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Program Highlights

  • Discover legendary tales, art, history, and timehonored traditions in Sicily’s capital of Palermo
  • Delve into the enchanting beauty of Taormina’s Greek-Roman amphitheater with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe
  • Savor local flavors with tasting experiences of locally produced olive oil, chocolate, and sweet Marsala wines
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites including Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, and the town of Modica known for its chocolate still made in the traditional way
  • Journey to the towns where “The Godfather” trilogy was filmed, Savoca and D’Agro Valley

Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • 12 included meals consisting of:
    - 7 buffet breakfasts
    - 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
    - 2 dinners at hotel
    - 2 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    - Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti, Cathedral and Monreale
    - Visit of Erice, Noto, and Syracuse
    - Olive oil tasting in Marsala and chocolate tasting in Modica
    - Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
    - Walking tour of Taormina and visit of the Amphitheater
    - Tour of the D’Agro Valley and “Godfather” filming locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 90)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Excludes

  • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
  • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
  • Tips and Personal items 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Optional Tours

Small Groups

  • Group size up to 16 people
  • “Welcome Souvenir” in Palermo
  • Bottle of wine in the room in Palermo
  • Street food tour in Palermo including tasting of local delicacies
  • Picnic in Kolymbetra – Sicily’s Valley of the Temples’ hidden garden
  • Honey tasting in Taormina
  • Cannoli and Granita tasting in Taormina
  • Free wi-fi on bus
  • One bottle of water on bus daily

2019

Date
Fri, November 22        (Sold Out) from $2,347

2020

Date Double
Fri, April 17        (Sold Out) from $2,051
Fri, June 05        (Sold Out) from $2,203
Fri, July 03 from $2,203
Fri, August 21 from $2,262
Fri, October 09 from $2,152
Fri, November 20 from $2,043

Notes

Single and triple rooms: On Request
Single supplement: $620
Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: $39
Price is per person based on double occupancy
Rates for additional nights in first and last city are available
*Book and pay in full 4-7 months or more before departure. See website for full details.

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Departures & Rates


Best Price starting at $1,907 (Based on per person in Double Occupancy)

*For Sold Out dates, please refer to our Small Groups tab for availability on our Small Group Tours.

2019

First Class

Date
Fri, November 15        (Sold Out*) from $2,204


2020

First Class

Date Double
Fri, April 10 from $1,915
Fri, April 24 from $1,915
Fri, May 01 from $1,915
Fri, May 08 from $2,017
Fri, May 15 from $2,017
Fri, May 22 from $2,017
Fri, May 29 from $2,017
Fri, June 12 from $2,067
Fri, June 19 from $2,067
Fri, June 26 from $2,067
Fri, July 10 from $2,067
Fri, July 17 from $2,067
Fri, July 24 from $2,067
Fri, July 31 from $2,076
Fri, August 07 from $2,126
Fri, August 14 from $2,126
Fri, August 28 from $2,126
Fri, September 04 from $2,067
Fri, September 11 from $2,067
Fri, September 18 from $2,067
Fri, September 25 from $2,067
Fri, October 02 from $2,050
Fri, October 16 from $2,017
Fri, October 23 from $2,017
Fri, October 30 from $2,017
Fri, November 06 from $1,907
Fri, November 13 from $1,907

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Hotels

PLAZA OPERA
Palermo - 2 Nights / First Class
PLAZA OPERA in Palermo, Italy
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JOLLY DELLA VALLE
Agrigento - 1 Nights / First Class
JOLLY DELLA VALLE in Agrigento, Italy
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POGGIO DEL SOLE
Ragusa - 1 Nights / First Class
POGGIO DEL SOLE in Ragusa, Italy
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CAPOTAORMINA
Taormina - 3 Nights / First Class
CAPOTAORMINA in Taormina, Italy
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After your morning arrival into Palermo’s Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

This morning enjoy a tour of Palermo featuring the Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans, and the Cathedral housing the shrine of Santa Rosalia. The last stop will be at the Abbey of Monreale, an Arab-Norman Cathedral built in the 12th century famous for its magnificent Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Benedictine cloister. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or to take an optional tour of Cefalu, a picturesque fishing village outside of Palermo. (B)

This morning we take a breathtaking scenic drive up to the medieval town of Erice. After the Elymians settled here, it became an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets, each cobbled with rectangular stones, and take some time to stop by one of the famous homemade pastry shops selling delicacies such as marzipan candies and pistachio pastries. After enjoying an olive oil tasting session and lunch accompanied by Marsala wine at a local farmhouse, we will travel along a coastline mostly made up of salt pans built back in roman times. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L)

This morning enjoy a guided tour of "The Valley of the Temples", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main archaeological treasures of the Mediterranean, this site is immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Your guided walking tour will cover about one mile in a mostly downhill direction, with stops along the “Via Sacra” (holy pathway) to admire the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles and ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon we continue to Ragusa. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Today’s first stop will be in Modica, a quaint historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting some very fine Baroque architecture, picturesque views and historic sites, Modica is also known for its chocolate. Rich, dark and crumbly, it is produced in a traditional method imported from the New World by Sicily’s Spanish overlords. After a chocolate tasting session at one of the most prestigious chocolate makers, we continue to the enchanting island of Ortigia, the old town center of Syracuse. Highlights of Ortigia are the cathedral square with its church built over an ancient Greek temple and the beautiful promenade with its panorama over the sea and the natural bay of the town. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center including the Greek/ Roman amphitheater with breathtaking views looking over the bay of Naxos. In the afternoon, enjoy a once in a lifetime experience: the “Godfather” tour. See the real Sicily while exploring Savoca and D’Agro Valley, the towns and area that served as location when filming the “The Godfather” trilogy. (B)

Today, you are at leisure to relax, or to take an optional excursion to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. In the evening, bid arrivederci to your travel companions during a festive farewell dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant. (B,D)

Morning transfer to Catania Airport for your return flight home. (B)

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