Delve into the fascinating mosaic that is Sicily. Explore this beautiful Mediterranean island on this grand tour and discover the influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans. Get acquainted with Palermo's colorful markets and the city's famous 'street food.' Spend time at Monreale's 12th-century cathedral. Meet a countess in her beautiful palace and visit a family-owned farm to learn how they make ricotta cheese. Travel to Corleone and learn about the anti-mafia movement. Enjoy Agrigento's spectacular Valley of the Temples (UNESCO). Spend 4 nights in Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. Choose to visit Savoca, one of the film locations for 'The Godfather,' or visit the beautiful medieval mountaintop village of Castelmola. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece during an included excursion to the historical sites in Siracusa (UNESCO), whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Palermo||Overnight Flight: You are on your way to Sicily. Experience the sights, sounds and charms of this sparkling Mediterranean island.|
|Day 2||Palermo||Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins: Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO) - Sicily's vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, its history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Palermo||Palermo - Monreale - Palermo: Set out on a comprehensive panoramic tour of Palermo. See the historic squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini with their exotic blend of Moorish, Norman and Baroque styles. After being introduced to the Palace of the Normans and La Martorana Church, explore the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. Then, it's off to the nearby town of Monreale. Its 12th-century cathedral dazzles from the moment you step inside. Return to Palermo for a stop at an open-air market to taste traditional Sicilian 'street food.' Later today you are invited to a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family's home and joins you for an aperitif and hors d'oeuvres in one of the palace's chambers.|
|Day 4||Palermo||Palermo - Corleone - Palermo: Head to the heart of Sicily. Find a warm welcome in the village of Corleone, the namesake of the family from the movie The Godfather. For decades the villagers have struggled with the connection to the Mafia and are fighting back. Join a local resident who will guide you through the CIDMA (International Documentary Center of the Mafia and the Anti-Mafia Movement). Hear tales of the Mafia's brutal past, the plight of the Sicilian people and the struggle to eradicate the Mafia. Make your way back to Palermo for the evening.|
|Day 5||Palermo||Palermo - Cefalu - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo: Journey into the countryside. Stroll the medieval streets of Cefalu, a seaside town and home to one of Sicily's most magnificent cathedrals. Then we are off to experience a day on a family farm. Learn about the variety of products they create and observe how they make a Sicilian favorite - ricotta cheese!* Watch a chef prepare other local specialties before sitting down for a hearty lunch featuring family recipes made from their products. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure.|
|Day 6||Palermo||Palermo - Agrigento - Taormina: Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert for a guided tour as you explore this once prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily's stunning Ionian Coast. The coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights.|
|Day 7||Taormina||Taormina: Today explore Taormina, 'the jewel of Sicily.' A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city. See the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own getting to know this city perched high above the sea. Dine at a sidewalk cafe, shop in the town's boutiques, or you may choose to partake in an optional excursion that gets up-close to majestic Mount Etna.|
|Day 8||Taormina||Taormina: The choice is yours! You may choose to visit the hilltop village of Savoca, one of the settings for the classic film The Godfather. This settlement (founded in 1134) remains remarkably well preserved; follow its quaint alleyways to the historic Bar Vitelli and the Chiesa di Santa Lucia, a 14th-century church; film buffs are sure to recognize these two landmarks. Or, you may prefer visiting beautiful Castelmola. Resting on a mountaintop above the community of Taormina, this quaint village offers unparalleled views of Mount Etna, Taormina, the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and the Strait of Messina.|
|Day 9||Taormina||Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina: Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece while uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa. An expert shares stories of its creation while leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis which features an impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast to Sicilian culture during your farewell dinner while serenaded by music from local musicians.|
|Day 10||Taormina||Taormina - Tour Ends: Your journey through Sicily comes to a close as you return home with many cherished memories.|
- Hotel Villa Diodoro 98039 Taormina (ME), Italy
- Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa Palermo, Italy
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.