Start: Acireale Finish: Taormina
Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate
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Tour code: ADZ
Group size: 6 - 18
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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.
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.
Location: Mount Etna
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.
Location: Syracuse, Noto
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.
Location: Ragusa Ibla, Province of Agrigento
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.
Location: Selinunte, Erice
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.
Location: Nature Reserve Zingaro, Palermo
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.
Location: Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo
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.
Location: Cefalù, Taormina
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.
Our tour ends in Taormina in the morning of day 9.
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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