Welcome to Sicily Tour 2018 Starting in Palermo

Agrigento, Cefalù, Corleone, Forza d'Agrò, Marsala, Mount Etna, Palermo, Segesta, Siracusa, Taormina, Trapani
8 Days, 7 Nights

Welcome to Sicily Tour 2018 Starting in Palermo

Day 1, Friday – Palermo

Arrival in Palermo airport. Transfer to your hotel on your own. Meeting with the participants. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2, Saturday – Palermo – Corleone – Ficuzza – Palermo

Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Palermo. Enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the most famous social phenomena in Sicily. Depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where Mafia phenomena was born. Known nowadays for being the place where Mafia is firmly fought.  First participate in an interesting and accurate cooking lesson.  We will  prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes.  Only if  you desires to participate in the cooking lesson. After the cooking lesson, enjoy this special lunch. After lunch, we will experience an interesting lecture on the Mafia. One of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia.   The explanation about the origins and the way Corleone inhabitants has taken to eliminate organized crime. Back to Palermo. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3, Sunday – Palermo – Monreale – (optional tour to Cefalu’) – Palermo

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 with 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4, Monday – Palermo – Segesta – Marsala – Trapani – Palermo

Buffet breakfast at your hotel and journey to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C., located within a beautiful and natural setting that ranks as one of the best preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue 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. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

Day 5, Tuesday – 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 criteria 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 Partenon 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.

Day 6, Wednesday – Taormina – Mount Etna – Taormina – (optional tour to Savoca & Forza d’Agrò)

Buffet breakfast at hotel and morning walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center includes the Greek/Roman amphitheatre, 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, we offer a once in a lifetime experience. You may take an optional “Godfather” tour featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture. Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colorful restaurants of Taormina.

Day 7, Thursday – Taormina – Siracusa – Taormina

Buffet breakfast at your hotel and experience an included excursion to Siracusa. A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region.

Day 8, Friday – Taormina

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home ON YOUR OWN. End of tour.

Package Includes:

  • First class hotel for 7 nights
  • 7 buffet breakfasts + 2 dinners at hotels + 3 dinners at local restaurant (Taromina & Palermo) + 2 lunchs at local restaurants (Marsala area & Corleone area)
  • 1/4 wine + 1/2 mineral water + coffee or cappuccino served with lunch and dinner
  • 1 Wine tasting at cellar in Marsala
  • 1 Cooking lesson in Corleone
  • 1 Lecture on the Mafia in Corleone
  • Air conditioned motor coach or minivan according to the # of participants
  • English speaking tour director (below 7 participants, the trip may be done with an English speaking driver/guide)
  • Sightseeing as indicated + local guides where necessary (Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, & Palermo)
  • Excursion to Mt. Etna until 5900 feet
  • Headsets
  • Porterage in/out hotels

Package DOES NOT Include:

  • Flights
  • Transfers in/out
  • Other beverages and meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the above “Package Includes”

For technical reasons the itinerary may change or be inverted without notice. Dinners during the tour could be at hotel or at local restaurant.