Sicilian Fantasy

Sicilian Fantasy

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Sicilian Fantasy

7 Days Starting in Palermo, PA, Italy and ending in 98039 Taormina, Metropolitan City of Messina, Italy

Visiting: Palermo, Monreale, Erice, Saline di Trapani e Paceco, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina, Mount Etna

Tour operator:

Omega Tours

Tour code:

1065

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 40

Physical rating:

Low, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

7-99

Tour operated in:

English

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NB: Prices correct on 15-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Journey across Sicily, you’ll sample local olive oils and citrus fruits from ancient royal towns, stand among the ruins of proud empires and venture across Mount Etna’s otherworldly lava fields. Experience a land where medieval villages cling to mountainsides and twisting lanes invite you to stroll down unexpected paths. There’s nothing like your first taste of Sicily—just pair a local dessert wine with a fresh coastal breeze, and you’ll understand how life is truly meant to be savored

Highlights

  • Journey across Sicily, sampling local olive oils and citrus fruits from ancient royal towns

  • Stand among the ruins of proud empires and venture across Mount Etna’s otherworldly lava fields

  • Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento

  • Enter the Villa Romana del Casale to admire the largest, richest, and most complex Roman mosaics in the world

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Palermo Arrival

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Hotel Mercure, Palermo, or similar

Meals Included: Dinner

Benvenuti a Palermo! Upon arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel (optional private transfer is available upon request). Enjoy the day at your own leisure. In the evening, meet your tour leader and have dinner in the hotel. Then rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2 : Tour Palermo & Monreale

Location: Palermo, Monreale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Hotel Mercure, Palermo, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil, and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Visit the stunning Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy some shopping at local delicatessens and souvenir shops.

Back to Palermo, you’ll take a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history, and discovering attractions like the Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas, and mosaics. It has an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 3 : Boat Trip To Erice, Saline, And Tour Of Agrigento

Location: Erice, Saline di Trapani e Paceco, Agrigento

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Hotel Della Valle, Agrigento, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, you’ll head to Erice, a medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Continue on to visit the Saline, an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature, and archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow the visitor to try different, unique, and charming experiences.

Afterward, enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands. With a helpful audio guide, you will admire all the islands of the lagoon up close, comfortably seated in the boat. After this wonderful experience, enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the lagoon. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, your final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check in to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4 : Tour Piazza Armerina & Ragusa

Location: Piazza Armerina, Ragusa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Poggio del Sole Hotel, Ragusa, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Piazza Armerina, a pretty and historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. Enter the Villa Romana del Casale to admire the largest, richest, and most complex Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The mosaics spread over 3,500 sq metres and show mythological scenes and portrayals of daily life.

Next, head to Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical center “Ibla”, with its stunning baroque palaces and churches. Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Be enchanted by the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory, and the magnificent Cosentini Palace, one of the most interesting Late Baroque palaces in Sicily!

Day 5 : Tour Noto & Syracuse

Location: Noto, Syracuse

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Antares Hotel, Taormina Area, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Continue along the south coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s southeastern tip. Visit Syracuse’s famous archaeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Ear of Dionysius — an artificial limestone cave.

Cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia — the most ancient part of Syracuse and home to a wealth of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel, and enjoy dinner.

Day 6 : Tour Taormina & Mount Etna

Location: Taormina, Mount Etna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: the Antares Hotel, Taormina Area, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, head off to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you will have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). Afterwards, you will return to Taormina, the beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 7 : Taormina Departure

Location: Taormina

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy one final breakfast before your 7-day trip to Sicily comes to an end. Optional private transfer to Catania airport is available upon request.

