The Splendours of Sicily 2021

Start: Palermo Finish: Catania

Visiting: Italy, Sicily


Duration: 9 Nights

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: BEHSSPC-1

Tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $4515

Tour Overview

Prepare to be unwrapped by Sicily’s superb landscapes, intoxicating diversity and ancient wonders. Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling local markets. Sheer gorges and golden beaches. This dazzling Mediterranean island will tantalise your every desire and capture your heart with its fascinating culture.

Highlights

  • iconUnlock the exotic and eclectic flavours of Sicilian cuisine with several unique tasting experiences.
  • iconDiscover the fascinating history behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples
  • iconEmbark on a locally-guided walking tour of Palermo and gain a unique insight into the city’s anti-Mafia movement

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Palermo

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

An intoxicatingly vibrant capital, Palermo is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible Sicilian journey. Our included dinner tonight is an opportunity to get to know one another better and sample some of Sicily’s sumptuous cuisine. Here’s to the fantastic trip ahead!

icon Day 2: Palermo – Monreale – Selinunte

Accommodation: Agriturismo Case di Latomie (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we’ll take to the streets to dive into Palermo’s fascinating anti-Mafia movement with a local guide – visiting the house of anti-Mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino, as we go. Then: it’s onwards to Monreale. Perched atop the Monte Caputo, overlooking the fertile valley of La Conca d’Oro – Monreale is renowned for its awe-inspiring Cathedral. Here, we’ll spend some time admiring the Norman-Byzantine architecture and stunning mosaics, before moving on to our idyllic accommodation in Selinunte.

icon Day 3: Selinunte – Mazara Del Vallo – Sciacca – Favara

Accommodation: The Alba Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, we're in for a culinary treat: prepare to sample a local farm’s tasty olives, award-winning oil and fresh breads. Then: en route to Favara, we’ll stop by Mazara del Vallo to indulge in a delicious antipasti lunch that explores the Arabic influence on Sicilian cuisine. Appetites sufficiently quenched, we’ll continue to the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Dating back to the ancient Greek period, Sciacca has been known for its natural thermal springs and ceramics. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a local ceramic workshop and enjoy some free time to explore – before moving on to our hotel in Favara.

icon Day 4: Favara – Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we'll move on to Agrigento to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples. As one of the most impressive collections of ancient Greek monuments in the world - a local guide will reveal the history of this enchanting archaeological site. Then: the ancient history lesson continues with a visit to Piazza Armerina's Villa Romana del Casale - which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world. We'll end our day in the magnificent hilltop town of Ragusa, where our idyllic accommodation in the historic town centre of Ibla, awaits.

icon Day 5: Ragusa – Modica – Ragusa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We'll start our day in indulgent style: with a chocolate tasting session in Modica. And then? The gastronomic theme continues as we venture into the countryside for a fascinating lesson in cheese-making. We'll gain a unique insight into the rustic lifestyle of Sicilian shepherds from a local breeder - and learn the secrets behind creating the area's famed provola ragusana cheese. After a delicious tasting session and included lunch, we'll return to Ragusa - where the rest of the day is free to wander the sloping alleyways and historic Ragusa Ibla at our leisure.

icon Day 6: Ragusa – Noto – Syracuse

Accommodation: Caportigia Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s agenda: a visit to the city of Noto, where we’ll learn more about almond cultivation with a local expert. After indulging in an almond themed lunch, we’ll press on to lovely Syracuse. Here, a local guide will take us around the ancient archaeological park – home to the impressive Teatro Greco. This evening, we’ll enjoy some free time relaxing at our hotel or exploring the nearby Ortigia area – Syracuse’s ancient town centre.

icon Day 7: Syracuse

Accommodation: Caportigia Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Coastal Syracuse – which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece – is yours for the taking today. We recommend arranging a boat trip to visit the enchanting hidden caves here. Or spending your free time wandering the array of ancient temples before losing yourself in the city’s winding streets – opening onto magnificent baroque piazzas, enticing boutique storefronts and beautiful sea views. How you spend your day is up to you – but a visit to the stunning Piazza Duomo is a must!

icon Day 8: Syracuse – Mt Etna – Carruba

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we head towards Mt Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the rugged surrounding landscape. We’ll take in the views from Rifugio Sapienza and have an opportunity to ride the cable car for a closer look at its smouldering craters. Then: we’ll move on to a local winery for an indulgent lunch and wine pairing experience. Later, our journey continues to the regional village of Carruba – where we’ll spend the next two nights.

icon Day 9: Carruba – Taormina – Carruba

Accommodation: Donna Carmela Boutique Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today will be spent exploring the spectacular mountainside town of Taormina. Here, we will have plenty of time to indulge in some Sicilian dolce vita – but first: a guided visit to the dramatically situated ancient Greek theatre is in order. After a day spent exploring, tonight’s farewell dinner will be well-deserved.

icon Day 10: Carruba – Catania

Meals: Breakfast

Today, our tour will end in Catania – but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to the city’s famous fish market, where you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the enthralling atmosphere. We’ll even pass by Catania’s oldest cannolo shop, where we’ll have the chance to fill our own cannoli with ricotta cheese. What a way to round off the trip!

What's Included

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

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    Accommodation

    9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

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    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a deposit of 150 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

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    Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Back-Roads Touring, 60 days before departure.

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    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, here is a summary of Back-Roads Touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit
    At 60 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost
    At 30 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost
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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

The Splendours of Sicily 2021
The hotels we're good although the one in Ragusa could be looked at more closely. We would have been happier with a bigger room and no view of the valley. ....more The hotels we're good although the one in Ragusa could be looked at more closely.

We would have been happier with a bigger room and no view of the valley.

Although we are laughing about it now.

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Noreen C

03-Aug-2019

The Splendours of Sicily 2021
This was a terrific tour with a well planned itinerary taking in some spectacular sights, great food and wine, and great companions. I thought our tour leader Giovanni was outstanding. This was a terrific tour with a well planned itinerary taking in some spectacular sights, great food and wine, and great companions.

I thought our tour leader Giovanni was outstanding.

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Peter C

20-Dec-2019

The Splendours of Sicily 2021
Excellent Excellent;
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Anonymous

21-Dec-2019

The Splendours of Sicily 2021
If we didn't arrive a few days post tour, would not have seen any of palermo. Mafia tour was more a donation and not sure if we learnt much ....more If we didn't arrive a few days post tour, would not have seen any of palermo.

Mafia tour was more a donation and not sure if we learnt much as truth; ....less
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Andrea G

28-Jul-2019

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Thursday Sep 09, 2021

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Thursday Sep 23, 2021

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