Sicilian Secrets: Palermo to Catania

4 Nights & 5 Days

Palermo > Monreale > Marsala > Selinunte > Agrigento > Piazza Armerina > Ragusa > Catania

Explore Sicily on this enchanting journey through the Italian paradise island. Explore the islands glorious architecture, and discover the charming villages and beautiful coastline from Palermo to Catania! Discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road, the west coast of Sicily. Reach Piazza Armerina where you will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale. Stroll along Ragusa and visit of its historical centre, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque before ending your Sicilian adventure in Catania.

Itinerary

Day 1: PALERMO

Welcome to Palermo! After a meet and greet at the airport with your driver, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will meet the tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel. Meals: D

Day 2: MONREALE > PALERMO > MARSALA

After breakfast in the hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style – admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past – Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, marble example from a historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist.

Along the visiting day, we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 3: MARSALA SALT ROAD > SELINUNTE > AGRIGENTO

This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road – the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in the whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, we will walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city. Free time for lunch.

Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples, a World Heritage Site. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Meals: B, D

Day 4: PIAZZA ARMERINA > RAGUSA > CATANIA

Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, a World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known.

After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “Giardino Ibleo”. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many Baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in the hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 5: CATANIA

Enjoy one final breakfast and transfer to the airport. End of services. Meals: B

Departures

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Includes

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels in Superior or Deluxe Room
  • 4 dinners in hotels or local restaurants (drinks NOT included)
  • 3 tastings of Sicilian typical products in Palermo, Marsala and Ragusa
  • Multilingual escorted tour in Monreale, Palermo, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina and Ragusa
  • Multilingual Local guides or audio-guides
  • Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning (day 2 to day 4)
  • All Entrance fees at monuments and museums
  • Airport Transfers in and out

Pricing Details

  • All prices are per person
  • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
  • Drinks are not included with meals
  • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage

Optional Extras

  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway
  • Pre and Post Accommodation in Palermo and Catania

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