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 Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 18

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2016

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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

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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. **

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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Treasures of Sicily
Brilliant introduction to glorious Sicily. So much to see, so little time, BUT a fantastic introduction covering everything from nature to culture, to ancient temples, wonderful scenery and fabulous food. Brilliant introduction to glorious Sicily.

So much to see, so little time, BUT a fantastic introduction covering everything from nature to culture, to ancient temples, wonderful scenery and fabulous food.

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Treasures of Sicily Review
Great, comprehensive trip covering most of Sicily. From walking on Mt Etna, to sampling the best seafood, wine and coffee in charismatic historical towns dotted all around the island, it ....more Great, comprehensive trip covering most of Sicily.

From walking on Mt Etna, to sampling the best seafood, wine and coffee in charismatic historical towns dotted all around the island, it was definitely a trip to write home about!; ....less
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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TREASURES OF SICILY
This was a fabulous trip, with a well thought-out itinerary enhanced by a wonderful guide, a great group of people, delicious Italian food and beautiful weather.  This was a fabulous trip, with a well thought-out itinerary enhanced by a wonderful guide, a great group of people, delicious Italian food and beautiful weather.

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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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TREASURES OF SICILY
A comprehensive introduction to Sicily. I was left hungry for more. A comprehensive introduction to Sicily.

I was left hungry for more.

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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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Sicily in a week
My husband and I had a fabulous trip to Sicily - a place I knew I would adore and I was not wrong. In 8 days you can only ....more My husband and I had a fabulous trip to Sicily - a place I knew I would adore and I was not wrong.

In 8 days you can only scrape the surface of this wonderful island but this round trip was a great way to see what it can offer.

It was a perfect introduction to somewhere we will return to many times.

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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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S+J in Sicily
Everything we could have wished for and more. A good mix of history and landscape. Everything we could have wished for and more.

A good mix of history and landscape.

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