Splendors of Sicily

An 8-Day Travcoa tour starting from $7,290

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Tour Length: 8 Days
Countries Visited: Italy
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Tour Category: Escorted Tour
Tour Operator: Travcoa
Tour Code: TV9091
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A majestic island adorned with a towering volcano, Sicily sits at the toe of Italy’s boot, declaring itself both a world apart and part of a much wider world. Blending North African, Arab, and Mediterranean cultures, this place has enticed the Greeks, the Romans, and everyone who has stepped on its shores – just as it will entice you. Come discover Sicily in Travcoa’s signature style for a never-to-be-forgotten Journey.

 

Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels

Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around Program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available

A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge

Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited

Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey

Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions

All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers

Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights

Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

 
Day 1+2

Palermo

They say Palermo is a city born to seduce – and we’ll test that theory as we explore this place ancient Phoenicians called ‘the flower.’

After our festive Welcome Dinner, we’ll set out in the morning to explore. Here, in Sicily’s regional capital, we’ll find a classic mosaic of Mediterranean life – a bridge between Europe and Africa.

We’ll have lunch in Monreale on the slope of Mount Caputo and visit the Cathedral with art surpassed only by Saint Sofia in Istanbul.

Day 3

Agrigento (Erice & Segesta)

A scenic drive takes us west along the coast to Erice, a beautiful Hellenistic town built to the glory of Aphrodite. A cable car takes to this perfect setting where we browse the intricate maze of cobblestone streets. After a classic Sicilian lunch and a cannolo making demonstration (and tasting!), we head to Segesta. There, we’ll find a magnificent Doric temple said to be one of the best preserved on earth. We arrive in classical Agrigento in late afternoon.

Day 4+5

Ragusa (Piazza Armerina & Modica)

On our way to Ragusa, we will visit the Valley of the Temples, erected in the 5th century B.C. All of these buildings face east, so that the gods would be illuminated by the rising sun. One more stop in Piazza Armerina reveals the exquisite mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale. Enjoy an evening at your leisure in Ragusa.

Our morning in Ragusa introduces us to what many believe is the most beautiful city in Sicily. We will visit the city’s beautiful buildings and lunch at the two-star Michelin restaurant, Il Duomo. A short drive takes us to the Baroque town of Modica with its intriguing geography. This town is also custodian of Sicily’s 400- year history of chocolate making – and we’ll get a hands-on lesson of the process. We’ll return to Ragusa for a relaxing dinner and evening.

Day 6-8

Taormina (Siracusa, Mt. Etna, Messina & Reggio Calabria)

We drive this morning to Siracusa, the ancient home of Archimedes, where magnificent remnants of the ancient world comingle with modern life. After visiting amazing sites, including the Temple of Apollo, we arrive in Taormina, high on a rocky plateau opposite dramatic Mount Etna. This is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Geothe called it ‘a strip of paradise on the earth.’

A drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest peak, and a funicular ride partially up the slope, show us this majestic mountain. We return to Taormina to wander this enchanting city and explore its magnificent ruins.

A morning drive to Messina ferries us across the Straits of Messina to Reggio Calabria – its lush olive and citrus groves and its mysterious bronze warriors at the National Archeological Museum. We return to Taormina to relish the beautiful setting and enjoy our last night in Sicily at your leisure. Tonight, we toast this beautiful island as we say good-bye at our Farewell Dinner.

Day 9

Taormina & Depart for Home

You will enjoy a private transfer from Taormina to Catania airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

 
         
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10/24/2017 - 11/1/2017
$7,290
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

Meet the Baron Murgo di Scammacca over a glass of wine during lunch at his family winery

Enjoy the beauty of Taormina, considered one of the world’s most picturesque resort cities

Ascend Mt. Etna for a look at its massive craters, odd lava formations, and outstanding views of the coastline below

See how that sinful Sicilian dessert, the cannolo, is made and taste the results

 

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

 
 

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