Treasures of Sicily

Treasures of Sicily

Start: Acireale Finish: Taormina

Visiting: Acireale, Mount Etna, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Province of Agrigento, Selinunte, Erice, Nature Reserve Zingaro, Palermo, Cattedrale di Monreale, Cefalù, Taormina, Mt Etna, Agrigento, Monreale


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: ADZ

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 18

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Sicily is one of the most fascinating islands in Europe, thanks to the indelible marks left by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Spanish civilisations. This comprehensive tour explores its sophisticated cities, picturesque villages, well-preserved archaeological sites, and splendid scenery. It starts with an excursion on Mt Etna, continuing to the towns of Syracuse, Agrigento, and Selinunte - all listed as UNESCO heritage sites. There is also a day in Zingaro National Reserve with magnificent views of the Mediterranean.

Highlights

  • iconExplore Baroque heritage in Noto and Ragusa Ibla
  • iconVisit archaeological sites in Siracusa, Agrigento and Selinunte 
  • iconCover the island's highlights and best heritage sites in nine days

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start in Acireale

Location: Acireale

Meals: No Meals

Our tour starts in Acireale, a charming historic town at the foot of Etna
and overlooking the sea. The town is considered the birthplace of Sicilian
baroque and boasts a magnificent Piazza del Duomo. Churches worth visiting
include San Sebastiano, patron saint of the town, with its ten statues of old
testament figures and the frescoes of the painter Paolo Vasta.

icon Day 2 : Excursion on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano; afternoon wine tasting.

Location: Mount Etna

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we enjoy a spectacular guided walk on Mt Etna, Europe's
highest active volcano. We hike up past several old lava flows to be rewarded
with a dramatic panoramic view of the volcanic landscape and old craters (1
to 2 hours walking, 5 km). You are strongly advised to take a
waterproof/windproof jacket, a warm top and to wear long trousers. In the
afternoon we enjoy a delicious wine & cheese tasting in one of the famous
wine cellars of the area. Transfer back to Acireale.

icon Day 3 : Drive to Syracuse to visit its archaeological site; on to the UNESCO Baroque town of Noto.

Location: Syracuse, Noto

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we drive to Syracuse (approx. 1h 20 mins drive), the most
powerful city-state in the Greek world and briefly capital of the Byzantine
Empire. Here we visit the superb Neapolis Archaelological Park with its
spectacular Greek theatre and well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, accompanied
by a local guide. In the afternoon we drive to our next destination, the
UNESCO World Heritage site of Noto (approx. 45 mins). This is an absolute
gem: a beautiful town built in the unique Sicilian baroque style using
beautiful honey-coloured stone.
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icon Day 4 : Morning visit the hilltop town of Ragusa Ibla; transfer to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples.

Location: Ragusa Ibla, Province of Agrigento

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we drive to the hilltop town of Ragusa Ibla (approx. 1hr 30
mins), a fascinating maze of winding streets dotted with remarkable baroque
churches, and continue on to Agrigento (2hrs 30 mins). Here we enjoy a guided
visit of its magnificent Valley of the Temples: the Temple of Juno, the
Temple of Concorde, one of the most well-preserved Doric temples in all the
Greek world, the Temple of Ercules and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. We
then overnight in Agrigento.

icon Day 5 : Visit ruins of Selinunte, overlooking the Mediterranean; drive to the hilltop village of Erice.

Location: Selinunte, Erice

Meals: Breakfast

Our day starts with a transfer to Selinunte (1hr 30 mins) to explore one of
the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, set high
overlooking the sea. We then move on to the mountaintop village of Erice (1hr
30 mins) , and stop en route for a view of the famous salt flats of Mozia,
dotted with characteristic wind mills (time permitting). Once in Erice, we
have time for a stroll through its narrow streets and will try the best
almond cakes (cassata) on the island. Overnight near San Vito Lo Capo.

icon Day 6 : Walk in the stunning Zingaro Nature Reserve; afternoon transfer to Palermo.

Location: Nature Reserve Zingaro, Palermo

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we take a break from the cultural highlights of the island and
head to the coast to explore one of the best examples of idyllic
Mediterranean landscape on foot. Stretching along the coast for 7km between
the lovely village of Scopello in the east to San Vito Lo Capo in the west,
the Zingaro Nature Reserve boasts some stunning walking trails with views out
to the cliffs and the glistening sea, hidden coves and pristine beaches. We
take a leisurely walk for up to 3 hours (including stops) along beautiful
coastal trails with the opportunity of a quick swim before returning to the
bus. In the afternoon we make our way to Palermo (approx. 2hrs) where we can
enjoy some time at leisure to discover the vibrant historic centre and lively
streets filled with restaurants and bars. We then overnight in Palermo.

icon Day 7 : Morning visit to Monreale Cathedral; guided tour of Palermo and free time.

