Sicily in Depth - Classic Group

Sicily in Depth - Classic Group

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Sicily in Depth - Classic Group

7 Days Starting and ending in Catania

Visiting: Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Cefalu, Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa, Syracuse, Catania

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

See every slice of Sicily during this 8-day guided tour. Take off to Paradise Quarry in Syracuse with a Local Expert, who will show you its Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped limestone grotto: call out to your fellow travellers here, and your voice may echo as many as 16 times. Visit the Palermo Cathedral, a blend of architecture styles that combine for a stunning sight. Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalú and stroll to the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the harbour. In Taormina, perched above the Ionian Sea, join a Local Expert at the city’s cliffside Greek theatre, from which you can see Mount Etna, the island’s active stratovolcano.

Highlights

  • Palermo: Join your Local Expert for a walk through the lively Vucciria market

  • Palermo: Visit the spectacular 12th Century Palatine Chapel with its world-class 12th-century mosaics

  • Cefalu: Explore the cathedral and medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen's quarter

  • Agrigento: Discover the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley of the Temples with a Local Expert

  • Syracuse: Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, visit the Greek theatre, and explore the Ear of Dionysius

  • Taormina: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre and enjoy the view to Mount Etna

  • Catania: Explore the city with your Travel Director, including the Duomo and Piazza

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Giardini Naxos

Location: Giardini Naxos

Accommodation: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina.

Accommodation Name: RG Naxos Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Arrive at your hotel where you will spend three glorious nights on the Taormina Riviera.

Day 2: Taormina And The Dawn Coast Of Europe

Location: Taormina

Accommodation Name: RG Naxos Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your hotel faces east, so early risers may learn why D.H. Lawrence christened this 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.' After breakfast, perhaps take an Optional Experience through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Travel to the old town of Taormina, which clings to the side of Mount Tauro, overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. With your Local Expert, visit the Greek theatre set on a cliff and open to the sky. Take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and admire the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll through the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building, and along the elegant Corso Umberto.

Day 3: Cefalu And Palermo

Location: Taormina, Cefalu, Palermo

Accommodation: NH Palermo.

Accommodation Name: NH Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel to the quaint fishing town of Cefalu. The town's imposing cathedral was erected to fulfill a vow made by the Norman King Roger II. Stroll down to the medieval stone fountain and seek out the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina for a picture-perfect view of the little harbour. Later, travel onwards to Palermo.

Day 4: Palermo & The Golden Age Of The Normans

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: NH Palermo.

Accommodation Name: NH Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Explore Palermo with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Monreale Cathedral with a Local Expert and marvel at the Byzantine mosaics. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the lively market. Later this morning, visit Palermo Cathedral, which has been altered many times over the years, and observe its unique blend of architectural styles. For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, each with their own ambience and cuisine.

Day 5: Explore The Valley Of The Temples And On To Ragusa

Location: Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa

Accommodation: Mediterraneo Palace, Ragusa.

Accommodation Name: Mediterraneo Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to Agrigento. Explore the Valley of the Temples with a Local Expert and see the massive Temple of Concordia and the clifftop Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Your travels continue to the hilltop town of Ragusa.

Day 6: Ancient Syracuse And Catania

Location: Ragusa, Syracuse, Catania

Accommodation: NH Catania Centro.

Accommodation Name: NH Catania Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sightseeing with your Local Expert takes you to Syracuse’s Paradise Quarry with its unusual Ear of Dionysius, an ear-shaped grotto with an unusual echo. See the superb Greek theatre, carved out of solid rock, one of the largest of the ancient world. There is time to explore the atmospheric Old City, a maze of narrow streets lined with palaces, sprawling over the island of Ortygia. It was here that the famous geometrician Archimedes ran naked through the streets, crying ‘Eureka!' Continue to Catania for a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 7: Depart Catania

Location: Catania

Meals Included: Breakfast

Appreciate the vistas of Mount Etna one last time on your departure transfer to Catania Airport. Transfers arrive at the airport at 06:30 and 08:30.

What's Included

  • Expertly Guided Tours

    Enjoy the expertise of Local Experts and a Travel Director across various Sicilian cities, including Palermo, Agrigento, and Syracuse.

  • Handpicked Accommodations

    Stay in carefully selected hotels throughout your journey, ensuring comfort and convenience.

  • Meals Included

    Your tour includes 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners with wine, offering a taste of local Sicilian cuisine.

  • Choice of Activities

    Choose between two carefully selected activities to customize your travel experience to your interests.

  • Dine-Around Evening

    In Palermo, select from a variety of restaurants and cuisines on your Dine-Around Evening for an immersive dining experience.

  • Cultural and Historical Insights

    Gain deep insights into Sicily's rich history and culture through visits to iconic sites like the Valley of the Temples and the ancient Greek theatre in Taormina.

  • Transportation

    Enjoy comfortable and convenient transportation throughout your tour, including airport transfers at designated times.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from the tour start and end locations are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is recommended for all travelers but is not included in the tour price.

  • Some Meals

    While many meals are included, some will be at your own expense, giving you the flexibility to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional experiences and excursions are available for an additional cost.

  • Gratuities

    Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included and are at your discretion.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the dietary options available on the Sicily in Depth tour?

    The tour details do not specify the dietary options available on the Sicily in Depth tour.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times for the Sicily in Depth tour?

    Pick-up times for the Sicily in Depth tour are 10:00, 12:30, and 15:30. Drop-off times are 06:30 and 08:30.

  • Are there any optional activities available on the Sicily in Depth tour?

    Yes, the Sicily in Depth tour offers the choice between two carefully selected activities.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected on the Sicily in Depth tour?

    Accommodations on the Sicily in Depth tour include the RG Naxos Hotel, NH Palermo, Mediterraneo Palace in Ragusa, and NH Catania Centro.

  • What countries does the Sicily in Depth - Classic Group tour visit?

    The Sicily in Depth - Classic Group tour visits Italy.

  • What is the group size for the Sicily in Depth tour?

    The tour details do not specify the minimum or maximum group size for the Sicily in Depth tour.

  • What is the duration of the Sicily in Depth tour?

    The tour details do not specify the duration of the Sicily in Depth tour.

  • What is the starting location for the Sicily in Depth tour?

    The starting location for the Sicily in Depth tour is Catania.

  • How many breakfasts and dinners are included in the Sicily in Depth tour?

    The Sicily in Depth tour includes 7 Breakfasts (B) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW).

  • What are some highlights of the Sicily in Depth tour?

    Highlights of the Sicily in Depth tour include a walk through the Vucciria market in Palermo, a visit to the 12th Century Palatine Chapel in Palermo, exploring the Greek colony in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and visiting the ancient Greek Ampitheatre in Taormina.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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