Day 01, Friday: U.S. - Catania
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Catania. Dinner served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.
Day 02, Saturday: Arrive Catania - Welcome to Sicily
Upon arrival, a private transfer awaits from Catania Airport to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight in Catania.
Day 03, Sunday: Catania - Sircusa - Ragusa
After breakfast, departure for Syracuse and visit the archaeological area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city center of Siracusa. Visit the Cathedral and the Arethuse fountain. Lunch on our own. Depart for Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical center “Ibla”, with its Baroque stunning palaces and churches. Enjoy a tasting of typical products of the island locally by the Dome. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.
Day 04, Monday: Ragusa - Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Agrigento
After breakfast, depart to Caltagirone, famous for the production of ceramics and pottery. Visit a ceramics laboratory with an opportunity to shop and browse. Continue to Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale thanks to its well preserved mosaics. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen. Depart to Agrigento and visit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus and Castor & Pollux. Dinner and overnight in Agrigento.
Day 05, Tuesday: Agrigento - Palermo - Monreale
After breakfast, we depart for Palermo. Lunch on our own today. In the afternoon, visit of Monreale, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-norman style. Continue and visit the historical center of Palermo, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel and the Royal Palace. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at our Palermo hotel.
Day 06, Wednesday: Palermo - Segesta - Erice - Trapani - Palermo
After breakfast, depart for Segesta to admire the Temple and the Theatre. Continue to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands: walk through its tiny and characteristic streets. Lunch on our own, then onto Trapani for a panoramic tour of the still operating salt windmills. Return to Palermo for dinner and overnight.
Day 07, Thursday: Palermo - Cefalù - Nebrodi Park -Taormina
After breakfast, depart Palermo for Cefalù, a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walk to the city center and down main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. We drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu. Continue to Cesarò, Randazzo and visit the Etna park from an unusual point of view- the north facing side - surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at our Taormina hotel.
Day 08, Friday: Taormina - Optional; Mt. Etna -Taormina
After breakfast, morning at leisure. Perhaps an optional excursion to the Mount Etna (optional tour if purchased). In the afternoon a visit to Taormina, the small medieval village called “the pearl of the Ionic Sea”. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. In the late afternoon return to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel.
Day 09, Saturday: Taormina - Catania - U.S.
After buffet breakfast, we have a private transfer to Catania Airport for our return flight home.