be time to see 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

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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

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