What's Included

  • • Accommodation in 4 stars hotels

  • • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach

  • • Monolingual Tour-escort in English

  • • Entrance tickets to all archaeological sites as per the itinerary

  • • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)

  • • Saline Della Laguna with wine tasting and light lunch in a historical winery

  • • Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary

  • • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard to be in touch with family and friends

  • • Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides

  • • Stretch your legs with extra legroom on the coaches! More space is provided on board to pamper travellers with the most comfortable trip

What's Not Included

  • • International or domestic airfare

  • • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • • Travel insurance

  • • Porterage service

  • • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Local city tax for overnight stays

  • • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary

  • • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees are included as per the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport transfers are optional

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    We recommend 1 checked luggage and 1 carry on per person

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    The tour is a guaranteed departure

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

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

    No, solo travellers are required to book a Single (Private) room.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Electronic Vouchers. These will be provided and attached to your booking (within the Documents section) aprox. 2 weeks prior to travel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, unfortunately that is not possible on our trips.

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Janifer Harland (Google Reviewer)  

Easy booking, nothing was a...

28-Oct-2023

Easy booking, nothing was a problem, prompt reply to emails. We did the Pearls of Puglia Tour. Fantastic region to explore, tour guide Sabrina was excellent and our other local guides were also great.

Joe F  

Excellent Service!

01-Mar-2020

Received excellent service and suggestions for a tour we planned for our son and daughter when they toured the Amalfi Coast in August. Hotels were all in great locations close to the action and all excellent 4 or 5 star. Would definitely use or recommend Omega tours to friends or family.

K Ruff (Google Reviewer)  

We used Omega Tours for...

09-May-2024

We used Omega Tours for a trip to Rome & the Amalfi Coast. Michael Rizzo did an outstanding job and answered all of my never ending questions. Planning and arrangements were easy with lots of suggestions and good advice. The drivers they arranged were on time, friendly and informative. The tours that they arranged were on time and the guides were well versed, our only issue was with one of the guides which isn’t a reflection on Omega. The hotels that were selected were very nice. The communication with Omega was good including when we needed some information while on the trip. I would definitely recommend them.

Zeke and Sheree Sanchez (Google Reviewer)  

We totally enjoyed our tour...

15-Jun-2024

We totally enjoyed our tour and it was certainly more than we expected. Our tour guide and our driver were excellent. Our hotels were great and Connie Astarita, our travel agent was outstanding. We will definitely recommend your company to our friends as we have already done so.

Pinx O  

I had wonderful time

04-Oct-2022

Just came back from my 11 days Portugal tours I booked through Omega tours. And I had wonderful time. I joined a small group tours, which is really great. The tour guide Myriam is one of the best tour guide I ever had. I always travel solo( and sometimes join a group tours )and tried to travel every year if I can . I am surely looking forward to booked more tours with you.

Linette Logie (Google Reviewer)  

Was pleasantly surprised that there...

02-Jul-2023

Was pleasantly surprised that there were only 4 people on the Best of Portugal tour. Our guide Cristina was fabulous and was a wealth of information on everything Portugal. A great experience overall and would highly recommend.

Guido P  

Had a great time and an amazing experience!

01-Mar-2020

Had a great time and an amazing experience. The touring company was excellent, punctual with clean buses and friendly and well informed tour guides. Hotels were nice, clean with good location, great service and good breakfast. We are recommending it to everyone and hoping one day we can repeat it.

Adair R  

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy

30-Apr-2022

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy. A great balance of sightseeing and free time. Exceptional local guide and driver. I’m not sure I would consider the hotels chosen to be 4 star - with the exception of Hotel St Martin in Rome which was great - but the others were very clean and well located. Would definitely choose Omega tours again when booking group travel.

Lisa M  

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken.

07-Jun-2022

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken. Having all my hotels and pickup and drop- offs taken care of by Omega Tours made this trip so easy to enjoy! Michael was amazing. He was always available to answer all of our questions and he made sure we had everything we needed in order to travel internationally during a crazy pandemic!

Joseph L  

Everything we experienced was exactly as described

25-Oct-2022

We took the Italy Deluxe Tour in September of 2022. Everything we experienced was exactly as described. Exceptional accommodations, travel and guides were provided in each city. Michael, our booking agent, gave us complete confidence that we had chosen the right tour operator by his attention to detail and prompt correspondence. We are delighted with Omega Tours and have already recommended them to many friends.

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  • Low Deposit

    Omega Tours requires a minimum deposit of 500 CAD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of omega tours charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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