Location: Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo

Meals: Breakfast

After a short transfer to Monreale (approx. 1 hr), we visit its extraordinary
cathedral, considered the greatest example of Norman architecture in the
world. We then head to Palermo (approx. 1 hr) and our local guide will show
us the most important sites of this beautiful city, including Quattro Canti,
Pretoria Square, the Cathedral and Marina Square. In the afternoon we have
some free time in Palermo to enjoy this eclectic city at our own pace. We
overnight in Palermo.

icon Day 8 : Drive to the fishing village of Cefalu to visit its Norman Cathedral; on to charming Taormina; free time to explore.

Location: Cefalù, Taormina

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we drive to the fishing village of Cefalu (approx. 1 hr 15
mins), where we visit the impressive cathedral, home to elaborate Byzantine
mosaics, and the lovely historic centre with its winding mediaeval streets.
Our tour ends in one of the most renowned treasures of Sicily: the charming
town of Taormina (approx. 2hrs 40 mins drive). We have time to visit its
Greek theatre and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt Etna and the sea. We
overnight in Taormina.

icon Day 9 : End in Taormina.

Location: Taormina

Meals: Breakfast

Our tour ends in Taormina in the morning of day 9. 

What's Included

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    Airport transfers for group flights

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    All accommodation

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    London flights (if booking incl. flights)

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    Trasport by private air-conditioned bus throughout the trip

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    All breakfasts and 1 wine tasting

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    Special guided tours in main UNESCO sites and cities

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation 

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    Local city taxes approx. €10-15 

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    Visa or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance 

Food

All breakfasts and a wine tasting on Mt Etna included. Sicilian cuisine is a melting pot of all the different cultures that have occupied the island, from the Arabs to the Normans. The island itself is incredibly fertile, enjoying a perfect climate which is ideal for the cultivation of fresh produce such as olives, oranges, lemons, eggplants, tomatoes, pistachios, almonds, grapes, and more — not to mention all of the seafood, tuna and swordfish fished right off the coast. The result? A cuisine that’s fresh, varied, and absolutely delicious! Sicilian wines are also superb and known to be strong and syrupy, like Marsala and Moscato.

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What is the maximum group size?

18

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

3 and 4-star hotels

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

16+ age people can go on this tour.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Airport transfers for group flights

Reviews

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TREASURES OF SICILY
An island with so much to offer the visitor, a sunny climate, natural beauty, ancient relics and tasty food! Our enjoyment was enhanced by an obliging tour leader. An island with so much to offer the visitor, a sunny climate, natural beauty, ancient relics and tasty food! Our enjoyment was enhanced by an obliging tour leader.

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TREASURES OF SICILY
A very busy schedule with little time for relaxation but a great deal was seen. Mini bus was not very comfortable for long journeys and any anyone over 6ft would ....more A very busy schedule with little time for relaxation but a great deal was seen.

Mini bus was not very comfortable for long journeys and any anyone over 6ft would have only been able to sit on the back seat by the pasageway - only realy suitable for small people.

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Great trip, fabulous gelato
This was a great, moderately-paced trip. There's lots to do, but plenty of free time to just sit in a café and watch the world go by... or if ....more This was a great, moderately-paced trip.

There's lots to do, but plenty of free time to just sit in a café and watch the world go by.

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or if you like to keep moving, just grab an espresso and slip around the next corner to see what's there.

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This was a pleasant balance of old Greek and Roman sites, free time in pretty towns and villages full of twisting alleys and stunning churches, a couple of light walks, and amazing Sicilian food.

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An ok trip, The towns were very pretty and the temples were in a good setting. An ok trip, The towns were very pretty and the temples were in a good setting.

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An excellent choice for a first visit to Sicily with elements of the island's culture and history, its exciting geology and varied scenery. The days were full of interest ....more An excellent choice for a first visit to Sicily with elements of the island's culture and history, its exciting geology and varied scenery.

The days were full of interest and the evenings spent with great fellow travellers.

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Although the itinerary was a bit fraught (so much to see, so little time!) we were expertly guided by Salvo around the island & introduced to many archaeological & gastronomic ....more Although the itinerary was a bit fraught (so much to see, so little time!) we were expertly guided by Salvo around the island & introduced to many archaeological & gastronomic wonders.

  The group was a good mix & most of the accommodations comfortable (& in the case of San Vito Lo Capo nothing short of marvellous).

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TREASURES OF SICILY
Extremely informative. A great way to see a truely beautiful island. In addition we had a great group leader and a wonderful driver who ensured we saw as much as ....more Extremely informative.

A great way to see a truely beautiful island.

In addition we had a great group leader and a wonderful driver who ensured we saw as much as possible in such a short time.

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Treasures of Sicily
A comprehensive tour around the island taking in all the main sites. There is a lot to see. A comprehensive tour around the island taking in all the main sites.

There is a lot to see.

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An amazing trip, magical days in Beautiful Sicily, in the company of wonderful people, great food, and a very special guide, Fabio, who passed his love for Sicily to all ....more An amazing trip, magical days in Beautiful Sicily, in the company of wonderful people, great food, and a very special guide, Fabio, who passed his love for Sicily to all of us; ....less
TREASURES OF SICILY
An amazing introduction to what Sicily has to offer. An amazing introduction to what Sicily has to offer.

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